Today marks the five-year anniversary of the University of Nebraska joining the Big Ten, but the school’s athletic department had some other news today before any celebrations. It turns out that three players will not be returning to the football team.
Those three players are safety LeRoy Alexander, receiver Jariah Tolbert and linebacker David Santos. Tolbert is likely to transfer, as he redshirted last year and has four years of eligibility remaining, while Alexander sat out all of last season due to a suspension for what former coach Bo Pelini called a “violation of team rules,” and nothing more. In 2013, Alexander had 34 tackles and an interception.
But then there’s Santos, who would have been a surefire starter on defense this season. In three years with the Huskers, he had 161 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. Just why he’s leaving has yet to be explained, but the best guess is probably because he was loyal to Pelini, who was fired in December.
Santos is a big loss and new Nebraska head coach Mike Riley has yet to comment on the departures, but Campus Sports will update this news if any new details come to light.
Nebraska opens the 2015 season on September 5, when BYU makes a visit to Lincoln.
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