Just as the college offseason is concluding, the careers of two veteran members of the Nebraska defense are as well.
The Cornhuskers will be without linemen Greg McMullen and Kevin Williams going into the 2016 season.
Per head coach Mike Riley, McMullen’s decision was a personal one. At first, he just wanted to take some time off to focus more on academics. But the decision has become a far more permanent one now.
McMullen has decided to quit the sport of football, and pursue a different path in his future.
“Since he got his degree, he wants to go on with his life,” the Nebraska head coach said of the defensive end. “He’s made a decision not to play football anymore… he’s really got a vision about where he wants to go and what he wants to do, and I’m really proud of him in a lot of ways in what he has done here for this school and this team.”
The loss of McMullen will have a great impact on the team. He started all 26 games in his past two seasons with Nebraska, and was a vital piece in last year’s top 10 defense.
The school will be saying goodbye to an injury-prone Kevin Williams as well.
Last year, Williams was granted a sixth year of eligibility, but has chosen not to spend it with the Huskers. He is set to transfer out, and play this season with another FBS program. In his career, he has missed two entire seasons due to knee injuries, and was also limited in other seasons by a groin injury.
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