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Nebraska Cornhuskers Brion Carnes to transfer

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost a former four-star dual-threat quarterback in Brion Carnes, but the news that he is set to transfer from Nebraska comes as no surprise. The news was reported by Lincoln Journal Star columnist Steven M. Sipple, who stated that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini confirmed the news but does not know where Carnes will transfer to.

Carnes was brought to Nebraska as a member of the 2010 recruiting class, but Carnes never really worked out for the Huskers. He never received much playing time in Nebraska, and last year’s two attempted passes (both completed for 26 total yards, by the way) was the only source of playing time he had in his career in Lincoln. Carnes redshirted in 2010, and he has plenty of potential as an extremely talented player. ranked Carnes as the seventh-best dual-threat quarterback coming out of Manatee High in Bradenton, Florida, and so he has plenty of talent with the arm and legs. However, some say he didn’t develop as much as he needed to behind starter Taylor Martinez, but he did show a flash of brilliance after an electrifying spring game in 2011.

The decision made by Brion Carnes to transfer from Nebraska is likely for the best, but it’s tough seeing him not pan out with the Huskers. Western Kentucky heavily pursued him out of high school, and he actually took an official visit there to go with an official trip to Nebraska. The South Florida Bulls were the closest school, and they also offered Carnes. Willie Taggart moved from Western Kentucky to USF as the head coach, so there are plenty of legs to this.

Carnes could also transfer to an FCS program to try and establish himself, or he could go to a school that also offered him as a recruit. Clemson, Cincinnati, Louisville, Georgia, and West Virginia were five other notable offers for him coming out of high school, and Carnes can bring a team a lot of upside at QB. The thing is, the writing was on the wall for Carnes at Nebraska for some time, so it isn’t much of a surprise that he is transferring, but, again, it always stings at least a little bit to lose a talented player. Keep a close eye out on the transfer wire for more news on Carnes.

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  • Baltar

    I regret losing Carnes, but I am happy for him to leave for someplace where he will get a chance to play. I never understood why Pelini wouldn’t play him even in the late stages of a blowout. Perhaps if he had, Carnes would have stayed.
    I remember that he actually announced for Western Kentucky during the recruiting process, then revoked it almost immediately. Perhaps he would have been better off if he had stuck to his announcement.
    As a Cincinnati resident now, I’d certainly like to see him come here, but I imagine he’ll pick USF.
    I wish him well wherever he goes unless it’s Penn State, Ohio State, Texas or Notre Dame.

    • Joe Soriano

      Yeah, the feeling I get is that this was the best thing for both sides. It seems like Pelini doesn’t like Carnes’s style (or maybe he just likes Armstrong and even Kellogg more), and Carnes’s talents are best used where they, you know, will actually be used. It’s sad to see a talented guy go without much of a chance, and USF certainly does seem like the pick. Great comment, and that’s a really interesting tidbit on Western Kentucky. It’s kind of weird saying, “Man, that guy should have picked Western Kentucky over Nebraska”, but that’s true in hindsight.