Sons of former NFL players Kurt Warner and Ed McCaffrey among latest to transfer from Nebraska
Nebraska's offense will look very different in 2021.
QB Luke McCaffrey, son of former NFL-wide recipient Ed McCaffrey, and WR Kade Warner, son of the NFL Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner, have both entered their names on the transfer portal and are looking for new schools. McCaffrey had a significant season during the 2020 season and Warner, a former companion, was team captain last season when Nebraska won 5-3.
McCaffrey opened the 2020 season as a backup quarterback for Adrian Martinez. He made two starts and saw the playing time in seven of Nebraska's eight games. He was 48 of 76 and passed for 466 yards and one touchdown and six interceptions while carrying the ball 65 times for 364 yards and three points.
With McCaffrey's likely exit, Martinez is now the only QB on Nebraska's roster to have seen college season. And he's also the only player to come back in 2021 and run over 100 meters in 2020.
McCaffrey's decision to transfer comes after his brother Dylan put his name on the Michigan transfer portal. Dylan McCaffrey had served as a substitute at Ann Arbor for the past three seasons, playing in 10 games in 2018 and 2019. Luke and Dylan McCaffrey are the younger brothers of Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey.
Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey is looking for a new school. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik)
Kade Warner has 30 career catches
Warner's production declined in each of the three years he played in Nebraska. He had 17 catches for 95 yards in 2018 but only eight catches for 101 yards in 2019. In 2020, he had five catches for 40 yards and saw his playing time shorten as the season progressed.
Warner and McCaffrey join former wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson among the Nebraska players who left the team for the off-season. Robinson moved to Kentucky earlier this off-season to be closer to his family. Robinson was the team's most dynamic offensive player, totaling 701 yards in 2020.
With McCaffrey gone, it's no surprise that Nebraska is looking for a QB on the transfer market ahead of the 2021 season. Consistent quarterback play was a problem during Scott Frost's three-year tenure in Nebraska. The Huskers are only 12-20 under Frost and Martinez hasn't taken advantage of his breakout freshman season. He completed over 65 percent of his passes in 2018 and had a total of 25 TDs in 11 games. But he's scored just 28 TDs in 17 games since then and triggered 12 interceptions after throwing just eight in 2018.
In addition to McCaffrey and Warner, the Will Farniok backup center is also pursuing a transfer. Farniok has played a total of four games in the last two seasons. He is the younger brother of Matt Farniok, a four year old starter for the Huskers.
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