Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 AT 2:32 PM / Updated at 2:41 PM
Braylon Heard to transfer
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Junior running back Braylon Heard has decided to leave Nebraska’s football program, a source close to the situation confirmed to The World-Herald Tuesday afternoon.

Heard is in the process of getting permission from NU to contact other schools, the source said. MyValleySports.com, a Youngstown (Ohio) based website, first reported late Monday night that Heard would transfer to a program “closer to home.”

Heard has yet to respond to texts and calls from The World-Herald.

Coach Bo Pelini told The World-Herald by text Tuesday morning that Heard hadn’t requested a transfer and wasn’t off the team. Asked if there was any update, Pelini texted, “none.”

Heard, expected to be Nebraska’s No. 2 running back behind Ameer Abdullah, ran for 357 yards on 52 carries in 12 contest last season, but was apparently frustrated with his role during the year. The Husker coaches did approach Heard this offseason with the idea for him to take reps at receiver, according to the source.

“It was a hard decision (for Heard). He loves Nebraska,” the source said. “But he wants to go someplace where he has a shot to play running back.”

Heard plans to remain enrolled at Nebraska for the rest of the semester.

Former NU running back Aaron Green, who transferred to TCU last summer, tweeted Tuesday that he spoke to Heard and that “Nebraska lost a good one man…he will ball wherever he goes.”

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.