Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 AT 12:17 AM / Updated at 12:28 PM
Braylon Heard status up in the air
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

A report late Monday from – a Youngstown (Ohio) based website — said that Nebraska junior running back Braylon Heard would transfer to a program “closer to home.”

But coach Bo Pelini said 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 has yet to respond to texts and calls from The World-Herald.

A graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Heard ran for 357 yards last season. He was slated to be the No. 2 running back this year behind Ameer Abdullah. Last year, Heard received significantly fewer carries than Abdullah, but appeared fresher in NU’s two final regular-season games against Iowa and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. In those two games, Heard ran 10 times for 74 yards while Abdullah ran 19 times for 68.

By the Capital One Bowl, Abdullah returned to form, rushing 7 times for 48 yards. Heard had one carry in the game.


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