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Report: Former Husker RB Heard to transfer to Kentucky

Running back Braylon Heard is headed to Kentucky, according to ESPN reporter Joe Schad.

Schad tweeted Thursday afternoon about Heard’s decision. The running back presumably will use his available redshirt year while sitting out 2013 because of NCAA rules, then be eligible for two more seasons with the Wildcats.

Heard told Schad this: “I feel it is the right spot because I feel like I fit in well at the University.”

Heard had not spoken publicly since the end of the 2012 season. It was reported in January by multiple news outlets, including The World-Herald, that Heard was seeking a transfer. NU coach Bo Pelini confirmed a week later that Heard was no longer part of Nebraska’s program.

Heard rushed for 29 yards …

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Big Fat Recruiting Update, Jan. 30

This is likely to be the last full update before national signing day Feb. 6. Lots of ground for Nebraska’s football coaches still to cover, and a key transfer to discuss.

In fact, let’s start there. Braylon Heard — a fast, athletic back who was fourth on the team in carries last year — will head to another school after this semester. A guy with almost-effortless burst and decent moves, Heard’s a guy who could have helped NU in a variety of ways in his last two years. The same could be said of Aaron Green, who transferred last spring. The more elite athletes you have, the better.

But neither, it seems, was going to beat out the all-around skills of Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah’s every …

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Braylon Heard to transfer

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 …

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Third quarter: Michigan State 24, Nebraska 14

Last season, Nebraska owned the third quarter en route to a 24-3 win over Michigan State in Lincoln. Just the opposite this time around.

The Spartans have taken control of this game. Do the Huskers have enough time to respond?

Michigan State set the tone with an 11-play drive out of halftime, even though it ended in a field goal.

But Nebraska’s offense sputtered in the third quarter. And on its third drive, quarterback Taylor Martinez threw a costly interception, which set up Michigan State’s lead-padding score.

Should be noted that a late-hit penalty on Daimion Stafford gave the Spartans a first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line (no flag and MSU would have been looking at a third down from the 6).

Key mistakes for NU. …

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Nebraska-Michigan State pregame notes

The Huskers have finished their pregame warmup routine here on a gray and chilly Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.

A venue that seats 75,005 is still filling up, though there are expected to be some barren bleacher pockets. We’ll see how many Husker fans show up. The Nebraska marching band is here, crammed into the northeast corner of the field (the sidelines here are quite small).

A few noteworthy items and observations as we approach kickoff…

>> Senior Rex Burkhead is not suited up.

>> Sophomore Ameer Abdullah is dressed, however — and he looked fine going through warmups, despite rumors suggesting otherwise. Abdullah, Jamal Turner, Tim Marlowe and Braylon Heard were catching punts for several minutes. Heard looks like he’s moving well, too.

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Practice report: Nebraska without injured FB Marrow

A member of the Huskers’ fullback trio may not play at Michigan State Saturday.

Junior Mike Marrow (knee), injured during the win over Michigan, hasn’t practiced this week and could miss Saturday’s game, according to running backs coach Ron Brown. The exact severity of the injury is unknown, but Brown doesn’t think Marrow’s season is in jeopardy.

If Marrow is out Saturday, it would mean more snaps for junior C.J. Zimmerer and true freshman Andy Janovich. All three have split reps this season.

“I think we’ve come a long way so far this season at the fullback spot,” Brown said. “We were very green and very raw when we started off the season. They’re starting to find their way around pretty well now.”

>> Rex …

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Practice report: Abdullah’s return role not changing

Coach Bo Pelini said sophomore Ameer Abdullah will still return kicks and punts against Michigan, even if his workload at running back increases given senior Rex Burkhead’s injury status.

If Burkhead’s out Saturday, that presumably means more I-back snaps for Abdullah. But Pelini indicated that sophomore Braylon Heard and freshman Imani Cross will be used a little more than usual this weekend in an effort to keep Abdullah fresh.

“We have a full range of players at the running back position,” Pelini said. “We feel good about where we’re at.”

More updates from Pelini are below…

>> Denard Robinson was on Michigan’s kick return team to begin the second half last week. Pelini said that won’t change the way his kickoff coverage unit prepares.

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Practice Report Sept. 17: Rex is back and Beck talks offense

Quick practice update from Nebraska’s Monday workout, in which the Huskers began prep for Idaho State:

>> Running back Rex Burkhead returned to practice with a brace on left knee. He said he suffered a grade two MCL sprain. Burkhead went through the same workout the rest of NU’s running backs did. Burkhead said he felt a bit of “hesitation” at the beginning of practice but felt normal by the end of it. Burkhead biked, swam and used an anti-gravity treadmill — Livestrong.com puts the cost of this thing at $24,500 — to quicken his recovery, impressing a NFL scout last week who visited practice.

Of sitting out, Burkhead said: “It’s been tough but at the same time, you’ve just got to stay positive. Encourage …

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Practice report: Offense ready to bounce back after UCLA loss

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said his unit has responded well this week after finishing last Saturday’s game against UCLA on a sour note.

The Huskers went without a touchdown after halftime against the Bruins. They couldn’t hide their disappointment after the game, and even during morning news conferences Monday, too. The loss hurt. Big time.

But so far, so good on the practice field this week. The players have moved on, according to Beck.

Said Beck after Tuesday’s practice: “I thought we had a very spirited practice. Very upbeat. Guys worked hard. I was pleased with our tempo and our (attention to) detail.”

>> Rex Burkhead update? Beck says ask the trainers. … Sophomores Ameer Abdullah and Braylon Heard did well in his place Saturday, …

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Pelini not concerned by Big Ten’s slow start

After an unimpressive opening weekend, the Big Ten went 6-6 during Week Two action Saturday. But Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said it’s too early to start making conclusions about the conference’s quality of play.

Pelini’s Huskers lost 36-30 at UCLA. Wisconsin, the undisputed Leaders Division favorite, was upset 10-7 by Oregon State. Iowa lost to instate rival Iowa State in an ugly 9-6 game. Illinois was routed by Arizona State, 45-14.

Already, the Big Ten is down to just five undefeated teams (Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State and Northwestern), the second-fewest total among BCS conferences behind the Big East.

But it’s still just September, Pelini argued.

“There’s a lot of football left to be played,” he said. “I don’t think you can really make snap judgments. …

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