Word late Thursday morning that sophomore quarterback Patrick O’Brien has been granted a release from the Nebraska football team.
The Nebraska Athletic Department confirmed the news after practice Thursday morning, saying O’Brien asked for his release from the program and coaches granted it. He was expected to compete for playing time at quarterback during the 2018 season.
O’Brien’s departure leaves the Huskers with just two scholarship quarterbacks in redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and freshman Adrian Martinez. They also have walk-on Andrew Bunch. Noah Vedral is practicing but won’t play this fall per transfer rules.
In three games as a redshirt freshman in 2017, O’Brien completed 18 of 30 passes for 182 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT.