Nebraska announces departure of three players

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The time to look back fondly on the five-year anniversary of Nebraska joining the Big Ten was put aside this morning to address some roster changes within the program. A memo sent from the football office this morning in Lincoln announced safety LeRoy Alexander and wide receiver Jariah Tolbert will transfer to another football program for the fall. In addition, Nebraska has confirmed linebacker David Santos is no longer with the program.

Santos no longer being a part of the program may be the most noteworthy development. Santos was a starter for the Huskers last fall, including in Nebraska’s Holiday Bowl match-up against USC last bowl season. He would have been one of the most experienced players on Nebraska’s defense this fall with the ability to play multiple positions if needed.

Alexander played some during the 2013 season but was out of action for the entire 2014 season due to a team suspension under former head coach Bo Pelini. The reason for his suspension was never made clear other than a violation of team rules. He remained on scholarship despite being suspended.

Tolbert sat out the 2014 season as a redshirt player. He still has four years of eligibility remaining. He and Alexander will have to sit out the 2015 season if they transfer to another FBS program, but each would be eligible to play right away this fall if they land at a lower level program.