JD Spielman to Transfer
Nebraska Wide Receiver JD Spielman announced that he was transferring. Last year, he had over 800 receiving yards and had 5 touchdowns. He also will leave Nebraska ranked 3rd in school receiving history with 2,546 yards. Spielman leaves behind an inexperienced group of wide receivers at Nebraska. The best returning wide receiver is Wan’Dale Robinson who had 453 yards and 2 touchdowns last year. Robinson played mostly at the running back position last year. Photo: Journal Star File Photo
Other than Robinson, Nebraska has a lot of freshmen and unproven wide receivers.
Possible landing places:
If JD Spielman wants to play football at the FBS level again, he needs to receive a waiver to transfer. Without a waiver, he will need to sit out a year of college football. He could go to an FCS school without a waiver and play immediately.
JD Spielman was Mr. Football in Minnesota in 2015. If he wants to return home and compete for a Big Ten title Minnesota is the perfect fit. Minnesota has a loaded receiving group. They return 1st team All-Big Ten wide receiver Rashod Bateman who had 1,219 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last year. At Minnesota, he won't need to carry as large of a load as he did at Nebraska and he will be able to compete for a Big Ten title. If he is not granted a waiver, he will need to sit out a year before playing.
He would be able to play immediately without worry that his waiver will be denied by the NCAA. A year at an FCS school would allow him to put up big numbers before he would go to the NFL draft.
Spielman is an NFL level talent. Wherever he goes, he will make an immediate impact.