Three Huskers — including Ernest Hausmann — enter the transfer portal

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Three Nebraska football players enter the transfer portal, a source confirmed to The World-Herald on Thursday afternoon.

Huskers leaving the program include linebacker Ernest Hausmann, receiver Decoldest Crawford and offensive lineman Brant Banks.

Thus begins what will be a hectic trajectory for new Nebraska coach Matt Rhule — officially hired Saturday — and his still-assembling staff as they navigate the comings and goings of players from a national portal pool already numbering in the hundreds .

The biggest hit is Hausmann, the Columbus freshman who went on to become a starter and finish with 54 tackles (sixth on the team). His closing ability on quarterbacks and hard hits on rushers helped him stand out in a unit with other promising defensemen like Malcolm Hartzog.

Hausmann thanked Nebraska coaches, trainers and teammates in a social media post for helping them develop this season, as well as fans for their support. He called the move “a very difficult decision.”

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A knee injury in August sidelined Crawford for the entire season after arriving from Louisiana as a three-star contender. Best known for his unique name and high-profile name-picture match with an Omaha-based HVAC company, he transferred from LSU late last season when he followed Mickey Joseph from Baton Rouge to Lincoln. He leaves without having seen a click at NU.

Banks has just completed his fourth season with Nebraska, playing every game on special teams and occasionally as an O-line reserve in what was technically his second year as a redshirt. The Houston native converted from the defensive line in 2019, playing a total of 26 games. Perhaps his most memorable moment came when he joined the men’s basketball team ahead of the 2020 Big Ten tournament, playing three minutes as a reserve.

Players entering the portal can still exit with the same school or find a new home. Nebraska saw 15 players transfer in the last cycle after the end of the 2021 season and more players are sure to leave in the coming days amid a regime change.

Rhule said on a national podcast this week to expect employee turnover.

“They come out 3-9 and 4-8, so the only way to fix that is to make sure the players you have are coached and develop and become big and strong,” said Rhule. “But you have to start recruiting and you have to get guys into the transfer portal. You have to upgrade the squad.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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