Patrick O'Brien, who had the most game experience of any returning Nebraska quarterback, announced on social media that he will transfer to another school.
"I would like to announce I have been granted my release from the University of Nebraska. I am so incredibly blessed with being able to spend the past two and half years at this university," he said, in part, in his Twitter message.
O'Brien, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, was equipped to play in the pro-style attack featured by former head coach Mike Riley. But he is not the kind of dual-threat quarterback that fits the offensive system used by new head coach Scott Frost.
"Pat's a good athlete, but I think the other three (quarterbacks in practice) are a little more capable of moving the ball with their feet," Frost told the Omaha World-Herald. "They've just kind of passed him. We want what's best for all these guys.
"I really do think he'd be better suited to a more traditional-style offense. That's what he was recruited here to do, and then the offense changed. We're on his side and we're going to support him."