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Nebraska’s quarterback room added a member Tuesday, and the name is familiar to prep and Husker football fans.
Noah Vedral, the Wahoo Neumann two-sport star who spent his true freshman season at Central Florida, is transferring to Nebraska. He rejoins coach Scott Frost, who just led UCF to an undefeated record and Peach Bowl title. Vedral was a backup for the Knights this season.
“The chance to play at home is a special thing,” Vedral told The World-Herald. “It would be special to be back home.”
Vedral is already enrolled at Nebraska, according to school records. He plans on participating in spring practice. Vedral declined to say whether he’s joining the team as a scholarship player or a walk-on.
A source close to the situation confirmed to The World-Herald that UCF blocked Vedral from a scholarship transfer to Nebraska or any UCF rival in the American Athletic Conference.
“It was very difficult to leave UCF,” Vedral said. “It’s a very special place and special university.”
Such scholarship transfer blocks have happened before. The best-known case was Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who walked on at OU for one year after Texas Tech declined to release him. Athletes pay their own way for one year and go on scholarship after that.
The Huskers did not offer Vedral a scholarship out of high school after he accounted for 6,811 total yards and 77 career touchdowns during his Wahoo Neumann career. Frost did, and in limited action Vedral seemed a snug fit for UCF’s spread passing offense. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback played in eight games for UCF, completing 22 of 29 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
“I know the offense,” Vedral said, “and the offense suits my skill set the best. ... What is best for me was to come and play at home.”
He’ll be the fourth Vedral to play at Nebraska. Noah’s dad, Mike, was a tight end in the early 1990s, and two uncles — Jon and Mark — played after that as a tight end and linebacker, respectively. Noah Vedral’s maternal uncle is former Husker quarterback Matt Turman, the coach at Omaha Skutt. Matt’s dad, Tim, is Wahoo Neumann’s coach and Noah’s grandfather.
Noah may have been the most decorated prep athlete in the entire family. He helped lead Wahoo Neumann to the Class C-1 state championship game in football as a senior and won three Class C-1 state titles in basketball. Vedral is Neumann’s school record-holder in steals.
He made the 2016 All-Nebraska football team as a defensive back — he had three interceptions and a fumble recovery — and was also a member of The World-Herald’s Super Six entering his senior year. In basketball, he was third-team All-Nebraska as a senior.
Now, he’s coming home, as he announced on Twitter.
“I’m really close with my family, and my brother is going to be entering his senior season, and I have younger siblings still at home,” Vedral said.
NCAA transfer rules require an athlete to sit out one season before playing, though the NCAA approves some waiver requests for immediate eligibility.
Nebraska has three scholarship quarterbacks on campus: Patrick O’Brien, Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez, who is enrolling early. NU continues to pursue another quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class.
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