A former junior college recruiting target of the Tennessee Vols is reportedly on the move, according to Rivals.
Running back Greg Bell, who signed with Nebraska in 2018 over Tennessee (and others), has left the Cornhuskers.
Bell, who has rushed for 173 yards on 35 carries this season, was rated as the top 2018 JuCo running back in the nation.
The 6-foot/205 pound running back won the starting job for Nebraska out of camp, but he was unable to hold on to it through the first four games of season. According to Rivals, he didn’t take the news of being passed on the depth chart very well.
If Bell, who was teammates with current Vol Dominick Wood-Anderson at Arizona Western, takes a redshirt this season (which presumably he is, since he’s leaving after four games), he will have two years of eligibility remaining.
I think the Vols should definitely take a look at Bell — though only if they’re clear up front that he won’t be the de facto starter at Tennessee (UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt seems perfectly content with a committee style backfield).
Running back isn’t a glaring position of need for the Volunteers, but the depth never hurts. Especially since graduate transfer Madre London will be moving on after the 2018 season.
Is quitting the team at Nebraska a bad omen for Bell?
There was a time when a player leaving during the season was an immediate red flag — either for the player or for the program.
But these are strange times in college football. With the new redshirt rule in place, it means we’re seeing a lot of players decide it’s wise to pursue other options after seeing how they’re used early in the season.
For that reason, I don’t view Bell’s departure from Nebraska as “quitting”. Instead, I look at it as an unintended byproduct of a new rule.
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