Nebraska senior punter Caleb Lightbourn is exploring a transfer. 

The Washougal, Washington, native entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, meaning coaches from other schools are allowed to have contact with him, an NU spokesman confirmed Monday. 

Lightbourn lost his starting job in the middle of last year to walk-on Isaac Armstrong. He participated in spring ball and was on the White Team for Saturday's Red-White Spring Game, which was made up mostly of back-ups and scout teamers. 

In a Tuesday statement on Twitter, Lightbourn acknowledged the trouble he's had getting back into form after sliding into a funk in 2018. 

"I battled adversity when I first came here," he wrote. "And I will continue to battle adversity as I leave, as I learn to master the mental side of the game." 

Lightbourn also wrote, "I've given this team and state my all and you all gave it right back. I leave with no regrets." 

Lightbourn started his first two years here and was a strong incumbent into 2018 before losing his job after 148 career punts for Nebraska. He has not used a redshirt, so theoretically Lightbourn has two years to play one. 

Just because a player is in the portal doesn't guarantee that he will transfer, but in all likelihood Lightbourn will play elsewhere in 2019. When a player enters his name into the portal, the school can end his scholarship at the end of the semester. In rare occasions -- for instance, NU walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch -- there may be an agreement between the player and coaches to look around, but that will be much more the exception than the rule. 

Armstrong is the favorite to win the job in 2019 and is joined by fellow senior walk-on Jackson Walker. Michigan State transfer William Przystup joins the fold this summer, but under normal transfer rules will not be eligible until 2020 at which point he'll be a sophomore. 

For the Huskers, it only took one day after spring ball ended for the attrition to begin. As it stands, NU now has 84 scholarship players and 15 seniors. 

Nebraska football scholarship chart

How do the Huskers scholarship numbers break down? A look at each position.

Position Freshman RS Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
QB (3) Luke McCaffrey Adrian Martinez
Noah Vedral*
RB (6) Ronald Thompkins Maurice Washington Dedrick Mills*
Rahmir Johnson Jaylin Bradley*
TE (5) Chris Hickman Katerian Legrone* Austin Allen* Jack Stoll*
Kurt Rafdal*
WR (11) Jamie Nance Andre Hunt* Jaevon McQuitty* JD Spielman* Jaron Woodyard*
Darien Chase Miles Jones* Mike Williams
Wan'Dale Robinson Kanawai Noa*^
Demariyon Houston
T (7) Bryce Benhart Matt Sichterman* Brenden Jaimes Christian Gaylord*
Matthew Anderson Matt Farniok*
Jimmy Fritzsche
G (4) Michael Lynn Broc Bando* John Raridon*
Boe Wilson*
C (2) Will Farniok*
Cameron Jurgens*
DE (11) Ty Robinson Tate Wildeman* Chris Walker* Ben Stille* Khalil Davis*
Mosai Newsom Casey Rogers* Deontre Thomas* Carlos Davis*
Brant Banks DaiShon Neal
DT (5) Ethan Piper Damion Daniels* Jahkeem Green^ Darrion Daniels*
Vaha Vainuku*
OLB (8) Garrett Nelson David Alston* Caleb Tannor JoJo Domann* Tyrin Ferguson*
Jamin Graham Pernell Jefferson* Alex Davis*
ILB (6) Nick Henrich Collin Miller* Mohamed Barry*
Jackson Hannah Will Honas*
Garrett Snodgrass
S (7) Myles Farmer CJ Smith* Marquel Dismuke* Eric Lee Jr.
Quinton Newsome Deontai Williams*
Noa Pola-Gates
CB (7) Javin Wright Braxton Clark* Cam Taylor Dicaprio Bootle* Lamar Jackson
Tony Butler* Avery Anderson*
ST (1) Barret Pickering (K)
Class Total 25 10 15 17 15
Overall Total 82
*Player has used redshirt
^Has not signed LOI

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Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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