Ex-Nebraska running back Braylon Heard transferring to Kentucky

Ex-Nebraska running back Braylon Heard transferring to Kentucky

[dropcap]J[/dropcap]unior running back Braylon Heard, a highly-recruited member of Nebraska’s 2010 signing class, will transfer to Kentucky.

heardIn January, the Youngstown, Ohio native announced his decision to leave Nebraska citing a desire to be closer to home. He also considered Pittsburgh.

“Kentucky will set up the run really well,” Heard told ESPN. “They have good players on the outside, three good QBs, a great line and backs. And yes, can’t beat being in the SEC.”

Out of high school, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Heard was a four-star prospect and was Rivals.com’s No. 5 rated running back.

If he had remained at Nebraska, Heard was expected to be the Huskers’ No. 2 running back behind Ameer Abdullah. Husker coaches him this offseason about the possibility of taking snaps at wide receiver in order to get him on the field, according to a source.

He rushed for 357 yards on 52 carries in 12 games as a sophomore.

Heard must sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have two seasons to play two beginning in 2014.

He will join current underclassmen Dyshawn Mobley, Justin Taylor and Josh Clemons in the Kentucky backfield.

The Wildcats and new coach Mark Stoops hold their spring game Saturday.

Photo credit: Reese Strickland / US Presswire

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