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Name: JD Spielman (Transfer from Nebraska)
College: Texas Christian     Number: 10
Height: 5-09   Weight: 185
Position: WR  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2021

40 Low: 4.37
   40 Time: 4.47
  40 High: 4.56
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 Data Scout Notes: Announced transfer to TCU on July 18 '20. Entered transfer portal to leave Nebraska on June 8 '20. HM All-Big Ten, Media HM All-Big Ten w/49-898-18.3-5 rec, 4-31-7.8-0 rush, 1-2-0-0-50.0 pass, 14-112-8.0-1 PR, 1--3--3.0-0 KR in 12 gms in '19. 3rd team All-Big Ten, Media 3rd team All-Big Ten w/66-818-12.4-8 rec, 7-24-3.4-0 rush, 6-104-17.3-1 PR, 8-169-21.1-0 KR, 2 TT in 10 gms in '18. FWAA Freshman All-American, USA Today Freshman All-American WR, 3rd team All-Big Ten WR, Media HM All-Big Ten RS, AP 2nd team All-Big Ten All-Purpose, Big Ten All-Freshman Team WR, KR w/55-830-15.1-2 rec, 10-73-7.3-0 rush, 27-669-24.8-1 KR in 11 gms in '17. Redshirted in '16.

 JD Spielman, Texas Christian, Player News


  JD Spielman, the former Nebraska standout receiver, will catch at least 40 passes for TCU this season. That, of course, is assuming there is a season. If college football does indeed go forward, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior will be in a situation where he can put up excellent numbers. In order to put up excellent numbers, Spielman obviously will need to be healthy. In this case, we're mostly talking about mental health. In early March, Nebraska officials announced he wouldn't be part of the team in the spring because of a "personal health matter." Spielman left campus in February, never returned to school and recently said on Twitter that he "played all 12 games last year while struggling with depression and anxiety."

He said he played 30 pounds below his desired playing weight due to lack of sleep and not eating well. I was always struck by how small he looked in uniform. Even so, he started all 12 games and led Nebraska in receptions (49), receiving yards (898) and receiving touchdowns (five) while becoming the first Husker with three 800-yard receiving seasons. The most ardent Husker fans can almost recite his accolades in their sleep. So, they perhaps already know that TCU's top four returning wide receivers from last season had a combined one touchdown catch in 2019. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Former Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman on Monday confirmed via social media what had been reported over the weekend: He's transferring to TCU. The senior reportedly received the necessary wavier, or waivers, from the NCAA to be able to play this fall. He will spend his final collegiate season with the Horned Frogs after three straight 800-plus yard receiving seasons at NU. He first entered the transfer portal in June after taking a leave of absence for a personal health matter just before NU was about to start spring ball in March. Spielman told a Twitter user that he battled "depression and anxiety," while appearing in all 12 games for the Huskers last season. Spielman added he played 30 pounds underweight due to "not eating or sleeping." In a social media post late Sunday night, Spielman thanked his "true brothers, my family and the Nebraska fans for their abundance of support. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Eden Prairie native JD Spielman has picked his transfer destination: TCU. The former Nebraska receiver entered the NCAA transfer portal a little more than a month ago, after he took a leave of absence from the Cornhuskers back in March. He finished last season as a redshirt junior, amassing All-Big Ten honors for the third time. Per a report from 247Sports.com, Spielman can play immediately for TCU after receiving a waiver from the NCAA, as he has not yet graduated and isn't considered a graduate transfer. Many thought the Gophers, Spielman's hometown team that recruited him heavily and where many of his former Eden Prairie teammates went, could have been a landing spot. But having Nebraska corroborate Spielman's waiver request to play for a divisional rival seemed unlikely. - Star Tribune

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Scott Frost weighed in on JD Spielman's transfer and his new-look wide receiver room Wednesday night on the "Husker Sports Nightly" radio program. Frost, the third-year Nebraska football coach, said he had been in contact with Spielman in the lead-up to the talented senior wide receiver's decision to transfer on Monday. "He's made a lot of plays at Nebraska and I wish him the best and I think everybody here hopes the best for him," Frost said. "...In talking to him, I think both parties were pretty sure that a fresh start and moving on was probably the right decision at this point."

In the wake of Spielman's departure, five of Nebraska's nine scholarship wide receivers will be newcomers in the 2020 recruiting class. "That's a position that we've been trying to rebuild and get right really since the first day that we stepped on to campus here and it's a position where we're going to need to be better," Frost said. "We certainly have some veterans we think can help us, but we're going to be reliant on a bunch of new players." Nebraska's incoming class of receivers features juco transfer Omar Manning, who arrived on campus last week, and freshmen Alante Brown, Marcus Fleming, Will Nixon and Zavier Betts. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Spielman is not a graduate transfer and already used a redshirt season in 2016, meaning he will need to obtain a waiver in order to play in 2020. There is at least some risk in trying to transfer because he is down to one year of eligibility remaining, meaning Spielman will either be granted a waiver to play or he will not play again in college football. The move is not fully unexpected, considering Spielman has been away from the team for more than three months. Coach Scott Frost after the 2019 regular season's conclusion said that he was looking forward to having Spielman back in the program in 2020, but then he left a couple of months later and now, formally, will look to play elsewhere.

Spielman's departure means Nebraska will have nine scholarship wide receivers on the roster in 2020 - assuming they don't add one more via transfer - and five of them will be newcomers. The Huskers are also down to 13 scholarship seniors remaining on the roster and they have 79 of 85 spots filled overall, according to the Journal Star's count. Spielman is the third player to transfer in recent weeks, joining freshman defensive back Henry Gray, who entered the portal last week and has since committed to Florida International, and quarterback Noah Vedral, who left NU in late April and subsequently signed with Rutgers. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  JD Spielman, one of the top receivers in Nebraska history, has entered his name in the transfer portal, the school said Monday. Spielman is the first player to put together three straight 800-yard receiving seasons for the Cornhuskers and leaves No. 3 in career receptions and yards. Nebraska coach Scott Frost announced March 3 that Spielman had returned to his hometown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, to deal with an unspecified health matter and probably would miss all of spring practice. Frost had said he expected Spielman to be back for summer conditioning. Spielman, the son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, would have been a senior in eligibility this fall. It was unclear if he's on track to graduate this summer, which would make him eligible immediately at his next school. Spielman led the Huskers with 49 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season. - AP College Football

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Nebraska senior-to-be JD Spielman, easily the team's leading receiver in 2019, hasn't been involved in those optional workouts and his status for the 2020 season remains uncertain. He has been away from the team since early March because of a personal health matter. "We continue to hope the best for him," Frost said. "We're anxious to have resolution on everything." Might Spielman be on hand Monday, or sometime soon? "I'd say it's unclear," Frost said. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Spielman, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, last season logged 898 receiving yards (18.3 per catch), becoming the first player in school history to amass three 800-yard receiving seasons in a career. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  The Red-White Spring Game isn't happening on Saturday, but maybe you can still find at least a little bit of a football fix. Nebraska on Monday morning announced that it will be streaming a video game simulation of the Spring Game on its social media channels, featuring rosters made up of program legends, according to a school news release. The simulation will also have radio broadcast worked into it and is set to be live-streamed at 1 p.m. Saturday on Facebook, Twitter and Twitch. "Especially with the lack of spring practice and no spring game, we really want our fans to still feel connected," senior associate athletic director Garrett Klassy told the Journal Star late last week. NU had sold more than 62,000 tickets for its Red-White Spring Game before the coronavirus pandemic forced its cancellation. The Huskers missed out on 13 of 15 planned spring practices, including the Spring Game, which was set to be the finale. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  Nebraska receiver JD Spielman has gone home to deal with an unspecified health matter and probably will miss all of spring practice. "Everyone's focus right now is on JD's well-being and providing him with the appropriate support," coach Scott Frost said Monday. "We anticipate JD returning to the team in time for summer conditioning." Spielman is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and going into his senior year. He led the Cornhuskers with 49 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season. He's the first Nebraska player with three 800-yard receiving seasons. Nebraska also announced kicker Barret Pickering and receiver Jaevon McQuitty are leaving football, and walk-on kicker Matt Waldoch has left the team to focus on academics. Pickering and McQuitty had been injured. Spring practice opens March 9. - AP College Football

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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  2019 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): JD Spielman,...Spielman received honorable-mention recognition from both the conference coaches and media. He led Nebraska with 49 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns, ranking fifth in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game. In the process, Spielman became the first Husker to record three 800-yard receiving seasons. This marks the third straight season Spielman has earned conference honors after earning third-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2017 and 2018. - Nebraska Football

(DS#24 WR) rSr/2021 WR JD SpielmanTexas Christian
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