Highly rated Nebraska running back transfers to Kentucky

jsmith3@herald-leader.comApril 11, 2013 

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    When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

    Where: Commonwealth Stadium

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Braylon Heard, a sophomore running back at Nebraska, is leaving the school to transfer to Kentucky, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.

Heard, from the same high school as Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and tight ends coach Vince Marrow, will enroll at UK this summer, sit out the 2013 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I feel it is the right spot because I feel like I fit in well at the university," Heard told ESPN's Joe Schad.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder rushed for 348 yards and averaged 6.7 yards a carry at Nebraska last season. He rushed for 114 yards and a score as a true freshman. In 19 games for the Huskers, he ran 77 times for 462 yards and four touchdowns.

"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 Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Heard was rated among the top five running backs in the country by Rivals.com and among the top five players in Ohio. He was a top-60 recruit nationally, according to several services.

He ran for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, when the Cardinals went 15-0.

Heard is the second player from Cardinal Mooney to join UK. Safety Marcus McWilson originally committed to Nebraska but changed his mind and signed with the Cats after Stoops took over.

On national signing day, Stoops said he had a running joke with McWilson during the recruiting process.

"I told Marcus the whole time, I said, 'What's it feel like to be the second-best player to play at Cardinal Mooney High School?'" Stoops said with a laugh.


Blue-White Game

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Commonwealth Stadium

TV: Tape-delay only (7 p.m. Sunday on CWKYT-27.2)

Radio: Live on WLAP-AM 630

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: UKfootball.bloginky.com.

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