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Greg McMullen quits football, Kevin Williams will transfer from Nebraska

Greg McMullen quits football, Kevin Williams will transfer from Nebraska

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Greg McMullen quits football, Kevin Williams will transfer from Nebraska

Greg McMullen has decided to quit football and will enroll in graduate school.

Defensive linemen Greg McMullen and Kevin Williams are leaving Nebraska, Mike Riley announced after Saturday's spring game.

McMullen has decided to give up football. Riley said McMullen already has his degree and will enroll in grad school. He also plans to mentor children.

"Since he got his degree, he wants to go on with his life," Riley said. "He's made a decision not to play football anymore...he's really got a vision about where he wants to go and what he wants to do, and I'm really proud of him in a lot of ways in what he has done here for this school and this team. Saying that, we'll miss him." 

McMullen left the team during the spring for what Riley called a leave of absence to focus on academics. Riley said he did not know as recently as this week that McMullen would decide to quit football.

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker didn't know that McMullen had left the program. 

"What has he done and what's his decision?" Banker asked reporters when asked him about McMullen. After reporters told him what Riley had said, Banker responded "to be perfectly honest with you, I haven't had a conversation with him and that was news to me as far as any kind of decision." 

McMullen was in attendance for Saturday's spring game but was on the sidelines dressed in street clothes.

McMullen started all 13 games last season, racking up 28 tackles, including seven for loss and four sacks. 

Williams will pursue other opportunities for playing time as a graduate transfer. Riley did not know where that might take him. It's been reported that Kentucky and former Husker assistant Vince Marrow are pursuing him.

Williams, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility, will be eligible immediately at his new school.

Williams played in eight games in 2015 and had four tackles, one for loss.

Combined with the two early entrants to the NFL — Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine — the Huskers have lost four defensive linemen since the end of last season.

Riley also said Saturday that offensive lineman Paul Thurston is expected to pursue graduate transfer opportunities as well.

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