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Nebraska’s Wan’Dale Robinson Enters the Transfer Portal

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

A former Kentucky Mr. Football is looking for a new home.Nebraska wide receiver/running back Wan’Dale Robinson entered the transfer portal on Monday, bidding adieu to the cornfields of Lincoln.

“Being away from my mother and not seeing her during the season hurt me,” Robinson said. “I intend to find a place closer to my mother and family that will still allow me to achieve my dreams and goals.”

Robinson committed to play for second-year head coach Scott Frost following a sensational senior season at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, earning All-American honors after rushing for 1,973 yards and 30 touchdowns, while catching 31 passes for 725 yards and 11 touchdowns. Counting defense and special teams, he had 45 touchdowns in 11 games in 2018.

Heavily recruited by Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow, Robinson initially committed to the Cats at a well-attended ceremony at his high school. A month later, just two weeks before signing day, the nation’s second-ranked all-purpose back had a change of heart, opting instead to play for the heralded high-flying offense of Scott Frost.

Robinson was used early and often by Frost. The Cornhuskers first ever letterwinner from Kentucky set freshman records for receptions and receiving yards in 2019. He followed the exceptional start by leading Nebraska in receiving in 2020. Used at running back and in the slot, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns on the ground, while picking up three scores through the air and averaging 10 yards per catch, totaling 1,494 yards from scrimmage in two seasons.

Despite Robinson’s personal success, wins were rare. Frost has failed to turn around his alma mater, going just 8-12 over the last two seasons, neither of which ended with a bowl game.

Now one of the most sought after transfers in the portal, Robinson will have three years of eligibility remaining. An immediate impact player, Kentucky’s lengthy relationship with Robinson will come in handy as suitors pursue the versatile athlete. With a new offensive staff promising to revamp the Wildcats’ aerial attack, Kentucky has an enticing pitch for Robinson. We’ll find out in the coming days if UK can finally convince Wan’Dale to play for his Old Kentucky Home.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Nebraska’s Wan’Dale Robinson Enters the Transfer Portal

  1. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    3:11 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    Cincinnati here he comes

  2. bbn606
    3:24 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    I think he burnt the UK bridge. I’m thinking UL or Cincy.

    • east-ky-boy
      3:27 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

      I would forgive and forget and love to have him. But I feel you are right.

    • Middy
      8:16 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

      I highly doubt Stoops and Marrow hold grudges like that… they just don’t seem that type…especially for a talented player that can help us win. Who can blame a kid for wanting to spread his wings and leave the nest for a while. Our new OC certainly won’t harbor any ill will.

  3. Grazilla
    3:24 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    Would love to have him! Unfortunately, you may be right RLT.

  4. meeksfor3
    3:28 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    After the stunt he pulled to win Mr Football I hope it isn’t UK. He used them and threw them to the side as soon as he could.

  5. joesh56
    3:33 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    I find it hilarious how he’s transferring, because Nebraska talked so much crap to the Kentucky fan base when they flipped him. And yet, Nebraska hasn’t gone bowling since 2016 and hasn’t won a bowl since 2015. Their program is dead now. From #1 in the late nineties, to unranked and no post season. Sounds a lot like Tennessee, and maybe Miami(FL) lol.

    • Miller45
      12:34 am January 12, 2021 Permalink

      Dude their fans are absolutely delusional, they haven’t done anything relevant since 1997 and somehow act like they are a high tier program

  6. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    3:48 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t be surprised if the Buckeyes slide into the picture

  7. jaws2
    7:03 pm January 11, 2021 Permalink


  8. blueblood80
    12:54 pm January 12, 2021 Permalink

    Part of reason for leaving were complaints about getting the right touches, and using the NFL in the same sentence. He’s playing for the Robinson name on the jersey. Kinda like LSU”s K. Joseph.
    I’d stay away from him as we have quality receivers coming in who want to win an SEC East Championship as a Team – he might be that “rat poison” Saban speaks of….