Unless the NCAA revisits a free one-time transfer rule — it was expected to pass this month but instead was shelved indefinitely — Stepp will need a waiver to be immediately eligible.
With Mills and Robinson both gone, essentially every carry for the Huskers in 2021 and beyond is up for grabs. Stepp will have plenty of competition from the group that backed up Mills in 2020 — freshman Marvin Scott and redshirt freshmen Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins — plus freshman Sevion Morrison and incoming freshman Gabe Ervin.
One of the most intriguing elements of this group: Every scholarship player has at least three years of eligibility remaining.
Don’t forget about the changes coming for Greg Austin’s front line. Freshman Turner Corcoran showed why NU is so high on him in his first career start at left tackle against Rutgers, but there’s no easy way to fill 95 starts and 118 appearances.
NFL Draft analyst Troy Pauline projects Jaimes as a fifth-round pick and Farniok as a sixth-rounder. Farniok didn’t dominate, but versatility is worth its weight in gold up front, and his ability (as a converted tackle, remember) to slide between center and guard was valuable. In that way, NU is essentially faced with replacing its left tackle, right guard, backup center and sixth man (Wilson).