The Nebraska football team's Academic Progress Rate slipped a bit in the final year of coach Mike Riley, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA. 

The Husker football program's APR was 977 for the 2017-18 academic year. That includes the final season of Riley and the first five months of coach Scott Frost's tenure. In 2016-17, it was 980. Nebraska's 5-7 football team was able to qualify for a bowl during the 2015 season because of its APR score of 985. 

The APR is a measurement of athletes who stay in an institution while remaining academically eligible. Schools are docked points both for athletes who leave academically eligible and athletes who don't. 

NU had the eighth-highest APR for the 2017-18 academic year. Northwestern (996) led the way, followed by Ohio State (987), Illinois (982), Michigan (982), Penn State (979), Wisconsin (979) and Minnesota (978). Michigan State (948) had the lowest score. 

Five Nebraska teams — men's and women's gymnastics, rifle, bowling and women's tennis — scored perfect 1000 APRs. The lowest-scoring team was Husker men's basketball with a 969. 

Teams need to have a 930 APR to compete in postseason play. 

Nebraska trims football roster

The Husker football team officially trimmed its roster Wednesday to 149 players headed into the summer.

Four scholarship players — Caleb Lightbourn, Quayshon Alexander, Breon Dixon and Cam'ron Jones — put their names in the transfer portal, and several other walk-ons have left the program, including Omaha Westside twins Grant and Spencer Jordan. Two of the departing walk-ons, Justin Holm and Noah McCashland, joined the program last summer. 

Nebraska will welcome 24 more walk-ons this summer. 

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