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Wide receiver Kanawai Noa will play his final season at Nebraska.

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s wide receiver room got a little bigger Sunday, when California graduate transfer Kanawai Noa announced on Instagram that he will play his final season at NU.

Noa did not immediately respond to an interview request from The World-Herald.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Noa had 96 career catches for 1,237 yards and six touchdowns — including three catches in an injury-shortened season — over three-plus years at Cal. Noa’s 2016 campaign was cut short by a meniscus injury that forced him to have surgery.

He had his best season in 2017 with 56 catches for 788 yards and four touchdowns. In 2018, Noa had 30 catches for 369 yards as he missed five games with a lower-body injury. He announced his decision to transfer in late January.

Before his departure, California coach Justin Wilcox told 247Sports that Noa was “clutch” and “fearless.”

Based on highlights, Noa appears capable of playing multiple receiver positions, though he primarily filled the slot role in Cal’s spread offense. But he may be most needed at the outside X spot, where Nebraska is attempting to replace Stanley Morgan.

The Huskers have question marks there, as neither Andre Hunt, Mike Williams nor Jaron Woodyard distinguished themselves as the definitive starter in the spring. Freshmen Jamie Nance and Darien Chase could be outside options, too.

In the slot, JD Spielman is a two-year starter — he has 121 career catches for 1,648 yards and 10 touchdowns — and freshman Wan’Dale Robinson is a much-hyped backup option.

The addition of Noa, originally from Punahou High in Hawaii, brings Nebraska’s scholarship additions for 2019 to 29. The Huskers now have 82 projected players on scholarship. That number could become 83 if Highland Community college defensive line commit

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