Editor's note: AJ Bush's father confirmed Friday morning that he's transferring to Iowa Western.
Nebraska's quarterback room got smaller Thursday when sophomore A.J. Bush announced on Twitter he was transferring from the program. Alvin Bush, AJ's father, confirmed to the World-Herald that he and AJ told coach Mike Riley of the decision Thursday.
AJ Bush didn't immediately answer texts or calls from the World-Herald. Alvin Bush said his son is looking at transferring to an FBS school or potentially a junior college.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is in search for a better opportunity at playing time, said Alvin Bush. A 2014 recruit, AJ spent two seasons behind long-term starter Tommy Armstrong. He didn't play in a game during his time at NU. Bush was in competition for the No. 3 job this year behind Armstrong and backup Ryker Fyfe and he would have competed for the starting job next season with true freshman Patrick O'Brien and Tanner Lee, who will be a junior once he sits out the 2016 season after transferring from Tulane.
Alvin Bush said AJ “loved everything” about Nebraska but had a “disconnect” with NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf.
“Coach Riley was consistent in not wanting AJ to leave,” Alvin Bush said, echoing statements Riley made to the World-Herald last spring. “Personally – just my opinion – I really think Coach Riley liked AJ. The disconnect may have been with the OC.”
The decision, Alvin Bush said, was made by his son.
Bush went to work with private quarterbacks coach Dennis Gile over the summer.
"The talent level is there — his ceiling is super high," said Gile, who played college football and spent two years in the Canadian Football League. "I'm not trying to create somebody who's not a quarterback. I'm just trying to help someone be a better quarterback. No question — he's a Division I starting quarterback at a high, high level. It's everything. He has all the intangibles to play the position."
Husker coaches had openly talked about plans to redshirt O'Brien for the 2016 season, but that seems unlikely now. At the very least, O'Brien will be the No. 3 quarterback and likely travel with the team for road games.