Caleb Lightbourn

Caleb Lightbourn (No. 35) had his best season in 2017. 

Nebraska punter Caleb Lightbourn confirmed Monday he’d entered the NCAA transfer portal, seeking a new destination to play his senior season of football.

Lightbourn was NU’s starting punter for two-and-a-half seasons before he was replaced by walk-on and senior-to-be Isaac Armstrong midway through the Wisconsin game last season. He later lost kickoff duties as well after a botched onside kick attempt at Ohio State.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound native of Camas, Washington, still has a redshirt season remaining because he was thrust into the starting punter role as a true freshman after the death of Sam Foltz, who was Lightbourn’s brief mentor in college. Lightbourn spoke to students and media on the day of Foltz’s passing, communicating he’d do the best he could. Over three seasons, the 2017 campaign — when he averaged 42.1 yards per punt and was coached by defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who put Lightbourn through rigorous drills — was his best.

Armstrong is the odds-on candidate to start at punter in 2019. NU also welcomes a transfer from Michigan State, William Przystup, this summer.

While Lightbourn retains the right to remove his name from the portal, once he enters in, Nebraska has the right to remove Lightbourn from scholarship at the end of the semester.

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