Husker offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson to transfer from the program

Offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson did not start a game in his career and appeared in two games as a reserve.

LINCOLN — Nebraska senior offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson has left the program and will pursue transfer options after he graduates in May with a degree in criminal justice and criminology, a Husker spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

Johnson announced on Twitter Thursday morning that he will be transferring to Texas Tech. 

"Spending my last four years at the University of Nebraska has truly been a blessing," Johnson tweeted. "Deciding to transfer was a difficult decision but figured it would be best for my future. I'd like to thank Coach Cav and Coach Riley for the opportunities they have allowed me and all of their help and support throughout this process."

Johnson’s departure gives NU more room to pursue its own graduate transfer options or to put additional senior walk-ons on scholarship without affecting the size of the 2018 recruiting class. Nebraska has four open scholarships headed into the fall. It’s likely that one of the four will go to junior walk-on center Cole Conrad.

Johnson, from Houston, was a member of the 2013 recruiting class. He did not start a game in his career and appeared in two games (in 2016) as a reserve. He joins another member of the 2013 recruiting class, Zach Hannon, in leaving the program to pursue a graduate transfer.

Nebraska signed five offensive linemen in the 2013 class. Only one — senior David Knevel — now remains. Knevel has started 10 career games. Chongo Kondolo started nine in 2015. Hannon, Johnson and Matt Finnin didn’t start any. Kondolo and Finnin were junior college recruits who both spent three years at NU.

Nebraska now has 15 scholarship offensive linemen on its roster. Eleven of them are underclassmen, but the four upperclassmen — Knevel and juniors Nick Gates, Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer, started with the No. 1 unit in the spring game.

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