Former Nebraska RB Greg Bell transferring to San Diego State, hopes to be immediately eligible

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/286921/" data-ylk="slk:Greg Bell">Greg Bell</a> was Nebraska's starting running back at the beginning of the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Greg Bell was Nebraska's starting running back at the beginning of the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Former Nebraska running back Greg Bell is hoping to play in 2019 at San Diego State.

Bell is transferring to the Aztecs and is enrolling in summer classes with the goal of immediately playing for San Diego State. He left the Nebraska football team during the 2018 season and told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was distracted by the health issues of a family member. Bell is a native of the San Diego area.

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“Being away so far, I wasn’t able to help,” Bell said. “It was stressing me out, trying to play football there and worrying about what was going on here. Now, I’ll actually be home where I can have an impact. ...

“We’re going to put a hardship waiver in. We’re confident it will go through, and I’ll have two years left.”

Bell was Nebraska’s starting running back at the beginning of 2018. He started the first three games of the season before he saw his playing time diminish. He transferred after the fourth game of the season, one of many players in college football to do so. Last season was the first with college football’s modified redshirt rules that allow a player to redshirt and still play four games in a season.

Bell, who came to Nebraska after two years at a community college, had 27 carries for 168 yards in the first two games of the season before getting just five yards combined in the next two.

With Bell’s transfer and Devine Ozigbo’s departure to the NFL, there’s a significant chance Nebraska will be without its top three 2018 running backs in 2019. Maurice Washington, a freshman who was Nebraska’s third-leading rusher last season, has turned himself in to police in California regarding revenge porn charges. When asked about Washington earlier in the month, Nebraska coach Scott Frost said that the hoped to gain some “clarity on the matter real soon.”

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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