Kentucky football got some big news Thursday when Braylon Heard, a running back at Nebraska, announced his plans to transfer to UK at the end of the semester.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Heard rushed for 348 yards on 52 carries as a sophomore with the Cornhuskers. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns.
Heard originally signed with Nebraska in the Class of 2010 as the No. 34 running back in the nation out of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, which also produced new UK head coach Mark Stoops and assistant coach Vince Marrow.
"I saw Braylon Heard play often when he was a high school star at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney," said FOX Sports Next Ohio analyst Bill Greene. "Two things stand out for me: One would be his overall speed, and he has the ability to change a football game with the ball in his hands. Heard can take the football 80-yards on one play, and he has great ability to make people miss.
"The second factor would be his tremendous versatility as a player. Heard has the ability to play wide receiver or tailback on offense, be a safety or cornerback on defense, and impact special teams play as a return man. He should be able to make an impact at Kentucky in some fashion."
The Wildcats signed another Cardinal Mooney standout in February, 2013 safety Marcus McWilson. Many believe the new UK staff could turn the talent-rich high school into a LaGrange-type "pipeline" that the Cats have recently enjoyed in Georgia.
Heard plans to join the UK program this summer and will sit out the 2013 season under NCAA transfer rules. He'll have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Wildcats, who will be seeking additional depth in the backfield.
Two of UK's top backs, Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George, will be seniors this season.
Nebraska RB transferring to UK
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