LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska running back Jordan Stevenson, a member of Scout.com's Top 100 in the Class of 2015, will no longer redshirt and will likely play against Wisconsin this weekend according to head coach Mike Riley.
Stevenson has been a member of the Huskers' scout team, so more than likely won't get carries, but could serve as a kick returner.
"I know it's a little bit crazy, especially with our situation at backs," Riley said. "But we talked to him about it. And if we do it like this initially, it's something that he wants to do, too."
Stevenson originally signed with Wisconsin out of high school, was denied admission despite being a full NCAA qualifer, He dediced to enroll at Nebraska in late July.
The four-star prospect didn't come to Lincoln in his best shape and wore a boot for much of fall camp due to an ankle sprain. It took him some time to get back into football shape.
At South Oak Cliff high school in Texas, Stevenson recorded 2,530 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2014. He finished his career with nearly 5,000 yards and 53 total scores, racking up offers from schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Ohio State, UCLA and Oklahoma State.
"Stevenson is a solid all-purpose back. He likes to hit the defense off tackle and then pop the runs to the outside to chew up chunks of yardage," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "He is also effective in the middle of the field out of the spread offense. He hits the hole quickly. He came on as the season progressed and ended up as his team’s top true rushing back, scoring 11 times as a sophomore against 5A Texas competition. He has good hands as well."