Huskers add transfer tight end Travis Vokolek from Rutgers

LINCOLN — A Husker position group full of experience and depth added another player for the future.

Travis Vokolek, a transfer tight end from Rutgers, announced Tuesday he's headed to Nebraska.

The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder caught 16 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018. The Scarlet Knights’ passing offense — worst in the Big Ten — only accounted for five touchdowns last season. Vokolek appeared in seven Rutgers’ games as a true freshman.

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Travis Vokolek is the son of DJ Vokolek, a native of Lincoln and currently the assistant head coach at Northern Iowa.

DJ Vokolek played college football at UNK and served as an assistant for six years at UNO from 1997-2002. He worked with Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander at UNI in the mid-2000s.

Travis Vokolek, who visited NU, Iowa and Kansas State, will redshirt and joins a tight end room that’s fully stocked. Junior Jack Stoll returns as a starter, while sophomores Austin Allen, Kurt Rafdal and freshman Katerian Legrone are backup options. Another freshman, Chris Hickman, is expected to provide depth while he redshirts and gains weight.

With Vokolek, Nebraska continues its habit of working the transfer portal for players. NU added Darrion Daniels (Oklahoma State) and Kanawai Noa (California) this cycle. Last year the Huskers added Breon Dixon (Mississippi), Vaha Vainuku (Utah) and Tre Neal (Central Florida).

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