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Weinmaster medically retires from football

Linebacker Jacob Weinmaster has decided to medically retire from football after a season-ending injury late this year.
Linebacker Jacob Weinmaster has decided to medically retire from football after a season-ending injury late this year. (Nate Clouse)

A day after Nebraska signed 23 new players in its 2019 recruiting class, one scholarship player has decided to medically retire from football.

Linebacker and special teams standout Jacob Weinmaster, a former walk-on who was put on scholarship before his junior campaign last fall, will give up the game after suffering an injury late in the 2018 season.

The Lincoln Journal-Star was the first to report the news. Under head coach Scott Frost, Nebraska's policy has been to let to players announce career decisions first. Weinmaster has yet to publicly announce his departure.

The Loveland, Colo., native saw limited time on defense this year but played a key role on Nebraska’s special teams. Of his 13 total tackles on the year, eight came on kickoff and punt coverage.

After redshirting his first season in 2015, he played in 22 total games in his career and finished with 15 tackles.

Weinmaster will remain close to the program, as he will be allowed to stay on scholarship until he graduates and not count against the Huskers’ scholarship limit.

On top of that, his younger brother, Zach Weinmaster, will walk-on at Nebraska this season as a wide receiver.

With his departure, the Huskers will now have just three returning scholarship inside linebackers in Mohamed Barry, Collin Miller, and Will Honas.