JD Spielman had to make a difficult decision during the offseason. After spending four years at Nebraska, the Huskers’ leading receiver decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer portal and explore options outside of Lincoln to complete his college career.

During his three seasons with the Huskers on the field, Spielman totaled 170 catches for 2,456 yards and 15 touchdowns. He racked up more than 800 receiving yards in each of those seasons and was the team’s leading receiver in 2019 with 898 yards and 5 touchdowns during a 5-7 campaign.

But it was time for Spielman to move on. And even though he’s no longer in Lincoln, the wide receiver is thankful for his time at Nebraska.

“It’s never easy to just pick up and leave after all the work and grind that you put in at that past school. I met a lot of great people at Nebraska and a lot of friends that at the end of the day that felt more like family then they felt like friends,” Spielman told 247Sports. “It was hard to get up and leave that. But you also have to do what’s best for you and your career and make sure that you’re mentally healthy, happy and go out there and still love the game you grew up playing.”

“I appreciate everything Nebraska did for me, but at the end of the day that my time there had come to an end and I was optimistic and excited to find a new place. Once I made that decision I didn’t have any regrets. That’s one of the things you have to live with.”

Spielman’s TCU career is still young. The Horned Frogs have played just two games this fall, falling 37-34 to Iowa State in the opener before upsetting Texas 33-31. In those two games, Spielman has caught 3 passes for 36 yards and carried the ball 3 times for 9 yards.

TCU is back in action this weekend, taking on Kansas State.