One of Northwestern’s best offensive weapons has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal, according to a report.
Monday morning, 247Sports reported that wide receiver Bennett Skowronek has entered the transfer portal and will explore opportunities to play elsewhere. Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein said the receiver may also test the NFL Draft waters before making a final decision.
Skowronek was a team captain at Northwestern this season but only appeared in three games because of injury. Though he was a senior, the receiver was able to maintain his redshirt status and will be allowed to play at the college level for one more season.
In three games, Skowronek caught 12 passes for 141 yards.
The news comes a day after Northwestern announced that offensive coordinator Mick McCall will not return to the Wildcats’ staff in 2020. After 12 years in that role, McCall’s offense was struggling to move the football and became somewhat predictable over the last few seasons.
Northwestern finished the 2019 season 3-9 (1-8 B1G) and owned one of the nation’s worst scoring offenses.
Skowronek has been a key cog in Northwestern’s passing attack throughout his career. As a sophomore in 2017, he finished with 644 yards and five touchdown receptions (both team highs) while hauling in 45 passes. Last season, he totaled 45 catches for 562 yards and three scores.
Skowronek could still return to Northwestern, should that be in his best interest. If he does leave, he’ll have one year of eligibility remaining and will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.