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Jack Stoll will not return to Nebraska in 2021. 

The senior tight end announced Monday that he is turning his attention to preparing for the NFL Draft instead of using the extra year of eligibility that the NCAA has granted to every player because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Stoll, a Colorado native, thanked NU coaches, teammates and fans on Twitter for his five years on campus. 

"I came to the University of Nebraska to be a part of the tradition of Nebraska football — a tradition unlike any other in college football. It has been an unbelievable ride that has resulted in the greatest experience in my life," Stoll wrote. "I would not trade my five years here for anything in the world." 

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder suffered a knee injury in NU's season opener this fall against Ohio State, but missed just one game and worked his way back into shape as the season went along. He had perhaps his best game of the season to date in NU's finale against Rutgers, catching all three balls thrown his way for 41 yards. 

Stoll played in 43 games in his NU career and finished with 61 catches for 657 yards and six touchdowns. 

At tight end, Nebraska heads into the offseason with a junior trio of Austin Allen, Travis Vokolek and Kurt Rafdal returning, plus an incoming freshman trio of Thomas Fidone, James Carnie and A.J. Rollins. Fidone and Carnie are early enrollees who will be on campus next month, though Carnie recently had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and will be limited during his first months on campus. 

So far, four NU seniors have made public their plans and each is leaving. Linebacker Collin Miller is medically retiring, left tackle Brenden Jaimes declared for the NFL Draft and offensive lineman Boe Wilson put his name in the transfer portal and may try to play a sixth season elsewhere. 

NU has nine scholarship seniors with plans yet to finalize, and it is expected that at least some of them will decide to return and play for the Huskers in 2021. 

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