LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska quarterback Patrick O'Brien has asked for his release and plans to transfer.

The school confirmed Thursday that O'Brien's request will be granted. Former coach Mike Riley recruited O'Brien to play in a pro-style offense. New coach Scott Frost has brought his spread-option offense with him from Central Florida.

Frost said on Tuesday he and his staff were beginning to give more practice snaps to the quarterbacks who were separating themselves in the competition. O'Brien's departure leaves the Huskers with just two scholarship quarterbacks in redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and freshman Adrian Martinez. They also have walk-on Andrew Bunch. Noah Vedral is practicing but won't play this fall per transfer rules.

O'Brien appeared in three games as Tanner Lee's backup last season.

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