Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Ex-Nebraska G Klachko transfers to Illini
By Brian Bennett
In a move that had been rumored for some time, former Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko officially transferred to Illinois on Wednesday.
Klachko, who redshirted last year for the Huskers, will sit out this season and will lose a year of eligibility, giving him three seasons to play for the Illini. He's a 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard who was an ESPN 150 recruit in the class of 2011.
The transfer makes sense because Klachko is from Springfield, Ill. And new head coach Tim Beckman made no secret of his desire to acquire more depth, which is a big reason why Illinois was so interested in Penn State transfers. They landed one in ex-Nittany Lions offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki, who's eligible this year.
So if you're keeping score at home, that's two offensive linemen who have transferred from other Big Ten schools to Illinois (both named Ryan, coincidentally). And that's two high-profile offensive linemen who have left Nebraska, as Tyler Moore went home to Florida this weekend and reportedly will not return to Lincoln until 2013, if at all.
Intra-conference transfers are still somewhat rare. It will be interesting to see if Beckman ruffles feathers of other coaches in the league by bringing some in. Then again, his main goal is just winning at Illinois.