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After two stellar seasons, McLane Mannix transferring out of Nevada

McLane Mannix
McLane Mannix is leaving Nevada. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

McLane Mannix, a freshman All-American who had an equally strong sophomore season, is transferring out of Nevada. Mannix announced the move on his Twitter page on Sunday night.

"Due to personal family matters I will not be continuing my education and football career at the University of Nevada," Mannix wrote. "That has not been an easy decision for me. I have made lifelong friends and learned many valuable lessons both of which I will always be grateful for. I would like to thank Coach (Matt) Mumme, Coach (Timmy) Chang, Coach (Jay) Norvell and the rest of the staff for recruiting me, coaching me and believing in me.

"To the Nevada fans, thank you for two years of support. To my teammates, thank you to for your friendship and brotherhood. It will be hardest to leave you guys. Go kill it in the Arizona Bowl. Jungle Boys for life."

In his two seasons in Reno, Mannix caught 107 passes for 1,653 yards and 13 touchdowns. This season, he caught 50 passes for 875 yards and seven scores. That came after a 57-catch, 778-yard, six-touchdowns rookie season in which he was voted a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Mannix was named an All-MW honorable mention last week.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound slot receiver was a late addition to Nevada’s 2017 recruiting class, the first under head coach Jay Norvell. Mannix, a native of Midland, Texas, was committed to Vanderbilt before flipping to Nevada on the eve of national signing day. The move was made because the Wolf Pack wanted him to be a receiver in its Air Raid offense while Vandy saw him as a running back/cornerback.

Since Mannix played as a true freshman, he still has his redshirt season available. If he transfers to an FBS school – Power 5 programs will almost certainly show heavy interest – Mannix will have to sit a season before having two seasons of eligibility remaining at his next school. FBS players can transfer to the FCS level and play immediately, although Mannix should be in high demand from top schools.

When rumors about a possible Mannix transfer started to circulate last week, NSN emailed and direct messaged Mannix's mom, Erin. Those went unanswered.

Mannix is the second known transfer out of Nevada this season, joining tight end Trevion Armstrong, who announced on Nov. 14 he was leaving the Wolf Pack. Despite those losses, Nevada is scheduled to return five of its top six wide receivers, including Kaleb Fossum (69/725/1), Romeo Doubs (43/562/2), Elijah Cooks (22/348/6), Brendan O'Leary-Orange (14/214/4) and Daiyan Henley (9/129/0).

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