On Tuesday night in DeKalb, Northern Illinois closed its season with a 17-14 upset win over MAC frontrunner Western Michigan.
Despite pulling off the home victory, one of the Huskies’ most integral players of the past three seasons did not step onto the field Tuesday night. At 2:35 p.m. ET, roughly 4.5 hours until kickoff, Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports reported running back Tre Harbison entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Harbison later confirmed the report by posting his notification of transfer on Twitter, along with a message thanking Huskie nation.
Just have to do what’s best for me! Thank you Huskie Nation for everything. It’s all love from my end With that being said, I’m excited for my next chapter ! TRUST GOD’s PLAN pic.twitter.com/APFWdg3juK— Tre Harbison (@Harbison_III) November 27, 2019
In 11 games this season, Harbison rushed for 1,010 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. The 2019 season marked the Shelby, North Carolina native’s second consecutive year of attaining the 1,000-yard mark. In 2018, he rushed for 1,034 yards in 14 games, scoring five touchdowns and earning a Second Team All-MAC nod on the MAC champion Huskies. As a freshman in 2017, Harbison registered 290 yards on 55 carries, totaling 2,334 in his Huskie career — ranked 14th in rushing yards in program history.
Harbison was redshirted in 2016, signaling he still has one more year of eligibility. After obtaining a journalism degree from Northern Illinois, Harbison is free to transfer anywhere in the country without having to sit a year out. It has not been announced where he plans to exercise his graduate transfer next season.
In place of Harbison, the Huskies rotated between three primary backs in their win over Western Michigan. Running backs Marcus Jones, Jordan Nettles, and Rondarius Gregory combined for 28 carries and each rushed between 36 and 42 yards in the season finale.