Yesterday, Nevada receiver McLane Mannix announced that he would be transferring to Texas Tech.
— McLane Mannix (@mclane28) December 19, 2018
Mannix, originally from Midland, led Nevada with 875 yards, had 50 receptons, 7 touchdowns and 17.5 yards per catch as a sophomore, while as a freshman, Mannix had 57 catches, 778 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 13.65 yards per catch. Mannix announced his intent to transfer on December 2nd. And in terms of a timeline, Matt Wells was announced as Texas Tech’s head coach on November 29th, so you’d maybe guess that Mannix reached out to Wells.
Mannix had a very detailed explanation as to why he decided to transfer from Nevada, via Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray (there’s more there, so please click over), which included his mother suffering from PTSD as a result of a fire that gave her second and third-degree burns:
This fall she was diagnosed with stomach ulcers from the stress and anxiety related to these fires and continues to be treated for these symptoms. She was able to attend my games this year but later in the season the California fires became another trigger as she knew what she was flying into and and I was playing football in these areas.
There are instances where the NCAA will grant a waiver to a player to play immediately if he/she is transferring as a result of a family medical situation, which this would seemingly qualify to at least make an application and see what happens. And this is a pretty big “get” for Wells. Mannix is a talented player who could potentially contribute immediately, and even if he has to sit out a year, he’ll be a big part of the receiving corps.