Washington WR Germie Bernard reportedly makes decision on future plans
Washington WR Germie Bernard appeared ready to deliver a breakout performance in 2024 following the departure of some key pieces to the NFL Draft. However, Bernard is reportedly hitting the transfer portal after a coaching change for the Huskies.
That news comes from a report via ESPN’s Pete Thamel. Washington has already seen some key movement and decisions following the departure of Kalen DeBoer and more moves are likely with the signing of new head coach Jedd Fisch.
University of Washington WR/KR Germie Bernard (@oti_germie) tells ESPN that he is entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. He is a former ESPN 300 recruit who began his career at Michigan State. The 6-1 205-LB WR from Las Vegas accounted for 738 yards in UW’s 14-1 season. pic.twitter.com/EXo1ivn0D8
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 15, 2024
Bernard’s career has already contained a number of twists and turns. As a 4-star recruit, Bernard originally signed with the Huskies but requested a release from his National Letter of Intent following the coaching change after the 2021 season.
Bernard would spend his freshman season at Michigan State with 128 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns before entering the transfer portal and heading to Washington. With the Huskies, Bernard was a key kick and punt returner in the 2023 season and was the team’s 5th-leading receiver with 34 catches for 419 yards and 2 touchdowns.
With the trio of Ja’Lynn Polk, Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan departing for the NFL Draft, the Huskies had a void for the team’s No. 1 receiving target, and Bernard was in line as an obvious candidate for the role. Now, it could be another hole Fisch needs to fill in the offseason if he cannot convince Bernard to withdraw from the portal and remain with the Huskies.