Manasseh Garner

Manasseh Garner played in 10 games each of the past two seasons for UW.

M.P. KING — State Journal archives

Former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Manasseh Garner is going home, to Pittsburgh, where he will play for some familiar faces.

Garner is transferring to the University of Pittsburgh, in his hometown, and UW coach Bret Bielema is the one who facilitated it.

That's where former UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is the head coach, former UW tight ends coach Joe Rudolph is the offensive coordinator/tight ends coach and former UW linebackers coach Dave Huxtable is the defensive coordinator.

Some people might be surprised Bielema would help out Chryst, after he took three of Bielema's assistants with him when he left. Former UW offensive line coach Bob Bostad also went with Chryst before going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Manasseh was maybe leaning toward some FCS schools," Bielema said after practice on Thursday. "We had a list; I think I released him to 15 schools. I sat down with him. I actually talked to coach Chryst, explained (to Garner), the best option in my opinion would be to go to a BCS school and sit out a year, get himself healthy and have two years to play. So, that's exactly what he's doing."

"He's got a baby back home; he's got some life issues," Bielema said. "Maybe to be closer to home will be a good thing for him."

Former UW defensive back Jameson Wright is looking at schools in his home state of Florida, Bielema said. Also, former UW quarterback Joe Brennan has decided on Towson, a Football Championship Subdivision school located in Maryland.

"The thing that I admire about these kids that are moving on, they see themselves in a situation they want to compete," Bielema said. "It's not like they are sitting here occupying space, getting an education. They want to get on the field and compete and I can't blame them for that."