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Big Red Recon: Kickoff to 2021 Season Finally Here for Huskers

August 27, 2021

We made it, Huskers. After what felt like an endless offseason, we are on the verge of kicking off the 2021 football season for Nebraska. For the most part I’d describe game week as having a “no news is good news” feel to it. We know the Huskers are excited to go play Illinois. There will be a lot of intrigue around this game considering how little we know about Illinois with a new coaching staff.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

Valen Erickson, offensive lineman, Chicago, Illinois

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Ashton Hayes, Running Back, Reno, Nevada

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

Grant Page, Wide Receiver, Boulder, Colorado

Hayden Schwartz, Defensive End, Jacksonville, Florida

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

QB 0 DL 1
RB 0 MLB 0
WR 0 OLB 1
TE 0 DB 2
OL 2 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> It will be tough to narrow down the travel roster to 74 with the Huskers on the road this weekend. One position that I’ll be watching closely is running back. It was the most talked about position battle in fall camp. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Nebraska will travel with five running backs. Gabe Ervin Jr., Sevion Morrison and Markese Stepp are locks to travel. It wouldn’t be surprising if at least one of Rahmir Johnson, Marvin Scott III or Jaquez Yant were left home this week.

>> Sticking with running back, my final pick for who will start for Nebraska is Ervin Jr. I think we will see the top three backs all get action but the freshman trots out first for the Big Red.

>> Nebraska wide receiver commit Victor Jones Jr. has set his official visit date with Nebraska. The talented wideout will make his way to Lincoln for the Fordham game. The home opener normally has a lot of official visitors but unless something changes expect the commit to be the only one. I don’t expect many visitors during September for Nebraska.

Look for the local commits to be back in town for the games. Plus, there will be a strong local walk-on flavor to the unofficial visit lists for September.

>> One of the injury-related notes about that team that has gone under the radar is the status of left tackle Turner Corcoran. I’m told he did practice leading up to the game and will give it a go against Illinois. He missed a chunk of time so there might be some rust there for the young tackle.

>> Seeing how the wide receiver rotation shakes out this weekend will be interesting. I expect Samori Touré and Oliver Martin to be two of the starting receivers. Who will be the third? Don’t sleep on Wyatt Liewer who has impressed all camp including his teammates.

“I feel like a lot of guys have emerged making that jump from spring ball to fall camp,” Touré said. “First of all, I think Wyatt and Oliver have just been making plays in and out of practice every single day.

“I think Omar [Manning] is someone who I saw make a huge jump from spring ball to fall camp. Same thing with Zavier Betts as well. He’s gotten a lot of the plays down more and he’s starting to play a lot faster. I’m really excited to see what our room is going to do this year.”

The wide receivers are expected to take a big step forward during the 2021 season. We’ll have a much better feel for how they look after Saturday.

>> Many people were surprised by defensive lineman Damion Daniels being named a captain for Nebraska. The players mentioned him as a leader of the team this fall camp but his rise to becoming a captain hasn’t been an easy one. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander reflected Daniels journey after seeing his brother become a captain at Nebraska.

“He did an unbelievable job of changing his body,” Chinander said. “A lot of times when you change your body and you change your play the guys see how you’re changing your habits, then all of a sudden, your shoulders go from here to here.

“I think you saw that with his personality and guys really respect him. Obviously, so much they voted in captain. I think he’s his personality, his leadership skills have grown as much as his athletic ability or football ability throughout the years.”

Daniels’ story is pretty cool. He’s worked hard for this moment and could have a big season.

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