Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez give signal to team during football practice
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Big Red Recon: Early Impressions From Nebraska’s 2021 Fall Camp

August 06, 2021

We are getting closer to Nebraska’s Week Zero game to open the season against Illinois. The Huskers are a week into fall camp with key position battles still left undetermined. Things have been fairly positive so far which is a good sign for Nebraska entering a crucial season under coach Scott Frost.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

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:

>> The buzz from fall camp so far about quarterback Adrian Martinez is real. His decision-making, attention to detail, leadership and change to his body are fueling the excitement. This is the time of year to get excited about players and their growth. Fans will be rightfully cautious here but there is a lot of hope right now surrounding Martinez’s improvement.

>> There are some other early camp standouts on offense. Omar Manning, Zavier Betts, Samori Touré and Sevion Morrison have all been mentioned to me. It’s no coincidence that the skill guys are shining while Martinez is. It goes hand in hand.

>> Summer official visitor Markeith Williams has an announcement date. The Florida defender has set August 11 as his commitment date. That day is special because it’s his birthday. Miami, Nebraska and Ohio State are his finalists. Right now, I’d have Miami as the favorites due to proximity to home. It’s going to be tough to pull Williams out of the Sunshine State.

>> The 2023 class has very good potential. Already have two commitments with Ben Brahmer and Gunnar Gottula. The Huskers have the inside track with Maverick Noonan and Teitum Tuioti. Asa Newsom, younger brother of Husker defensive lineman Mosai Newsom, likes the Huskers too. Quarterback Reese Mooney is making an early-season decision and Nebraska is in a good spot. We talk a lot about the season being important for the 2022 class. A fast start would boost the Huskers in a huge way for the 2023 cycle.

>> One young player on the team who continues to get praise is offensive lineman Henry Lutovsky. It’s one thing to hear the positive reviews from coaches but I’m sure what offensive lineman Matt Sichterman said will jump out to the freshman.

“I lift with that guy, he’s benching more weight than anybody out here and I wish I looked like that when I was 18,” Sichterman said. “We’re just going to keep hammering technique. It’s a big change. Especially in this league. It takes a lot from the technique standpoint. It’s about getting those little things down. He’s got a bit of developing to do, but we’re just going to keep working and I feel good about the path he is on.”

Lutovsky and freshman lineman Teddy Prochazka live with Sichterman. That young pair of linemen soaking up knowledge early could pay off down the road.

>> The thing that stood out to me the most this week was a note about the running back race. It was tough to know what to expect from transfer Markese Stepp after missing the spring. Frost mentioned a “pitch count” on Stepp at Big Ten Media Days. That seems to have changed after we spoke with offensive coordinator Matt Lubick.

“Coming into this fall, we kind of thought limited reps, let’s see what he can do. We don’t want to rush him back too soon and see how he progresses as far as his health,” Lubick said. “I don’t know. That’s kind of a practice by practice. I think he’s ready to roll. If we had to play tomorrow, he’d be ready to roll.”

That’s an unexpected development for the running back race. We’ll see how Stepp holds up now that the pads are on. The Huskers could use his experience in the backfield.

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