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Big Red Recon: Entering Critical Stretch Run for Frost, Huskers

October 29, 2021

We made it through the first bye week of the season for Nebraska. The Huskers are back in action this Saturday against Purdue at 2:30 p.m. CT.

The bye week was much needed for both the coaches and the players. The players got a break and coaches took the opportunity to do some recruiting. This last stretch of games is critical to shaping perception of the Scott Frost Era. Nebraska’s quest for a bowl for the first time under Frost begins this weekend.

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

Gage Stenger, athlete, Omaha, Nebraska

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> Freshman defensive back Marques Buford said he regularly checks in with his brother, Mario, about the recruiting process. Mario is a Class of 2024 defensive back in DeSoto, Texas. He holds a number of scholarship offers, including Nebraska, Oregon and Mississippi State.

Marques’ advice is just play your game and go wherever feels right.

“I tell him to go where his heart is,” Buford said. “I tell him every day, just because I go to Nebraska, you don’t have to come to Nebraska. I would love for you to come to Nebraska. It would be a great look for you to come to Nebraska but if your heart’s not at Nebraska, you don’t have to come here.”

Mario has been to Nebraska a couple times for games this year. He’s a heavily recruited player that the Huskers would love to add to the team.

>> One of the more interesting things that athletic director Trev Alberts had to say duing his hour-long radio appearance this week was on officiating. Specifically, the Michigan game. Alberts noted that Frost and the staff will add up all the questionable calls and send them to the league office. Alberts made sure to say there were bad calls against Michigan too which was frustrating.

“I’m not sure if that game was a little big for that crew,” Alberts said. “But the amount of noise, the energy, it appeared to me that perhaps that environment could have been a little bit too big for that crew.”

To hear Alberts so clear in his frustration over officiating was noteworthy. Officiating has been bad across the conference all season. It will be interesting to see what comes of the athletic director’s meetings the next time they are held on this topic.

>> We know that Nebraska will be hitting the transfer market this offseason. Whether it’s JUCO or the portal, there will be additions to the team. The Huskers don’t appear to be limiting themselves to just one-year players according to running backs coach Ryan Held this week.

“As we look at it where can we maybe fit a guy in here that can give us an older guy that can help us next year or moving forward,” Held said. “Maybe it’s a one-year deal? Maybe it’s a three-year deal or two-year deal, depending on the position.”

>> The Huskers will see a different type of offense this weekend against Purdue than they have seen in recent weeks. The Boilermakers wants to move the ball through the air which has defensive lineman Casey Rogers excited.

“I think every defensive lineman loves playing teams like this,” Rogers said. “I personally love it. It gives you a chance to get after the quarterback. But I think the most important thing is they’re going to try to run it. Every team kind of comes out first and tries to establish their run game. We’re going to have to shut that down. That way it isn’t just all pass game. It’s every pass rushers dream, a game where you can pass rush a lot of downs.”

If the Huskers want to earn the right to rush the passer as defensive line coach Tony Tuioti says, they will have to stop Purdue’s run first.

>> As of today the only two players I’m hearing are not expected to return next season are Cam Taylor-Britt and Austin Allen. Those two have NFL futures and it might be in their best interest to leave. Damion Daniels also has an interesting decision to make. There are four games left in the season so a lot can change quickly.

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