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Big Red Recon: Husker Football Has Returned

August 30, 2019

We made it. Nebraska football is back. We survived a long offseason filled with optimism and preseason award watch lists. There will be no more speculation about what the 2019 Huskers could look like. We will instead have reaction to something that actually happened on the field. 

There are a lot of things in motion for the Huskers right now so lets get to the Recon. 

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Alex Conn‍, offensive lineman, Derby, Kansas

Turner Corcoran‍, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas

Blaise Gunnerson‍, outside linebacker, Carroll, Iowa

Nash Hutmacher‍, defensive tackle, Chamberlain, South Dakota

Tamon Lynum‍, cornerback, Orlando, Florida

Sevion Morrison‍, running back, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Will Nixon‍, wide receiver, Waco, Texas

Marvin Scott III‍, running back, Port Orange, Florida

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

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


The Recon:

>> Nebraska will not host any official visitors this weekend.That doesn’t sound good on the surface but don’t take it as a big catastrophe. Keep in mind that last season there were two home games that had no official visitors. Neither the Troy or Bethune-Cookman games had any official visitors. The Huskers still hosted 17 prospects that were not committed to Nebraska last season. That is on the higher end of the Big Ten. The 11 a.m. kickoff hurt this week. Northern Illinois weekend will be different with its late kickoff time.

>> We started to notice how close the 2019 class was during the last recruiting cycle. That hasn’t stopped being the case after arriving on campus. The young players on the team have a unique bond. It will be interesting to track down the road if that closeness leads to big things on the football field. That would not surprise me at all. Check out this photo I snagged at the Omaha Burke versus Lincoln Southeast game on Thursday night. 

>> Something you also notice in that photo is the size of linebacker Nick Henrich. I talked to him briefly on the field after the game as he was celebrating Burke’s big win. Henrich said he’s up to 222 pounds and feeling great. That matches up well with what inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud said this week when asked about him being able to contribute this year. 

“He’s done a great job with his rehab,” Ruud said. “He’s noticeably bigger. He’s probably gained 20 pounds. Just watching him move around his first couple of days has been really good. We are excited for him to keep progressing.”

Don’t forget about Henrich as a player who could make a rapid move up the depth chart to see the field this season.

>> Another guy to keep an eye on is redshirt freshman Casey Rogers. The former lacrosse standout at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut sat out last season with a torn labrum. It’s going to be tough to crack the two-deep at defensive line this season. Rogers is soaking up all the knowledge he can. 

“It’s a privilege to be in that room right now as a redshirt freshman, because every day you go into a room with guys who are outstanding football players and there’s so much stuff you can learn and grab out of what they do in their games,” he said early in the week.

Rogers has the right attitude and has been praised by the coaching staff for that. He could be the type of player that hits the ground running when he gets his opportunity. 

>> It will be interesting to see how and when new transfer Jahkeem Green is used against South Alabama. Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti said the plan is to get him ready for Aug. 31 and play it by ear from there. Green is still working himself into Frost Football shape but the tools are there for him to make an impact. Getting some game reps could help his development.

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