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.
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
>> 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.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) August 30, 2019
>> 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.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.