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Big Red Recon: Huskers Face Tough Test in Madison With an Eye on Future

November 19, 2021

The Huskers are at an interesting place as a program heading into the matchup with Wisconsin. We know that coach Scott Frost will be back for the 2022 season. That makes it feel like these last two games are less important. So much focus right now around the program is about what things will look like in 2022. Who will be the new offensive assistants? Which players will return for bonus seasons? We’ll see what type of result that produces for Nebraska against a surging Wisconsin team.

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

Jalil Martin, Defensive Back, Chicago, Illinois

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:

>> The Huskers have done a good job developing linebackers under this staff. The Huskers don’t have that pass rush specialist yet. Though it’s tough to argue that Garrett Nelson, Caleb Tannor, Luke Reimer and Nick Henrich haven’t gotten better. That’s part of the reason why the Huskers are in good shape with a lot of linebackers for the 2023 class. One of of the players at inside linebacker that I think the Huskers are in good position with is Georgia native Denzel Moore. He’s visiting for the Iowa game and is looking to pick a school early in the new year.

>> There is something cooking with the Huskers and in-state prospects for the 2023 class. The team already has tight end Ben Brahmer and offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula committed. There are still three players with several Power Five offers including Nebraska out there. Maverick Noonan, Teitum Tuioti and Malachi Coleman are all being recruited hard by Nebraska. There is also some fun peer recruiting going on.

If you are looking for a next player from Nebraska to get an offer keep an eye on Beni Ngoyi. The Lincoln EHigh athlete is getting increased Power Five attention and picked up an offer from Kansas recently.

>> During his Thursday press conference, Frost mentioned that the running back room is banged up. It will be interesting to see how the Huskers are able to manage any type of rushing production from the spot against Wisconsin. We know Sevion Morrison entered the transfer portal this week. Rahmir Johnson was dinged up at the end of the Ohio State game. We haven’t seen much Marvin Scott III this season. The status of Jaquez Yant on the team is unclear heading into the game. It could be a chance for Markese Stepp to get his moment to shine. This position was one that the Huskers needed to have buttoned up after the season. It does not look like it’s heading that way. Nebraska probably needs another transfer running back.

>> It’s been pretty slow going behind the scenes on names that Frost is talking to for the open coaching positions. The thought was that it would all move quickly because of recruiting but now the feeling is these hires could linger. If they go too far into December then Nebraska is basically punting on the 2022 recruiting class. That might have already been the case. But if the new staff doesn’t get some time to do in-home visits prior to 90% of prospects signing in December, Nebraska is putting all its eggs in the transfer portal basket.

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