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Big Red Recon: Huskers Gearing Up For a Big Game in Norman

September 17, 2021

One of the big ones is finally here. It seems hard to believe that we are already preparing for the Huskers’ fourth game of the season. Nebraska will head to Norman to take on old foe Oklahoma for the 50th anniversary of the game of the century.

There haven’t been a lot of big statements out of either side this week. The Huskers are looking forward to testing themselves against a top team in the nation.

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

The Recon:

>> It continues to catch my eye that true freshman Teddy Prochazka has gotten playing time the last two weeks. He’s held his own so far, even if his goal was to come to Nebraska and keep learning under Turner Corcoran and Bryce Benhart. The offensive line has been up and down so far this season and the young tackle looks to be forcing his way into playing time.

“He is in the conversation and improving every day and he has a big upside, so we will see how quickly he is ready to go and contribute,” said coach Scott Frost on Monday. “I couldn’t believe how fast and big he got when he came to Nebraska. He is very athletic for his size and he is learning a lot. We’re hoping to see him come around a lot sooner than later.”

It would be wise to get Prochazka a series or two per game to let him learn on the job.

>> There is official visit news to report. The Huskers will be hosting Florida defensive back London Hall (6-2, 200) for the Northwestern game. He’s listed as a defensive back but Nebraska likes Hall as someone that could grow into the JoJo Domann role in the future. The Huskers are hoping to turn the tide on official visitors in October as the conference slate ramps up.

>> Frost didn’t want to talk about his team’s injury situation during his press conference on Thursday. I feel good that we will see Austin Allen, Travis Vokolek and Casey Rogers against Oklahoma. It’d be surprising if Oliver Martin did not play too. I don’t have a good feel on Zavier Betts or Omar Manning. Expect that offensive lineman Broc Bando will still be out.

>> The lead up to the game this weekend has been muted. Given the talk about Nebraska potentially trying to get out of the game and the Huskers being unranked it doesn’t have the same juice. We’ll see how things feel on game day but the nostalgia with this game seems to be largely about the fans which is OK. My sense is that people just want to see Nebraska fight and keep it close. The team is a 20+ point underdog, so realistic fans aren’t expecting a win. That’s just the reality of the state of the program.

>> One intriguing player for the game this weekend is Braxton Clark. The cornerback is listed as an -OR- on the depth chart with Quinton Newsome but Newsome has gotten the bulk of the snaps. Oklahoma will test Nebraska’s pass defense but defensive coordinator Erik Chinander likes what he’s seen out of Clark recently.

“He’s played a little bit more recently and Braxton had a good day of practice today,” Chinander said. “He’s coming along really well. Coach (Travis Fisher) has done a great job with him but I like where he’s headed. He’s got a he’s got a bright future.”

One of the key defensive questions this week will be in the Huskers use a third defensive back against the Sooners. The team has been content to let Domann stay in coverage.

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