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Big Red Recon: Huskers Ready to Get Back on Field Versus Northwestern

November 06, 2020

Nebraska football is back. Again.

It feels like it’s been a long time coming for Nebraska to play another football game but we are on the brink of that actually happening. The Huskers will travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats on Saturday. The series has been historically close between the programs so we could be in store for another nail-biter this weekend. The Huskers have been hard at work behind the scenes on the recruiting trail while getting ready for the game.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Koby Bretz‍, Defensive Back, Omaha, Nebraska

Marques Buford‍, Defensive Back, Cedar Hill, Texas

James Carnie‍, Tight End, Firth, Nebraska

Gabe Ervin‍, Running Back, Buford, Georgia

Thomas Fidone‍, Tight End, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mikai Gbayor‍, Linebacker, Irvington, New Jersey

Kamonté Grimes‍, Wide Receiver, Naples, Florida

Heinrich Haarberg‍, Quarterback, Kearney, Nebraska

Shawn Hardy‍, Wide Receiver, Kingsland, Georgia

Randolph Kpai‍, Inside Linebacker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Henry Lutovsky‍, Offensive Lineman, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Seth Malcom‍, Inside Linebacker, Tabor, Iowa

Latrell Neville‍, Wide Receiver, Houston, Texas

Patrick Payton‍, Outside Linebacker, Miami, Florida

Teddy Prochazka‍, Offensive Lineman, Elkhorn, Nebraska

AJ Rollins‍, Tight End, Omaha, Nebraska

Jailen Weaver, defensive lineman, Antioch, California

Lardarius Webb‍, Defensive Back, Jackson, Mississippi

Malik Williams‍, Defensive Back, Buford, Georgia

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> One of the pleasant surprises of the season opener was the play of junior college defender Pheldarius Payne. What’s interesting here is that Payne was recruited as a defensive lineman but was moved to outside linebacker late in camp to give the Huskers additional pass rush. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was pleased with what he saw from him too.

“He’s getting there. He was a guy that had an injury coming out of JUCO,” Chinander said on Wednesday. “So, he didn’t get to do as much offseason work as he wanted to. He’s done a good job with the reps that he’s got. He’s made himself into a contributor right away. I think he’s going to continue to get better and better as he gets more reps and game experience. He’s a guy that got a really bright future. He can rush the passer and set the edge. He’s got pretty good explosiveness side to side.

“He’s done a really good job of immersing himself at Nebraska in everyday life. He’s done a great job. We feel good about him and can count on him. He’s only scratching the surface of what he can do.

The Huskers need an additional pass rusher or two to emerge this fall to help boost their defense. The early returns on Payne have been good.

>> There are a lot of Husker fans eagerly awaiting the debut of wide receiver Omar Manning this weekend. Scott Frost shared on Thursday that he was ready to play in this weekend’s game against Northwestern. I am not here to throw cold water on the excitement but I would expect for Manning to see 25 snaps or so this weekend.

>> In an appearance on Sports Nightly on Thursday, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud expressed his excitement about all three inside linebacker commits in the 2021 class.

“We’ve excited to keep finding commits who love the game and are good people, too,” he said.

Those three inside ‘backers committed to Ruud are Randolph Kapi, Seth Malcom and Mikai Gbayor. Each player is smart, athletic and shows leadership qualities. It’s another solid group of players heading to Lincoln to play inside linebacker.

>> Defensive lineman out of California Jailen Weaver, pne of the Huskers’ latest commits, has been tough to reach for comment on his commitment. However, I was able to speak quickly with his mentor Shamawn Wright to see what type of player the Huskers are getting.

“The player that Jailen is, he’s very athletic,” Wright said. “He’s a three-sport athlete. He runs track and field and he’s started on varsity basketball since he was a sophomore at center. He also a football player. He’s very athletic, he’s fast and light on his feet. He’s very long and rangy. I think with the quickness and speed with him being long that’s a big advantage for any defensive lineman. Plus, him knowing how to use his hands as well.”

With his size (6-8, 280) and athleticism it will be worth tracking if he continues to see his rating increase once California plays high school football in January.

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