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Big Red Recon: Nebraska Still Stuck in Neutral With 2022 Recruiting Class

September 10, 2021

It was a pretty quiet week around Lincoln after Nebraska’s 52-7 win over Fordham. The Huskers took care of business and went right to work in preparing for a Buffalo team that will come to Lincoln ready to play. Things also remain quiet on the recruiting front for the Huskers as the 2022 cycle has just been slow-moving for many reasons.

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:

>> I wrote about the fiery exchange between Adrian Martinez and the offensive line after the Huskers’ slow start last weekend. While that certainly helped Nebraska get things on track, we haven’t heard much of Martinez getting after his teammates in that way. I asked left tackle Turner Corcoran if that was something out of character for his quarterback.

“I wouldn’t say it’s out of character,” Corcoran said. “Whenever we need that guy to kind of bite us in the ass that’s what he does. It’s his leadership role. It’s his offense and he’s taking the bull by the horns. He’s done a great job with it. Whenever we need to push he gives us that push. Usually it’s one of us five guys on the offensive line to give us that push. Whenever it needs to be said from him, he’ll say it.”

We may not see if but it sounds like Martinez is perfectly fine being that type of leader. Corcoran also added that from the line that type of tough talk comes from Cameron Jurgens and Matt Sichterman.

>> It may have been a mild surprise that freshman offensive tackle Teddy Prochazka was listed as an -OR- at backup left tackle with Brant Banks on the depth chart. It’s tough to come in and compete with more veteran players at that position. Offensive line coach Greg Austin gave us some insight into Prochazka’s mindset which has allowed him to make a quick push up the depth chart.

“One thing about Teddy is that he’s hard on himself, and in this life, you got to be hard on yourself,” Austin said. “You can’t be too hard on yourself, but one of the things that I liked about him was that he’s hard on himself from a standpoint of wanting to get it done.

“Some guys when they mess up, especially as a young guy, they just kind of assume ‘I’m young, I’m still learning,’ they kind of give themselves some personal grace. Teddy doesn’t give himself a whole bunch of personal grace. He’s not so hard on himself that it becomes volatile, but nevertheless, he wants to be really good. He deserved the reps that he got and he did well with them. He did a really good job when he went in there and it was really good to get him those reps to continue to progress him and progress his game.”

Big things are expected from the Elkhorn South graduate in Lincoln. It seems like he’s right on track to achieve those goals.

>> Scott Frost was asked about tight end Travis Vokolek and the potential for him to return this week against Buffalo. Frost said he was close but I wouldn’t expect him back this week. Oklahoma seems more likely for Vokolek’s season debut. The Huskers run game would be better off with Vokolek back since he is one of the team’s best blockers. I wouldn’t expect to see Casey Rogers or Oliver Martin this week either.

>> Expect another quiet weekend on the official visitor front for Nebraska. There won’t be any official visitors in town barring a last-minute surprise. There should be roughly 35 unofficial visitors on campus this weekend. Things have been slow on bringing in official visitors but the staff will target future Big Ten games for bigger weekends.

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