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Big Red Recon: Opportunity Awaits for Huskers as Michigan Comes to Town

October 08, 2021

It’s a big game week for Nebraska. It felt like the entire state needed that huge win over Northwestern.

Things get significantly tougher now with top-10 Michigan coming to town. The Huskers have an opportunity to prove that the way the team has played recently isn’t a fluke. It’ll be a fun atmosphere in Memorial Stadium on Saturday night for the game. There is plenty happening within the program right now.

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:

>> Teddy Prochazka and Nouri Nouili received a lot of praise this week for the work they did getting ready to start last weekend against Northwestern. Offensive line coach Greg Austin praised them too but he also made sure to note the role that a pair of other linemen had.

“A lot can be said about Cam Jurgens and Matt Sichterman,” Austin said. “Those are the guys that were the glue behind this whole switch. Especially Cam because he has to work with the new guy next to him. Cam’s had to work with a new guy at left guard next to him about four times this year. We’ve had multiple guys playing that position this year trying to find the best fit.”

The Husker offensive line should get better as chemistry builds within the unit. This weekend against Michigan will be a tough test of that.

>> The Huskers had a new junior college offer go out this week. The team offered Snow College defensive back Keionte Scott. The defender (6-2, 185) said that he was grateful to receive the Husker offer. He’s still planning his trips but would love to visit Nebraska. It was a big week for Scott as he also picked up an offer from Minnesota.

>> I talked a lot this week about the impact that the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium had on recruits last weekend. Keep in mind that for a lot of current Nebraska players it was also their first time experiencing that too. Wide receiver Omar Manning came on his official visit in the summer of 2019. He had never experienced a night game at Nebraska.

“Oh, it’s crazy to just go out there and feel that energy,” Manning said. “Even in like pregame and warmups you felt in in the air. All the fans out there and the type of energy they brought was crazy especially in the fourth quarter. This was my first night game. I’ve never seen anything like that. So, I feel that gives us a push. It’s like a 12th man out there.”

>> The Huskers will not have any official visitors this weekend for the game against Michigan. That doesn’t mean that the sidelines will be empty. North Platter defender Vince Genatone will be back in town. Nebraska 2022 defensive end commit Hayden Schwartz will be at his first Husker game this week. A slew of other commits will be in town too along with the top 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney.

>> After the Huskers hosted quarterback Dylan Raiola—a top-50 player for the 2024 class—a lot of people want to know where the Huskers stand with him. My feeling is that the Huskers will be in this until the end when he decides on a school. The Huskers have a huge advantage with the family ties. That won’t be enough to get a commitment. If the team keeps showing progress and the offense continues to show signs of life it will go a long way with Raiola. I also wouldn’t rule out Raiola coming back to Lincoln again later this season.

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