The offseason is winding down. Big Ten Media Days is upon us marking the unofficial start to the 2021 football season. We had wall to wall coverage at Hail Varsity Thursday of Nebraska’s time at the event. There will be more to come in the days ahead. The Huskers are set to kick off fall camp in preparation for the season on July 30.
Let’s get to the Recon.
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
>> One of the big storylines of Big Ten Media Days this week is how new Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts would handle himself. Not because anyone expected Alberts to say anything too crazy, but because we just haven’t seen him on that stage. By all accounts Alberts fit in well at the event representing Nebraska in a good way. One thing he said that caught my attention was about the overall health of the athletic department.
“We’ve got a lot of hardworking people, but are we all in the right roles and are we all activated? We’ve got a lot of assets that maybe aren’t activated the way they need to be and given the autonomy they need to run,” Alberts said. “We’ll do all that assessment.
“It’s hard for me to hold coaches accountable until I’m very confident that the administrative side is executing at an elite level, and I haven’t made that assessment yet.”
The behind the scenes issues that have plagued Nebraska athletics is getting a full review under Alberts who seems set on being present as a leader for Nebraska.
>> Nebraska walk-on linebacker Zach Schlager has entered the transfer portal, per a source. Schlager, a native of McCook, began his college career at Colorado State, appearing in three games as a true freshman in 2018. Schlager utilized a redshirt that season and then transferred to Nebraska as a walk-on linebacker.
It was going to be hard for Schlager to crack the rotation at inside linebacker during the 2021 season. Also, two of the freshmen linebackers, Randolph Kpai and Wynden Ho’ohuli are getting rave reviews internally. Schlager will have three seasons of eligibility left.
>> There is a cautious optimism that surrounds the football program right now. This team is the best team that coach Scott Frost has had on paper at Nebraska. He expressed that on Thursday.
“Without a doubt this is the most excited I’ve been about our team and the most confident,” Frost said. “Part of that is talent and part of that is character of the young men on our team and the culture surrounding the team.
“I’m excited for this season. We have to go earn whatever respect we get. So far, we haven’t done enough of that, but our players are excited to do it.”
Fans have grown weary of the talk from Frost about best practices yet only to not see it translate on Saturdays in the fall. This is a talented team though. Time will tell if strides are being made.
>> As we get closer to fall camp position battles will rise to the surface. The running back battle will likely get the most headlines. Coming into camp Gabe Ervin Jr, Marvin Scott and Jacquez Yant are the main three players battling for the starting spot. Beyond that battle the Matt Sichterman versus Brant Banks guard decisions is a big one. The wildcard battle is at cornerback opposite Cam Taylor-Britt. Will Tyreke Johnson figure into the mix with Quinton Newsome and Braxton Clark?
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.