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Big Red Recon: Spring Game 2021 Weekend is Here for Huskers

April 30, 2021

We have made it to the end of spring practice for Nebraska. The Red-White Spring Game will be played on Saturday in front of fans at Memorial Stadium. While the first half of the game will be “thud” without tackling to the ground, there will still be a lot to learn about the team. It was a physical spring for the team. Coach Scott Frost felt that was important to catch up the overall team development.

Unfortunately for Nebraska, Thomas Fidone suffered a knee injury this week and is out indefinitely. There is plenty to talk about within the program.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

2022 Needs

QB 1 DL 2
RB 1 MLB 2
WR 1 OLB 2
TE 1 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> This spring, the Huskers were hoping to evaluate the quarterbacks enough behind Adrian Martinez to make a good judgement on bringing in a transfer quarterback. As Frost mentioned on Wednesday, it doesn’t appear likely that the team will go after a quarterback in the transfer portal. The reason for that is two-fold. The team does have confidence in both Logan Smothers and Heinrich Haarberg. There is also another issue. It’s a very difficult sell to bring in a quality player who knows he will be a backup. There is no illusion that someone is competing with Martinez. Without that, finding the right player is very difficult. The time that would be spent recruiting a portal quarterback is better suited elsewhere.

>> Quarterback recruiting is getting interesting for the Huskers. We know the team is out front right now for 2023 quarterback Reese Mooney. He’ll be in town Friday to take in the Husker baseball game before checking out the spring game on Saturday. Now things are picking up with the top target for the 2022 class MJ Morris. He will be in town this weekend too. Nebraska has been mainly battling Florida State for him but they just took a second quarterback for the class this week. That could put the Huskers in a good spot with Morris assuming things go well during his time in Lincoln this weekend. That’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

>> Something stood out to me on Wednesday when we spoke with running backs coach Ryan Held. He mentioned several times about the guys in his room needing to have good habits this offseason. Held brought up the eating habits and need for his guys to lean up to put themselves in position to help the team this fall. It’s been a rocky spring with everyone missing time here and there but running back continues to be a huge question mark for this team moving forward.

>> One late addition to the spring game visitor list is Kansas City wide receiver Quinton Conley. The 6-foot-5 wideout has long been a preferred target of the Huskers. The question now is how many players will the team take at his position? There are actually three wide receivers visiting this weekend. That tidbit made my list of most intriguing visit weekend storylines that will be out later on Friday.

The Huskers don’t have an official visit locked in with Conley yet so a good weekend could lead to that.

>> We won’t know for sure until Frost confirms it but it sounds like linebacker Will Honas is dealing with a knee injury. It’s a tough situation as Honas has had injury issues dating back to high school. The silver lining for the Huskers is that Chris Kolarevic, Luke Reimer and Nick Henrich have received plenty of reps this spring for Barrett Ruud’s group.

>> It will be very interesting to see how the visit weekend goes for the Huskers. Several key 2022 targets will be on hand and a good impression is needed. There isn’t much the program can do to interact with prospect in attendance. Held said they won’t even wave to take the chance of a violation. Still, we could look back on this weekend as something that was the start of getting the ball rolling for the Huskers’ 2022 class.

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