What a week it has been for Nebraska football. The Huskers have been in the news for the last week but not for a reason anyone saw coming. Now the program is putting whatever happened or didn’t happen with the planned Oklahoma series behind it. The team has wrapped up winter conditioning in preparation for spring practice which starts soon.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska
>> Thursday was testing day for the end of winter conditioning for the Huskers. The team will essentially get a week off before ramping back up for the start of spring practice. There are a few names I’m hearing that did well this winter. Pheldarius Payne, Samori Touré and Thomas Fidone all come up consistently. The other player that could be on track for a huge season is Luke Reimer. He’s among the best athletes on the team and has great football instincts from what I’m told. There are high hopes for him if he stays healthy.
>> I am curious to see what the long-term impacts of last Friday’s debacle are for Nebraska. The report from Brett McMurphy about Nebraska trying to wiggle out of the Oklahoma game was clearly a bad look for the program. Ultimately, who started or supported the discussions doesn’t matter much now. People will believe what they want. How the season goes for Nebraska and how that particular game goes will go a long way in determining some people’s feelings on it.
>> Part of the reason that the idea of getting out of the Oklahoma game was confusing is what came out afterwards. Bill Moos told the Omaha World-Herald that the program is considering adding an additional home game. That plan makes so much more sense. Assuming the plan would be to swap out Southeast Louisiana from Nov. 15 with a different home game Week 1 it makes sense. The motivation there would be clear. Nebraska would get an extra game early in the season to host recruits. As it stands now the team has one home game before October against Buffalo. That game is destined to be an 11am kickoff. After a year of not hosting recruits for the game day experience, Nebraska will want any opportunity it can get in 2021.
>> I’ve written a lot over the last couple weeks that it feels like we are moving towards the NCAA allowing recruiting visits and camps to happen in June. To get prepared for that the Huskers have released a tentative camp schedule:
• Friday Night Lights 1: June 4
• Individual camp 1: June 5
• QB camp: June 5
• Individual camp 2: June 9
• Specialist camp: June 9
• Rising 7th and 8th grade camp: June 11
• Husker football youth camp: June 12
• 7 on 7 camp: June 13
• Friday Night Lights 2: June 18th
• OL/DL pipeline camp: June 19
The Husker camps website does note that registration for camps will open as soon as we are officially notified that hosting football camps in June 2021 is permissible. You’d have to think that if the NCAA is going to open things up it will notify everyone early enough to make plans. It would not be easy for families to attend these camps around the country with just a week notice or less.
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.