Nebraska Offensive Line Seeing Progress Despite Rough Go of It
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Nebraska Recruiting: Exploring How Important Offensive Line Portal Additions Are for 2022 Outlook

December 28, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we have been taking reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. This week’s question is something that I’ve been kicking around in my own head. It comes from Twitter user @fullbacktrap. They want to know how offensive line portal recruiting connects to quarterback recruiting. There is a lot in this question so let’s dive in.

There are two separate questions here that are both good. The Huskers need a good amount of success in offensive line recruiting to help the 2022 season. A big topic when spring ball rolls around is going to be how the offensive line is improving. The line not only underperformed in the 2021 season but regressed significantly.

By the end of the season, a lot of conversation was generated about the offensive coordinator hire. That ended up being Mark Whipple who brings a lot of experience to Lincoln. The most important hire made this offseason is Donovan Raiola.

How he recruits and re-shapes this offensive line will be big. It will go a long way to determining how the season goes for Nebraska in 2022. There really shouldn’t be any spots on the line that are locks to go to anyone at this point. Everyone should be battling this spring in healthy competition. That allows the cream to rise to the top.

The other part of the question is interesting too. What is happening with Nebraska trying to upgrade the offensive line does have influence over other positions. That makes sense to me. I’m not sure how much a wide receiver will be monitoring the offensive line developments. A running back could have some questions. The big one is quarterback. The Huskers struggled all season protecting quarterback Adrian Martinez last season. A potential new quarterback will want to know how that will be fixed. The new potential quarterback will have other questions. The direction of the offensive with a new coordinator will be top of mind. How will that works with a coach who has been heavily involved in the offense his whole career?

The thing that makes all this tricky is that it’s all happening at the same time. The Huskers already have one portal offensive lineman on the way. The team is looking for at least one more this offseason. Quarterback portal recruiting has been ongoing this offseason. Nebraska needs to get someone in place before the semester starts Jan. 18. There are a lot of puzzle pieces that need to be slid into place at once for the Huskers.

Then the work begins to get updated systems in place on offense. Coach Scott Frost has a lot of work ahead of him to reach a bowl game for the first time in his tenure at Nebraska.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska portal wide receiver target Tyrese Chambers is returning to Florida International.

>> Nebraska legacy wide receiver Chris Brooks Jr. picked up an offer from Wisconsin on Tuesday.

ICYMI

>> This week on the Straight Up Breakdown podcast we put together a ‘best of’ 2021 put ‘em on blast.

>> Jacob Padilla has a round-up (Premium) on the 2021 Metro Holiday Tournament quarterfinals.

>> The Nebraska women’s basketball team want to continue having fun and success in the Big Ten.

>> Jacob Padilla has five thoughts (Premium) on the Bishop Neumann Holiday Tournament.

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