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Nebraska Recruiting: Exploring Offensive Positions That May Not Need Transfers

November 09, 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.


It was a major day in Nebraska football on Monday. The retention of Scott Frost, his restructured contract and assistant coach firings will have lasting impacts on Husker football for a long time. There are still many outstanding questions that will be answered over the next month or so. The one thing we know is that many changes are coming to Nebraska football.

Depending on how big Frost elects to go with the offensive changes, we could see a totally new look on offense in the 2022 season. Frost himself opened the door for that in his statement of the offensive staff overhaul.

“I appreciate the work and sacrifices these men have made for the University of Nebraska and this football program and wish all of them well,” Frost said. “They are all men of outstanding character and good coaches, but as we strive for better consistency and execution, we needed fresh ideas and voices on our offensive staff.”

There is not a lot of precedent for big changes like this working out long-term for a coach, especially when you look at coaches making these moves four years into his tenure. There are going to be so many new moving parts that Nebraska will need to get right for this to succeed. Because of all the uncertainty for Frost to increase his odds of this working, he will wants to minimize the areas where he needs both a new coach and many new players.

Being able to check some positions off where a JUCO or portal player won’t be needed will help a lot. What are those potential positions for Nebraska?

Tight end is the obvious first pick here. It’s the only position group that won’t see a new coach in the 2022 season. Not only that but Sean Beckton has done a great job setting the culture of that room. The group has consistently found ways to contribute even when Austin Allen and Travis Vokolek missed time. The tight end room also has the biggest potential future star in Thomas Fidone.

Whoever leads the wide receiver room next year will be a new coach at Nebraska. But how many new players are needed there versus development? Assuming no attrition, Omar Manning, Zavier Betts, Alante Brown, Wyatt Liewer and Oliver Martin all return. There are a lot of young promising players in the program too. Shawn Hardy II, Kamonte Grimes, Will Nixon and Latrell Neville will get a chance to develop. If Nebraska can keep that group together and coach them up, they’ll be fine in 2022.

Running back is a wild card position. Nebraska will clearly have to get away from being so reliant on the quarterback run game to provide a threat on the ground. The question will be if Frost, the new offensive coordinator and running backs coach believe that threat can be produced with what is currently in the cupboard. It could be enticing to roll into the 2022 season with Rahmir Johnson, Jaquez Yant and a healthy Gabe Ervin as the top three running backs. Maybe a new coach would be able to get more from Sevion Morrison or Marvin Scott III. Or a new group of coaches running the ground game may want different styles of running back altogether.

There will be plenty of changes both big and small for Nebraska football next season. Finding ways to minimize the changes moving forward will be just as important as making the right hires for Frost.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska top JUCO cornerback target Keionte Scott has a date for his top five schools coming out.

>> Priority 2024 quarterback Dylan Raiola picked up a big in-state offer from Texas A&M.

>> Trevor Carter, a 4-star 2023 linebacker from Ohio, committed to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

ICYMI

>> Trev Alberts joined Sports Nightly to talk Frost, his restructured contract and more for 2022.

>> I took a look at what is next (Premium) for Nebraska’s 2022 offensive recruits after the staff overhaul.

>> Warren Academy founder Steve Warren was my guest on this week’s Straight Up Breakdown podcast this week to discuss people drawing lines in the sand.

>> Get more information on Nebraska’s support staff stepping into bigger roles the final two games of 2021.

>> Check out the photo gallery from the Nebraska women’s basketball team’s impressive win on Tuesday.

>> Amy Williams had her team playing with pace and space in the season-opening rout of Maine.

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