Nebraska Recruiting: Being in Position to Benefit From Changes
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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Still Adjusting to Redshirt Rule

October 17, 2019

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.

One of the most interesting storylines in college football over the last two seasons has been the new four-game redshirt rule. The rule states that a player can play in up to four games in a season and still preserve their redshirt, thus saving a year of eligibility. 

When this rule went into place, fans (and some coaches) envisioned a scenario where the rule could be used to get a lot of freshmen’s feet wet. That would give them experience and game tape to learn from. While that was the hope, that hasn’t been the widespread case—at least so far at Nebraska. 

We are still in the early phases of this. It seems like the coaches are still learning their way on how they want to handle the rule. There are obvious players like Wan’Dale Robinson from the latest recruiting class who will play all season. Adrian Martinez from the year before for the same mold. From the 2018 class, eight players burned their redshirts. Cam Taylor-Britt, Maurice Washington, Caleb Tannor, Barret Pickering and Martinez all contributed significantly. 

In the most recent class to make it to campus, three players have already played in enough games to not redshirt. Robinson, Garrett Nelson and Quinton Newsome all have pretty defined roles. As for the rest of the group? Coach Scott Frost could be looking to them for help coming out of the bye week.

“It'd be great to have a couple of the O-linemen—Piper, Benhart—and some of those guys start to give us some help,” Frost said. “Some skilled guys. Rahmir Johnson still has a couple games to play in, and I'm going to want him to help us a couple games down the stretch. And guys on defense too. You might see a bunch of new guys later in the year. Defensive linemen like Mosai Newsom and Ty Robinson, there's too many to count.

"But if those guys are ready to play, we can seriously use the help and the depth right now."

It’s easy to see why getting more freshmen involved has been a topic of discussion. So few true freshmen are contributing meaningful snaps. It's magnified when the team struggles. It’s tempting to think the easy fix is to put in the highly-touted player waiting in the wings. 

The Huskers’ staff has a plan in place for how to use some of the young players. I’d bet the way the games have gone so far haven’t presented as many opportunities to get them in as expected. Everyone around the country is learning how to deal with this rule. The way it looks now the Huskers will have a lot of redshirted players on an already young football team. 

That’s something to watch in the future.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers made a handful of offers on Thursday in Oklahoma. They included 2021 standout AJ Green from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. 

>> Georgia 4-star linebacker target Des Tisdol got another cool edit from the Huskers. 

>> Georgia 2021 offensive lineman Bryson Estes had a video pop up on Twitter of him moving some big weight. 


>> Madi Kubik’s career-high 22 kills were key in the Huskers’ win over No. 20 Purdue. 

>> Tom’s Time takes a look back at the Oct. 1988 meeting with Oklahoma State featuring Barry Sanders. 

>> The midterm report card (Premium) is here for Nebraska’s kickers and special teams. 

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