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Nebraska Recruiting: More Competitive Environment Could Boost Husker Culture

October 26, 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 bye week always brings new wrinkles for teams. It’s the perfect time to tweak the process so that you can get the best out of your players. One thing that the Huskers did during the two practices last week was make an change to practice. We reported that last Friday in Big Red Recon, then coach Scott Frost mentioned it on Monday.

The change was explained by running backs coach Ryan Held on Tuesday. They are putting the players in competitive situations in practice. That reinforces that those plays matter which can help get the team over the hump.

“They really enjoy it and they want more of it,” Held said. “They’re telling us they want more. So, we’ll continue to do it. It livens up practice even more. We’ve got to have competitors. I think we have competitors. It’s just a matter of continuing to put those guys in whatever the situations that come up within a football game, so we have that opportunity to get it done.”

It’s a good sign that the players wanted this move. That gives credibility to what Casey Rogers said on Monday about not seeing any level of giving up in this team. Rogers said that if anything the slow start to the season has made players want to practice harder. Craving more competition in practice is a great example of that.

Aside from the implications for the current team, there is a recruiting angle here. Recruits already like Nebraska’s fast-paced practices. They have commented that the Huskers practices stand out as having high energy. This has been consistent over the Frost tenure. A lot of players get reps and it seems like fun. Introducing more competitive periods to practice could help enhance that more.

Everything matters in selling recruits. If the Huskers can continue using practices as a selling point then that’s good for the program. There is another thing this could help. Recruits would get a clear expectation of what it would be like if they joined the team. The earlier that recruits know exactly what would be expected of them when they get on campus the better. Eventually it would become the expectation. When you arrive at Nebraska you will compete for spots often. Even if you earn a spot there is a player you’ll have to battle to keep that spot. That’s the type of culture teams aspire to have.

The basis of making this move to add more competition into practices was to help the current team. The Huskers need a jolt to finish the season strong. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t an under-the-radar benefit for the Huskers on the recruiting trail. This could be another positive things to show recruits if the move ends up helping the team.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska JUCO defensive back target Keionte Scott is staying hot on the trail, picking up an offer from LSU.

>> Lincoln High athlete Beni Ngoyi posted his season highlights on Tuesday.


>> In the latest Straight Up Breakdown podcast, I flew solo to talk about everyone being refreshed and recharged.

>> No. 6 Nebraska will battle No. 3 Wisconsin Wednesday in the battle of the Big Ten’s best.

>> Check out the details that Nebraska offensive coordinator Matt Lubick looked at and more from the Huskers’Tuesday availability.

>> Nebraska will need more running backs down the stretch of the season. I took a look at what they need to do (Premium) to see the field more.

>> Jacob Padilla took a look at the Huskers’ off-guards and wings in his latest season preview.

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