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Drake’s Takes: Nebraska’s Spring Game Looks to be Intriguing in Multiple Areas

April 08, 2022

This week’s Drake’s Takes previews multiple aspects of Nebraska football’s upcoming Red-White Spring Game. 

Spring Game

Tomorrow, Nebraska football’s spring will come to a close with the playing of the annual Red-White Spring Game. 

It is not all that difficult to forget last year’s finish, but looking back, it’s still enjoyable. The White team won with a final-play touchdown throw from Heinrich Haarberg to Wyatt Liewer. The score finished 21-20, sealed by a made extra point.

This year, there’s reason to be a bit more intrigued, given the amount of turnover in both the roster and coaching staff. 

The format will also be different, with one team being the offense and the other being the defense for the first time under head coach Scott Frost. The reason for this is injuries and other depth issues. It’s also unknown what scoring system will be used, but it could be a bit wacky.  

There’s going to be a lot of players worth watching, but wide receiver Trey Palmer is one I’ll keep my eye on personally. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his confidence throughout the week, and he said he’d put on a “clinic.” 

I also hope that Nebraska finds a way to incorporate special teams. The format may make it a bit difficult to implement, but the unit was a large part of the Huskers’ struggles last season. 

Spring game special teams success or failure should not be used as the indicator for how those things will play out in the fall. However, I’m sure many would be happy to see some made field goals, a few great punts from transfer Brian Buschini, and a good-looking return from Palmer. 

Otherwise, pretty much every position will be fairly interesting to watch. Nebraska’s in need of players to step up at pretty much every offensive position, along with some defensive question marks. 

Predicting this game is fairly pointless, but I’m going to guess that the offense will be able to take the win. 

Fan Experience

A central part of the conversation around Saturday’s scrimmage may be fandom. 

Ticket sales were reported to be at 46,500 on Wednesday. That’s more than last year’s 36,000 due to pandemic restrictions at the time, but about 40,000 less than the numbers in 2018 and 2019.

Surely, there should be more than 46,500 in attendance on Saturday. However, the numbers of the first couple years of the Frost era seem like they won’t be replicated until team success improves.  

I personally don’t care all that much about if the stadium is full or not, whether it be for this scrimmage or the regular season in the fall. It is a big deal for a lot of people in Nebraska, though, and the athletic department in particular will be keeping its eye on the fan experience. 

Between the Red Carpet Experience which debuted last fall and the more recent survey on Memorial Stadium, it’s clear that changes are coming. I’m somewhat interested to see how it all plays out.

Tech N9ne’s Nebraska Song

This morning, Nebraska also tweeted out that it has collaborated with rapper Tech N9ne to create a Husker version of the song “Red Kingdom.”

The song was originally made to be a hype song for the Kansas City Chiefs. It also has been affiliated with Donald Trump, being used by conservatives to express their support for the now-former president. That sure is some company.

I’m sorry, but affiliations aside, I can’t say I’m a fan of this. Here’s some of the most notable lyrics from the custom version of the song, titled “R.K. Huskers”: 

“Wild in the midwest, loud cuz we get that W, you’re going to see Nebraska bringing trouble too.”

“Welcome to the Cornhuskers, Nothing here to stop us cuz we born hustlers.”

“Spiking, blocking, and dunking, jumping out the gymnasium, you want to see the best, meet us at Memorial Stadium.”

I appreciate the effort here, I guess. Volleyball coach John Cook apparently had a hand in making this happen. 

I’ll admit that I’m biased to begin with, because I’m not sure there’s any team-themed song that wouldn’t come off as at least somewhat corny to me. If you enjoy this, please feel free to continue on doing so.

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