Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Nick Henrich and linebacker JoJo Domann and defensive lineman Ben Stille corral Minnesota Golden Gophers running back
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Henrich Earns First Start as Huskers Take on Rutgers

December 18, 2020

Redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Henrich will be making his first start as a Husker Friday night when Nebraska takes on Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. At least, that’s according to his mom, and, of course, moms know best.

Henrich has played both inside and outside linebacker in 2020, depending on where the Huskers needed him most. The Omaha native has appeared in six games this season, making 15 total tackles. Nine of those came in last week’s 24-17 loss to Minnesota. Henrich was also credited with half a tackle for loss, his first career stop behind the line of scrimmage.

“He played a really good football game,”  defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said. “He was physical, he played hard, he got us in the right things most of the time. He had a great football game. I think the future’s pretty bright on that one.”

Henrich will again be playing inside as Luke Reimer didn’t make the trip.

A few other notes as the Huskers get ready to take on the Scarlet Knights.

>> Freshman wideout Zavier Betts did not make the trip to New Jersey. It’s unclear what he’s dealing with.

>> Freshman running back Sevion Morrison did, however, make the trip. It’s his first this year. Morrison has dealt with injuries and a bout of COVID this year, his first in Lincoln, that have kept him off the field. The running backs with him were senior Dedrick Mills, freshman Marvin Scott III, and walk-on Cooper Jewett.

>> Rutgers quarterback and former Husker Noah Vedral did not warm up with his teammates. His status has been up in the air all week as the two teams prepared to face up, and many had hoped the Wahoo native who also played for Scott Frost at Central Florida would get to play against his former coach and team. It appears Rutgers will instead have to go with Artur Sitkowski.

Sitkowski is 42-of-61 passing this year for 322 yards, three scores, and no interceptions.

>> Nebraska also has a quarterback situation worth noting. The team brought five guys instead of the usual four on road trips this season, adding walk-on Brayden Miller to the bunch.

It also paired true freshman Logan Smothers with backup center Matt Farniok early during warm-ups. The QB-C pairing during early snap work is a usual indicator of where a guy sits on the depth chart, and Luke McCaffrey was working with the No. 3 center. McCaffrey also didn’t throw much during warm-ups.

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