Coach Scott Frost announced on Monday that three walk-ons have been placed on scholarship: sophomore linebacker Luke Reimer, junior Kade Warner and junior outside linebacker Damian Jackson. Each player has had a unique path to earning a scholarship.
“Yeah, we got three that I can announce right now,” Frost said. “I think everybody was aware of Luke Reimer getting put on scholarship. We put Kade Warner on scholarship and Damian Jackson on scholarship. We have one more that we’re probably going to award before the fall’s over. Probably even before the first game here but those three have definitely earned it.
“All three have been good leaders and good teammates for us.”
Frost went on to explain the reasoning behind putting each player on scholarship.
“Luke’s done some great things on the field,” Frost said. “Damian’s turned himself into a player that could help us on the field as well as off and worked his butt off to get there. Kade was voted captain and does a good job for us in practice and in games. So those guys are very deserving and we’re glad to reward them.”
Reimer, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound inside linebacker, played in 10 games for the Huskers in 2019. He totaled 11 tackles on the season where he mostly saw special teams duty. He saw his most action in the game against Maryland. In that game he posted a career high four tackles including one for loss. The Lincoln North Star graduate has had a rapid rise up the depth chart. He figures to factor into the inside linebacker rotation heavily in 2020.
Warner, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound wide receiver, from Scottsdale, Arizona, could be one of the Huskers starting wide receivers this fall. Warner missed the first four games with injury but appeared in the team’s final seven games with five starts in 2019. Warner finished his sophomore season with eight catches for 101 yards. He has been consistently praised by coaches and teammates for his leadership. His teammates rewarded him by voting him a team captain.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Warner said. “Whenever you have an award that is based on your teammates voting it really hits home. It speaks to who you are and who the team thinks you are. It really is an incredible honor. I’m blessed to be in the position I am. I didn’t expect it. Coach said my name and a bunch of emotions went through my body. It was great to see guys congratulate me. I love this team and I’m going to continue to work hard for them.”
Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defender from Las Vegas, Nevada, has one of the most unique stories you’ll find on the team. Before walking on at Nebraska he served four years as a member of the Navy SEALs. He was not a member of the football team in high school so the work he’s done to get to this point is incredible. Jackson played in two games in the 2019 season on kickoff coverage.
The Huskers open the 2020 season this weekend on the road against Ohio State on Saturday at BIG NOON (11 a.m. CT) on FOX.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.