Nebraska’s defense did what it needed to do to officially earn some Blackshirts. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander confirmed on Tuesday that the jerseys had been handed out following the Huskers’ 30-23 win over Penn State.
“They finally practiced the way we wanted them to,” Chinander said. “. . . The Blackshirts need to set a new standard.”
With that said, Chinander didn’t want to share who exactly was given the coveted Blackshirt jersey. He said players could be asked individually, but he’d rather keep it to the team for now.
“It’s an in-house kind of tradition,” he said. “It means more to me than putting out on social media.”
The current roster boasts 10 players who have previously earned a Blackshirts. Senior cornerback Dicaprio Bootle had earned the jersey three times heading into the season, while senior defensive lineman Ben Stille has earned the honor twice. Defensive backs Cam Taylor-Britt, Marquel Dismuke and Deontai Williams, alongside linebackers JoJo Domann, Collin Miller, Will Honas, Garrett Nelson and Caleb Tannor all earned Blackshirts for the first time in 2019.
Nebraska handed out the Blackshirts prior to the first game of the season in 2019, which included a group of former Blackshirts who helped to hand out the honor to the newest members at the time.
There’s a lot of history behind the Blackshirts and the logo. As of Tuesday, the tradition has continued.
More news and note:
>> Offensive coordinator Mat Lubick said he was impressed with quarterbacked Luke McCaffrey in his first start for Nebraska. He acknowledged that he is only a redshirt freshman and that Penn State’s defense is good, so he’ll only improve.
“I was very impressed with his poise,” Lubick said. “He stood in there, he improvised a little bit when we needed him to. . . . Could not be more happy with what he did in the game.”
>> Lubick also said that while the coaches can be demanding of the players, they also have to stay positive in order to build confidence in the younger players. However, Nebraska won’t change how it does things even for the young guys.
“You definitely don’t change your standards,” he said.
>> Tight ends coach Sean Beckton said that he feels like Austin Allen has become a guy that the quarterbacks trust and look for downfield.
>> Beckton also spoke to evaluating 2022 prospects and the impact of not being able to see prospects in person right now.
“It’s tricky,” he said, while adding that coaches are relying more on full game films rather than just highlights.
>> Lubick feels good about where Nebraska’s offense is right now, but they obviously have plenty to continue to improve on as players and coaches. He acknowledged that Penn State’s defense was particularly athletic, but there are plenty of good defenses to come on the Huskers’ schedule.
>> Connor Culp’s truck was stolen over the weekend, but it has been returned. Whoever stole it took the truck off roading and that resulted in two flat tires.
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