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Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker JoJo Domann ready for the play to start against Illinois
Photo Credit: John S. Peterson

Nebraska Outside Linebacker JoJo Domann to Return in 2021

January 02, 2021

Outside linebacker JoJo Domann is coming back to Nebraska for a sixth season. The senior—who is taking advantage of the NCAA rule allowing an extra year for those that want it—shared an edited video from “The Wolf of Wall Street” to make the announcement.

Getting Domann back will go a long way toward solidifying the outside linebacker position for Nebraska in the upcoming season. The Colorado native led the team in total tackles during the 2020 season with 58. He was also tied for first in tackles for loss with 6.5.

The 2020 Penn State game specifically showed a lot of his versatility. He was praised by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander the next week.

“He’s playing really good football right now and he’s doing his job,” Chinander said. “But I still don’t think any of us have seen the ceiling on JoJo Domann yet.”

Throughout his time in Lincoln, Domann has grown more into a leader on Nebraska’s defense. Having him back will also keep a veteran presence on the team.

Outgoing senior Collin Miller explained the impact Domann has on the intangibles of the defense this season.

“Everyone kind of looks to JoJo when things get hard and JoJo’s right there being a leader,” Miller said. “We see it throughout the whole week. He practices hard, he studies the film hard, he grades himself hard. What you guys see on Saturday is all the work he puts in. He finally gets to show you guys, too.”

We should see another year of Domann, Garrett Nelson and Caleb Tannor at outside linebacker. Behind them will be a slew of unproven players knocking on the door of playing time. Now the Huskers can bridge the gap. The team can continue getting Blaise Gunnerson, Niko Cooper and Jamin Graham ready.

By the way, if Domann’s announcement looks familiar, you’re not mistaken. Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. used a similar approach to announce his return to the team in 2018.

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