Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Jaquez Yant readies to run around a barrel during football practice
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Observations From the Second Open Practice of 2021 Nebraska Fall Camp

August 11, 2021

We have crossed the halfway point of fall camp for Nebraska ahead of the 2021 football season. The Huskers opened the doors of practice to media again on Wednesday for about 25 minutes. Nebraska is pretty careful on what they show during that period but it’s nice to see what the team looks like for ourselves.

Here are some observations from our time at Hawks Championship Center.

>> Running back Sevion Morrison was the first running back out in drills when the full offense trotted out. The running back competition is a hot topic for fall camp. Gabe Ervin Jr. was the second back in that same drill. It’s just one practice but that was the order that we saw for today.

>> We are getting deeper into fall camp and the pads are on so injuries are going to start happening. We’ll wait until Friday to hear from coach Scott Frost about the severity of any injuries but there was a group of players observed not practicing. Tight ends Travis Vokolek and Austin Allen, defensive back Nadab Jospeh, linebacker Mikai Gbayor and defensive lineman Colton Feist were not dressed for practice. Offensive lineman Turner Corcoran was dressed but did not take part in drills that we saw. Corcoran did a lot of stretching on the side.

Outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson and tight end Thomas Fidone were still not dressed as expected.

>> Chris Hickman was the first-team tight end when the offense took the field for drills. After the drills were over, Hickman received a lot of one-on-one attention from the coaching staff. Hickman has received praise from tight ends coach Sean Beckton for a strong fall camp so far. We also observed Grand Island native Jacob Herbek working with the tight ends on Wednesday.

>> Brant Banks, Ethan Piper, Cam Jurgens, Matt Sichterman and Bryce Benhart were the first-unit offensive line during practice on Wednesday.

>> Northern Arizona transfer wide receiver Chancellor Brewington got reps with the first and second-team offense during drills. Standing at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, he has nice size to match the rest of the wide receiver corps the Huskers are building.

>> Third-year redshirt freshman Jamin Graham was not present with the defensive line group. He arrived at Nebraska as a scholarship recruit outside linebacker but moved to the line last season.

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