The season has finally arrived, which means it’s time for my third annual Twitter handle power rankings on the Nebraska football team.
Social media has become an important part of how fans consume sports. With the rise of Twitter, players are more accessible than ever before. Twitter accounts can also be a way for players to express their individuality and creativity. Many players choose to go with a pretty straightforward version of their name as their handle, but others decide to get a bit more creative with it.
Three players from last years rankings — Mick Stoltenberg (@big_MICKet), Guy Thomas (@17sackmangt) and Cam Jones (@camgonework15) — are gone, which opened the door to a few newcomers to the list.
Without further ado, here are my power rankings.
1. JoJo Domann, Junior, Outside Linebacker (@TheDomannator)
Domann has missed a lot of time the last few years, but now he’s healthy and figures to play a big role at his new position. With a name like Domann, you don’t have to think too hard to come up with something, but I’m not punishing him for that. If you’ve seen Domann play, whether it be on defense or special teams, you’d understand why his handle is so apt. He’s a physical player who is always around the ball and looking to lay the big hit.
2. Broc Bando, Sophomore, Offensive Lineman (@73Broccoli)
Simple, yet brilliant. Broc Bando is a tremendous name to begin with. There’s a lot you can do with Broc, and I appreciate him going the vegetable route. The number here is the key, though, as it works on multiple levels. First, his number at Nebraska is actually 73, and second, 73 rhymes with broccoli. 73 Broccoli just has a nice ring to it, and so it moves up the rankings. And now he’s the back-up left tackle too.
3. Marquel Dismuke, Junior, Safety (@HussleInSilence)
I dropped the ball on this one. I had Dismuke as an honorable mention under his @MistaQuel handle, but he let that count die in 2016. That one was solid, but his new one is even better, especially when you compare it to his career up to this point. Dismuke, a former 4-star recruit, has played in 19 games over the past two years after redshirting in 2016, but he’s never managed to secure a consistent starting spot. Until now, that is. All the work he’s been putting in behind the scenes — “in silence” — has resulted in a strong spring and fall and a starting spot. The handle is also honoring the late Nipsey Hussle, the rapper and community activist who was shot and killed in March. Dismuke said he also has a tattoo honoring Hussle.
4. Cam Taylor, Sophomore, Defensive Back (@GetLiveeeee5)
Cam Taylor’s previous Twitter account got hacked so he decided to make a new one, and I like what he came up with for his handle. “Get Live” certainly fits his personality as he’s managed to establish himself as a leader already despite arriving on campus roughly 14 months ago. It also rhymes with 5, his number, and he added five Es for added affects (but also probably because @GetLive5 was already taken).
5. Adrian Martinez, Sophomore, Quarterback (@MartinezTheQB)
Nebraska had a quarterback competition this offseason, but unlike last year it was for the back-up job. Martinez had the top spot locked up after a record-setting freshman campaign. He’s not A quarterback at Nebraska, he’s THE quarterback. Assuming health and him living up to expectations, winning the starting job from day one after being hand-picked by Scott Frost to start his rebuild in Lincoln means Martinez is in line to start every game he plays in at Nebraska.
6. Tate Wildeman, Redshirt Freshman, Defensive End (@tatethegreat68)
Similar to Bando’s handle above, we have another word/number rhyme here. If you’ve seen the 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman in person “Tate the Great” seems applicable. However, Wildeman’s number at Nebraska is 92 and in high school it was 9, so unlike Bando, no bonus points for the number outside of the rhyme.
7. Ethan Cox, Sophomore, Cornerback (@coxandthehound)
Here’s a player referencing a childhood favorite, The Fox and the Hound. It’s appropriate as well, as the preferred walk-on’s playing style could be described as “clever like a fox.” He’s a good athlete with quick feet who played quarterback in high school and impressed last year during spring ball and fall camp.
8. Dicaprio Bootle, Junior, Cornerback (@_flightsdelayed)
If there is any player on the roster who would be justified in simply using his name as his handle, it’s Dicaprio Bootle. However, he opted against that and instead went with a variation of the “no fly zone” theme for cornerbacks. Props for finding a new angle, but I do have to dock him a few points for playing off of his position and playing style rather than his name. His display name is also Star Cap, so that’s cool.
9. Jaron Woodyard, Senior, Wide Receiver (@__SPEEDYY8)
The senior wideout cracks this year’s edition of the power rankings by changing his number from 88 to 8. We already knew the SPEEDY part was spot-on (check out his track times from this spring), and now the number matches his number at Nebraska as well. The only problem is taking Stanley Morgan Jr.’s number immediately after the 1,000-yard receiver heads off to the NFL means he has a lot to live up to. As a fellow underscore user, I’ll also give him bonus points for the double-underscore at the beginning of his handle.
10. John Raridon, Junior, Offensive Guard (@hines_bittleman)
I still have no clue what this means but Raridon wins for the most random handle on the team.
Honorable Mention: junior safety Deontai Williams (@IWILLSTILLRISE); freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (@wanda1erobinson); freshman kicker Dylan Jorgensen (@dylanjorgens3n); senior safety Eric Lee Jr. (@Pick6_Lee); senior wide receiver Mike Williams (@mw_xix); junior linebacker Pernell Jefferson (@PDJXXII); freshman wide receiver Austin Jablonski (@jaboman22).
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.