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Pregame Observations Ahead of Nebraska-Iowa

November 26, 2021

Nebraska is looking to snap a six-game losing streak to its neighbors to the east, the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskers enter their season finale with a 3-8 overall record and a 1-7 mark in Big Ten play. Iowa comes to Lincoln with a new quarterback, the same stingy defense and a No. 17 ranking in the Associated Press Poll at 9-2 (6-2).

Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m., and weather conditions are expected to be great, with temperatures in the mid 50s.

Not only is Friday the season finale, it’s also Senior Day. On Wednesday, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said the Senior Day event will be interesting, not only for his team, but others across the nation because of the NCAA-granted extra year of eligibility all players got last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier Friday, Nebraska released this video honoring 19 seniors (and a few juniors, based on the roster), including Austin Allen, Kyan Brumfield, Connor Culp, Damion Daniels, Marquel Dismuke, JoJo Domann, Levi Falck, Colton Feist, Wyatt Liewer, Hunter Miller, Adrian Martinez, Lane McCallum, Matt Sichterman, Ben Stille, Cam Taylor-Britt, Deontre Thomas, Samori Touré, Chris Walker and Deontai Williams:

“There’s a lot of guys who could be done or could come back,” Frost said on Wednesday. “Senior Day will be interesting because I think there’s going to be some guys who don’t walk that maybe don’t play anymore, and maybe some guys who do walk and come back and play another year. The way I feel about it is, anytime we can honor any of them for the hard work they put in here, we need to honor them.”

Both Allen and Taylor-Britt, who have an extra year of eligibility to use if they wish next season, have already decided they’re moving on from the program.

Allen, whose 36 catches are a single-season record for a tight end at Nebraska, has 547 receiving yards this season. The Aurora, Nebraska, native needs only 14 yards to set a new single-season receiving yards record for a Husker tight end. Allen took to social media to make his announcement last Tuesday:

Taylor-Britt, who has gotten steadily better as his corner position as the season has gone on, has 46 tackles and a team-high 10 pass breakups. The Alabama native accepted an offer to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, which is an annual college all-star football game that is played at the conclusion of the NCAA season. The event is considered the most prominent college football all-star game in the United States and is the first stage in the NFL Draft process.

Taylor-Britt won’t be the only former Husker playing in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Domann, who played in the Ohio State game before opting to have surgery on his injured left hand, is also playing in it:

More news and notes:

>> The Huskers will have three quarterbacks available for the game, including Logan Smothers, Heinrich Haarberg and Matt Masker. Those three took the field for warmups. Injured starter Adrian Martinez was right there with them watching, while sporting a sling on his right shoulder, which he had surgery on Wednesday.

>> Safety Deontai Williams and outside linebackers Caleb Tannor and Damian Jackson and are all suited up for pregame warmups. Williams was injured at Minnesota and hasn’t played in a game since. Tannor started the Wisconsin game but was injured and didn’t play the second half.

>> Outside linebacker Pheldarius Payne, running back Rahmir Johnson and defensive lineman Damion Daniels were not suited up for warmups. Both Payne and Johnson missed last week’s game at Wisconsin while Daniels was injured during the game with the Badgers. On Wednesday, Frost said that it’d “be tight” on whether Johnson was going to be available against the Hawkeyes.

>> The wind is coming out of the north at 5-15 miles per hour and is blowing the flags atop Memorial Stadium pretty good. The wind doesn’t seem to be playing a factor much on the field, however, as the flags on top of the field goal posts are hardly moving.

>> Allen took to Tom Osborne Field and sat on the turf longer than he usually does prior to pregame warmups. Friday’s game will be Allen’s last as a Husker.

>> Feist, a defensive lineman from Yutan, Nebraska, was seen with a boot on his left foot. Feist, who was dealing with an injury in fall camp prior to the season that kept him out of the first two games, is going through the Senior Day event.

>> Bellevue West alum Keagan Johnson has emerged as a key receiver for Iowa. As a true freshman, he’s caught 16 catches for 328 yards and two touchdowns. The last time he played at Memorial Stadium was when Bellevue West was winning a Class A state championship in 2019.

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