**This is a running tracker and will be updated as more names and news develops.**
The end of Nebraska’s 2022 season brought some finality to a turbulent season. Nebraska confirmed Matt Rhule as new head coach the morning after the Huskers upset Iowa and introduced him the following Monday.
Numerous Huskers then announced their intentions if they’d stay for the 2023 season or try their luck elsewhere. Here’s what we know about who’s coming back from the 2022 season for the Rhule era at Nebraska.
Staying at Nebraska
Timmy Bleekrode, kicker: Bleekrode announced his intentions to return next season on November 26, the day after beating Iowa. Bleekrode, an Atlanta native, transferred to Nebraska from FCS Furman prior to the 2022 season. He finished 9 of 12 for the season on field goals with a long of 46 yards.
Brian Buschini, punter: Nebraska’s reliable punter tweeted his plans to return on November 26 as well. Originally from Helena, Montana, Buschini transferred from Montana before the 2022 season and averaged 44.5 yards per punt, the sixth-highest clip in school history. Fourteen of his 68 punts went inside the opponents’ 20 and 16 of them went beyond 50 yards.
Jimari Butler, edge: He played in every game during the 2022 season, totaling nine tackles between both defense and special teams. The Alabama native entered the transfer portal but decided to stay at Nebraska.
Anthony Grant, running back: Grant emerged as Nebraska’s No. 1 running back in his first season in Lincoln. He ran for 915 yards and six touchdowns as the Huskers struggled to maintain a consistent running game. He announced his decision to stay at Nebraska on January 2.
Brant Banks, offensive lineman: Banks, originally from Houston, played on special teams throughout the season and saw increased playing time on the offensive line later in the year. He arrived in Lincoln in 2019, redshirted, got the COVID year, then played nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2021. Banks transferred to Rice.
Marquis Black, defensive line: A redshirt freshman who played in just two games across three seasons, none in the 2022 season. He came to Nebraska as a 3-star athlete from Georgia. On January 8, Black announced his commitment to Western Kentucky.
Alex Conn, offensive line: Redshirt freshman from Kansas who hasn’t played for the Huskers in three seasons. He came to Nebraska as the No. 6 prospect in Kansas among the 2020 Recruiting Class.
Chase Contreraz, kicker: The walk-on transfer from Iowa Western CC did not play in 2022.
Decoldest Crawford, wide receiver: The former LSU commit from Louisiana flipped to Nebraska with the arrival of former wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. He redshirted this year when an injury in fall camp ended his freshman season before it began.
Brendan Franke, kicker: Gretna’s very own handled kickoff duties the last two seasons. This year, 36 of his 54 kickoffs went out for touchbacks.
Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda, wide receiver: The lone Husker to declare for the transfer portal mid-season, he started the season hot with four catches for 120 yards and a touchdown but managed just one catch the rest of the 2022 season. He came to Nebraska as a transfer from New Mexico State.
Jaeden Gould, defensive back: A freshman from New Jersey, Gould played in one game during the 2022 season.
Kamonte Grimes, wide receiver: The redshirt freshman did not play in 2022. He was a high school All-American in Florida.
Ernest Hausmann, linebacker: The Columbus native started as a true freshman this season but saw playing time lessen in the middle of the year. Haussmann rebounded to start the last half of the season, tallying 54 tackles in total, including 12 against Wisconsin. On December 15 he announced his commitment to Michigan.
Gabe Heins, kicker: Originally from Kearney, Heins has not played in his four seasons at Nebraska. He entered the portal as a grad transfer with two remaining years of eligibility.
Mosai Newsom, defensive line: Played in nine games this past season, his first game action in four seasons at Nebraska. He recorded his only three collegiate tackles against Illinois this season.
Truitt Robinson, wide receiver: Former walk-on receiver who did not play in 2021 or 2022. He’s originally from Gilbert, Arizona, and is the younger brother of defensive lineman Ty Robinson.
Jailen Weaver, offensive line: Former top-50 California recruit has not played for Nebraska through two seasons. In October he switched from defensive to offensive line.
Charlie Weinrich, kicker: Nebraska’s backup kicker for the 2022 season redshirted behind starter Timmy Bleekrode. The freshman from Blue Valley High School in Kansas was one of the best high school kickers in his recruiting class. He committed to Kansas.
Kevin Williams Jr., offensive line: The Omaha North graduate played in four games with a start before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He arrived in Lincoln prior to the 2022 season after playing at Northern Colorado for four seasons. On January 9 he announced his commitment to Charlotte.
Jaquez Yant, running back: Sophomore back ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in seven games this season. That was a drop off from nearly 300 yards with 47 carries in 2021. He’s headed to Florida A&M next.
Declared for NFL Draft
Ochaun Mathis, edge: Played in every game during his only season in Lincoln with 50 tackles, five for loss and 3.5 sacks. He started in two games. He was the top edge prospect in the transfer portal last offseason, coming from TCU.
Garrett Nelson, edge: Former team captain finished his career with 43 games played, including a streak of 32 consecutive starts. He tallied 167 total tackles as a Husker, 26 TFLs and 12 sacks. In 2022 he accrued 65 tackles, nine for loss and and 5.5 sacks. The Scottsbluff native declared his intentions to enter the draft on December 27.
Trey Palmer, wide receiver: Palmer announced his news the day after catching 165 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Iowa. Palmer transferred to Nebraska from LSU with Mickey Joseph in the spring of 2022. In his only season at Nebraska he set the new single-game (237 against Purdue) and single-season (1,043) receiving yards records for the program.
Leaving the Program
Colton Feist, defensive line: The Yutan native and starting interior tackle last season announced on December 28 the won’t return in 2023. Feist, a former walk-on, will instead hang up his cleats and walk away from the game. He finished with 46 tackles, 7.0 TFL and 0.5 sacks in his junior season. He also deflected a pass.