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Big Red Recon: Pushing Through Finish Line of 2021 Nebraska Fall Camp

August 13, 2021

The Huskers are just a couple weeks out for the Week Zero game against Illinois. We are getting more and more information about the current team as we head into a critical fourth season under coach Scott Frost. There is plenty to dive into with this team and recruiting.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

Valen Erickson, offensive lineman, Chicago, Illinois

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Ashton Hayes, Running Back, Reno, Nevada

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

Grant Page, Wide Receiver, Boulder, Colorado

Hayden Schwartz, Defensive End, Jacksonville, Florida

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

QB 0 DL 1
RB 0 MLB 0
WR 0 OLB 1
TE 0 DB 2
OL 2 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> We heard praise this week for newcomer at defensive back, Tyreke Johnson. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was positive about him and so was defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. Johnson is battling with Quinton Newsome among others for the spot opposite Cam Taylor-Britt.

“He’s a good player,” Newsome said. “He’s picking up the playbook. He’s really getting everything going for himself. He’s good to be around. We’re all cool. We’re all friends in the DB rooms. We go out and play games with each other all night.”

That battle in the defensive back room is tough but has remained friendly. If I had to pick today, I think that Newsome is the starter against Illinois.

>> One name in the defensive back room we haven’t heard a lot about yet is Marques Buford. It caught my attention when Fisher brought him up earlier this week as someone who is impressing.

“Marques Buford had an injury,” he said. “He came in with an injury. He’s back off an injury and right now if you look at him you’d think he never had an injury. So, I’m very proud of Marques Buford in the way he’s came back off of an ACL. He’s back and running around. Man, he’s impressive. He’s fast. He’s good. I’m very impressed with him.”

Buford moved well on Wednesday in the drills I saw him in. He could wind up being another steal in the defensive back room for the Huskers if he can stay healthy.

>> It wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see Nebraska take another defensive lineman in the 2022 recruiting class. The team has a verbal commitment from Hayden Schwartz but there was some thinking that one more would be added. Remember that Deontre Thomas, Jordon Riley and Damion Daniels could all return next season. Casey Rogers, Ty Robinson and Nash Hutmacher will all be back too. Defensive line isn’t that pressing of a need anymore.

>> The dog days of summer can set in as we cross over the midway point of fall camp for the Huskers. That hasn’t been the case according to running backs coach Ryan Held who has been impressed with the team’s attitude of embracing the grind.

“Coach [Frost] does a great job of being smart and giving little time off here and there to be able to recharge the batteries,” Held said. “We’re definitely in in grind mode. I go home and go to bed I set the alarm and I know when I close my eyes that the alarm is going off. We’re in that mode now but you love waking up and coming to work coach.”

>> Omaha Burke four-star linebacker Devon Jackson is confident in his team this season. Burke didn’t get to play during 2020 and it was tough for the team to watch feeling like it could beat anyone in the state. Jackson isn’t feeling the pressure from being so high-profile and living up to the standard at Burke.

“I do not feel extra pressure because those are players that did their own thing,” Jackson said. “They did their time you know and we are very different players. This is a very different team. I believe that with my team I can go all the way.”

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