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Nebrasketball roster

03 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

Hoiberg ain't messing around.  

 

I dont know shit about basketball, but things appear to definitely be on the upswing.  

 

rumors are that basically nobody else is returning to the team other than those that have already been announced.  Heiman announced his intent to transfer yesterday, and I expect Thorir and Amir Harris to announce any day as well.  

 

also everyone should fully expect Roby to not return.  someone will draft him.  

 

but I'd argue that the players Hoiberg and staff have already brought in are better than any team that the previous coaching staff put out on the floor.  at least talent-wise.  of course they've never played together, never played for Hoiberg, etc.  

 

but, Hoiberg has this summer where they travel and play in europe to see what's he's got on the court, or at least what he can make of it.  

 

what he has to do now, though, is almost sign an entire roster's worth of players in just a few months.  

 

and he's off to a great start.  

 

he reaffirmed commitments from local product Arop who plays F, and JUCO transfer Green who's a SG

 

he lost on prep PG commit, but pulled in the best JUCO PG in Mack

 

he's added Sr grad transfers in guards Cheatham and Kavas (Kavas I think can also play the 3 and maybe stretch 4)

 

he's gotten guards Burke and Karrington to stay (I think)

 

he's also added transfer Banton, a guard, who has to sit a year

 

sense a trend here?  lots of guards.  and not the kind that pull for the football team.  

 

now that Heiman has announced his transfer, and I fully expect Roby to stay in the draft, that leaves only true frosh Arop as a true F or C on the roster.  and he's smaller than half of our guards.  not really, but close.  the good news is that's because Hoiberg is recruiting 6-6 and 6-8 guards (Cheatham, Kavas, Banton)

 

so, if Roby leaves early, and Harris and Thor announce their departures, that leaves Hoiberg with 5 more schollies to work with.  

 

there are some bigtime big men in the transfer portal right now, from what I've heard, if Hoiberg and staff can land one of those talented big men to combine with this pile of guards, they can do some damage next year.  you'd like to see them add some depth, though, at the F and C positions.  

 

I think Hoiberg has already put together a group of guards who can run the floor, space the floor, and shoot, plus drive the lane, etc, but he needs some big bodies to play defense in the B1G

 

it will be interesting to see how he finishes out these remaining scholarships.

 


way too early fall depth chart predictions

02 May 2019 - 02:54 PM

well, now that spring is in the books and a handful of players are starting to transfer out, we've learned a little more about this team, but I think we'll see some of the newer arrivals in the mix in the fall

 

QB

 

Martinez

Vedral

McCaffrey

Bunch/Masker

 

I think we all know that AM is the starter.  The real question is who is the top backup, and are they halfway decent?  I think McCaffrey surprised some people with how he hit the ground running in the spring, but I think he's going to have a tough time passing Vedral who has real live gameday experience.  I see Vedral as the backup with McCaffrey being worked into the mix with the 4 game redshirt rule.  Bunch and Masker will hopefully also see some mopup duty on occasion but that's it.  

 

 

RB

 

Washington

Mills

Rahmir Johnson

everyone else

 

This will be interesting in the fall.  Brody Belt and Mazour are not going to see meaningful game time snaps.  Bradley appeared to whiff on his shot to lay a claim to the job as well.  so that's basically everyone we saw in the spring, so that means the top 3 RBs basically didnt do much this spring lol, since 2/3 of them arent on campus yet, and the other 1/3 has legal trouble.  I think MW's legal stuff gets taken care of before the fall and it wont be a big deal.  He and Mills are going to be the workhouse RBs, but I think that Johnson is going to get a ton of carries as a true frosh as well with his speed.  I can also see Thompkins getting some 4 game redshirt playing time as well.  

 

 

WR

 

DUCK-R - Wandale Robinson, Miles Jones, Mazour

slot - Spielman, not sure who else

outside 1 - Andre Hunt, Kade Warner, Darien Chase/Demaryion Houston

outside 2 - Mike Williams/Woodyard, Darien Chase/Demaryion Houston

 

it will be interesting to see who steps up amongst the wideouts during "voluntary" summer workouts.  big opportunity for some guys to earn some playing time.  the tough part about this offense is predicting formations and use of players.  I know last year they moved Morgan around at times positionally to get him better matchups.  I think this year we'll see more/similar versatility out of the offense, with a TE being flexed out, more use of the duck-r position, motioning MW out of the backfield into a WR position, etc.  Right now I think we're going to see a lot of Spielman and Robinson (if they both can stay healthy and take the pounding), but other than that, I'm not sure.  it sounded like Hunt stepped up this spring so if he keeps progressing he probably has the leg up right now, but I can also see one of the other frosh making a jump.  This is also the last year for Williams/Woodyard so hopefully they'll take the next step also.  Warner is always going to get some playing time because he's where he's supposed to be and blocks well.  anyway, with the SF offense I'm not as concerned about individual talent at WR because I think they can adjust to use the RBs/Duck-R/TEs more, plus this offense can get people open.  Still, it would be nice to see another WR or two really step up as a reliable option.  

 

TE

 

Stoll

Allen/Rafdal

LeGrone

 

TE is all but finalized as the top 3 guys from last year return.  the big question will be if they've improved enough to be more involved in the offense in year two.  hopefully they find time to get frosh Hickman some snaps and preserve his redshirt.  

 

 

OL

 

LT - Jaimes, Gaylord

LG - Hixson, Raridon

C - Jurgens, Farniok

RG - Wilson, Sicheterman

RT - Farniok, Gaylord

 

I think the staff, really, really, really wants Jurgens to win the OC job.  Once he gets his body right, he could be a good one so I dont blame them.  I think they think his ceiling is so high there that it's better to let him learn on the fly and get the experience.  I've heard his athleticism for the position is off the charts, he can pull and get to the second level better than any other interior OL already.  but, he's getting his ass handed to him in one-on-ones and up the middle, because his weight/strength isnt where it needs to be and he's brand new to the position.  I'm ok with little Farniok or Hunter Miller at C also.  if things arent looking good with Jurgens early in fall camp, expect to see the staff tinker with Wilson and/or Hixson at C and sliding others around.  other than that, Hixson seems like a nice fit after moving to OG from OT.  Wilson, Farniok, and Jaimes return as starters, and it sounds like Gaylord has come along as a decent swing OT.  Still waiting for Raridon to make a move.  Havent heard anything about Bando, either.  I expect all of the incoming frosh to play in 4 games and redshirt.  including Benhart.  I just dont see him being able to step in as a true frosh and play OT, but then again Jaimes did it and at a smaller size.  I hope he's that good that he's in the mix but I think he's better off redshirting.  

 

 

DL

 

DE Davis/Stille

NT Daniels, Daniels/Green

DE Davis/Thomas

 

I think our top 6 is pretty well set, and maybe make that 7 now that SF and staff added the late JUCO NT who's immediately eligible.  anyway, I really like this group.  a lot.  lots of talent and depth, and now after another year hopefully some more strength and size.  I think we'll see the DE spots interchangeable for the most part, and I expect a lot of rotation all game and season long.  I think we'll see our DL hold up well against the run but also be more disruptive than we saw last season.  last year's redshirts in Robinson and Rogers will see some spot duty but as long as the top guys stay healthy I dont think we'll see many others in the mix except for garbage time.  Robinson will get his 4 games and redshirt.  not sure what Chris Walker's development is at this point, but he's still young.  Maybe we'll see Vaha take a step up after getting reacclimated to the game.  I think we'll also see guys move around across the line at times depending on down and distance.  the new JUCO will help with all of that as well because I think he'll be playing both NT and DE.  

 

 

LB

 

OLB Ferguson, Davis, Garret Nelson

ILB Barry, Hannah/Heinrich

ILB Miller/Honas
OLB Domann, Tannor, Alston

 

 

I actually like the starting 4 here, plus Honas and Tannor as backups.  they definitely have a lot to prove, but Ferg was arguably our best OLB last year when healthy, Tannor did ok for a true frosh, and Domann looked like a beast even though he'd never played the position before.  depth is a concern across the board, though.  the primary backup at ILB is still recovering from a torn ACL and the other ILB options are true frosh.  I like Heinrich and Hannah, and I think one of them will step up and surprise (my money is on Hannah, I think he's bigger and more physical at this point, oh and there's the whole fact that he isnt injured).  it sounds like Alex Davis has finally had the light come on, hopefully it translates to production on the field.  My money is on the top 3 both inside and outside are going to be seeing the field the most often, although I think we'll see Davis/Domann used more or less depending on matchups and opposing offensive schemes.  

 

 

DB

 

CB Bootle, Taylor

S Deontai Williams, Taylor

S Dismuke, Taylor

CB Jackson, Taylor

 

so, it looks like Cam Taylor is the fifth DB right now.  those top 5 are solid.  Bootle had a lot of pass breakups last year, hopefully he can turn some of those into interceptions.  Jackson is supposedly all in now and more physical, he's always had the athletic ability.  Williams was the biggest playmaker at S last year, but he didnt know the calls.  now he knows the defense and I expect to see him continue to make big plays.  Dismuke seems to have finally gotten it all together as well.  He's also a great athlete who can hit.  I'm excited to see what these top 5 do in regards to takeaways this year.  moving Lee to S was a good move.  He's a good tackler and will provide some depth.  hopefully CJ Smith comes back healthy because he has some potential at S as well.  it will be interesting to see if Braxton Clark takes a step up as well as a backup.  unfortunately I'm not expecting to see much of some of the other legacy DBs such as Anderson, Butler.  of the incoming frosh, I think we'll see them all play, but I think we'll see them all redshirt as well.  there's definitely talent there with those incoming frosh, I just dont see any of them coming close to beating out the any of the top 5-7 for even a solid backup spot.  still, hopefully they can work those guys into the mix all season long on a rotating basis to help provide depth in the defensive backfield but also to help out on special teams.  

 

 

specialists:

 

P - Armstrong

K - Pickering

LS - Urbach

 

I feel good about our special teams.  Pickering settled down the second half of the season last year and should only continue to improve.  Armstrong did great last season and should also improve.  Also dont overlook the benefit of having a left footed punter.  Urbach returns as longsnapper (and hopefully we'll see Damien Jackson get some work at snapping as well)

 

 

anyway, overall, the talent and depth seems better than last year.  there are still some holes, but it's getting better.  probably a good sign is how little opportunity there is right now for an incoming frosh to step into the two deep.  our DL is so deep that last year's redshirts will probably barely see the field.  4 talented DBs coming in probably wont crack the two deep at all.  the offensive skill positions is where we'll probably see some new names, though.  definitely at RB, definitely at duck-r, and probably also at WR.  

 

the biggest things I'll be looking at when fall camp rolls around is if there's any shuffling on the OL (i.e. how is the progression of Jurgens at C going?), how the depth and health at both ILB and OLB?  and then the offensive skill positions, RB/Duck-R/WR.  

 

 

 


offseason attrition

25 April 2019 - 09:35 AM

it's well underway already...

 

P Caleb Lightbourne is gone

 

OLB Breon Dixon gone

 

OLB Quayshon Alexander gone

 

 


post 2018 season roster analysis

03 December 2018 - 12:06 PM

we can add to this in approx. 2 weeks after the early Dec signing day to see who is officially on board for the 2018 recruiting class. 

 

in the meantime, let's take a look at the players currently on the roster, since those are the only ones we know are going to be here, plus, it's tough to expect incoming frosh to make a big splash their first year, although we've seen it happen with a few players each year. 

 

QB

 

Martinez

Vedral

Bunch

Masker

 

apparently Vedral got hurt last this season, so not sure what that injury was or if it's going to affect him in the offseason or his availability at any point.  obviously AM is the returning starter, as long as he gets his knee healthy, he'll only continue to improve the more time he has in the program.  NU is still in very serious trouble if AM goes down for any length of time with injury, though.  thus far, I haven't been impressed with either Bunch or Vedral as the backup.  AM has huge potential now, and lots of room to improve, and he's already a pretty damn good QB.  things look solid here as long as AM stays healthy. 

 

McCaffrey is likely to be coming in as the QB recruit for the 2019 signing class.  he's now really only had one full time season as the starting QB in high school, so his development will be interesting to watch.  I don't think he'd be near ready to take snaps as a true frosh, and I don't see him beating out Vedral/Bunch anyway his first year.  He does plan to enroll early, though, so it's possible he can make some headway.  Considering how little experience he has at QB, and that AM will only be a true soph next season, it probably makes the most sense to redshirt him unless there's a disaster next season. 

 

 

RB

 

Washington

Miles Jones

Wyatt Mazour

Jalin Bradley

 

NU graduates Oz and Wilbon, and juco transfer Bell left the team after 4 games this season, and Tre Bryant retired from football.  nice decision by the coaching staff to shut down Miles Jones now and have him have surgery so that he's ready for spring ball.  it will be interesting to see how they use him, if it's more of the DUCK-R position, more of a WR, or more of a RB.  considering the skill sets of the returning RBs, and the lack of depth there heading into the spring, I think we'll see Jones at RB during the spring, otherwise there may not be enough RBs for all of the reps.  rumors are that Bradley was dealing with some personal stuff this season, not sure if he'll still be around this spring or summer/fall.  Mazour will provide some depth, and maybe he can make some noise with a thin RB room prior to the new signees coming in. 

 

again, we'll update this after signing day, but RB is obviously a spot where someone can come in and contribute immediately, even as a true frosh.  right now NU has commitments from 3 RBs, 2 prep and 1 JUCO.  I think the odds are better with JUCO Mills than it was with Bell.  Mills has already played at this level, and plans to enroll early.  If he sticks, he'll be here for spring ball and I could see him immediately stepping into the RB rotation with Mo Washington.  We also have Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins coming in from the prep ranks.  Tompkins tore his ACL this season, so if he sticks I'd expect a redshirt for him.  Johnson has a shot to earn some playing time, though, especially if Bradley transfers and/or Jones/Mazour aren't getting it done.  good news is that in this offense there should be enough snaps to go around for a few guys to see playing time. 

 

 

WR

 

JD Spielman

Mike Williams

Woodyard

Warner

McQuitty

Andre Hunt

 

losing Morgan is going to hurt, but getting JD back healthy will help.  I think we'll see much better production from the JUCOs Williams and Woodyard after a year in the program.  remember that a lot of these JUCO kids aren't exactly getting the best meals and training while in JUCO.  Morgan isn't going to be replaced by one person, instead I think we'll see a bit more balance in the offense.  AM all too often looked at Morgan or JD, and for good reason, but after year of experience, I think we'll see the ball distributed a lot more.  Williams/Woodyard/Hunt are all burners, so hopefully we'll see a bit more of the vertical passing game moving forward, but at the least it should open up the short and medium passing to JD/Warner and the TEs.  It would be nice to see McQuitty take a step forward.  I'm not sure if he needed another year to recover from the knee injury or what.  If we see the majority of Williams/Woodyard/Warner/Hunt take a step forward, I think the receiving corps will be just fine for next season, and we might even see a bit more of a rotation to keep those guys fresh. 

 

Currently, NU has 2 WR commits for 2019, Darien Chase, and Jamie Nance.  Nance is set to enroll early, so he could easily get himself in the mix for playing time with a good spring and then all summer/fall. 

 

 

TE

 

Stoll

Allen

Rafdal

Legrone

 

 

The TEs were not as involved in the offense as I had expected going into this season, but I think a lot of that has to do with what SF and staff focused on for offensive install, plus keep in mind everyone was learning a new offense, and Stoll was only a soph while Allen/Rafdal were redshirt frosh who had never played a snap at this level before.  I thought the production was good from those top 3 and they should only continue to improve.  I think we'll see the TEs used a lot more next season.  Legrone can continue to develop and get himself in the mix as well.  I think the talent and depth at TE is looking good enough that the staff feels comfortable moving Jurgens to OC and McGriff to OLB. 

 

right now it looks like the only TE signed will be Hickman out of Omaha.  It looks like he plans to enroll early, but he'll need at least a year in the weight room and at the training table before he's able to contribute, imo. 

 

 

OL

 

Broc Bando

Matt Farniok

Will Farniok

Gaylord

Trent Hixson

Jaimes

Hunter Miller

Raridon

Sichterman

Wilson

 

NU returns 3 starters in both OTs and Wilson at RG.  The question in the offseason will be who steps up at the other OG position and who plays OC?  depth is still a major issue on the OL, especially at OT.  right now I think we've got to project a two deep based on whos already on the team, as it's rare for a true frosh to be able to contribute at OL (although Jaimes did it last year and we might see someone do it again this coming season), and I think the staff only wants a JUCO OL if they can enroll early and participate in the spring.  The second half of the season we started to hear positive things about Hixson, so I could easily see him winning the LG job.  I think at OC we'll see a battle between Miller, little Farniok, and possibly Raridon (who iirc started out his career at NU as an OC).  depth is still a major issue here.  however, I was impressed with what Duval was able to do with the lines in such a short amount of time, and I was also impressed with Austin's coaching across the OL.  I think for the first time in a long time, we can look at the season and say the OL played better as the season went along, and definitely played better than last season. 

 

right now, if prep recruit Bryce Benhart sticks, I could see him being in the mix at OT right away as a true frosh.  it doesn't look like he's going to enroll early, so missing out on winter conditioning and spring ball isn't ideal, but he's got a shot to be a backup OT (it's also possible that he could win a starting OT job and the staff could slide Will Farniok inside to OG and move Wilson, etc.  my guess is that we'll see one or more of the returning guys in the interior step up and solidify those inside spots, plus depth is shit at OT).  currently, other OL signees are sort of projects or will need to develop a bit.  for a long time, it looked like JUCO OL Bland was going to sign with NU and enroll early, but I'm hearing rumors that he might not have his academics lined up to be able to graduate this Dec, and if so, NU might back off of him since he would no longer be an early enrollee. 

 

 

DL

 

Damion Daniels

Carlos Davis

Khalil Davis

DaiShon Neal

Stille

Deontre Thomas

Vaha Vainuku

Chris Walker

Tate Wildeman

Casey Rogers

 

Neb loses Stoltenberg, Newell and Freedom off the DL.  NU's biggest concern on the DL is probably who plays the NT position?  C Davis shouldn't be playing there.  Daniels needs to work on his conditioning to be able to play more snaps.  If he does, he'll be a beast.  It would be nice to see Vaha take a step forward.  remember he hasn't played in something like 3 years or more, so it takes some time to get back into playing shape.  If he can contribute some backup snaps similar to Newell this season, that's probably all we can hope for.  maybe he can surprise everyone, though.  both Davis twins and Stille are a nice group at DE in Chins' 3-4, but we need more depth.  Neal has been hurt every year, I think, but he at least played a few snaps this season to help spell the starters.  Wildeman and Rogers were hurt, so that hurts their development for their first year.  hopefully they'll both be ready to go for spring ball, because there should be plenty of DL snaps to go around with the way the coaches like to rotate there on defense due to the sheer number of snaps they see each game.  it will be interesting to see if the Walker or the staff at any point bring up a switch back to OL... I realize he was only a redshirt frosh, but we didn't hear much about him this season. 

 

if JUCO NT Fair sticks, that could be the biggest impact recruit out of the 2019 class, at least in regards to impact on the team for 2019.  he plans to enroll early so would be here for spring ball, and if he can get in shape, I can see him and Daniels being monsters at the NT position for NU next year, which would immediately change the defense for the better.  NU also has a DE committed out of iowa, and DE/DT Piper out of Neb (who I think will eventually grow into a NT)

 

 

ILB

 

Barry

Honas

Miller

Weinmaster

 

 

NU returns starter Barry and backup Miller at ILB.  After bouncing around from DE to OLB to ILB, maybe Miller will stay put.  I have to assume so, considering the horrible lack of depth at ILB, especially for the spring.  Honas, if he can recover from his ACL tear, would be first in line to earn the other starting job, but I think it's going to take him a while to recover and the staff will ease him back into it.  that means that Barry and Miller are probably your starting ILBs, and there's a huge opportunity for any incoming recruit to earn a backup spot at ILB. 

 

currently, a couple of NU's best recruits for the 2019 class might be ILBs.  homestate Henrich plans to enroll early, and I could see him being a backup who earns lots of playing time as the season goes on.  Hannah out of TN could be in the mix as well, although he'll be behind since he's not planning to arrive in Jan.  Snodgrass, another local kid, might also be in the mix at ILB

 

 

OLB

 

Quayshon Alexander

Pernell Jefferson

Alex Davis

Ferguson

Breon Dixon

Tannor

Alston

McGriff

 

ok, imo, OLB has been a hot mess since NU switched to the 3-4, but it's getting slightly better.  Ferg, when healthy, was easily our best OLB imo.  Tannor I think continued to improve as the season went on and he looked decent for a true frosh playing meaningful snaps this season.  Alexander I think had a season ending injury before the season started, not sure his status but you'd have to think he's a candidate to transfer.  Jefferson I haven't heard anything about in a long time, so I'd think he'd be gone this offseason.  I could see Davis being a grad transfer or calling it quits.  I realize he has another year but he just doesn't look good out there to me.  Alston I think was hurt but hopefully he'll be healthy for spring ball.  It sounds as if the staff has moved McGriff to OLB, not sure who's idea that was, but if he wasn't going to get into the mix at TE, it's worth a shot.  Dixon was apparently one of the last kids to buy into doing things the right way off the field, and his playing time suffered because of it.  I could see him leaving, but I think he'll stick it out and work harder and get himself in the mix.  it says a lot that the staff moved safety Domann down to OLB against spread teams instead of using Dixon, though... I think NU isn't in horrible shape with Ferg and Tannor returning, but they still need more depth and athleticism at the OLB position for next season.  (as an aside, it's possible we'll start seeing kids outgrow their positions and slide down, such as a safety moving to OLB after a couple of years, an OLB moving to DE, etc)

 

local kid Nelson appears to be a recruit who's starting out at OLB, and NU just got a commitment from an athletic kid out of Alabama as well.  NU is still kicking over rocks on the JUCO fields to try to find a pass rushing OLB, I think

 

 

S

 

Avery Anderson?

Deontai Williams

Domann

Dismuke

CJ Smith

CamRon Jones

 

NU graduates A Williams, Reed, and Neal, 3 players who've seen the bulk of the snaps at S over the past few years.  Reed was often hurt and not always playing within the scheme, and while A Williams and Neal were great at getting everyone lined up and in the proper coverage, weren't exactly what NU needs in this defense in regards to speed, cover skills, or athleticism, imo.  Jones was hurt but I was expecting him to see time as a true frosh.  hopefully we can see what he can do in the spring.  the staff was impressed with Smith before he got hurt, so hopefully he'll be healthy for spring as well.  Domann should be in the mix to be a starting S, unless the staff wants to focus on specializing him for a hybrid OLB/S role in nickel/dime or vs spread teams.  also remember that this was his first season playing after back to back ACL injuries over 2 years, so he should have a lot of room to improve in the weight room and on the field. D Williams was our biggest playmaker from the safety position this season, imo, and I figured the only thing holding him back was his knowledge of the defense.  I expect him to be a starter next season and make some impact plays.  even though NU graduates 3 safeties, I think there's decent talent returning next season.  it also looks like the staff is backing off of JUCO safeties, which also is a good sign that they like who they have now. 

 

right now it looks like two prep kids are committed to NU as safeties, Myles Farmer out of GA, and Javin Wright (legacy) out of AZ.  both are already sort of big for the safety position, and one or both could easily grow into an OLB before their career in Lincoln is done.  neither plans to enroll early, so I think we'll see NU's two deep at safety come from the kids who are currently on the roster. 

 

CB

 

Jackson

Bootle

Lee

Taylor

Clark

Butler

 

both Jackson and Bootle improved as the season went on, although neither is a lockdown/shutdown CB that can be constantly placed on an island.  I was impressed with the coaching job for the secondary for this first season.  it will be interesting to see where things go.  imo, CB is a weakness for this team currently, and that weakness also affects how the entire defense is called.  NU returns both starting CBs in Bootle and Jackson (assuming Jackson doesn't go pro, which he probably could based on his measureables, but really needs to put up some much better film so should really stick around for another season).  Taylor has talent at CB and I think will push both starters.  Clark looked good in his limited time and should be better after a year of acclimation.  Butler I'm not sure will ever contribute at CB. 

 

NU is still looking at a JUCO CB, we'll see if that works out or not.  otherwise, they have a CB commit out of GA on board and are probably looking to add another prep signee.  this is a position where someone could come in and immediately challenge for playing time, I think. 

 

 

P/K

 

Lightbourne

Armstrong

Pickering

 

 

long snapper Ober graduates, so I guess Urbach takes over both long and short snapping for special teams.  I'm hopeful that former navy seal Damion Jackson can make progress at long snapper as well, as that's his best bet to contribute and it would be nice for his feel good story to work out somehow. 

 

at punter, I think the entire world is expecting Lightbourne to transfer.  not sure his relationship with his teammates, but he just got passed on the depth chart by someone with the same eligibility plus he seems to have a serious case of the yips.  it's probably in his best interest to find greener pastures to punt upon. 

 

Pickering had a decent year for a true frosh kicker.  he improved as the season went on, and I think he'll be another solid kicker in a long line of kickers for NU. 

 

 

 

overall, NU returns some decent talent and starting production on both sides of the ball.  there's still some top end talent deficiencies and a ton of depth issues, but the staff will sign another huge class for 2019 and hopefully will be able to address some of those more urgent needs. 

 

I like the OL (if they stay healthy) because I think we'll see one or both of the walkons in Hixson and Miller step up, plus continued growth by Jaimes/Farniok/Wilson.  obviously we return the big three of AM/JD/Mo which is a big help, plus a young and athletic TE group.  if some other WRs step up, and some RB depth is brought in, offense should be fine next season. 

 

it's the defense that concerns me, just because there's no AM/JD/Mo on the defense right now.  I think with another year in the system and some additional players the defense will be better than last year, but more than offense, the success of the defense is based more on athletic ability than scheme.   but it might not take much... if JUCO NT Fair signs and is ready to go and same with Daniels and Duval gets them both where the staff wants him, than NT goes from a weakness to a strength, and being able to play C Davis at DE instead of NT improves DE, and overall increase in DL production helps the LBs, which helps the secondary, etc.  likewise if someone like Lamar Jackson continues to improve and makes  big jump to be a lockdown CB, then that trickles back down to the other levels in regards to what schemes and blitzes and pressures the defense can use. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Iowa postmortem

29 November 2018 - 10:47 AM

yeah, it's late.  so was the Husker wakeup call this season for them to start playing well.  oh well. 

 

generally, Neb got outplayed most of the game by Iowa.  SF said after the game that Iowa was bigger and stronger than they were, and that was evident during the game. 

 

the only thing that kept this close was poor Iowa coaching. 

 

anyway, Iowa players have had the same coaches (including S&C) for their entire careers, and that makes a difference. 

 

AM didn't play poorly outside of that one ill advised pass that got intercepted, and he made some nice plays with his arm and his legs. 

 

Oz probably should have gotten more carries, but I understand not wanting to run a lot against a defense solid against the run (MSU game Neb would have aired it out more if not for the wind).  Mo Washington had a nice day receiving, nice to see the coaching staff work him into the game plan more with JD out. 

 

Morgan had a nice game and broke a bunch of season and career records in the process.  if JD stays healthy next season he might break them all

 

OL didn't play that great, and our young OTs got exposed against solid DE end rushers. 

 

DL didn't even hold their own, constantly getting pushed around. 

 

LB played poorly.  again. 

 

secondary was also a disappointment, particularly playing 20 yards off of Iowa's best player at TE (not Fant) to give up the 10 yard completion on 4th and 8 that allowed them to kick the game winning field goal. 

 

overall, the kids played hard but played a better and more experienced team and it showed. 

 

on to next year.