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  08/03/21 - Nick HenrichrSo/2024, Nebraska, 6-4, 220 (DS#15 ILB) + More +

  Among Nebraska defensive players, not many will engender more conversation over the next few weeks than redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Henrich. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Omaha Burke played well down the stretch in 2020 after switching back from outside linebacker to inside. By all accounts, he's had a productive spring. In fact, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander on Monday had high praise for Henrich.

"I thought through the spring, I thought Nick played as well as anybody on the football team," Chinander said. "So far through four (preseason camp) practices, he's continued on that path. He's got competition, that room is pretty tight. You've got those four guys at the top right now - Nick and Luke (Reimer) and Garrett Snodgrass and Chris Kolarevic. You've got some freshmen and some young guy pushing them from behind. That competition is really, really high and I think that's good to have that competition. Even if those guys separate themselves, they know they can't stop. "Nick's done really well so far." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#15 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB Nick HenrichNebraska
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  08/01/21 - JoJo DomannrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 235 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  Here's how long JoJo Domann has been around the Nebraska football program: as a freshman, he forced a fumble in the 2016 Music City Bowl against Tennessee. Five years later, Domann is the only player on Nebraska's roster who saw the field in that game, which just happened to come at the end of the final year the Huskers won nine games in a season. It wasn't exactly a sprint to the finish that year. NU started 7-0 and finished 9-4 with a 38-24 loss to Tennessee in Nashville. But nine wins is nine wins, and 9-4 would certainly seem to be appealing considering what has happened in the years since. "Those men expected to win. Those dudes were confident, and they practiced like it, and we played like it," Domann said of the seniors on that team. "There was no what-ifs. They were expecting to win every game. And the senior leadership is huge, and just creating that momentum for the rest of the team to follow suit.

"So it's a lot of responsibility, but this is the moment I've been waiting for, and I'm ready for it." Domann is the senior now - a sixth-year senior, thanks to the extra year granted him because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He's gone from making an important play in a bowl game to trying to lead his final college team back to the postseason for the first time. There have been coaching changes and player transfers, lost games and a pandemic. And now, a final chance for the linebacker from Colorado to leave his mark. "For me personally it's was just the leadership aspect. Trying to get everyone on the same page, same mission. Really trying to build a football team and everything that entails," Domann said. "So I love each guy in the locker room, and I'm really excited for us to come together and hopefully get some wins this fall." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#27 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB JoJo DomannNebraska
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  07/30/21 - Connor CulprSr/2022, Nebraska, 5-10, 190 (DS#17 K) + More +

  Connor Culp put together a memorable first season in Lincoln and he's being recognized ahead of his second. The senior place-kicker, who transferred from LSU last summer and was named the Big Ten's kicker of the year in 2020 for the Huskers, is on the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award. Culp, an Arizona native, made 13 of his 15 field-goal attempts last year in addition to connecting on all 20 of his extra points. That accuracy was enough to earn him first-team All-Big Ten honors and the conference's kicker of the year award. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#17 K) rSr/2022 K Connor CulpNebraska
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  07/29/21 - JoJo DomannrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 235 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  Watchlist season rolls on, and JoJo Domann is being recognized again. The Nebraska senior outside linebacker was named to the preseason Bronco Nagurski Trophy watchlist Tuesday morning. Domann, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, played every snap over eight games for the Huskers in 2020 and finished with a career-best 58 tackles (6½ for loss). He also broke up five passes, forced to fumbles and recovered one. The Bronco Nagurski Trophy is given by the Football Writers of America annually to the nation's top defensive player. The preseason watchlist includes 90 players, including 13 from the Big Ten. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#27 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB JoJo DomannNebraska
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  07/29/21 - Deontai WilliamsrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 205 (DS#10 FS) + More +

  Deontai Williams walks into the Nebraska football locker room, and suddenly he's sitting in a rocking chair and telling all those young kids about the good old days. This is hard to do when you're just 24 years old. "I'm like a grandpa to be honest with you," Williams said with a laugh last week at Big Ten Media Days. "Walking in the locker room, seeing that you're the oldest person on the team... I'm young, but it makes me feel like I'm older than I am." Williams would rather stay at home nowadays. He's got a son who will be 2 years old before too long. He was always a quiet guy anyway, he said. When Nebraska's younger players come to him with their stories of the most recent party, Williams just smiles and shakes his head. "I'm like, I already did that," NU's sixth-year defensive back said.

Yeah, life is different now than it was six years ago when Williams first started his college football journey. The quiet guy who NU coach Scott Frost struggled to get a word out of when he first got to campus in 2018 after two years at Jones County (Miss.) Community College. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety is coming off a season in which he started seven of eight games and had a career-high 51 tackles while earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors. After that COVID-19 affected season ended in December, Williams announced in January he was coming back for one more ride with the Huskers, setting off a chain reaction of sixth-year players returning to Lincoln. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#10 FS) rSr/2022 FS Deontai WilliamsNebraska
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  07/27/21 - Samori TourerSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-2, 190 (DS#56 WR) + More +

  Nebraska coach Scott Frost didn't exactly try to diminish intrigue in Toure last week during Big Ten Media Days. "I think Samori is an immediate-impact guy," Frost said of the 6-foot-3, 190-pound graduate transfer from Montana. "He's looked great in workouts. Had a great spring ball. He's a guy who's had a lot of production, just not at Nebraska. I'm expecting him to make a big impact for us." In his Montana career, Toure had 155 receptions for 2,488 yards and 20 touchdowns, ranking in the top 12 in each of those career categories for the Grizzlies. During the spring, Cam Taylor-Britt, the standout Nebraska corner, said he saw Toure becoming a leader among the team's wide receivers. Toure will play in the slot. "He's stepping up a lot," Taylor-Britt said. "He plays with a different edge. He's a quick guy." - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#56 WR) rSr/2022 WR Samori ToureNebraska
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  07/26/21 - Adrian MartinezSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#43 QB) + More +

  Quite a bit of praise was thrown Adrian Martinez's way Thursday during Big Ten Media Days. Nebraska coach Scott Frost reiterated the sort of kudos he's had for the junior quarterback throughout the offseason. But Husker tight end Austin Allen's observations about Martinez here perhaps stood out the most. "He's super, super confident," Allen said. "That's all I've got to say about it." He later elaborated. "He's got nothing to lose. Guys with nothing to lose can be dangerous," said Allen, the Huskers' second-leading receiver in 2020. "He'll tell you he's had a couple (of) off years the last couple years (after a strong freshman season). He's trimmed down 15 pounds this offseason. He's the second-fastest guy on the team right now. It's crazy. I think you're going to see a completely different Adrian than what we've seen the last couple years, and it's going to be for the better as a leader, as a player and in his character."

Martinez, listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, has the second-fastest pro-agility time on the team behind only starting safety Deontai Williams, according to Allen. The QB's excellent pro-agility prowess helps, for instance, in terms of escaping defenders. "I'm expecting Adrian to have a really big season," Frost said. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#43 QB) Sr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  07/26/21 - Cameron JurgensrJr/2023, Nebraska, 6-3, 290 (DS#5 C) + More +

  Nebraska's Cam Jurgens was one of 40 centers named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list Friday. The Beatrice graduate is entering his third year with the Huskers. He has started all but one game over the past two seasons, including seven of NU's eight contests last year. Jurgens was part of a Husker offensive line that helped pave the way for the Big Ten's second-best running attack. The Rimington Trophy, named after former Husker Dave Rimington, is presented to the nation's top center. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#5 C) rJr/2023 C Cameron JurgensNebraska
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  07/24/21 - Ty RobinsonrSo/2024, Nebraska, 6-5, 310 (DS#8 DT) + More +

  At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Robinson has come a long way in filling out his massive frame. That, combined with two years now of learning under defensive line coach Tony Tuioti, leads many to believe that he can be a disruptive force up front for the Blackshirts. He won't be counted on to do it alone, considering Nebraska returns virtually all of its production up front and is getting one more year from the group's leader, super senior Ben Stille. Robinson, Stille, Casey Rogers and Deontre Thomas form the nucleus of defensive ends, though defensive coordinator Erik Chinander also has the option of kicking any of those players inside and using his outside linebackers more like ends, too.

"What we have to prove is that we're still a dominant defense," Robinson said this spring. "I feel like this year in the Big Ten we've set our goals up pretty high for what we want. But I feel like this next season, and what we've seen so far, that we're going to be a pretty dominant defense in the Big Ten. So that's what we've got to prove; we've got to show everyone that we're different from last year." One way or another, Nebraska taking the next step on defense is going to include Robinson being on the field a lot. He can play on the end or hold the fort in the middle. The next step is about causing more havoc. Robinson finished with 17 tackles (two for loss) and no sacks last fall. If he can push the pocket and disrupt the quarterback regularly, No. 99 could be in for a big jump. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#8 DT) rSo/2024 DT Ty RobinsonNebraska
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  07/24/21 - Adrian MartinezSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#43 QB) + More +

  Nebraska returns a three-year starter at quarterback in Adrian Martinez and eight of its top 10 tacklers from the 2020 season. Even so, Big Ten media members are unconvinced the Huskers have the goods to capture the West Division. Nebraska, 3-5 a year ago, is picked to finish fifth in the seven-team division in the 2021 cleveland.com Preseason Big Ten Poll. Each of the 34 voters was asked to vote No. 1 through No. 7 in both divisions, with first-place votes worth seven points, second-place votes worth six, and so on.

Wisconsin was the clear-cut choice to capture the West, receiving 29 first-place votes and a total of 233 points. Iowa was picked to finish second, picking up five first-place votes and 202 points. Northwestern, last year's Big Ten West first-place finisher, was picked to wind up third (160 points), followed by Minnesota (146) and Nebraska (91 1/2). Nebraska opens the season Aug. 28 at Illinois, which was picked last in the West with 47 points, far behind sixth-place pick Purdue (72 1/2). - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#43 QB) Sr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  07/21/21 - Chris KolarevicrSr/2022, Nebraska, 5-11, 230 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Among Nebraska's transfer portal additions for the 2021 class, veteran offensive skill players Samori Toure and Markese Stepp and former five-star prospect and Ohio State defensive back Tyreke Johnson drew significant attention when their commitments happened. Kolarevic's late-October pledge flew a little bit under the radar in comparison, but his role in 2021 likely will not take a backseat to any of the others. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker wowed in performance and strength index testing over the winter, then looked like he was pushing for regular playing time even before senior inside linebacker Will Honas was lost to a torn ACL in late April that could sideline him for the entire regular season.

Now Kolarevic looks like a likely starter and at the very least, he's in line to play a lot in a regular three-man rotation alongside sophomore Luke Reimer and redshirt freshman Nick Henrich. "He's a freak of nature, I'll tell you that," Henrich said in mid-April. "Super athletic, fast, physical. … He's also been just outstanding learning the defense and asking us questions. He's been a great addition to the room." Kolarevic was one of the most productive defenders in the Missouri Valley Conference when he was healthy his final two seasons at FCS Northern Iowa, compiling 65 tackles (three for loss) in six games before a foot injury in 2018, then 79 (6.5 for loss) in 10 games after returning from the same injury in 2019. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Chris KolarevicNebraska
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  07/21/21 - Adrian MartinezSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#43 QB) + More +

  Nebraska junior quarterback Adrian Martinez earned recognition Monday in that regard, as he was named to the Maxwell Award preseason list. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the college player of the year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a former standout at Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official. A major college football award named after a sports writer? That's sort of cool.

This is actually the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Martinez's third straight appearance on the Maxwell Award watch list. He comes off a shortened 2020 season when he completed 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns (with three picks) while rushing for a team-high 521 yards and seven scores. He became the third player in program history to lead Nebraska in both rushing and passing in the same season and was the fourth Husker quarterback to lead the team in rushing. His 71.5 completion percentage ranked fifth in Big Ten history and was the fourth-best mark in a Big Ten Conference season. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#43 QB) Sr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  07/19/21 - Damion DanielsrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-2, 335 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  The 6-foot-3, 335-pound Daniels comes off a strong season. But his coaches are looking for more out of him. If he reaches his potential and does it consistently, well, look out. In 2020, the Dallas native played in all eight games with three starts, and set career highs in tackles (20) and tackles for loss (four). In a 26-20 loss to Iowa, he made a career-high five tackles, including one for a loss. He made it three straight games with a tackle for loss in a 37-27 win against Purdue, finishing with two total tackles. He recorded a TFL for the fourth straight game against Minnesota, totaling four tackles in a 24-17 loss to the Gophers.

Nebraska made steady progress against the run last fall, turning in particularly promising performances against Iowa (129 yards on 45 carries) and Rutgers (130 on 33). The Huskers mustered game-deciding pressure on Penn State quarterback Will Levis down the stretch in a 30-23 victory against the Nittany Lions. Thing is, Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti is looking for much more from is entire unit -- not just Daniels. The coach made that clear during spring drills. "I haven't been happy the past two years," Tuioti said. "I love it here, but I haven't been happy the past two years because I know we can do better. We can fix that by how we attack and approach meetings, how we attack and approach practice. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Damion DanielsNebraska
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  07/18/21 - JoJo DomannrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 235 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Colorado native is one of the team's most explosive defenders and plays a critical - and demanding - hybrid position. He possesses the size of an NFL inside linebacker but also has the ability to move to the perimeter and play receivers in coverage, says Mike Dawson, Nebraska's outside linebackers coach. Yes, that's an extremely valuable combination in this day and age, or in any day and age. It's why Domann seldom came off the field last season, playing either his outside linebacker spot or his role as a nickel in sub-packages. It's largely why he led the team with 58 tackles while tying cornerback Dicaprio Bootle for the team lead in pass breakups with five.

It's why he's one of a handful of Nebraska players deemed most critical to a program hoping to make a marked improvement on last year's 3-5 record. He said last spring that he mostly just focuses on becoming at least 1% better at his craft every day. Doing the little things leads to big things, his coaches tell him. "It's tackling, getting off blocks, coverage, pre-snap reads, post-snap processing," Domann said. "I can always get better and get to the ball faster and make more of an impact on the game in all those ways." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#27 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB JoJo DomannNebraska
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  07/17/21 - JoJo DomannrSr/2022, Nebraska, 6-0, 235 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  The first Nebraska athletes to put on a camp after the start of the name, image, and likeness era in college sports went into effect are learning as they go while getting ready to teach. "It's not quite as simple as our naïve brains thought it was," NU defensive lineman Ben Stille said with a chuckle. "But it's been good. There's a lot of moving parts, for sure." Husker football defensive lineman Ben Stille, and linebacker JoJo Domann will host the camp Saturday from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Speedway Sports Complex at 345 Speedway Circle in Lincoln. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Registration is $49 per participant or $59 for walk-up registrations. Scholarships are available for underserved kids who want to attend. Stille and Domann will donate some proceeds from the camp to the Food Bank of the Heartland. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#27 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB JoJo DomannNebraska
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