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  01/18/23 - MJ ShermanSr/2024, Nebraska + More +

  Nebraska picked up a major piece out of the transfer portal Monday as former five-star edge rushing prospect MJ Sherman committed to the Huskers. Sherman, who visited Lincoln over the weekend, was a three-year contributor with Georgia and a key special teams cog on two national title squads. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder was a top-50 national player in the 2020 cycle who turned down the likes of Alabama and Ohio State as a blue-chip recruit. He has two years of eligibility remaining plus a potential redshirt.

Sherman's mother, Sussie Sharpe, confirmed her son's decision on social media. "Husker Nation, it's official!" she wrote. "Team Sherman is coming home!" Sherman played high school football in the Washington D.C. area and grew up in Baltimore. He entered the portal last Friday in what was considered a surprise move at the time. The linebacker saw just 140 defensive snaps across three seasons and 39 games, getting far more action on special teams. His relatively limited role and stat line - 15 career tackles - is more a product of Georgia's embarrassment of elite talent rather than his own struggles. - Lincoln Journal Star


Sr/2024 OLB MJ ShermanNebraska
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  The man who scored Nebraska's first touchdown of the 2022 season has rejoined the team for winter workouts in 2023. Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda, who entered the transfer portal in October, withdrew his name and will take part in spring camp, a program source confirmed Monday. He left the team having caught five passes for 120 yards, primarily in the season-opening loss to Northwestern.

NU removed Garcia-Castaneda from its 2022 roster - a sign of a complete break with the program. That was one staff ago. NU coach Matt Rhule's staff is in place, and Garcia-Castaneda rejoins a wide receiver room that no longer has record-breaking receiver Trey Palmer but added two transfers (Baylor's Josh Fleek and Virginia's Billy Kemp) and two surprising returnees (Garcia-Castaneda and Zavier Betts). - Lincoln Journal Star


rSr/2024 WR Isaiah Garcia-CastanedaNebraska
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  Nebraska is in talks with former standout receiver Zavier Betts about a return to the football team. The possibility of an NU comeback - perhaps even likelihood - was confirmed by two sources with knowledge of the situation. Momentum picked up considerably since Betts entered the transfer portal Jan. 3, when a source said the Bellevue West graduate was not on NU's radar at that time. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Betts sat out the 2022 season after leaving the Huskers in March.

That after flashing elite speed and playmaking ability during his two-year stint in Lincoln that spanned 18 games, 32 catches and 417 receiving yards. He was NU's second-leading receiver in 2021 with 20 grabs for 286 yards while adding three carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. Betts' sudden departure from NU was not related to discipline for any on-field or off-field issues, sources said in the spring, but more because of football burnout. Then-coach Scott Frost declined to get into specifics, repeatedly saying Betts is was not a member of the team at the time. - Lincoln Journal Star


rJr/2025 WR Zavier BettsNebraska
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  New Nebraska secondary coach Evan Cooper, who worked with cornerbacks while with the Carolina Panthers, knows what a NFL player looks like and thinks he has a few on his roster. "I think we have some NFL DBs on the roster - guys that look like the guys I just finished coaching," he said. The entire group that started down the stretch in 2022 is set to return in corners Quinton Newsome and Malcolm Hartzog along with safeties Marques Buford and Myles Farmer. Isaac Gifford and Javin Wright - both of whom have started at nickelback - are back, too. Only senior Brandon Moore moves on, while NU adds a former top national safety prospect from the portal (Florida's Corey Collier) and four high school prospects. - Omaha World Herald

rSr/2024 CB Quinton NewsomeNebraska
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  Nebraska struck gold on receiver transfer additions the previous two offseasons. It will have a chance to do so again after landing another veteran Power Five performer out of the portal on Monday night. Former Virginia wideout Billy Kemp committed to the Huskers following a weekend visit to campus. The 5-foot-9, 172-pounder piled up 1,174 receiving yards and 192 grabs - fourth most in school history - during his five college campaigns spanning 50 games (25 starts). He chose Nebraska over interest from at least half a dozen other Power Five suitors.

Kemp has one season of eligibility remaining because of a recent NCAA decision granting Virginia seniors an extra year in the wake of the November shooting deaths of three football players and subsequent cancellation of the team's final two games. He had initially declared for the draft last month before entering the portal Dec. 30. NU has hit well on portal receivers of late, serving as a one-season springboard into the NFL for Samori Toure (2021) and Trey Palmer (2022). - Lincoln Journal Star


rSr/2024 WR Billy Kemp IVNebraska
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  Nebraska defensive star and captain Garrett Nelson will forgo a final season of college football and turn pro, he announced Tuesday on social media. The edge rusher and Scottsbluff native declared for the 2023 NFL Draft in a lengthy letter thanking fans, coaches and teammates. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Nelson - who concluded his Husker career with 32 consecutive starts - got better as he went along. He landed second-team All-Big Ten honors in his fourth and final season after logging 65 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The co-captain turns 23 in March and earned a degree in finance last May. He leaves Nebraska with 167 career tackles, including 26 for loss with 12 sacks. - Lincoln Journal Star

rJr/2023 OLB Garrett NelsonNebraska
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  12/02/22 - Jeff SimsrJr/2025, Nebraska + More +

  Although action doesn't officially start until Monday, among the reported quarterbacks in transfer portal or planning to join as of Dec. 1 is Georgia Tech's Jeff Sims: Sims was one of the nation's top 20 quarterbacks in the 2020 recruiting class in the On3 Consensus rankings, but has been inconsistent with the Yellow Jackets. He started 10 games as a true freshman on a bad team during the COVID season, and may not truly have been ready to start. Sims started six games in 2021 and the first seven this season before being sidelined by an injury. He is seventh in school history in both passing yards and total offense. Sims has good size (6-4, 219) and is a definite running threat. He suffered at Tech because of the lack of surrounding talent and a lack of cohesion in the offense. - NFL Draft Scout and online sources. - NFL Draft Scout and online sources

rJr/2025 QB Jeff SimsNebraska
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  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Garrett Nelson, Nebraska,...A 2022 team captain, Nelson was the leader of a Husker defense that made drastic improvements in the final eight games. Nelson finished the season with 65 total tackles, including 35 solo stops. He led Nebraska with nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Nelson has started 32 consecutive games, including all 12 games this season. - Nebraska Football

rJr/2023 OLB Garrett NelsonNebraska
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  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): WR Trey Palmer, Nebraska,...Palmer had a record-setting 2022 season for the Huskers, finishing with a school-record 1,043 receiving yards. Palmer's 71 receptions ranked second on Nebraska's single-season charts and are the most ever by a Husker receiver. Palmer was the only player in the Big Ten to record three games with at least 150 receiving yards, including a school-record 237 yards at Purdue. Palmer's nine touchdown receptions ranked in a tie for fifth on the Huskers' single-season chart. - Nebraska Football

rJr/2023 WR Trey PalmerNebraska
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  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Luke Reimer,...Reimer led Nebraska in tackles for the second straight season with 86 tackles despite missing a pair of games with an injury. Reimer had at least nine tackles in six games this season, including a pair of games with double-figure tackle totals. This marks the second straight season the Lincoln native has been an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection. - Nebraska Football

rSr/2024 ILB Luke ReimerNebraska
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  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Quinton Newsome,...Newsome was the leader of the Husker secondary in 2022. Newsome had a team-leading 10 pass breakups and recorded 44 tackles, including 27 solo stops, and a pair of sacks. Newsome started all 12 games this season and has been in Nebraska's starting lineup for every game the past two years. - Nebraska Football

rSr/2024 CB Quinton NewsomeNebraska
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  2022 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Anthony Grant,...Grant paced the Nebraska rushing game in 2022. Grant finished the season with 915 yards and six rushing touchdowns. His five 100-yard rushing games were the most by a Husker since the 2014 season. Grant's Husker career got off to a strong start with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games to open the season, including a season-high 189 yards against North Dakota. - Nebraska Football

rSr/2024 RB Anthony GrantNebraska
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  Barely 12 hours after setting a school record for receiving yards in a season, Nebraska wideout Trey Palmer is turning his attention to the next level. Palmer declared for the NFL draft on Saturday morning, marking an end to 11 months as a Husker that was both brief and memorable. The former five-star recruit followed coach Mickey Joseph from LSU to Lincoln and broke out in his fourth college season, It culminated Friday evening in Iowa City as the Kentwood, La., native made nine catches for 165 yards that included two touchdowns in Nebraska's 24-17 win over Iowa.

His blazing speed was on display throughout, including as he separated from defenders with an 87-yard scoring bomb. "They can't guard me - that's all I seen," Palmer said. "They can't guard me or they can't run with me. That's what I did." Palmer finished the season with 1,043 receiving yards, breaking the school mark set by Stanley Morgan Jr. (1,004) in 2018. He's the second Husker to hit the 1,000-yard receiving plateau in one campaign. He also set the NU single-game receiving record when he amassed 237 yards against Purdue last month. Asked Friday evening about his future plans, Palmer said he wasn't sure and was "just going day by day." That changed Saturday morning as he announced his intentions minutes after Nebraska officially unveiled Matt Rhule as its new permanent head coach. - Lincoln Journal Star


rJr/2023 WR Trey PalmerNebraska
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  Nebraska has signed Matt Rhule to an eight-year contract to be the Cornhuskers' next football coach, the school announced Saturday. The 47-year-old Rhule has been out of work for less than two months since getting fired by the Carolina Panthers. One of eight Football Bowl Subdivision programs with at least 900 wins but more than 20 years removed from its 1990s heyday, Nebraska is pinning its hopes on Rhule to recreate his success at his previous two college stops. Rhule took over struggling programs at Temple and Baylor and built them into conference contenders in three years. He was 11-27 with Carolina and left with about $40 million remaining on the seven-year, guaranteed $62 million contract he signed in 2020. The contract made Rhule the sixth-highest paid coach in the NFL when he signed in 2020, according to Forbes. Nebraska did not release terms of Rhule's contract. He will be introduced at a news conference Monday. - AP College Football

rSr/2024 QB Casey ThompsonNebraska
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  Casey Thompson threw for three touchdowns, and Nebraska ruined Iowa's chance to clinch the Big Ten West Division title outright with a 24-17 win on Friday. The Huskers (4-8, 3-6 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak, and broke a seven-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes (7-5, 5-4). Iowa had its four-game winning streak snapped. Thompson threw touchdown passes of 87 and 18 yards to Trey Palmer in the first half and a 14-yarder to Marcus Washington in the third quarter as Nebraska built a 24-0 lead. Iowa had a chance to tie the game in the closing minutes, getting the ball twice in the last 3:20 after closing to within 24-17 on a 45-yard field goal by Drew Stevens. But backup quarterback Alex Padilla threw incomplete on fourth down on the first possession. Nebraska linebacker Chris Kolarevic's interception with 42 seconds left completed the Huskers' win.

The Hawkeyes need losses by Purdue and Illinois on Saturday to have a chance at back-to-back West Division titles. Thompson completed 20 of 30 passes for 278 yards. Palmer had nine catches for 165 yards. Iowa lost starting quarterback Spencer Petras to an injury in the first quarter after he was hit and lost a fumble. The turnover led to Timmy Bleekrode's 21-yard field goal and a 10-0 Huskers lead. Padilla also lost a fumble that led to Nebraska's second touchdown. Kaleb Johnson, who rushed for 109 yards, gave the Hawkeyes their first score with a 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Padilla threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Luke Lachey in the fourth quarter. Padilla completed 16 of 33 passes for 141 yards. - Nebraska/AP College Football


rSr/2024 QB Casey ThompsonNebraska
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