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  11/24/20 - Luke McCaffreyrFr/2024, Nebraska, 6-2, 200 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Luke McCaffrey, one week after replacing a struggling Adrian Martinez behind center and leading the Huskers to their first win, on Saturday found himself on the other side of calls for the backup to come into the game and create a spark as NU once again struggled to find any kind of consistency. The redshirt freshman finished 15-of-26 passing for 134 yards, carried the ball a whopping 26 times for 122 yards, scored two touchdowns and threw three interceptions. Nebraska's struggles certainly aren't contained to one position, and NU coach Scott Frost said as much after the game.

But they're magnified at quarterback, where the playmaking and bravado that defined Frost's offenses at Central Florida and Oregon have disappeared over nine losses in Nebraska's past 12 games. "Consistency of execution. We've got to be able to throw the ball down the field. I have to look at the tape, but I feel like we had some guys running open downfield," Frost said when asked what's holding NU's offense back. "Whether it's protection or vision, or just trusting it and throwing them on time, we've got to be a better football team at throwing the ball down the field. That's kind of how this offense is built, it always has been, and we're not good enough at it right now." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#16 QB) rFr/2024 QB Luke McCaffreyNebraska
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  11/14/20 - Luke McCaffreyrFr/2024, Nebraska, 6-2, 200 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Luke McCaffrey had a hand in two touchdowns in his first start, Nebraska's defense made two huge late defensive stops and the Cornhuskers held on to beat Penn State 30-23 for their first win Saturday. McCaffrey took over for Adrian Martinez, who had started all of his 23 previous games at Nebraska (1-2, 1-2 Big Ten) but turned in flat performances in the Cornhuskers' first two games. McCaffrey looked good in the first half, but the Huskers generated only three points in the second and Penn State came back from a 21-point deficit to make it close. A Top 10 team to start the season, the Lions (0-4, 0-4) are off to their worst start since Joe Paterno‚Äôs 2001 team also opened with four straight losses. Sean Clifford struggled again for Penn State, getting replaced by Will Levis after turning over the ball on two the Lions' first three possessions. - AP College Football

(DS#16 QB) rFr/2024 QB Luke McCaffreyNebraska
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  11/09/20 - Adrian MartinezJr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Scott Frost thought his football team was primed to break through and earn the kind of victory that represents a step forward for a program trying to gain its footing. Instead, the Huskers on Saturday afternoon broke down, the works too gummed up by the kind of mistakes that have caused the program to sputter and chug rather than kick into gear. The back-breakers in a 21-13 loss to Northwestern? A pair of interceptions, one each by junior Adrian Martinez and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey, that turned scoring chances into dust. Martinez's came late in the third quarter when he came back to the middle of the field late and threw a ball up for grabs toward tight end Austin Allen, a mistake that quarterbacks can ill-afford to make, particularly into the end zone. It was enough for coach Scott Frost to take Martinez out of the game and put McCaffrey in. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#26 QB) Jr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  11/07/20 - Adrian MartinezJr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Nebraska had both of its quarterbacks lose a fumble against Ohio State, a troubling start in a department that's caused issues over NU's past two seasons. Junior Adrian Martinez had the ball knocked out and returned for a touchdown that extended the Buckeyes' lead to 38-14 in the third quarter and Luke McCaffrey had one stripped while running through traffic later in the game. Martinez acknowledged the turnover Monday and said, "It can't happen. I've had trouble in the past with turnovers and it's something that we have to limit in order for us to be a good football team." Frustrated but 'determined,' Huskers tasked with pushing forward during 'broken, messed-up year' Over 24 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Nebraska quarterbacks fumbled 27 times and lost 12. Martinez started 21 of those games and accounted for 20 and 10, respectively. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#26 QB) Jr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  10/23/20 - Travis VokolekJr/2022, Nebraska, 6-5, 250 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Travis Vokolek's long wait is nearly over. The last time the Nebraska junior tight end played in a football game that counted, he hauled in four catches for a career-best 69 yards and a touchdown for Rutgers against Michigan State. That was Nov. 24, 2018. On Saturday, 23 months to the day later, he will finally be back in action. This time, it will be as a member of the Cornhuskers' veteran tight end group. "It means a lot to finally be able to get out there with the guys and take on Ohio State," Vokolek said Tuesday. The Springfield, Missouri, native chatted with reporters for the first time since he signed with NU last summer. When he first verbally committed to the Huskers over Iowa and others, he said he wanted to be recruited by Nebraska out of high school, but wasn't and eventually signed with the Scarlet Knights.

Now he's got a chance to make an impact in Lincoln even though NU has senior Jack Stoll and fellow juniors Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal back, too. "We're expecting him to come in and be a dominant force in the run game and a dominant force in the pass game, just like Jack Stoll and Austin Allen performed last year," tight ends coach Sean Beckton said earlier this month. Vokolek is listed at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds and was known previously as mostly a receiving threat at the position, which the Huskers have been looking for more of essentially since Scott Frost took over the program. "When I first got here, knowing I was going to have to sit out, one of my goals was to really learn a lot over that year and not waste that year on the scout team," he said. "So I was still doing the drills, footwork and stuff, really working on blocking and then route running as well. I think I've learned a lot over the last year and gained a lot from it." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#999 TE) Jr/2022 TE Travis VokolekNebraska
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  10/23/20 - Dicaprio BootlerSr/2021, Nebraska, 5-10, 195 (DS#28 CB) + More +

  Dicaprio Bootle didn't know why he was a "nobody." Maybe it was his height. Maybe it was his weight. But he wasn't getting the big-time scholarship offers he wanted as a high schooler growing up in Miami. "I don't really know why that was," the Nebraska cornerback said Monday. "I just knew that I was gonna keep working and let it happen, put it all in God's hands and let it work for me." Bootle was discovered at a satellite camp in Miami. He went because Rutgers coaches were attending it, and they had expressed interest in him. Bootle clocked a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, which turned the heads of more than just Rutgers' coaches. A flurry of offers came in for Bootle, but one rose to the top. Nebraska. "I was nobody," he said. "I mean, I came in 2016, nobody really gave me a chance... I had to wait my turn, I had to sit down and understand that there were guys that were here before me. There are guys that were a little more seasoned before me." - Omaha World Herald

(DS#28 CB) rSr/2021 CB Dicaprio BootleNebraska
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  10/23/20 - Nick HenrichrFr/2024, Nebraska, 6-4, 220 (DS#16 ILB) + More +

  Changing positions on the fly is never a simple proposition. Nebraska redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Henrich is doing just that as camp proceeds and game preparations take shape for Saturday's season opener against Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has been working at outside linebacker for a couple of weeks at least and, according to his coaches, he's picking it up quickly. The reason for the late switch is two-fold: NU has question marks outside and is a little bit more settled inside with seniors Collin Miller and Will Honas, and sophomore Luke Reimer forming a likely three-man rotation. Not only that, but the staff feels like it needs Henrich involved, plain and simple.

"I think, first off, he's a smart kid that can take coaching, and just overall he's a football player," defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said. "No matter where you put him, no matter what position you're going to put him in, he's a football player. He understands spacing, he understands leverage, he understands assignment and he's a tough kid. "He loves Nebraska, first and foremost, he loves the game of football, so he's going to do whatever he has to do to get on the field. Whether that's learn a new position midweek or study it from the day he got here. Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud said that Henrich was on pace to have a significant role last year as a true freshman before he was bit by the injury bug. The Omaha Burke graduate was limited to one game - he played primarily special teams against Wisconsin in November - and continued to deal with some injury issues this offseason. - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#16 ILB) rFr/2024 ILB Nick HenrichNebraska
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  10/23/20 - Matt FarniokrSr/2021, Nebraska, 6-5, 330 (DS#42 OG) + More +

  Two-time captain Matt Farniok likes his new position at guard. "The biggest adjustment was everything kind of happens faster," he said. "There's not quite as much space between you and a (defensive) tackle versus you and a D-end, and I enjoy it, personally. Everything happens faster, and it's a lot more of a power type of game, which is a lot more fun to me." Like two of the other captains, Farniok sat on the scout team his first year, but then quickly saw time, appearing in seven games and starting four games his redshirt freshman year. In those four starts, two were at right tackle and two were at right guard. During his sophomore and junior seasons, he only saw time at right tackle, but, for this season, NU coaches moved him back to right guard. His right tackle replacement, Bryce Benhart, will also be expected to play solid minutes his second year on campus. "He has all the tools and all - everything you need to get the job done," Farniok said of Benhart. "And I mean, especially being a young guy, you just kind of got to build that confidence up and understand that you're there for a reason, you've earned that spot." - Omaha World Herald

(DS#42 OG) rSr/2021 OG Matt FarniokNebraska
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  10/23/20 - Adrian MartinezJr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Adrian Martinez is once again Nebraska's starting quarterback. Husker head coach Scott Frost confirmed that news Monday as his team dives fully into game week preparations for Ohio State on Saturday. He said NU has the luxury of "two first-string quarterbacks," in Martinez and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey, but that the junior will get the first crack at guiding the Husker offense. "Adrian is going to be our quarterback," Frost said. "I feel like I have two guys that are playing at a really high level. I've seen a lot of improvement out of Adrian this year and am seeing a lot of improvement out of Luke this year. "Both those guys are capable of moving our offense and doing a great job." Martinez, a 21-game starter at Nebraska, on Saturday was named one of the team's five captains, the second straight year he's earned that designation. Just before Frost spoke with reporters Monday, Martinez said that he felt good about his place in the competition. "It's not really my place to speak on (the decision about who is starting), but I'm feeling good about where I'm at, and I'm going to continue preparing that way," the Fresno, California, native said. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#26 QB) Jr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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  10/22/20 - Ben StillerSr/2021, Nebraska, 6-4, 295 (DS#62 DT) + More +

  Stille has been a fixture in the lineup for years and he is by far the most experienced player returning for defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. He's a leader in the group and will also be counted on as, likely, a starting defensive end. Stille, the Ashland native, has played in 33 career games and has 21 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to his ledger so far. Can he be a six-to eight-sack player and push toward double-digit TFLs? If so, he'll be an anchor for Nebraska up front. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#62 DT) rSr/2021 DT Ben StilleNebraska
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  10/20/20 - Dicaprio BootlerSr/2021, Nebraska, 5-10, 195 (DS#28 CB) + More +

  A few months ago, Kade Warner was a walk-on wide receiver. Now he's a scholarship player and a Nebraska team captain. The junior, who has assumed a leadership role in the wide receivers room and has been talked about consistently in positive terms since the Huskers began camp several weeks ago, is one of five players named a captain by Nebraska on Saturday. Senior inside linebacker Collin Miller and senior defensive back Dicaprio Bootle are also first-time captains, while junior quarterback Adrian Martinez and senior right guard Matt Farniok were chosen for the second straight year. Bootle, Farniok and Martinez are all multiyear mainstays on the field, while Miller ascended to a starting role in 2019 and projects as a starter and a regular at inside linebacker again this fall. Bootle has played in 36 career games and has been a regular in the lineup since 2017, while Farniok is not far behind at 31 career appearances. Martinez, of course, has spent his first two seasons at Nebraska as the team's top quarterback, starting 21 games and missing three due to injury. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#28 CB) rSr/2021 CB Dicaprio BootleNebraska
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  10/17/20 - Marquel DismukerSr/2021, Nebraska, 6-1, 215 (DS#30 SS) + More +

  He says the experience was "mind-blowing." Not always in a good way. Nebraska safety Marquel Dismuke somehow pushed through to the end of last season despite playing the bulk of it with a neck injury. Tackling with a neck injury was not ideal. "It was mind-blowing to fight through it each and every game," Dismuke said this week. "But I did that just for me, my team and my coaching staff." A native of Compton, California, Dismuke ended the season tied with inside linebacker Collin Miller for third on the team in tackles with 67. That total was the most of any member of the secondary. He came up big in Nebraska's 42-38 win in late September at Illinois, breaking up passes on third and fourth down during the Illini's final drive.

He recorded no fewer than six tackles in each of the Huskers' first six Big Ten games, had a couple of quieter games, then finished the season with a six-tackle performance against Iowa. "I have a lot of respect for Marquel," said Nebraska junior Cam Taylor-Britt, who made seven of his 10 starts last season at safety but is playing cornerback now. "We both kind of played injured throughout last season. We were back there talking, trying to figure out how to do this and that with our injuries. We were lifting each other up the whole time. He's an older guy, and I was the younger guy. "I feel like we're on the same page now. We have a little more chemistry. But he's always lifting me up, and I'm always lifting him up. He was a strong guy last year, and I commend him on that. A lot of people can't do that." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#30 SS) rSr/2021 SS Marquel DismukeNebraska
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  10/16/20 - Luke McCaffreyrFr/2024, Nebraska, 6-2, 200 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Frost was asked a key question as it pertains to the QB discussion. It's a question definitely on the minds of Husker fans: Will Frost consider playing McCaffrey at positions other than QB? The 6-foot-2, 205-pound McCaffrey saw time at receiver last season. "He's a quarterback and I want to make that clear," Frost said. "Right now, our offense moves exceptionally well when he's at quarterback. He finds a way to make a lot of plays work. He's throwing the ball really well, and I don't think anybody has any questions about his athletic ability or his speed." If McCaffrey really is "throwing the ball really well," well, that seems especially intriguing since his perceived strength is as a runner. His speed jumps off the page. Bottom line, you can't have a player of his caliber standing on the sidelines all season. "If he's one of the best players to have on the field and he's not playing quarterback, we'll certainly look for opportunities to make sure our best players are out there," Frost said. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#16 QB) rFr/2024 QB Luke McCaffreyNebraska
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  10/09/20 - Luke ReimerSo/2023, Nebraska, 6-1, 220 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Nebraska inside linebacker Luke Reimer saw the field often as a true freshman last season, and obviously made a strong impression. The Lincoln North Star graduate now has a scholarship, according to NU inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Reimer arrived on campus as a walk-on after turning down some offers from the Football Championship Subdivision level to play on scholarship. Just more than a year later, he's got one in the Big Ten. "He's a guy that after going through his first couple drills as a true freshman walk-on, I figured it wasn't going to take very long (to earn a scholarship)," Ruud said Tuesday. "He's been nothing but great to be around and he's improved every day he's been around here." Reimer was put on scholarship at the beginning of the fall semester. Reimer played in 10 games last season, mostly on special teams, and had 11 tackles, including one for loss. He saw a little bit of reserve time at linebacker, including late in a 54-7 win at Maryland. As a senior at North Star, Reimer made 74 tackles, including 14 for losses, en route to being a Super-State selection. - Lincoln Journal Star

(DS#999 ILB) So/2023 ILB Luke ReimerNebraska
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  10/02/20 - Adrian MartinezJr/2022, Nebraska, 6-1, 225 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Less than four weeks out from Nebraska's season opener against Ohio State, junior Adrian Martinez is the starting quarterback. It's been assumed all offseason, and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick confirmed as much during a news conference Thursday. Still, Martinez is getting a stiff challenge from redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey. "They're both playing at a high level. I don't know if I look at it as pressure (that McCaffrey is putting on Martinez)," Lubick said. "I think they're both making each other better. We feel good about both guys right now, we really do. As a matter of fact, (walk-on Matt) Masker and Logan (Smothers), our freshman, are playing really well, too. We feel like we have great depth at that position."

In terms of the top job, though, Martinez and McCaffrey are the contenders. Martinez has 21 career starts under his belt and McCaffrey saw limited time last year while maintaining his redshirt. "Adrian is the starter as of today, but Luke has done a great job and it's a friendly competition that makes both guys better," Lubick said. "We've repped both of them with the No. 1s, they've both moved the ball, they've both had great camps so far in non-padded stuff. "That evaluation is always ongoing, but Adrian has improved. He's going to be a better football player this year." - Lincoln Journal Star


(DS#26 QB) Jr/2022 QB Adrian MartinezNebraska
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