A wrap around Nebraska spring football

As you begin your Monday vacation with the weekly Rounddown column, we’ll be packing about spring football and more.

Betting of course

You should now feel better about these things:

OLB Garrett Nelson: There aren’t many takeaways you can get from watching Saturday’s Red-White Spring game, but one of them is outdoor linebacker Gareth Nelson’s play.

He did what he wanted in emergencies against NU’s blockades. He looks fast and is gaining weight.

TCU portal target Ochaun Mathis: Yes, this guy definitely passed the eye exam. Little did I know that this weekend I saw Nebraska with TCU boss Rusher Ochaun Mathis making a full court press effort.

They did everything right, from bringing all of his important family figures to Lincoln to spending valuable time with him throughout his entire trip. During pre-game training, he spent time talking with former Husker All-American defender Jason Peter and NU athletic director Drew Alberts.

RP Anthony Grant: Junior College Transfer Again Anthony Grant has something about him. He got extra gear in his cam and we put it on display on Saturday.

Considering what the level of anticipation was when he arrived in Nebraska, Jugo supporters Greg Bell and Tetrick Mills were missing.

Grant is very hungry to get this opportunity after playing junior college football in both Kansas and New Mexico.

Nebraska’s Dedication to Student-Athlete: On Saturday, the Nebraska Department of Athletics announced that each scholarship student-athlete is eligible for an additional $ 6,000 per year for academic performance.

To simplify what this means, NUs show progress in education and continue on the path to graduation, taking more than $ 3 million out of their own pockets to pick up scholarship scholarship checks for $ 1,3000 to $ 1,800 per month. It’s quite a deal, it’s only earning $ 800 a month long before the scholarship attendance scholarship was added.

On top of that, Nebraska’s NIL Collective ABM announced Friday that they have already paid $ 850,000 on 450 NIL contracts and have built up $ 3.5 million for future NIL contracts. Remember, this is only a stream of NIL. There are no OpenDorse deals or opportunities for athletes outside of ABM.

Husker football in Dublin: For anyone skeptical about playing Nebraska in Ireland, Drew Alberts broke it on Saturday. Alberts was asked, “When was he comfortable making progress in the game in Ireland?”

“We have a signed contract to play this game in Ireland,” Alberts said unmoved. He said they were looking forward to the trip and for a number of obvious reasons they knew how big the game was.

A team of NU officials is heading to Dublin this month to check things out, and Frost is temporarily planning a promotional trip to Dublin in May.

QB Subba Birdie.

QB Subba Birdie. (Tyler Greglow)

Surprises

My surprises this week are:

QB Subba Birdie: Florida State QB Transfer Subba Burdy has only been training for about a week this spring, but he had some interesting moments on Saturday.

Birdie has not only hand skill but also speed. When you look at Birdie on Saturday you can see Frost’s wheels spin.

TE AJ Rollins: Of all the real newcomers on this year’s list, you could argue that AJ Rollins is the most advanced player.

In high school, Rollins was like a basketball player who was sometimes told to play football. He would show flashes, but it was not consistently high.

This spring, Rollins looked like a football player. He has good hands and has had some great hits in the weight room.

Spring Game Visitor List: We all know that Nebraska Spring Game is going to get some quality viewers, but don’t make ourselves a kid, this is the best recruitment weekend NU has ever received after the Govt epidemic.

In some ways, since it was the only big school in the region to play last Saturday, Apr. I think playing the Spring Game on the 9th helped the Huskies. I think the NIL made an impact because many of these prospects were aware of Lincoln’s potential potential.

Nebraska's offensive line is still active.

Nebraska’s offensive line is still active. (Tyler Greglow)

The arbitral tribunal is still out

Questions still surround these things:

Nebraska Attack Line: On Saturday we saw Casey Thompson and the best offense for nine plays, and we looked a little, there were some issues with bass defense in the attack line.

The Husker attack line is a long way from the finished product at this point.

QB Logan Smoders: What does the future hold for Logan Smoders after this spring? What are his thoughts on summer?

RP Marquez Step: The former USC exchange could not be healthier. On Saturday, Marquez Steph injured himself after a play and slammed his helmet into the side in despair.

You feel about the step because nothing goes exactly right for Indianapolis natives. He missed last spring with an injury and was never able to pick things up from there.

Nebraska OC Mark Whipple.

Nebraska OC Mark Whipple. (Associated Press)

This is my focus

Moving forward, this is my focus:

Mark the whip on the side: It appears that attack coordinator Mark Whipple will call plays from the page.

Pitt was how he did it, in fact he always did it as a play-collar. Casey Thompson spoke to me live on Husker Chat that Sunday.

“He was always a sidekick, based on what he did last year and what he did in the past,” Thompson said of Whipple. “He calls plays from the field. ‘If you ever need something, just look or walk with me, I’ll tell you the play,’ he commented. I think he’s a sidekick.

“(Saturday) he was on the sidelines and it was great, that way you could communicate with him face to face. He said the quarterbacks he coached were important to him. He likes to see body language, he wants to see how guys respond to how things are going on the field.”

2024 QB Dylan Riola: Think about it, 2024 QB Dylan Riola played one year of university football and he is already one of the most loved people in the country.

When you think of NIL contracts and alliances, a person like Raiola is going to become so big in these next two years that things like that don’t even matter. With other big national opportunities, shoe companies are more likely to approach him.

Riola made his third visit to Lincoln on Saturday since June, and you could only see the smile on his face the whole time. The million-dollar question is what impact will the Riola family’s love for Nebraska have in this process?

Nebraska Media Rights Agreement: Alberts told me on Saturday that he and his people were not comfortable with the long-term JMI sports contract he would sign this month. This is not the best deal for Nebraska, and Alberts said he was not going to sign like that.

So what’s next? Since there is not enough time to put together a deal of this size for the 2022-23 sports year, NU will still have items in the house for a year.

Player Exit Meetings: Once the spring ball is over, the next thing will be the player exit junctions. When will those meetings start to take place and how soon may some names from the current list come up on the transfer portal?

Sean can approach Callahan sean@huskeronline.com You can also listen to him on Big Red Radio 1110 KFAB in Omaha every day during the football season at 6:45 am and 5:05 pm. You can see him on KETV Channel 7 in Omaha in the fall and every week he appears on the Nebraska public media Big Red Rap Tuesdays at 7pm.

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