2018 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

HEAD COACH: Scott Frost, 1st season

RECORD AT SCHOOL: 0 – 0

CAREER RECORD: 19 – 7

2017 RECORD: 4 – 8, 3 – 6 Big Ten

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Troy Walters

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Erik Chinander

STADIUM: Memorial Stadium (85,458)

 

2018 SCHEDULE

September 1 Akron

September 8 Colorado

September 15 Troy

September 22 at Michigan

September 29 Purdue

October 6 at Wisconsin

October 13 at Northwestern

October 20 Minnesota

November 3 at Ohio State

November 10 Illinois

November 17 Michigan State

November 23 at Iowa

 

2017 RESULTS

Arkansas State 43 – 36

Oregon 35 – 42

Northern Illinois 17 – 21

Rutgers 27 – 17

Illinois 28 – 6

Wisconsin 17 – 38

Ohio State 14 – 56

Purdue 25 – 24

Northwestern 24 – 31 OT

Minnesota 21 – 54

Penn State 44 – 56

Iowa 14 – 56

 

2017 OFFENSE STATS

SCORING: 25.8

RUSHING: 107.5

PASSING: 277.5

TOTAL: 385.0

 

2017 DEFENSE STATS

SCORING: 36.4

RUSHING: 214.8

PASSING: 221.4

TOTAL: 436.2

 

FIVE – YEAR WINNING TREND

2013: 9 – 4

2014: 9 – 4

2015: 6 – 7

2016: 9 – 4

2017: 4 – 8

 

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 5

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 7

 

RETURNING LEADERS

PASSING: none

RUSHING: Devine Ozigbo, 129 – 493 – 3TD

RECEIVING: Stanley Morgan, 61 – 986 – 10TD

TACKLES: Dedrick Young, 80

SACKS: Ben Stille, 3.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Aaron Williams, 2

 

2018 TOP 10 RECRUITS

Adrian Martinez, QB Fresno, California

Cameron Jurgens, TE Beatrice, Nebraska

Maurice Washington, RB Stockton, California

Cam’ron Jones, S Mansfield, Texas

Tate Wildeman, DE Parker, Colorado

Caleb Tannor, LB Stone Mountain, Georgia

CJ Smith, S West Palm Beach, Florida

Dominick Watt, WR Hollywood, Florida

Jaron Woodyard, WR Gaithersburg, Maryland

Greg Bell, RB Chula Vista, California

 

OFFENSE PREVIEW

New Head Coach Scott Frost is hoping to bring the “old” Huskers back to Lincoln. Frost was able to make Central Florida into a national power in a short amount of time and Nebraska fans are looking forward to a short turnaround time as well.

Coach Frost will have a young, inexperienced quarterback in Tristan Gebbia to run the “spread” offense. True freshman Adrian Martinez will challenge Gebbia in the fall.

The Cornhuskers do have three offensive linemen returning including RG Tanner Farmer, LG Jerald Foster and LT Brenden Jaimes.

Finding a running back could be an issue for Coach Frost. Nebraska had only 10 rushes for 20 yards or more last season. Devine Ozigbo returns after rushing for 493 yards in 2017. Junior Tre Bryant and Junior Greg Bell are expected to get plenty of opportunities this fall. Nebraska ranked 13th in the Big 10 in rushing last season.

Stanley Morgan Jr. is one of the top receivers in the Big 10. Morgan caught 61 passes for a school record 986 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sophomore JD Spielman will start opposite Morgan.

 

DEFENSE PREVIEW

Another defensive coordinator and another system to learn for the Cornhuskers. DC Erik Chinander will be more aggressive in this “3-4” scheme. Nebraska ranked dead last or near dead last in just about every defensive category last season.

Nebraska will look to force more turnovers and attack the opposing offense instead of the bend-don’t-break approach.

NT Mick Stoltenberg is a two-year starter and the leader on defense. He fought against double-team situations all season and is a great fit in the new system. DE Ben Stille hit the weight room and has added 20 pounds of muscle. Stille moved to OLB and recorded 3.5 sacks. ILB Dedrick Young is a three-year starter and will be joined by JC transfer Will Honas on the inside. Nebraska is hoping OLB Luke Gifford can stay healthy.

The secondary will take a new approach this season as well. No longer will they play soft. Corners Lamar Jackson and Aaron Williams return and will be joined by safeties Antonio Reed and Dicaprio Bootle.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Nebraska must replace kicker Drew Brown, a four-year starter. Punter Caleb Lightbourn returns after averaging 42.1 yards per kick. JD Speilman is back to return kicks. Coach Frost needs to find a reliable punt returner after the Cornhuskers ranked 86th in the country.

 

PREDICTION

Nebraska fans want a quick turnaround but they better be more patient. It’s been several years since the Cornhuskers have been a player on the national scene. The last time they won a conference championship was in 1999. Taking Central Florida from 0-12 to 13-0 was nothing short of a miracle. Taking Nebraska to the promised land may take another miracle. With a new system, expect a lot of growing pains.

 

PROJECTED RECORD: 6-6, 3-6 Big 10

 

2018 ROSTER

91           Freedom Akinmoladun    DL          6-4         280        Sr.          Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)

30           Quayshon Alexander       LB           6-3         245        So.         Prospect Park, N.J. (De Paul Catholic)

42           Chad Alioth Jr.   WR         6-2         170        RFr.        Omaha, Neb. (North)

11           Austin Allen        TE           6-8         210        RFr.        Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)

David Alston       LB           6-5         225        Fr.          Saint Paul, Minn. (Woodbury)

4             Avery Anderson DB          6-0         180        Jr.           Surprise, Ariz. (Pine Creek (Colorado Springs))

75           Fyn Anderson     DL          6-3         275        Jr.           Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

Jake Archer         LB           6-0         195        Fr.          Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic)

98           Isaac Armstrong                P             5-11       200        Jr.           Lincoln, Neb. (Kearney) (Southwest)

Anthony Banderas           LB           6-0         200        Fr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

73           Broc Bando         OL          6-5         295        RFr.        Lincoln, Neb. (IMG Academy)

36           Christian Banker               WR         6-1         185        RFr.        Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Skutt Catholic High School)

74           Jalin Barnett       OL          6-4         315        Jr.           Lawton, Okla. (Lawton)

7             Mohamed Barry               LB           6-1         230        Jr.           Grayson, Ga. (Grayson)

25           Greg Bell             RB          6-0         200        Jr.           Chula Vista, Calif. (Arizona Western CC) (Bonita Vista)

38           Brody Belt           RB          5-9         170        Fr.          Omaha, Neb. (Millard West)

23           Dicaprio Bootle DB          5-10       185        So.         Miami, Fla. (Southridge)

33           Jaylin Bradley     RB          6-0         180        So.         Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue West)

61           Bryan Brokop     OL          6-5         295        So.         New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way West)

Moses Bryant     ATH        5-11       195        Fr.          Elkhorn, Neb. (South)

18           Tre Bryant           IB           5-11       200        Jr.           St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers College)

17           Andrew Bunch   QB          6-1         200        So.         Thompson Stations, Tenn. (Scottsdale CC) (Independence)

39           Bradley Bunner  DB          6-1         180        RFr.        Clarkson, Neb. (Clarkson Public School)

2             Tony Butler         DB          6-2         210        So.         Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)

Willie Canty        OL          6-6         290        Fr.          Belle Grade, Fla. (Glades Central)

Chris Cassidy      LB           6-1         210        Fr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X)

45           Ty Chaffin            WR         6-5         200        So.         Burwell, Neb. (Burwell)

Braxton Clark     DB          6-3         180        Fr.          Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)

62           Cole Conrad        OL          6-5         300        Sr.          Fremont, Neb. (Archbishop Bergan)

16           Ethan Cox           DB          5-11       175        RFr.        Blair, Neb. (Blair)

93           Damion Daniels DT          6-2         310        RFr.        Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne)

22           Alex Davis           LB           6-5         255        Jr.           Riviera Beach, Fla. (Dwyer)

96           Carlos Davis        DL          6-2         295        Jr.           Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

94           Khalil Davis         DL          6-2         290        Jr.           Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

79           Michael Decker OL          6-4         305        Jr.           Omaha, Neb. (North)

19           Marquel Dismuke             DB          6-2         195        So.         Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas)

34           Breon Dixon       DB          5-11       206        So.         Loganville, Ga. (Ole Miss) (Grayson)

13           JoJo Domann      DB          6-1         205        So.         Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)

84           David Engelhaupt             TE           6-3         240        So.         Norfolk, Neb. (Norfolk Catholic)

63           Tanner Farmer   OL          6-4         305        Sr.          Highland, Ill. (Highland)

71           Matt Farniok      OL          6-6         315        So.         Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)

68           Will Farniok        OL          6-3         260        Fr.          Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)

Colton Feist        DE          6-2         225        Fr.          Yutan, Neb. (Yutan)

43           Tyrin Ferguson   LB           6-2         225        Jr.           New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)

Bennett Folkers WR         6-3         180        Fr.          Gothenburg, Neb. (Gothenburg)

AJ Forbes             OL          6-4         230        Fr.          Bellevue, Neb. (West)

67           Jerald Foster       OL          6-3         310        Sr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

39           Cole Frahm         PK           6-5         200        RFr.        Omaha, Neb. (Burke)

Corbin Frederick               DB          5-11       195        Fr.          Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield)

65           Christian Gaylord             OL          6-6         300        Jr.           Baldwin City, Kan. (Baldwin City)

14           Tristan Gebbia   QB          6-3         185        RFr.        Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas)

12           Luke Gifford       LB           6-3         235        Sr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)

33           Willie Hampton LB           6-1         225        RFr.        Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage)

49           Austin Hemphill FB           5-10       225        Jr.           Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)

75           Trent Hixson       OL          6-4         260        RFr.        Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic)

47           Branden Hohenstein       TE           6-4         220        So.         Jackson, Neb. (Bishop Heelan)

41           Justin Holm         WR         6-4         175        Fr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

43           Todd Honas        WR         5-11       195        So.         Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)

3             Will Honas          LB           6-2         225        Jr.           Wichita, Kan. (Butler CC) (Bishop Carroll)

Andre Hunt         WR         6-0         175        Fr.          Palm Dale, Calif. (Paraclete)

38           Damian Jackson DL          6-1         245        RFr.        Las Vegas, Nev. (Shadow Ridge)

21           Lamar Jackson   DB          6-3         210        Jr.           Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)

76           Brenden Jaimes OL          6-5         280        So.         Austin, Texas (Lake Travis)

47           Matt Jarzynka    DL          6-4         260        Sr.          Loup City, Neb. (Loup City)

32           Pernell Jefferson              LB           6-2         235        So.         New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)

Joseph Johnson LB           6-3         220        Fr.          Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)

Cam’ron Jones   DB          6-1         200        Fr.          Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield)

Miles Jones         ATH        5-9         170        Fr.          Miramar, Fla. (American Heritage)

40           Grant Jordan      LB           6-2         205        So.         Omaha, Neb. (Westside)

36           Spencer Jordan  LB           6-2         210        So.         Omaha, Neb. (Westside)

Cameron Jurgens             TE           6-4         245        Fr.          Beatrice, Neb. (Beatrice)

36           Reid Karel            DB          6-3         205        Jr.           Seward, Neb. (Seward)

17           Sedrick King        LB           6-4         245        Sr.          Plant City, Fla. (Plant City)

30           Bo Kitrell              TE           6-1         235        Sr.          Ashland, Neb. (Ashland-Greenwood)

Bryson Krull        TE           6-5         220        Fr.          North Platte, Neb. (North Platte)

6             Eric Lee Jr.          DB          6-0         195        Jr.           Milton, Mass. (Valor Christian (Colorado))

Katerian Legrone             ATH        6-3         230        Fr.          Atlanta, Ga. (The B.E.S.T. Academy)

Wyatt Liewer     WR         6-3         165        Fr.          O’Neill, Neb. (O’Neill)

35           Caleb Lightbourn              P             6-3         235        Jr.           Washougal, Wash. (Camas)

1             Tyjon Lindsey     WR         5-9         160        So.         Corona, Calif. (Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.))

90           Ben Lingenfelter               DL          6-5         265        RFr.        Cherokee, Iowa (Washington)

2             Adrian Martinez               QB          6-2         205        Fr.          Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West)

Matt Masker      QB          6-1         205        Fr.          Kearney, Neb. (Kearney Catholic)

37           Wyatt Mazour    IB           5-9         190        Jr.           Albion, Neb. (Boone Central)

48           Lane McCallum  S             6-2         205        RFr.        Norfolk, Neb. (Air Force) (Norfolk)

13           Justin McGriff    ATH        6-6         220        Fr.          Tampa, Fla. (Jefferson)

4             Jaevon McQuitty              WR         6-0         195        RFr.        Columbia, Mo. (Battle)

31           Collin Miller        LB           6-3         235        So.         Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)

66           Hunter Miller     OL          6-5         275        RFr.        Stromsburg, Neb. (Cross County)

8             Stanley Morgan Jr.          WR         6-1         195        Sr.          New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine)

Cade Mueller      LS           6-1         225        Fr.          Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)

9             DaiShon Neal     DL          6-7         275        Jr.           Houston, Texas (Omaha Central)

99           Peyton Newell   DL          6-3         295        Sr.          Hiawatha, Kan. (Hiawatha)

54           Jordan Ober        LS           6-1         225        Sr.          Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)

Simon Otte         ATH        6-2         180        Fr.          York, Neb. (York)

22           Devine Ozigbo   IB           6-0         230        Sr.          Sachse, Texas (Sachse)

55           Jordan Paup        DL          6-4         230        RFr.        Central City, Neb. (Central City)

32           Barret Pickering PK           6-0         180        Fr.          Birmingham, Ala. (Hoover)

Cameron Pieper                LS           6-3         220        Fr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

82           Kurt Rafdal         TE           6-7         230        RFr.        Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)

50           John Raridon      OL          6-4         290        So.         West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)

25           Antonio Reed     DB          6-2         210        Sr.          Memphis, Tenn. (Southaven (Miss.))

83           Bryan Reimers    WR         6-5         210        Sr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln East)

33           Dylan Reynolds  WR         6-0         170        RFr.        Broken Bow, Neb. (Broken Bow)

40           Brandon Robbins              WR         5-10       190        RFr.        Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue East)

14           Avery Roberts    LB           6-1         230        So.         Wilmington, Del. (Concord)

Casey Rogers      DL          6-5         250        Fr.          Syracuse, N.Y. (Westhill/Old Farms Prep (Avon, Conn.))

23           Austin Rose        FB           6-1         225        Sr.          Lincoln, Neb. (North Star)

Ryan Schommer               DL          6-5         230        Fr.          Norfolk, Neb. (Norfolk)

Collin Shefke      OL          6-5         275        Fr.          Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

70           Matt Sichterman              OL          6-5         270        RFr.        Cincinnati, Ohio (Kings)

CJ Smith               DB          6-3         190        Fr.          West Palm Beach, Fla. (Oxbridge Academy)

85           Matt Snyder        TE           6-5         240        Jr.           San Ramon, Calif. (California)

10           JD Spielman        WR         5-9         180        So.         Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie)

Isaiah Stalbird     DB          6-1         200        Fr.          Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)

95           Ben Stille             LB           6-5         255        So.         Ashland, Neb. (Ashland-Greenwood)

86           Jack Stoll             TE           6-4         245        So.         Lone Tree, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)

44           Mick Stoltenberg              DL          6-5         305        Sr.          Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)

42           Jeramiah Stovall               DB          5-11       185        Jr.           Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)

28           Eli Sullivan           DB          6-2         200        So.         Longmont, Colo. (Longmont)

Caleb Tannor      OLB        6-3         225        Fr.          Stone Mountain, Ga. (Miller Grove)

Cam Taylor         DB          6-0         190        Fr.          Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing)

97           Deontre Thomas              DL          6-3         280        So.         Mustang, Okla. (Mustang)

18           Guy Thomas       LB           6-3         200        RFr.        Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington)

39           Andrew Thurman             WR         6-4         195        RFr.        Stillwell, Kan. (Blue Valley West)

92           Chase Urbach     LS           6-3         200        Jr.           Grosse Pointe, Mich. (Grosse Pointe South)

16           Noah Vedral       QB          6-2         190        So.         Wahoo, Neb. (Central Florida) (Bishop Neumann)

55           Chris Walker       DL          6-8         275        RFr.        Lincoln, Neb. (East)

90           Jackson Walker  P             6-4         250        Jr.           Overland Park, Kan. (Coffeyville CC/Johnson County ) (Blue Valley Northwest)

52           Andrew Ward    LB           6-1         200        RFr.        Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon)

31           Kade Warner      WR         6-1         200        RFr.        Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)

Maurice Washington       RB          6-1         190        Fr.          Stockton, Calif. (Trinity Christian Academy (Texas))

Dominick Watt  WR         6-1         200        Fr.          Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar)

57           Jacob Weinmaster           LB           6-0         215        Jr.           Loveland, Colo. (Loveland)

21           Mikale Wilbon   IB           5-9         200        Sr.          Chicago, Ill. (De La Salle Institute)

Tate Wildeman  DL          6-6         250        Fr.          Parker, Colo. (Legend)

24           Aaron Williams  DB          5-11       190        Sr.          Atlanta, Ga. (Carver)

41           Deontai Williams              DB          6-1         200        So.         Jacksonville, Fla. (Jones County JC) (Trinity Christian Academy)

19           Mike Williams    WR         5-10       175        Jr.           Lake City, Fla. (East Miss. CC/Georgia Southern) (Columbia)

56           Boe Wilson         OL          6-3         295        So.         Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)

Jaron Woodyard               WR         5-11       180        Jr.           Gaithersburg, Md. (Arizona Western CC) (The Avalon School)

87           Conor Young      WR         6-2         180        Jr.           Cozad, Neb. (Cozad)

5             Dedrick Young II               LB           6-1         235        Sr.          Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial)

NU FOOTBALL – 2018 COACHES

Scott Frost  – Head Coach

Erik Chinander  – Defensive Coordinator

Troy Walters  – Offensive Coordinator – Wide Receivers

Greg Austin  – Assistant Coach – Offensive Line

Sean Beckton  – Assistant Coach – Tight Ends

Mike Dawson  – Assistant Coach – Defensive Line

Jovan Dewitt  – Assistant Coach – Outside LBs/Special Teams

Travis Fisher  – Assistant Coach – Defensive Backs

Ryan Held  – Assistant Coach – Running Backs

Barrett Ruud  – Assistant Coach – Inside Linebackers

Mario Verduzco  – Assistant Coach – Quarterbacks

Zach Duval  – Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach

Nick Smith  – Graduate Assistant Coach – Special Teams

Gerrod Lambrecht  – Chief of Staff

Matt Davison  – Associate AD – Football

Sean Dillon  – Director of Player Personnel

Ryan Callaghan  – Assistant Director of Player Personnel

Mike Cassano  – National High School Relations

Kenny Wilhite  – Director of High School Relations

Adam Clark  – Director of Football Operations

Trent Mossbrucker  – Director of Football & Recruiting Admin

Tate Guillotte  – Director of Video Technology

Ryan Voecks  – Video Coordinator

Frank Verducci  – Senior Offensive Analyst

Jack Cooper  – Defensive Quality Control

Steve Cooper  – Offensive Quality Control

Zach Crespo  – Special Teams Quality Control

Dustin Haines  – Offensive Analyst

Cole Ashby  – Graduate Manager – Wide Receivers

Steve DeMeo  – Graduate Manager – Offensive Line

Jasen Carlson  – Assistant Football Strength Coach

Dan Millington  – Assistant Football Strength Coach

Andrew Strop  – Assistant Football Strength Coach

Joni Duff  – Football Secretary – Head Coach/Defense/Special Teams

Teri Riggins  – Football Staff Secretary – Offense/Recruiting

Chuka Ndulue  – Football Staff Assistant

Kevin Ashmos  – Recruiting Intern

Sean Beckton Jr.  – Performance Intern

Demeitre Brim  – Football Intern

Colby Ellis  – Football Intern

Addison Morris  – Recruiting/Operations Intern