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)
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
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
2017 DEFENSE STATS
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
COACH SCOTT FROST TALKS AT BIG 10 MEDIA DAYS
THE MODERATOR: We’re joined by Nebraska head coach Scott Frost.
SCOTT FROST: I’m excited to be back in Nebraska. Being a head football coach is rewarding. Being a football coach is rewarding because of the time you get to spend with young men and the things you get to try to pour into them.
It’s even more special to do it around people you care about and the place you’re from and at your alma mater.
Nebraska, historically, belongs in the upper echelon of college football. Hasn’t really been accomplishing things to that degree for a while. Certainly not to the degree that the people in Nebraska and the people of the university want it to. I’m just excited to start the process of getting Nebraska back where it belongs, making it competitive and trying to compete for championships. Thrilled to be doing it at home around an unbelievable group of people.
Can’t wait to get the season kicked off.
THE MODERATOR: Questions?
Q. When you were weighing whether to take the job, what factors did you consider?
SCOTT FROST: We’ve got an unbelievable coaching staff that I brought with me from UCF. The decision wasn’t just mine. The decision that I was going to make was going to affect a lot of people. It was going to affect all the coaches, all their families, all their kids, my family.
So it was a decision we all came to consensus on. Nebraska’s a place with unbelievable tradition with great people, with all the resources we need to be a winner and a place where they’re going to allow us to do the right way and try to build a program for the long haul. And we’re going to have the time to do it that way.
All those things made Nebraska really attractive. As tough as a decision it was to leave our kids down in Florida, I think we made the right decision.
Q. When it comes to recruiting, particularly at the quarterback position, do you look at a guy like Marcus Mariota or MacKenzie Milton as a touchstone for the kind of quarterbacks you want to recruit, or is it just something that varies based on the guys you talk to?
SCOTT FROST: I think we’ve done a great job identifying quarterbacks in our offense and developing quarterbacks in our offense. I’m kind of proud of that track record. Had Marcus Mariota at Oregon, and he led the country in pass efficiency. The next year Vernon Adams led the country in pass efficiency, and last year McKenzie only second to Baker Mayfield.
I think the things our offense can do to highlight a quarterback and develop a quarterback make our offense as attractive an offense as there is in the country for a quarterback.
That being said, Marcus had three offers coming out of high school and Vernon had none and McKenzie had three. They weren’t five-star kids. But they had the right stuff. I think our quarterback coach and our staff do a great job of identifying that and putting them in situations where they can win.
The number one trait that a quarterback in our offense has to have is he has to be a fast blinker, he has to be able to process information really quickly and be a step ahead of the game. All the guys that we’ve had that have excelled have had that trait.
Q. How are you recruiting Nebraska nationally to a generation that doesn’t necessarily remember some of those glory days from the ’90s?
SCOTT FROST: Yeah, it’s been interesting. First of all, the reception that our coaches have gotten on the road has been even better than I expected. The kids are really drawn to us, and I’ve been really pleased with how kids are responding to us as a program and as a coaching staff.
But when I sit in my office with recruits, in this first recruiting cycle, the parents all remember Nebraska as Nebraska. A lot of the kids don’t remember that. It’s our job to change that. It’s our job to make sure that the new generation remembers Nebraska for what it is and what it should be, and we’re in the process of making sure that the kids that we’re going to recruit going forward see Nebraska as one of the top programs in the country.
Q. What’s the number one thing, what’s the top thing you have to get accomplished this year?
SCOTT FROST: I wish I could identify one thing. There’s just a lot of things we had to change to make sure things are done the way we want them done. Every coach has a different way, a different MO, a different process for getting things done.
I believe in ours, our formula has worked. It’s certainly helped us turn our program around the last couple of years. It’s not one thing.
We’ve got to get Xs and Os installed. We’ve got to change the way guys think. We’ve got to make sure they care about each other and making decisions based on what’s best for the team first; that we’re getting to work in the weight room and changing that; that we’re in better shape; that we get faster kids; that we recruit better.
All those things have to go together. You can’t change any one of those things overnight. All of them are a process. Sometimes it’s a challenge for a head coach to understand that it can’t happen overnight and you have to have a little bit of patience to see it through because it’s constant gardening.
But we’ve taken some good first steps and all those things have gotten better, and we’ll keep making them better.
Q. You go back to a time, connected to Tom Osborne, your strong relationship with him. You sent him out a national champion on your watch as a player. What do you draw from him as a coach both on and off the field, and how much communication do you still have with him and how you’re going to approach this job?
SCOTT FROST: Yeah, Coach Osborne is my hero in this sport, in this business. When people ask me about him, I always tell people that he was a Hall of Fame coach, but aside from that, he’s probably the best man that I know. Because of who he was and how he ran our program, every single one of us would have run through a wall for him.
And we keep in touch with him to this day. Coach is in the office probably about once a week, or else I’m out turkey hunting or fishing with him. Having that resource to be able to draw wisdom from is really invaluable to me. And I look forward to bouncing ideas off of him and getting advice from him wherever I can.
But, listen, Coach Osborne had the formula that Nebraska figured out. Some of the things he did to make the program arguably the best in the country can still work today. Nebraska has just gone away from them. We’re going to adopt a lot of things again and do it in a modern way and do it in a way that recruits and kids are going to want to be a part of.
Q. Coach, you’ve had a chance to see the playoff from a few different perspectives at Oregon, at UCF. What’s your overall impressions of it now that we’re four years in?
SCOTT FROST: I’ve been pretty outspoken about the playoff. I’ve been on all sorts of sides of it. I think it’s evolved and the evolution has been great. Growing up, it was strictly bowl games and teams couldn’t play each other. And even my senior year of college at Nebraska, every team was in a bowl alliance except the Big Ten and Pac-10 that were still locked into the Rose Bowl. We were undefeated and Michigan was undefeated. We couldn’t play each other.
Obviously that changed and the BCS happened and the best two teams in the country got to play. I think that was an improvement. Getting it to four teams was an improvement.
But it’s hard to look at last year’s college football season and not feel like an eight-team playoff isn’t where we should go. I think that’s my opinion. I think it should be five conference champions and three at-large teams. That would give a surprise conference champion that plays well at the end of the season a shot. It might give a team like we had at UCF last year a shot.
I think you could start the playoff earlier in December, not have to make the semifinal like a bowl experience. That would allow the season to end about the same time that it does with the national championship game. I don’t think it takes away from the regular season and the importance of those games. And as great as the evolution of that playoff has been, I’m always going to be an advocate for eight teams.
Q. You’ve mentioned a couple times here today that Nebraska somewhere along the way stopped being quite what it was when you played there. Have you dissected why? Is it simply a matter of recruiting? What goes beyond that or deeper than that? Can you be specific?
SCOTT FROST: Yeah, I said this a bunch locally in Nebraska. I think a different formula works at every school. The formula we used at Oregon might not work at Texas A&M, and the formula that Alabama uses probably wouldn’t work at Vanderbilt. You’ve got to figure out that formula.
Coach Osborne had the formula figured out. Nebraska stood for a lot of things when it was great. It was an organization of integrity and character, unity, unity across the whole state. We used to build it from within by developing players better than anybody else.
We went out and recruited good players that were hungry and had upside and got to work in the best strength and conditioning program in the country, with the best nutrition program in the country, best academic support in the country, best life skills development in the country.
Went out and got a bunch of walk-ons from Nebraska and from the Midwest that were hungry that were put into the same type of program and developed them, too, and by the time they were sophomores, juniors and seniors they were contributing.
The program used to reflect the people of the state. Nebraska’s best asset is its people. Has unbelievable people that are hardworking, blue-collar people that are going to care about each other.
That’s what we’re trying to get back to in our program, and that’s the way that we’re going to build it to try to make it have sustained success.
Q. You mentioned that gardening and just that changing that culture. For you in this first season, what would you view as a success on the football field?
SCOTT FROST: Success is getting better. Success is being better than we were yesterday. If you measure success just on wins and losses, you’re going to have some great moments in your life and you’re going to have some epic football.
Day by day we’re going to get better. Whatever challenge is in front of us on a daily basis, we’re going to do our best to beat it, to conquer it, overcome it and put our head on the pillow and get up and do the same thing the next day.
Results take care of themselves. If you’re better every single time you go out to practice, if you’re better every single time you go out to play a game, that’s success to me.
Q. You’ve spoken a little bit about Coach Osborne’s formula, part of that formula certainly included a legendary rivalry with Oklahoma. Since Nebraska has joined the Big Ten, it doesn’t seem as though, with all due respect to the Iowa series, that Nebraska has really keyed in on a team across the conference that that game every year it is circled and everybody in the state of Nebraska is unified for that game. Do you see a rivalry that could form, that could create and help you build that unity?
SCOTT FROST: We’re in a great league. This is arguably the best conference in the country. I think that proved out last season with the way the Big Ten competed against other people competed in bowl games. Nebraska has had historic rivalries, but part of the reason they might not have been as strong recently is Nebraska hasn’t been what it should be.
If you look at — you mentioned Oklahoma. If you look at some of the great programs in college football, to me, they have their glory days and their golden era, and almost every single one of them has gone through a rough patch afterwards. And then they get the right people back in place and get moving in the right direction and they become what they should be again.
Oklahoma is an example of that. When I was at Nebraska, they weren’t very good. With the Switzer years, they were. I grew up with that. Then they got Stoops and the guys back, and Oklahoma became Oklahoma again.
Rivalries are going to come when we’re playing the way we should. And I think the people are back at Nebraska who are going to make it what it should be in the pantheon of college football again.
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