Nebraska faces the daunting task of having to replace players like Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner and Tyler Evans at the wide receiver position after this season. Between the three of them, there is nearly 200 receptions and 2,700 yards to go along with 19 career touchdowns at this point.
It's a challenge to have turnover such as that and have players ready to step up and fill in the holes. Nebraska has the talent, but it never hurts when there are newcomers who can come in and help take some of that burden off of the team.
There are some high hopes pinned to an incoming freshman like what Nebraska signed last year in Monte Harrison. Harrison is a spectacular athlete. As a senior Harrison hauled in 60 receptions for 1,007 yards and had 13 receiving touchdowns.
Harrison though is a highly touted baseball recruit and projected to be a possible first round draft pick, along with being an outstanding college football recruit as well as a high school basketball player averaging nearly a double-double as a senior.
And there are others. Players on the team waiting for their opportunity or new names set to arrive on campus this summer. Players that Nebraska fans are excited about, and rightly so, but there is another. A player that Nebraska had on their radar in 2013.
Demore'ea Stringfellow from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde visited Nebraska in the fall of 2012. Although committed to Washington at the time, he visited and loved what Nebraska had to offer.
"I think that it (Nebraska) is a good fit for me. I really thought that the fan base was great and the facilities were really nice." - Stringfellow said after official visit to Nebraska
As a true freshman at Washington, Stringfellow played in 12 of 13 games starting the last three games of the season. He hauled in 20 receptions for 259 yards and scored one touchdown.
It's the explosiveness though that has intrigued Nebraska since Stringfellow averaged nearly 13 yards per catch. Nebraska averaged 11.7 yards per catch in 2013 and 12.5 the year before.
There is the one downside – an incident – that people wonder how it might affect his transfer status or how the Nebraska coaches might view him. Speculation on matters like these are simply counter-productive. There is always more to situations such as this than you can read anywhere.
Looking at this situation logically – like a mathematic equation – this is about the reward far outweighing the risk. Clearly there wasn't a "checkered past" that kept him off of team's big boards out of high school. This is not about a pattern of behavior.
This appears to be an isolated incident and accordingly to the risk/reward model a risk that deserves a shot. It's the second chance that Stringfellow might not just so badly need, but also deserve that Nebraska needs to be prepared to offer. And it seems that there is definitely interest on the part of Nebraska in making that happen.
Sources close to Stringfellow indicate that Nebraska is on a short list of schools that he is considering transferring to. I would say that in itself is enough to gauge the interest from the Nebraska staff towards Stringfellow and vice versa.
The need is definitely there to bring in a player like Stringfellow particularly if Harrison never sees a day past September 1 in Lincoln. What is more enjoyable to think about is how a tandem like Stringfellow and Harrison could be on the field together in Nebraska's offense.
Stringfellow's high school head coach, Pete Duffy, has told BigRedReport.com that things are still being sorted out. He added that when there is something substantial to pass along that he will pass it along.