“A guy once told me that when time is your ally, use it. It’s an ally for a couple more days,” said Riley. “I have a number of candidates. I like that. It’s a positive thing.”
A strong candidate will likely be junior offensive lineman Dylan Utter, from Papillion-La Vista high school. The former Nebraska prep appears to be locked in as the Huskers’ starting left guard, over redshirt freshman Jerald Foster.
“He straps it up all the time,” defensive end Jack Gangwish said regarding Utter. “Some people think he's downright mean. That’s because he’s probably beating them.”
Utter chose to walk-on at Nebraska over offers from schools like Army and North Dakota.
“Honestly, I probably wasn’t the best player,” Utter told reporters including the Lincoln Journal Star. “I was a little heavy. I didn’t have much technique. Once I came here, I really just hammered all that.”
The amount of walk-on scholarships Nebraska will distribute is hard to project. With a new staff, there is no track record. In addition, will scholarships be for a lifetime or just for one year?
In addition to Utter, other candidates might be (projecting scholarships are one for one year): TE.) Trey Foster, RB.) Graham Nabity (special teams standout), DE.) Ross Dzuris, WR.) Lane Hovey, and TE.) Luke McNitt.
Former walk-ons who have already earned scholarships during their career at Nebraska include: QB.) Ryker Fyfe, WR.) Brandon Reilly, DE.) Jack Gangwish, FB.) Andy Janovich, WR.) Sam Burtch and punter Sam Foltz.
It is unclear if every listed player will be on scholarship going forward.
Expect an announcement from head coach Mike Riley on Saturday.