That number is up from five players in 2014 and 2013.
“I have been anywhere from three to seven that play,” said Riley. “I think this is good. These guys are ready. All of them had a chance to prove themselves physically and mentally.”
Nebraska’s class is expected to be 20+ in 2016, which means there is a strong chance anywhere from three to six true freshman play again next season.
Big Red Report takes a look at a few possibles:
TE.) Jack Stoll, REGIS JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL:
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound three-star product picked the Huskers over schools like Texas and in-state Colorado. Stoll has a solid frame and already excels in his route-running ability. He will need to add some weight quickly when he hits campus in the summer, but Stoll has a chance to play early.
LB.) WILLIAM JOHNSON, Arizona WESTERN:
It’s cheating because Johnson is a junior college product, but he should factor in right away with the Huskers’ two deep. He’s versatile enough to play both inside and outside, and does a very solid job locking in on ball carriers. He will need to improve his pass-coverage skills, but has all the tools.
LB.) QUAYSHON ALEXANDER, DE PAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL:
When the high school senior was on Nebraska’s campus, he looked like a D-1 football player already. Physically he will be ready to play linebacker in the Big Ten. Many actually felt he would be a defensive end in college. He’s got good speed off the edge and could find himself in a hybrid rush type roll.