Nebraska 2016 Class: Redshirt or No Redshirt Part 1

A look at a few members of Nebraska's 2016 class and our thoughts on if they see the field this fall.

When former Washington high school (SD) standout Nate Gerry graduated, we predicted he would need a year or two to adjust to the college game after coming from the South Dakota prep ranks. Gerry started a few games in year one. But, don’t expect the same for Farniok, who will have even a bigger physical learning curve in the trenches. The offensive tackle spot is could use some help, but it won’t come from Farniok.

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The Ohio native is starting his career at corner and while Nebraska is losing multiple players at the position, we have a hard time seeing Butler not redshirting unless a rash of injuries happen. Two former four-star players, Eric Lee and Avery Anderson, are both coming off redshirt years and will be ready to compete for a spot among starters Chris Jones and Josh Kalu.

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The punter/kickoffs specialist has already been told he will redshirt in year one, unless there is a season ending injury to All-Big Ten punter Sam Foltz. Expect him to handle kickoffs in year two, allowing kicker Drew Brown to focus just on field goals.

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After seeing Devine Ozigbo get carries in year one, don’t be surprised to see Bryant getting work behind Terrell Newby and Ozigbo as a true freshman. When looking at the senior, he looks like a man among boys. His high school production is hard to ignore. 

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While it might be hard for the Minnesota prep to crack the wide receiver depth chart, Spielman could have an impact in the Nebraska special team’s department. It doesn’t take long watching his film to see he is a home run threat when he gets his hands on the football. He could have the same role as De'Mornay Pierson-El did his freshman season. Start off on special teams and be good enough late in the year to get wide receiver reps. 

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We like guys with versatility and Dismuke brings that to the Huskers’ class. He’s got the body of a corner right now, but would definitely be able to add to his frame to play safety at the next level. Don’t be surprised to see the California prep working in the NICKEL in year one. Possibly even making a run at a starting spot. He’s that good.

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An early enrollee, our sources tell us the staff is very hopeful O’Brien comes in to spring, learns quickly and in fall camps gives Armstrong everything he can handle to retain his job. The thing to remember - O’Brien fits the offense this staff wants to run. Armstrong is running a hybrid of it.  Talk of a three-year starter being beat out is sort of crazy talk, but it’s something to watch. From what we have been told, the staff won’t be afraid to sit the Texas native if he is beaten out - even if he has the major experience factor. Armstrong has struggled to take care of the football. After starting for nearly three seasons, is it going to get better? Taking care of the football is something Patrick O'Brien tried to take a lot of pride in this season. 

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It sounds like the Scout.com projected ATH will settle in at the safety spot, after many speculated it might be at linebacker. A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Colorado, Domann would have some stiff competition to crack the two-deep, including senior Nate Gerry.

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