Matt Mellor

Breaking Down Nebraska's Potential Redshirt Candidates

A look at our predictions when it comes to Nebraska's true freshman class. Redshirt or no redshirt?

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley indicated by the middle of next week redshirts will be decided. We give it our best guess. 

DB.) Lamar Jackson – Play

This isn’t exactly unexpected. We have been touting Jackson as a guy who could contribute early before he committed to Nebraska. He showed up looking like he’s 24-years old and should be in the Huskers’ two-deep at corner before season’s end – if he isn’t already. Jackson could potentially be a huge asset on special teams as well.

TE.) David Engelhaupt – Redshirt

The former in-state prep is at a tight end top heavy when it comes to older guys. This is an easy one.

OT.) Matt Farniok – Redshirt

We must say this one isn’t as easy to call as it was three months ago. The offensive tackle depth is a bit of a concern, but as long as there are no major injuries he will likely redshirt. He’ further ahead than expected, but would benefit from a year.

DE.) Collin Miller – Redshirt

The defensive end spot doesn’t have a ton of game snap experience in the two-deep, but Alex Davis has had a strong fall camp according to defensive coordinator Mark Banker. Miller will benefit from the year size wise.

LB.) @Pern – Redshirt

Linebacker coach Trent Bray is excited about the young guys at the position, but entire two-deep has experience, with others knocking on the door. A true freshman isn’t needed here.

S.) Tony Butler – Play

Coming into fall camp we expected the Ohio product to redshirt with Nebraska’s experience and talent at safety, but Butler definitely looks the part and could help on special teams. He’s a 50/50 guy right now if you ask Mike Riley, but we think he helps on the cover teams.

P.) Caleb Lightbourn – Play

It can’t be an easy situation for the true freshman, after mentally preparing to redshirt all summer. While he hasn’t been declared the winner yet in the punting battle, we don’t think they let a scholarship guy go to waste. 

RB.) Tre Bryant – Play

Nebraska and Riley have never been afraid to get true freshman ball carriers the rock and Bryant is no different. The Missouri prep product has shined in practices and could also contribute on special teams. We pegged him to play early on National Signing Day and we are sticking with the prediction. 

WR.) Derrion Grim – Play

After setting California state records as a receiver in 2015, Grim did himself a favor by enrolling early. There isn’t a position deeper on the Nebraska roster, but we think the staff gets creative and gets Grim involved enough to burn the redshirt. 

OG.) Boe Wilson – Play

This one is interesting, but at this point Wilson is getting first-team reps in practices with the season ending injury to Jerald Foster and Corey Whitaker missing a few weeks. Nebraska would love to save him, but injures happen during the season. We still donj’t think it is a slam dunk that he plays this season, but we are going with it.

WR.) J.D. Spielman – Play

Spielman is in the same situation as Grim, minus the early enrollee part. Yet, he’s dangerous in the flanker position according to Riley. He could also potentially help on special teams – he was a dynamite returner in high school. The staff thinks he might just be “too hard” not to activate. 

CB.) DiCaprio Bootle – Redshirt

Riley mentioned Bootle as a guy who at this point looks 50/50 on Saturday, but it would be as a special teams contributor. His speed would be an asset, but we think the staff throws the shirt on him and lets him develop.

S.) JoJo Domann – Play

Early in fall camp Riley described Domann as the NFL veteran who every year people doubt, yet still finds a way to surprise with his defensive awareness. He’s got a knack for the football and we think it translates to special teams.

LB.) Greg Simmons – Redshirt

See Pernell Jefferson

TE.) Jack Stolll – Redshirt

An injury this fall camp has shelved any chance of seeing the field early, although we didn’t’ expect it anyway.

LB.) Quayshon Alexander – Redshirt

See Simmons and Jefferson. 

DB.) Marquel Dismuke – Play

The defensive back has the versatility to play multiple spots and on special teams, which is why we think he contributes in year one. Don’t be surprised to see him be like Antonio Reed last year – a guy who is getting big reps late in the year. 

QB.) Patrick O'Brien – Undecided

We took the easy way out. This is all dependent on the health of Tommy Armstrong and when he would potentially go down. If it was long term, O’Brien would likely get his named called. If it was a 1-game situation (Purdue type), they would go with Fyfe. 

OL.) John Raridon – Redshirt

He’s talented and probably closer than most true freshman offensive lineman coming in, but Nebraska wants to redshirt the four-star talent.

OL.) Bryan Brokop – Redshirt

See Raridon.

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