On the Diamond
Darin Erstad and the Husker baseball team are off to a shaky start for the 2018 season. In a year many people thought Nebraska would finish in the top three of the Big Ten and contend for major postseason play, the Huskers are off to a rough 13-12 start.
Last weekend, the boys from Lincoln started off Big Ten play against Minnesota, where they won one game but dropped the other two, including losing on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years.
Then, on Tuesday, the Huskers traveled 60 miles on I-80 to play in-state rival Creighton Bluejays, where they lost again, 3-1.
This weekend, Nebraska is off to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, who sit at 17-7 and have won nine of their last 10. With Big Ten play just beginning, the Huskers have a chance for a fresh start to save the season.
If you follow Armchair Huskers on Twitter, you will no doubt have seen most of the recent offers, but here they are again:
- Luke McCaffrey, three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Colorado – offers from Colorado, Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Washington, UCLA and others – brother of Carolina Panthers RB Christian and Michigan QB Dylan
- Quinton Newsome, three-star safety out of Georgia – has 18 other offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, West Virginia and others
- Tristan Sinclair, three-star athlete out of California – offers from Notre Dame, California, Arizona State, Washington State, Colorado and others
- Colby Wooden, three-star strong-side defensive end out of Georgia – offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin and many others
- Asa Turner, four-star athlete/wide receiver out of California – offers from Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and others
- Thomas Grayson, three-star running back out of Oklahoma – offers from Tennessee, Texas Tech, Syracuse, Tulsa and others – Huskers are first Big Ten offer
- Jaquaze Sorrells, four-star strong-side defensive end from Florida – offers from Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and others
- Sataoa Laumea, three-star offensive guard from California – offers from Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Utah and others
- Desmond Bland, three-star offensive guard originally out of Illinois – offers from Arizona, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri and Arkansas – currently at Arizona Western Community College, where current Huskers Greg Bell and Jaron Woodyard also attended
- DeWayne Carter and Karter Johnson, both three-star defensive linemen out of Ohio – both have offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia and others – both attend Pickerington Central HS
New Face in QB Room?
While the arms race to be the Huskers’ starting quarterback is already at an all-time high, it could be even more crowded by the time the season rolls around. Two potential graduate transfer QBs are on the radar of the Huskers.
Brandon Dawkins was a three-star quarterback coming out of high school, where he committed to Arizona. In three seasons with the Wildcats, Dawkins threw for 2,353 yards and 15 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also added 1,481 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground.
Due to the emergence of Heisman-contender Khalil Tate, Dawkins is trying to find a squad eager for his talents. Initial reports says there is mutual interest between Dawkins and the Huskers. He is also looking at UCLA, Florida Atlantic and Indiana.
Another potential new face is Ohio State QB Joe Burrow. Burrow’s dad, Jimmy, and his two older brothers, Jamie and Dan, all played football for the Huskers. He was not offered by then-head coach Bo Pelini out of high school, where he was a four-star, dual-threat prospect.
While he is still in the midst of a QB competition in Columbus, I would put my money on Dwayne Haskins or Tate Martell winning the job, leaving Burrows as the odd man out. Only time will tell, but if Burrow is out of the competition by spring, he may look for other opportunities.
Both quarterbacks have college-level experience, unlike Husker front-runners Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez. They would also both fit well in Scott Frost’s up-tempo, option-based attack.
We know from coach Frost’s comments that he is never opposed to adding to his QB room. Will he pull the trigger on one of these guys? Only time will tell, but expect to hear more about it after spring ball slows down.
Today is the first Junior Day for the new Huskers staff. It will be a loaded visit list, with some high-end prospects spending their weekend in Lincoln. Two committed prospects, Garrett Snodgrass and Ethan Piper, will be there, along with many others. Here is the list of 2019 prospects:
- Rahmir Johnson, four-star running back out of New Jersey
- Marcus Hicks, four-star strong-side defensive end out of Kansas
- EJ Ndoma-Ogar, four-star offensive guard out of Texas
- Luke Fulton, three-star inside linebacker out of Ohio
- Michael Jansey, three-star outside linebacker out of Illinois
- C.J. Boone, three-star wide receiver out of Missouri
- Maurice Massey, three-star wide receiver out of Missouri (currently committed to Iowa State)
- Etinosa Reuben, three-star strong-side defensive end out of Missouri
Others include: ATH Cameron Baker, OT Jared Penning, ATH Luke Reimer, QB Cedric Case, ATH Christian Carter, OL Cole Aniello, OL Noah Stafursky, LB DJ Gross, ATH Brady Danielson
And the 2020 prospects:
- Zavier Betts, four-star wide receiver out of Nebraska
- Reece Atteberry, four-star offensive tackle out of Colorado
Other includes: RB Miko Maessner
And as one last bit of information, the new Husker football players have chosen their numbers for the spring:
- QB Adrian Martinez – 2
- QB Noah Vedral – 16
- RB Greg Bell – 25
- RB Brody Belt – 38
- WR Mike Williams – 19
- WR Justin McGriff – 13
- WR Justin Holm – 41
- C Will Farniok – 68
- LB Will Honas – 3
- DB Breon Dixon – 34
- DB Deontai Williams – 41
- S Lane McCallum – 48
- K Barret Pickering – 32