Nebraska football mailbag: Which 2018 walk-ons will have the biggest immediate impact?

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Nebraska’s 2018 walk-on class is an impressive one, and I can see quite a few of those on the list becoming contributors down the road. As for making the earliest significant contribution? I’ll give it to athlete Moses Bryant (depending on what side of the ball he plays on) and outside linebacker Ryan Schommer. After the defense’s poor 2017 season, someone such as Schommer could step up when needed most. He has the potential to be a threat off the edge on defense.

It’s also worth noting that both Bryant and Schommer were just named to the Shrine Bowl North roster.

You made it much harder by removing the junior-college players, but I’m guessing that’s why you did that. Removing the JUCO athletes, I think Cameron Jurgens could make a quick impact at tight end. I also like the potential of Maurice Washington at running back. Both players will push their position groups to be better in 2018, and it’ll be fun to see if they can compete for time instead of redshirting.

As for the defense, I think safety Cam’ron Jones is going to be a great player to watch. Defensive end Tate Wildeman will be too, although I like the immediate potential of Jones more. However, there are players such as safety C.J. Smith who could also step up quickly in 2018.

I really mean it when I say the field is wide open for anyone to take any spot. That’s the benefit of a new staff and fresh eyes.

Great question. Both Chris Bumbaca and I have been breaking down the 2019 class so far. He tackled the broader 2019 picture, and I looked specifically at the in-state prospects.

Long story short: There are some talented athletes out there in 2019. That’s especially true in Nebraska.

Funny you should ask. I put together my first mock depth chart of the year over the weekend, breaking it down between offense and defense. It was not an easy project, and I’ll be interested to see how my opinion evolves by April.

Running back and tight end are going to be fascinating to watch. I feel more confident in what will happen with the quarterback and wide receiver positions than I do with running back and tight end. I do not envy running backs coach Ryan Held nor tight ends coach Sean Beckton this spring. Both have a lot to evaluate. However, I have a hard time believing the offense won’t get better because of the competition.

One of biggest examples of a developed player at UCF is quarterback McKenzie Milton. I know Adrian Martinez was a star of Nebraska’s class, but he has a lot of work ahead to be a starting Division I quarterback. Having seen what Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco did with Milton, I’m excited to see what they do with Martinez and the entire quarterbacks room.

I also like what Frost and his staff were able to do with linebacker Shaquem Griffin at UCF. He was already at UCF when Frost arrived, but the staff was able to help him develop from an already great player to an even better player. I think it was fitting he and Milton were the ones sitting next to Frost after the Peach Bowl. They’re both fantastic examples of what Nebraska fans hope to see built with the Huskers.

Rumblings, yes. However, I take those rumblings with a grain of salt. We’re still in the period of rumors right now, and I don’t want to say something that is ultimately untrue. There will be some attrition, but I think there are players probably evaluating their options right now.

Stay tuned on this. It’s probably best to let this one sit for just a little while longer.

I could see some changes made. I’m not a season ticket holder, but I’ve heard those who are had an option to buy essentially unlimited seats. That likely caused some issues, especially as some ticket holders figured they could make a quick buck off the resale of the tickets.

The reality is that I don’t have the best suggestions for fixing this. If you cap it, there will be complaints from those who need 20 seats for family and friends. If you don’t, you make it harder for non-season ticket holders to get seats. Next year shouldn’t be so crazy. Once Frost’s first season is complete, the excitement should die down just a bit. History has shown this to be true, so tickets should be easier to come by next year by default.

I would say both. Godspeed, my friend.

Patience can be a virtue. And yes, what is happening to Nebraska basketball could be a lesson for football, but you still want to be sure something is the right fit. In the case of football, it hadn’t been the right fit. Patience hopefully allows Frost and his staff to be.

But back to your original question on basketball coach Tim Miles. The effect of this season and the now 20 wins means he should be back next season. The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel put it into perspective well post-Maryland win, and I credit him for putting my thoughts so eloquently into words.

“The biggest thing about Miles this year is that he looks like the head coach of a basketball program — his program,” Shatel wrote. “He looks like he has control of the program and its fate, rather than the other way around.”

In a time when Nebraska fans simply want to see a competitive team, Miles has delivered. It took some patience, but boy, has it paid off.

Speaking of Miles, he has a dog named Sammy. I do not know the age of Sammy, but we do know she wishes she could snag some of Miles’ guacamole. Favorite toy appears to be this spider, although it sounds as if she has many toys.

We don’t know a lot about Sammy, but what we do know is that she likes plenty of naps and that she is a very good dog.

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