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Spring Kool-aid from the Transfer Portal

TnHusker87

Mayor of Shinola
2 Year Member
Shared much of the following in a private conversation and thought that I would bring a little optimism to the main board. It’s been a quite a long time since I started a thread. Maybe it’s the 80 degree weather we’ll see today or maybe seeing my brother in law plant corn this week (that brings me back to my roots!) or perhaps it was simply our recent Easter service that sparked some waive of optimism to roll away the stone that some seem to want to shove in front of the Husker Football tomb.

There has been a lot of discussion about our youth and transfer portal losses that got me to look at @TheOneders scholarship #s thread – not at who we lost, but rather who we’ve added from the transfer portal. In some ways, I think we are in really, really good shape for #s and experience in the upcoming season & beyond ’21.

Yes, current roster includes just 6 scholarship seniors (including one grad transfer – Toure) … all expected to be starters; and, roster includes 17 scholarship juniors (including two transfers – Kolarevic & Martin) … my expectation is that at least 7 of the juniors project as starters + more in the 2 deep / rotational depth. That really seems to bode well for proportioned depth through the classes. In ’22, we’ll lose the six seniors and probably CTB and probably have ~ 15 returning starters in '22. Projecting a little deeper, I can see another 15 returning starters for ’23 too.

What is also intriguing is that our incoming transfers (both scholarship & walk-ons) in will make up about 20% of our core upper classmen (counting Nouili in that group from below).

For the transfers, are these fair expectations or over-stated ‘wishes’ for those transfers?

Samori Toure (WR … grad transfer from Montana) … starter with very, high expectations

Markese Stepp (RB ... transfer from USC) ... starter with high expectations ... can he become Devine Ozigbo 2.0? Is it coincidence that Stepp picked up jersey #30 … thinking back to Mike Rozier and Ahman Green who wore that # well!

Oliver Martin (Junior WR Walk-on … transfer via Michigan and Iowa) … 2020 GP: 5; Games Started: 4; 5 receptions / 63 yards … expect to be part of WR rotation with more production than 2020

Chris Kolarevic (Junior LB transfer from UNI) … expect solid contributor & an integral part of the ILB rotation

Nouredin Nouili (Sophomore OL Walk-on … transfer from CSU) … 2020 … made travel roster on 4 games w/o any participation … expect he’ll be in the 2 deep roster for OL and will see considerable action

Levi Falck (WR … grad transfer from South Dakota) … 2020 GP: 8; Games Started: 4; 13 receptions / 122 yards / 1 TD … expect to be part of WR rotation with more production than 2020

Finally, there is Ezra Miller (Freshman OL transfer from Iowa) … not sure what to make of his contributions this season, but there has been nice press on the young man this past week though.

It certainly looks like these 7 transfers can make an appreciable difference in the upcoming season.

A few more things that I’m optimistic about for this season …

First, Blackshirts return almost entire two deep roster and added the UNI transfer (Kolarevic) to the mix. Not going to project them to be equal to ’09 Blackshirts, but they certainly have the making for a top 25 defense.

Second, reported emphasis on special teams as first session of the practice day is simply music to my ears.

Offensively, I think the team’s strength lies in the trenches with the OL and TE position group. Emphasis on running the ball & addition of Stepp suits this ‘run the dang ball’ guy just fine. :)

Peace … and, GBR!
 

Bean

Grey Shirt
5 Year Member
I refuse to let myself get excited this year until I see it proven on the field. Allot of people on this board for the last 4 years, including myself, wrote about how we are set to be on top of the B1G West and being excited about certain players/positions. But the Last 4 year's results have put a big damper on my expectations. I hope you're right! For the sake of this program, this needs to be a banner year (A winning Season). It is a tough schedule.
 

Middle-aged_Ball_Coach

Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga of H-Max
2 Year Member
I refuse to let myself get excited this year until I see it proven on the field. Allot of people on this board for the last 4 years, including myself, wrote about how we are set to be on top of the B1G West and being excited about certain players/positions. But the Last 4 year's results have put a big damper on my expectations. I hope you're right! For the sake of this program, this needs to be a banner year (A winning Season). It is a tough schedule.
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.
 

SunsetRed

Red Shirt
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.
Yes. I'm all for optimism. Didn't want to put a negative on @TnHusker87 post. Was great stuff. Just think many of us have a wound from the word "expectation" that just won't heal. Meaning we are just on standby...please "show" us. GBR.
 

Hooked on Huskers

I'm old as a rock
15 Year Member
I refuse to let myself get excited this year until I see it proven on the field. Allot of people on this board for the last 4 years, including myself, wrote about how we are set to be on top of the B1G West and being excited about certain players/positions. But the Last 4 year's results have put a big damper on my expectations. I hope you're right! For the sake of this program, this needs to be a banner year (A winning Season). It is a tough schedule.
Oh well next year :rolleyes: ..... repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat,

I can't handle no bowls ..... 4 years in a row (and counting?). Any bowl.

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BigRedAvenger

Poster of Substance
5 Year Member
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.

I've been a delusional optimistic for many years. I'm going turbo cynically pessimistic. maybe this will result in better results on the field :D
 

SavageHusker

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.

I have been both. Sometimes in the same post.
 

TnHusker87

Mayor of Shinola
2 Year Member
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.
You are correct sir. I was thinking about all the pitfalls and injuries being one of them … and that seems to have blown up this morning while I've been away.

I used the agricultural reference as a point of balance … anybody that has been around farming know that every year is NOT a bumper crop.

By the way, I think you were closer to the over / under than I was ;)
 

HuskerSuperGenius

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
I think that's fair and reasonable. "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst" is applicable in most areas of life. It seems like it's currently close to impossible to talk about Nebraska football without being accused of either being delusionally optimistic or cynically pessimistic. I read @TnHusker87's OP as an example of a reason for optimism, but I don't think he's saying that there aren't concerns or issues.
Things have gotten so bad at my house that when I asked for a new Husker jacket for Christmas, my wife got me a beautiful red and white leather one with really long sleeves that for some reason buckle in the back......:)
 
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