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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: A new crystal ball, a top-5 win for volleyball, and more



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The Nebraska Cornhuskers cruised past top-five Stanford in volleyball, plus a key crystal ball for Nebraska football.

There have been a few key names Nebraska football fans have been watching in the 2024 recruiting class and one of them is three-star athlete Caleb Benning.

Benning is obviously a Nebraska football legacy and took three visits within a week’s time to see the Huskers before the final dead period. However, many folks wondered if the Huskers wanted to take Benning. But that doens’t seem like a question anymore.

I’ve said all along that Benning was going to stand out this fall. His game has always impressed me and if he didn’t get hurt during his junior season, his recruitment would have taken off even more. So far in 2023, he’s got 11 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns on offense, as well as 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, and a pass breakup.

I’m not sure why there haven’t been more offers but Benning has balled out this season and in a recent game, hauled in a touchdown pass over Dae’vonn Hall.

Bottom line: Benning can play and on Tuesday, Nebraska football got another crystal ball projection to win his commitment.

Benning will be visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers again this week for the Northern Illinois game. That seems like a positive sign and outside of top-100 dudes like Brandon Baker and Grant Brix — Benning is a priority target, so this crystal ball from Michael Bruntz of Huskers247 is a great sign.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder that plays wide receiver and defensive back, is ranked No. 763 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, and No. 6 in the state of Nebraska.

A huge win for Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball

For the first time since the 2008 season, Nebraska volleyball defeated fifth-ranked Stanford and did so with a 3-1 victory in Palo Alto on Tuesday night by the scores of 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, and 25-21.

Freshman Harper Murray continued her stellar season with a big-time performance as she notched 12 kills, four blocks, and three aces while hitting .417. Merritt Beason also had a strong outing for Nebraska volleyball, leading the way with a team-high 15 kills.

Another freshman, Andi Jackson, hit .462 and had seven kills. Bekka Allick also played an important role around the net with seven kills, a .500 hitting percentage, as well as a career-high eight blocks.

With the combination of veteran talent and elite freshman, such as setter Bergen Reiley who had 37 assists, seven digs, and three kills, the Huskers are going to be tough to beat and they should only get better.

Another top-20 opponent looms Sunday as Kentucky comes to Nebraska. The match will start at 6:30 CST.

Another key visitor for Nebraska Cornhuskers

In other Nebraska football recruiting news, the Huskers will host 2024 in-state quarterback Anthony Rezac for a visit this weekend for the Northern Illinois game.

He’s a three-star recruit in the 2024 class and is teammates with Benning. Nebraska football hasn’t offered him yet, but Rezac has been stellar this season, and with the QB woes so far in 2023, it has people wondering if the team should take two quarterbacks.

Rezac has 530 yards passing this season, which isn’t a huge number, but he’s completing 75 percent of his throws. He also has seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder also has 19 carries for 230 yards and five rushing touchdowns. That’s 12 yards per attempt.

We’ll see if an offer comes, but the kid is a player and Nebraska football would be wise to take him in the 2024 class along with Daniel Kaelin.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska