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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Top QB target to visit, volleyball day, and more



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Oct 10, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers fans react to a call against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska football will host top QB target Alex Manske for an unofficial visit in September, plus volleyball day and more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.

Things are starting to pick up as far as Nebraska football and the 2025 recruiting class are concerned. The Huskers landed their third commitment, via in-state running back Conor Booth over the weekend, and now, their top QB target will be back on campus in September.

Alex Manske, a three-star quarterback out of the state of Iowa, has turned into the top target at the position for the Huskers since Stone Saunders chose Kentucky this summer.

Manske visited Nebraska football for one of its camps and impressed the staff. He’s returned multiple times since then for visits and this visit on Sept. 16 — the same day as Brandon Baker — will be his fourth.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are currently viewed as the leader for Manske via the prediction machine. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback has also visited Iowa (once) and Kansas State (twice) in 2023. So it feels like a regional recruitment and Nebraska football also feels like the leader right now.

Volleyball day will be historic for Nebraska Cornhuskers

For the first time ever, we’ll get to see a volleyball match inside Lincoln Memorial Stadium and it’s going to be quite the spectacle. Nebraska will take on Omaha at 7 PM CST on the Big Ten Network, following an exhibition between Wayne State and Nebraska-Kearney.

There are expected to be over 90,000 fans in attendance. We got a glimpse of the court on Tuesday night as the players took part in their practice in the stadium, and it looked unbelievable.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are also looking to set some attendance records for women’s sports and it seems like they have a pretty good chance of making that happen. Here’s the records they are gunning for via Husker Online:

  • NCAA volleyball regular-season record: 16,833 – Wisconsin vs. Florida 2022
  • NCAA volleyball record: 18,755 – Nebraska vs. Wisconsin 2021 National title
  • American women’s attendance record: 90,185 – USA vs. China FIFA World Cup final in 1999
  • World attendance record: 91,648 – Barcelona vs. Wolfsburg UEFA Champion League match in 2022

After dominating three opponents last weekend on their way to three consecutive sweeps, Omaha shouldn’t give the Huskers any problems on the court. But this day is about much more than the final result.

It’s about celebrating Nebraska volleyball and it’s going to be a memorable day.

15 Nebraska football players survive NFL cutdown day

Tuesday was the day when NFL teams needed to get their rosters down to 53 for the start of the 2023 season. A number of former Nebraska Cornhuskers were waived by their teams, including Garrett Nelson and Travis Vokolek, however, 15 former Nebraska football players made NFL rosters.

Ochaun Mathis and Trey Palmer were two of them. They were the only Huskers selected in the 2023 NFL draft. Palmer has taken the Tampa Bay Bucs by storm. I personally haven’t seen much about Mathis, but the pass rusher earned his way onto the Rams’ 53-man roster, so congrats to both of those rookies.

Certainly, some of the players waived will be picked up in the coming days. Or guys like Nelson and Vokolek could find themselves on an NFL practice squad, which is the next best thing to making the 53-man roster.

Philly is the only team with two former Cornhuskers as Cam Jurgens and Jack Stoll made the final roster once again of the defending NFC champs.

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Nebraska Football flips local TE Eric Ingwerson after long pursuit



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Nebraska football landed a commitment from 2024 tight end Eric Ingwerson on Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.

Ingwerson is the 128th overall athlete in the 2024 class, and the ninth overall player in the class from the state of Nebraska per the 247Sports composite rankings. He has a numerical rating of 86 overall.

This is a solid commitment for several reasons. For one, Nebraska football has been interested in him for quite a while. He received an offer from the program on April 11, and had him and for an official visit on June 16.

Ingwerson joins a tight end room that is already in good hands for 2024. Carter Nelson headlines the room, with Ian Flynt also part of the room as well.

It is also worth noting that Ingwerson played on the defensive side of football as a defensive lineman for Papillion-LaVista. He could definitely play the position for Nebraska, as he measures in at six-foot-seven, 235 pounds. There is the chance that he could play a different position other than tight end. However, his size makes him an intriguing option at the position itself.

There can also be the possibility that Nebraska football could be looking at him as an offensive lineman. The size is there. This staff knows how to develop offensive lineman. Ingwerson could fit well in the positional group.

Currently, the 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class ranks 23rd overall in the country per the 247Sports rankings. This class has a solid high school group, and Ingwerson certainly adds to that. The 2024 class has the potential to be a cornerstone class of Matt Rhule’s tenure.

Ingwerson will be an asset to Nebraska football, no matter what position he plays. Furthermore, this is a great flip by the program. Once again, they have shown the ability to identify a prospect they want, and pursue him until they land him. The staff has done a good job of being able to flip recruits. Ingwerson is certainly a part of that distinction.

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Nebraska Football trending towards landing another in-state TE



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Nebraska football could be in line for one of their top targets. Tight end Eric Ingwerson is expected to make a visit to Lincoln this weekend, according to a report from 247Sports Steve Wilfong.

Ingwerson is a guy that Nebraska has been after for quite a while. The tight end has been committed to Pittsburgh since March, but Nebraska offered him in April. Since then, they have been pushing to land him. Tight ends coach Josh Martin is currently the coach involved in his recruitment.

Predictions have been made for Ingwerson to end up a member of the Nebraska football program. Notre Dame insider Tom Loy logged in a crystal ball for the tight end with a medium confidence score of six on Wednesday morning. Wilfong did the same thing, with the same confidence score as well.

What could he bring to Nebraska football?

Ingwerson has a tremendous catch radius, and uses it to haul in passes with ease. He has the ability to get into open space, and run after the catch. His ability to catch high throws in particular makes him a threat in the red zone. He is a quarterback’s best friend, and a player that would be a drive starter. He’s the type of player you can deliver safe, easy throws to in order to get the offense going.

Ingwerson would be an immediate red zone threat for Nebraska, as they look to continue to bring in talent to the tight end room. We have seen the emergence of Thomas Fidone this year. This offense has done a good job of involving the position in its scheme, especially in the red zone. Fidone for example already has three receiving touchdowns on the year.

It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend. From the sounds of it, it could be possible that we see a commitment. This would be a nice get for a 2024 Nebraska football recruiting class that already has a ton of talent. Here’s to hoping the coaching staff can seal the deal.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers news: QB updates for Michigan, plus a Christian Jones update



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Our Nebraska Cornhuskers news roundup features the latest on Nebraska football quarterbacks, plus an update on top target Christian Jones.

Nebraska football was back on the practice field on Tuesday, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ two coordinators — Tony White and Marcus Satterfield met with the media.

The coaches always give out some good nuggets but the most important topic addressed on Tuesday were the quarterbacks — Jeff Sims and Heinrich Haarberg.

Haarberg started the last two games for Nebraska football and led the Huskers to a pair of non-conference wins over Louisana Tech and Northern Illinois. The running game was the strength for Haarberg although he tossed three touchdown passes over the two games. He has four on the season as well as three rushing touchdowns.

But Haarberg left the Louisiana Tech game due to injury and didn’t return after the weather delay. Matt Rhule said he could have returned but got tight. On Tuesday, Satterfield said that Haarberg was a full-go at practice for the Nebraksa Cornhuskers ahead of the Michigan game.

Jeff Sims is also “splitting reps” according to the Nebraska OC, but Sims still isn’t “100 percent” which probably isn’t a great sign for his availability on Saturday.

Latest on in-state recruiting target Christian Jones

Over the last two recruiting cycles, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have had an elite recruiting target in the state and in the 2025 class that’s linebacker Christian Jones.

Out of Omaha Westside, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker is ranked 106th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He also has some crystal balls in favor of Nebraska football already.

But just like the recruitments of Carter Nelson and Malachi Colman, this is going national. According to Bryan Munson of Husker Online, Jones visited Notre Dame last weekend for the Ohio State game.

Jones was also offered by Penn State. Notre Dame feels like the biggest threat by far though and here’s what Tom Loy of Irish Illustrated wrote about the in-state target’s visit to South Bend:

“He loved the atmosphere and environment of a Notre Dame home game and called it the “best college visit” he’s ever been a part of. Between the visit, the effort from the staff, and the push from his friend and teammate Teddy Rezac, a 2024 Notre Dame commit, I like the Irish as a major contender in this one.”

I agree that Notre Dame is the team to worry about but with the way the Huskers have been playing defense and having success recruiting the state, I’d still say Nebraska is the team to beat.

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