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Nebraska football contacts two transfers, plus more Cornhuskers news

Nebraska football has targeted a couple of players in the transfer portal plus more Cornhuskers news.



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We didn’t know how active Nebraska football would be in the transfer portal but we got our answer on Wednesday. The Huskers have made a couple of contacts and will even host one transfer target for a visit.

With limited scholarship space, it’s hard to know how many additions Nebraska can make. But with NIL, it’s much easier to find a workaround. Matt Rhule has never seemed worried about roster space.

One interesting transfer target is former Toldeo running back Peny Boone. He rushed for over 1,400 yards last season for Toledo and left for Louisville but has re-entered the portal. Boone played two seasons at Maryland too. He only got 58 carries but averaged 4.5 yards per attempt.

At 6-foot-1, 245 pounds, Boone is a physical back. Nebraska football has some solid pieces in the running back room. Emmett Johnson and Dante Dowdell have each flashed this spring but neither has proven they can rush for 1,000 yards. Boone has, even though it was in the MAC.

However, 20 schools already have interest and that number could grow. If the Huskers can get him on campus for a visit, then things will get serious. But it’s a name to have on the radar and tells you that Nebraska football wouldn’t mind adding a running back.

Nebraska football is also targeting Rice cornerback Tre’shon Devones. Devones has one year remaining by my calculations and has been a college football player since 2019 but missed the 2021 season due to a redshirt and also has his COVID year.

Devones is a 6-foot cornerback who had a productive season in 2023 for the Owls. He notched 45 tackles, broke up 11 passes, and had two interceptions. Notre Dame is hosting him for a visit as well as Houston and Tulane. Nebraska football is also in contact, along with some other programs according to Pete Nakos of On3.

Cornerback is one position I saw as a need simply because the Huskers are relying on Blye Hill, a former FCS transfer along with Dwight Bootle and Ehtan Nation, two second-year players. Malcolm Hartzog plays cornerback too, as well as safety, but another veteran couldn’t hurt.

Nebraska basketball interested in Villanova guard Brendan Hausen

According to Robin Washut of Husker Online, there is mutual interest between the Huskers and former Villanova guard Brendan Hausen. The 6-foot-4 guard was ranked as the No. 70 overall prospect coming out of high school but has been limited to coming off the bench for the Wildcats.

Last season, he averaged 6.2 points per game in just over 17 minutes. He shot 38 percent from 3-point range and has made 88-of-222 3 attempts from deep the past two seasons (39.5 percent).

Like Gavin Griffiths, his best basketball seems to be ahead of him. also called him “one of the best shooters in the portal” so it would be a perfect fit for Nebraska baskeball. Washut reported a visit is possible and this would be another stellar addition if Fred Hoiberg can pull it off.

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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