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Nebraska Football: Fall camp storylines, wrapping up a big recruiting weekend



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Nebraska football hosted a number of recruits for “The Cookout.” We offer thoughts on that and some fall camp storylines for the Huskers.

Pinch yourself, Nebraska football fans, because fall camp starts today. That means the start of the regular season is just 31 days away.

According to Sean Callahan, the Huskers will hit the field for six practices a week during fall camp, which is a practice each day, plus Sunday off.

There are a number of storylines going into fall camp, but one that Matt Rhule will need to address in his Monday press conference is Myles Farmer.

Farmer, a starting safety last season for the Huskers, wasn’t spotted at Nebraska football fan day on Sunday. There were also rumors all weekend on social media about his departure from the team.

We have known all along that some players would be leaving. The Huskers have to get down to 85 players, so there are a few that could transfer or take the retirement package, which allows a player to have his scholarship paid for without counting against the total as long as they aren’t actually on the team.

I’m sure we’ll learn more about who those players could be on Monday. We still don’t know when or if Arik Gilbert will be cleared for this season and of course, I’m interested in the health of guys like Teddy Prochazka, Marques Buford, and Thomas Fidone.

We have heard that Matt Rhule is going to run a tough camp. He wants a tough team and since he’s got the Nebraska football players and coaches in the dorm, I’m assuming he’ll take an old-school approach.

The Huskers need to get their edge back.

Those are things I’ll be watching and regardless, it’s exciting to take another step closer to the start of the 2023 Nebraska football season.

Thoughts on big Nebraska recruiting weekend

Nebraska football hosted more than 30 recruits over the weekend from the 2024 and 2025 classes. One of the big names on campus, at least in terms of uncommitted prospects was 2024 in-state recruit Caleb Benning.

It was the second visit of the week to Nebraska for Benning. Bryan Musnon reported that Benning could return to watch practice for another visit on Monday, which has to be a positive for the Huskers.

Another big name was four-star Grant Brix. He also visited Kansas State and Oklahoma this week, which tells you who the top contenders are. Nebraska football feels like a good bet, but we’ll see if Brix sets a commitment date this month or wants to take more visits in September.

Getting 2025 quarterback Alex Manske back for a third time this summer was important. Manske is from Iowa and is listed as 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. It’s clear that he’s the Huskers’ top target at the position. Minnesota just offered so his offer list keeps growing.

Manske also said he wants to decide after his junior season, which means fall visits will be important. That’s another reason why you have to feel good about where Nebraska stands. If the Huskers have a winning season and get Manske back for a game, they should have a good shot to win his commitment.

On a last note, it seemed like the Huskers did well with Christian Jones, the top in-state recruit in 2025 who has gotten a couple of crystal ball projections recently for Nebraska football.

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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