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Nebraska football offers intriguing transfer portal linebacker



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Nebraska football is still looking to shore up the linebacker position with a new transfer portal offer.

Coming into the offseason, the needs for Nebraska football in the transfer portal seemed pretty clear: quarterback, wide receiver, running back, linebacker, and secondary.

The need for a quarterback went away with the signing of Dylan Raiola. I know a veteran from the transfer portal would be nice, following the departure of Chubba Purdy, but finding a veteran, willing to take a walk-on deal to be a backup to a five-star freshman is easier said than done.

There could be some options though. However, the Huskers have bigger fish to fry. Nebraska football is looking to add a former blue-chip running back (Dante Dowdell) from Oregon in the transfer portal, plus the Huskers have offered a new wide receiver in Jahmal Banks.

Nebraska has made one transfer addition so far in Blye Hill, who transferred up from St. Francis in the FCS and the Huskers are looking to add another former FCS defender — Xe’Ree Alexander of Idaho.

What Xe’ree Alexander would bring to Nebraska

Like Hill, Alexander was a freshman who got significant playing time for Idaho, a team that went to the FCS playoffs. Alexander is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, and was credited with 74 total tackles this past season (29 solo) as well as two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.

With the departures of Nick Henrich and Luke Reimer, Nebraska could use more depth at linebacker. John Bullock returning is key for the defense, but Alexander is a guy with three years of eligibility, and his best football is ahead of him.

Nebraska football offered on Sunday but the competition is going to be stiff. The former three-star recruit from Washington, has been offered by Washington and Washington State, as well as Oregon State, Cal, Minnesota, UCF, and others. The freshman All-American at the FCS level could be a starter right away for the Huskers in 2023, so his recruitment will be one to follow.

Like Hill, the Huskers would be getting a multi-year talent, which is exactly the kind of addition that Matt Rhule prefers in the portal, so keep a close eye on this one, although getting him from the Northwest might be difficult.

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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