COLE BAMBINI Omaha World Herald
Nebraska wide receiver Elliott Brown knows a lot about the Huskers of the 1990s. His father Lance was part of the 1995 and 1997 teams.
It’s been 25 years since the last title in 1997, and Elliott knows we’re not in the ’90s anymore.
“But I can tell you right now that the fans will be excited for our team this year,” he said.
Husker’s redshirt freshman hosted the first of three “The Camp” events where second through eighth graders had the opportunity to practice drills, relay, scrimmage and interact with other Husker players. The camp will also have sessions in Elkhorn South on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Brown attended similar camps as a child and cherished the memories that came with it. Brown and several other Huskers received hundreds of children and gave out T-shirts, awards and autographs.
“Now that I’m a husker living my dream, I want to be able to give back and do the same for these kids,” Brown said.
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In addition to Brown, defenseman Nash Hutmacher and fullback Garrett Nelson also acted as “coaches” for the event.
“Having fun with the kids is the greatest thing,” says Hutmacher.
Hutmacher expects a winning team for the coming season. And for Brown, this is what he thinks is the best offseason the team has ever had. They got rid of the mental flaws and stayed disciplined.
“We’ve tightened up,” Brown said. “Our leadership is phenomenal. We make sure everyone is on the same page on workouts and exercises. Basically everything that influences the small details, we are there.”
The Huskers (3-9, 1-8) had a lot of “little mistakes” last year that cost them a lot of games, Brown said. The team lost all nine games in single digits, eight from a single possession.
“We don’t want to write the same story that we had last year with the close games,” said Nelson. “Since we’ve been in college for a couple of years now, we’ve just never been a winning team trying to get that tradition back. It’s huge to be able to rekindle that spark.”
On the defensive end, the team brought in defenseman Ochaun Mathis and Stephon Wynn Jr. from TCU and Alabama, respectively, who Hutmacher said while there is competition for game time, the additions were “needed” as they were “thin.” be space” in this position.
This offseason, Nelson has focused on his speed and pass rushing around the edge. Last season, the team ranked 12th in the Big Ten with 20 sacks overall and ranked 98th nationally at 1.67 per game. The team was in the top third in goal defense and conceded less than 23 points per game.
Hatter said he worked well with the older guys, improving their speed and defensive strength. Hatter now has 500 pounds on the bench, 800 pounds of squats and over 405 pounds of power cleans.
“I think some of us younger guys are going to really step up this year and I’m excited to see how the defensive (line) develops,” said Hutmacher. “
Another question remains in the quarterback spot and the offense.
Adrian Martinez moved to Kansas State, but Nebraska brought with him transfers Casey Thompson (Texas) and Chubba Purdy (Florida State). The Huskers are also bringing back Logan Smothers.
Last year, the Huskers were fifth-best in the conference at 266 yards per game, although most of that production came from Martinez. The team also averaged just under 28 points per game.
There was also an overhaul in the offensive coaching staff — offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and offensive line coaches have all changed from last year.
Brown said there is no definitive starter for the quarterback right now. Regardless, he’s confident in every option the team has.
“It’s going to come down to fall camp, and it’s going to come down to little things,” Brown said, “but I have no doubt that one of these quarterbacks can come out and lead us to victory.”