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Nebraska Football: Projecting the Cornhuskers' Two-Deep Offensive Depth Chart After Fall Practice

Wan'Dale Robinson figures to be the focal point of the Huskers' offense, but he'll need help from other wide receivers on the roster

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are finally able to get into a groove with 2020's preseason camp underway. They badly need such rhythm as all of roughly two-and-a-half weeks separates the Huskers from their season-opening clash with defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State. The biggest story surrounding an eventual starting offensive 11 isn't the familiar faces, but what's happening under the hood.

 

Quarterback: Adrian Martinez

Backup: Luke McCaffrey

Notes: A healthy Martinez starts the year behind center, but McCaffrey's athletic ability is too great for him to not be included in the attack immediately somehow.

 

Running Back: Dedrick Mills

Backup: Rahmir Johnson

Notes: Johnson is the favorite to hold an official second-string title once the dust settles. Watch Sevion Morrison, Marvin Scott III, and Ronald Thompkins all work hard to claw playing time away from him well into November with at least one doing so, if only to give Frost a change of pace and fresh legs.

 

Wide Receiver: Wan'Dale Robinson

Backup: Alante Brown
Notes: Robinson's the known quantity, but Brown's name is already getting dropped often. New offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Matt Lubick wasn't shy about complimenting him in one of Nebraska's first fall press conferences last week.

 

Wide Receiver: Omar Manning
Backup: Chris Hickman

Notes: Hickman's move to receiver was curious on its own. With Manning's addition, Frost is making his intentions about reestablishing big men in the wideout room known.

 

Wide Receiver: Kade Warner

Backup: Jamie Nance

Notes: Warner provides the Huskers' offense its best blocker that can't win an Outland Trophy. Recruiting a number of high-caliber receivers has caused Nance's name to fade into the background somewhat, and a lack of spring practice didn't help. He'll have ample opportunity to reassert himself shortly.

 

Tight End: Jack Stoll
Backup: Travis Vokolek

Notes: The Huskers haven't been shy about loading up on tight ends during this recruiting cycle, so don't be shocked to see both Stoll and Vokolek on the field several times. Frost appears to be favoring some typically heavy Big Ten-style formations moving forward. Stoll gets the starting nod early, but it'll be curious to see how much Vokolek can push him.

 

Left Tackle: Brenden Jaimes
Backup: Turner Corcoran
Notes: With his spot on the depth chart etched in Sharpie, 2020 is as much about Jaimes gauging his draft stock as it is Corcoran's development. Christian Gaylord and Brant Banks both play a major role in adding depth here and the opposite tackle position.

 

Left Guard: Boe Wilson

Backup: Broc Bando

Notes: This looks to be the most hotly-contested position upfront — if not on the entire offense. Both Bando and Colorado State transfer Nouredin Nouili will be nipping at Wilson's heels all month long.

 

Center: Cameron Jurgens
Backup: Will Farniok
Notes: With his 2019 early-season yips well behind him, Jurgens has likely cemented his spot for years to come. Still, the younger Farniok can play a major role in ensuring Nebraska continues to light up scoreboards should Jurgens be sidelined.

 

Right Guard: Matt Farniok

Backup: Trent Hixson
Notes: While left guard is a fluid battle top to bottom, the right side is a perfect example of where not only the desire to develop depth lies — but where it's a necessity. Hixson has to fend off not only fellow junior Matt Sichterman but also fellow swingman Ethan Piper. One of those three has to make a statement quickly. If Matt Farniok is forced to reprise his role at right tackle, the ability of the offense to function may hinge on how this spot shakes out.

 

Right Tackle: Bryce Benhart

Backup: Christian Gaylord

Notes: With Benhart at right tackle, the Huskers have an offensive line that certainly looks the part across the board. Confidence in Frost's offense should only increase if Gaylord or Banks can develop to the point where substituting the elder Farniok isn't required in Benhart's absence.

 

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@eightlaces). To contact him, click here.

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