The Nebraska Cornhuskers' walk-on program has been near and dear to the hearts of fans for a while now.
"When you have a bunch of players from the state," head coach Scott Frost said in his December 2017 introductory press conference," in this program, those are the kind of players that would bleed for this place."
His desire to frequently incorporate kids who roll the dice by paying dues — both financially and physically — for a chance to wear the scarlet "N" on Saturdays is tangible. Sophomore linebacker Luke Reimer was a member of this brotherhood for a year before being awarded a scholarship, and with good reason. The determination and effort he's given to etch his name in Husker lore look to catapult him into a starting spot, perhaps as soon as Nebraska's season opener at Ohio State.
Here's a few more like Reimer to keep an eye on as fall practice carries on and eventually wraps up with an official game week:
Cooper Jewett, RB
Running backs coach Ryan Held was quick to praise Jewett as a back who's stood out early during last Thursday's press conference. His role isn't one provided much spotlight come game day considering the depth Held has. Rather, having a redshirt freshman that gives first- and second-string defenders all they can handle is a valuable asset itself.
Levi Falck, WR
A graduate transfer, Falck proved his worth during his time with the South Dakota Coyotes. In 2018, he was the team's second-leading receiver with 45 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns.
After battling injuries last year, the Minnesota native has an opportunity to not only give the Huskers another physical blocker in the mold of Kade Warner. Adrian Martinez could easily be glancing his way for a few unexpected chunk plays.
Wyatt Liewer, WR
Liewer is another receiver Frost could find valuable in short-yardage situations or when the Huskers opt for more power on the ground. Nebraska does need effective blockers at the position for when Warner eventually departs.
While Falck likely sees more in the way of an opportunity to make plays and pick up yardage, Liewer is no doubt part of at least a few packages to maximize his skill set.
Oliver Martin, WR
A former four-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American, Martin has already spent time in two prior Big Ten programs (Michigan and Iowa). When a player with his history shows so much movement, speculation runs wild in a world where hot takes are king.
However, sometimes the issue is simply needing a home where one feels accepted with a culture that lends itself to not only an increase in playing time but physical and personal growth.
Tyson Guzman, S
In 2019, former Nebraska walk-on Eli Sullivan didn't have a flashy stat sheet, but when he made an impact, it couldn't be ignored. The hard-hitter earned Nebraska's Special Teams Player of the Year honors. He's no longer a member of the roster due to retirement brought on by medical reasons. But Guzman has the potential to pick up where Sullivan left off.
Only a redshirt freshman, he has the size of a Travis Fisher-endorsed safety (6-foot-3, 210 pounds). Fisher touted Sullivan as a "culture guy," underscoring his vocal leadership in the secondary room. While Guzman doesn't have the tenure Sullivan would've as a senior, he can make his mark early and show the same passion to earn equal respect from his coaches and teammates.