Huskers open training camp with two dozen in-state walk-ons on 110-man roster

The Huskers released their 110-man camp roster Wednesday, and it’s littered with homestate walk-ons.

That’s been a major point of emphasis for coach Scott Frost. His first camp roster last year had 11 freshman walk-ons from Nebraska. He added an even bigger class of in-state walk-ons in 2019 — at least 21 joined the team this offseason. Though four made the cut for camp, many upperclassman walk-ons are still on the team.

A breakdown of the in-state walk-ons by class: Five seniors, one junior, four sophomores, 10 redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen.

There are 24 total in-state walk-ons on the initial camp roster.

On defense, the only in-state walk-on along the line is Fyn Anderson (Lincoln Southeast).

There are four at inside linebacker — Luke Reimer (Lincoln North Star), Caden McCormack (Lincoln Southwest), Chris Cassidy (Lincoln Pius X) and Joseph Johnson (Gretna) — and three more at outside linebacker — Simon Otte (York), Jordan Paup (Central City) and Ryan Schommer (Norfolk).

The secondary has five in-state walk-ons. Ethan Cox (Blair) and Jeramiah Stovall (Omaha Creighton Prep) are at corner. Tyson Guzman (Omaha Westside), Reid Karel (Seward) and Isaiah Stalbird (Kearney) are at safety.

On offense, Matt Masker (Kearney Catholic) is the lone walk-on quarterback from Nebraska. He’s joined in the backfield by in-state walk-on running backs Brody Belt (Millard West) and Wyatt Mazour (Boone Central). Mazour, a senior, was on scholarship last season and could earn one again this year.

Among the 15 wide receivers on the roster, three are walk-ons from Nebraska: Bennett Folkers (Gothenburg), Todd Honas (Aurora) and Wyatt Liewer (O’Neill).

The offensive line has three with A.J. Forbes (Bellevue West), Trent Hixson (Omaha Skutt) and Hunter Miller (Cross County). Hixson worked with the first team Wednesday, and Forbes with the second team.

There are two in-state walk-ons, both from Lincoln Southwest, among the specialists. Isaac Armstrong is in line to be the starting punter, and Dylan Jorgensen could be Barret Pickering’s backup at kicker.

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