2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004–
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2017 record 4–8 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Mike Riley (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco (1st season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 85,458)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by third-year head coach Mike Riley and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They competed as members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 3–6 in Big Ten play to finish in fifth place in the West Division.

At the conclusion of the regular season, head coach Mike Riley was fired.[1][2] On December 2, the school hired UCF head coach and Nebraska alumnus Scott Frost as head coach.[3][4]

Previous season[edit]

The Cornhuskers finished the 2016 season 9–4, 6–3 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. The Cornhuskers received an invite to the Music City Bowl where they lost to Tennessee.[5]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name No. Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes/Reason
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. #3 WR 6'1" 195 Freshman Mission Viejo, CA "Leave of absence", intends to not return in 2018
Jose Marquez #41 DB 5'10 195 Freshman Crete, NE Unknown
Brody Cleveland #59 LB 6'2" 210 RS Freshman Ogallala, NE Unknown
Creighton Hamik #54 LB 6'3" 210 RS Freshman Kearney, NE Unknown
Noah Johnson #41 RB 6'0 195 RS Freshman Norfolk, NE Unknown
Kyle Kasun #14 DB 6'0" 180 RS Freshman Papillion, NE Unknown
Donovan McDonald #39 WR 5'11" 175 RS Freshman Montclair, NJ Unknown
Ne'Land Smith #48 WR 6'3" 190 RS Freshman Blue Springs, MO Unknown
Alex Boryca #53 LB 6'2" 220 Sophomore Cozad, NE Unknown
Ryan Freudenburg #51 OL 6'5" 305 Sophomore Norfolk, NE Unknown
Graham Nolan #29 DB 5'11" 200 Sophomore Firth, NE Unknown
Brady Pelzer #26 WR 5'11" 180 Sophomore Bellevue, NE Unknown
Christian Bailey #33 WR 5'11" 205 Junior San Clemente, CA Graduated, retired from football
Derek Zimmerman #42 WR/P N/A N/A Junior Adams, NE Unknown
Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 QB 6'1" 220 Senior Cibolo, TX Graduated
Josh Banderas #52 LB 6'2" 235 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Ty Betka #40 WR 5'7" 235 Senior Superior, NE Graduated
Cethan Carter #11 TE 6'4" 240 Senior New Orleans, LA Graduated
Sam Cotton #84 TE 6'4" 250 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Ross Dzuris #88 DE 6'3" 250 Senior Plattsmouth, NE Graduated
Trey Foster #42 TE 6'1" 245 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Ryker Fyfe #17 QB 6'2" 210 Senior Grand Island, NE Graduated
Nathan Gerry #25 S 6'2" 205 Senior Sioux Falls, SD Graduated
Sam Hahn #73 OL 6'6" 300 Senior De Witt, NE Graduated
Charles Jackson #21 DB 5'11" 180 Senior Spring, TX Graduated
Garret Johns #50 DL 6'0" 280 Senior Aurora, NE Graduated
Spencer Lindsay #95 K 5'9" 205 Senior Kearney, NE Graduated
Kevin Maurice #55 DT 6'3" 280 Senior Orlando, FL Graduated
Mitch McCann #44 FB 6'0" 235 Senior Omaha, NE Graduated
Alonzo Moore #82 WR 6'2" 195 Senior Winnfield, LA Graduated
Graham Nabity #29 RB 6'0" 210 Senior Omaha, NE Graduated
Jordan Nelson #39 RB 5'8" 180 Senior Omaha, NE Graduated
Terrell Newby #34 RB 5'10" 200 Senior Los Angeles, CA Graduated
Robby Painter #54 OL 6'4" 290 Senior Centennial, CO Graduated
Logan Rath #97 DT 6'4" 280 Senior Giltner, NE Graduated
Brandon Reilly #87 WR 6'1" 195 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Michael Rose-Ivey #15 LB 6'0" 240 Senior Kansas City, MO Graduated
Brad Simpson #53 LB 6'0" 225 Senior Omaha, NE Graduated
Jamie Sutcliffe #26 K 6'2" 190 Senior Thousand Oaks, CA Graduated
Dylan Utter #66 OL 6'1" 285 Senior Papillion, NE Graduated
Jordan Westerkamp #1 WR 6'0" 195 Senior Lombard, IL Graduated
Corey Whitaker #58 OL 6'4" 290 Senior Murrieta, CA Graduated
Tanner Zlab #33 DB 5'10" 195 Senior Wilber, NE Graduated

Transfers[edit]

Outgoing[edit]

Name No. Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Destination
Lavan Alston #3 WR 6'0" 175 RS Freshman Oxnard, CA Ventura CC
Zach Hannon #72 OG 6'5" 320 Junior (Grad Transfer) Kansas City, MO Kansas
Dwayne Johnson Jr. #76 OL 6'6" 310 Junior (Grad Transfer) Houston, TX Texas Tech
Greg Simmons #31 LB 6'2" 240 RS Freshman Fort Pierce, FL Duquesne
Deiontae Watts #-- DL 6'3" 300 Incoming Freshman Plano, TX Fort Scott CC
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. #-- WR 6'1" 195 Incoming Freshman Los Angeles, CA Arizona
Elijah Blades #-- CB 6'2" 170 Incoming Freshman Los Angeles, CA Arizona Western CC

Incoming[edit]

Name No. Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Prev. School
Kramer Rath #95 K 6'1" 175 Senior (Grad Transfer) Lincoln, NE Nebraska Wesleyan

Coaching departures & replacements[edit]

Name Pos. Destination Replacement
Mark Banker Defensive Coordinator Hawai'i (2018) (LB/Asst. HC) Bob Diaco[6]
Brian Stewart Defensive Backs Coach Rice (DC) Bob Elliott (S)[7] and Donte Williams (CB)
Bruce Read Special Teams Coordinator Montreal Alouettes (STC)[8] Scott Booker[9] but role largely divided up.[10]
Bob Elliott Safeties Nebraska (defensive analyst) Scott Booker[9]

Other Headlines[edit]

  • February 22 - WR coach Keith Williams plead no contest to a criminal charge of driving under the influence (DUI), steming from his August 14, 2016 car accident and arrest. It is his third DUI conviction in 13 years but his first in Nebraska. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 3 years of probation, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, with his driver's license revoked and given the option to apply to have his jail sentence converted to house arrest.[11] His jail sentence was converted to house arrest on March 1.[12]
  • May 26 - Junior WR Stanley Morgan Jr. and Junior DB Antonio Reed were arrested and charged in Port Orange, Florida with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, following a traffic stop.[13] Charges against Morgan were dropped on July 17 after he successfully completed a drug treatment program.[14]
  • June 10 - Freshman early-enrollee WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (son of former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson) was cited for possession of marijuana in his dorm room by UNL campus police.[15] On June 20, Johnson reportedly had left the program on a "leave of absence" and will likely not participate with the team during the season, potentially returning in January after the season.[16]
  • July 8 - Nebraska defensive analysis and former safeties assistant coach Bob Elliott passed way in hospice care at age 64.[17] Elliott had been hired as the team's safeties coach in mid-February 2017 but had stepped down from his position to an off-field analysis position on June 20 for "personal reasons."[18] He had been diagnosed in 1998 with polycythemia vera (a rare blood cancer) and received a blood marrow transplant soon after.[19] He had been suffering from health issues in recent years that had limited him to an off-field role for the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Notre Dame before coming to Nebraska.[9]
  • July 16 - Incoming freshmen CB Elijah Blades[20] and DL Deiontae Watts[21] failed to academically qualify to attend Nebraska, and joined junior colleges as a result.

Recruiting[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits[edit]

As of National Signing Day (February 7, 2017), Nebraska's 2017 recruiting class consisted of 20 commits, 8 walk-ons, and 1 JUCO walk-on transfer. On, February 16, 2017, Kade Warner, son of NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, joined the team as a preferred walk-on.[22] 5 non-recruited walk-ons joined the team via tryout on March 29, 2017.[23] One additional preferred walk-on was added in late April.[24]

Scholarship recruits[edit]

Walk-on recruits[edit]

Tryout walk-ons[edit]

Returning starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

Player Class Position
Cole Conrad Junior Offensive tackle
Tanner Farmer Junior Offensive guard
Jerald Foster Junior Offensive guard
Nick Gates Junior Offensive tackle
Devine Ozigbo Junior Running back
De'Mornay Pierson-El Senior Wide receiver
Luke McNitt Senior Fullback
Stanley Morgan Jr. Junior Wide receiver
David Knevel Senior Offensive tackle
Bryan Reimers Junior Wide receiver
Reference:[25]

Defense[edit]

Player Class Position
Freedom Akinmoladun Junior Defensive end
Carlos Davis Sophomore Defensive tackle
Tyrin Ferguson Junior Linebacker
Luke Gifford Junior Linebacker
Chris Jones Senior Cornerback
Boaz Joseph Senior Cornerback
Joshua Kalu Senior Cornerback
Marcus Newby Senior Linebacker
Antonio Reed Junior Free safety
Mick Stoltenberg Junior Defensive tackle
Aaron Williams Junior Strong safety
Kieron Williams Senior Free safety
Chris Weber Senior Linebacker
Dedrick Young Junior Linebacker
Reference:[25]

Special teams[edit]

Player Class Position
Drew Brown Senior Kicker
Tre Bryant Sophomore Kick Returner
Zack Darlington Junior Holder
Caleb Lightbourn Sophomore Punter
Jordan Ober Junior Long Snapper
De'Mornay Pierson-El Senior Punt Returner
Reference:[25]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 p.m. Arkansas State* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 43–36   90,171
September 9 3:30 p.m. at Oregon* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FOX L 35–42   58,389
September 16 11:00 a.m. Northern Illinois* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FS1 L 17–21   89,664
September 23 2:30 p.m. Rutgersdagger Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE BTN W 27–17   89,775
September 29 7:00 p.m. at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL FS1 W 28–6   43,058
October 7 7:00 p.m. No. 9 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Freedom Trophy) BTN L 17–38   89,860
October 14 6:30 p.m. No. 9 Ohio State Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE FS1 L 14–56   89,346
October 28 6:30 p.m. at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN BTN W 25–24   41,411
November 4 2:30 p.m. Northwestern Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE BTN L 24–31 OT  89,721
November 11 11:00 a.m. at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) FS1 L 21–54   39,933
November 18 3:00 p.m. at No. 13 Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA FS1 L 44–56   106,722
November 24 3:00 p.m. Iowa Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE (Heroes Game) FS1 L 14–56   90,046
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[26]

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 42 Chad Alioth Jr. Fr
TE 11 Austin Allen Fr
OL 73 Broc Bando Fr
WR 36 Christian Banker Fr
OL 74 Jalin Barnett So
RB 5 Jaylin Bradley Fr
OL 61 Bryan Brokop RFr
IB 18 Tre Bryant So
QB 16 Andrew Bunch So
WR 45 Ty Chaffin RFr
WR 80 Brett Classen Sr
OL 62 Cole Conrad Jr
WR 2 Zack Darlington Jr
OL 79 Michael Decker So
TE 83 David Engelhaupt RFr
OL 63 Tanner Farmer Jr
OL 71 Matt Farniok RFr
OL 67 Jerald Foster (C) Jr
OL 68 Nick Gates Jr
OL 65 Christian Gaylord So
QB 14 Tristan Gebbia Fr
RB 32 Tanner Hass RFr
FB 49 Austin Hemphill So
OL 75 Trent Hixson Fr
TE 47 Branden Hohenstein RFr
WR 43 Todd Honas RFr
TE 88 Tyler Hoppes Sr
OL 76 Brenden Jaimes Fr
FB 38 Harrison Jordan Sr
TE 89 Connor Ketter Sr
TE 30 Bo Kitrell Jr
OL 59 Jake Kitten RFr
OL 77 David Knevel Sr
RB 24 Sean Lambert RFr
QB 13 Tanner Lee (C) Jr
WR 1 Tyjon Lindsey Fr
IB 37 Wyatt Mazour So
FB 41 Luke McNitt (C) Sr
WR 4 Jaevon McQuitty Fr
FB 29 Ben Miles Fr
OL 66 Hunter Miller Fr
WR 8 Stanley Morgan Jr. Jr
QB 12 Patrick O'Brien RFr
IB 22 Devine Ozigbo Jr
WR 15 De'Mornay Pierson-El Sr
TE 82 Kurt Rafdal Fr
WR 81 Gabe Rahn Sr
OL 50 John Raridon RFr
WR 83 Bryan Reimers Jr
WR 33 Dylan Reynolds Fr
WR 48 Johnny Richards Fr
WR 40 Brandon Robbins Fr
IB 23 Austin Rose Jr
OL 70 Matt Sichterman Fr
TE 85 Matt Snyder So
WR 10 JD Spielman RFr
TE 86 Jack Stoll RFr
IB 28 Adam Taylor Sr
OL 55 Chris Walker Fr
WR 31 Kade Warner Fr
OL 51 Matt Watts Sr
IB 21 Mikale Wilbon Jr
WR 9 Keyan Williams Jr
OL 56 Boe Wilson RFr
WR 87 Conor Young So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 91 Freedom Akinmoladun Jr
LB 30 Quayshon Alexander RFr
DB 4 Avery Anderson So
DL 75 Fyn Anderson So
LB 7 Mohamed Barry So
DB 23 Dicaprio Bootle RFr
DB 39 Bradely Bunner Fr
DB 2 Tony Butler RFr
LB 26 Thomas Connely Jr
DB 16 Ethan Cox Fr
DT 93 Damion Daniels Fr
LB 22 Alex Davis So
DL 96 Carlos Davis So
DL 94 Khalil Davis So
DB 19 Marquel Dismuke RFr
DB 13 JoJo Domann So
DL 48 Erik Evans Sr
LB 43 Tyrin Ferguson So
LB 12 Luke Gifford Jr
LB 33 Willie Hampton Fr
LB 38 Damian Jackson Fr
DB 21 Lamar Jackson So
DL 47 Matt Jarzynka Jr
LB 32 Pernell Jefferson RFr
DB 8 Chris Jones Sr
LB 40 Grant Jordan RFr
LB 36 Spencer Jordan RFr
DB 11 Boaz Joseph Sr
DB 46 Joshua Kalu (C) Sr
DB 36 Reid Karel So
LB 17 Sedrick King Jr
DB 6 Eric Lee Jr. So
DL 90 Ben Lingenfelter Fr
LB 42 Cody Liske Fr
DL 58 Joel Lopez Sr
DB 41 Jose Marquez Fr
LB 37 Collin Miller RFr
DL 45 A.J. Natter Sr
DL 9 DaiShon Neal So
LB 3 Marcus Newby Sr
DL 99 Peyton Newell Jr
DL 76 Dylan Owen Jr
DL 55 Jordan Paup Fr
DB 25 Antonio Reed Jr
LB 14 Avery Roberts Fr
LB 50 Ben Stille RFr
DL 44 Mick Stoltenberg Jr
DB 35 Jeremiah Stovall So
DB 28 Eli Sullivan RFr
DL 97 Deontre Thomas Fr
LB 18 Guy Thomas Fr
LB 52 Andrew Ward Fr
LB 49 Chris Weber (C) Sr
LB 57 Jacob Weinmaster So
DB 24 Aaron Williams Jr
DB 26 Kieron Williams Sr
LB 5 Dedrick Young II Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 98 Isaac Armstrong So
PK 34 Drew Brown Sr
PK 39 Cole Frahm Fr
P 35 Caleb Lightbourn So
LS 54 Jordan Ober Jr
PK 95 Kramer Rath Sr
LS 92 Chase Urbach So
P 90 Jackson Walker Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Danny Langsdorf
       12th season as OC/QB coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Linfield
  • Bob Diaco
       7th season as DC coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Iowa
  • Mike Cavanaugh
       29th season as OL coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: S Conn St
  • Trent Bray
       8th season as LB coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Oregon State
  • Reggie Davis
       9th season as RB coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Washington
  • John Parrella
       5th season as DL coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Keith Williams
       18th season as WR coach
       3rd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: San Diego State
  • Donte Williams
       10th season as CB coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Idaho State
  • Scott Booker
       5th season as Safeties/Special Teams coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Kent State

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 8, 2017

Game summaries[edit]

Spring practice[edit]

2017 Red—White Spring Game
1 234Total
White 0 700 7
Red 6 21721 55

Arkansas State[edit]

Arkansas State at Nebraska
1 234Total
Arkansas State 14 12010 36
Nebraska 17 1079 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 September 15, 2012 Nebraska, 42–13

at Oregon[edit]

Nebraska at Oregon
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 7147 35
Oregon 21 2100 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 September 17, 2016 Nebraska 35-32

Northern Illinois[edit]

Northern Illinois at Nebraska
1 234Total
Northern Illinois 14 007 21
Nebraska 0 0107 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 September 8, 1990 Nebraska, 60–14

Rutgers[edit]

Rutgers at Nebraska
1 234Total
Rutgers 7 370 17
Nebraska 7 776 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 November 14, 2015 Nebraska, 31–14

at Illinois[edit]

Nebraska at Illinois
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 1407 28
Illinois 0 330 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–3–1 October 1, 2016 Nebraska, 31–16

Wisconsin[edit]

Wisconsin at Nebraska
Freedom Trophy
1 234Total
#9 Wisconsin 10 7714 38
Nebraska 0 1070 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–7 October 29, 2016 Wisconsin, 23–17OT

Ohio State[edit]

Ohio State at Nebraska
1 234Total
#9 Ohio State 14 21147 56
Nebraska 0 0140 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 November 5, 2016 Ohio State, 62–3

at Purdue[edit]

Nebraska at Purdue
1 234Total
Nebraska 3 3613 25
Purdue 0 1437 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 October 22, 2016 Nebraska, 27–14

Northwestern[edit]

Northwestern at Nebraska
1 234OTTotal
Northwestern 7 10077 31
Nebraska 7 71000 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 September 24, 2016 Nebraska, 24–13

at Minnesota[edit]

Nebraska at Minnesota
$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy
1 234Total
Nebraska 7 707 21
Minnesota 14 161014 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–31–2 November 12, 2016 Nebraska, 24–17

at Penn State[edit]

Nebraska at Penn State
1 234Total
Nebraska 10 01420 44
#13 Penn State 14 28014 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–7 November 23, 2013 Nebraska, 23–20OT

Iowa[edit]

Iowa at Nebraska
Heroes Trophy
1 234Total
Iowa 7 72814 56
Nebraska 7 700 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–15–3 November 25, 2016 Iowa, 40–10

Big Ten Awards[edit]

Player of the Week Honors[edit]

Weekly Awards
Player Award Week Awarded Ref.
Ben Stille Big Ten Freshman of the Week Week 5 [39]

All-Conference Awards[edit]

2017 Big Ten All-Conference Teams and Awards[40]

National Awards[edit]

USA Today Freshman All-American
JD Spielman[41]

FWAA Freshman All-American
JD Spielman[42]

Team awards[edit]

2016 Nebraska Football Team Awards [43]

Annual Program Awards
Award Player
Scout Team Defensive MVP
Scout Team Offensive MVP
Scout Team Special Teams MVP
Walk-On of the Year
Most Improved Player
Newcomer of the Year
Pat Clare Award
Tom Novak Trophy Chris Weber
Guy Chamberlin Trophy Drew Brown
Cletus Fischer Native Son Award Luke McNitt
Lunch Bucket Award
Lifter of the Year
Husker Pride Award

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Tanner Lee QB 6 203 Jacksonville Jaguars

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  40. ^ 2017 Big Ten All-Conference Teams and Awards
  41. ^ Record-Setting Husker Receivers Honored
  42. ^ Spielman Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team
  43. ^ 2017 Husker Team Awards