Nebraska football mailbag: What’s the status of WR signee Jaron Woodyard?
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What’s the status of Woodyard?
— Ed Carmona (@virgosrock61) January 16, 2018
Wide receiver signee Jaron Woodyard from Arizona Western was supposed to be an early enrollee at Nebraska. At least that’s what most people believed after he signed in December.
However, Woodyard never arrived on campus in early January and it led some to believe he was a no-show and that there were potential issues. It appears to have been a misunderstanding, as 247Sports’ Mike Schaefer tweeted just a few days ago.
No reason to worry, enrolling in summer.
— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) January 13, 2018
If Woodyard shows up this summer as planned, then all is well. If he doesn’t enroll at Nebraska this summer? Then the questions can begin. For now, I’m taking Schaefer at his word that there’s no reason to worry.
Riley is at OSU making $50K as an AC, which is absurd. Will UNL take action to force OSU to pay market value, instead of using Riley's contract to subsidize his salary there?
— Nate (@nathandavid76) January 16, 2018
For anyone who may have missed it, the terms of former coach Mike Riley’s contract with Oregon State were revealed on Friday. Riley will make $50,004 in his new role as assistant head coach with the Beavers.
That raised a few eyebrows from Nebraska fans who wondered if that was fair market value for his new role. Understandably so, as it does appear to be quite lower than it should be. The question now is whether Nebraska will pursue anything legally against Riley and Oregon State.
I personally don’t think the Huskers will. My guess is Riley’s new salary is right on the cusp of what’s fair (or can be argued to be fair, at least) and that Oregon State did its research to be sure of that. I have a hard time believing the Beavers underpaid him to the point that they would be sued (although I could be wrong, I suppose).
I would also expect Oregon State to have a slew of reasons why it believes the salary is fair. From the role serving as more of an advisor (who is also overseeing/coaching tight ends) or the conversation around the new 10th coach, I’d guess they’d use one of those to justify the salary. Right or not, that’s just the read I get on the situation.
Plus, I think the cost Nebraska would undergo to pursue the case would probably not be worth it in the long run. This is likely a time where the Huskers will take the high road (so to say) and let bygones be bygones.
Did anybody transfer out
— Dominique Elliott (@Dominiqe201731) January 16, 2018
Not that I know of. Tanner Lee and Nick Gates obviously declared for the NFL draft, but I do not know of anyone transferring as of now. I imagine that will change later this spring.
Hi Erin- How likely was it that the new staff simply didn’t want the services of Keyshawn JR? Seemed he was all “N”, then abruptly announced he would not be returning to Nebraska. What are your thoughts?
— Clayton Jenkins (@clayton_jenkins) January 16, 2018
Without knowing exactly what went on in private conversations, I think it might have been a decision on both sides. As you said, all appeared well between Johnson and Nebraska but then it suddenly wasn’t.
Maybe Scott Frost didn’t see Johnson as the right fit for his offense, or maybe Johnson came to that conclusion on his own. Or maybe both simply wanted a fresh start. It could be a combination of all of that, and I think that’s completely OK.
We may never know the full story, and I’m personally fine with that. It wasn’t meant to be for whatever reason, but both parties seem good with the decision.
With the change in offensive philosophy being a major topic, my question is how much does Scott Frost's offense utilize a true fullback?
— John W. McCarter (@jmccarter71) January 16, 2018
Long story short? It doesn’t. Could that change at Nebraska? Maybe, but that’s not how his offense has worked previously.
I have heard Frost liked Oregon s many alt informs. Has said the kids seem to really enjoy them. Do you think it is time for Neb to get with the times and use more alt uniforms during the year? I believe Nebraska has an old outdated feel to recruits. This might help modernize
— Edub (@FrostSkers) January 16, 2018
I don’t think so. Oregon is unique because of its relationship with Nike. The Ducks have also become known for their alternate uniforms, but even they have hit a max with it at times.
Where Nebraska can capitalize with recruits is the extras that Adidas provides. When Frost walks into a recruit’s home wearing Yeezys, you better believe the recruit is taking notice. Sure, alternate uniforms can be a selling point, but there are other little things that play into it, as well.
I don’t think it’s in Nebraska’s best interests to get into the endless alternate uniforms game, but one per year is fun (in my opinion, at least). Add the awesome shoes and gear the players get? I think that goes a long way, too.
What are the chances the baseball team can win back to back B1G championships?
— Zac Champoux (@OnceYouGoZac92) January 16, 2018
I’d say the chances are good. Despite losing Jake Meyers and Derek Burkamper, the Huskers have a lot of experience on their current roster. Nebraska returns both Scott Schreiber and Angelo Altavilla, who are All-Big Ten honorees. Schreiber is a big return for the offense, as he leads the team with a .330 batting average, 7 home runs and 51 RBI. Beyond those two, the Huskers also have Luis Alvarado, Mojo Hagge and Jesse Wilkening, who were regular starters in 2017. That experience will be vital.
If Nebraska’s pitchers can remain among the best in the conference, I’d say the Huskers have a pretty solid chance at winning another Big Ten title.
Are you for or against changing Nebraska's mascot to the Fightin' Corgis? pic.twitter.com/6OkBmGmRfS
— Adam Sutton (@AdamSuttonGBR) January 16, 2018
Yes, 100 percent.
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