Nebraska Football: Sturdy linebacker walks onto program

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Nebraska Football has another Blackshirt in the fold.

The walk-on tradition continues for Nebraska Football as Grant Tagge announced his decision to play for the program on Wednesday.

The outside linebacker becomes the eighth walk-on for the 2020 class and the sixth overall walk-on to join the program. In what is becoming a fruitful source of talent for Nebraska Football, this just exemplifies how much the walk-on’s mean to the program.

Tagge made the announcement on Twitter earlier in the day, and Nebraska had some competition for his services. He also had offers from Northern Illinois and South Dakota State. Although those two programs are not exactly power houses, they are certainly talented football schools.

He is six-foot-two, 185 pounds. That sounds like the perfect size for the outside linebacker position. The linebackers are very involved in the Nebraska Football defense, and athleticism is definitely a key component for the position. He also played some offense over the course of the past couple of seasons, but with the upperclassman departures that are set to hit the program, it would make sense for him to play outside linebacker.

With so many walk-on commitments, I’ll be interested to see who has enough talent that can help the program right away. Tagge went to Omaha Westside , so it will be fun to root for a local kid. He should definitely be able to fit into the defensive equation, and at the very least his skillset should be able to give him a fair shot at things.

I’m encouraged by how Nebraska has managed to acquire talent both via recruiting and walk-on’s. You can never have too much talent and we are seeing that this season as Nebraska has been decimated both by injuries and the superiority of other teams. The building blocks are there for this program to succeed, but we have not gotten there yet. As the team rested during the bye week, it’s fun to see what the future may look like. Of course, we all have to see how it plays out on the field, but things look encouraging

Hopefully one day, Nebraska Football will be able to compete with the likes of Ohio State and Michigan. As for right now, baby steps.