After what was a successful spring game for Nebraska football, head coach Scott Frost confirmed some unfortunate news. Senior linebacker Will Honas suffered a non-contact injury during Wednesday’s practice. As a result, he could miss a significant amount of time.
This is certainly a difficult piece of news given the fact that Honas was coming off a season in which the best numbers of his Nebraska football career. He had 57 tackles 6 ½ tackles for a loss and three sacks. He was supposed to be able to help a veteran Nebraska defense that as a unit, was looking to get together for one final run.
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If there is any consolation to this unfortunate injury news, is the fact that Nebraska is deep at the linebacker position. They have the depth to soften the blow of this loss. Even still, I was looking forward to having his veteran voice on the defensive line. He could definitely still be a voice in the locker room, and I expect he will be a vocal leader throughout the course of the 2021 season.
Nevertheless, I would have liked to have seen him use those skills throughout the entire season. Nebraska is going to need all hands on deck with the type of schedule they have. Nebraska football linebackers are always asked to do a ton in the defense, and that is certainly not going to change in 2021.
As head coach Scott Frost put it on Saturday, Honas’ status does not look good for right now. This is certainly something you never want to hear the head coach say.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to be ready for the start of the season, and we’ll see where it is beyond that.”
Hopefully, he will be able to rehab and be back for at least some of next season. With this being his final year, I would hate to see him completely miss it due to injury. These things happen of course but they are never fun.
It will be interesting to see how this progresses, and if Honas is able to be healthy enough to at least play some of the 2021 season. For a team with high hopes and high expectations, Nebraska football will certainly need him in order to field a competitive team. With several young players on the defense this year, his type of veteran leadership will be needed.