Nebraska football could have in with Syracuse transfer defender

Stefon Thompson has entered the portal from Syracuse and his ties to Nebraska football DC Tony White should intrigue.

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The Nebraska football team has surprisingly stayed out of the transfer portal this year, except for their pursuit of a new quarterback. The Huskers have added just one transfer player so far, in FCS transfer Blye Hill. But things could speed up a bit in that direction in the very near future.

Earlier this week, the Nebraska football team dipped its toe back in the transfer portal waters in the form of an official offer to former Idaho linebacker Xe’Ree Alexander. It’s possible that they’re going to go in there one more time to go after a Syracuse linebacker that recently became a free agent.

Stefon Thompson from Syracuse announced he was transferring on Wednesday afternoon. There are some ties there that could lead the Huskers to make an offer. The fact that he’s got two more years in college despite being a freshman in 2020 is another reason why he might be attractive.

Jackson started his Syracuse career back in 2020 and had a decent outing. He of course gets that year back because of the COVID pandemic. He also redshirted in 2022, getting him that second year. 

In between those seasons, Thompson racked up 167 tackles and 9 sacks. He’s also got three forced fumbles. And he’s a protege of Tony White.

Nebraska football could have in with Syracuse transfer defender

White was in fact with Syracuse for basically the same period as Stefon Thompson before he was hired away by Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule. It took a year and a bad season by the Orange, but it’s possible that Thompson is now ready to follow his former coach.

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The Huskers are clearly interested in getting a transfer linebacker, as evidenced by the offer to Alexander. Nebraska football managing to pull in a P5 defender who understands White’s defense as well as Thompson does would certainly be a coup.