Rave Raiola’s criticisms were “huge” for OL Hunter Anthony transfer, plus two more comments | national
Nebraska landed a sign-up from Oklahoma State transfer offensive lineman Hunter Anthony on Sunday morning. Here are three observations on addition.
1. Anthony visited the Nebraska campus on offensive line coach Donovan Raiola’s first day in town, but the offensive line coach still made a good impression.
In fact, before the two actually met, Anthony had already received favorable reviews from several others, including former Oklahoma State All-American forward and current Chicago Bears rookie tackle Teven Jenkins.
Raiola, of course, was Jenkins’ offensive line assistant coach in Chicago until he left last month to take over as Husker.
“We also have a strength coach, Anthony Hibbert, he’s up there and then another lineman, Arlington Hambright,” Anthony told The Journal Star on Sunday. “(Hambright) was here my freshman and he’s been a big influence for me, and then he went to Colorado for his fifth year. He’s up there too, and they all had nothing but good things to say.
“I respect Teven so much. I’ve played with him for almost three years and he’s awesome. He said, ‘Dude, I would have loved to play for (Raiola) in college.’ Hear that and hear Coach Hilbert say he’s going to shoot you. You are going to work hard, but he is going to be honest and he is a good guy. From people I really respect, it really meant a lot to me.
Then Anthony and Raiola met on the weekend of December 10th.
“He’s got his feet on the ground and his experience in the place he’s coached and his brother (former great Husker Dominic Raiola) can’t be beat,” said Anthony. “Just having that plus the people I spoke to was huge.”
2. Anthony jumps straight into a wide open offensive line room, which is transitioning under Raiola.
The Huskers have two vacancies – right guard Matt Sichterman graduated and center Cam Jurgens left for the NFL – and more question marks than that.
If freshman Teddy Prochazka fully recovers from a knee injury in October to be physically ready to play, he would be considered the favorite for the left tackle after a promising start there. Either Turner Corcoran and Bryce Benhart, NU’s other two main starting tackles in 2021, could be candidates for the right tackle position with Anthony, or either could move on to the keep. Corcoran, perhaps, could even be a candidate to play center.
Sophomore Nouredin Nouili impressed overall after taking the starting left goalie position midway through the season and was able to either take his position there or move to the center, where he took some pre-game shots with Jurgens and senior Trent Hixson.
Then there are several other options to sort through, from transferring northern Colorado graduates Kevin Williams to red shirt rookie Henry Lutovksy and sophomore at Brant Banks and more.
3. The Huskers now have six stock market transfers in the mix for 2022 and are likely to take at least a few more.
The roster so far: Anthony and Williams on the offensive line, defensive back Tommi Hill (Arizona State), wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda (New Mexico State), kicker Brian Buschini (Montana) and kicker Timmy Bleekrode (Furman ).
The biggest hanging item on the to-do list, of course, remains the quarterback, where Nebraska tries to land at least one and potentially two players, with an emphasis on finding a veteran. experienced to add to a young room.
Beyond that, almost no position is prohibited. NU could take on another wide receiver or offensive player if they find a potential difference-maker, could add another offensive lineman if the right player is available, or could attempt to add to a defensive squad that will have to replace Ben Stille , Damion Daniels and possibly Deontre Thomas.