You heard me talk a little bit about the state of the Nebraska football tight ends on Friday. With all of the injuries beginning to pile up here early on, that means one player at the position is going to have to step up.
In Brian Christopherson’s Weekly Five column he wrote on Saturday, he penciled in Chris Hickman as a guy that is going to have to step up. Let me just say, I agree. With all of the injuries Nebraska football is dealing with at the position right now, he could play a large role not only in this camp but down the road.
Thomas Fidone is not even going to be back in the fold until later in the year. Austin Allen and Travis Vololek were “nicked up” this week according to head coach Scott Frost. The tight end position is going through some difficulties at the moment. Thus, I believe Hickman could have a role in the tight end room this season.
For one, he has been with the Nebraska football program since 2019. After trying out some playing time at wide receiver, he is now back at the tight end spot. In his Nebraska football career, he has two receptions in 10 games played. Although he may be the longest-tenured in the program, he does not have much game experience. However, I agree that he certainly has the potential to step up.
Measuring in at six-foot-five, 215 pounds, Hickman is the ideal size for a tight end. He undoubtedly has playmaking ability to boot. One portion of Christopherson’s review on Hickman stands out to me in particular. It’s referring to what tight ends coach Sean Beckton told him earlier.
Non-pencil-necked scribe take: “I was the one that was in his home recruiting him. So he’s back to me. He’s back home,” Beckton said. “We’re obviously trying to work on putting a little more weight on him, but he’s doing a tremendous job. Every single day he’s getting better. We’re trying to really, really detail some of his landmarks as far as blocking, but he’s been a very pleasant surprise for us and he’s gained the confidence of everybody on the team.”
Blocking is going to be important in this Nebraska football offense. If he can master that to the fullest extent, Hickman could have a good year.
He may not be a name that we have heard often at the tight end position, as he has done a nice job of flying under the radar. Sometimes, those are the players that make the biggest impact.