As some of you may remember, he chose not to walk on Senior Day. Now, he will be a veteran leader in a room that is young. The room is young, but there is a lot of talent.
As it stands right now, I could see him playing a type of role that Austin Allen did last season. Allen was a stabilizer in a position room that was relatively unproven. Now, Vokolek will have the chance to do the same. He played well last season for Nebraska, recording 11 catches for 127 yards in a complementary tight end role. His best game came against Wisconsin, as he recorded two catches for 33 yards in that contest.
I really do think Vokolek will have a chance to make a big impact this year. He definitely has the ability to be a starting tight end. He could very well be in that position by the end of preseason camp.
We have all heard about the top three young the names in that room in Thomas Fidone, James Carnie and AJ Rollins. Somebody is going to have to be a veteran leader who can teach the young guys. Vokolek should be able to do that.
I will be interested to see what his role is in the Nebraska football offense next year. It all depends on who the program brings in at the quarterback position. Logan Smothers showed promise in the season finale, but there is no guarantee he will be the starter.
In the meantime, Vokolek is just focused on healing up and being productive. As transcribed by Sean Callahan, he believes he will be ready to go for fall camp.
“I’ll be out for a little bit with spring ball and be more of a coach during spring ball. Kind of how I was at the beginning of the season when I had the ankle injury. Going back to that role in the spring and then be good for summer, going to work and go through workouts. Fall will be here before we know it, and we’re going through camp and then we’re headed off to Ireland. I’m excited to be back, ready to go, excited to be back with my teammates and these coaches.”
The tight end could be in line for a big role in 2022. After transferring to Nebraska from another school, his hard work in Lincoln could be paying off.