After battling injuries last spring and finding his way on the field at the end of the season, Nebraska football tight end Thomas Fidone is making a strong impression. As he participates fully for the first time in spring practice, peers and coaches alike are taking notice.
Nebraska football tight ends coach Sean Beckton has taken notice of the progress in comparison to last year. Fidone appears to have a stronger grasp on things, as he looks to work his way through the course of the season.
Measuring in at six-foot-six, 235 pounds, Fidone is in line to be Nebraska football’s top tight end of the future. For now, he is continuing to work out the kinks, as he looks to get into a rhythm heading into spring practices for this year. After rehabbing from his injury, he is finally back on the field, and is impressing Beckton, per Parker Gabriel of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
“Last year I thought he played like a robot,” Beckton said. “Unsure of himself, unsure of what to do. (On Monday), he actually moved around, understood what was going on, played a lot faster. Was able to adjust on some things that, when he first got here, he never would have been able to do.”
Senior tight end Travis Vokolek had a bunch of praise for Fidone as well.
“Thomas has done a great job,” Vokolek said Monday. “He’s developed very nicely from when he first got here. He’s going to continue to develop and he’s going to be a great player for us.
“He runs great routes, he’s quick. His best trait is he works his behind off.”
These endorsements are encouraging. For one, not every player rehabs and heals the same after injury. Fidone appears to be progressing at a high rate. This will allow him to be able to get a lot of his athletic skill back in time for the start of the season. Secondly, he is undoubtedly the future at the position for the Nebraska football program. The fact that one of his positional peers sees him progressing is encouraging
Oftentimes, a player that comes into a program with such hype often does not meet expectations. Although we have not seen a whole lot of Fidone in terms of game action, the fact that he is working hard is encouraging. This to me means that he will be ready to go in more game situations come the fall.
As long as he keeps progressing like this, the tight end it should be in line for a big season. Positive news on such a crucial player for the future is always a good thing. Yes, it’s only spring practice. However Fidone has to start somewhere, and practice is always a good place to do so.