Nebraska football released a depth chart on Monday for their upcoming game against Illinois on Saturday. A notable absence on the depth chart was tight end Chris Hickman as noted in a report from Michael Bruntz of Husker247.
Hickman had previously shared the third spot at the position with Chancellor Brewington. However, he was not on the depth chart and was not on the travel roster for the Purdue game the last time Nebraska played.
He has played in three games this season, playing against North Dakota and Oklahoma. He has not recorded any statistics this point in the season.
His omission off the depth chart is notable, due to the fact that Nebraska football has struggled for depth at the tight end position. Travis Vokolek has been a key figure for Nebraska at the position. However, he has battled injuries this season. Nebraska also figures to have younger bodies coming in at the position in Thomas Fidone, AJ Rollins and James Carnie. There is not a ton of room for Hickman on the depth chart.
Hickman has played sparingly at the tight end position for Nebraska in his career. His best season came in 2021. He recorded three catches for 90 yards. All of those statistics came in the Buffalo game, as he averaged 30 yards per reception. A 54-yard grab was his longest of the afternoon.
It is worth noting that he is still on the Nebraska football roster on the website. It will be intriguing to see if he ends up making an impact in the tight end room, or if he remains the odd man out at the position. personally, I see him more so as the odd man out in the tight end room. Once the three younger tight ends come back healthy, Nebraska will be set at the position. I hope Hickman has success at Nebraska. Whether he will have the chance to find it remains to be seen.