Nebraska secondary coach Travis Fisher on Tuesday reeled off names of players who could play nickel this season in a sub-package.
The first player Fisher mentioned: JoJo Domann, a sophomore who missed all of last season and all of spring with a knee injury.
“He’s come along and helped us out a lot,” the coach said. “He’s showing some upside. He can definitely play in the back end.”
Fisher likes the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Domann’s versatility. The coach didn’t know exactly what to expect from Domann because he hadn’t seen him practice until preseason camp began earlier this month.
A native of Colorado Springs, Domann enjoyed a strong scrimmage Sunday, Fisher said.
“I think on the first day of camp I was like, ‘Whoa, he can play,’” the coach said. “So we’ve been trying to find a way to get JoJo on the field, get him in the mix, and for the most part JoJo’s making himself known on film. He’s also learning the defense just like everyone else, so you have some mistakes here and there. But for the most part, he’s able to play multiple positions in the back end.”
As for the nickel discussion, Fisher also mentioned senior Antonio Reed, sophomore Dicaprio Bootle and redshirt freshman walk-on Ethan Cox of Blair.
“We’re pretty versatile at that position,” Fisher said. “For the most part today (Tuesday), you saw Ethan Cox and you saw Dicaprio Bootle.”