Tre Bryant

Incoming Husker running back Tre Bryant will sport #18 at Nebraska.

It's a trio of running backs who are usually brought up in regards to the Nebraska running back competition this year. That make sense Husker fans have actually seen Terrell Newby, Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon in shoulder pads.

But it's worth noting that Husker coach Mike Riley also mentioned, unsolicited, another running back during Wednesday's fall camp preview press conference.

The new guy.

"We've got a freshman Tre Bryant that has been impressive throughout the time he's been here since June," Riley said. "The testing, the work that he's done, and possibly his ability, with his size, he's a pretty stout guy, might make an impact on special teams.

"So if he does that, if he's a returner ... if he can play a part in some fashion as an end or tackle on the punt team, all of a sudden you've got to start looking at Tre and pushing him into that tailback and see if he can win a spot in that deal."

Bryant is only 18, but has a formidable presence about him, standing 5-feet-11, 200 pounds. Out of St. Louis, he was regarded as a strong addition in the past Husker recruiting class due to not just his running ability, but also his blocking and pass catching skills.

Some might remember Bryant's social media post from signing day.

"Most don't understand what football means to me. It's not just a hobby, game or activity, it's literally a part of my being. I've been doing this since the age of 6 and I plan to make it as far as possible with this 'game,'" Bryant wrote.

Riley mentioned on Wednesday five or six true freshmen that coaches really liked coming out of summer testing, young players coaches needed to push and throw into the mix these first weeks of August to see if they can help out right away.

Sounds like Bryant might be one of them.

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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