During a time when Nebraska fans are looking to the transfer portal for any signs of hope for the future of Nebraska Football it is a nice reminder that there are several reasons for hope that are already current Nebraska football players.
Two of them played a ton of snaps on the defensive line as true freshmen in Princewill Umanmielen and Cameron Lenhardt.
Umanmielen was named 2nd team freshman All-American by The Athletic and Cameron Lenhardt was named an honorable-mention freshman All-American by the College Football Network.
I remember there were snaps against Michigan, the current #1 team in the country, in which Nebraska was playing three true freshmen on the defensive line which was insane at the time. The third freshman was Riley Van Poppel.
So it appears the future is bright at that position.
Now, you can look up from your phone or your computer to stare back into the blinding light that is the transfer portal.
Here’s the whole statement from the Athletic Department:
A pair of Nebraska defensive standouts have earned freshman All-America honors for their play during the 2023 season.
Linebacker Princewill Umanmielen was selected as a second-team freshman All-American by The Athletic. In addition, defensive end Cameron Lenhardt was an honorable-mention freshman All-American choice by the College Football Network.
Umanmielen was one of three Big Ten players named to The Athletic’s freshman All-American team. The Austin, Texas, native finished his first year at Nebraska with 22 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. He capped his 2023 season with five tackles, including a tackle for loss against Iowa.
Lenhardt was a force up front for a Husker defense that ranked among the nation’s leaders in run defense. Lenhardt had 16 tackles in his rookie campaign, including five tackles for loss and three sacks. Lenhardt was one of five Big Ten freshmen to earn recognition from the College Football Network.