Fans will once again file into Memorial Stadium on Saturday to witness a Nebraska football game, as the team’s annual Red-White Spring Game will be played in front a sold-out crowd.
In many ways, Saturday’s game will serve as a celebration of Nebraska football and a fun event more than a competitive football game, but that isn’t to say that the game itself will not be meaningful. Fans can likely expect a scoreline similar to last year’s 49-9 Red team victory.
The Red team is comprised of mostly expected first-team players, while the White team features more unknowns. Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez will once again lead the Red team after he scored four touchdowns in last year’s exhibition. He is backed up by freshman Luke McCaffrey and sophomore Noah Vedral, with McCaffrey being one player who is listed on both team rosters, providing the chance for additional snaps.
While the two teams’ skill players at running back and wide receiver are more evenly divided, the Red team has the first-team offensive and defensive lines, along with linebacking corps and secondary as well. The Red team’s backfield is comprised entirely of Nebraska natives, as redshirt freshman Brody Belt may see extra playing time after an impressive spring season thus far. Belt is joined by seniors Wyatt Mazour and Austin Hemphill, along with redshirt freshman Connor Ruth at running back.
For the White team, sophomore Jaylin Bradley and redshirt freshmen Miles Jones and Moses Bryant will also have the opportunity to show they deserve playing time at running back. Sophomore Maurice Washington, an expected 2019 starter, will be absent from the spring game as he deals with an ongoing legal case in California.
Two other electric playmakers will not be featured in prominent roles, as junior wide receiver JD Spielman and freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson recover from minor injuries suffered during spring practice.
There will be more than just the on-field scrimmage for fans to enjoy on Saturday. Singer Mason Ramsey, best known for a viral video of him yodeling in Walmart, will sing the national anthem. Former Husker running back Rex Burkhead will also be signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Husker Pavilion.
Additionally, a pregame presentation will recognize more than 250 individuals, including first responders, who assisted Nebraskans in flood recovery during the past month. Donations for flood relief will also be collected at all entrances.
Nebraska men’s basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg will also receive a short in-game presentation, and there will be a third-quarter passing competition between two students for a $25,000 prize.
Saturday’s spring game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.