How Former High School Football Stars Are Doing At Schools Outside Nebraska


Xavier Watts’ best game for Notre Dame couldn’t prevent the Irish from falling to 3-3 after Saturday’s 16-14 home loss to Stanford.

The Omaha junior Burke had a career-high seven tackles, including three solos. In his first five games this season as a secondary substitute, he made six tackles and broke up one pass.

Last year, Watts played in 11 games with 11 solo tackles and four assisted tackles.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan has the best season among Nebraska or Council Bluffs in Division I teams. Sixth-year Council Bluffs Lewis Central is averaging 265 passing yards per game with 16 touchdown passes and his 261 rushing yards (four touchdowns) are second on the team.

The Horned Frogs are 6-0. Their No. 8 ranking is the best on the program in five years.

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Arkansas (4-3): Pat Foley (r-fr., Omaha Creighton Prep) did not punt.

Auburn (3-4): Micah Ducker-Riley (fr., Bellevue West) played two games.

Iowa (3-3): Keagan Johnson (so, Bellevue West) had two catches for 11 yards while playing 15 snaps against Nevada, the only game he was available for due to injury. Will Hubert (fr., Papillion-La Vista) did not play.

Iowa State (3-4): Blaze Doxzon (r-so., Elkhorn South) played three games. Nate Glantz (jr., Bellevue West) and Alec Cook (fr., Omaha Burke) did not play.

Kansas (5-2): Starting defensive end Malcolm Lee (super senior, Bellevue West) has 18 tackles in his last 11 games. Monte McGary (super sr., Omaha South) started his career at South Dakota State. He was traded to Iowa Western, Troy, Utah State (24 tackles and a pick of six in 2021). Played five games, with one tackle assisted. Nolan Gorczyca (Omaha Roncalli) was traded from Buffalo and is the No. 2 at right guard.

Kansas State (5-1): Will Swanson (so, Papillion-La Vista South) caught two passes for 23 yards in the season opener with South Dakota and appeared in the next five games. Garrett Oakley (fr., Columbus Scotus) and Brayden Loftin (fr., Council Bluffs Lewis Central) did not play.

Memphis (4-3): Jeyvon Ducker (r-so., Bellevue West) is the Tigers’ second-best runner. He scored twice while gaining 243 yards on 51 carries and had six catches for 60 yards.

Montana (5-1): Vince Genatone (fr., North Platte) is on the list.

North Alabama (1-5): Starting quarterback Noah Walters (fr., Lincoln East) is 78 of 143 for 1,266 yards and 11 touchdowns against 11 picks. He rushed for 33 yards on 47 attempts, including sacks.

Northern Illinois (2-5): Cade Haberman (so, Omaha Westside) had seven tackles in seven games. Jake Gassaway (fr., Millard South) saw action in two games. Others on the list: Christian Nash (fr., Millard South); Mahki Nelson-Douglas (so., South Elkhorn).

Ohio (4-3): Bryce Stai (r-sr., Norris) has played five games.

Oklahoma (4-3): Kaden Helms (fr., Bellevue West) played three games, catching a pass for 4 yards.

Oregon (4-2): Devon Jackson (fr. Omaha Burke) appeared in four games, Avante Dickerson (so., Omaha Westside) one. Each had a solo tackle against BYU.

Vanderbilt (3-4): Dominic Rezac (fr., Omaha Westside) is on the list.

Wyoming (4-3): Playing in all seven games, Caleb Robinson (so, Omaha Burke) has five total tackles. Marco Machado (jr., Nebraska Lutheran) has been on the offensive line six games. Joey Braasch (r-fr., Columbus) carried 20 times for 64 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards in four games. Sam Scott (r-fr., Skutt) has played five games with an assisted tackle. Kohl Herbolsheimer (na., Millard South) and Tommy Wroblewski (na., St. Paul) played one game. Others: Caden Becker (fr., Omaha Skutt); Sabastian Harsh (hence Scottsbluff); Tommy McEvoy (r-fr., Clarkson/Leigh); Koa McIntyre (fr., Fremont Bergan); LJ Richardson (fr., Bellevue West); TJ Urban (fr., South Millard); Tyce Westland (r-fr., Pleasanton); Deshawn Woods (fr., Omaha Central).


North Dakota (4-2): Starting defensive back Marcus Vaughn-Jones (sr., Creighton Prep) has 21 total tackles and linebacker Kason Kelley (so., Millard North) has 20. Hayden Stec (fr., Elkhorn) and Trace Thaden (fr., Millard West) have not played.

North Dakota State (5-2): As backup quarterback, Cole Payton (r-fr., Omaha Westside), rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown and is 6-9-1 passing for 29 yards. Marques Sigle (so., Omaha North) has 18 tackles, including 11 solos and a sack, and one interception and pass breakup. Trevor Brown (fr., Waverly) did not play.

Northern Iowa (3-4): Starting defensive lineman Caden Houghtelling (r-jr.) has 27 tackles, including 4.5 for losses. Jayden Scott (r-jr., Omaha Concordia) is also on the list.

South Dakota (1-5): Starting linebacker Stephen Hillis (jr., Hartington Cedar Catholic) leads the Coyotes in tackles with 60 total tackles, with three sacks and six tackles for loss. He entered the lineup after the first game. Free starting safety Josh Manchigiah (sr., Papillion-La Vista South) had 11 tackles and two takeouts. Clayton Denker (r-fr., David City) has a tackle. Offensive lineman Paxton Swanson (r-fr., Platteview) started the North Dakota State game and appeared in three others. Matt Medill (r-fr., Norris) was in the six. Others on the list: Mack Owens (fr., Aurora); Cory Hollinger (fr., Cross County).

South Dakota State (6-1): Isaiah Stalbird (sr., Kearney) is the lone Nebraska starter for the No. 1 FCS team. He missed three games after the Jackrabbits’ first 7-3 loss, then had five solo tackles in last Saturday’s 23-21 win over North Dakota State. Caden Johnson (jr., Wahoo Neumann) had 12 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble. Caleb Francl (jr., Grand Island) started and made three tackles and an interception before being injured in the Iowa game. Dalys Beanum (jr., Millard West), who led SDSU in 2021 with four interceptions, has 19 tackles, one interception and one blocked kick. Nate Sullivan (so, Bellevue West) played four games. Kytan Fyfe (fr., Grand Island) and Chase Norblade (sr., Papillion-La Vista South) participated in the Butler match. Others on the list: Dane Miller (fr., senior); Abe Hoskins III (hence, Omaha Central); Isaac Kracl (fr., Crete); Kaden Johnson (fr., Papillion-La Vista); Luke Fenton (fr., Creighton Prep).

Southeast Missouri (5-1): Braden Thompson (fr., Nebraska City) played three games. Tony Failla (fr., Millard West) did not play.

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Drake (0-7): Linden Howe (sr., Kearney Catholic) had 27 tackles and one pass breakup in six games. Ethan Zager (jr., Lincoln Lutheran) had seven tackles in seven games. Caleb Steinbaugh (fr., Millard West) did not play.

Harvard (5-2): Kaedyn Odermann (jr., Millard West) had three catches for 27 yards in four games. Jack Kirkwood, (fr., Omaha Creighton Prep) played five games.

Princeton (5-0): Mason Armstead (so., Creighton Prep) has 15 tackles, including nine solos.

Valparaiso (3-3): Max Kobs (r-fr., Omaha Creighton Prep) is on the list.


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