Lincoln East quarterback Noah Walters warms up his arm prior to the most recent Friday Night Lights event in Lincoln. Photo credit: Steve Marik, nebpreps
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Friday Night Lights, Vol. 2 Standouts


The second Friday Night Lights camp in Lincoln had plenty of in-state talent, from quarterbacks to receivers and running backs. 

Here are standouts from Friday Night Lights, Volume 2. 


Lincoln East’s Noah Walters was in the top group of quarterbacks on Friday night. The 2022 quarterback worked out earlier in the day privately for NU coaches. On Friday night he impressed with his accuracy in net drills and connected on deep balls with receivers more than he missed in the later portion of the night.

The Elkhorn South running back duo of Cole Ballard and Ben Warren had strong moments in the 1-on-1 running drills against linebackers. On multiple occasions, both Ballard and Warren received praise for the efforts from NU running backs coach Ryan Held after making the defenders miss. Prior to the public viewing, Warren ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash. 

2023 Creighton Prep running back CharMar Brown certainly looks the part. In the 1-on-1 drills he won virtually every rep. Brown, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound back, should certainly have a big role for the Junior Jays in the fall. 

2022 Papillion-La Vista athlete Tyson Money had strong moments in the individual drills where he was able to showcase his quick feet and burst. 

Two committed big-bodied pass catchers were in attendance as well. 2023 Pierce tight end Ben Brahmer worked out for the second time at Friday Night Lights and did nothing to make you think he won’t be a big factor in a passing game. His big strides and sure hands were on full display.

Garrett Oakley, a 6-5 2022 tight end from Columbus Scotus, worked out privately during the day on Friday for the NU coaching staff. Oakley, a Northern Illinois commit, had a nice showing in the public view later on Friday night. 

2024 Bellevue West receiver Dae’vonn Hall holds an offer from NU but decided to work out on Friday night. Explosiveness, speed and more speed in the 1-on-1 drills against cornerbacks was evident. He did have two over-the-shoulder drops in the end zone but came right back and made the play on his next opportunity. 

Worth keeping an eye on in the fall is 2022 North Bend Central QB Brodey Johnson. Johnson was in attendance on Friday and showed some poise and had some good throws to receivers in the 1-on-1s towards the end of the night. 

2023 Grand Island Northwest EDGE Vic Isele was back for another turn on the Friday Night Lights stage. One of the top pass rushers from the first FNL’s two weeks ago, Isele was seen getting some significant 1-on-1 coaching time from NU defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.

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