The first official practice day of practice for the 2021 fall sports season was Monday.
Here are notes and observations from Omaha Northwest’s practice on Wednesday.
It is clear that senior lineman Tyson Danner (6-3, 280) is the leader of not just his position group but the team. A state wrestling qualifier, Danner looks like the starter at left tackle and will be key at defensive tackle.
The Huskies have two nice targets at receiver. Senior Curtis Tchibozo (6-2, 200) should help the pass rush as a speed rusher at defensive end. On Wednesday showed some play making ability as a stand up tight end/wide receiver. He is a big target on offense and can make catches over the top of smaller defensive backs. Senior Jamar Moses Holiday is a name that could get more attention this season due to his length and athleticism at both receiver and defensive back.
There is a bit of a competition but it seems in good hands with seniors Isaiah Forte-Williams and Nate Ayer competing for the job. Williams has some natural athleticism and is a threat in the running game. Ayer is an effort player, on kick off coverage he was the first to the ball multiple times. Whoever win the starting quarterback job should be another option at receiver. Both Forte-Williams and Ayer should provide significant depth in the defensive backfield.
The biggest question is depth on the offensive and defensive lines. A season without football certainly hurt development but didn’t hurt the Huskies overall numbers. It looks like the program is trending in the right direction. Head coach Chris Fant is organized and has a plan.
How much can the Huskies get from senior Bronson Birdow (6-3, 225). Birdow is a big back that can easily run through arm tackles. If the line can give him room to run he could have a big year. On the defensive side of the ball he could play with his hand down on the line but is more likely to be a middle linebacker.
There is enough talent to make a run at a playoff appearance. There is a chance the Huskies could start the season with a handful of wins. Staying healthy on the interior will be key as will a what could be a key week seven game against Lincoln High.