Nick Henrich

Nick Henrich enrolled early at Nebraska after an accomplished career at Omaha Burke, where he won a state championship in 2018.

LINCOLN — Nebraska freshman inside linebacker Nick Henrich will miss the spring game and several months of action with a shoulder injury that will require surgery.

Coach Scott Frost told reporters Wednesday that Henrich should return in time for fall camp. The four-star recruit from Omaha Burke had been working with the No. 2 defense and figured to back up senior Mohamed Barry.

In Henrich’s absence, redshirt freshman walk-on Joseph Johnson from Gretna may get more snaps in Saturday’s spring game.

“Joey’s done a nice job picking up the defense,” inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud said.

The Huskers have three healthy scholarship inside linebackers on campus: Barry and juniors Collin Miller and Will Honas, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered last season. Jackson Hannah and Garrett Snodgrass arrive this summer.

“There’s still some spots where we wish we had more horses,” Frost said. “That’s got to continue to be developed through recruiting and development of the roster. The guys who are playing there are doing a really good job. We just wish we had more of them.”

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said Nebraska’s walk-ons have to fill the void.

“They’re not walk-ons to me,” Chinander said. “They’re twos and threes.”

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