Chris Hickman

Omaha Burke graduate and Nebraska freshman tight end Chris Hickman will play in his first game this weekend. 

LINCOLN — True freshman tight end Chris Hickman will play in his first game Saturday as a member of NU’s special teams, tight ends coach Sean Beckton said Wednesday.

“He’s looked really good this week in his assignments and understanding what he needs to get done there,” Beckton said. “Really excited about him seeing some action this week.”

The Omaha Burke grad can appear in up to four games while retaining his redshirt. He’ll become the second in-state signee from the 2019 recruiting class to play, following Scottsbluff outside linebacker Garrett Nelson, who is burning his redshirt. Burke linebacker Nick Henrich, York linebacker Garrett Snodgrass and Norfolk Catholic lineman Ethan Piper have yet to play this season.

As it stands, Nelson, athlete Wan’Dale Robinson and cornerback Quinton Newsome have already burned their redshirt this year. It’s possible Lincoln North Star linebacker Luke Reimer, who has played in three games, burns his redshirt, as well.

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