Jeramiah Stovall

Jeramiah Stovall is a major special teams contributor for the Huskers.

Jeramiah Stovall had a dream last week. In it, he blocked a punt and scored a touchdown.

The senior and do-everything special teams member laughed Monday that it still counts as an accurate prediction even if he wasn’t the one who blocked a pair of punts in the victory over Northern Illinois. The 4-year-old daughter of special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt, Kira, rewarded the unit with more baked goods after she made cupcakes rewarding the punt-return touchdown against South Alabama.

“It was brownies today,” Stovall said. “They were good, too.”

Stovall, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defensive back, spoke to media members on the same day Frost announced that he had earned a scholarship. The Creighton Prep grad is on all four kickoff and punt units and has four tackles this year.

“You can really make your name here just on special teams,” Stovall said. “You get a punt block, your name’s there. ... You can really make a big impact. So it’s motivating to see how much of the game can be impacted by special teams.”

Stovall enrolled at Nebraska in 2015 as a regular student, quickly becoming a standout in intramurals. He attended an open tryout that fall and made the team, eventually cracking the two-deep in the secondary under former coach Mike Riley. He proved himself again under Frost, shaking the tendency to believe he shouldn’t have to go through another interview process of sorts.

Nebraska still has one open scholarship it is working to fill, Frost said. It awarded one to sophomore offensive lineman and Omaha Skutt grad Trent Hixson at the end of fall camp.

“There’s several guys that deserve it, but we rewarded (Stovall) with one,” Frost said. “Close to making a decision on the other.”

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