Walk-on Mazour thrilled with scholarship

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LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours on Wednesday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in shoulder pads and helmets.

After practice Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media and informed them that three walk-ons have received scholarships.

"Just announced to the team, we had some departures on this team, and we're not (at the) full allotment of 85 scholarships so three young men have earned scholarships to the university here,” Frost said. “Jacob Weinmaster, Wyatt Mazour and Bryan Reimers will all be on scholarship for this year. Those guys have earned it, and we're proud of them."

Frost also spoke about running back Tre Bryant, who is retiring from the sport after dealing with injuries. Bryant rushed for 299 yards in the first two games last year before being lost for the season due to injury.

"Bryant has come to us and told us that he's going to move away from football,” Frost said. “He has been incredible since we've been here. He's had some knee issues and being in camp he looked great, he felt great. I think he just kind of figured out that he can't do it with the condition that he has. We're going to support him and help him in any way we can, but I just don't think his knees will hold up right now."

Frost also gave an update on the competition to be Nebraska’s starting quarterback.

"We're probably going to make an announcement this weekend,” Frost said in regards to announcing a starting quarterback for the season opener. “We wanted to make sure we were sure on everything before we did it and definitely didn't want to announce anything before talking to the two kids involved.

“Both guys are doing really good things, it's been back and forth. We're going to need both of them this year, and I'm sure both of them are going to play, but we'll probably have conversations with them this weekend and make an announcement then."

Heading into the last week of practice before the first game, Frost also talked about the team’s depth.

"There's some positions I feel really good about the depth. There's others where we're thin,” Frost said. “We're going to have to stay healthy this year if we want to be as good as we can be. We're going to have to keep bringing the other guys along with reps. Defensive back is one (position) I will point to coming into the season, I was really worried about the depth, we've had some guys step up in that room. (Defensive Backs) Coach (Travis) Fisher has done a great job in that room. There's others where I feel like we're going to take a step back if our starter’s not in there. So it's our job as coaches to keep trying to bring up the younger guys and get them ready to play."

Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT.