Nebraska now has a senior who will officially be back in 2021. And the news couldn’t be bigger for the Blackshirts.
Outside linebacker JoJo Domann announced on social media Saturday he will be taking advantage of the pandemic-related eligibility freeze from this season and return next season. It will be the sixth year in a Huskers uniform for the 6-foot-1, 230-pound native of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Domann announced the decision in a short video clip from the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with his head and those of Nebraska coaches replacing movie characters.
“I’m not leaving!” the Domann character says in the movie as the crowd cheers. “The show goes on!”
Five of Nebraska’s 18 seniors had previously announced their intentions for next year, with all five opting to move on from the program. Domann — considered to have more of a toss-up decision than many — took a couple weeks from the end of NU’s season to weigh his options but ultimately chose to return. As the son of an NFL agent, Domann had considerable experience nearby to draw from.
Domann was Nebraska’s most versatile defender this year, flashing the ability to drop into coverage as well as set an edge and pressure a quarterback. He tied for the team lead in tackles for loss (6.5) and pass breakups (five) and finished 2020 with a career-high 58 tackles despite the truncated season. Once considered more of a rogue defender, he was a reliable cog in the defense this year while retaining a knack for playmaking that resulted in forcing two fumbles and recovering another.
Domann was so critical to the defense — providing an all-around skillset unique to current Huskers — that he was on the field for all but a handful of snaps this season.