College football fans get a double-whammy around the holidays. Not only do they have to deal with the post-Christmas blues, they realize they are about to go into a long, long offseason without college football. August is a long, long way away.
But fear not. Bleacher Report has you covered. Even now, we can look forward to see what Nebraska's 2012 depth chart will look like. Just close your eyes, think about who will be getting the start at the WILL linebacker spot next fall and you'll get through another A's-Orioles doubleheader in August.
Starter: Taylor Martinez
Backups: Tommy Armstrong, Brion Carnes, Ron Kellogg III
Martinez is the obvious choice returning as the starter. Armstrong, the freshman, gets the nod as the primary backup given the coaching staff's clear distrust of Carnes given his lack of playing time in 2011.
Starter: Rex Burkhead
Backups: Aaron Green, Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard
A no-brainer. Burkhead should be the offensive leader, and the three soon-to-be sophomores behind him will be competing throughout spring for a place on the pecking order.
Starter: C.J. Zimmerer
Backups: Mike Marrow, Lester Ward
Zimmerer gets the starting nod given his experience, but don't be surprised if Mike Marrow works his way into the starting lineup by the end of the year.
Starters: Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Jamal Turner
Backups: Tim Marlowe, Taariq Allen, Khiry Cooper, Steven Osborne
Tougher one to call, because it was very clear that Tim Marlowe was a trusted part of the Nebraska offense in 2011. But it's hard to keep the talent and speed of Bell and Turner, and the size of Enunwa, off the field.
Starter: Kyler Reed
Backups: Ben Cotton, Jake Long
Reed is the offensive weapon at tight end, particularly down the field, which gives him the starting nod.
Starters: Jeremiah Sirles, Tyler Moore
Backups: Zach Sterup, Ryan Klachko
Remember the start of the season, when Moore made history as a true freshman starting on the offensive line? He disappeared by the end of the year, but with an offseason of work (and a need due to graduation), he should regain his starting role alongside Sirles.
Starters: Andrew Rodriguez, Spencer Long
Backups: Seung Hoon Choi, Brent Qvale
Totally a call based on returning experience. Don't be shocked to see some of the incoming freshmen rotating through at guard as well.
Starter: Ryne Reeves
Backup: Cole Pensick
This one's more about talent than experience. Reeves was one of the starts of last year's recruiting class, and he should get his chance at the spotlight in 2012.
Starters: Cameron Meredith, Eric Martin
Backups: Josh Williams, Jason Ankrah, Joseph Carter
Meredith is a clear starter, and Martin gets a slight nod over the rest due to his explosiveness. But he will likely be rotating time with Williams, Ankrah and Carter.
Starters: Baker Steinkuhler, Todd Peat
Backups: Chase Rome, Jay Guy, Kevin Williams
Steinkuhler is another no-brainer starter, and could be the leader of the defense in 2012. Peat gets the nod for his potential over the experience of Rome, Guy, and Williams.
Starter: Will Compton
Backup: Trevor Roach
If Steinkuhler isn't the defensive leader in 2012, then it will be Compton picking up the slack from Lavonte David.
Starter: David Santos
Backup: Zaire Anderson, Matthew May
Tough call as to who will be starting in place of Lavonte David. Santos gets the nod based on potential, but don't be surprised to see Anderson seeing significant playing time.
Starter: Alonzo Whaley
Backup: Graham Stoddard, Michael Rose
Starters: Daimion Stafford, Harvey Jackson
Backups: P.J. Smith, Courtney Osborne
Stafford established himself as a starter, and both Smith and Osborne did not seize their opportunities when they presented themselves last year. Thus, Jackson and his potential gets the nod.
Starters: Andrew Green, Mohammed Seisay
Backups: Ciante Evans, Charles Jackson
Green earned his starting job back at the end of the season. Seisay is the type of player that doesn't get signed if the coaches don't intend to play him.
Starter: Brett Maher
Backup: Mauro Bondi
Starter: Brett Maher
Backup: Mauro Bondi
Starter: P.J. Mangieri
Backup: Sam Meginnis
Starter: Ameer Abdullah
Backup: Tim Marlowe
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