Nebraska Spring Game 2012: Date, Start Time, TV Info and More

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 3: Head Coach Bo Pelini leads his Nebraska Cornhuskers onto the field against the Chattanooga Mocs before their game at Memorial Stadium September 3, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 40-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Like several college football programs, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are preparing for their annual spring game this Saturday, and it's sure it be a fun event for all. 

The coaches will get a great view of where their team is this offseason, and the fans finally get to see some real football action take place for the first time in what feels like ages. 

Nebraska's Red vs. White spring game doesn't feature a ton of huge storylines on the national stage, but there are some important position battles taking place. 

With that said, here's everything you need to know about the Cornhuskers' 2012 spring game. 


When: Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET 

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Watch: Online at BTN2Go, re-air on The Big Ten Network at 10:30 p.m. ET 


Position Battle to Watch: Cornerback 

Under Bo Pelini, the secondary at Nebraska has been in great shape thanks to some lockdown cornerbacks.

Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard have significantly helped the Cornhuskers defense over the years, but now they're gone, so new players must step up.  

With the elites out the door, it gives Nebraska a chance to find a new star in the secondary. Somebody has to emerge in the spring game as a strong presence, and it's uncertain as to who that will be. 

Junior Andrew Green looks to have the upper leg, but junior college transfer Mohammed Seisay has great size and physical strength to dominate at the position. He's 6'2", 200 pounds, so he certainly looks the part, but we'll soon see what all he can do on the gridiron. 


Area in Need of Most Improvement: Quarterback

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 19:  Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first quarter pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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If the Cornhuskers are going to win the Big Ten this year, it mostly depends on the arm and mind of Taylor Martinez. 

They're only going to go as far as he takes them, and if Nebraska wants that to be to the Big Ten Championship Game or the Rose Bowl, Martinez's spring development is crucial. 

He's been criticized his whole career, but that of course is going to happen when you start as a freshman at the most important position on the field. 

Martinez has the talent to help Nebraska win big this year, as he can make big plays and keep the opposing defense on its toes. 

However, the interceptions need to come down, and the completion percentage needs to come up. His work in the offseason will determine the Cornhuskers' fate in 2012. 


What to Expect in 2012 

The Cornhuskers have a legitimate chance to win the Big Ten Legends Division in 2012, but it's not going to be easy. 

Playing against Wisconsin and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks will be rough, as well as facing Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State in late October and early November. 

With seven home games, though, Nebraska has a good shot at making a lot of noise in the Big Ten this year. 

They return 16 total starters this season, so look for the Cornhuskers to improve on their 9-4 record from a year ago. With the key offensive studs coming back, Nebraska looks to be in good shape for 2012.

However, the defense will be the real question, as the secondary and defensive front takes a hit with the departure of key contributors from last year. 

If the Cornhuskers are going to win the Big Ten in 2012, the defense will have to step up in a major way, and Martinez will have to transform into a better leader. That might be too much to ask of Nebraska this coming season. 


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