Nebraska Football: Latest News, Injuries and Updates on the Cornhuskers

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IApril 17, 2012

Nebraska Football: Latest News, Injuries and Updates on the Cornhuskers

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    Just because Nebraska’s spring work wrapped up one practice short, thanks to a thunderstorm that took out Nebraska’s spring game over the weekend, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on in and around the football program. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent NU News.

Rex Burkhead Is a Heisman Contender

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    Well, at least there’s some discussion about it here and here. It’s an interesting case, and when you look at Burkhead’s statistics, you understand how the argument could be made.

    But, as both articles point out, Burkhead’s no-nonsense style might get in the way of a Heisman candidacy. He’s a tough runner, but not an especially flashy runner, so the concern is that Burkhead might not have the “Heisman moment” that he would need to contend for the trophy.

    Plus, if Nebraska goes 8-4 in 2012, it’s unlikely that Burkhead will get any kind of mention for such an individual honor. And Burkhead will have to displace Montee Ball of Wisconsin, whom most pundits will view as the best returning back in the Big Ten.

    Still, it’s a good sign for Nebraska to have an offensive player mentioned in the same sentence as the Heisman Trophy. That hasn’t happened for awhile, and it might be a sign of good things to come for NU’s offense.

No Spring Game, No Problem for One Recruit

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    Even though he ended up missing out on seeing Nebraska’s Spring Game due to the inclement weather, defensive end A.J. Natter committed to NU over the weekend. Natter, a Wisconsin native and a 4-star recruit, according to Scout, chose Nebraska over Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star.

Taylor's Feet Are the Talk of the Town

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    Throughout the offseason, Nebraska fans have heard all about how quarterback Taylor Martinez has visited quarterback coaches and focused on the fundamentals of his throwing mechanism. Tim Beck, offensive coordinator and newly-christened quarterbacks coach, has even appeared on the Big Ten Network discussing his changes.

    The Spring Game wouldn’t have seen a lot of Martinez on the field, but it would have given NU fans the chance to see his fancy footwork on display. Now, we’ll all have to wait until September to see if Martinez’s focus on mechanics will pay off.

The Back-Up Backfield Has Been Clarified

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    With Braylon Heard moving to defense, the pecking order has been clarified a little bit in terms of who will be backing up Rex Burhkead. Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah, each dangerous backs in their own way, will get the opportunity to compete head-to-head for playing time spelling Burkhead.

    The coaching staff knows that Burkhead cannot touch the ball as often as he did in 2011 without risking injury, so the performances of Green and Abdullah will go a long way in determining Nebraska’s offensive success in 2012.

Tickets Might Be a Little Easier to Come By

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    No, the sellout streak isn’t in jeopardy. But Nebraska is well underway with an expansion to the east stadium, which will put Memorial Stadium’s seating capacity over 90,000 when construction is complete. The structure isn’t scheduled to be completed until after the 2012 season and will include new club seating and suites in addition to general seating.

    But the waiting list for season tickets is still pretty long, unfortunately for those long-suffering fans waiting for a chance at their season pass.

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