Nebraska football fans got their final fix of the Big Red on Saturday, seeing an entertaining Red-White game won by the Red squad, 32-25. The starters did not get a tremendous amount of playing time, so fans got a chance to see a number of players down the depth chart and gained at least a little insight as to where each player might stand.
So let’s project what the two-deep depth chart for Nebraska looks like after spring practice. Remember, this is a projection, meaning it is what I think the depth chart would look like, not what I think it should look like. For example, I’d have Stanley Jean-Baptiste ahead of Josh Mitchell at starting cornerback, but I don’t think Bo Pelini agrees with me on that assessment.
Also, remember that all of the fall recruiting class has yet to arrive, and in many positions, those new players will change the depth chart dramatically. But, at least for now, here’s how I would project Nebraska’s two-deep depth chart.
At least two starting positions here could be in jeopardy with the arrival of players like Matt Finnin, Chongo Kondolo and Dwayne Johnson. And even if the starters don’t change much, the rotation certainly will.
LT: Brent Qvale, Jeremiah Sirles
LG: Jake Cotton, Ryne Reeves
C: Cole Pensick, Mark Pelini
RG: Spencer Long, Zach Sterup OR Cole Pensick
RT: Andrew Rodriguez, Jeremiah Sirles
UPDATE: This slide has been updated to reflect Brodrick Nickens' move from offensive line to defensive line. Apologies for the error.
Both RKIII and King Frazier appeared at the Red-White game to play their way in to at least an “or” spot on the two-deep roster. The arrival of 4-star freshmen I-backs Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor and whether either one will be redshirted could be the most interesting development of fall camp.
QB: Taylor Martinez, Tommy Armstrong OR Ron Kellogg III
IB: Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross OR King Frazier
FB: C.J. Zimmerer, Andy Janovich OR Mike Marrow
Other than additional depth at tight end, the receivers may be the most settled position for Nebraska. Don’t look for this list to change too much when the new guys arrive in the fall.
WR X: Kenny Bell, Alonzo Moore
WR Z: Quincy Enunwa, Taariq Allen
WR A: Jamal Turner, Jordan Westerkamp
TE: Jake Long, Sam Cotton
Junior college transfer Randy Gregory will almost certainly claim one of the starting defensive end spots, and don’t be surprised if players like Dimarya Mixon, Kevin Maurice and Maliek Collins push for playing time right away.
DE: Jason Ankrah, Greg McMullen
DE: Avery Moss, Walker Ashburn
DT: Aaron Curry, Kevin Williams OR Tobi Okuyemi
DT: Thad Randle, Vincent Valentine OR Jay Guy
Nebraska will be looking at all kinds of options for the position with the most turnover on the team. Senior Trevor Roach, with perhaps the standout defensive performance of the Red-White game, may have put himself back on the map with the experience he brings. But with 4-star freshmen Josh Banderas and Marcus Newby arriving this fall, the position could get very competitive.
MIKE: David Santos, Michael Rose OR Trevor Roach
WILL: Zaire Anderson, Jared Afalava
BUCK: Thomas Brown, Courtney Love
Nebraska’s secondary is still a hodgepodge and looks to be that way into the 2013 season. Any depth chart of Nebraska’s defensive backs should be done in pencil, as it will likely change from game to game.
S: Corey Cooper, Wil Richards
S: Harvey Jackson, Mohammed Seisay
CB: Jonathan Rose, Andrew Green OR Mohammed Seisay
CB: Josh Mitchell, Stanley Jean-Baptiste OR Charles Jackson
In addition to linebacker, Nebraska’s specialists are undergoing the biggest overhaul on the team. The coaching staff is trying to convince everyone (perhaps including themselves) that they have full confidence in Mauro Bondi. But they wouldn’t have tried to recruit another scholarship kicker if they thought Bondi was the real deal. Look for a lot of focus on this area in the fall, as well as for scholarship long snapper Gabe Miller to win the job upon his arrival in Lincoln.
PK: Mauro Bondi, Spencer Lindsay
P: Sam Foltz, Mauro Bondi
KOS: Mauro Bondi, Spencer Lindsay
LS: Joseph Rotherham
KR: Jamal Turner, Kenny Bell
PR: Jamal Turner, Kenny Bell
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