After arriving at Nebraska, Charlton Warren was immediately faced with a big challenge.
As the Huskers' new secondary coach, Warren has been tasked with replacing both Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. He is also working to build relationships with players who have seen a lot of turnover at his position. The 37-year-old is Nebraska's fourth secondary coach in five years, after all.
However, Warren is making a huge impact easy for the Huskers.
It all began on national signing day. Warren made his presence known immediately, impacting recruits in key states. As the Lincoln Journal Star reported, he was "largely responsible for recruiting quarterback AJ Bush of Norcross, Ga., and defensive back Chris Jones of Jacksonville, Fla."
"He communicates very well. He works really hard. He couldn't get out (to recruit) fast enough," Pelini said, per the Lincoln Journal Star. "He hit the ground running as soon as he got here, and I thought he did a tremendous job for us."
Warren's ability to communicate doesn't stop at recruiting, either. Junior defensive back Charles Jackson recently praised the coach for his calming manner.
“I think he’ll be able to talk to you a lot better,” Jackson told Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star.
For someone like Jackson, who is working hard this spring to secure a starting spot, Warren has provided leadership and guidance. The coach has also provided many players with more attention to detail as spring practice has played out.
That type of attention will do nothing but better the Nebraska secondary. A group looking to fill the big shoes of Evans and Jean-Baptiste needs that, too.
As he's begun to identify new starters at cornerback, safety and nickel, Warren hasn't shown that he's under any pressure. Instead, he appears confident in his options. Cornerback Josh Mitchell will likely start at cornerback, while Corey Cooper will return to the safety spot. Beyond that, Warren has plenty of players, like Jackson, vying for attention.
The good news for Husker fans is that Warren is making an impact. From the respect of the players and fellow coaches, the secondary is looking better with each practice.
Tremendous effort and energy today at Spring practice #1! Great focus on the little things...Monday can't get here soon enough! #GBR— Charlton Warren (@CoachCwarren) March 8, 2014
While Pelini will continue to spend time with the defensive backs, as he has in the past, he's happy with where Warren is at right now.
"He's a sharp guy. I have a high comfort level with him," Pelini told Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star.
While there may be a lot of questions still at the defensive back position, Warren seems to have a good handle on things. And having only been at Nebraska since mid-January, his impact is already noticeable.
That can only mean even bigger things for Warren and the secondary come fall.