One of the most...interesting...headlines from spring camp thus far is probably Bo Pelini's choice of companion when coming out onto the field prior to the Cornhuskers' spring game. Kitty cats aside, there were plenty of other takeaways from Nebraska's spring of football.
First, Pelini's reputation seems to be (mostly) healed after last season's dust-up involving leaked tapes of seemingly private conversations. In just a few short months, Pelini went from Nebraska public enemy No. 1 to a guy who, by and large, has the support of his team, his school and his fanbase.
The antics with the cat certainly didn't hurt matters.
The offense edged the defense, 55-46, in a modified scoring format, and we learned a few new things about Nebraska along the way—while also having a few things confirmed.
Confirmed? Nebraska's running game is good. Imani Cross had 100 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Ameer Abdullah didn't play, but we know how good he is. Put the two together in 2014 and opponents will have their hands full.
Something new? There's an attitude of fun surrounding Nebraska's football program that, to be honest, defies the expectations of the Pelini years. The coaches announced players by their Twitter handles and the team even competed in a goalpost throwing contest.
And again, the cat.
Confirmed? The passing game has a ways to go. Tommy Armstrong, as if to reinforce some fears, threw an interception on the very first play of the game. But something new to take away from his performance was his ability to bounce back. Perhaps he's growing into his skin as a starter, after all.
Something new? Last season's defensive struggles early on may have been an anomaly. A pair of interceptions should make secondary coaches happy, while giving up a few big plays on the ground really isn't a surprise given Cross' explosive playmaking abilities.
Confirmed? After this spring, it's safe to say Nebraska will be a front-runner in the new West Division in 2014.