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Nebraska Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2014

Nebraska Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

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    Nebraska football fans know that fall camp is about to start, and with fall camp comes the depth chart battles that will help define the 2014 season. So while there are no official depth charts, we can speculate as to where things are at least starting out as fall camp opens. Of course, the battles in fall camp will go a long way toward determining what Nebraska’s depth chart will look like on August 30 when NU lines up against Florida Atlantic.

    But until then, here’s a glimpse of where things might stand. Returning starters are in italics.

Offensive Line

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    While the offensive line will be seeing a lot of new starters, thanks to the injuries many of this year’s players will have gained valuable experience last year. Colorado transfer Alex Lewis, should he hold the job through fall camp, could be one of the most valuable additions to Nebraska’s roster in 2014.

    Left Tackle: Alex Lewis, David Knevel

    Left Guard: Jake Cotton, Chongo Kondolo

    Center: Mark Pelini, Ryne Reeves

    Right Guard: Mike Moudy, Dwayne Johnson Jr.

    Right Tackle: Zach Sterup, Tanner Farmer

Offensive Backs

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    While Johnny Stanton may have the talent to be the next guy, it seems as if Ryker Fyfe has the inside track on the backup spot given his mastery of the playbook. Backups to Ameer Abdullah should be fluid, with Adam Taylor and Terrell Newby seeing packages specific for them.

    Quarterback: Tommy Armstrong, Ryker Fyfe

    I-Back: Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross

    Fullback: Andy Janovic, Mitch McCann

Receivers

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    Kenny Bell is the undisputed leader of Nebraska’s receiving corps, but after Bell the depth chart should be fluid throughout the season. Perhaps the most fascinating battle will be at the slot receiver position between Jamal Turner and Jordan Westerkamp. Will Turner’s as-of-yet unrealized potential outweigh Westerkamp’s consistency?

    Wide Receiver (X): Kenny Bell, Brandon Reilly

    Wide Receiver (Z): Alonzo Moore, Taariq Allen

    Wide Receiver (A): Jordan Westerkamp, Jamal Turner

    Tight End: Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton

Defensive Line

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    Randy Gregory will be the first name written on any depth chart, but behind him fall camp will go a long way to sort things out. Look for Vincent Valentine and Greg McMullen to take advantage of the time to solidify their positions

    Defensive End: Randy Gregory, A.J. Natter

    Defensive Tackle: Aaron Curry, Maliek Collins

    Defensive Tackle: Vincent Valentine, Kevin Maurice

    Defensive End: Greg McMullen, Joe Keels

Linebackers

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    Linebacker is a peculiar position for Nebraska. There is a lot of talent, but there is very little in terms of clearly won positions. Zaire Anderson looks to be the strongest overall talent, and Michael Rose did a lot to win the "Mike" position last year. After that, the depth chart could be in play throughout the linebacker corps.

    "Buck" Linebacker: Josh Banderas, Courtney Love

    "Mike" Linebacker: Michael Rose, Trevor Roach

    "Will" Linebacker: Zaire Anderson, David Santos

Defensive Backs

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    Nebraska does have some returning experience in the secondary with cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The battle for the other starting cornerback position between Jonathan Rose and Byerson Cockrell could be one of the most entertaining of the fall camp. And seeing the amazing athletic talent of Charles Jackson replace Ciante Evans at nickel could be a difference-making change for the Blackshirts.

    Cornerback: Josh Mitchell, Boaz Joseph

    Safety: Corey Cooper, Nathan Gerry

    Safety: LeRoy Alexander, D.J. Singleton

    Cornerback: Jonathan Rose, Byerson Cockrell

    Nickel: Charles Jackson

Specialists

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    Hold your breath, Nebraska fans, we’re likely to see a true freshman enter fall camp as the de facto starting placekicker. How Drew Brown holds up to the pressure could be a defining element of Nebraska’s 2014 campaign. And look for some game-breaking talent to take the reins of the return game, helping to improve from last season.

    Placekicker: Drew Brown

    Kickoff Specialist: Mauro Bondi

    Punter: Sam Foltz

    Holder: Sam Foltz

    Long Snapper: Gabriel Miller

    Punt Returner: Jamal Turner, Terrell Newby

    Kick Returner: Jamal Turner, Terrell Newby

     

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