Spring Football is almost upon us, and people around here haven't been this excited in years! With the Blackshirts fully restored in only Bo Pelini's second season as head coach, he will have his work cut out for him heading into 2010.
The Huskers' strong finish to 2009 has brought in some national hype, which had been lacking for most of the previous decade. The heartbreak of the Big 12 Championship game versus Texas and the complete domination of a respectable Arizona team in the Pacific Life Holiday bowl has most national pundits calling for a preseason top 10 ranking for the Huskers heading into 2010.
To go along with the national hype, Bo has gone on record saying that he expects his defense to be "at least five times better than 2009's defense". Since his arrival in December of 2007, no one's had a better grasp of the program better than Bo. With the loss of Larry Asante, Matt O'Hanlon, Phillip Dillard, and of course, Ndamukong Suh, younger players in the program need to step up to meet Bo's expectations.
Let's not forget about that offense either, Husker fans. There were enough problems there in 2009 to keep us talking for days, but we've all been down that road before. With Zac Lee more than likely missing the entire spring practice, now is the time for Cody Green to step up and prove he's worth the hype that was put on him early in 2009. Other than that, I'm going to show you five position battles for you to keep an eye on during Spring ball, and into the Spring Game April 17.