Monday, April 11, 2011

Amateur Huskerland Preview 2.0

by Hayden Flanders
Here in Huskerland, the spring game inches ever closer, in which, means more spring information from our beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.  The quarterback battle continues, not much is being made of it right now, everyone knows it’s between Taylor Martinez, Cody Green, and Brion Carnes, which I mentioned in my previous article.
Now on the defensive side of the ball, battles are being waged to take the place of departed seniors Pierre Allen, Eric Hagg, and Prince Amukamara.  The good thing for the Huskers is, there are three players who are seniors this season who are taking over as the defensive leaders, each leading the separate sections.  The Defensive line, which is led by Defensive Tackle Jared Crick, Linebackers are led by LaVonte David, and the defensive backs are headed by Alfonzo Dennard.   Thanks to the three of them, the transition of the younger players shouldn’t be very difficult.
Replacing Amukamara will be the hardest of the replacements to make.  Leading the way is sophomore Ciante Evans, who made several appearances last season, and made quite the impression, on me at least.  I’m excited to see what else he can bring to the table, although I mentioned last article not to count out redshirt freshman Harvey Jackson either, I’m hoping Evans and Jackson give us a great battle in to the Fall. Along with those two, our recruiting class brought a big time recruit in at the defensive back position too, Charles Jackson, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him redshirt this season.
Replacing Eric Hagg will be much simpler, seeing as how we had a rotation at his position last season.  Daimion Stafford, one of our Big recruits this spring looks to be one to watch to take over for Hagg.
Lastly, replacing Pierre Allen will be the easiest.  We all expected BIG things out of Allen this past season, but sadly…he disappointed and didn’t produce to what he was capable of.  We saw Terrence Moore last season come out in spots, and he provided a bit of spark when he was in.  There are many more players, to many to mention, on the defensive line that are looking to, at least, make the rotation this season.
After taking another look at our offense, I didn’t see any other positions of interest besides the quarterback, and wide receiver, but those two I mentioned in my previous article.  Running back is going to be fun to watch this year, with Rex Burkhead back, along with incoming players Braylon Heard, Aaron Green, and Ameer Abdullah.  All three incoming players provide some SERIOUS speed, to go along with Burkheads’ power and versatility.
But needless to say, this will be a fun spring, and fall to check out, with our maiden voyage into the Big 10 conference.  I hope you other Husker fans are just as excited as I am!

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