The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a history of producing NFL level talent in the secondary. In recent memory, that includes Mike and Ralph Brown, Josh and Daniel Bullocks, DeJuan Groce, Zackary Bowman, Eric Haag, Fabian Washington, Prince Amukamara, Larry Asante, and Alfonzo Dennard. With such an esteemed list, it is hard to imagine the Cornhuskers without a true lockdown corner in quite some time.
That is the case this season where the Cornhuskers are going to be extremely young in the secondary. The good news is that much of the secondary had a fair amount of playing time last year. The problem, however, is that they struggled mightily in all phases of the game.
Andrew Green started to come on strong late in the season when he started to understand the defensive schemes. His partners in crime last season, excluding Dennard, were less than stellar. Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, and Josh Mitchell all struggled mightily. So who plays opposite Green this season?
I believe it will be one of two possible newcomers for the Cornhuskers. I could actually see both of them starting depending on how fast they pick the system up.
Charles Jackson and Mohammed Seisay are both looking to make an impact this fall for the Huskers. Jackson is coming to campus a year late due to academic ineligibility, but nonetheless he stuck with it and made it. Seisay was called one of the best junior college cornerbacks in the country last season.
In Nebraska’s scheme where physical play is a necessity, both of these players will have no issues. Seisay is 6’2, 200 lbs while Jackson is 5’11 and 175 lbs. However, both of them will have put some extra weight in muscle while getting ready for the opening game.
Bo Pelini likes in cornerbacks to be physical and up in the receivers face. Amukamara and Dennard both excelled at this. Green, Evans, and the others last year did not.
In just a couple short weeks, football season begins, and new questions will arise. Who do you think will start this season for the Cornhuskers at cornerback?