Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football

Nebraska Cornhuskers: Hard Hitters, But Good Coverage Skills?

Daimion Stafford did not take long to introduce himself as a Nebraska Cornhusker last season by absolutely leveling an opposing player on one of his very first tackles of the season. He was voted earlier this week by this teammates to be the second hardest hitter on the team and his hoping to be one of two starting safeties this season.

As fall camp begins, the Cornhuskers have to replace Austin Cassidy at one safety position. Last season, the second safety position rotated at times between Stafford, PJ Smith, and Coutney Osborne. This season, those players along with Justin Blatchford, Harvey Jackson, and Corey Cooper could all see playing time, especially early in the season if and when games get out of hand.

Last season, however, the safeties were torched at times on the deep throws. Too many times they had their eyes on the quarterback and allowed receivers to get behind them. At other times, they had horrible communication skills between each other and the cornerbacks which allowed receivers to run right past everyone.

So this season, who gets the nod for the Big Red?

Early on, strictly due to experience and knowledge of the scheme, Smith and Stafford should be at the top of the depth chart. While neither player is big, both deliver are capable of playing physical and delivering big hits for Pelini’s defense. However, at times as I said, their lack of coverage skills could cost the Blackshirts.

Head coach Bo Pelini likes to bring a blitz from all sides of the defense. Sometimes he will drop from a 4-3 to 3-4, or even a 5-2 and 46. In any of those cases, watch out for Stafford lining up on the blind side of the quarterback and coming on a safety blitz. In such cases, the pressure will be turned up on the rest of the secondary to handle their assignments.

As the season progresses, however, I think Stafford and Smith will run away with the job. However, with the way Pelini has rotated players, everybody better be ready to go.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football Videos

Mountain West Daily (2/5/16)

Fresno State women’s tennis is playing in the ITA National Indoor Championships, Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun agrees to a contract extension and former Falcon quarterback Chris Beake heads to his second Super Bowl in three years as a defensive assistant for the Denver Broncos.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football Videos

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas: Top 4 Games at Georgia Tech

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas exploded onto the scene in 2009 for the Yellow Jackets and was a tremendous playmaker. Even GT's option-oriented offense could not conceal the weapon that was affectionately known as "Bay Bay". Thomas put together some awesome games in his time in Atlanta. Enjoy four of his greatest performances right here!

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football Videos

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Boston College Hype Video

Luke Kuechly's legendary career at Boston College led him to the Carolina Panthers, where he has been one of the most dominant forces in the NFL. Luke has been the catalyst for a prolific Panthers defense that will now be tested on the biggest stage of all, Super Bowl 50! Enjoy this special Super Bowl edition of the best of Luke Kuechly while a BC Eagle!

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NCAA Football Videos

SEC's Best Super Bowl Performers

Several SEC alums have been standout Super Bowl performers dating back to the game's inception in 1967. With Cam Newton and Peyton Manning headlining Super Bowl 50, take a look back at other former SEC stars that made it to the game's biggest stage.

Comment 0 Comments