Nebraska Spring Football Highlights Defensive Uncertainty

By Curt Popejoy
Bo Pelini Nebraska Cornhuskers
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As the spring portion of college football gets ready to get into full swing in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and head coach Bo Pelini have to be excited about the prospects of this current incarnation of the Cornhuskers. There is a sense around this program that this team is going to be good. Very good. Especially on offense. Returning incumbents at multiple positions on the offensive side of the football ensure that this team is going to be fast and athletic and score points in bunches.

But for all the confidence there is about the offense, there is just as much concern about the defense. Not in the talent on the roster, but there are lots of questions leading into spring about just who is going to play where. Some have hinted that the days of the Blackshirts are dead and gone at Nebraska, and while they may not be there yet, there’s hope for the future of bringing back that past glory.

Linebacker, interior defensive line, and defensive secondary are all staring down some major changes. It won’t be shocking if there are seven or eight new starters among those spots. Coach Pelini is going to have to sort through multiple youngsters to try and get the right mix on the field to help this team be successful. Early word out of practices is Pelini and his staff are really moving guys around, trying players in new positions and looking for that perfect mix.

This is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s never a good thing when a significant amount of talent departs.  And while it makes it hard on the coaches because decisions have to be made about who replaces them, Pelini and his stiff have to be feeling pretty good that while the next five months will mean lots of tough choices, this team is young but very talented. So while there is uncertainty about who will be where when this team takes the field this fall, Cornhusker fans can rest assured that the defense that takes the field will be good.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.




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