By Brandon Cavanaugh @eightlaces on March 17, 2014
Nebraska's new secondary coach Charlton Warren has his hands full trying to replace Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. His work became even more difficult when safety Harvey Jackson was removed from the roster. Let's take a look at Warren and the five best defensive backs he has to work with this spring.
Already a proven recruiter, Warren will have to put in major work if he wants to match or excel Nebraska's No. 32 passing defense ranking. It's clear that he likes to hear pads popping. Luckily for him, the Huskers are not lacking in physical defensive backs.
Easily one of the best athletes in the Cornhuskers' secondary, Cooper can provide some of the biggest hits of any Big Red defensive back.
Word out of spring camp is that Mitchell is stepping into a defensive leadership role. Look for him to lock up a starting position.
Gerry saw some time last season. That should increase as the genetic freak likely moves back to safety thanks to Jackson's absence. He and Cooper are two of the most physical members of the secondary. Now Warren needs to instill how to properly wrangle receivers.
The Auburn transfer will finally see time on the field, and Nebraska fans can expect to see plenty of No. 14. Between Rose and Mitchell, the Huskers may have found their starting pair of cornerbacks.
The "Leroy Jenkins" jokes may continue, but Alexander proved he's nothing to laugh at in 2013. Another hard-hitting back, he shows great promise and a high ceiling. Keep your eyes on No. 18, folks. He may surprise both Husker fans and the Big Ten come the 2014 season.
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