Defensive end Josh Williams, a soon-to-be senior, is no longer with the Nebraska football program after a violation of team rules, coach Bo Pelini said Wednesday.
Williams played in all 13 games for the Huskers last year, starting two. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder from Denton, Texas, finished the 2011 season with 15 total tackles and one stop behind the line of scrimmage. He also blocked a kick.
Other tidbits passed on by Pelini Wednesday are below…
>> Linebackers coach Ross Els will be the team’s recruiting coordinator (now that John Papuchis has been promoted to defensive coordinator). Why Els? Said Pelini: “Experience. Thought it was the right choice.” Els will also oversee the special teams.
>> The NU staff is considering moving running back Braylon Heard to cornerback. “He’s a real sudden guy,” Pelini said. … It should be noted that signees LeRoy Alexander and Alonzo Moore were recruited to play cornerback, according to Pelini. Junior college transfer Mohammed Seisay joined the team this semester and is expected to make an immediate contribution at cornerback.
>> Pelini said Nebraska is offering multi-year scholarships (in line with proposed NCAA legislation that’s expected to be implemented soon). No more one-year renewable contracts — well, sort of. It doesn’t mean players won’t have off-the-field standards to live up to, Pelini said. “There’s still that level of responsibility that student athletes have to have in how they’re representing themselves and their program.”
>> Pelini said there will be a scholarship available for 2011 recruit Charles Jackson, the cornerback who’s still attempting to meet initial eligibility standards. “We’ll cross that road when it comes,” Pelini said.
>> Pelini gave senior Justin Jackson a shout-out Wednesday, confirming that the walk-on from Roca, Neb., will be working at center again. He did some of that last year before moving to the defensive line to provide some depth. “I think Justin has a chance to be pretty good over there,” Pelini said.