Published Tuesday, April 2, 2013 AT 11:18 AM / Updated at 11:18 AM
Competition heating up at CB
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nowhere in the Nebraska football lineup will the battle for playing time be more competitive than at cornerback — and junior Josh Mitchell says that’s a good thing.

“That’s what we want,” Mitchell said Monday after practice. “We want everyone to compete and be able to play in games, so we can have a nice rotation going. The more people we can get in there, the better it is for all of us, so we can get some rest and be healthy.”

Through spring practice, Mitchell, Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean-Baptiste have led the way as the returnees with the most playing experience. That list of veterans doesn’t include Andrew Green, who is sitting out the spring as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Challenging them? Mohammed Seisay, Daniel Davie, Jonathan Rose and some others.

Mitchell is quietly putting together a strong spring, both with his play and leadership.

“I’m just trying to lead by example, and one way to do that is to have some good confidence,” he said.

Where does Rose fit?

NU assistant coach Terry Joseph said it’s a process after the former Auburn transfer spent last season with the Husker scout-team defense. But Joseph called Rose “as athletic as they come” and with the kind of tools that NU can utilize.

“He’s had some good days and bad days, but I think he’s a kid that hasn’t lost any confidence at all,” Joseph said. “We’re happy where he’s at, and I think he’ll continue to get better. I think this summer is going to be critical for him, because now he has a foundation of what we do on defense.”

About Rich Kaipust

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at rich.kaipust@owh.com