A couple of extra tidbits from Big Ten media days:
>> Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong is the No. 2 quarterback right now, Pelini said, with senior walk-on Ron Kellogg III close behind. If Armstrong holds on to the backup spot, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said, it would “make sense” for 2013 quarterback signee Johnny Stanton to redshirt this year.
Still, Pelini expects to be impressed by Stanton, who chose NU over Oregon and Wisconsin.
“He’s a really smart kid,” Pelini said. “Very heady. I think he ‘gets’ football. He’ll be interesting to watch develop early on. He’s going to be a good football player.”
Stanton’s fully recovered from a torn ACL in his knee, said Pelini, who added he’d like to get more playing time for all of his backups this year if possible.
“I think it’s going to be important to get some time for our backup and see where it goes, because you never know,” Pelini said. “We’ve been really fortunate with Taylor (Martinez) that we haven’t lost him for any extended period of time. We’ve been lucky. Now we’re kind of set up — we’re more capable of handling a long-term injury by our quarterback even though we don’t want that happen. I’d feel a little bit better if we were to lose him now for a game than I was a year or two ago. It could have been disastrous.”
>> Pelini had high praise for senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who enters this year with 64 catches for 773 yards in his career. Pelini said Enunwa’s 6-foot-2, 225-pound frame should translate well to the NFL, which looks for bigger receivers. Pelini also hinted that Enunwa could be used as a different kind of weapon this year because of that frame.
“His size is a nice problem to have,” Pelini said. “He presents us with a lot of versatility and different things we can do with him. We haven’t necessarily used him in some of those roles in the past, but we will this year.”