The Husker coaches were pretty open late this week about how their lineup might shake out for Saturday’s opener against Wyoming. But there’s an actual depth chart now, so we can analyze it all even further.
Not much else to do on a Friday before the season opener, right?
The full depth chart is available in PDF version here. Or you can scroll down and glance through the less-attractive, text-heavy, bloggy-style below.
Here are a few thoughts about the Huskers’ two-deep:
>> No resolution yet at the backup quarterback spot, huh? Well, we can all be sure fans will stick around until the end Saturday just to see these guys, assuming the game gets out of hand. Tommy Armstrong or Ron Kellogg? Who gets the first snap once Taylor Martinez’s day is done? As always, the performance of Armstrong and/or Kellogg (again, assuming a blowout here) will receive lots of post-game focus from the Husker fan base.
>> Receivers coach Rich Fisher has always said he’ll reward the guys who practice well. Doesn’t matter about hype, fanfare, pedigree or anything. So don’t be surprised to see that three walk-ons are among the eight receivers on the two-deep. No Taariq Allen, though. The sophomore suffered that devastating injury last fall.
>> Junior Donovan Vestal made the depth chart at defensive end. He has yet to play in a game during his Husker career.
>> There are three linebacker spots listed, but Nebraska’s not going to be playing much of its base 4-3 defense Saturday. It’s been a little bit unclear as to what kind of role redshirt freshmen Michael Rose and Jared Afalava have had in the nickel and dime defenses (though both have recently made a jump, Bo Pelini said Monday). That will be something to watch Saturday.
>> Kudos to Andrew Green, who accepted a position switch in his final season and is making the most of it. He’ll be splitting reps at safety with junior Harvey Jackson.
>> Lots of inexperience within the key players on special teams. That’s just a tad bit scary, right? Junior Quincy Enunwa, redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp and junior Ameer Abdullah have all been in the mix as returners during preseason camp.
>> There are 67 total players on the two-deep. Listed are nine true freshmen (Adam Taylor’s expected to redshirt), 13 redshirt freshmen and four transfers. That’s 26 newbies! Also continuing with the numbers game, eight are walk-ons and seven others are former walk-ons.
Here’s the full depth chart:
Quarterback — Martinez | Kellogg OR Armstrong
I-back – Abdullah | Cross | T Newby | Frazier OR Taylor
Fullback – Zimmerer OR Janovich
Receiver (X) – Bell | Wullenwaber OR Reilly OR Moore
Receiver (A) – Turner | Westerkamp
Receiver (Z) – Enunwa | Burtch OR Moore
Tight end – J Long | Carter | Foster
Left tackle – Sirles OR Qvale | Finnin
Left guard – Cotton | Reeves
Center – Pensick OR Pelini
Right guard – S Long | Moudy
Right tackle – Rodriguez | Sterup
Defensive end – Ankrah | McMullen
Defensive tackle – Randle | Curry | Nickens
Defensive tackle – Valentine | Collins OR Maurice
Defensive end – Moss OR Gregory | Vestal
Linebacker (BUCK) – Afalava | Gerry
Linebacker (MIKE) – Santos | Banderas
Linebacker (WILL) – Anderson | M Rose
Cornerback – Mitchell OR Jean-Baptiste | Davie
Cornerback – Evans | J Rose OR Seisay
Nickel – Evans
Safety – Cooper | Alexander | Singleton
Safety – H Jackson OR Green | C Jackson | Richards
Kicker – Bondi OR Smith
Punter – Foltz
Long snapper – Miller | Rotherham
Holder – Foltz
Kickoff returner – T Newby | Bell
Punt returner – Turner | T Newby