As Harvey Sees It: Guys to focus on
Year Name/Position Comment FR. D.J. Singleton SAFETY A former All-American and four-star product coming out of high school, Singleton has the potential to be a starting replacement at safety, but how long will it take to dust off the rust from sitting out a year. The ability to get Singleton into spring practices and jump start his development will go a long way into seeing if he's ready to make an immediate impact this fall. SO. Imani Cross RUNNING BACK The Georgia native has an opportunity to factor even more into the Nebraska running game in 2013 compared to his freshman year, but will need to show the coaches this spring he's developing. Cross brings a unique skill set to the position, but offensive coordinator Tim Beck wasn't able to use the full offensive playbook when the freshman was on the field last year. With two talented incoming freshman ready to compete this fall, Cross needs to have a good spring in order to not be lost in the shuffle in a few months. SO. Mauro Bondi KICKER After getting work in 2011, Bondi redshirted in 2012, meaning he still has three years of eligibility. With the news that Western Illinois senior Pat Smith will be walking on for his final season, Bondi needs set himself apart this spring. There will be a position battle this fall, but the sophomore has the chance to get an early leg up. SR. Jason Ankrah DEFENSIVE LINE With various sources saying Jason Ankrah will move from defensive end to the inside, the spring could be a busy time for the senior, as he gets used to the position full-time. At 265 pounds, if the move is true, it could also mean Ankrah will be busy beefing up. Ankrah started nine games last year, registering 26 tackles and two sacks. SO. David Santos LINEBACKER According to the Omaha World Herald, Zaire Anderson has been cleared for spring practice, but might not see much contact to protect his surgically repaired knee. This means that David Santos workload at the weak-side linebacker spot. At the same time, we have also heard that Santos could slide over to the Mike, making that his permanent home. Wherever he lands, Santos needs to build off the experience he received last fall. RFr. Tommy ArmstrongQUARTERBACK It probably goes without saying, but if the redshirt quarterback is completely healthy going into the spring, he will be the player fans are most excited to see play in the Red-White game. Armstrong doesn't have a chance to dethrone a three-year starter, but should win the backup role. It's important for Nebraska to get him work this fall in preparation for 2014. His spring could go a long way in proving he deserves the reps and can handle game like situations.