Choi emerges at guard
The Nebraska offensive line by all account is still a work in progress. Big Red Report predicted before the Tennessee Chattanooga game week one, the o-line could dratically change in just a short few weeks.
As the conference season rolls around, the likeliness that rotation on the offenise line will continue will be less. Even in the Fresno State game, the Huskers only played six guys upfront according to Jeremiah Sirles. The goal at the beginning of the year was to play nine to ten.
"I don't know what Coach Cotton is thinking, I can't speak for him," said Sirles. "He always says the best players are going to play. We just need to keep pushing one another, keep competing, and it will get better upfront."
"He may be our strongest guy, he's not the tallest guy, but he's a physical guy," said Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton when asked about Choi on Wednesday. "He's been like a turtle. Slow and steady wins the race. That is what he's been like his whole time here."
Choi could start in place of Andrew Rodriguez, who missed practice on Wednesday afternoon.
"I don't plan on being without him, but I really can't say anything other than that," said Cotton when asked about Rodriguez's status. "We will see how it goes."
Playing at Lincoln Christian HS, Choi earned honorable-mention all-state honors in Class C-1 his senior year by both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. Amazing, considering the South Korea native didn't pick up the game until his sophomore year of high school.
"He was a physical guy that could move people," said Cotton when asked what he saw in Choi. "We didn't know if he was a guard or center – I think it worked out that he was a better guard then center. He was a really good scout team guy and did that for a couple years and now is in the mix."
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Barney Cotton isn't worried about what the Huskers are revieiwng on tape. UTC and Fresno State might have loaded the box – but it's not necessarly because of what Nebraska is doing on offense.
"I think that is partly due to the two defenses we played. They are both cover zero base teams. They take a lot of chances – playing nine player boxes with their corners locked up," said Cotton. "It's sort of the nature of our first two opponents, but we should get a better understanding this week when we play Washington because they are a little bit different style of defense."
His thoughts on talented Washington defensive end Alameda Ta'amu?
"I think it's a huge match-up, because when we got behind he was an issue with his push in the Holiday Bowl. Obviously we have to neutralize him, because I think their defense starts with him."