Spring Practices: Players to Watch

BRR breaks down some guys who will have our attention in the coming weeks.

CB.) Mohammed Seisay

Mohammed Seisay

6-foot-1 / 200 pounds

Make no doubt about it, Seisay was brought to Lincoln to make an instant impact in the secondary. Playing along side arguably the best junior college cornerback in the country last year in Trevell Dixon (Alabama signee), Seisay might come to Lincoln and instantly be the most talented corner. It's sometimes hard to judge junior college products, but Seisay has played D-1 football before, and showed he can play a high level at Memphis (C-USA All-Conference Freshman team).

2011 Eastern Arizona Stats: 22 tackles, 6 interceptions, 2 touchdowns returned

RB/CB.) Braylon Heard

Braylon Heard

5-foot-11 / 180 pounds

It appears that running back Braylon Heard is getting ready to move to secondary. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini wouldn't confirm, but he didn't deny it either. "Possibly." Heard was a standout on both sides of the football in high school and had offers as a defensive back as well – recording five interceptions in 2009. It's likely he will need some time to transition back to the position, but we have seen Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini not be afraid to put talented guys in his secondary that are raw – last year it was Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

2011 Stats: 25 carries, 114 yards, 1 touchdown

WR.) Taariq Allen

Taariq Allen

6-foot-3 / 195 pounds
Redshirt Freshman

The Massachusetts native had the talent to play in 2011, but instead of getting limited reps, he became a star on the scout team offense. Described as a "tough" person to contain by guys like departing senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, Allen will try to prove he has what it takes to play on a regular basis before 2012 signee Jordan Westerkamp arrives in Lincoln. He proved his senior ear of high school, when he gets the ball in his hands he is a threat.

2011 Stats: redshirted

DE.) Joe Carter

Joe Carter

6-foot-5/ 250

As Husker fans watched Carter's junior college highlights, they were excited and felt that he would be the next great pass rusher in Lincoln. But, his junior year didn't exactly live up to the hype. Carter was a part of the rotation, but really only factored in on third down passing situations. With a year under his belt of learning the defense and the departure of defensive end Josh Williams, Carter has a chance to be a star Blackshirt.

2011 Stats: nine tackles (career high three against Wyoming)

LB.) David Santos

David Santos

6-foot / 205 pounds
Redshirt Freshman

Much like Taariq Allen, linebacker David Santos will need to take advantage of the spring before a talented group of 2012 signees arrive in the fall. The Houston native was described as one of the most talented players on the scout team defense last year, and at times looked like he could crack some playing time. But, the coaches decided they would not waste a redshirt and his career could benefit from it. With an opening in the lineup from the departure of Lavonte David, Santos might be the perfect player to plug in.

2011 Stats: redshirted

Honorable Mention:

QB.) Brion Carnes, OL.) Spencer Long, OL.) Ryan Reeves, DT.) Kevin Williams

* Junior defensive tackle Thad Randle would have made our list with the departure of seniors Jared Crick and Terrence Moore, but Randle's status from injury is still not known. It's our prediction he will still be rehabbing throughout the spring.

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