Husker Spring Glance: Offensive Line

Spring practices stared Saturday and Big Red Report continues our breakdown of each position heading into the coming weeks. Today it's the offensive lineman.

Offensive Line

Roster - Brandon Thompson Sr; Justin Jackson Sr; Seung Hoon Choi Sr; Jeremiah Sirles Jr; Andrew Rodriguez Jr; Brent Qvale Jr; Cole Pensick Jr; Brodrick Nickens Jr; Spener Long Jr; Scott Criss Jr; Brandon Chapek Jr; Nick Ash Jr; Mark Pelini So; Mike Moudy So; Tyler Moore So; Jake Cotton So; Zach Sterup RS Fr; Will Sailors RS Fr; Ryne Reeves RS Fr; Givens Price RS Fr; Chris Long RS Fr; Adam Kucera RS Fr; Ryan Klachko RS Fr; Aaron Hayes RS Fr

Key Losses: Mike Caputo, Jemarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick, and Marcel Jones

Summer Arrival: Corey Whitaker, Dylan Utter, Paul Thurston, Robbie Painter, Garrett Johns

Breakdown: As Nebraska spring practices begin, the biggest question is who will replace center Mike Caputo.

"Well I think it is going to be a really good competition," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. "You've got Cole Pensick, Justin Jackson, Mark Pelini and Ryne Reeves. We have four guys that we feel like are good football players. There is a lot of potential there for competition and I think competition makes you better. Now it is up to us to get them all reps and get them taught and give them a chance to put their best foot forward."

If none of the four separate themselves and show they have the potential to start next year, the staff might be forced to go to starting guard Spencer Long. But at this point, Pelini doesn't see the move happening.

"You know, I like where Spencer is right now. We feel good about the center spot and the potential we have there," said Pelini. "I think taking an All-Conference performer and moving him isn't something we want to do right now.

"I like the way we have it set up right now and we have good depth at the offensive line. I said that last year and seemed like we had a bunch of injuries at that spot but going into the spring we are pretty healthy and there's lots of potential there and we have a chance to come out of it with a pretty deep unit."

In addition to losing Caputo, Nebraska will lose Marcel Jones and Jemarcus Hardrick. Both started at offensive tackle last year, but had others bitting at their heels to get playing time – including freshman Tyler Moore who started the first game of the year due to an injury by Jones.

"I hope the younger guys, if nothing else, they learned [that] those guys show you how to do it," said Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton. "The crazy thing is, it seems like we are always young up front. Next year, if you plug in who you think would be projected starters, there would no seniors. I look forward to it."

At guard, Spencer Long and Seung Hoon Choi return, with Andrew Rodriguez healthy again after making a handful of starts in 2011.

Projected Starters: OT.) Tyler Moore, OT.) Jeremiah Sirles, G.) Spencer Long, G.) Seung Hoon Choi, C.) Cole Pensick

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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