The post spring stock report

A look at several Husker players who helped their cause this spring.

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Taylor Martinez – Without the spring game to truly over analyze, we have to trust the words of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and the wide receivers. The consensus among the group was Martinez has improved his footworks and mechanics. The little video we did see of him in a 7-on-7 environment, courtesy of the Big Ten Network, didn't show drastic changes with his mechanics. But the footwork had changed and it's the hope he becomes a more consistent passer because of it. A second year in this offense should allow Martinez to work on the "little things" during fall camp.


Sean Fisher
Sean Fisher – It appears out of spring camp, Fisher is on the fast track to earning his starting spot back. Fisher's leg injury in 2010 slowed his 2011 campaign. He wasn't as mobile and couldn't always make the necessary cuts to play the position at a level he once did. Between the bowl game and the start of spring practices, doctors removed screws and a plate that had been put in to help the healing process. Since the removal, Fisher says the day-to-day pain has gone away and more importantly he feels flexibility is coming back. His play on the practice field grabbed the attention of both coach Ross Els and Pelini. They said he looks to be back to what he was before the injury.

Andrew Rodriguez – After missing the end of the year with an injury, Rodriguez came to camp healthy and started to learn a new position – offensive tackle. The move should allow for him to become more dimensional and increase the chance you see him in the starting front five come the fall. It's also a sign Nebraska is comfortable with Spencer Long and Seung Hoon Choi at the guard spot.

The young running backs – Ask anyone on the team about sophomore Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah and they will immediately say, "they got better." It was expected after all, the two were very serviceable last year as true freshman, but couldn't quite be trusted during crunch time known as the Big Ten. Both were healthy this spring and from the sounds of it, both had somewhat of a chip on their shoulder. When asked to describe them in scrimmages, Pelini used the term, "they ran hard."


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Rex Burkhead
Rex Burkhead – A lot of people read this and probably think I lost my mind. But it's not because Burkhead by any means did anything wrong this spring or didn't even possibly get better. This is a prime example of selling a stock at it's highest point. When Rex Burkhead's name is being inserted into Chuck Norris jokes, it means the guy is turning into a legend. After the bowl game, Burkhead's image couldn't have been any better as a player and as a person. It had to come down a little, right? This spring, the coaching staff decided to rest the senior in scrimmage like situations to get more work for Green and Abdullah. Be ready to buy Burkhead again this August.

David Santos – Santos was so good on the scout team last year, his redshirt was almost pulled mid-season to help address the lack of depth at the linebacker position. Now a redshirt freshman, we heard good things about the Houston native, but he didn't crack the first-team defense like many projected he would going into the spring. He will have time in the fall through to show he has what it takes.

Mohammed Seisay – It's hard to imagine the expectations a fan base can put on one player, but ever since Seisay signed with Nebraska back in December, most Husker faithful have felt he would be the next Prince Amukamara or Alfonzo Dennard. Those fans will surly lower expectations this summer, as Seisay was not the clear cut winner for a corner spot going into the fall. He's going to be good. He's already showed he can compete at a high level at the Division I level, but it's hard to ask a player to become an All-American overnight in the Bo Pelini defensive system. It will take time, just like it took time for safety Daimion Stafford last year. Right now it appears Antonio Bell and Andrew Green have the early lead at the position, with Seisay putting in a great showing according to the coaches. Be ready to buy again heading into the fall, because this stock is only going to go back up.

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