Notebook: South Shrine Bowl report

Six future Nebraska walk-ons are on the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl South roster. On Tuesday, Big Red Report was in attendance to see who stood out.

Janovich stealing the show

Ask anyone in Crete who has been the most impressive player so far in south practices and you are sure to get the same answer from everyone – Andy Janovich. Fellow teammates, spectators, and coaches all ranted and raved about the Gretna athlete on Tuesday afternoon.

"I wouldn't want to face him in an alley." – Shrine South teammate

"If Janovich is on on-side kickoff and I'm one of the returners, I'm not going to catch it. I'm going to lay down." – Shrine South teammate

"Look at Janovich out there. He should just play quarterback so that way he doesn't have to give the ball up." – Shrine South teammate

Janovich is expected to play fullback at Nebraska, but will be playing linebacker this week after the coaching staff decided he was one of the best 11 guys on defense. He is also working with the two-minute offense as a pass catching threat out of the backfield.

It's easy to see why every one of his teammates mentions him first when asked if anyone is sticking out.

Foster makes the play of the day

Lincoln Southeast standout Trey Foster is one of six players on the south roster who will be attending Nebraska in the fall and the defensive end made the play of the day on Tuesday.

Lining up at the left side defensive end spot, Foster had a nice push into the backfield going, when all of a sudden he sniffed out a play. Quarterback Derek McGinnis (Crete) was about to shovel pass to wide receiver Brandon Reilly (Lincoln Southwest) who was in motion. Foster stepped in front of the pass and wouldn't have been caught.

Multiple coaches told Big Red Report on Tuesday Foster has looked very athletic so far in practices.

Time for the relays

After practice was over on Tuesday, the squad had a team competition, something they do to end each day. The team is broken up into groups and on Tuesday was a relay race. The video right below features a few future Husker walk-ons who participated in the relay and other notable players.

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Reilly is faster than expected

Speaking of Brandon Reilly, another future Husker, the Lincoln Southwest product looked good on Tuesday afternoon. He's got good hands and is a smooth route runner. He also did a nice job taking carries as a slot guy in motion. But what impressed us most about the 6-foot-2 wide receiver was his speed. He's got more of it than first advertised.

"When he runs, he makes it look so easy," said one Shrine Bowl south coach.

Reilly is also expected to take kick return on Saturday and will be one of our main players to watch going up against live corners.

Other Notes:

* Plattsmouth defensive end Ross Dzuris, who is a future defensive end for Nebraska, will also likely get some work at tight end in Saturday's game. The 6-foot-4, 235 product is great in the blocking game, and it wouldn't surprise BRR one bit if he was moved to tight end down the road as a Husker.

* Aurora offensive lineman Garret Johns, another walk-on for Nebraska, will be heading to Lincoln to try to earn a spot as a long-snapper.

* Crete quarterback Derek McGinnis had an impressive afternoon throwing the football on Tuesday. It's already been decided he will redshirt his first year at North Dakota State, but don't be surprised if he's not a starter early on in his career. It's clear after watching just one practice he's one of the main leaders for the south squad.

* No in-state player from the 2012 class was talked about more on the Big Red Report message boards this past year than Mike Shoff. It was debated back and forth whether he should have received a Nebraska offer and it appears the OL/DL is using it for motivation this week.

Shoff looked great in practice, with a high motor and impressive footwork. It's easy to see he's a high caliber wrestler the way he moves on the line. The consensus on Shoff from South practices is he struggles in his pass blocking protection, but is more than adequate in the run blocking. With the right coaching, Shoff could turn into a great player at South Dakota State. Is he a guy Nebraska will regret not offering down the road? Possibly…but I definitely think he will be a guy teams like Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State, and Iowa regret not trying to snag harder.

* And finally, if Andy Janovich was the most impressive player on Tuesday afternoon, Drew Ott (Gitlner) was second. The Iowa signee is every bit of 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He runs well and should help anchor a defensive squad for the South that will be hard to score upon on Saturday.

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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