Quick Hitter: Cross in 2012?

After seeing three true freshman running backs play in the Nebraska backfield last year, could another true freshman make contributions in 2012?

Lincoln, NE - "What about Imani Cross?"

It was a question Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was asked after talking about freshman who could possibly make an impact in 2012.

With Cross in the background, practicing a little on his own, Pelini responded, "Oh yeah, he's another guy."

Getting extra work after practice is common for Cross. Every practice reporters have been allowed into afterwards, Cross is always one of the last guys off the field, if not the last.

"You can see the passion in him -- he's hungry," Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown told Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star on Tuesday. "He wants to play. He wants to be great. He's the right kind of kid. He's very attentive. He's mentally sharp. He pushes through things."

While it's still not decided if Cross will play, Big Red Report has been projecting since the time of his commitment the Georgia native would get work in 2012. He brings a different type of style to the Nebraska backfield not duplicated by Rex Burkhead, Ameer Abdullah, or Braylon Heard.

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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