The stock report (4-9-13)

Plenty of players are moving up Big Red Report's stock report after solid performances this spring and in the Red-White game.


TE.) Jake Long - The tight end position is really the biggest question for Nebraska's offense going into 2013, but Long showed during practices this spring and in the Red-White game, he's more than ready to pick up a large portion of the load left by Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed. In the spring game, he recorded three catches for 72 yards, including a 45 yard reception early in the first quarter. But, it was his blocking that was most impressive in the contest, something Nebraska definitely needs out of the position. Long said during the spring he is trying to take what he learned from both graduating tight ends and making himself as versatile as possible.

K.) Mauro Bondi - He had a pretty strong wind behind him, but Bondi's 50-yard field goal in the Red-White game was promising. He was wide right on a 58-yarder, but had the leg. Bondi doesn't probably have as big of a boot when it comes to punting as redshirt freshman Sam Foltz, but did place two punts inside the 20 on Saturday. Can he be good as Alex Henery and Brett Maher? He probably doesn't need to be with the Huskers' offense in 2013, but looks to be on the way to becoming Nebraska's starting kicker this fall.

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WR.) Alonzo Moore - Nebraska wasn't in need of another wide receiver emergence this spring with returners Jamal Turner, Kenny Bell, and Quincy Enunwa, but Moore has the talent to get on the field and push the upperclassmen. The redshirt freshman showed in the Red-White game he's got a knack for beating a secondary, scoring on a 37-yard strike from fellow redshirt-freshman Tommy Armstrong. His situation reminds us of Jamal Turner's a few years ago. Everyone could see Turner was talented, but the little details were keeping him off the field. Could Moore be in the same boat?

"Alonzo Moore showed me that he's a very talented young man who has a lot of potential, but has a lot of growing to be done for him to be a productive player in our system. He's a great kid," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. "The 'want to' is there, but the ability to sustain it and do it day after day after day is a challenge. He's a young man trying to figure it out, but when he does figure it out, he's going to be a special player."

LB.) Thomas Brown - Ask Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis who stuck out the most on tape in Saturday's spring game and he might say redshirt freshman BUCK linebacker Thomas Brown. While fellow redshirt-freshman BUCK linebacker Jared Aflava might have had more opportunities to be around the quarterback on designed blitzes, Brown was in the backfield as well, also showing an ability to come up with the big tackle. He started the spring off as the Huskers No. 1 BUCK and we expect him to be just that heading into the fall.

RB.) King Frazier - While fans anxiously wait for freshman running backs Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor, Frazier made a statement on Saturday, saying 'what about me?' The Missouri native recorded 12 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown as the White team's No. 1 back. Frazier got extra work this spring when junior Ameer Abdullah went down and apparently used it to his advantage. He was constantly mentioned by the coaching staff during the second half of the spring as a player on offense who was standing out at the running back position.

"King had a really good spring," said Pelini. "He's going to be a good football player. He's going to play some football for us. I liked what he did through the spring."

QB.) Ron Kellogg III - He might be the Huskers third-string quarterback in the spring, but Kellogg proved in the Red-White game he's got what it takes to lead the Huskers' offense if his name is called upon. The Omaha native went 11-of-12, with 148 yards and one touchdown. The senior looked comfortable in an offense he's been around for three seasons.

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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