Joseph still working on starters

While the Nebraska secondary might be the strongest group on defense, it doesn't mean they don't plenty of questions marks?

LINCOLN, Neb. - Just five days away from their first game-day of the season, Nebraska still has plenty of question marks at certain positions on the football field.

While the secondary is by far the strongest group on defense, assistant coach Terry Joseph has a challenge in front of him – finding a set of starters by Saturday's contest.

"I probably couldn't right now. It's too close to call," said Joseph last Thursday, who also mentioned Ciante Evans is likely the only player locked into a starting spot. "At safety, we feel good about four or five guys. At corner, we probably can get five guys in there and each one of those guys can play nickel. As we start to finalize the game-plan, we will figure out what the personnel match-ups will be with the best guys on the field. As we get that many guys game ready, we will have a lot of options."

Nebraska had one of the best secondaries in the country statically last season, but was prone to giving up the big play at the wrong time. Joseph was asked if the coaching staff has pinpointed what caused the issue at times.

"When I think you study college football in general, big plays come from missed assignments and missed tackles," said Joseph, who reported communication and getting more guys around the ball were the primary focuses during camp. "You can have the greatest tackler in the world, but if you are one-on-one, I will take my chances with the offensive guy every time.

"It's effort, it's undeniable relentless pursuit of the ball.

"When you don't communication, you get people in the wrong position and your defensive scheme is not sound."

At cornerback, Big Red Report projects Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Josh Mitchell, Jonathan Rose, and Mo Seisay all are fighting for a starting spot.

At safety, Harvey Jackson, Corey Cooper, Charles Jackson, D.J. Singleton, and Andrew Green are all competing for time.

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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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