Nebraska will likely enter the fall with 20 scholarship seniors, unless spring practices reveal to someone Lincoln is no longer the place to be.
Big Red Report’s Josh Harvey and Bryan Munson, contributor Matt Svoboda, and 1620 The Zone’s Josh Peterson (@joshtweeterson), rank the group’s top four. The panel was asked to rank in terms of impact for next season being the decisive factor.
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*** The Seniors ***
1.) Imani Cross, RB – Cross would likely already have 2,000 career total yards if he had picked another school. No Burkhead, no Abdullah means it’s time for the senior to shine. There might be other running backs on the roster that have more talent, but they won’t work as hard.
2.) Alex Lewis – The legacy player wasn’t likely happy with his junior season. It’s time to captain the front-five. With 30+ career college appearances, he’s going to possibly have his best teacher this spring in Coach Cavanaugh.
3.) Daniel Davie, CB – Nobody was likely happier to see Coach Warren return as secondary coach than the former Beatrice star, who proved last year he’s got what it takes to be a solid starter at the position.
1.) Imani Cross, RB – Top returning running back which started out 2014 strong and faded a bit. Cross should be at the top of the depth chart with a surgery behind him and filling Ameer Abdullah’s shoes.
2.) Alex Lewis, OT – Lewis flashed at times last year, but ultimately based on the hype that followed a spring of optimism the same problems emerged on the line (not just at LT, but all the way across). Lewis can be a real leader next year for the new staff.
3.) Jamal Turner, WR – I think had we done an article like this the last three years that Turner might have been on my list every year. And every year there has been something that has held him back. Provided he is completely healthy following his Achilles injury he could bring good senior leadership at the receiver position.
4.) Chongo Kondolo, OG – When Kondolo entered the game against Northwestern there was a surge on the right side. It was noticed not just by the armchair quarterbacks, but also by the Nebraska coaching staff.
1.) Imani Cross, RB - in a position group with a lot of questions, he provides answers, especially under a head coach who has been known to like the big backs.
2.) Givens Price, OT - the offensive line was noticeably better with him in it in 2014 and you wonder how much he’ll flourish under a fresh set of eyes.
3.) Kevin Williams, DT - got better as the 2014 season went on, interested in seeing him under a different defensive style in 2015.
4.) Chongo Kondolo, OG - similar to Price, I thought the line played better when Kondolo was out there. Continue to wonder how a player such as he fits into the team with a new coaching staff watching and coaching him.
1) Imani Cross, RB- He is a powerful runner with a lot of experience and a new coach that loves bigger backs. If he be a good pass catcher we will see him a ton.
2.) Alex Lewis, OT- With one year under his best at tackle, his nasty streak will lead him to become the anchor of the offensive line.
3.) Daniel Davie, CB- He made significant strides last year and this is the first time he will have the same position coach for two consecutive years. He has the ability to be a great corner.
4.) Chongo Kondolo, OG - the offensive line simply seemed to perform better last year when he was on the field. With a new staff and fresh start I think he emerges.