Nebraska head coach Mike Riley played for legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. While with the Crimson Tide, Riley was a reserve cornerback for four seasons. He knows a thing or two about the position.
During Riley’s National Signing Day press conference, the head coach emphasized the position along with offensive and defensive line, hinting if a team is good in those areas they have a better chance at being good overall.
”At corner, what you look for in a corner is speed, but I also think there are a lot of guys that have a little of misconception,” said Riley when asked what he looked for in the position. “You don’t have to be the fastest guy, but you have the great ability to transition. How you handle your body; your feet is really the key. How fast you can basically go from backwards to transitioning to running and being full speed is a real key issue.”
Riley was asked if he saw anyone on the roster who might be moved to the cornerback spot in the near future.
“I don’t know yet,” said Riley during his presser. “I shouldn’t say that because I haven’t watched them enough. I am watching them work out now, but finding them within your team is also like gold.”
Riley is walking into a situation where the cupboard isn’t exactly dry. Josh Kalu spent a lot of time playing NICKEL and DIME last season, but could play corner, he’s only a sophomore. Trai Mosley, a Texas native, redshirted last season. The freshman had offers from Oklahoma and Baylor coming out of high school. In addition, Nebraska landed Eric Lee in last year’s recruiting class, one of the top corners in the country according to Scout.com.
For a list of corners Nebraska has targeted so far in the 2016 class, CLICK HERE.