Imani Cross confident entering the spring

Nebraska's Imani Cross is the elder at the running back position this spring.

LINCOLN, Neb. - It seems just like yesterday when Nebraska running back Imani Cross was stepping foot on campus, but a few years later the senior is participating in his last spring.

“This spring means a lot to me. I’m just excited to get back on the field with my teammates and to get another shot at a title,” said Cross. “It was fun. To get on the field and do what we were talking about. It was a blast.”

No more Rex Burkhead. No more Ameer Abdullah. Cross is the leader at a position considered one of the deepest on the Nebraska roster.

“I don’t think it’s different,” Cross told reporters, including the Grand Island Independent. “I think I’ve always been that kind of person (a vocal leader). But I think this year is about showing it more so than saying it.”

Saturday wasn’t just about getting back on the practice field, it was also a chance for Cross to get on the field direction from new running back coach Reggie Davis.

“Knowledge is power. He’s got a lot of knowledge,” said Cross. “He knows a lot about the game and knows about the qualities that I have.”

Davis, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, and head coach Mike Riley will have their hands full when it comes to the running back position, a position that looks to have at least four guys that could be a starter at the Big Ten level.

“The running back situation is one I’ve always enjoyed looking at, and we’ll have to pay extra close attention to that here because we’ve got to see what really their strengths are,” Riley told reporters after practice on Saturday. “Obviously some of them are going to be runners. Some of them can be combination guys. Some of them can be more receiver-type third-down backs. All of them to some degree with have a combination of abilities.”

Cross is confident.

“I feel like I can do everything (the coaches) ask me to do,” Cross said. “I feel like I can do screens, can do inside, outside zones, do powers, do pass protections, catching. When I say I want to get better every single day, those are the things I’m talking about.”

Imani Cross with reporters


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