'15 Neb. depth chart projections: Defense 1.0

Big Red Report's Josh Harvey breaks down what he believes the defensive depth chart will look like for the Cornhuskers heading into the season opener against BYU.

Defensive End:

Starter: Greg McMullen - The junior has looked good this spring and is up to 284-pounds.

Backup: Joe Keels – The JUCO senior is as glad as anyone for a staff change and should get snaps this fall at a depleted position.

Defensive Tackle:

Starter: Vincent Valentine – The junior will continue to grow on what he did last year and has been very solid in spring practices.

Backup: Kevin Maurice – The former Florida prep is behind just two really good defensive tackles.

Defensive Tackle:

Starter:Maliek Collins – The junior has been unblockable during the spring and should be one of the best DTs in the conference.

Backup: Kevin Williams – The senior is healthy and will be the first called upon when the two starters need a blow.

Defensive End:

Starter: Jack Gangwish – A former walk-on, Gangwish isn’t as athletic as some at DE, but has a high motor.

Backup: Sedrick King – Finding a fourth DE might be a challenge but King definitely looks the part.


Starter: Josh Banderas – A new scheme and new staff has put Banderas in a good position to be a really good linebacker in 2015.

Backup: Michael Rose – He’s already in the starting lineup, but would likely shift over if Banderas went down with injury.


Starter: David Santos – The senior isn’t practicing this spring, but has enough experience to catch up in fall.

Backup: Marcus Newby – He’s getting first-team reps right now, but could find himself in a utility linebacker type role in the fall.


Starter: Michael Rose – A move to the outside has benefited the junior, who is coming back from knee injury.

Backup: Dedrick Young – With depth concerns at the position, the talented true freshman should get game reps this fall.


Starter: Daniel Davie – The senior CB went down with an injury this spring, bad timing as he tries to fend off some talented youngsters behind him.

Backup: Chris Jones – This could also be Trai Mosley, but Jones has a leg up on the experience and looks to be impressing the new staff.


Starter: Jonathan Rose – DB coach Brian Stewart likes long corners and Rose is getting first-team reps right now.

Backup: Josh Kalu – Kalu is so versatile and could factor in at NICKEL as well. Last year’s film late in the year likely helped him gain some trust with this staff.


Starter: Nate Gerry – Has become a vocal leader in the secondary, impressing the coaching staff along the way.

Backup: LeRoy Alexander – Battling back after sitting out for undisclosed reasons in 2014.


Starter: Byerson Cockrell – Right now is also the NICKEL guy and has shown to have a high football IQ.

Backup: Kieron Williams – Has made a couple INTs this spring and could challenge for a starting spot in the fall.

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