After taking a week for spring break, the Nebraska football team resumes spring practice on Monday with less than two weeks until the annual Red-White spring game on April 11.
Big Red Report breaks down a few of the major storylines heading into the practice week.
1.) Can one of the QBs improve?
Returning starter Tommy Armstrong appears to still be the front-runner for the job, but the former Texas prep didn’t do himself any favors by missing practice No. 7 and No. 8.
Armstrong, along with the rest of the quarterbacks, have to improve their accuracy. It’s goal number one and likely should as they become more familiar and comfortable with the offense.
The question becomes, who can standout the most in this area? While experience is a hard to thing to overcome, if it’s somebody named A.J. Bush (pictured above) or Johnny Stanton can outshine Armstrong when it comes to their accuracy, they might be setting themselves up for the battle of all battles for the starting spot this fall.
2.) Will there be clarity in the secondary?
Any given week my projected depth chart for the defensive backs could change – make that any given day. It’s not because secondary coach Brian Stewart needs guys to step up – he’s got an abundance of talent both at cornerback and safety.
I wouldn’t read too much into who’s playing with the first team and second team today. Guys like LeRoy Alexander, Josh Kalu, Kieron Williams, and Chris Jones might have been practicing with Team White, but have the capability to be starters down the road.
A little coach speak….every practice snap counts from here on out for a large group of guys in the secondary as everyone jockeys for position heading into the summer.
3.) Who starts to separate themselves at RB?
We aren’t convinced that any running back on the roster can win the job this spring, but it’s silly to think that one can’t position themselves better with the coaching staff and on the depth chart come this fall.
Imani Cross was our prime candidate coming into the spring, but hasn’t been hitting holes with the quickness that we expected. If sophomore Adam Taylor can prove he can take a good lick and not be hesitant on his previously injured leg, he might be the guy for the job.
So far we haven’t seen many live opportunities for the running backs to break a tackle or pickup a real blitz. We hope to before the spring game.