Not one Nebraska position coach is a holdover from former head coach Bo Pelini’s staff, meaning every player had a fresh start this spring.
So what assistant has the tougher job in 2015?
We asked our roundtable panel to discuss.
Ralph Brown - A former Blackshirt All-American and NFL starter , Brown now lives in California and works for FOX Sports West. He makes it back to Lincoln often for games and still follows the team very closely, doing guest work in Lincoln from time-to-time.
Brandon Vogel - Vogel is the managing editor of Hail Varsity and has been with the magazine since its first season on the scene. He's spent more than a decade writing about sports and everything in between, from the Kentucky Derby to the television debut of Friday Night Lights, for such outlets as Fox Sports, MSN.com and CBS Sports.
Brett Edwards – A former college quarterback at Wayne State, Edwards is now the sports director of KLKN-TV Channel 8 ABC in Lincoln.
WHAT POSITION COACH HAS THE TOUGHEST JOB IN 2015?
Brown: “Trent Bray the linebackers coach. I like him, but he’s got the toughest job because they are not as deep at the linebacker position. The linebackers have to show up to make some plays this year. Now they have a talented defensive line in front of them, which will help. But Bray’s got a tough job.”
Vogel: "Trent Bray. He has to get a handful of young linebackers up to speed quickly to provide depth at one of the thinnest but most vital spots on the team. If you need a reminder, go back and watch some early games from 2013, where Nate Gerry, Josh Banderas and Michael Rose-Ivey were all trying to figure things out on the fly at linebacker. It can be a challenge."
Handley: “Hank Hughes. I think with Maliek (Collins) you have a great defensive tackle. You have some established guys there, but the depth concerns me the most. I think when you want to play at the high level in the Big Ten, it starts with the defensive line. I think the defensive lines that we have seen succeed in the Big Ten don’t necessary have play-makers, but staples up front and guys who can rotate in. I’m a little concerned about the depth at defensive line. Will they be able to stop the run? Can they set the tone up front?”
Edwards: “Trent Bray. The lack of depth is tough. You might have to also move some guys around. I don’t know how that will shake out. But I think that is the weakest position, of any position group, on either sides of the ball.”