Nebraska defensive end Greg McMullen spoke with the media on Thursday night, after the Huskers first fall camp practice. McMullen hinted Nerbaska would have a defensive line rotation and will no longer rely on just one single guy to develp.
"I'm always excited to play, I'm a competitor by nature," said McMullen. "But having a rotation, having young guys who can step up and play, and having a system with multiple guys in there...it's great to see myself and my brothers get developed."
As expected, attention then shortly later shifted to the young incoming freshman defensive lineman, who could contend for time in 2015.
"Those are solid players," McMullen said. "Those are guys that can come in now instead of worrying about, 'Ah crap, I'm going to redshirt right off the bat because I have all these older guys ahead of me.' They're getting developed to where at any given moment they can step in be able play left or right. It's definitely good to see them out there having fun."
McMullen is expected to start in 2015, after totaling 47 tackles and four sacks for the Huskers last season. No more Randy Gregory means opposite of McMullen will likely be senior captain Jack Gangwish
The search for the No. 3 will be a major storyline in fall camp.
“Well one guy that I would say has shown major improvement is Freedom (Akinmoladun)," said Gangwish. "Freedom went from being a tight end to being a pretty good defensive end in just a few weeks. He’s shown to be really good. I’d have to say in my eyes who I would say over the summer and over the spring has shown to be a consistent football player and a guy you can trust out there is Ross Dzuris, he’s a walk on from Plattsmouth. Ross is a guy, he’s not a Randy Gregory type of athlete or anything like that, but he is really consistent and does his job every single play. You can count on Ross to know the defense and to know his job and to do it well.”