LINCOLN, Neb. – It was only one practice, but on Thursday night when the Huskers’ first-team defense took the field, sophomore Joshua Kalu lined up at the corner spot opposite of Daniel Davie in the base defense.
One of just five true freshman to play in 2014, Kalu made 13 appearances, starting two games down the stretch for Nebraska. A standout on special teams, the former Texas prep recorded 27 total tackles and one interception, breaking up three passes in the process. During the course of the year, in a very mentally tough Bo Pelini defense, Kalu played corner, NICKEL and DIME.
“You just got to like (Joshua) Kalu. He’s got a big personality. He’s a gamer,” said Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker in an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star. “The thing with him is he’s got to become more consistent and not jack around.”
The Nebraska media won’t be allowed to watch practice again until Sunday night, when once again the open cornerback spot will be a major storyline.
If Kalu is still the guy on Sunday, he will likely need to continue to play at a high-level to fight off challengers Trai Mosley (redshirt freshman), Jonathan Rose (senior) and Chris Jones (sophomore).
Heading into the season, most penciled Kalu in as the Huskers’ NICKEL and figured he would be a second-team corner, with a chance to start next year after the graduation of Daniel Davie.
The Nebraska cornerback spot is loaded in 2015. Besides the five corners already mentioned, true freshmen Eric Lee and Avery Anderson were both four-star players and members of Scout.com's Top 300 in the class of 2015.
Update: After Saturday night's practice, Nebraska secondary coach Brian Stewart was asked about Kalu running with the first-team. While it is still an open competition, Stewart hinted Kalu is the guy until someone else proves otherwise.