LINCOLN, Neb. - The pads still need to come on, but through four practices Nebraska redshirt freshman running back Mikale Wilbon appears to be climbing Big Red Report's projected depth chart heading into the season.
Wilbon wasn't often mentioned when talking about the running back spot in the summer, but looks to be a different player than the one seen during the Huskers' 15 practices this spring.
"Mikale is had a really good camp. He's doing a really good job for us right now," said running backs coach Reggie Davis. "Talking to the strength staff, he did a really good job in the weight room with his strength and condititoning over the summer time. We can see it right now - he's really focused. He's doing a great job in all aspects of the game right now. I'm really excited for the improvements he's made from spring to just now."
On Sunday night, during a practice the media was allowed to attend, Wilbon impressed more than once with his ability to catch the football out of the backfield.
"He's caught a couple screen passes that have been exciting," said offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. "I like how he's come along. He's picked up our offense and doing a good job in protection. We motion him out and he catches some passes - he's been a good threat there as a home run hitter in the zone game and been able to catch some passes in the passing game."
While no official depth chart has been released by Nebraska, Wilbon's name was mentioned early by Langsdorf when asked about the running back position in general.
"I think that group has been pretty solid. (Terrell) Newby's been good. Wilbon. (Jordan) Stevenson is coming along as a rookie. Imani (Cross) has had some good runs," said Langsdorf. "We are going to have to play a little bit by committee there. We have a bunch of guys who all do something well. So we are going to have to fit their strengths to the gameplan."