Post Nebraska camp: Play or no-play?

After getting to observe 10 fall camp practices, Big Red Report projects which true freshman might play in 2015.

CB.) Eric Lee – REDSHIRT

Lee had a nice fall camp, but is buried on the depth chart. It would be beneficial to both parties if the former Top 300 player sat a year.


DB.) Avery Anderson – REDSHIRT

See Lee. 


OT.) Christian Gaylord – REDSHIRT

The Kansas product was mentioned by offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf once during fall camp, but he would benefit from a year working on his size and technique. Unless there seems to be a rash of injuries at the position, we think he ends up redshirting.


DL.) Khalil Davis – REDSHIRT

There was buzz both Davis twins could see time at defensive end in 2015 to help numbers, but that really hasn’t come to fruition. Khalil is buried at a position that features two really talented players at the top. 


DL.) Carlos Davis – REDSHIRT

See Khalil. 


OL.) Michael Decker – REDSHIRT

It’s hard to play year one in the trenches. Decker worked the center spot as projected. In high school, he was able to use his sheer size at times to over power defensive lineman. 


WR.) Stanley Morgan – WILL PLAY

A whole story could be written about the true freshman wide receiver, who appears to be a lock to play – even before De’Mornay Pierson-El’s injury.  Morgan can catch the ball in traffic. He can out jump corners downfield. And while he doesn’t possess blazing speed, his route running ability helps him get open often. The former Louisiana prep just looks polished. We thought he would play in 2015, but not at the level he is currently showing. He does not look like a freshman. He looks poised to possibly be a starter against BYU.


OLB.) Tyrin Ferguson – WILL PLAY

The former Louisiana prep tweeted on Sunday he was playing in 2015 after talking with Coach Bray over the weekend. He did receive second-team reps at the MIKE spot on Saturday during the Huskers’ scrimmage. Ferguson did a nice job adding some solid weight since National Signing Day. 


S.) Aaron Williams – WILL PLAY

Williams excellent play from the spring carried over to fall camp – the former Georgia prep will be on the Nebraska two-deep when the BYU game rolls around. He received many first-team reps with senior Byerson Cockrell limited and excelled. He has the makings of a first-team all-conference player one day.


OLB.) Dedrick Young – WILL PLAY

Young might be the most likely to start as a true freshman in the 2015 class, after earning first-team reps for the last week at linebacker. Enrolling early did him a lot of good at a position that isn’t deep. Even without the spring, he might have had a shot of playing in 2015. There was a reason he was a four-star prospect in high school.


RB.) Devine Ozigbo – WILL PLAY

This could go either way, but the true freshman has really come on the last two weeks of fall practices and been a true freshman often mentioned by head coach Mike Riley. He’s got very solid vision, waits for the hole to develop, and is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s also hard to bring down with his size. This would be a complete luxury move. 


OG.) Jalin Barnett – REDSHIRT

Barnett is a guy that is easy to notice when watching third and fourth team reps – he really gets a nice push up front. He wasn’t going to play in 2015 no matter what – but has also been slowed the last week with an undisclosed injury. 


DE.) DaiShon Neal – REDSHIRT

The former Nebraska pep might have put on some weight this offseason, but it doesn’t mean he’s ready to play at the Big Ten level. Neal was seen getting stood up multiple times during fall camp, including by tight ends. He’s got a lot of upside, but a year going against starting offensive tackles on the scout team would do some good. 


OLB.) Mohammed Barry – REDSHIRT

Barry got to Nebraska late and still has some big things to work on when it comes to his game – the biggest is getting off blocks. The Georgia prep had some freedom in his high school defense to avoid blockers, but sometimes struggles to get off blocks now holding his assignment. 


TE.) Matt Snyder – REDSHIRT

Around National Signing Day we projected Snyder would play in 2015. But, not getting here until late July put him behind when it came to the playbook. An undisclosed injury will also sideline him a few weeks. Nebraska will be getting a pass catching tight end threat next year in Snyder who will have a year of scout team experience to his name.


LS.) Jordan Ober – WILL PLAY

The Las Vegas prep has looked great snapping the ball and guys like special teams coach Bruce Read and punter Sam Foltz have been complimentary. He was always going to play. 


DE.) Alex Davis – REDSHIRT

Davis has the chance to be a really good player someday, but he’s really raw at this point, after just two years of playing football. He’s a long-term project, with big-time potential.


WR.) Lavan Alston – REDSHIRT

We thought Alston would play, but an injury has sidelined him for the year last week. Grading on a freshman curve, he had a pretty solid fall camp. He’s a threat to be the Huskers’ best jet sweep guy in a few years after Pierson-El graduates.


DB.) Antonio Reed – WILL PLAY

The Nebraska secondary is loaded, but Reed saw second-team reps throughout camp. An injury during fall camp hurt his development, but Reed could be a standout on special teams.  This could go either way. Similar to Ozigbo, we think it’s a luxury. 


RB.) Jordan Stevenson – REDSHIRT

The Top 100 prospect arrived in Lincoln with a lot of hype, but everyone probably got a little ahead of themselves. An injury aside, Stevenson didn’t get to campus in the best shape – after a stressful summer that saw his entry to Wisconsin denied. He’s going to give the defense a great look midway through the year on the Scout team and will be ready to compete for the starting spot next year.


LB.) Adrienne Talan – REDSHIRT

Some schools recruited him as a defensive back, but he is playing linebacker at Nebraska. He needs a year to add weight. If he does play, it will be to contribute on special teams. We have a hard time seeing him impact the defense for at least a few years. 

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