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Nebraska Spring Questions: OL

A look at a few questions regarding the offensive line spot heading into the spring for Nebraska.

HOW MUCH ROTATION WILL WE SEE?

Spring football is about getting your guys ready to play in the fall and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will have one of the tougher jobs, replacing multiple starters up front.

Last year Cavanaugh’s rotation, or lack of, on the line was a hot topic among Nebraska fans.

"To me the guys that are in there are the best players," said Cavanaugh. "There is a gap. How many NFL games do guys watch? Do they rotate guys just to rotate them? I've never done that."

Cavanaugh said questions regarding Nebraska's offensive line and substitutions don’t really both him.

"If you have a group of guys that are pretty sharp mentally and you just throw someone in there and he screws something up, it's all of us now," said Cavanaugh. "I have a hard time if their is seperation between players, physcially or mentally, why would you rotate them in?

"If they were ready, trust me, they would be playing." 

Will there be any rotation in year two remains to be seen, but expect a lot in the Huskers’ 15 spring practices. Not only will they be trying to find some chemistry among multiple guys, but working certain offensive linemen in multiple spots.

WILL THERE BE A SURPRISE OUT OF CAMP?

Despite a few predictions it wouldn’t last, former walk-on Dylan Utter used the spring to grab a strong hold of a starting spot last year. He was rewarded a scholarship in the fall because of it.

Will there be a surprise this season? It doesn’t even need to be a walk-on, but maybe a younger player like Jalin Barnett, who was extremely talented in high school but still young. 

WILL THE FORMER INTERIOR HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICANS MAKE AN IMAPCT?

Cavanaugh’s sophomore class of lineman is thought to be pretty good – three former high school All-Americans good. 

Offensive tackle Nick Gates showed his true colors last year, often proving to be the most consistent lineman up front despite his age. Gates could slide over to the left tackle spot in place of outgoing senior Alex Lewis.

That leaves people wondering what type of impact Semper Fi All-American D.J. Foster and Under Armour All-American Tanner Farmer will have in the interior.  

Farmer has been taking on multiple sports, giving wrestling a chance as well. In high school he was one of the top wrestlers in the country and it translated to the football field.


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