Nebraska Players Who Need To Finish The Spring Strong

Big Red Report's Josh Harvey takes a look at a few players needing a strong second half of spring football.


The Nebraska football team will have eight spring practices and the Red-White game when they come back from spring break on Tuesday, March 29.

After six practices, various position battles are popping up – not only for starting jobs, but for a spot in the two-deep.

Here are a few players we feel need a solid second-half effort. 

CB.) Boaz Joseph – Redshirt junior

The former Florida prep is running with the second-team unit most of the time, behind Joshua Kalu and Chris Jones. But at this point redshirt freshman Eric Lee appears to be the next guy in and Top 150 prospect Lamar Jackson will be in Lincoln within a few months. Don’t be surprised to see Jackson playing as a true freshman. Joseph has played in 29 games the last two years, mostly on special teams. If he ever wants to have a major impact in the secondary, the second half of spring will be crucial.

QB.) Ryker Fyfe – Redshirt senior

The Grand Island product is still the No. 2 quarterback behind Tommy Armstrong, but the Patrick O’Brien hype train will only be getting faster as he gets more comfortable in the offense. O’Brien has a long ways to go, but at times makes throws that no other quarterback on the roster can make. Nebraska won’t be able to afford to redshirt him in 2016, which means Fyfe and O’Brien will likely be in a battle for the No. 2 spot this fall.

WR.) Derrion Grim – Freshman

An early enrollee, Grim has been getting extra work with the top two units due to Jordan Westerkamp’s groin injury. With Westerkamp’s return this spring in doubt and Brandon Reilly’s ticket for suspicion of DUI last week (could cost him game time), don’t be surprised to see Nebraska really try to get Grim ready for their opener against Fresno State. He’s a precise route-runner and further ahead than expected by most scouting services.  

S.) Avery Anderson – Redshirt freshman

The former four-star prospect is getting first and second-team reps with Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed out, and is hoping the extra work will give him a chance this fall. Anderson is looking to avoid being the guy who is left out of the two-deep at safety with Reed, Williams, Nate Gerry and Kieron Williams also in the equation.  His days as a corner last season on scout team have translated well to safety. He's proving to be an excellent cover guy.

RB.) Mikale Wilbon – Redshirt sophomore

Nobody has ever doubted the redshirt sophomore’s ability as a runner, but to get on the field he’s going to have to do other things – like pass protect. This spring is all about proving to the coaching staff he can be trusted after putting in major work late season. At this point, senior Terrell Newby and sophomore Devine Ozigbo appear to be ahead of Wilbon, but finishing strong in the second half of spring would help the former Illinois running back’s confidence.

DE.) Alex Davis - Redshirt freshman

After failing to land an elite junior college defensive end, the staff is hopeful Davis' development can be fast tracked. With less than three years of playing experience, the former Florida prep is extremely athletic. Greg McMullen move inside to defensive tackle and Jack Gangwish's graduation has two open holes in Nebraska's two-deep at defensive tackle. Davis is definitely in the mix, along with Sedrick King, A.J. Natter and Daishon Neal. The first team already looks locked in with Freedom Akinmoladun and Ross Dzuris

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