Nebraska Stock Report (3-28-16)

Nebraska spring practices resume on Tuesday. Here is a look at the latest stock report.

OL.) Tanner Farmer – Redshirt sophomore

The redshirt sophomore set an offseason game plan after a discussion with offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. It included a return to the sport of wrestling, meaning he would slim down. After losing 40-pounds, Farmer is looking more like the high school All-American we expected coming out of high school.

OL.) David Knevel – Redshirt junior

Completely raw when he hit Lincoln, it appears it is Knevel’s time. The Canadian is running with the first-team offensive line and head coach Mike Riley has called him a high potential player. At 6-foot-9, most would think Knevel looks awkward, but he doesn’t. He actually looks very athletic.

DL.) Greg McMullen – Redshirt senior

The two-year starting defensive end has moved inside and is looking comfortable at defensive tackle. Body wise, McMullen looks like a natural fit at the position with his body structure.

WR.) Derrion Grim – True freshman

The early enrollee is getting first and second team reps already and is further ahead in his development than projected coming out of high school. We thought Grim would play, but he’s looking a guy who could have an impact on the offense.

RB.) Mikale Wilbon – Redshirt sophomore

Nobody has ever doubted former Illinois prep’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. He’s looked strong the first six practices. 

DL coach John Parrella - New coach

The former Blackshirt has been a breath of fresh air for the defensive line group. Described as a high-energy guy, Parrella looks to be always on the move and is vocal with his players. 

RB.) Devine Ozigbo – Sophomore

After finishing the 2015 season on a strong note against UCLA, Ozigbo improved his body getting leaner and quicker. With Terrell Newby in the mix as well, it appears Nebraska is going to continue the running back by committed type approach.

QB.) A.J. Bush – Redshirt sophomore

The quarterback’s arm strength has never been in doubt, but it appears the redshirt sophomore is still hitting on closer to 50 percent of his throws than 60 percent. Right now he appears to be getting third/fourth string reps and it likely only a matter of time before he’s passed up by Patrick O’Brien.

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 looks 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.

RB.) Adam Taylor – Redshirt junior

The former four-star prospect has never had a major impact on Nebraska’s offense after a major knee injury in 2014. Head coach Mike Riley went out of his way to mention Taylor at his spring preview press conference, but right now Terrell Newby, Mikale Wilbon and Devine Ozigbo are definitely in front of the Texas product. 

WR.) Brandon Reilly – Redshirt senior

Reilly could easily make the stock up and stock down list. He was getting a chance to work in the slot with Westerkamp out. But, a suspicion of DUI ticket could cost the Lincoln native some time early in the season.

WR.) Jordan Westerkamp – Redshirt senior

A groin injury is the only reason he makes the list and we expect his stock to soar again. Nebraska fans just need to hope the groin doesn’t become a constant nagging thing this season.

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