Justin Tomerlin now in the mix

When any player commits, it's usually a long wait until the day they can finally see the field. For some, it is even longer. For Justin Tomerlin, the last two days must have seemed equal to the months he's been waiting to play his ball at Nebraska. Well, now that wait is over and head coach Bill Callahan is already anticipating high expectations for Tomerlin's role for the near future.

After two days that probably seemed like forever, rush end Justin Tomerlin took the field for the first time today. Tomerlin originally was slated to play tight end, but just within the last week was switched over to the defensive side of the ball.

"We think he has the speed," Callahan said of Tomerlin playing the "Open" side end position. "That's what we identified on film coming out of junior college. He's got that size/speed that you look for."

"He's got the speed and the motor and we're just getting him acclimated, watching him go through drills, but we'll be excited to see him in pads once we get there on monday with him."

Tomerlin will be able to hit full pads at the same time as the rest of his teammates, but while the rest of the team was in half pads today, Tomerlin was in the tradition first-day garb of jersey, shorts and a helmet only.

This is line with NCAA policy that mandates an acclimation period of two days before players are allowed to practice in their full game gear.

Tomerlin is expected to compete for that Open side position against Jay Moore, who currently holds that starting position now. Other rush ends that could fit into the mix on that side are senior Wali Muhammad and true freshman Barry Turner.


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