1. Who backs up #50 Soph Center Trevor Rees?That's 5 of things I'll be watching on Offense Saturday. As they said on NU Sports
Its supposed to be # 75 Jr Vince Clarke, but we've seem # 77 Adam Crum in that backup roll at practice.2. Which member of last year's Wide Reciever recruiting class cracks the lineup?
Once again, NU is thigh deep in wide outs -- but the juniors, # 9 Mark Philmore, and # 5 Brandon Horn, have been in the thick of the passing game all through the spring.3. Which O-Linemen have cracked the 2-deep?
My bet for the prime backup role is # 87 RS Frosh T. J. Jones who has been mentioned in the spring reports several times, and who appears to have the speed to stretch the field. I'm sure we'll see others too.
There are guys with playing time who were not on the Spring depth chart, but who have been playing in practice. For example, # 79 RS Soph Rick McDole has been a force in practice, but wasn't listed on the starting or backup unit.4. Tight End or H-Back or Fullback
It will be interesting to see who has earned positions and where up front, backing up one of the Big 10's best front 5.
I know I'll ask Mike Dunbar about this one -- and he'll tell me that in the NU version of the spread, they use all three at different times.5. Just how good is #36 Nathan Shanks?
So the question then becomes who plays where. The coaches moved #44 RS Soph Erryn Cobb back to the offensive side of the ball to the Fullback/H-Back slot. I was always surprised they didn't give Erryn a better look at a RB position -- go back and find his recruiting tape.
Then there's the Tight End and #47 Taylor Jones who has also been in the thick of the passing game, along with #83 Sean Mansfield. In my humble opinion, NU still doesn't have a set tight end. That question could be answered Saturday.
This kid walked on from Taylorsville, a small school down in southern Illinois, where he was one of the top backs in his conference. One reporter from down there said he was one of the best [and one of the fastest] he'd ever seen.
#33, the incubent RB Noah Herron told me earlier in the spring that Nathan was starting to pick up the offense, but with three prime recruits coming in August, he'll have to really show something Saturday to stay in the mix. The coaches must see something -- they moved #12 RS Frosh RB Derrell Jenkins to safety over the winter.
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