Nebraska football has had three practices leading up to its week off for Spring Break. Husker Corner breaks down the position battles that are heating up and who is most likely to come out on top based on what has happened thus far at practice.
Cornerback hasn’t been an issue at Nebraska for a while. Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard held down the position with force for the past few years, and now the Huskers find themselves desperate for a standout at corner.
Andrew Green and Ciante Evans have the edge. Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess. Both Green and Evans finished 2011 strong and have been working exclusively with the first team in practice, while the remainder of the competitors have been fighting for playing time between the first and second squads. While it sounds like the Huskers have found their top two corners, it appears as though coaches want to keep Evans in the nickel position, freeing up a spot opposite Green. That leaves Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Braylon Heard, who moved from wide receiver and running back, respectively to join JuCo-transfer Mohammed Seisay and Antonio Bell in the fight for the final spot. Bell has been working with the first unit primarily, but many believe Seisay will make a move into the spot by fall.
Nebraska’s corners got beat deep too much last season. Bo Pelini won’t stand for that again. Nebraska’s starting cornerback will need to prove he can consistently cover both short and deep. Tackling is always a concern with Husker defensive backs, but the focus appears to be more on coverage and prevention than clean-up.
Mohammed Seisay has experience as a Division I starter at Memphis, where he started his freshman year. Jean-Baptiste, Josh Mitchell and Corey Cooper all return starting experience at Nebraska, but Seisay seems to have a higher ceiling than most of the players in NU’s defensive backfield. Seisay will win this battle, unless Jean-Baptiste or Bell can show they have the potential to be big time players for the Blackshirts.
By Chris Peters
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