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Spring Game Players to Watch (Defense)

Nebraska’s annual Red-White Scrimmage kicks off Saturday.

Every year, one or two players break out and have huge games, prompting a whirlwind of speculation and hype. Husker Corner breaks down which players to watch for in Saturday’s game.

Mohammed Seisay

Seisay is a complete wild card. The talented junior college cornerback once started at Memphis as a freshman and has the ability to start right away at Nebraska. For the time being, Seisay is working with the second unit of defensive backs, but with a big performance in the Spring Game, all that could change.

PJ Smith

He has had his chances. Smith started in multiple stints for the Huskers. Now it’s his senior year and the path is clear to start at safety. Can Smith handle it, or will he falter again? Coaches seem to suggest Smith has come a long way and that he’s up to the task of holding down the starting role. His performance Saturday could speak volumes about that.

Alonzo Whaley

Whaley is the first on the chopping block. Zaire Anderson, a touted junior college linebacker, arrives in the fall and has made it very clear: he wants Whaley’s job. Like Smith, Whaley has been given chances to start in the past, only to find himself shelved on the bench. Saturday could be a coming-of-age for Whaley if he plays his cards right. But if he doesn’t, it could be a death sentence.

By Chris Peters

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