There have been some big moves on the depth chart, and positions all week. There have been several rumors coming out of Lincoln today. Hopefully we will have confirmation later tonight. Here is what has been happening in practice this week.
Carnes Makes A Big Move
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brion Carnes has made the move from quarterback to wide receiver. Carnes was the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart in 2011. He was beat out by senior Ron Kellogg III, and freshman Tommy Armstrong for the No. 2, and No. 3 spots in fall camp.
On Tuesday, Carnes went to the coaching staff with the idea of the move. With the lack of playing time, and the thought of transferring during the offseason, Carnes, decided to move to receiver to get on the field. He knew he wasn’t going to be playing quarterback for Nebraska any time soon.
Carnes is the 2nd 4 star quarterback to switch to receiver under head coach Bo Pelini. Sophomore Jamal Turner was also a top high school quarterback before coming to Lincoln.
Back To the Basics And Making Moves
Several Nebraska players have come out and said the team has been working on tackling more this week then they can remember in the past. After giving up the 2nd most yards in school history, 653 to UCLA, the practice was clearly needed .
The question on everyones mind was how many new faces would the defense see on Saturday after the lackluster performance against UCLA. Head coach Bo Pelini said that there is no doubt that he wants his team to get faster. He said that junior linebackers Zaire Anderson, and redshirt freshman David Santos have split the reps at the WILL linebacker, where senior Alonzo Whaley has been starting through two games.
Pelini said both players competed for playing time during fall camp, but said he didn’t feel either player was mentally ready just yet.
At the Cornerback position, Joshua Mitchell and Stanley Jean-Baptiste have been splitting reps in practice, and games. With junior college transfer Mohammad Seisay being banged up with an ankle injury, Mitchell, and Jean-Baptiste have tried making the most of it. Nebraska defensive coordinator, John Papuchis said he expected Seisay to play against UCLA, and he never saw the field. I don’t think Seisay sees the field until Wisconsin comes to Lincoln.
Bo Pelini confirmed Wednesday at around 6:15 that, defensive tackle Chase Rome has left the team, and does not see him coming back in the foreseeable future.
Rome had 4 total tackles through 2 games.
Senior running back Rex Burkhead has not practiced since spraining his MCL against Southern Miss. in week 1.
Senior defensive tackle Thad Randel has not practiced all week since aggravating his knee injury he suffered in 2011.
Wide receiver Tyler Wullenwaber tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday.
By Jimmie Allen
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