Two weeks from kickoff we are getting a good idea what the Nebraska Cornhuskers starting lineup might look like. The coaching staff has given a few indications of some of the newcomers and where they will see playing time. Today we will grade the progress of the offensive position groups through two weeks of fall camp.
Taylor Martinez is the clear cut starter, and unless a serious injury occurs, nothing will change that status. All indications are pointing to Taylor looking good in camp, and he is expected to have a huge 2013. Ron Kellogg III looks like he will get the nod as Nebraska’s backup. Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck recently called Kellogg the ultimate backup. Kellogg is helping guide the Huskers two youngest quarterbacks in Johnny Stanton and Tommy Armstrong.
This might be the best core of quarterbacks Bo Pelini has fielded in his time at Nebraska. While no one wants anything to happen to Taylor Martinez, the explosive group behind him provides some insurance.
The Running Backs/Fullbacks:
Ameer Abdullah is one of the best backs in the country, and he has looked good through the first few weeks of camp. Imani Cross has also impressed the coaching staff and adds more of a power rushing attack behind Abdullah. True Freshmen Adam Taylor and Terrell Newby have also shown the skills necessary to get plenty of playing time this season. With four valuable backs to choose from, the Nebraska Cornhuskers should rack up plenty of yardage on the ground.
There is also stability at the fullback position. C.J. Zimmer is leading the way with Andy Janovich providing a solid second option. Freshman Harrison Jordan has also made strides early in camp.
The Wide Receivers:
The receivers are led by Kenny Bell, who could become the first Husker receiver to pass the thousand yard mark in a single season this year. Quincy Enunwa and Jamal Turner have also progressed throughout camp. The trio of receivers are by far the best group in The Big Ten. Behind them are another trio that have looked good in camp. Taariq Allen has looked good coming off last year’s injury and will likely contribute. Jordan Westerkamp has solid hands, something that the Huskers could have used last season. Westerkamp should see the field in 2013. The most surprising receiver has been Alonzo Moore who has the size, speed, and explosiveness to be a game changer. Don’t be surprised if Tim Beck doesn’t design plays with Moore in mind.
The Offensive Line/TE: Not much has been said about Nebraska’s offensive line during camp. With the honesty that Bo Pelini, it can be assumed no news is good news. Spencer Long is a potential All American in 2013, and many believe that this is the best o line of the Pelini Era. If this group is as good as many expect, they will take the offense a long way. Being the skeptic that I am, seeing is believing.
There have been injuries at the tight end position, so it is hard to gauge how things will play out. Jake Long is expected to be Nebraska’s go to guy at the position.