Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini met with the media yesterday for almost thirty minutes. While Bo still does not seem comfortable in front of his critics, he handled the session well. Everything from who the starting kicker will be to quarterback Taylor Martinez was covered, but the defense seemed to get the most attention.
The inexperienced linebacking core was brought up, and Pelini mentioned early doubts during fall camp.
I was a little concerned about ten days, two weeks in. I think the last ten days or so, week, I have seen some guys make a big jump in their understanding and development.
This was expected. When all three positions have turnover, growing pains should be expected. David Santos and Zaire Anderson are the only two in the group who have played a single down of college football. While the freshman behind them have potential, nothing can replicate the speed and intensity of a game. Bo said Jared Afalava is making progress but needs to work on consistency. Josh Banderas, Nathan Gerry, and Michael Rose have looked good according to their head coach, but they still have ground to cover.
Despite remaining questions on who will grab the starting Mike, Will, and Buck linebacker jobs, Pelini seems to like all of his options.
I have confidence in this group. I think our leadership has been good.