In Thursday night’s post practice media session Bo Pelini mentioned two freshman linebackers by name. Michael Rose and Josh Banderas are making a big impression on the sixth year head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Rose and Banderas are both competing for starting positions for Nebraska, and competition is good.
Being as young as they are, this defense is wide open as we witnessed last weekend. What Bo Pelini is doing with ongoing competition can only help this defense improve. For those of you who took part in competitive athletics at any level, it should be an easy philosophy to understand. Pelini and John Papuchis are pushing these young men to bust @ss to make their way to the top.
Speed bumps should be expected, but the results later in the season could benefit from early struggles we might see in the non conference schedule. It’s all about the competition. When nothing is written in stone it allows everyone to believe that they have a chance at earning a coveted Blackshirt. It is what every Husker defender strives for. It means you are at the pinnacle of your position at Nebraska. The competition that Coach Pelini is allowing will drive this team to greater hieghts.
The competition also drives starters to achieve more every day in practice. It creates an awareness that nothing is being given to anyone. If you are a starter, you had better prove yourself on every down of every game, because there is someone right behind hungry to make their way to the top.
Josh Banderas, Michael Rose, and Nathan Gerry have a lot to prove before they make their way to the top, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it before the B1G Ten schedule is finished in 2013. They have passion, athleticism, and obviously are driven and making coaches take notice. It might seem like this defense is bad, but I don’t think they are. They are just a few games away from showing what they are really capable of.