After months of speculation that date back to April, the Husker football team has an official depth chart. The initial take: There are names on here that, if the units gel, could create a fun atmosphere beyond what’s being teased in Lincoln.
Your first 2014 Nebraska Cornhuskers depth chart:
Quarterback: Tommy Armstrong, Ryker Fyfe, Johnny Stanton
I-Back: Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross -OR- Terrell Newby
Fullback: Andy Janovich, Harrison Jordan
X Wide Receiver: Kenny Bell, Taariq Allen -OR- Brandon Reilly -OR- Sam Burtch
Y Wide Receiver: Jordan Westerkamp, De’Mornay Pierson-El -OR- Brandon Reilly
Z (Slot) Wide Receiver: Jamal Turner -OR- Alonzo Moore
Tight End: Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton, Trey Foster
Left Tackle: Alex Lewis, David Knevel
Left Guard: Jake Cotton, Dylan Utter
Center: Mark Pelini -OR- Ryne Reeves
Right Guard: Mike Moudy -OR- Chongo Kondolo
Right Tackle: Givens Price -OR- Zach Sterup -OR- Matt Finnin
Defensive End: Greg McMullen, A.J. Natter -OR- Joe Keels
Defensive Tackle: Vincent Valentine, Kevin Maurice, Logan Rath
Defensive Tackle: Maliek Collins, Kevin Williams, Jerald Foster
Defensive End: Randy Gregory, Jack Gangwish
BUCK (strongside) Linebacker: David Santos, Marcus Newby
MIKE (middle) Linebacker: Josh Banderas, Trevor Roach
WILL (weakside) Linebacker: Zaire Anderson, Courtney Love
Cornerback: Josh Mitchell, Boaz Joseph or Chris Jones
Safety: Corey Cooper, D.J. Singleton
Safety: Nate Gerry, Kieron Williams
Cornerback: Daniel Davie or Jonathan Rose
Nickel: Byerson Cockrell, Josh Kalu
Place Kicker: Drew Brown -OR- Mauro Bondi
Punter: Sam Foltz
Long Snapper: Josh Faulkenberry -OR- Nate Gerry
Holder: Sam Foltz
Kickoffs: Mauro Bondi
Kickoff Returns: Alonzo Moore, Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner, De’Mornay Pierson-El
Punt Returns: Jordan Westerkamp, Kenny Bell, De’Mornay Pierson-El, Jamal Turner
What to Take Away From The Chart:
- It look like offensive coordinator Tim Beck is going to take full advantage of the running backs if Cross and Newby are interchangeable. Some thunder and lightning behind Abdullah, maybe?
- The potential for this game to look like a spring scrimmage in terms of how many receivers may catch passes is there. Aside from Bell and Westerkamp, nobody’s gig is safe.
- The uncertainty on the right side of the offensive line is concerning, but not unexpected. Those “-OR-”s may stick around until the Huskers get to Fresno.
- If Keels couldn’t take the backup defensive end spot away from Natter, I’d say the job’s there for the young gun to grab.
- Cornerback Chris Jones may be this year’s LeRoy Alexander.
- Anxious to see what Josh Kalu can do if he’s the immediate option behind Cockrell at nickel.
- Look for Faulkenberry and Gerry to work with different units (kick, punt, etc.). To swap out long snappers midstream is beyond madness.
- Kickoff returns appear to be all about speed, speed and more speed.
- The punt return squad looks to be more about making sure the Huskers retain possession.
Do you take anything else away from the first depth chart of the season? Chime in using the comment section below!
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