Huskers’ five burning questions for spring practice
Who will be the other defensive end?
Potential top-five NFL Draft pick Randy Gregory is gone, and the team returns Greg McMullen, who broke out last season. But the other spot is completely up for grabs. With McMullen more of a run stopper, look for Nebraska to put a premium on a rush end that can get after the quarterback consistently.
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How do you replace Ameer Abdullah?
The simple answer here is you don’t replace a top-five all-time running back in Husker history. The longer answer is that there is no shortage of options who have a variety of skills. The choice at running back among Imani Cross, Adam Taylor and Terrell Newby could show us more about the offensive style Riley plans to use.
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What will the Mike Riley regime look like?
After spending 14 seasons at Oregon State, how will Riley adjust to the pressure cooker that is the Nebraska job? Riley gave the first glimpse of his new staff when he announced a new idea for the practice schedule, but there is a lot of intrigue around how Riley and company will handle the big job.
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How will the LB corps hold up?
This thin group may hold the key to how good the Blackshirts' defense can be. They aren’t thin on talent, but injuries and depth are a concern. Two of the four returning scholarship players are coming back from injuries, one is very inexperienced, and the other is Josh Banderas. This is a position that has the most likely chance of a true freshman coming in and stealing playing time.
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How will the QBs progress?
Riley and his fffensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach have a two-year starter returning in Tommy Armstrong. He is a 51 percent career passer, however, and Riley has said his goal is the 60 to 70 percent range. Will this staff be able to coach up Armstrong or will one of the backups have a legitimate chance to win the job in the spring?