Nebraska Football: Pair of Junior Cornerbacks Staying Put
Nebraska football fans got some good news Tuesday afternoon as they found out that two members of a stingy secondary will return for their senior years.
There was talk throughout the season about whether or not cornerback Chris Jones would forego his senior year to chase NFL dreams.
Jones had some moments he’d like to forget in 2016, but still ended the regular season with solid numbers. In 12 games, Jones tallied 33 tackles (three solo), three tackles for loss, a sack and picked off three passes returning one for a touchdown.
He states that there’s “unfinished business” and his return only makes what is sure to be an entertaining offseason of jockeying for playing time more interesting.
— CJones(RestUpJDangg) (@Iam_cj8) November 29, 2016
There were some mixed signals as fellow cornerback Joshua Kalu tweeted “#NFLBound”.
This sent Nebraska football fans into a panic. Whether or not Jones was staying seemed to be the big question mark, not Kalu. After the Big Red social media world was whipped into a frenzy, Kalu made sure that any crossed wires were straightened.
Came in together, leave together 💯🙏🏽 https://t.co/DYdImq7th6
— Joshua Kalu (@BluesKalus) November 29, 2016
With the departure of Nate Gerry, the Nebraska secondary is going to need to find both vocal leadership and the –ahem– ability to lead by example. That’s where Jones and Kalu come in.
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Speaking of the fight for playing time, sophomore Lamar Jackson will likely be one of the members of “Lockdown U” looking for a piece of the pie. He spent time on special teams this season getting used to the speed of this game.
Just because the seniors-to-be are coming back doesn’t mean they can rest on their laurels.
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