Despite the start of the semester, Nebraska was still in full fall camp mode Tuesday night. Coach Bo Pelini said the Huskers are still focusing on getting as much “good-on-good” time in as possible before turning their attention to Southern Mississippi.
Here’s what we know now:
–Starting center candidate Cole Pensick is also getting some work in at guard. Pelini said Pensick has always practiced some at the position, but with a week and a half before the season opener it appears as if Nebraska still has some position battles going on up front.
–Freshman linebacker Jared Afalava has joined the team but has yet to start practicing. “He’s ready to go,” Pelini said, “but he’s got things he needs to get done here as far as getting cleared to go medically.”
–Afalava’s freshman counterpart Michael Rose turned heads early in camp but Pelini said that Rose has some work to do still.
“He’s got potential and he’s got a lot to learn,” Pelini said. “He has his flashes but he’s like a lot of the young, his head’s swimming a little bit and he’s trying to figure it out.”
–Three guys who would play right now according to Pelini are DE Avery Moss, DT Aaron Curry and RB Imani Cross. Pelini also mentioned freshman walk-on fullback Andy Janovich as a guy who is in the mix for immediate playing time on special teams.
–Pelini said he feels pretty good about where Nebraska’s first string is at right now, on both sides of the ball, but depth remains a concern.
“My biggest concern is with the back-ups and the guys that are a play away from getting in there being able to execute what we’re asking them to execute.”
–Freshman Alonzo Moore has been working with the wide receivers this week. Moore was recruited as an athlete and was expected to start out in the secondary, but Pelini said that, right now, Moore helps Nebraska more on the offensive side.
–Speaking of wide receivers, quarterback Taylor Martinez was asked who from that group had impressed him the most so far in camp.
“Tyler Wullenwaber,” Martinez said. “He brings a lot of speed and he’s learning the offense really well and he’s catching the ball. Last year he was dinged up with his shoulder.”
This isn’t the first time Martinez has brought up the sophomore walk-on from Utica. Last fall Martinez called Wullenwaber the fastest player on the team.
Nebraska will practice straight through until Saturday before beginning game week preparations next Monday.