Nebraska closed its fall camp with a walk-through on Saturday in Memorial Stadium. With just a week to go before the season opener against Southern Mississippi, coach Bo Pelini had the following updates:
–Nebraska was pretty fortunate on the injury front, making it through fall camp without any lingering problems. Pelini said nobody has been ruled out for the first game.
–Each of the first three teams on Nebraska’s schedule are breaking in new coaches, but Nebraska will have at least a game’s worth of film on UCLA and Arkansas State when it comes time to prepare for those two teams. Prepping for Southern Miss, in its first year under Ellis Johnson, requires a little more guesswork.
“We don’t know exactly what they’re going to do on either side of the ball,” Pelini said. “You have your guesses. It becomes even more of a challenge, that’s part of the deal. When you’re playing a team that has a new coach there’s a lot of unknowns so there’s a lot of things you have to get ready for.”
USM has yet to name a starting quarterback as well, adding to the mystery of the Eagles in game one.
–Guard Jake Cotton will return to practice on Monday after suffering a concussion earlier in camp. Pelini said he felt good aboutt Nebraska’s depth at guard with Cotton, Ryne Reeves, Brandon Thompson and center candidate Cole Pensick backing-up Seung Hoon Choi and Spencer Long.
–Auburn transfer cornerback Jonathan Rose is officially on campus, on scholarship, and part of the team Pelini confirmed on Saturday.
“I watched him coming out, when he was getting recruited and he’s a very talented young man,” Pelini said. “He’s a good corner, good get for us, and we’re happy to have him.” Rose, a true sophomore, will sit out this year under NCAA transfer rules.
–Linebacker David Santos seems to be making a serious push for playing time alongside Alonzo Whaley. “(He’s) coming along,” Pelini said. “He’s made a lot of progress, particularly in the last week, week and a half so we’re pretty excited about him.”
–With four upperclassmen already in place at defensive end, how much will true freshman Avery Moss get to play on Saturday? “We’ll see about that” was all Pelini offered.
–Pelini tapped the brakes a bit on the Tommy Armstrong hype.
“Tommy’s come in and done a good job,” Pelini said. “Everybody’s trying to anoint him (but) nothing’s been decided as far as the number two (quarterback) position is concerned. He’s had a nice camp.”
–While no players have been ruled out for Saturday’s game, it sounds like JUCO-transfer cornerback Mohammed Seisay has some catching up to do after injuring his ankle.
“Mo’s starting to get his feet underneath him,” Pelini said. “When he’s fully healthy, I think he can help our team.”
Nebraska returns to practice on Monday.