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Hot Reads: Roster Roulette

February 08, 2017

The post-signing day/pre-spring practice weeks of February are supposed to be one of the rare quiet times on the college football calendar. There are scholarship offers being extended and the players are busy working out, but if you wanted to steal away for a week’s vacation and miss the least amount of actual football news, this wouldn’t be a bad time to do it.

That said, Nebraska has some openings to fill so the chatter on that front has remained steadier than it normally would be. Last week, former Husker Daniel Bullocks reportedly interviewed for Nebraska’s open assistant coaching spot. This week, a new name has emerged according to reports from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.

Bob Elliott, currently a special assistant to Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, reportedly interviewed with Mike Riley. Elliott and new Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco have worked together before:

Elliott taught the Irish safeties group in 2012 and 2013, and outside linebackers group the following year. In 2013, the Irish secondary ranked 15th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in fewest passing yards allowed per game, 16th in passing yards allowed per completion and 17th in passing yards allowed per attempt. The prior year – which included a 12-0 regular season and trip to the BCS National Championship game – the secondary fared even better. It ranked second in fewest pass yards per completion, sixth for fewest touchdown passes, 13th in fewest pass yards per attempt and 16th in pass efficiency.

As special assistant, Elliott was involved in player personnel decisions, analytics, defensive strategy, game planning and on-campus recruiting. He was perhaps best known for devising a system to beat option offenses. The Irish beat the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets and Navy Midshipmen in 2015 and the Army Black Knights last year following Elliott’s tutelage.

Option-beater is an interesting skill to have on your resume. (He’s also a cancer-beater.) In addition to working alongside Diaco at Iowa and Notre Dame, the 63-year-old Elliott has also made coaching stops at Kent State, Ball State, Iowa State, North Carolina, Kansas State and San Diego State.

Nebraska’s potential personnel moves may not be limited to the offices, however. The Huskers also have a couple of scholarships open, which Riley said last Wednesday could allow Nebraska to add a graduate transfer or two.

One potential option for a transfer could be former Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet. He led the Wildcats’ in receiving with 670 yards (21.6 yards per catch) last season and Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams and assistant director of player personnel Todd McShane have started following Badet on Twitter. Badet has also recently followed Williams back. Competition for Badet could be pretty heavy as he is reportedly also considering Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

In additional wide receiver news, Kade Warner, son of Hall-of-Fame inductee Kurt Warner, is planning to visit Nebraska soon as he considers walking-on at an FBS program. More on that story here from Erin Sorensen.

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