There are no changes to the Huskers’ depth chart for Week 2. (In case you haven't heard.)
No. 24 Nebraska (1-0) still has the same number of ORs littering the depth chart following a season-opening 35-21 win over South Alabama. That may mean nothing, but here are a few thoughts on the lack of changes anyway.
>> Redshirt freshman center Cameron Jurgens maintains his status as the team's starter.
It was a less-than-stellar debut for the Beatrice Native and he only played the first half. Frost said after the game the decision to go to fellow redshirt freshman Will Farniok in the second half was based on a pitch count limit for Jurgens the offense had already exceeded in the first half. Nebraska didn't take the field until almost nine minutes into the third quarter, which made the decision easier.
One thing that will undoubtedly be worked on this week is snapping.
"I think the snaps being high a lot threw [quarterback Adrian Martinez] off a little bit," coach Scott Frost said after the game. "Having to play catch back there, and that’s probably a function of having a center that has had reps limited due to an injury during camp. So those are all things that we have to look at and try to get fixed, but we have to get a lot cleaner on offense.”
“We’ve had a few little issues here and there, but nothing like last year and nothing like what I saw today. Whether that’s first time playing, I don’t know, but we’re going to work to get it clean.”
>> After a performance that saw him register his first two interceptions of his career — one of which he returned for a touchdown — a pass break-up and three tackles, senior Eric Lee Jr. remains the No. 2 safety on the depth chart.
Most of Lee's snaps came in relief of junior Deontai Williams, who left the game midway through with an unknown injury. Lee said after he's hopeful the defense will have Williams this week when the team travels to Colorado. Williams retaining the No. 1 spot on the depth chart may ultimately mean nothing. Frost will address the media later and might provide an update, though he doesn't address injuries unless they're major. The most-likely result is Williams gets "game-time decision" treatment.
>> Another marque performer on Saturday, junior outside linebacker JoJo Domann, also saw his name in the same spot on the depth chart this week as last week. Domann is a co-starter with Caleb Tannor once again, even though he had four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up while Tannor had just three tackles.
Still, Tannor began the game Saturday as the first guy on the field and that may change this week even though the depth chart doesn't technically change.
Domann was asked after if he thought he deserved a Blackshirt for his performance, and he played it coy.
"I haven’t really thought that far," he said. "If I do, God is good and if I don’t, I’m going to get it the next week."
>> Sophomore kicker Barret Pickering remains the No. 1 kicker on the depth chart despite not playing in the opener. True freshman walk-on Dylan Jorgensen handled both kickoff and field goal duties in Pickering absence even though Pickering was dressed to play in warm-ups.
Pickering being No. 1 on this week's depth chart may mean nothing, as he could once again just be a game-time decision. Dylan filled in in Week 1 and had his only field goal blocked.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.