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Cornhuskers have three-man logjam at I-back

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini apparently is determined to have a three-man rotation at I-back for the Cornhuskers' season opener Saturday night against Western Michigan.

Pelini's season-opening depth chart includes Marlon Lucky, Roy Helu and Quentin Castille as first-teamers at I-back. Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has consistently said that Lucky, the Big 12's leading returning rusher, is his starter. But the three players are expected to play relatively equally in the Cornhuskers' first game.

The Lincoln Journal-Star blogged from Pelini's press conference that three freshmen made the two-deep roster -- OLB Sean Fisher, MLB Will Compton and TE Ben Cotton, son of Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton.

Pelini also told the Omaha World-Herald he might not award "Blackshirts" for Nebraska's starting defensive players for "a long time."

He had a strong reason for the delay, he said.

"Why not?" he said, drawing a laugh from media members. "What's a Blackshirt mean if it's just a symbol that you haven't earned? Everybody wants to rush this thing. It's the same thing when I was here the first time. I don't see the point in it if you just hand them out to hand them out."