Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Fresh faces: Nebraska
By Adam Rittenberg
The fresh faces series marches on with Nebraska, as we take a look at three players pegged to take on bigger roles this season. These are incoming freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers or returnees who should see their playing time increase when the games begin.
OFFENSE: Jamal Turner, WR/QB, freshman, 6-1, 180
The Huskers are looking to build depth at receiver, and Turner's arrival comes at a perfect time. He enrolled early and dazzled in spring practice and particularly in the spring game, racking up 228 all-purpose yards, including an electrifying 49-yard touchdown reception. A candidate to start at receiver, the speedy Turner is taking some snaps at quarterback early in preseason camp. He could be a major factor for the Huskers in a variety of roles, including a return man on special teams.
DEFENSE: Corey Cooper, S, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 210
Nebraska's defense doesn't have many holes for new players to fill, but both Cooper and classmate Harvey Jackson could see time in the secondary this fall. Cooper was a heralded recruit in the 2010 class who picked Nebraska over his home state school of Illinois, among others. He boasts good size for a safety and could be an impact player on special teams for the Huskers this fall.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Brett Maher, K/P, junior, 6-0, 185
Maher has been around for a while, but with All-American Alex Henery on the squad, he didn't have much to do. Things change this fall as Henery departs and Maher begins handling some, if not all, of the key specialist duties. He was the Huskers' No. 1 kicker and punter in spring ball and went 4-for-5 on field-goal attempts in the spring game, converting the game-winner from 39 yards out. Incoming freshman Mauro Bondi also could be an immediate factor in the kicking game this fall.
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