Friday, April 13, 2012
Spring game preview: Nebraska
By Adam Rittenberg
It'll be a big Saturday in the Big Ten as seven teams hold their spring games/scrimmages. We're getting you ready for each one.
Let's take a closer look at Nebraska's Red-White spring game:
When: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. local time), Saturday
Where: Memorial Stadium
Admission: $10 for adults. Kids in the eighth grade or younger are admitted for free if they take the Drug Free Pledge at halftime of the game. Parking is $5 at Lot 9 and other campus lots.
TV: The game will be streamed live online on BTN2Go and on the Big Ten Digital Network. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the game on tape-delay at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
Weather forecast: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms possible, temperatures between 68-78, 40-50 percent chance of rain, winds at 10-20 mph.
What to watch for: Not surprisingly, Nebraska will be "as basic as you can get," coach Bo Pelini said, in the spring game. One change from years' past is that the coaching staff will divide the teams evenly rather than hold a player draft, as the Huskers are a bit thin at positions like defensive tackle.
Top quarterback Taylor Martinez is only expected to play about a quarter and a half, but fans will be closely studying the junior, who spent the spring working on his footwork and mechanics and has by all accounts looked better passing the ball. The backups in the offensive backfield figure to get a lot of work at both quarterback (Brion Carnes, Ron Kellogg II) and at running back (Ameer Abdullah, Aaron Green). It'll also be a good chance for fans to see fullback Mike Marrow, who has generated buzz during spring drills.
The defensive coaching staff has a new look with John Papuchis elevated to coordinator and two position coaches (Rick Kaczenski and Terry Joseph) coming in from the outside. Although Nebraska isn't employing massive scheme changes, Saturday provides a good chance to see the coaches and evaluate their position groups. The Huskers are looking to replace star power on defense, and several players have generated buzz this spring, including safety Daimion Stafford, who had an impressive 2011, and linebacker Will Compton.