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Friday, May 24, 2013
Huskers DE Avery Moss faces court date

By Brian Bennett

Nebraska's defensive line situation is tenuous at best. And now we learn that one of the group's potential contributors is dealing with a legal issue.

The Omaha World-Herald's Sam McKewon reports that redshirt freshman defensive end Avery Moss appeared in court on Friday and faces a July 23 trial date on indecency and disturbing the peace charges. Moss stands accused of exposing himself to a female employee at a Nebraska residence hall convenience store twice in a matter of hours on Dec. 15, according to a police complaint.

Moss has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include public indecency -- a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of six months in jail -- disturbing the peace and failing to appear for a scheduled Jan. 22 court date.

The World-Herald reports that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has been aware of Moss' situation. Both Moss and his lawyer declined to comment to the paper on Friday.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Moss played in three games and registered four tackles last season before a shoulder injury led to a medical redshirt. This spring, defensive coordinator John Papuchis told ESPN.com that Moss and fellow redshirt freshman Greg McMullen had "taken a significant amount of first-string reps" on the defensive line.

The defensive line is probably the biggest question mark for Nebraska this season and the key to whether the Huskers can compete for a Big Ten title. Junior-college import Randy Gregory is expected to help right away at defensive end, along with senior Jason Ankrah and McMullen.