April 26, 2007

What are Nebraska's five biggest strengths?

As Nebraska heads into summer conditioning there are several things that stand out about this football team.

The last few days HuskersIllustrated.com has done different breakdowns of specific areas and concerns on the Nebraska football team. Today, we breakdown what NU's five biggest strengths are heading into summer conditioning.

Depth at wide receiver

If there's one position on the Nebraska football team that's loaded with depth, experience and playmakers, it's wide receiver.

The combination of seniors Terrence Nunn, Maurice Purify and Frantz Hardy, along with juniors Nate Swift and Todd Peterson is the most experienced group of wide receivers Nebraska has returned in several years.

To go along with these players, redshirt freshman Will Henry, along with sophomores Menelik Holt and Chris Brooks have all shown promise. This summer, NU will also add two very talented true freshmen in Niles Paul and Curenski Gilleylen.

What I like about this group of players is the combination of big-body, possession and speed receivers. Having eight to 10 solid wide-outs on the roster will allow head coach Bill Callahan to several different things with the offense this season.

Experience at linebacker

Linebacker is very similar to wide receiver for Nebraska right now in that they have a solid group of experienced seniors to man things down.

The combination of seniors Bo Ruud, Corey McKeon, Steve Octavien and Lance Brandenburgh is equally as impressive as the group of wide receivers NU returns.

These four seniors have all seen significant playing time over their careers and all of them have been with defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove for at least two seasons.

The biggest question at linebacker is the future. Behind these four seniors, NU has very little experience returning. Linebacker will be talked about next year similar to the way the defensive line has been talked about this spring.

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