July 30, 2007

The five top storylines heading into fall camp

Fall camp is less than a week away for the Nebraska football team, and HuskersIllustrated.com will spend the next week breaking down and previewing all the major storylines.

Today, we've broken down the five top overall storylines for the Nebraska football team as they head into next Monday's opening practice.

The development of the defensive line

With Joseph Townsend and Demetrious Davis both academically ineligible, and Kevin Dixon making a late arrival to campus this summer, the defensive line is already behind the eight ball with the numbers they've added from the 2007 signing class.

Townsend was expected to contribute at either defensive end or defensive tackle, and it's hard to say where Dixon will be at in fall camp since he did not work out with the team this summer in Lincoln. Traditionally, late arrival junior college players have taken longer to develop, so you don't know where Dixon fits in at this point until you see him live in action.

Right now, Ndamukong Suh, Ty Steinkuhler and Barry Turner appear to be solid starters on the line with their previous experience. Junior Zach Potter is the odds on favorite to win the base defensive end spot, but if things don't work out with him this August, head coach Bill Callahan said there is a possibility that Steinkuhler could move back outside and play defensive end and either junior Shukree Barfield or Dixon could see more reps at defensive tackle next to Suh.

Also, don't rule out the possibility of NU playing more three-man fronts this fall, that way they can utilize their four senior linebackers and have them on the field all at one time.

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