|No. 16 Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Sr.)||6-3, 220||24 tackles (18 solo), two INTs, nine PBU|
|No. 17 Ciante Evans (Sr.)||5-11, 190||56 tackles (38 solo), three TFL, two sacks, one INT, eight PBU|
|No. 11 Andrew Green (Sr.)||6-0, 195||50 tackles (28 solo), 2.5 TFL, one sack, three PBU|
|N0. 4 Mohammed Seisay (Sr.)||6-2, 200||seven tackles (three solo)|
|No. 5 Josh Mitchell (Jr.)||5-11, 160||29 tackles (21 solo), 2 TFL, one sack, one INT, five PBU, one forced fumble|
|No. 2 Jonathan Rose (So.)||6-1, 190||N/A|
|No. 23 Daniel Davie (So.)||6-1, 185||seven tackles (three solo), one PBU|
|No. 18 Leroy Alexander (RFr,)||6-0, 190||N/A|
|Boaz Joseph||6-1, 190||N/A|
|No. 6 Corey Cooper (Jr.)||6-1, 210||17 tackles (eight solo), 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks,|
|No. 1 Harvey Jackson (Jr.)||6-2, 210||13 tackles (nine solo), one fumble recovery|
|No. 21 Charles Jackson (So.)||5-11, 175||11 tackles (six solo), one PBU|
|Nathan Gerry (Fr.)||6-2, 210||N/A|
|Drake Martinez (Fr.)||6-2, 200||N/A|
|No. 8 D.J. Singleton (Fr.)||6-1, 200||N/A|
1. And...Exhale - Been keeping up with the defensive previews? Now you can relax. The Huskers' secondary is the one defensive unit that isn't wanting for talent, and the eventual starting lineup will keep the opposition on the ground more often than not.
SJB's surprisingly pleasant 2012 performance put him in prime position to lock down a starting spot while Evans and Green slug it out for the other.
2. This Rose's Got Thorns - Jonathan Rose may only be a sophomore, but the former Auburn Tiger has seen time against the likes of Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.
All due respect, putting your standard B1G wide receiver up against SEC-level talent is like taking a swing at the kid who had a growth spurt over the summer during lunch. He'll see you at the flag pole at three.
Feel free to be excited about his future at Nebraska. if Evans or Green can't hack it, Rose is likely closer to being on deck than you may think.
3. Safety Dance - Nebraska knocked out their needs at safety like a pro with the additions of Gerry, Martinez and Singleton.
Quotes out of spring practice regarding Corey Cooper seem cautiously optimistic. Quotes don't matter, though. Results do. The proof will be on display this Saturday. He's got the potential to be an excellent safety. Now he just needs to put it all together.
While it's tempting to throw a wreckin' machine like Gerry into the fire, the two upperclassmen should have the inside track to a starting gig.
5. Bottom Line - Remember that glossy pass defense ranking that didn't move until Aaron Murray took shots downfield in the Capital One Bowl? There's an opportunity for it to pop up again for the same reason.
That said, should the line and linebackers provide a competent run defense against stronger opponents, it'd be a number worth crowing about.
Hope that the latter is the case. If the front seven can't contain offenses on a regular basis? There's a reason they're called safeties.