2013 Nebraska Football Depth Chart - Offense

Spencer Long - could be set to be Nebraska's first All-America lineman in quite a while. - Eric Francis

Bo Pelini won't release a depth chart until the start of the season, and even then they'll have to force it out of him. That doesn't stop us from speculation and divining one from what we know. This is our first attempt at the offensive depth chart for the 2013 season.

You know the drill by now. Bo Pelini isn't a big fan of depth charts - it doesn't fit the "compete every day" mantra he espouses, and that's fine. I agree with the philosophy and it has been made clear by Pelini that players who aren't working hard aren't going to see the field.

Here's a first stab at the offensive depth chart. The offense isn't difficult, especially relative to this year's defense. There are some newcomers and it's possible (although not likely) some could move into starting positions, particularly on the offensive line.

Keep in mind this is an educated guess. The defensive depth chart (determined by a combination of throwing darts and having a cat pick them) will be published tomorrow.

Quarterback
3 Taylor Martinez QB 6-1 210 Sr. Corona, Calif. (Centennial)
4 Tommy Armstrong Jr QB 6-1 220 RFr. Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
12 Ron Kellogg III QB 6-1 220 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Westside)
5 Johnny Stanton QB 6-2 220 Fr. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)

Quarterback is the knownest of known quantities on the team at this point. Taylor Martinez comes into the season as a fourth-year starter, poised to set who knows how many school records. Second string - Tommy Armstrong has used his redshirt, spent a year in the system while Ron Kellogg III has been around but not seen a lot of playing time. Here's wishing a bunch of playing time to both of them, which really means we hope the team blows out a lot of people and everyone gets to play!

Given the depth in front of him, Johnny Stanton looks to redshirt unless he comes into fall camp and blows everyone else away.

I-Back
8 Ameer Abdullah IB 5-9 190 Jr. Homewood, Ala. (Homewood)
32 Imani Cross IB 6-1 225 So. Gainesville, Ga. (North Hall)
23 King Frazier IB 6-0 220 RFr. Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit)
34 Terrell Newby IB 5-10 180 Fr. West Hills, Calif. (Chaminade)
28 Adam Taylor IB 6-2 200 Fr. Katy, Texas (Katy)

The biggest question here is how much of the work load Ameer Abdullah will handle. Cross had 55 carries last season for 324 yards, but scored 7 TDs. Cross should have the skills to develop into an every down back or at least he better because with the transfer of Braylon Heard there isn't any experience behind him.

King Frazier earned some buzz in the spring when Abdullah was out with a slight knee injury, but we know nothing about him except the praise he earned from Bo Pelini and Tim Beck. The two freshmen are highly touted recruits with plenty of potential and how much work they get depends on their transition to college and quickly picking up the offense.

Fullback
31 C.J. Zimmerer FB 6-0 230 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Gross)
35 Andy Janovich FB 6-1 225 So. Grenta, Neb. (Gretna)

Mike Marrow is no longer with the team, but as a group the fullbacks had only 17 carries, 10 of them belonging to Marrow. Zimmerer and Janovich are both capable replacements, having three receptions between them.

Tight End
41 Jake Long TE 6-4 240 Sr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)
84 Sam Cotton TE 6-4 235 RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
86 David Sutton TE 6-3 240 So. Lincoln, Neb (Southeast)

There's something about Jake Long to like. He didn't match Ben Cotton's production last season (18 receptions for 239 yards, 2 TDs while Long had 6 receptions for 55 yards, 1 TD), but he had two starts and as a senior has plenty of experience and knows what's expected of him.

Wide Receivers
WR-X
80 Kenny Bell WR 6-1 185 Jr. Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)
88 Tyler Evans WR 6-1 195 Jr. Waverly, Neb. (Waverly)
82 Tyler Wullenwaber WR 6-1 195 Jr. Utica, Neb. (Centennial)
WR-A
10 Jamal Turner WR 6-1 185 Jr. Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston)
1 Jordan Westerkamp WR 6-0 200 RFr. Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
WR-Z
18 Quincy Enunwa WR 6-2 225 Sr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)
2 Alonzo Moore WR 6-2 185 RFr. Winnfield, La. (Winnfield Senior)
7 Taariq Allen WR 6-3 195 So. Weston, Mass. (The Rivers School)

Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa and Jamal Turner - the best wide receiver group in Nebraska football history. The biggest question around this group - can Bell be the first 1,000-yard receiver in Husker history, or will receptions and yardage be split between them and other receivers as they come into their own?

Moore is said to be the best overall receiver of the group.. at least the younger receivers, while Wullenwaber the most speed and Westerkamp the best hands. Taariq Allen's knee still has problems.

Offensive Line
LT
71 Jeremiah Sirles OL 6-6 310 Sr. Lakewood, Colo. (Bear Creek)
LG
68 Jake Cotton OL 6-6 305 Jr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
C
62 Cole Pensick OL 6-2 275 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. (Northeast)
56 Mark Pelini OL 6-0 295 Jr. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
RG
61 Spencer Long OL 6-4 315 Sr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)
RT
76 Brent Qvale OL 6-7 315 Sr. Williston, N.D. (Williston)
63 Andrew Rodriguez OL 6-6 330 Sr. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)
Guards
65 Ryne Reeves OL 6-3 295 So. Crete, Neb. (Crete)
70 Chongo Kondolo OL 6-4 290 Jr. Carrollton, Texas (Fresno City College) (Creekview)
58 Corey Whitaker OL 6-4 275 RFr. Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)
74 Mike Moudy OL 6-5 300 Jr. Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County)
Tackles
59 Matt Finnin OL 6-7 305 Jr. Crete, Ill. (College of DuPage) (Crete Monee)
57 Zach Sterup OL 6-8 315 So. Hastings, Neb. (Hastings St. Cecilia)
78 Givens Price OL 6-4 295 So. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)

So many questions on the offensive line, with Sirles and Long being the exceptions as true proven performers. Pensick played at both guard spots last season, and has plenty of experience, and should be considered the lead at center, but can he handle the big defensive lineman in that role?

Will Rodriguez finally show some fire and live up to the hype of his recruitment? Will the newcomers, Finnin and Kondolo adapt well enough to move into the starting rotation? Who isn't routing for a guy named Chongo Kondolo (DEATH BY CHONGO!)?

There looks to be plenty of talent and depth in the offensive line. Pass blocking could use some improvement, but if this line performs as well at run blocking as they did last season, Nebraska's offense should be the best in the Big Ten.

The offense should be exceptional. It may have to be given that the defense is so unknown. The offense may have to be historical if Nebraska is going to realize their goal of winning the Big Ten and getting to a BCS bowl.

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