Bo Pelini has released a depth chart for the season opener against Wyoming.
Kellogg being listed ahead of Armstrong in the "or" is a bit of a surprise. Perhaps some lingering issues with Armstrong's summer knee injury?
I understand why Taylor wanted to redshirt; save that year of eligibility. I suspect if a rash of injuries were to emerge, Taylor probably would move ahead of Frazier, if the redshirt were to be burned.
Fullback: C.J. Zimmer or Andy Janovich
Interesting seeing Brandon Reilly and Sam Burtch listed here...especially ahead of Alonzo Moore. Many people are surprised that Taariq Allen wasn't listed; he's still recovering from his knee injury last season.
Tight End: Jake Long, Cethan Carter, Trey Foster
I think we'll see a lot of Carter on Saturday; he's really taken advantage of the injuries to Long and Sam Cotton.
No surprises here either, other than Pensick won't be sliding over to guard apparently. The coaches talk about the depth; I'd love to see Reeves, Moudy, and Sterup in the game in the second quarter...especially on a warm night.
I've been looking forward to Valentine since last fall, and I think the coaches are really excited about his potential. Many fans misread the comments of the coaching staff this summer; Valentine has a very high ceiling, and they are talking about what it's going to take for him to get there. No doubt the kid is going to play. The only question is how good he can be. And some people may have misread all of the talk about Brodrick Nickens; he'll play, but he's there to help out with so many youngsters surrounding him. Especially with Thad Randle's history with injuries.
No surprises here. Look for Afalava to play on rushing downs, Gerry in passing situations. My question is...does Afalava/Gerry leave the field in the nickel, or does Zaire Anderson? I suspect that Gerry will be your dime back.
OK, there's our surprise. This might be Bo trying to fit his nickel defense into a standard 4-3 defense. Ciante will be on the field most of the time, I suspect. But I think Jean-Baptiste will slide over when Ciante moves up to nickel. Or maybe Gerry is the nickel back. I think that's Gerry's ultimate position (i.e. the Peso), but I've been thinking 2014. Maybe the future is now?
I think Harvey Jackson will get the first start. I'm sure some people are surprised that Charles Jackson is listed behind Harvey and Green. He's still young. I'm going to keep an eye on LeRoy Alexander tomorrow; he wouldn't have been on my depth chart a month ago.
Everything I've seen and heard, I think Bondi will kickoff. Field goals and extra points is another matter entirely; I suspect that Smith will handle extra points.
Kickoff Returns: Kenny Bell and Terrell Newby
Punt Return: Jamal Turner, Terrell Newby
We've wanted to see Jamal Turner returning punts ever since that first spring game. Now it's finally happening. Now just catch the gol-dang ball!
Any surprises for you?