Mar 5

Spring Practice Reports

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Fans, we want to hear about your team's spring practice! We are lucky enough here at Fans25 to have fans from all different regions, and we would love to get a report of what is going on at your local school. Getting us kicked off with this is "Throw-Them-BoNes" (Josh Morse) of Kearney, NE, who is a die-hard Husker fan. I know BoNes has already purchased his spring game tickets for this year, and also made the journey to Lincoln last March. I will follow up tomorrow with a write-up on Clemson, and may cover South Carolina in the coming days, as well. But yeah fans, don't hold back, just email me at and we will get your report on the main page here!

The Cornhuskers Spring Looks To Be Interesting:
A Preview of What to Watch for This Spring
Josh Morse, Kearney, NE - If you've lived in Nebraska for any length of time, you already know that football season never really ends. You go from the regular season to the post season to the recruiting season to the spring practice season. That's what is just ahead now - the spring practice season. The talk about spring practice is already heating up with the news that the Husker quarterbacks won't wear green jerseys this spring.
They will instead be fair game for the defensive players to take their best shots. This rather unusual decision by the coaching staff tells you a couple of things. First of all, returning starter Zac Lee will not play this spring. If he was playing, he would certainly be in a green jersey. It also tells you that head coach Bo Pelini and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson really have declared the quarterback race wide open.

They don’t know exactly what they have from players like Kody Spano (who missed last season with an injury), Cody Green (who started a couple of games as a true freshman but didn't play particulary well), Latravis Washington (a converted defensive back who played sparingly last season) or Taylor Martinez (a redshirt freshman who ran the wildcat and played receiver for the scout team).
Martinez is maybe the most interesting of the bunch. In an interview last week with Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald, Watson indicated that Martinez has a real shot to contribute next season.
"He has enormous ability to run," Watson said. "He's really talented. He offers us a different style of quarterback right now. We have to test him at other things, passing, the management aspects. Right now, he could be a role guy, for sure."
Now that could be interesting. Maybe we will see both Rex Burkhead and Martinez running out of the wildcat formation. Martinez would also give the Huskers a true passing threat in the wildcat as well.
Whatever happens, expect the Husker offense to be much, much, much improved over what we saw this past season. Help is arriving on the offensive line in the form of junior college transfer Jermarcus (YOSHI) Hardrick. The coaches are also high on several freshmen offensive linemen who redshirted last fall.
On the other side of the ball, we already know what Carl Pelini's defense can do. The Pelini brothers have their system installed and the players are much more comfortable with it now.
You can expect another outstanding defense in 2010. There won't be another Ndamukong Suh, but some other stars will certainly emerge.
So the offense is the key thing to watch this spring as we begin to see where Watson’s offense is headed. He and Pelini both want a physical run -first kind of an offense. You can be physical running out of the shotgun, but expect to see the quarterback - whoever he is - under center more than in the past.
Mark the date on your calender. The spring game on April 17 promises to be one of the most interesting in a while.
No green shirts for the quarterbacks will give it the look and feel of a real football game.
And most Nebraska football fans are ready for a real football game right now.

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