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Lincoln, NE - As Nebraska spring practices begin, the biggest question is who will replace center Mike Caputo.
"Well I think it is going to be a really good competition,” said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. “You've got Cole Pensick, Justin Jackson, Mark Pelini and Ryne Reeves. We have four guys that we feel like are good football players. There is a lot of potential there for competition and I think competition makes you better. Now it is up to us to get them all reps and get them taught and give them a chance to put their best foot forward."
If none of the four separate themselves and show they have the potential to start next year, the staff might be forced to go to starting guard Spencer Long. But at this point, Pelini doesn't see the move happening.
“You know, I like where Spencer is right now. We feel good about the center spot and the potential we have there,” said Pelini. “I think taking an All-Conference performer and moving him isn't something we want to do right now.
“I like the way we have it set up right now and we have good depth at the offensive line. I said that last year and seemed like we had a bunch of injuries at that spot but going into the spring we are pretty healthy and there's lots of potential there and we have a chance to come out of it with a pretty deep unit."