LINCOLN, Neb. - As the Nebraska coaching staff looks to mold younger players on defense this spring, the secondary once again is probably the Huskers’ strongest position on the defensive side of the football.
One player who impressed media observers during the Huskers’ open practice on Saturday was senior Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Playing his second full season at the position, Jean-Baptiste’s defensive awareness is at an all-time high.
“He’s had a good two days. Stanley is a guy who I have always said has talent through the ceiling. Obviously he has some physical gifts you don’t get with a lot of corners,” said Joseph. “His mind is working slower, which has allowed his feet to work faster. As a coach that is what you want. We just keep pushing him along.
“The good thing for Stanley is that we have a lot of young guys on defense, so we have probably cut the install back a little bit, so the d-lineman and linebackers can grasp it. He’s benefited from it because it’s not what we would normally do. He’s look good the first couple of days and I’m proud of him. I have always told him he has to play faster. “
Jean-Baptiste recorded two interceptions and 23 tackles in 2012, also posting nine pass breakups. He appeared in all 14 contests and had nine starts.