Sophomore RB.) Imani Cross – With Ameer Abdullah likely out for the rest of the spring, the time is now for Cross to show his new look (slimmed down) translates to more versatility on the football field. The Georgia native is taking first-team reps and his starting quarterback hasn't been able to tell a difference between the two players. “I really can't tell the difference if it's Imani, Rex (Burkhead), or Ameer back there. I think he's lot quite a few pounds and has gotten pretty fast,” said Taylor Martinez. “You can definitely tell he's gotten faster.”
Freshman S.) D.J. Singleton – Nebraska is replacing both safeties and despite not playing any organized football in 2012, true freshman D.J. Singleton is in the mix for a job. Singleton was expected to be rusty, but according to Big Red Report sources, has gotten work with the first-team defense at times and ran well with it. At the beginning of the month we said getting the east coast product in during spring practices was huge for the Huskers and the freshman is showing he might have what it takes to be an immediate impact this fall.
Sophomore DT.) Aaron Curry - While most focus on Vincent Valentine's development, Curry is the guy getting the majority of the first-team reps it sounds like. The two are different players, with Valentine being the run plugger and Curry arguably being the more versatile defensive tackle. With Thad Randle likely coming back in the fall as well, it's my opinion Curry compliments him better than Valentine. When Curry came out of high school, Big Red Report projected the Texas product would be the overall better college defensive tackle over Valentine, and right now he's ahead of the redshirt freshman.
Senior CB.) Mohammed Seisay - Once touted as a guy who had the capabilities to be the next Nebraska cornerback drafted, Seisay's junior year was plagued by injuries and learning the defensive playbook. With the emergence of Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans, Seisay's development isn't crucial for the Nebraska secondary, but the senior could provide a bigger corner to help against the Big Ten's spread attacks – a team like Ohio State comes to mind in a possible Big Ten Championship match-up in December of this year.
Redshirt Freshman DE.) Greg McMullen - With redshirt freshman Avery Moss sidelined for a while during the spring, McMullen stepped into the Arizona native's role, getting first-team reps. While Nebraska fans often heard about Moss last season, talk of McMullen's development was quiet. Looking at McMullen, he definitely passes the eyeball test.