Defensive freshman still in the mix

Nebraska has never been afraid to throw a true freshman in the defensive fire and it sounds like a few might see game reps on Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - According to Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis, the Huskers are still considering four true freshman defensive players to play on Saturday - forgoing their redshirt year in 2014.

“There are a couple of guys that are in the mix, Kieron Williams is in the mix, Josh Kalu is in the mix, Chris Jones and D.J. Foster are the guys that I would have a chance,” Papuchis said. “Whether they do or not is still to be determined, but we are planning on those guys.”

Williams has been a pleasant surprise, backing up Corey Cooper at the safety spot after transferring from Air Force Prep this summer.

Kalu, a three-star prospect from Texas, has worked the NICKEL behind Byerson Cockrell and been a guy that flies to the football.

Chris Jones a former Florida prep, has backed up Josh Mitchell as a second-team corner and appears to be the No. 4 cornerback on the roster at the moment.

Foster's story could be the most interesting one of all. The former four-star prospect and All-American started the fall on the offensive line, but found himself on the defensive line last week when Kevin Williams went down with injury and Aaron Curry deeded to transfer.

The three defensive backs have also been seen in practice by Big Red Report working special teams units.

Last season Nebraska played true freshman Josh Banderas, Nathan Gerry, Kevin Maurice, and Maliek Collins on defense.

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