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2011 Mar 23

SPRING FOOTBALL: 5 Players On the Mend

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We've reviewed 10 “Prove-It” Players and Five Sleepers for spring camp. Here's five players on the mend who missed significant chunks of the 2010 season because of injuries and can play a big role for the 2011 Huskers:

Linebacker Sean Fisher: He suffered a left broken leg/torn left ankle tendon midway through fall camp, which forced LaVonte David into service and left the Husker run defense a bit light against some of the more power-based teams. David fit in nicely, of course, but Fisher's 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame and lateral speed makes him a nice weapon for a versatile Brothers Pelini defense.

Defensive back Andrew Green: Bo and Carl Pelini like this sophomore's length and versatility, but he's never really been healthy since he arrived on campus. The 6-foot, 190-pounder could play Peso, corner, or even safety, but he's expected to make his move this spring – now that he's back at full speed.

Right tackle Marcel Jones: Back troubles repeatedly sidelined the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder last year, as he missed most of his junior season trying to get back to a place where he could physically contribute. As a senior, his health is crucial to the depth of an offensive line that's never really been able to play a large number of guys because of recurring injuries. Jones probably isn't an elite tackle, but he's steady enough.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez: No-brainer, right? Martinez was one kind of runner – explosive, electric, hard to catch – before his ankle injury, and another kind – indecisive, fragile, slow – after it. Throw in a nasty turf toe injury suffered in the Texas A&M game, and Martinez had holes in both of his tires. A blazing 10-yard dash time recorded in conditioning suggests he back. He needs to be. Martinez wasn't savvy enough to make plays with his arm last year.

Right guard Brandon Thompson: Like Jones, another offensive lineman dogged by injuries since his arrival in Lincoln. Thompson hasn't seen much playing time in two years because of a variety of ailments – including hernia surgery – but he's in the mix for the starting job at guard. He'll be one to watch – and hope stays healthy for depth purposes.

Tags: spring football 2011, taylor martinez, sean fisher, brandon thompson, marcel jones, andrew green

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