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2011 Apr 14

SPRING GAME: Walk-On Watch

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Six walk-ons – aside from starting kicker Brett Maher and long-snapper P.J. Mangieri – who could make a little noise in Saturday's Red/White Spring Game

Quarterback Ron Kellogg III: He's still a sophomore, and reports about his play in practice has almost always been positive. Kellogg's a pretty good passer. He won't wow anybody with his speed, but he's better than the average walk-on QB in his sophomore year.

Tight end Jake Long: No. 3 guy at the position and the probably the No. 2 man when Kyler Reed spilts out wide. He plays smart and has some soft hands, as evidenced by his catch last year in the Colorado game.

Linebacker Mathew May: Poised to start before the 2009 season began, injuries have kept May from realizing his full potential. He's healthy enough now to be the Huskers' fourth linebacker and a consistent force on special teams. Very athletic guy who can also blitz on occasion.

Running back Zach Taylor: This redshirt freshman Lincoln Southeast product enjoyed some productive moments this spring. At 6-foot-1, 210 pound, Taylor isn't fancy, but he gets behind his pads and runs hard. Nebraska's struggled to find somebody who could consistently do that.

Defensive end Kevin Thomsen: The senior from Elkhorn notched a sack in last year's Missouri game; he's a hybrid end/linebacker who can be used in a couple different packages. He's probably not an every-down end, but he's strong at the point of contact and doesn't get fooled easily.

Defensive back Lance Thorell: One-time starter at dime corner could again vie for time this fall if one of the young pups don't step into the role. Thorell knows the defense as well as any Husker on the team, and he's an asset on special teams, as well.

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