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2010 Apr 26

SPRING IN REVIEW: Special Teams

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Following the 2010 spring camp, Nebraska now looks back at the progress made by each position group - and what progress is yet to come.

Position: Special teams

Spring Summary: The primary intrigue would appear to be whether Adi Kunalic will take his red shirt in 2010, or use his final season of eligibility as Nebraska’s kickoff specialist. That issue may be decided over the summer. Alex Henery will be the kicker and punter again; in the punting game, Henery has to worry about being consistent over being spectacular. Expect Niles Paul or perhaps Rex Burkhead to be the punt returner. Both are dangerous.

Big Mover: Tim Marlowe isn’t “moving” up, per se, but, based on his work in the Spring Game, he’s the kickoff returner along with Paul. Fine with us. Marlowe’s OK in the role.


More to Prove: Kunalic missed two 52-yarders in the Spring Game that might have helped his case as the 2011 kicker. No issues on the distance, though.


Wild Card: The same as the top freshman to add.


Freshmen to Add: Running back Braylon Heard, whom we suspect will get a long look at kickoff returner. NU typically uses a couple freshmen on the coverage or return units; in 2008, it was Alfonzo Dennard, while in 2009, it was Eric Martin.


Injuries: Justin Blatchford is off the coverage teams because of a torn-up knee.


How to Spend Summer Vacation: Figuring out which freshmen can contribute and staying healthy.

Spring Reviews on Linebacker Defensive Line, Quarterback, Offensive LineRunning Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Tags: springtime with bo 2010, spring in review, adi kunalic, alex henery, niles paul, tim marlowe, rex burkhead

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