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April 16, 2011

Five things to watch in today's Red-White game

As Nebraska gets ready to close spring practice today with their annual Red-White scrimmage, here are five things to keep your eyes on inside Memorial Stadium.

An up-tempo offense

One of the things to look for at today's Red-White game is Nebraska's new up-tempo offense. All spring the Huskers have been working on their no-huddle system with offensive coordinator Tim Beck. In fact Beck wears a headset during practice each day so they can work on signaling in the plays and making the proper audible at the line of scrimmage once he sees what the defense is giving him.

I don't know how much we'll see of this today, but I think we should get a pretty good idea of just how different this offense will look in 2011.

New found speed at wide-out

The last three seasons Nebraska has lacked big play ability at wide receiver. With fresh faces like Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner and Stanley Jean-Baptiste the potential is there for that trend to change. I think seeing NU's "new look wide receivers" today is one of the more exciting storylines to watch in the spring game.

Eric Martin off the edge

All spring we've heard about the progress Eric Martin has made at defensive end after moving there from linebacker late last season. Martin gives NU a legitimate pass rusher off the edge. During today's Red-White game Martin will be matched up with freshmen tackles Tyler Moore and Jake Cotton, so I look for him to have a potential big day.

New coaches at work

We've seen and heard a lot about NU's new coaches, but today will be the first time Husker nation will get a live look at them in action. I'm excited to see how guys like Corey Raymond and Ross Els mesh in with the defensive coaching staff. On offense, I think Rich Fisher has a real opportunity to make a positive impact with the young talent he has to work with at wide receiver.

Vanilla ice cream

If anybody attending today's Red-White game is expecting head coach Bo Pelini to show much, they're in for a rude awakening. There's a reason why NU didn't want this game aired on the Big Ten Network. With a new offense and a conference move on the horizon, Pelini doesn't want to give any league foe a leg up to prepare with over the off-season.

People laugh, but in 2007 Kansas actually used the NFL Network's broadcast of the Nebraska spring game to prepare for what they were going to see from quarterback Joe Ganz because they didn't have any other solid game film on him. With that said, don't expect to see much of anything fancy from NU…but you'll never hear me complaining about watching football in April.


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