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March 24, 2017

Top 5 things from past week

Welcome, Husker Nation, to the Carriker Chronicles, and today I want to talk about the top fivethings that happened this past week in Husker Football! Right off the top, Mike Riley indicatedthat there is a leader emerging at the I-Back position. My strong hunch is that he’s referring toMikale Wilbon. His pass protection has improved dramatically, and his knowledge of theplaybook has improved as well, and it’s showing through in his play on the field. He has madegreat strides in spring ball already. Devine Ozigbo’s our power back, Tre Bryant’s got the mostspeed, but Mikale Wilbon is probably our best all-around pure runner. The question is, can hebe that difference maker at running back that we need going forward?

Next up, we hired former Notre Dame assistant coach Scott Booker to be our Special TeamsConsultant, so we no longer have a Special Teams Coordinator, we have a Special TeamsConsultant. All of the special teams responsibilities have already been divvied up between allthe current Husker assistant coaches.

Next up, senior cornerback Josh Kalu could possibly be making the move to the safety position.He was recruited to Nebraska as a safety, and if this happens, it allows us to put all our bestathletes on the field at the same time. Because we can now put highly-touted sophomore LamarJackson on the field at the cornerback position. It kind of reminds me of the 90s of AaronTaylor. In 1995, Aaron started for us at left guard, in ’96 for the betterment of the team, hemoved to center, and then in ‘97 he moved back to guard. He was the first Husker in history toearn All-American honors at two different positions. The way I look at it is if you’re a footballplayer, you’re a baller, you can kick butt, showing a little versatility and helping out the team, issomething you can probably do as well, if you’re just a plain football player. If you’re a guy likeTom Brady, you probably gotta play the quarterback position, but he does that pretty well.

Next up, the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame, this was started in 2015 by A.D. Shawn Eichorst.Not to be confused with the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, the Athletics Hall of Fame allowsmore athletes from other sports to be honored as well, a big shout out to everyone going in thisyear. I especially want to shout out to Bob Brown and Rich Glover. Former Husker player BobBrown, unanimous All-American in 1963, he played guard and linebacker, also in the collegeand pro football Hall of Fame. Rich Glover, in my opinion, is the best defensive lineman to everdon a Husker uniform.

Last but not least, my interview with Larry the Cable Guy. If you missed it, check it out! Webroke it down into two parts. On Monday we talk about him growing up on a pig farm in Pawnee,Nebraska, how he evolved from Dan Whitney to Larry the Cable Guy, getting his start incomedy, and then Wednesday was all about Husker football. He is passionate, he is into histeam, and he definitely was not afraid to share his opinions. He’s very entertaining, check it outif you missed it! Without a doubt, Go Big Red and always remember to THROW THE BONES!