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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 five things that happened this past week in Husker Football! Right off the top, Mike Riley indicated that there is a leader emerging at the I-Back position. My strong hunch is that he’s referring to Mikale Wilbon. His pass protection has improved dramatically, and his knowledge of the playbook has improved as well, and it’s showing through in his play on the field. He has made great strides in spring ball already. Devine Ozigbo’s our power back, Tre Bryant’s got the most speed, but Mikale Wilbon is probably our best all-around pure runner. The question is, can he be 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 Teams Consultant, so we no longer have a Special Teams Coordinator, we have a Special Teams Consultant. All of the special teams responsibilities have already been divvied up between all the 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 best athletes on the field at the same time. Because we can now put highly-touted sophomore Lamar Jackson on the field at the cornerback position. It kind of reminds me of the 90s of Aaron Taylor. In 1995, Aaron started for us at left guard, in ’96 for the betterment of the team, he moved to center, and then in ‘97 he moved back to guard. He was the first Husker in history to earn All-American honors at two different positions. The way I look at it is if you’re a football player, you’re a baller, you can kick butt, showing a little versatility and helping out the team, is something you can probably do as well, if you’re just a plain football player. If you’re a guy like Tom 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 allows more athletes from other sports to be honored as well, a big shout out to everyone going in this year. I especially want to shout out to Bob Brown and Rich Glover. Former Husker player Bob Brown, unanimous All-American in 1963, he played guard and linebacker, also in the college and pro football Hall of Fame. Rich Glover, in my opinion, is the best defensive lineman to ever don a Husker uniform.

Last but not least, my interview with Larry the Cable Guy. If you missed it, check it out! We broke 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 in comedy, and then Wednesday was all about Husker football. He is passionate, he is into his team, and he definitely was not afraid to share his opinions. He’s very entertaining, check it out if you missed it! Without a doubt, Go Big Red and always remember to THROW THE BONES!