March 26, 2007

Culbert has no problem with playing running back

Major Culbert is uncertain what position he'll be playing by the time Nebraska opens its 2007 season against Nevada on Sept. 1, but for now the 6-foot, 207-pound sophomore is focusing his attention on I-back.

The Harbor City, Calif. native, who played running back and cornerback at Nathaniel Narbonne High School, lined up at safety last season for Nebraska, but has agreed to spend the spring on the offensive side of the ball to add depth at the I-back position. The departure of Brandon Jackson to the NFL draft and injuries to Kenny Wilson and Cody Glenn has suddenly left the Huskers shorthanded at the position.

"Coach said I'm just helping them out right now, so I don't know if it's going to be permanent," Culbert said. "I just want to play. It doesn't matter if it's safety or running back. I just want to get on the field."

Culbert got his first taste of the I-back position at Nebraska during the Huskers' Cotton Bowl preparations last December. Then, on New Year's Day, he actually saw some action in the backfield against Auburn.

"We're very fortunate that we had the opportunity to work him into the bowl practice in that scenario that occurred in the preparation against Auburn, because he had an opportunity for an entire month to learn the system, to acquire all the skills and fundamentals for that spot that we've been asking for," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said.

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