May 14, 2007

Defensive end still looking for an identity

Defensive end is a position where the Nebraska football team is still trying to find their identity. This spring, juniors Zach Potter and Clayton Sievers had the difficult task of trying to replace Adam Carriker and Jay Moore.

Here is your complete post spring grade out of the defensive end position heading into summer conditioning.

Overall grade: C-

With junior Barry Turner on the shelf with a shoulder injury this spring, Nebraska's defensive end position had very limited experience to work with.

Junior Clayton Sievers worked as the No. 1 open side end in Turner's place this spring. Sievers made the move from linebacker/tight end this spring and it appears he'll see plenty of playing time this fall. Sievers finished out the spring with a very strong performance in the Red-White game.

At the base defensive end position, junior Zach Potter is the No. 1 guy right now, with redshirt freshman Pierre Allen behind him. With a 6-foot-7 frame, Potter has everything you looking for physically in a base defensive end, but we've yet to see him live in game action because of the fact he played behind first-round draft pick Adam Carriker.

Right now the depth and experience of this position keeps it down at a C-. Without Turner in spring practice, it's still very hard to predict what we'll see from defensive end this fall.

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