July 31, 2007

The top five position battles heading into camp

As fall camp nears, HuskersIllustrated.com continues our breakdown each day of all the major storylines. Today, we've broken down the five biggest position battles for the Nebraska football team heading into fall camp.

There will be several tight position races this August…here's your complete breakdown of all battles to watch.

Base defensive end

Replacing three year starter Adam Carriker will be no easy chore this August for the Nebraska football team.

Junior Zach Potter will enter camp as the No. 1 base defensive end, but if things don't go as planned, junior Ty Steinkuhler could move back outside this August. Redshirt freshman Pierre Allen is also in the race, but he didn't have as strong of a spring as many people predicted.

Tight end

The one position that has yet to take off in the West Coast offense in Lincoln for Nebraska is tight end. Head coach Bill Callahan said at Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio this month that redshirt freshman Mike McNeill has the ability to shake things up at this position in August.

McNeill was sidelined with a foot injury in 2006 and he missed spring practice due to shoulder surgery. Seniors J.B. Phillips and Josh Mueller and junior Hunter Teafatiller all bring solid experience to the table this August, but McNeill has the speed and upside to make a strong run at playing time.

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