Sports Magazine

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Predicting the Blackshirts – Strong Safety

By Huskerlocker @huskerlocker

2011 Jul 29

Blog post image

By Brandon Cavanaugh
A Bo Pelini-led defense is salty and vicious. Only a select few can call themselves starters and are rewarded by being part of a Nebraska tradition that spans over four decades. A simple black practice jersey denotes some of the nastiest young men in the country. We look at the into the crystal ball and see what's to come for the 2011 Blackshirt unit.
Strong Safety
Some of the most dynamic athletes on the entire Nebraska football roster are at the cornerback position. In Bo Pelini’s defensive schemes, while a player still has to be athletic to play safety, it’s more important to play smart.
Football IQ is an aspect of the game that’s consistently overlooked. While Pelini’s MIKE linebackers make adjustments for the entire defense, his safeties are the quarterbacks of the secondary. Not only does a safety have to be focused, if he’s going to play at the strong spot then he has to be physical. When asked about hard-hitting defensive backs from the 2010 season, Courtney Osborne’s name was brought up repeatedly.
Osborne grabbed the starting role against Missouri last season and never looked back. Fans fondly remember the lick he laid on Blaine Gabbert that caused the former Missouri quarterback to brace for impact. Osborne’s ability to blitz effectively is a valuable skill that gives him a mile’s head start in the 10K marathon towards wearing a black practice jersey.
Challenging him will be the likes of redshirt freshman Harvey Jackson and freshman Bronson Marsh. While talented, they simply don’t have the blend of ability and experience that Osborne possesses. He’ll be an excellent tutor for the both of them, but he’ll be back in black for another year.
Projected Blackshirt: Courtney Osborne
Other Predicted Starters:
Strongside Defensive End, Strongside Defensive Tackle, Weakside Defensive Tackle, WILL Linebacker, MIKE Linebacker, BUCK Linebacker, Cornerback No. 1, Cornerback No. 2

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener