Spring Game Rosters Set; Final Rosters Still A Ways Out

Spring Game Rosters Set; Final Rosters Still A Ways Out
Scott Frost played quarterback at Nebraska, but he was a safety in the NFL and got better at tackling as his career progressed. (World-Herald News Service)

Nebraska’s spring game rosters have been set. Adrian Martinez and Tristan Gebbia will be the quarterbacks on the white squad, while Noah Vedral and Andrew Bunch will be under center for the red.

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters didn’t have a specific reason for these groupings.

The No. 1 QB won’t be known for months to come, but it sounds like they all had a productive spring. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco counted only six interceptions total from that entire group through a dozen spring practices.

One player on offense that’s questionable is sophomore receiver J.D. Spielman. Head coach Scott Frost relayed Tuesday that a number of players on the team have had to miss a practice or two due to illness. Spielman has missed at least two practices, and if he misses Saturday, Walters isn’t overly worried.

Running backs coach Ryan Held still hasn’t given an inclination of which back has separated from the pack. Mikale Wilbon and Greg Bell will be the ones to watch on the red team, while Devine Ozigbo and Jaylin Bradley will wear white jerseys.

This battle, like the one at QB, is long from decided. Nebraska will add freshmen Maurice Washington and Miles Jones in the fall and will get junior Tre Bryant back from injury.

Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud confirmed that Dedrick Young, Will Honas and Mohamed Barry have done the best job in spring of understanding their role and embracing the defense. Young, who’s Nebraska’s lead returning tackler from last season, has set the standard for his position group this spring.

Special teams coach Jovan Dewitt said the kick return position has been approached with a “by committee” philosophy so far, but Spielman, Stanley Morgan, and Jaylin Bradley are the three most notable names that will see turns at running kicks back.

Morgan has tried to make himself available at other roles on special teams other than returner.

The spring game has been sold out for over two months, but the coaching staff is still as enthusiastic as ever at the prospect of playing a scrimmage in front of more than 90,000 spectators.

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander will have some special guests in the stands.