Nebraska DC wants position battles sorted out soon: 'We need somebody to go out and grab it'
Nebraska is hoping to have its depth chart finalized in the near future, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander told reporters on Monday.
The Huskers have several ongoing position battles on defense, but their first game of the season is in just 12 days. Nebraska is playing on the road vs. Illinois on Aug. 28 during Week 0.
“Those are decisions that will be made this week,” Chinander said, via Omaha.com. “We need somebody to go out and grab it.”
Nebraska’s biggest position battles are at cornerback and inside linebacker. Braxton Clark, Tyreke Johnson and Quinton Newsome are all battling for one cornerback job while Luke Reimer, Chris Kolarevic, Nick Henrich and Garrett Snodgrass are jockeying for position on the linebacker depth chart.
Nebraska is hoping to make a big leap in Year 4 under coach Scott Frost. The Huskers went 3-5 last season, but should have a more experienced team in 2021. The Huskers are hoping to make a bowl game for the first time since 2016.
This is Chinander’s fourth year of leading Nebraska’s defense. He also worked with Frost at Central Florida and at Oregon.
The Huskers’ Week 0 matchup with Illinois kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.