LINCOLN — Nebraska football plays its annual spring game on April 9, and questions about the 2022 team abound. We’ve whittled it down to three that may not get answered by Saturday, but we’ll think about it as the game progresses.
>> Nebraska offensive linemen say they’re moving the line of scrimmage in a different way this spring. How obvious will it be? Your eyes won’t lie on that one; NU don’t have one of their big seven defensive fronts at the moment, so the o line should have a small advantage on Saturday. If the stack of linemen and inside linebackers is shrinking at a better rate than last season, be encouraged. And if not, well, we promise to be objective about it.
>> How much will Nebraska miss their defensive Swiss army knife, JoJo Domann? He was a jack of all trades in recent seasons on the NU program, and the Huskers may need to use a couple of guys – look at Isaac Gifford and Chris Kolarevic – to do the job that Domann has already done on his own. . Kolarevic should be pretty handy against the run while the slightly smaller Gifford is a natural cover guy. Domann excelled in both areas and also took the throwing sweep away from most opponents for several years due to his ability to give the advantage and chase down ball carriers. It would be fun to see NU try a sweep roll in the spring game and see what happens.
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>> Is the passing game fluid or disjointed? It’s more of a 50/50 proposition; Scott Frost’s most recent comments on his offense indicate that quarterbacks remain a work in progress, especially when it comes to their progressions on given plays. What you’ll want to look for are QBs who take the right drops, get the ball out on time, and put the ball in places where receivers can run after the reception. Big plays can come from short passing, and while offensive coordinator Mark Whipple wants to be aggressive, his offense contains plenty of shorter, more effective throws that allow for a chain motion attack. Moving the strings can become a piecemeal game when the receivers have room to rumble in the open field.