Terrell Newby

Nebraska I-back Terrell Newby tries to power through a trio of FAU defenders during a 2014 game. Newby was atop the first depth chart of the 2016 season at his position.

Nebraska released its first depth chart today. You can see the full thing here.

Several thoughts: 

>> Reporters see so much practice that the release of a depth chart isn't quite the event it used to be back in the Bo Pelini era. That's a good thing. A depth chart is not a war plan. It's a list of players most likely to play that changes throughout the season. 

>> There are only four "ORs" on the depth chart. That's also a good thing. It means Husker coaches aren't interested in playing media games; they're interested in making clear to players where they stand. The ORs occur at Z receiver (between Alonzo Moore and De'Mornay Pierson-El), left guard (between Sam Hahn, Boe Wilson and Corey Whitaker) and No. 2 fullback (between Harrison Jordan and Graham Nabity).

>> Marcus Newby is the starter at Sam linebacker over Michael Rose-Ivey. Fans should expect to see plenty of both, but Newby had an excellent camp worth rewarding. Rose-Ivey spent much of camp recovering from a knee strain.

>> Two walk-on tight ends — Tyler Hoppes and Connor Ketter — sit ahead of Matt Snyder on the depth chart. That's in line with what we've seen during training camp. Hoppers and Ketter, at this point, are just better football players.

>> Terrell Newby emerges from a second straight training camp as the No. 1 back. Mikale Wilbon emerges from a second straight camp having been surpassed by a true freshman. Wilbon will get his shot early in the season. He'd be wise to make the most of it.

>> Gabe Rahn and Bryan Reimers both made the depth chart. Watch those two. Neither are seniors, Reimers' size (6-5, 210) gives him an advantage other guys don't have on the team.

>> Tre Bryant is the No. 1 kick returner. True freshman. It was a disaster last season when then-true freshman Jordan Stevenson — pot belly and all — became the No. 1 kick returner over the, uh, mild concerns of special teams coordinator Bruce Read, but Bryant seems to have his head on much more tightly than Stevenson did.  

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