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