All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.

On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses the potential absence of Maurice Washington, and what players Husker fans should watch for in spring practice.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we take the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Today is the first day of spring ball, year No. 2 under Scott Frost on the football field officially commences today. So what is the biggest thing for Husker fans to keep their eye on over the next 15 practices? Now, I'm just going to tell you, I've said it before and I'll say it again: The biggest thing that Huskers need to improve on this offseason is rushing the passer, getting after the quarterback. That's what I'm going to be watching. The outside linebackers, the defensive line getting after the quarterback. We got a new defensive line coach, but I've talked about that not to the point of nausea but kind of close.

So, what's going to interest the fans the most, because your interests may be a little bit different than mine when it comes to things of this nature.

I look at two positions on the offensive side of the ball. I look at wide receiver and I look at the running back positions. Now the logical question is who is going to step up and replace one of the best of all time Stanley Morgan, who moving on to the NFL? Who is going to step up at the wide receiver position?

Obviously we've still got JD Spielman. We need some of these young, talented, unproven guys to step up. We got some guys with some track speed: Jaron Woodyard, an indoor track champion. We got Mike Williams who's running a 4.37 40-yard dash. We got all sorts of guys with speed and talent and ability and are young, but they're unproven. Don't forget about Kade Warner, he started a few games for us last year, the son of Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. Who's going to step up at the wide receiver position?

Who's going to fill Stanley Morgan shoes and who's going to give us three and four and five options when Adrian Martinez steps back to pass the football? The wide receiver position could be the single biggest position of interest at this moment in time right now, simply because we don't know what's happening with Maurice Washington.

There's so many questions surrounding Maurice Washington. We've got to see these young backs that we have, a lot of young and talented running backs, who's going to step up? Who's going to develop right? We're bringing in a juco running back who's very, very good. I expect him to step in and do some good things. But until he actually does it, how do we know how he's going to do? I'm curious to watch that position in spring ball as well.

Don't forget about Wan'Dale Robinson, the hybrid the guy who can go in the flex position, who can be a wide receiver, who can catch the ball, who can go into the backfield. Be a running back who can go in motion, do the read option with Adrian Martinez. I'm curious to see how Wan'Dale Robinson does this spring as well.

I got a fun week coming up for you. On Wednesday, I've been wanting to catch up with Jordan Westerkamp for quite a while. So on Wednesday, I will be interviewing and speaking and catching up with Jordan Westerkamp. I had a fun time chatting with him.

My wife lay down a challenge for me. Now anybody who knows me knows that I will always err towards accepting a challenge. My wife said, "why don't you ski a double black, and record a Carriker Chronicles?" Well, challenge accepted. Now, I got to modify this a little bit cause I don't want to die. Double blacks are pretty hard so I'm going to do it skiing down a blue. I'm going to record a Carriker Chronicles, I'm planning on doing it for this Fast Friday. Unless things change I'm going to record it skiing down the mountain on a blue. I do tend to ski pretty fast, so this could be interesting.

All right, ladies and gentlemen, until Wednesday and Friday and any necessary gut reactions. In the meantime, enjoy spring ball, Go Big Red and always remember — oh, by the way, my son loves NBA Jam from 1992. If you're not watching the video, watch the video, it's about the shirt. And always remember to throw the bones!

Thanks again to the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Ladies and gentlemen, when it’s your spine, you do not want to mess around. Experience matters. That’s why you can trust the experts at Nebraska Spine Hospital, the region's only spine specific hospital. They are the best at what they do.

Adam Carriker is a Husker Hall of Famer and NFL veteran. The former Blackshirt and Hastings native was NU's 2004 lifter of the year and in 2005 was NU's defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

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