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On Friday's episode, Adam Carriker talks about the Huskers' youth on offense and why the Blackshirts may have to win games early in the season for NU.
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Here's a transcript of today's show:
Welcome to another Fast Friday Edition of the Carriker Chronicles where each and every Friday we keep it quick and easy, brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital.
Today I want to look at the offensive side of the ball. The players that we have on the roster, now there's 68 players currently on the Nebraska offensive side of the ball if you look at their roster, and I broke it down just a little bit. Now 9% of those 68 players are seniors, 17% are juniors, 19% are sophomores, 24% are redshirt freshmen and 31% are true freshmen.
That means only 26% of the players we have on the offensive side of the ball right now are upperclassmen, 74% are underclassmen. If you look at just the freshmen, the true and the redshirt freshmen combined, 55% of the players on offense right now from Nebraska are freshmen. How is this going to impact the Husker offense going into the 2019 campaign?
Now remember that spring game that we played not so long ago, kind of boring, blase, not all that fun to watch spring game. And my very humble opinion, I think a lot of that had to do, obviously Adrian Martinez didn't play a ton, JD Spielman didn't play at all, I get all that. But I think a lot of that had to do with the youth on offense. I also think a lot of it had to do with the experience on defense. The defensive line, for the Blackshirts is you had a lot of experience, the back end, the secondary could very well be the strength of this team along with the quarterback position. We have a lot of experience even at the linebacker position, but on the offensive side of the ball, it could be a little bit tough sledding, especially at the beginning of the year.
We might have to rely more on the Blackshirts this year than we did last year, all right, because the offense is youthful. They're going to have to catch up. They're gonna have to grow. I know Adrian Martinez. I fully would not be surprised to see him in New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, but you got to keep in mind we don't exactly have the same weapons around him that we did a year ago.
Along with the youth, we don't have Stanley Morgan. All right, we're trying to find more wide receivers. You know, we got a couple offensive line spots. We've got to fill up front. Devine Ozigbo's gone, Maurice Washington's a question mark. Now it's not all doom and gloom let me be very, very clear, this is a Scott Frost offense, they're going to put up points. I just I don't think you can expect 50-plus point performances like we had towards the end of last season.
The Blackshirts have the capability and may have to step up at least at the beginning part of the 2019 season until the offense catches up. And if you watched practice this past spring, the defense was definitely winning those battles. So it'll be interesting to see how fast and how long it takes the offense to catch up to the defense. And also with all this youth, it's gonna be the Fourth of July come a couple seasons from now, on the offensive side of the ball.
Go Big Red and always remember to throw the bones!
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