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April 14, 2012

Five faces to watch in today's Spring Game

Every year, the annual Red-White Spring Game has a handful of players come up with breakout performances that keep fans talking throughout the summer.

Today, we look at five players who could be in store for a big afternoon in this year's spring game.

Brion Carnes, QB, 6-1, 200, So.
While Taylor Martinez will likely be limited to a quarter or two of playing time today, sophomore quarterback Brion Carnes should get almost a full game's worth of reps as the No. 1 signal caller for the White team. We all remember the show he put on in last year's spring game, and with a ton of offensive weapons at his disposal and a solid offensive line group in front of him, Carnes could be in store for another stellar scrimmage.
Aaron Green, RB, 6-0, 195, So.
While Martinez will be fairly limited today, senior running back Rex Burkhead will be even more so, likely only seeing one or two drives. That leaves sophomore Aaron Green as the White team's primary running back, and there's little doubt he'll get plenty of opportunities to show what he can do. Considering both teams are seriously depleted on the defensive lines, Green should have some big holes to run through and will be able to showcase his stellar open-field running early and often.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, 5-9, 185, So.
Just like Green, sophomore Ameer Abdullah will be counted on to handle the bulk of the running load for the Red team today. For all the same reasons listed above for Green, Abdullah stands to benefit just as much and should put up some nice numbers. The one advantage Abdullah has is that he'll get his touches from the Red's opening drive as the team's top back. He's said this spring that he wants to put more emphasis on using his speed and not trying to juke so much, so keep an eye on whether Abdullah runs a little more purposefully today.
Mohammed Seisay, CB, 6-2, 200, Jr.
All spring Nebraska's players and coaches have raved about how good junior college transfer cornerback Mohammed Seisay has been and how easily he's settled into the defense. Today's game will be the first time he'll put those skills on full display, as he's expected to be one of the White team's starting corners. Going up against the likes of receiver Kenny Bell and Martinez early on should be a nice test for fans to see just how good Nebraska's latest juco sensation really is.
Braylon Heard, DB, 5-11, 185, So.
The most talked about position move of the spring was sophomore Braylon Heard's switch from running back to cornerback prior to the start of spring practice. While it caught some off guard a bit seeing how he was one of Nebraska's top rushers last year, the move has apparently gone over very well so far. Heard has all but solidified himself as NU's No. 2 nickel back already, and his coaches say he's a natural fit athletically and instinctually in the secondary. There will be a lot of fans anxious to see how he looks on the other side of the ball.



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