Nebraska Football: Virtual Spring Game Rosters, Breakdown, and Predictions

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This Saturday was supposed to be Nebraska’s Spring Game, the opportunity for fans to get inside Memorial Stadium and get just a taste of the excitement that awaits them in the autumn. The Spring Game is enough to whet the appetite, get a glimpse of this year’s squad, and fill the mind with dreams of glories to come.

Of course, thanks to the coronavirus, there will be no Spring Game this year. But Nebraska has come up with a clever way to at least keep the fan base engaged, by hosting a virtual Spring Game (through the magic of video games) to be streamed online. The Red and White squads are populated by Husker greats, giving us at least a little bit of a chance to answer some great bar-room debates. Details about the game can be found here, and you can stream the game Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through Facebook, Twitter, or Twitch. I’ll also be live-tweeting the game (along with the rest of Husker Twitter, natch) here.

So let’s take a look, by each position group, and see how the squads match up. And keep in mind – these are teams of All-Stars, so any distinctions between the teams are the nittiest of picks. Just assume “no disrespect intended” is said after each group’s analysis.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Red Team White Team
OT: Zach Wiegert, Marvin Crenshaw

OG: Aaron Taylor, Bob Brown

C: Dominic Raiola

OT: Daryl White, Kevin Clark

OG: Will Shields, Dean Steinkuhler

C: Dave Rimington

I’ll take the squad that goes Shields-Rimington-Steinkuhler up the middle.

Advantage: White

BACKS

Red Team White Team
QB: Tommie Frazier

RB: Mike Rozier, Ameer Abdullah

FB: Joel Makovika

QB: Eric Crouch

RB: Ahman Green, Jeff Kinney

FB: Corey Schlesinger

Just imagine either Frazier or Crouch running a Frost-style offense. But a backfield of Frazier and Rozier is just too mouthwatering to pass up.

Advantage: Red

RECEIVERS

Red Team White Team
WR: Irving Fryar, Kenny Bell

TE: Junior Miller

All-Purpose: Rex Burkhead

WR: Johnny Rodgers, Stanley Morgan Jr.

TE: Matt Herian

All-Purpose: Nate Swift

Without question, a how-can-you-go-wrong menu of options. And while it’s tempting to go with the best overall player in Rodgers, the depth on the Red squad is just too much to pass up.

Advantage: Red

DEFENSIVE LINE

Red Team White Team
DE: Grant Wistrom

DT: Larry Jacobson, Jason Peter

DE/OLB: Trev Alberts

DE: Willie Harper

DT: Rick Glover, Ndamukong Suh

DE/OLB: Broderick Thomas

Talk about balance. But as terrified as I am to say it, having Suh coming up through the middle tips the balance ever-so-slightly in the White’s favor.

Advantage: White

LINEBACKERS

Red Team White Team
Demorrio Williams, Barrett Ruud, Jerry Murtaugh Ed Stewart, LaVonte David, Carlos Polk

This one has to be the toughest call of all the rosters. While you could likely say this about all of the position groups, I promise I’m only going to take the easy way out once.

Advantage: Toss-up

SECONDARY

Red Team White Team
CB: Keyuo Craver, Prince Amukamura

S: Nate Gerry, Josh Bullocks

CB: Ralph Brown, Fabian Washington

S: Mike Minter, Mike Brown

Gimmie the Brown Brothers.

Advantage: White

SPECIAL TEAMS

Red Team White Team
PR/KR: Bobby Newcombe

P: Sam Koch

PK: Kris Brown

PR/KR: Dejuan Groce

P: Sam Foltz

PK: Alex Henery

Woof. Foltz is the sentimental favorite but it’s Henery that tips the scales, even though Newcombe makes it really tempting to go the other way

Advantage: White

FEARLESS FORECAST

Seriously, how cool is this idea? How much fun will it be, at least virtually, to watch these squads of Husker legends line up against each other. It’s almost like having an updated next-gen college football video game would be something of value people would enjoy …

While the game should be a tight, four-quarter affair, look for the speed of Eric Crouch to make a play late and pull out a stunner for the White squad.

White 31, Red 28.

GBR, baby.

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