Red Report: Carnes tries hand at wide receiver

2012-09-11T21:00:00Z 2012-10-27T02:46:36Z Red Report: Carnes tries hand at wide receiverBy the Lincoln Journal Star

Shuffled back on the quarterback depth chart, Nebraska's Brion Carnes is trying his hand at wide receiver.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore said Tuesday he asked offensive coordinator Tim Beck if he could make the move.

This is Carnes' first week at his new position.

"You never know what may happen," he said. "I just want to get an opportunity to get on the field and just play."

Carnes said he last played receiver in youth leagues.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., Carnes last season was Taylor Martinez's backup, seeing mop-up duty in three games.

He since has been pushed back on the QB depth chart behind Martinez, junior Ron Kellogg and true freshman Tommy Armstrong. Carnes was not on the travel roster for the UCLA game.

"I don't know what they're going to do with me later on in life," Carnes said. "I may be getting a chance to come back at quarterback. If not, I'm just going to do whatever they want me to do and go from there.

"All my life I've played quarterback. But I feel I have good enough athleticism to help out the receiver corps. Just another body in case somebody goes down."

* MOVING UP: Linebacker David Santos hasn't played much the first two games. But it appears that is about to change for the redshirt freshman. He's getting looks with the No. 1 defense this week.

Santos has been switching out with junior college newcomer Zaire Anderson at the WILL backer position the first two practices this week.

"You're always waiting on your chance, and you keep working hard at it, and this is my chance, so hopefully it all works out," Santos said.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Santos said it wasn't easy redshirting last season, but it may have had its benefits. The light bulb, he thinks, really came on at the end of this spring.

"You want to get out there and help the team as much as you can," he said. "It was all part of the process. You develop a lot while redshirting, and I think it helped in the end."

* PATIENCE KEY: Quarterback Taylor Martinez hurried too many throws late in Saturday's loss to UCLA, Husker offensive coordinator Tim Beck said.

Martinez, a junior from Corona, Calif., was 17-for-31 passing for 179 yards. He was 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter, with an interception.

"He anticipated or assumed coverage at times instead of letting it develop," the coach said. "All the things he was really doing well for the first six, seven quarters of his junior year — he was doing extremely well with the depth of his drops, his patience in the pocket, his ability to go from read to read and not skip reads — well, he hurried himself back there (Saturday).

"He made some mistakes for us."

Beck said Martinez's competitive spirit may have led to him trying to take matters into his own hands and create plays. Beck wants his quarterback to let plays develop within the confines of the offense.

* ANOTHER SPREAD: After allowing 653 yards and 36 points to UCLA, Nebraska's defense isn't in position to take any team lightly.

But Arkansas State's offense should catch any team's attention. The Red Wolves rank seventh nationally in total offense (574.5 yards a game). Arkansas State scored 34 points in a loss at Oregon, though the game was out of hand early, and 33 in a five-point win against Memphis this past Saturday.

And the Red Wolves, led by former Auburn offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn, also run a spread offense.

Bo Pelini, whose defense ranks 96th in average yards allowed and 83rd in scoring, is actually glad to see another spread attack after the rough time at UCLA.

"We need to get better against that offense," he said.

— Steven M. Sipple and Brian Christopherson

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