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Spring post-op: The leader for the other starting CB spot, the stock-riser and summer to-do list
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Spring post-op: The leader for the other starting CB spot, the stock-riser and summer to-do list

From the Spring post-op: Catch up on our position-by-position look at where the Huskers stand after spring series
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Penn State vs. Nebraska, 11.14

Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt (5) intercepts a ball intended for Penn State's Jahan Dotson in the first half of a Nov. 14, 2020, game at Memorial Stadium.

With spring ball in the rearview mirror, Nebraska rolls into the summer having answered some questions over the course of its 15 spring practices and with some still remaining.

The Journal Star is looking at each position to recap what's been learned, what hasn't and who stood out this spring.

Today, we turn our attention to the secondary and Nebraska's cornerback group.

Monday: Defensive line

Tuesday: Outside linebacker

Wednesday: Inside linebacker

Today: Cornerbacks

Friday: Safeties

Saturday: Defensive depth chart projection

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What we learned

Quinton Newsome is a strong contender for the starting job opposite Cam Taylor-Britt. Newsome, a Georgia native, pulled ahead of Braxton Clark and other candidates for the spot with a solid spring. He’s played a lot for Nebraska already in his career — 18 games played, including special teams work in all of them and defensive snaps in 12 over his first two seasons — but a starting assignment would be a big step forward for him.

What we didn’t

Instead of learning more about the two-deep, we might come out of spring ball knowing less. Clark is the No. 3 at this point, but youngsters Marques Buford and Tamon Lynum missed most (all, in Buford’s case) of spring ball with injuries, and Nadab Joseph didn’t play in the Red-White Spring Game due to an injury.

Standout player

Easy. Taylor-Britt has ascended into a face-of-the-program type player and perhaps the best player on the roster. The second-team All-Big Ten cornerback in 2020 is NU’s best candidate for All-America-type honors in some time. Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick put it simply in a video detailing Taylor-Britt’s spring: “It’s a challenge to complete a pass on that guy.”

Stock-riser

Newsome’s the easy pick here. It’s also good to see Clark back healthy after missing all of 2020 with a shoulder injury. At 6-foot-4 and 200-plus pounds with starting experience, he’s going to factor in some way, somehow for the Huskers this fall.

Summer to-do list

Cornerback might be the safest bet when it comes to where Nebraska will look this summer for help in the transfer portal. So that’s certainly something to keep an eye on. A young guy might be ideal, considering this is Taylor-Britt’s last season barring something unforeseen. Then, it’s about getting Lynum, Buford and Joseph healthy and adding Malik Williams to the group this summer.

Parker Gabriel

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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