Most Intriguing Huskers: No. 18: Collin Miller

Collin Miller finished with a modest 11 tackles, but showed some suddenness off the edge, especially after veteran Luke Gifford was injured. And at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Miller would seem to have some versatility. [More]

When Nebraska released its first depth chart Sunday morning, quarterbacks grabbed most of the headlines. 

In the two days since then... well... more headlines. 

There are intriguing story lines all around, including at inside linebacker. Barrett Ruud's group did not have defined starters, instead listing senior Dedrick Young OR sophomore Collin Miller and junior Mohamed Barry OR Will Honas for two inside spots. 

Ruud said Wednesday that all four -- and potentially walk-on-turned-scholarship junior Jacob Weinmaster -- will definitely play this fall.

"How much is still a little bit to be determined, but definitely all four of those guys will play," he said. ... "The way we play offense and as fast as we play, you have to go into a game with a least four or five guys that are really truly up and ready to go." 

Ruud trusts Young to play both inside spots and handle the checks, calls and communications for the group. Miller just moved at the beginning of fall camp, but he's learning both spots, too. 

"I figured he didn’t know anything when he came over anyway, so I said, ‘Hey, just load him up and make him learn it. You don’t know any better,’" Ruud said. "Between Dedrick and Collin I’m going to have those two be able to play both. I want Will and Mo to be able to zero in on a specific inside spot for now. I think both of those guys, if need be, have the ability to go swing over and play the other spot if they needed to." 

Ruud said the pairs would not play in a true platoon style right away -- UCF deployed four linebackers in that manner in 2016, but primarily relied on two last season -- but the exact manner in which the group splits time could change over the course of the season. 

That may depend some on Miller, who is making strides but has only been playing the position for four weeks. 

"Hes’ a guy I really see improving on a week to week basis just because he’s been learning that much more each week," Ruud said. 

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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