Nebraska Football: What we’ve learned from Huskers spring ball so far

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Questions and answers

Before Nebraska football took the field for spring ball, we broke down some of the storylines surrounding the program.

Looking back now, the quarterbacks have been positive and not just Martinez. Logan Smothers has been solid, which is an important thing because if anything happens to Martinez, the Huskers could be in a world of hurt if one of their young quarterbacks isn’t ready.

Martinez and finding increased production on offense really feels like the key to the 2021 season. Nebraska football is returning 10 of 11 starters on defense and here’s what coordinator Erik Chinander said this week about his unit:

"“Right now I feel like we’ve got the right guys on the bus, now it’s just figuring out what seat they need to be in. We’re changing those groups up and it’s been really good to see a lot of young guys get a lot of reps, especially those guys on the back end.”"

The defense should be pretty solid. The pass rush could probably improve, but down the stretch, the Huskers did a pretty solid job and were also much better forcing takeaways.

It will be fun to get a chance to watch the offense go after the defense and to see the progress of Martinez because unless the running game improves, a lot is still on his shoulders.

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And as far as the Nebraska football team is concerned in 2021, if Martinez can finally reach his ceiling, the offense and entire team could be dangerous.