A starting position is open at the linebacker position. Nebraska has two starters in Lavonte David and Will Compton, but at that third spot…the Buck linebacker? NU linebackers coach Ross Els is giving three players a chance to step up as his No. 1 guy.
Eric Martin is doing double duty. He moved to defensive end late last year, then came back to linebacker and made his first start against Ohio State. He plays both end and linebacker and sits in on both position meetings.
There is quite a drop off though in talent behind David and Compton, but Els is still confident about Trevor Roach backing up middle linebacker Compton and Mathew May on the weakside behind David.