The previous staff saw something in Terrell Newby that they weren't able to bring out. As a freshman, he really, really, really struggled with ball security, and while he was better as a sophomore, he wasn't terribly dynamic running the ball. I didn't see that much from Newby in the spring either - though to be honest, I didn't see ANYTHING promising on offense. It's definitely a work in progress.
Imani Cross is solid in short yardage situations, but he never was able to make much of a case for more playing time. Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf apparently don't see it either; they've moved Newby ahead of him on the depth chart, it appears. Adam Taylor looks to me like the best of the bunch, but I'm not sure anybody sees him as a potential star. In fact, most people seem to think that Nebraska is going to use an I-back by committee approach. That's something I read as "Nebraska doesn't really have a top-notch I-back right now."
And that's a problem when you've got a roster that's geared towards running the ball. Nebraska may have the receivers to throw the ball more (unless there is more roster attrition), but I'm not convinced that Nebraska has the quarterback for it. It's one of the reasons I told Mike'l Severe on the World-Herald's "The Bottom Line" show that I'm predicting the Huskers to go 7-5 this season. I thought at that time that Nebraska's next great I-back was still in high school. Well, maybe he just graduated and he's still looking for a place to go. I'm skeptical that it'll be Nebraska, because his mom clearly wants him to go elsewhere. And when Mom can't be sold on Nebraska, that makes Nebraska an unlikely destination for a kid.
Another concern I have is whether Riley and company promised (or at least insinuated) that they weren't going to bring in any other running backs this fall while recruiting Devine Ozigbo. His response this weekend on Twitter says it all.
Apparently someone quickly talked to him, because he apparently made peace with the situation on Monday.Where's the loyalty!— Devine Ozigbo (@TrulyDevine_22) July 26, 2015
Still, you have to wonder about the Nebraska I-back situation - regardless of whether Stevenson ever shows up in Lincoln again.Can't wait till camp!😈 mindset is a complete 180 now! #CantTakeAwayWhatYouEarn— Devine Ozigbo (@TrulyDevine_22) July 27, 2015