September 26, 2007
NU Notes: Callahan said Culbert should transition smoothly
Rarely will you see a position move made in week five of the regular season, but for Nebraska, putting sophomore Major Culbert back on the defensive side of the ball could be just what the doctor ordered.
Through the first four games, Culbert found himself buried on the depth chart at running back, but on Tuesday the versatile athlete out of Los Angeles made a late season move back to defense.
In 2006, Culbert was arguably the top producing member of his recruiting class, and arguably one of the more productive freshmen we've see on the defensive side of the ball since head coach Bill Callahan has been in Lincoln.
Callahan was forced to move Culbert to running back for the Cotton Bowl last season because of injuries to Cody Glenn and Kenny Wilson, and when Brandon Jackson declared for the NFL, NU had no choice but to keep him on offense until freshmen Roy Helu and Quentin Castille proved their worth.
"Major is a great kid first off," Callahan said. "He's a team guy that wants to help any way he can. His ability to go over to defense can help us, and also in special teams, it's a big pick-up as well. But as Major knows and understands, if we do get into a pinch, he can come right back (to offense). He's that versatile, and (Coach Kevin Cosgrove) was pleased with the way he practiced yesterday.
"He does a lot of things naturally as we know, based on what he did a year ago in the Missouri game. It's good to give him an opportunity to get into the depth chart and potentially contribute at that spot."
This week the potential bind NU finds themselves in at linebacker is an injury situation with senior Lance Brandenburgh.
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