August 29, 2006

NU Notes: Freshmen safeties making their mark

One of the bigger surprises on Tuesday's depth chart released by Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan was seeing freshmen safeties Rickey Thenarse and Major Culbert listed as the No. 2 safeties depth chart.

The two freshmen out of Los Angeles appear to have bright futures at NU and Callahan is excited about the progress they've made in their short time in Lincoln. Callahan said both Thenarse and Culbert will also have big roles on NU's special teams units this fall to help get them ready for the future.

"They are what we thought they were and thought they were going to be," Callahan said. "They have good speed, athleticism, physicality; they have the ability to play coverage. And they're young, they're still learning, they're going to make some errors here and there, but by and large I think Coach (Bill) Busch has done a very good job with them.

"They're two guys that I think are going to have great careers here, as long as they continue to do what they've shown and what they can do. These guys bring a lot to the table and it's going to be exciting to watch them develop."

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