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Nebraska’s nose tackle situation might be a little murkier than we thought.
On the Omaha World-Herald’s Bottom Line radio show with Mike’l Severe, former Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker said Mick Stoltenberg, not Carlos Davis, apparently will be the nose tackle for Nebraska in the 2017 season.
— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) February 27, 2017
That’s an interesting thought for incoming 3-star recruit Damion Daniels.
Daniels is a 6-foot-1, 315-pound defensive lineman from Dallas who appears to be the prototypical nose tackle. He’s big, he can eat up space, he can move the center. He’s what you’d expect in a nose tackle for a 3-4 defense.
But if Carriker is correct, based on his conversation with Stoltenberg, then that changes some things.
Daniels’ commitment to Nebraska was big, but it was even more important when considering Nebraska’s shift to a 3-4 defense. Nebraska doesn’t really have a prototypical nose tackle, besides either Carlos or Khalil Davis, who were considered leading candidates at the position.
But with Carriker saying those two would play defensive end, would Daniels also be an end? That’s a position he has never played.
Or what about 3-star defensive line recruits Deiontae Watts, Guy Thomas and Deontre Thomas? Would all of them be defensive ends? That raises the question of what new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is looking for at the nose tackle position. And do any of these recruits fit that mold?
It’s an interesting development at an interesting position.
Huskers offer 3-star tight end
Nebraska offered 3-star tight end Bralen Taylor on Monday.
God is good….blessed to receive an offer from Nebraska!! ? as a wide receiver!! pic.twitter.com/JLRXhkdyjS
— ⚡ (@bralentaylor9) February 27, 2017
Taylor is the No. 22 tight end in the 2018 class and No. 81 player in Texas. The Cuero High School tight end has nine total offers, including from Baylor, TCU, Oregon and Miami.
Taylor is 6-foot-7, 221-pounds, the perfect size and height for Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf’s offense.