The rosters for Saturday's Red-White Spring Game have been announced, and like Coach Bo Pelini's first two seasons, the teams appear to be fairly evenly divided.
The White team will be quarterbacked by sophomore Cody Green and senior Latravis Washington. The offense will have plenty of firepower with I-backs Roy Helu Jr. and Dontrayevous Robinson, along with receiving targets Niles Paul, Mike McNeill and Dreu Young. Up front, center Mike Caputo and tackle D.J. Jones are the leaders of the White offensive line.
Defensively, the White squad boasts a number of players with significant starting experience, led by junior defensive tackle Jared Crick and senior end Pierre Allen. Sean Fisher heads the linebacking corps, while the secondary features Alfonzo Dennard, DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse.
Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson leads the White coaching staff, along with Barney Cotton, John Papuchis, Marvin Sanders and offfensive graduate assistant Curt Baldus.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez and sophomore Kody Spano will quarterback the Red unit, while redshirt freshman Ron Kellogg III is expected to see action on both teams. Keith Williams and Marcel Jones lead the Red offensive line, with I-back Rex Burkhead and receivers Brandon Kinnie and Curenski Gilleylen among the top offensive weapons.
Defensively, sophomores Baker Steinkuhler and Cameron Meredith lead the Red front four, with Will Compton the most experienced linebacker on the Red squad. Veterans Eric Hagg, Prince Amukamara and Anthony West will patrol the Red secondary, while all-conference place-kicker/punter Alex Henery heads up the Red special teams.
Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini heads up the Red coaching staff, along with Tim Beck, Ron Brown, Mike Ekeler, Ted Gilmore and defensive graduate assistant Ross Watson.
Kickoff for Saturday's spring game is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Tickets remain available at Huskers.com today and can also be purchased at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage. Ticket sales on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. at Gate 10 (West Stadium), Gate 20 (East Stadium) and the Ticket Office outside ticket windows. Tickets for the spring game are $10 each.
In addition to the Red-White Spring Game, several other activities will take place surrounding Saturday's contest. The Husker Nation Pavilion will be open to fans beginning at 9 a.m. During pre-game ceremonies, the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will be honored, along with players who earned their first varsity football letter in 2009. A special announcement including Ndamukong Suh will occur during the first quarter of Saturday's game, and the annual Drug Free Pledge for youth and their parents will take place at halftime on the Memorial Stadium field.