McMullen was one of the most talked about players during spring practice - coaches and players alike said the redshirt freshman was having a strong spring. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out of the spring game and robbed Husker fans of their first chance to see McMullen in action. He has ideal size for the position and was an excellent pass rusher in high school, accumulating more than 40 sacks in his prep career, including 12.5 in his senior year. With Eric Martin's graduation, NU is in desperate need of someone to put pressure on the quarterback - can McMullen be that guy?
Sean Callahan - No. 31 / Dan Hoppen - No. 29 / Robin Washut- No. 15
P.J. Smith and Daimion Stafford basically had the safety positions locked down last year, so playing time at safety wasn't easy to come by. Cooper still made an impact on special teams and spent a few games playing the dime back role for Nebraska. He certainly looks the part, but it's too early to tell if he has grasped the game's mental side. Cooper will certainly be pushed by Charles Jackson, D.J. Singleton, Nathan Gerry and Drake Martinez, but his experience gives him an early edge over that quartet.
Sean Callahan - No. 27 / Dan Hoppen - 19 / Robin Washut - No. 29
Rose is a very tough player to judge because we have yet to see him play, but all indications are that he is very talented and will compete for a starting spot right away. He didn't get much playing time during his freshman campaign at Auburn, but appears to have the physical ability to make an impact early on in his Husker career. Cornerback is one of the team's more crowded positions and most of Rose's competitors for playing time have an experience edge over him. That being said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Rose in the starting lineup at some point this year.
Sean Callahan - 35 / Dan Hoppen - No. 16 / Robin Washut - No. 23
Valentine is another redshirt player who missed the spring game, leaving his ability to the imagination of Husker fans. There has been a lot of talk about his conditioning not being at the level it needs to be and that may have been one of the factors that led to him redshirting in 2012. But the Huskers are extremely thin on experience at defensive tackle and a breakout performance from Valentine would immensely help matters.
Sean Callahan - No. 20 / Dan Hoppen - No. 24 / Robin Washut - No. 24
Even with a veteran group returning, Finnin comes to Nebraska with the chance to immediately earn playing time. The JUCO transfer will battle with Brent Qvale, who started all but one game last year, for the left tackle spot. Finnin chose Nebraska over offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma and West Virginia, so he certainly has talent. If he is quickly able to adjust to Division I football, he should at least factor into the offensive line rotation if he doesn't lock down a starting role.
Sean Callahan - No. 24 / Dan Hoppen - No. 26 / Robin Washut - No. 17