Nebraska to Begin Spring Minus Two Likely Starters
Bo Pelini revealed the names of three players that won't participate in spring football due to injuries. Guard Mike Moudy, wideout Alonzo Moore, and cornerback Daniel Davie will be out. Moudy appeared to be the likely starter at right guard in 2014. Moore appeared to be near the top of the depth chart at receiver, likely to one of the first on the field in two or three receiver sets. Davie appeared to be a contender to contribute, thought he appeared likely to be a top reserve rather than a starter.
Assuming Moudy can get healthy, missing spring doesn't seem too costly. As a senior and a veteran contributor, he's already familiar with the offense. His absence can help prepare the bench at guard. As long as he's healthy by fall, he should be ready by the start of the season.
Moore is a real up and comer at receiver. Developing timing over the spring with a new quarterback would have been nice. He had an opportunity to be the #2 or #3 receiver on the team. Jamal Turner may grab hold of the #2 spot if Moore's out. Jordan Westerkamp could similarly grab hold of one of the top 3 spots at receiver. So while the team has good options, Moore might fall behind where he'd like to be.
Davie had so far been most noticeable on special teams, but was contending for a two-deep spot in the secondary. Unlike the shoulder injuries afflicting Moudy and Moore, Davie's got a knee issue to deal with. Sometimes those can take a long time to heal. It will be telling whether Davie is practicing with the team by early August or not.