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Nebraska Football: Tyreke Johnson impresses in Wednesday’s practice

You have heard me talk a lot about the Nebraska football defense over the course of the past couple of months. One player who Nebraska football picked up recently is defensive back Tyreke Johnson. The former Ohio State Buckeye enters a Nebraska football defensive room that is particularly strong.

Although he did not get a ton of playing time with Ohio State, his athletic skills are very evident. Looking back at some of his high school tape, he has length, athleticism, and size. Those are three things needed in a Big Ten defense.

As noted by several Nebraska football writers, the program held an open practice to the media for a little bit on Wednesday. Johnson and his skill set was on full display. As Parker noted in his observations column, Johnson played tight coverage in some one-on-one matchups with wide receivers.

Could this be a sign of things to come?

This to me could be an inkling of what is to come for Nebraska football. I could see him really making some noise in the defensive backfield. Even though he has only been here for a couple of months, he has the type of talent that you don’t sit on the bench. You play that talent right away. Especially when you consider how talented the defense is, Johnson’s playmaking ability could be a tremendous asset.

His size and athleticism were evident to the writers that were there, and Gabriel notes that Johnson could have some competition at the position.

 One competitive scene from one-on-ones between receivers and defensive backs: Senior Samori Toure hauling in a lunging grab toward the sideline despite tight coverage from Ohio State transfer Tyreke Johnson.

Johnson is also a big, long prospect and it’s easy to see why he was so coveted coming out of high school. The challenge, as defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said Monday, is to get the 6-foot-1, 185-pound corner comfortable with Nebraska’s schemes. He’s got strong competition, of course, including from freshman Tamon Lynum, who missed most of the spring but was working normally on Wednesday.

There is no doubt that this defense is extremely deep. This secondary and defensive backfield as a whole has the potential to be very good. I’ll be intrigued to see what type of role Johnson plays, and how much of an impact he will make.

My guess is that he will get to see the field often this fall. However, that is just a guess. As we all know, playing time battles are often won  during training camp.



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