LINCOLN, Neb. -- Greetings from Husker Country, where I'll be spending the next two days with coach Bo Pelini and his team.
It's sunny and warm outside the football complex, a 180 from my spring visit last year, when it snowed in late March. I had the chance to visit with Huskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis, quarterback Taylor Martinez, tight end Ben Cotton and kicker/punter Brett Maher earlier today, and I'll be talking with more Nebraska players and coaches after practice this afternoon and Tuesday.
Martinez reiterated his goal for the 2012 season -- a national championship -- and has been taking steps in his development both on and off the field (more on that later). For the first time in college or high school, T-Magic will be playing in the same offense he did the previous season.
Nebraska has made details its big theme during the offseason, and it especially rings true on the defensive side. Papuchis said the unit didn't experience an unusual number of breakdowns in 2011, but the little things, like players lining up six inches away from where they should have, led to bigger problems. While the offense returns mostly intact, the defense looks to replace star power (Lavonte David, Alfonzo Dennard, etc.) with possibly greater depth.
I'll have more to come on Nebraska later today and the rest of the week, so stay tuned.