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Spring practice predictions: No. 3

We’re just three days from the start of spring practice at Nebraska. That’s Saturday, if you’re counting. And good thing, because there’s not much left to count down after the past three weeks.

Next on the list of spring predictions, No. 3:

Charlton Warren is the right answer as secondary coach

Bo Pelini’s newest hire, Warren made his mark as an energetic and productive recruiter immediately after his hire in mid-January. Warren added a spark in the South for Nebraska, helping the Huskers get involved with several prospects in Florida and his native Georgia.

Impressive to think what he might do with a whole year.

Warren ought to fit just as well on the field. The 37-year-old former defensive coordinator at Air Force thrived for much of nine years with the Falcons. Air Force ranked seventh nationally in 2009 with 20 interceptions and led the nation in turnover margin.

The Huskers could use something similar. They intercepted four passes in eight Big Ten games last season.

Just as important, Nebraska needs coaching stability with its defensive backs. Warren follows Terry Joseph, who departed this year for Texas A&M, Corey Raymond and Marvin Sanders, who left Nebraska in 2010, to Lincoln.

Warren, who spent his entire coaching career at Air Force until this year, does not look like a candidate to jump for the next opportunity.

With starters Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Andrew Green to replace in the secondary, Warren faces a challenge right away.

Expect him to deliver, starting this spring.

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