Forecasting Nebraska's starting LBs

The Nebraska Cornhuskers must replace all three starting linebackers this season, a position that's very important in the run-up-the-gut world of Big Ten football. ESPN.com Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett breaks down the candidates, though he admits he'll have a better view of the program when he visits in the near future:

Brian Bennett

Santos, Anderson the favorites for now

"I'll have a better idea when I visit Lincoln next week to check out the Huskers' spring practice in person. With Will Compton, Alonzo Whaley and Sean Fisher all finishing their careers after 2012, linebacker will be a very interesting position to watch for Nebraska. Bo Pelini has said that he had to make a major recruiting shift upon entering the Big Ten after using a lot of two-linebacker sets against the many spread offenses in the Big 12, so that's one reason Nebraska's linebacker corps is so young. I believe David Santos and Zaire Anderson are the best bets to earn starting jobs. They're the most experienced guys, even though they haven't played a ton. Freshmen Thomas Brown, Michael Rose, Jared Afalava and Courtney Love are all getting looks this spring. I'd say it's pretty wide open, but it's something I will be looking closely at next week."