Nebraska football: 5 South Alabama players to watch in Week 1

The Jaguars will try and topple the Huskers [Image via South Alabama/Wikimedia Commons]
The Jaguars will try and topple the Huskers [Image via South Alabama/Wikimedia Commons]

The Huskers are hosting the Sun Belt squad for the second time in the last few years.

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The Nebraska football team opens its 2019 season against the South Alabama Jaguars as a 35-point favorite. While the Huskers are expected to win going away, there are some players the team is going to need to keep tabs on. Should they manage to keep these guys in check, the contest could get out of hand quickly.

1

Cephus Johnson - QB

Johnson was the third string quarterback a year ago as a freshman but he's the man to start the year in 2019. He attempted just 19 passes (completing seven of them) for 120 yards, three touchdowns and one pick. It's hard to know exactly how good a passer he is, but considering he ran for over 100 yards in limited action, it's clear he's willing to pull it down and carry the ball.

2

Tyree Turner - DE

Turner was a headache for opposing offenses a year ago. He led South Alabama in sacks (four) and tackles for loss (10). He also amassed 51 total tackles. A mostly untested offensive line with a couple of new starters could have its hands full with Turner, especially early on.

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