Nebraska’s defense is expected to be the biggest strength of the team, and part of the reason was the depth of its front seven. On Monday it appears that the depth will take a hit as reports indicate junior defensive tackle Aaron Curry is set to transfer from the program.
In a less-than-shocking moment, the reports also indicate that Curry will head to Oklahoma…a team where transfers are apparently welcome with open arms. Curry is joined by another defensive lineman from Tulsa and the biggest offseason transfer of them all, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Missouri.
The good news for Curry is that he’ll be able to play two years while sitting out this upcoming season, as he is a true junior and never used his redshirt season.
The bad news for Nebraska is that they are losing a player with a ton of experience. After all, Curry did start eight games last season and made 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and had two sacks to his name.
As the 2014 season came around though, Curry saw himself beginning to slip down the Huskers depth chart. Not only were guys like Vincent Valentine and Kevin Maurice likely starters, some of the youngsters were beginning to climb up the two-deep roster as well.
Nebraska was getting impressive performances from the likes of Maliek Collins and Kevin Newton, as well as true freshmen Mick Stoltenberg and Peyton Newell.
Curry does have a strong connection to Oklahoma, as his father Aaron Curry Sr. played basketball at the school during the late 1970’s. Additionally, Nebraska’s Rivals.com site is reporting that sources indicate this move has been in the works for awhile behind the scenes.
The Huskers clearly have quality and depth at this position, so losing Curry may not be a big deal. It just means that the young group of players need to show in games what they’ve apparently shown in practices over the last eight months.