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2017 Big Red Report

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by Dean, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Dean

    Dean Walk On

    Oct 8, 2009
    Nebraska Cornhuskers


    The 2016 season for the Cornhuskers brought a new regime to Lincoln. Coach Dean took over in Week 4 after losses to Notre Dame and Penn St. He led them to a 9-4 record and an Insight Bowl victory over Penn St. Coach Dean brings with him a winning attitude and that has shown in how the team has played so far in his tenure. The fans is really excited for not only this year, but years to come. They saw what he did down in the SEC, how he recruited with Alabama in their backyard. People will start talking about Nebraska football being a powerhouse soon again.

    In 2017, dual-threat QB Andy Johnson looks to build on a superb Freshman season, where he threw for 2660 yards 22 TD and ran for 758 7 TDs. "This teams success depends on Andy," Coach Dean said. "He must limit his turnovers and take of the football." The weapons around Johnson are not very talented or experienced. RB Pat Ball takes over as starting RB. He played sparingly last season due to injuries and did produced decent numbers. The glaring weakness of the offense is the OL. 2 returning starters in C Craig Walden and RT Joe McCoy. They allowed 34 sacks last year and had trouble opening lanes for the RBs.

    The Defense is decent at best. Returning starters DT Walter Corbett, MLB Eric Hicks, ROLB Tim Burton, and FS Thomas McKinney make the Huskers strong in the middle of the D. The edge of the defense, especially the DE position is suspect at times. Nebraska accepted transfers from DE Jason Roberts and SS Serge Robinson. Those additions should pay off in the next few seasons.

    Recruiting will be area in which the coaching staff will put most of the time into. They know they lack the talent and depth to compete with the top programs in the Big XII. They main priority is the OL and then the front 7 on defense. This will be Coach Deans 1st full year to recruit players that fit his offensive schemes. The sky is the limit with the resources here in Lincoln and I believe that Coach Dean has this team moving in the right direction.

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