Nebraska Cornhuskers 2019 Preview

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  1. sonn

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    After a disappointing 4 loss season in 2018, Nebraska looks to bounce back this year led by senior QB Jonathon Wallace.

    Offense:

    Jonathon Wallace has led the Cornhusker offense since he first stepped on the field in Lincoln. Wallace impressed immediately running away with the 2016 Redshirts freshmen of the year award throwing for 31 touchdowns and compiled 2924 yards through the air. Wallace has even more impressive as a sophomore throwing for an amazing 3660 yards with 30 touchdowns against 13 interceptions and for the 2nd consecutive year came away with hardware winning the QB of the Year award. However Wallace took a step back in 2018 as he threw a career high 25 interceptions and saw both his completion percentage and pass yardage drop.

    Wallace will have to return to his form of a 2 years ago for the offense to be successful as the rest of the skill position on offense is littered with inexperience. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Stewart leads a running back corps that has never carried the ball in an actual game. Stewart possess decent speed and acceleration and will need to rely on his excellent elusiveness to be effective. Redshirt freshman John Walker will likely see spot carries during games but cannot be relied upon as a feature back at this point of his career. Standout FB Skip Quinn will be tasked with leading the backs through the holes created by the line.

    The wide receivers on the Cornhuskers have slightly more experience then the backs with Sophomore(RS) Adam Bowling leading the way entering the season with 11 career catches and 2 touchdowns but projected #1 Greg Bell only has 4 catches and 50 yards to his name so far. Bell has good size being 6'4" and 228 so he should present a good target for Jonathon Wallace. The aforementioned Bowling will be the #2 receiver and Clint Connor will play the slot this year. Connor has great acceleration and at 6'4" he should be a nightmare for nickel backs to cover. TE Matt Prater is a beast of a man at 6'6" 260 and should be a good safety valve for Wallace but his true calling is run blocking where he has excellent all around ratings.

    Coach Clutch has assembled an amazing offensive line that should handle anything opposing defenses can throw at them. With ratings of 92, 93, 98, 92 and 92 it is probably the best offensive line in the country.


    Defense:

    Like their counterpoint on offense the Nebraska is an excellent group led by Junior DT Jeremy Weddle who enters the season coming off an excellent 2018 campaign where he amassed 17.5 sacks and walked away with the Nagurski. Unheralded defensive end Junior Fogle is probably the most talented player on the defense with unmatched block shedding and play recognition ratings. The other end position is manned by Thomas Scales who saw very limited duty last year but has all the skills to make a huge impact on defense.

    A 3-4 defense goes as far as it's linebackers and the Cornhuskers have a solid group led by ROLB Dustin Smith. The senior has outstanding acceleration and block shedding and should be a force to be reckoned with this year. Sophomore David Massey mans the LOLB spot and will be good in coverage but may struggled to provide the pass rush that is necessary from an OLB in the 3-4. The projected starters at ILB are Michael Williams and Cliff Nicholas but Coach Clutch has 5 options to choose from this year at that spot.

    The secondary for Nebraska should give the opposition fits and it starts at corner with juniors Anthony Lawson and Ian Collins leading a very talented group at corner. Nebraska boasts 5 corners that could start on most teams in the country. While the safety position is not as deep both FS Daniel Collins and SS Ryan Dodd are capable of making game changing plays.


    Prediction:
    The offense will go as far as Wallace can take them and I foresee Wallace returning to his award winning form this year. Coupled with a great defense I believe that Nebraska will go 10-2 making it to the conference championships and an outside shot at the national championship.

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  2. JohnnyClutch

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  3. PAgamer07

    PAgamer07 We're the ship without a storm

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    This was a helluva writeup sonn ONe of the most in depth anyone has done. Great work and thanks!
     

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