NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS QUARTERBACK SR JEFF LINDSEY (93) JR BRANDON WORKMAN (88) SR Jeff Lindsey gets his 2nd shot at the starting gig. Last year he was effective throwing the ball, but too much to the other team, to the tune of 15 INT's to only 9TD's. He worked on his accuracy a lot (97) to the point where he's hitting our guys in stride. He has developed from an ATH prospect to a top tier QB in the nation. He just needs to make better decisions on the field. His height remains a concern but 6'1" QB's have worked for us in this system. THE FUTURE- FR- CARL JOSEPH (75), FR- LEE PERKINS (75) RUNNING BACK JR- MAURICE BRYANT (88) SR- JUSTIN HOWELL (88) We've had the pleasure of having some excellent RB's come in here and be the anchor of this team. From Rex Burkhead, to Trey Smith and Aaron Green, we have been well off there. Now we truly don't have a #1 type RB. At first glance it seemed like that distinction would go to Justin Howell, a converted ATH who profiled well at WR but we needed him in the backfield. He shows great RB vision and runs excellent routes, making him a threat out of the backfield. But he's not a pure RB...he doesn't show the moves to break free back there. JR-RB Maurice Bryant has emerged as our #1 RB for now. He has nice speed (92) and is strong (67) at a lean 221lbs. We like that he can power through up the gut and have the elusiveness to get to the outside. THE FUTURE- FR STERLING VINCENT (80), FR- TERRENCE CHARLES (76) FULLBACK SR- CHRIS PENNINGTON (83) SR Chris Pennington has carved out a niche for being a solid FB. He came onto the scene quiet but has done his job. He has solid hands and always plows forward when he runs. A good blocker who really has done what he needs to when he gets out on the field. THE FUTURE- SO- TARIQ NEAL (77) WIDE RECEIVER JR- DUSTIN HERRON (87) JR- DAVID YOUNG (89) JR- ERIK MORRIS (90) JR Dustin Herron returns as our most dynamic WR. The Biletnikoff winner had 73 catches for 1609yds and 20TD's last year. At 6'4", he's a matchup nightmare, considering that he has 95 speed/97 acceleration. He continues to morph himself into the total package. With Steve McCauley and Jamal Turner graduating, JR David Young (89) and JR Erik Morris (90) have been waiting in the wings to get their shot. Young is the more dynamic WR at 6'2", 165lbs as a kid who can get open and showcase his speed while Morris is the perfect slot type. He's quick and runs the best routes on the team. THE FUTURE- SO RICKY GOFF (85), FR- DESMOND HIGH (79), FR- ERIK SMITH (75) TIGHT ENDS SR- DENNIS SCOTT (94) SR- CHRIS BECK (86) The TE spot doesn't figure much with our current offense but Dennis Scott will get his way onto the field. He's a dynamic TE with amazing pass catching skills and a supreme awareness for where to be to get the ball. Chris Beck would be a #1 TE on most teams (shows how good Scott is). Amazing acceleration off the line and is one of our best receivers on the team. Beck figures to get onto the field more this season. THE FUTURE- FR- J.B. BISHOP (83) OFFENSIVE LINE LT-SR CRAIG JACKSON (94) LG-SR TOMMY COLEMAN (97) C-SO KURT RICHARDSON (88) RG-SO TONY ARMSTRONG (88) RT-JR ERIC ROBINSON (86) ---The left side of the line is one of the best in the country. Craig Jackson has been a 3 year starter and has been effective on the left side with his excellent quickness off the line and his improving strength. Coleman is our best run blocker and is a top run blocking guard in the country. The C, RG, and RT are all new starters. We are particularly interested in seeing how Kurt Richardson does as the starter as the guy making the line calls. RG Tony Armstrong maybe our most complete and talented offensive lineman on the roster. He's a huge man at 6'7", 321lbs and has great strength combined with excellent acceleration. THE FUTURE- FR-LT DARREN GRIGSBY (83), FR-RG KEN HARRIS (79), FR-LG STEVEN RICHARDSON (79), FR-RG BRIAN SUTHERLAND (78) DEFENSIVE LINE LE-SR MARVIN BOWERS (93) SO-DT BRYAN OLSON (88) SO-DT MAURICE CLARK (87) RE-SR GENE COLEMAN (97) ---This maybe our most talented Dline group to date. Gene Coleman is destined for stardom as our best overall end. He has the power, speed, and all the moves to get to the QB. And he's relentless...to have that out of a 6'4", 270lb man makes us believe he will top his 12.5 sack total from last year. Opposite him is Marvin Bowers, who's smaller in stature but coming in the same class as Coleman, he's had someone to push him and Bowers has become our 2nd best end. On the inside we feature two sophomores, one of which came from our DT class in Maurice Clark, who we feel has the size and strength to hold down the middle for the next 2-3 seasons. He started as a true freshman and held his own. THE FUTURE- SO-LE SAM JOSEPH (86), FR-RE PAUL EDWARDS (80), FR-RE LAWRENCE CAMPBELL (80) LINEBACKERS LOLB-SR KEVIN RHODES (90) MLB-SO PATRICK MCCAULEY (87) ROLB-SR GARY IRBY (91) ---The signing of Rhodes and Irby were huge for us. At the time, we were floundering as we were looking at starting some subpar LB's but in came Rhdoes and Irby, who have provided 4 years of quality LB at the outside positions. Both can cover the field from sideline to sideline and both are high flying talents who love to showcase their speed. With them coming in and showcasing their talent to the nation, we've since been bringing in top notch LB's. MLB Patrick McCauley is one guy who saw the havoc we can bring and came here. It's now his turn to start at the MLB, which was held down by David Santos, who won 2 Best LB awards as a starter. McCauley is insanely talented and is a bigger brute force than Santos was but can he match his production? THE FUTURE- SO-LOLB ERIC WASHINGTON (88), FR-MLB TEVITA HARRIS (80), FR-ROLB JONATHAN CROWDER (80), FR-LOLB PAUL COBB (79) CORNERBACKS CB-JR RICHARD PORTER (89) CB-JR KYLE DEAN (91) CB-SO THOMAS FORD (87) CB-FR CHRIS CROSS (84) ---Now more than ever we have tons of depth at the CB spot. The question remains is can 5'9" Kyle Dean cover the bigger WR's? Dean has tons of talent and if he was a little bit bigger he'd be shutdown CB quality but Dean struggles with the big WR's. That leaves us with JR Richard Porter as the #1. He's 6'2" and can run with all the top guys. Nickel CB Thomas Ford is a shutdown CB in the making and gives us some flexibility with our nickel packages. The one kid we are excited about though is Chris Cross. He's a 6'3", 191lb CB with 97 speed. He hits like a FS and is damn near our best cover CB on the team as a freshman! Cross could conceivably end up starting depending on how the CB rotation works. THE FUTURE- FR- GREG CLARK (84), SO-CAMERON TERRELL (81), FR-BRYCE ARNOLD (79) FREE SAFETY FS-SR CRAIG MACK (96) FS-SO TERRENCE SAPP (86) ---Craig Mack often has kids around campus rapping, "here comes some brand new flava in ya ear" but Mack does bring that star quality about him to this team. He's a 4 year starter and came along with LB's Irby and Rhodes as kids who started from that great class. Mack can play down in the box and shut down run plays, he plays excellent coverage as a CB if need be. We can ask Mack to do anything on that field and he will do it with precision. He's a student of the game and has drawn rave reviews for his play. STRONG SAFETY SS-SR A.J. RICHARDSON (90) SO-SS YUSEF SMITH (87) ---Richardson was one kid when we recruited him, he wasn't highly rated. In fact he was a 3-star SS who really just had his size (6'4", 215lbs) going for him. He's become a kid that flys around to the football and has rounded out his game and fits perfectly with his safety mate, Craig Mack. THE FUTURE- FR-SS JOE TYSON (79) SPECIAL TEAMS K-SO RYAN NORWOOD (93) P-SR CHRIS HARVEY (90) KR-SO RICKY GOFF (97) ---Norwood won the groza award for being the best kicker. He missed just two FG's on the year and was automatic on his kicks. He was always down the middle with his kicks last year and became more accurate over the offseason. Chris Harvey has the slightly better leg and will be punting and kicking off. We will have Ricky Goff returning kicks and punts this year and feel we should see that excitement of returns coming back much like when Aaron Green was back there returning kicks/punts.