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2014 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 10, 2014
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2014 Nebraska Cornhuskers football preview

Nebraska Cornhuskers (0 - Pres)

HEAD COACH: BO PELINI, 58-24 @ NEBRASKA

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: TIM BACK

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: JOHN PAPUCHIS

RETURNING STARTERS: 13, 5 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE, PUNTER

LAST LEAGUE TITLE: 1999

OFFENSE POINTS PER GAME: 31.9

RUSHING: 215.7

PASSING: 196.7

TOTAL OFFENSE: 412.4

DEFENSE POINTS PER GAME: 24.8

RUSHING: 156.2

PASSING: 214.6

TOTAL DEFENSE: 370.8

TURNOVER MARGIN: -11

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2004 - Pres)

In six years under head coach Bo Pelini Nebraska has won at least nine games and yet still the Cornhuskers are lacking a Big Ten championship. Cornhusker fans are starting to get very inpatient and now the pressure will intensify in his seventh season to produce hardware. The Cornhuskers return 13 starters from a team that went 9 – 4 in 2013. The Huskers should be in the thick of things in the re-aligned Western division especially since Nebraska will have to play Ohio State or Michigan this season.

Running back Ameer Abdullah is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1690 yards and averaged 6 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns. Abdullah will be the feature game breaker in this Nebraska offense. Abdullah will be backed up by some very young but talented running backs. Under center will be sophomore Tommy Armstrong who started eight games last year when Taylor Martinez was hurt. Armstrong will be much more prepared to be the starting quarterback after working extremely hard this spring and knowing the offense much better. One key for Armstrong will be cutting down on the interceptions after throwing eight pics in just 131 pass attempts last season. Senior wideout Kenny Bell will be Armstrong’s top target. Bell caught 52 passes last year for 577 yards and four touchdowns and all signs indicate he will be better in 2014. Junior Sam Burtch and Senior Jamal Turner will man the other wideout positions. The line returns only one starter in left guard Jake Cotton. Nebraska lost five players up front that had a combined 120 career starts. Stepping in at left tackle will be Alex Lewis, at center is Mark Pelini, at right guard Mike Moudy and at right tackle Zach Sterup. The coaching staff believes the line is good and will get better as the season continues.

Nebraska’s defense was respectable in 2013 and by returning seven starters this year, the coaching staff feels they will get even better. Many of the coaching staff feel the defense is championship caliber. DE Randy Gregory is one of the best in the country after having 19 tackles for loss last season. DT Vincent Valentine will give Nebraska plenty of size in the middle to clog up the running game. DT Maliek Collins and DE Greg McMullen are only sophomores but showed plenty of growth in the spring. The Cornhuskers return plenty of experience at linebacker including sophomore Michael Rose who had 66 tackles last year and Junior David Santos returns after having a solid sophomore season. Zaire Anderson proved to be the most consistent linebacker in spring football and will be a force on the outside. Nebraska’s secondary lost three key players from last year’s team and now will look to Josh Mitchell and Corey Cooper to provide leadership for an inexperienced defensive backfield.

The Cornhuskers have been solid but elite for quite some time. Fans are expecting more from Nebraska this season and are no longer satisfied by finishing second or third in their division. Nothing short of playing for a Big Ten championship will be acceptable this season. Nebraska’s first three games all appear to be wins before they are tested against Miami on September 20 at Memorial Stadium. The toughest part of the Big Ten season will be trips to Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2004 - Pres)

SCHEDULE:

 

DateOpponentLocationTime (CT)ResultsMedia
  Sat, Aug 30  Florida Atlantic Memorial Stadium   TBA
 
  Sat, Sep 06  McNeese State Memorial Stadium   TBA
 
  Sat, Sep 13  Fresno State at Fresno, Calif.   9:30 p.m.
CBS Sports Network  
  Sat, Sep 20  Miami, Fla. Memorial Stadium   7:00 p.m.
ABC/ESPN/ESPN2  
  Sat, Sep 27  Illinois (Homecoming) * Memorial Stadium   8:00 p.m.
BTN  
  Sat, Oct 04  Michigan State * at East Lansing, Mich.   7:00 p.m.
ABC/ESPN/ESPN2  
  Sat, Oct 18  Northwestern * at Evanston, Ill.   6:30 p.m.
BTN  
  Sat, Oct 25  Rutgers * Memorial Stadium   TBA
 
  Sat, Nov 01  Purdue * Memorial Stadium   TBA
 
  Sat, Nov 15  Wisconsin * at Madison, Wis.   TBA
 
  Sat, Nov 22  Minnesota * Memorial Stadium   TBA
 
  Fri, Nov 28  Iowa * at Iowa City, Iowa   TBA


Nebraska Cornhuskers (1994 - Pres)

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Hometown (Prev School)
8   Abdullah, Ameer IB 5-9 195 Sr. Homewood, Ala. (Homewood)
   Akinmoladun, Freedom TE 6-4 240 Fr. Grandview, Mo. (Grandview)
18   Alexander, LeRoy S 6-0 200 So. Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)
7   Allen, Taariq WR 6-3 200 Jr. Weston, Mass. (The Rivers School)
13   Anderson, Zaire LB 5-11 220 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Riverside CC) (Frankford)
   Appleget, Noah WR 6-2 190 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X)
4   Armstrong Jr., Tommy QB 6-1 220 So. Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
   Arneson, Noah DL 6-3 300 Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Gross)
33   Bailey, Christian WR 5-11 200 RFr. San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)
52   Banderas, Josh LB 6-2 235 So. Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
80   Bell, Kenny WR 6-1 185 Sr. Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)
83   Blum, Jared TE 6-4 235 So. Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)
37   Bondi, Mauro PK 6-0 205 Jr. Boca Raton, Fla. (West Boca Raton)
   Boryca, Alex LB 6-2 220 Fr. Cozad, Neb. (Cozad)
9   Broekemeier, Tyson QB 6-1 200 Jr. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)
   Brown, Drew PK 5-11 170 Fr. Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
9   Burtch, Sam WR 6-3 195 Jr. Murdock, Neb. (Elmwood-Murdock)
   Bush, AJ QB 6-3 210 Fr. Alpharetta, Ga. (Norcross)
11   Carter, Cethan TE 6-4 240 So. Metairie, La. (Archbishop Rummel)
28   Cockrell, Byerson DB 6-0 185 Jr. Columbus, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) (Columbus)
7   Collins, Maliek DT 6-2 300 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Center)
   Connely, Thomas LB 5-11 190 Fr. Kearney, Neb. (Kearney Catholic)
   Conrad, Cole OL 6-5 280 Fr. Fremont, Neb. (Archbishop Bergan)
6   Cooper, Corey S 6-1 215 Sr. Maywood, Ill. (Proviso East)
68   Cotton, Jake OL 6-6 305 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
84   Cotton, Sam TE 6-4 250 So. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
32   Cross, Imani IB 6-1 230 Jr. Gainesville, Ga. (North Hall)
96   Curry, Aaron DT 6-1 280 Jr. Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge)
6   Darlington, Zack QB 6-2 205 Fr. Apopka, Fla. (Apopka)
23   Davie, Daniel CB 6-1 185 Jr. Beatrice, Neb. (Beatrice)
88   Dzuris, Ross DE 6-3 250 So. Plattsmouth, Neb. (Plattsmouth)
49   Evans, Erik LB 6-3 225 RFr. Waverly, Neb. (Waverly)
88   Evans, Tyler WR 6-1 195 Sr. Waverly, Neb. (Waverly)
   Farmer, Tanner OL 6-4 315 Fr. Highland, Ill. (Highland)
92   Faulkenberry, Josh LS 6-3 225 Fr. Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)
31   Felici, Joey CB 5-9 170 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Millard South)
59   Finnin, Matt OL 6-7 305 Jr. Crete, Ill. (College of DuPage) (Crete Monee)
27   Foltz, Sam P 6-1 205 So. Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)
30   Foster, Derek CB 5-11 185 Sr. Elm Creek, Neb. (Elm Creek)
   Foster, Jerald OL 6-3 310 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
42   Foster, Trey TE 6-0 240 So. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
   Freudenburg, Ryan OL 6-5 290 Fr. Norfolk, Neb. (Lutheran-Northeast)
17   Fyfe, Ryker QB 6-2 210 So. Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)
95   Gangwish, Jack DE 6-2 260 Jr. Wood River, Neb. (Wood River)
   Gates, Nick OL 6-5 275 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)
25   Gerry, Nathan DB 6-2 210 So. Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
   Gifford, Luke DB 6-3 200 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
81   Gladney, Kevin WR 6-1 190 RFr. Akron, Ohio (Firestone Senior)
   Graham, Nolan DB 5-11 195 Fr. Firth, Neb. (Norris)
44   Gregory, Randy DE 6-6 245 Jr. Fishers, Ind. (Arizona Western CC) (Hamilton Southeastern)
73   Hahn, Sam OL 6-6 300 So. DeWitt, Neb. (North Dakota State) (Tri-County)
72   Hannon, Zach OL 6-5 300 RFr. Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)
   Harrison, Monte WR 6-2 205 Fr. Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West)
85   Hart, Greg TE 6-5 235 RFr. Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)
   Holtmeier, Blake WR 6-2 190 Fr. Kearney, Neb. (Kearney Catholic)
45   Hovey, Lane WR 6-4 210 So. Adel, Iowa (Adel-Desoto-Minburn)
   Irons, Glenn WR 5-9 160 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)
21   Jackson, Charles DB 5-11 180 Jr. Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)
   Jakub, Cameron DB 5-11 170 Fr. Columbus, Neb. (Columbus)
35   Janovich, Andy FB 6-1 230 Jr. Grenta, Neb. (Gretna)
   Jarzynka, Matt DE 6-4 220 Fr. Loup City, Neb. (Loup City)
50   Johns, Garret DL 6-0 280 So. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)
79   Johnson Jr., Dwayne OL 6-6 280 RFr. Houston, Texas (Bellaire)
   Jones, Chris DB 6-0 175 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. (Sandalwood)
38   Jordan, Harrison FB 5-10 230 RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Westside)
12   Joseph, Boaz DB 6-1 190 RFr. Weston, Fla. (Cypress Bay)
   Kalu, Joshua DB 6-1 170 Fr. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
9   Keels, Joe DE 6-3 250 Jr. Kenosha, Wis. (Highland CC) (Bradford)
89   Ketter, Connor TE 6-5 235 RFr. Norfolk, Neb. (Norfolk Catholic)
   King, Sedrick DE 6-4 250 Fr. Plant City, Fla. (Plant City)
   Kitrell, Bo FB/LB 6-1 210 Fr. Ashland, Neb. (Ashland-Greenwood)
77   Knevel, David OL 6-9 310 RFr. Brantford, Ontario, Canada (Pauline Johnson Collegiate)
   Koley, Creighton DB 6-0 185 Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic)
70   Kondolo, Chongo OL 6-4 300 Jr. Carrollton, Texas (Fresno City College) (Creekview)
53   Kucera, Adam OL 6-6 315 Jr. Litchfield, Neb. (Litchfield)
24   Kuzu, Murat IB 5-11 200 Jr. Plano, Texas (Plano Senior)
71   Lewis, Alex OL 6-6 290 Jr. Tempe, Ariz. (Colorado) (Mountain Pointe)
95   Lindsay, Spencer PK 5-9 200 So. Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)
75   Long, Chris OL 6-4 295 Jr. Blair, Neb. (Blair)
   Lopez, Joel DT 6-2 275 So. Burlington, Ill. (Burlington Central)
51   Love, Courtney LB 6-1 240 RFr. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
55   Maurice, Kevin DT 6-3 280 So. Orlando, Fla. (Freedom)
44   McCann, Mitch FB 6-0 225 So. Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
90   McMullen, Greg DE 6-3 280 So. Akron, Ohio (Hoban)
   Meduna, Nate TE 6-5 220 Fr. Wahoo, Neb. (Bishop Neumann)
91   Miller, Gabriel LS 6-0 220 So. Mishawaka, Ind. (Penn)
5   Mitchell, Josh CB 5-11 160 Sr. Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
2   Moore, Alonzo WR 6-2 185 So. Winnfield, La. (Winnfield Senior)
   Mosley, Trai DB 5-10 170 Fr. Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
74   Moudy, Mike OL 6-5 305 Sr. Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County)
29   Nabity, Graham IB 6-0 210 So. Omaha, Neb. (Elkhorn)
45   Natter, A.J. DE 6-5 250 RFr. Milton, Wis. (Milton)
39   Nelson, Jordan IB 5-7 180 So. Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
3   Newby, Marcus LB 6-1 215 RFr. North Potomac, Md. (Quince Orchard)
34   Newby, Terrell IB 5-10 195 So. Los Angeles, Calif. (Chaminade)
   Newell, Peyton DL 6-3 285 Fr. Hiawatha, Kan. (Hiawatha)
   Ortmeier, Trent OL 6-6 270 Fr. Dodge, Neb. (West Point Central Catholic)
   Owen, Dylan DL 6-5 240 Fr. Westchester, N.Y. (Bridgton Academy) (Somers)
54   Painter, Robby OL 6-4 280 So. Centennial, Colo. (Grandview)
56   Pelini, Mark OL 6-0 290 Sr. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
   Pelzer, Brady WR 5-11 170 Fr. Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue East)
   Pierson-El, Demornay WR 5-9 175 Fr. Alexandria, Va. (West Potomac)
   Poppen, Garrett LB 6-1 215 Fr. Giltner, Neb. (Giltner)
78   Price, Givens OL 6-4 305 Jr. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
48   Rahn, Gabe WR 6-1 190 RFr. Le Mars, Iowa (Le Mars)
97   Rath, Logan DL 6-4 280 So. Aurora, Neb. (South Dakota State) (Giltner)
65   Reeves, Ryne OL 6-3 300 Jr. Crete, Neb. (Crete)
87   Reilly, Brandon WR 6-1 195 So. Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
   Reimers, Bryan TE 6-5 205 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln East)
22   Ridder, Anthony DB 6-2 200 Jr. West Point, Neb. (West Point Central Catholic)
43   Roach, Trevor LB 6-2 235 Sr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)
   Rose, Austin RB 6-1 220 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (North Star)
14   Rose, Jonathan CB 6-1 190 Jr. Leeds, Ala. (Auburn) (Leeds)
15   Rose, Michael LB 5-11 240 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)
41   Santos, David LB 6-0 225 Jr. Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)
47   Schumacher, Grant PK 5-9 165 RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X)
56   Simpson, Brad LB 6-0 215 So. Omaha, Neb. (Ralston)
8   Singleton, D.J. DB 6-1 200 RFr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peter's Prep)
5   Stanton, Johnny QB 6-2 225 RFr. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic)
57   Sterup, Zach OL 6-8 315 Jr. Hastings, Neb. (Hastings St. Cecilia)
   Stewart, Larenzo RB 5-6 165 Fr. Klein, Texas (Klein Oak)
   Stoltenberg, Mick OL 6-5 270 Fr. Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)
26   Stovall, Zach DB 5-11 195 RFr. Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue East)
86   Sutton, David TE 6-3 240 Jr. Lincoln, Neb (Southeast)
28   Taylor, Adam IB 6-2 210 RFr. Katy, Texas (Katy)
55   Thurston, Paul OL 6-5 290 So. Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)
   Tolbert, Jariah WR 6-3 190 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)
10   Turner, Jamal WR 6-1 185 Sr. Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston)
66   Utter, Dylan OL 6-1 285 So. Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-LaVista)
98   Valentine, Vincent DT 6-3 320 So. Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville)
   Van Almen, Jack LB 6-1 215 Fr. Rochester Hills, Mich. (Stoney Creek)
   Walton, Jaevon LB 6-0 235 Fr. New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)
49   Weber, Chris LB 6-3 215 RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Elkhorn)
1   Westerkamp, Jordan WR 6-0 195 So. Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
58   Whitaker, Corey OL 6-4 285 So. Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)
   Wilbon, Mikale RB 5-8 190 Fr. Chicago, Ill. (De La Salle Institute)
24   Williams, Austin LB 6-0 200 Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
92   Williams, Kevin DT 6-2 275 Jr. Holland, Ohio (Springfield)
   Wills, DeAndre DE 6-3 250 Fr. Lineville, Ala. (Central of Clay County)



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