Nebraska Preview

What to watch on offense

Bo Pelini is in his 7th year at Nebraska and the natives are growing restless. Despite bringing a level of stability to the Huskers, Pelini has lost at least 4 games in each of his 6 seasons at the helm. Off Coor. Tim Beck enters his 3rd year after serving as the RB coach at Nebraska the period 3 years. Thanks to the presence of Taylor Martinez, Nebraska has mainly employed pistol based spread attacBPelini - ES k offensively. Injuries to Martinez have allowed the Huskers to experiment with pro-style schemes and plays that were previously unavailable.

Taylor Martinez has been the face of the Nebraska offense for going on 4 seasons. By virtue of sheer number of starts Martinez was already Nebraska’s career leader in passing yards heading into the season. Martinez has experienced an injury plagued season, missing 4 of the team’s 9 games so far. Redshirt freshmen Tommy Armstrong has done an admirable job filling in, going 4-0 as a starter but does have more interceptions than TDs.

Ameer Abdullah rushed for 1,100 yards a year ago and returns to lead a rushing attacked that is ranked in the top 15 in the country. The Huskers lost longtime stud Rex Burkhead but haven’t lost a beat with Abdullah and the powerful Imani Cross. At 6’1 225 cross brings an added power dimension to an offense that is built on moving the pile and between the tackle runs.

The Huskers return their top two receivers in Kenny Bell and Quincy Enuwa, both of whom are now upperclassmen. Bell led the team in receptions, yards, and TDs a year ago though Enunwa has emerged as the go to WR so far this season. Redshirt freshmen Jordan Westerkamp is average 13yds per reception this season, though he only has 14 catches on the year.

Nebraska has made its reputation based on the play of its offensive line and takes great pride in the unit. The Huskers lose LG Seung Hoon Choi and center Justin Jackson but return as many as 8 players with game experience. Tackle Jeremiah Sirles was 2nd time All-Big 10 a year ago and returns to lead a unit that is while plagued with injuries, has been very effective so far this season.

Best Offensive Player

Ameer Abdullah- Abdullah is the player that makes the Husker offense go. While not the biggest player at 5’9 190, Abdullah is adept at finding holes and has surprising inside running power to go along with his outside and break away speed. Abdullah has already gone over the 1,000yd mark and is on pace to finish with well over 1,500yds.

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Adversary Recruiting (February); 2011 Recap

Final 2011 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings

1Ohio State University BannerContinues its recruiting dominance.8University of Illinois BannerDecent class for the Zooker.
2University of Notre Dame BannerMade an amazing surge late.9University of Wisconsin BannerNot a great closing effort after a disappointing Rose Bowl.
3University of Nebraska BannerSolid season for Pelini.10Northwestern 3x5 FlagSmall in number, but good star average.
4University of Michigan BannerGreat final couple weeks by Hoke & company.11Indiana University BannerStarted off hot, coaching change hurt.
5Michigan State University BannerClosed with a strong January.12University of Minnesota BannerCoach Kill has his work cut out for him.
6University of Iowa BannerDarian Cooper was a nice get.13Purdue University BannerA small class in size and OK in quality.
7Penn State University BannerSolid finish after a very slow few months.   

I’m going to start the final adversary recruiting of the 2011 class with a few words on Michigan’s final group. On January 11th the University of Michigan had a total of 7 solid verbal commitments for its 2011 recruiting class. Brady Hoke was hired on this day and had the tough task of putting together a full class in three short weeks. During this short amount of time Hoke and the new staff held on to commits from Kellen Jones, Tony Posada and Blake Countess. They also added four star athletes Chris Bryant, Raymon Taylor, Chris Barnett and Antonio Poole; as well as three star kids Tamani Carter, Matt Wile, Keith Heitzman, Russell Bellomy, Thomas Rawls, and Frank Clark. I think they did a darn good job given the circumstances. I am very, very excited to see what this staff can do in 2012 with a full year to build relationships with these kids. I fully expect close to a top ten class in 2012.

LogoThe rich get richer, as the Ohio State Buckeyes closed out their 2011 campaign very strong. In the final month they wrapped up a top five cornerback in Doran Grant and one of the top linebackers in the nation, Curtis Grant. Doran is a great looking corner prospect. He is super fluid, has great hips and super ball skills. Doran chose OSU over Michigan State and had offers from many of college football’s powerhouses. He should make an impact rather quickly. Curtis Grant is an absolute stud linebacker. He has great size, speed and quickness. Curtis gets from sideline to sideline very well. He chose the Bucks over Florida, North Carolina and Virginia on signing day.

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Bryce HanesLSPinecrest Academy (GA)ratingratingratingratingratingrating
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Ejuan PriceILBWoodland Hills (PA)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating
Doran GrantCBSt. Vincent St. Mary (OH)ratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingratingrating

Brian Kelly closed out his first Notre Dame class with a bang, inking three of the best defensive ends in the country. Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt both re-committed to ND after thinking things over for a while. Aaron has a great motor and a fantastic frame for a defensive end. In 2009 Lynch had 52 tackles and 16 sacks and earned offers from powers like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State among many others. Stephon Tuitt is a huge get. With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and LSU (among others) Tuitt is a great combination of size and speed. At this point he relies a bunch on his natural abilities, so he will have to work on his technique and strength in college. Rounding out ND’s crazy good defensive end class is New Yorker, Ishaq Williams. Standing 6’6”, Williams has the abilities to be an absolute freak of nature. He’s still a touch raw, but his ceiling is very high.

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