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2009 SEASON REVIEW

HUSKER ADMINISTRATION

General Facts ............................................................2-3 This is Nebraska Football...........................................4-5 Championship Tradition ............................................6-7 Husker Coaching Staff ...............................................8-9 Defensive Domination ...........................................10-11 Offensive Firepower ...............................................12-13 Memorial Stadium................................................. 14-15 Football Facilities ...................................................16-17 Huskers in the NFL ................................................ 18-21 NFL All-Time Greats .............................................. 22-23 Heisman Winners/National Awards .......................24-25 Retired Jerseys ...................................................... 26-27 Bowl Tradition.......................................................28-29 Husker Football Family...........................................30-31 Walk-On Legacy.................................................... 32-33 Media Attention .................................................... 34-35 Nebraska Game Day...............................................36-37 Devoted Fans ........................................................ 38-39 Husker Power ........................................................ 40-41 Athletic Medicine/Nutrition ................................... 42-43 Academic Success .................................................44-45 Academic Support................................................. 46-47 Life Skills ...............................................................48-49 Osborne Complex/NU Facilities ............................. 50-51 National Powers/Big 12 Leaders ............................ 52-53 University of Nebraska .......................................... 54-55 All-America City/The Good Life ............................. 56-57 New Home for Nebraska: Big Ten Conference ....... 58-59

Honors and Awards .................................................. 146 Statistical Review/ Individual Statistics ...............147-148 Team Statistics ................................................. 149-152 Individual Game-by-Game ................................. 153-155

University Administration ........................................ 192 Board of Regents...................................................... 193 Athletic Director Tom Osborne ................................ 194 Athletic Department Senior Staff ............................. 195 Athletic Department Staff ..................................196-197

COACHING STAFF Head Coach Bo Pelini ............................................60-63 Defensive Coordinator Carl Pelini ...............................64 Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson........................ 65 Assistant Coaches ................................................. 66-74 Football Staff .........................................................75-79

2010 CORNHUSKERS Rosters .................................................................. 80-81 Outlook .................................................................82-84 Season Notebook.................................................. 85-87 Returning Player Biographies ...............................88-137 Newcomer Biographies ......................................138-144

CORNHUSKER RECORDS Individual Records ............................................. 156-160 Team Records ....................................................161-163

NEBRASKA HISTORY College Football Hall of Fame ................................... 164 Nebraska Coaching Legends .................................... 165 All-Americans.....................................................166-167 Academic Award Winners ................................. 168-169 Nebraska’s All-Time Lettermen .......................... 170-177 Year-by-Year Records ........................................ 178-179 Nebraska Bowl History ............................................. 180 Yearly Results.....................................................181-191

MEDIA SERVICES Media Policies ................................................... 198-199 Nebraska Media Outlets ........................................... 200 IMG Husker Sports Marketing .................................. 201 2010 Nebraska Opponents ................................ 202-203 Big 12 Conference/Schedules ............................ 204-205 Memorial Stadium Information ................................206 Nebraska Compliance Guidelines ............................. 207

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the University of Nebraska Athletic Department is to serve our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans by: Displaying INTEGRITY in every decision and action; Building and maintaining TRUST with others; Giving RESPECT to each person we encounter; Pursuing unity of purpose through TEAMWORK; Maintaining LOYALTY to student-athletes, co-workers, fans and the University of Nebraska.

MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS

PHOTO CREDITS

The University of Nebraska Football Media and Recruiting Guide was written and edited by Assistant A.D. for Media Relations Keith Mann, Media Relations Director of Operations Jeff Griesch, Associate Media Relations Director Jerry Trickie and Assistant Media Relations Director Matt Smith, with assistance from media relations intern Brandon Gries. Cover design by athletic department design specialist Annie Wood. Layout and design for the media guide by Jerry Trickie and Annie Wood. A special thanks to freelance writer Mike Babcock for contributing historical content and to historian Mark Fricke for assistance with the letterman’s section. The publication was printed through the University of Nebraska Printing Services.

Contributing photographers for the 2010 Nebraska Football Media and Recruiting Guide include Scott Bruhn, BreAnna Haessler, Athletic Department Staff Photographer; Alan Jackson, Jackson Studios; Tom Slocum, UNL Publications and Photography Services; Charlie Bills, John Bills, Joe Mixan, Richard Voges, freelance photographers; Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Associated Press staff photographers; the NFL and NFL teams. Special thanks to Rick Anderson for select stadium photos and to Doug Prange for aerial photographs of the stadium. Thanks also to NFL teams for providing photos of former Huskers.

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Opponent

Time

TV

Sept. 4

Western Kentucky

6 p.m.

FSN-PPV

Sept. 11

Idaho

11:30 a.m.

FSN-PPV

Sept. 18

at Washington (Seattle, Wash.)

2:30 p.m.

ABC

Sept. 25

South Dakota State $

TBA

Oct. 7

at Kansas State* (Manhattan, Kan.)

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 16

Texas*

TBA

Oct. 23

at Oklahoma State* (Stillwater, Okla.)

TBA

Oct. 30

Missouri*

TBA

Nov. 6

at Iowa State* (Ames, Iowa)

TBA

Nov. 13

Kansas*

TBA

Nov. 20

at Texas A&M* (College Station, Texas)

TBA

Nov. 26

Colorado*

2:30 p.m.

ABC

Dec. 4

at Big 12 Championship (Arlington, Texas)

7 p.m.

ABC

ESPN

$ - Homecoming * - Big 12 Conference game -- All times listed are Central. -- Time and television are as of July 1, 2010. Nebraska’s television partners reserve the right to set game times between six and 12 days prior to the contest. Check Huskers.com for the most up-to-date times and television listings. -- All Husker contests can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network and for free on the Internet at Huskers.com

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NEBRASKA FOOTBALL FACTS Season of Football .....................................................121st in 2010 National Championships ............................................................. 5 Back-to-Back National Championships ...............................2 times Undefeated Seasons ..................................................................11 Perfect Seasons ........................................................................... 9 Total Conference Championships .............................................. 43 All-Time Games Played ........................................................ 1,208 All-Time Record .................................................. 827-341-40 (.701) National Ranking in All-Time Wins ...........................................4th All-Time Bowl Appearances ...................................................... 46 National Ranking in Bowl Appearances ....................................5th All-Time Bowl Record ................................................. 24-22 (.522) Home Games Played ............................................................... 655 Home Games Record ..........................................498-137-20 (.776) Memorial Stadium Games Played ........................................... 500 Memorial Stadium Record....................................373-114-13 (.759) Consecutive Home Winning Seasons ........................................ 41 Consecutive Home Sellouts (entering 2010)* .......................... 304 College Football Hall of Fame Players ....................................... 14 College Football Hall of Fame Coaches........................................ 6 First-Team All-Americans .........................................................107 Unanimous All-Americans ...........................................................53 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans** .......................................... 98 NCAA Top Eight Award Winners** ............................................. 9 Heisman Trophy Winners ............................................................ 3 Outland Trophy Winners** ......................................................... 9 Retired Jerseys ...........................................................................17 Retired Numbers ......................................................................... 2 All-Conference Selections ....................................................... 494 *Continuing NCAA record **Total leads the nation


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GENERAL INFORMATION

COACHING STAFF

Location: Lincoln, Neb., 68588-0123 Population: 251,624 Founded: 1869 Enrollment: 23,573 Football Stadium: Memorial Stadium (1923) Football Field: Tom Osborne Field (1998) Capacity: 81,067 Surface: FieldTurf Nickname: Cornhuskers or Huskers Colors: Scarlet and Cream Conference: Big 12 Chancellor: Harvey S. Perlman, J.D. Institutional Rep.: Josephine Potuto, J.D. Athletic Director: Tom Osborne 2009 Overall Record: 10-4 2009 Big 12 Record: 5-3 Starters Returning/Lost: 13/12 Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 46/21 Mailing Address: Nebraska Athletics One Memorial Stadium Lincoln NE 68588

Head Coach: Bo Pelini, third season Alma Mater, year: Ohio State, 1990 Record at Nebraska: 20-8 Career Record: 20-8 Defensive Coordinator: Carl Pelini Offensive Coordinator: Shawn Watson Running Backs: Tim Beck Tight Ends: Ron Brown Offensive Line: Barney Cotton Linebackers: Mike Ekeler Wide Receivers: Ted Gilmore Def. Ends/Special Teams: John Papuchis Secondary: Marvin Sanders Assistant A.D./Football: Jeff Jamrog Offensive G.A.: Curt Baldus Defensive G.A.: Ross Watson Football Strength Coach: James Dobson MEDIA RELATIONS Director/Football Contact: Keith Mann (kmann@huskers.com) Assistants: Jeff Griesch, Shamus McKnight, Matt Smith Admin. Assistant: Vicki Cartwright Photographer: Scott Bruhn Design Specialist: Annie Wood Interns: Brandon Gries, Jeremy Foote Media Relations Phone: 402-472-2263 Media Relations Fax: 402-472-2005

No. 1 *** 1 * 2 * 2 3 3 *** 4 4 5 * 5 *** 6 6 7 * 7 8 * 8 *** 9 9 10 *** 10 11 ** 11 12 12 * 13 13 * 14 ** 14 * 15 ** 15 *** 16 16 17 * 17 18 18 19 21 21 22 * 22 23 23 ** 24 *** 24 25 * 25 26 26 27 27 * 28 *** 28 * 29 29 30 ** 30 31 * 31 32 32 * 33 34 34 * 35 * 35 36 ** 37 37 38 * 38 39 * 39 40 40 41 *** 41 42 42 * 43

Name.................................. Position Adi Kunalic ..................................PK Khiry Cooper ............................. WR Antonio Bell .............................. WR Lazarri Middleton ........................CB Taylor Martinez .......................... QB Rickey Thenarse ............................S Ty Kildow .................................. WR Lavonte David .............................LB Zac Lee ...................................... QB Anthony West ............................ DB Corey Cooper ............................. DB Tim Marlowe ............................. WR Dejon Gomes ............................. DB Kody Spano................................ QB Austin Cassidy ...............................S Will Henry ................................. WR Jason Ankrah.............................. DE Joe Broekemeier ....................... WR Roy Helu Jr. ..................................IB Dijon Washington .......................CB Curenski Gilleylen...................... WR Andrew Green .............................CB Ron Kellogg III ............................ QB Courtney Osborne .........................S Bronson Marsh ........................... DB P.J. Smith ......................................S Anthony Blue ..............................CB Lester Ward .................................IB Alfonzo Dennard .........................CB Latravis Washington .................. QB Brion Carnes............................... QB Adam Watson ............................ DB Cody Green ................................ QB Ciante Evans .............................. DB Quincy Enunwa ......................... WR Josh Mitchell .............................. DB Wil Richards ............................... DB Prince Amukamara......................CB Steven Osborne ........................ WR Rex Burkhead ...............................IB Joseph Camarata.........................LB Braylon Heard .............................RB Lance Thorell ............................. DB Niles Paul .................................. WR Austin Williams .......................... DB Kyler Reed...................................TE Joey Felici................................... DB Tyler Wullenwaber .................... WR Harvey Jackson .......................... DB Jon Damkroger........................ P/PK Dontrayevous Robinson .............. IB Eric Hagg ................................... DB Austin Jones .................................IB Seth Jameson............................. DB Collins Okafor ..............................IB Mike Hays ...................................FB Derek Foster .............................. DB Jase Dean ....................................CB C.J. Zimmerer .............................FB Jim Ebke........................................S Marcus Mendoza .........................CB Tyson McGill ...............................LB Kenny Bell ................................. WR Cameron Meredith ..................... DE Matt Holt ....................................LB Andrew Holt ............................... DB Mathew May ...............................LB Tyrone Lewis ...............................LB Kevin Thomsen .......................... DE Graham Stoddard .......................LB Yusef Wade ................................ DB Justin Blatchford ........................ DB Jacob Smith .............................. WR Josh Bart .................................... DB Zach Taylor .................................RB Thomas Grove.............................LB Jake Long ....................................TE Tyson Clark ............................... WR Sean Fisher .................................LB Brent Moravec............................ DB

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43 Dillon Schrodt ........................... WR 44 Micah Kreikemeier ......................LB 44 *** Mike McNeill ........................ TE/WR 45 Keegan Hughes ......................... WR 45 Alonzo Whaley ...........................LB 46 * Eric Martin ..................................LB 47 Walker Ashburn.......................... DE 47 Brett Wells ..................................TE 48 * Tyler Legate ................................FB 48 Tobi Okuyemi ............................ DE 49 Matt Manninger ......................... LB 49 *** Dreu Young .................................TE 50 Jermarcus Hardrick .................... OL 51 Brandon Chapek......................... OL 51 * Will Compton. .............................LB 52 Dwight Jones ............................. OL 52 J.C. Moore .....................................D 53 Thaddeus Randle.........................DL 54 Trevor Roach ...............................LB 55 Rob Jensen ................................. OL 55 * Baker Steinkuhler....................... DT 56 Devin Paulsen .............................LB 56 Mark Pelini ................................... O 57 Mitch Hron ..................................LB 57 Mike Moudy .............................. OL 58 ** Mike Caputo............................... OL 58 Justin Jackson .............................DL 59 Colby Starkebaum.......................LB 59 Brian Thorson............................. OL 61 Spencer Long ............................. OL 61 Jeff Uher .....................................DL 62 Cole Pensick ............................... OL 63 Andrew Rodriguez...................... OL 65 Colin McDermott........................ DE 65 *** Mike Smith................................. OL 66 Beaux Greenfield......................... LS 67 Scott Criss .................................. OL 67 Sam Meginnis ........................LS/LB 68 Josh Molek ................................. DT 68 *** Keith Williams ............................ OL 69 Brodrick Nickens ........................ OL 70 Kenny Anderson......................... DE 70 Nick Ash ..................................... OL 71 Jeremiah Sirles ........................... OL 72 Jesse Coffey ............................... OL 73 ** D.J. Jones ................................... OL 74 * Ricky Henry ................................ OL 75 Luke Lingenfelter ....................... OL 76 Brent Qvale ................................ OL 77 Seung Hoon Choi ....................... OL 78 ** Marcel Jones .............................. OL 79 Brandon Thompson.................... OL 80 Andy Gdowski ............................ DE 80 ** Ryan Hill .................................TE/FB 81 * Ben Cotton ..................................TE 82 Robert Barry................................TE 83 Stanley Jean-Baptiste................ WR 84 * Brandon Kinnie ......................... WR 85 KC Hyland ................................. WR 85 Faron Klingelhoefer.................... DT 86 Mychael McClure.........................TE 87 Taylor Dixon .............................. WR 88 Tyler Evans................................ WR 88 * Jay Martin.................................. DE 89 J.T. Kerr.......................................TE 89 Conor McDermott ...................... DE 90 *** Alex Henery............................. PK/P 90 ** Terrence Moore.......................... DT 91 Donovan Vestal .......................... DE 92 Tyrone Fahie .............................. DE 92 * P.J. Mangieri ............................... LS 94 ** Jared Crick ................................. DT 95 *** Pierre Allen ................................ DE 95 Tyler Daake ............................. P/PK 96 Jake Cotton .................................DL 96 * Brett Maher............................. P/PK 97 Jason Dann.............................. P/PK 97 Chase Rome ............................... DT 98 Josh Williams ............................. DE 99 Jay Guy .......................................DL A full roster can be found on pages 80-81.

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For more than a century, the legacy of Nebraska Football has been growing. From its humble beginning in 1890 – when two games made an entire schedule – to 2010, where an established, nationally prominent program enjoys a rich history of success, Nebraska’s student-athletes have entertained and excelled on all levels. Five national championships and 43 conference titles highlight the accomplishments of one of college football’s most storied programs. There have been Heisman winners and Outland Trophy recipients, a nation-leading number of Academic All-Americans, a Big 12-best graduation rate and many professional football stars. But underlying all of the countless accolades is a football family that does not rely on wins and losses as the final indicator of excellence. Nebraska Football is much more than talented athletes and coaches taking the field to play a game – it is a family. The fans, support staff and student-athletes are all Dedicated to Excellence through Integrity, Trust, Respect, Teamwork and Loyalty. It is this commitment on and off the field that makes Nebraska unique and assures that the rich tradition of the Huskers will keep growing for years to come. Nebraska started the new millennium the same way it ended the last - among the nation’s elite. In the 1980s and 1990s, Nebraska became the first team in the history of Division I football to post 100 wins in backto-back decades. Since the start of the 1970s, Nebraska has posted the best record of any Division I team (393100-5). That outstanding tradition began with Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne and continues in 2010 with Coach Bo Pelini. Tom Osborne (right) guided Nebraska football to national prominence and coached Husker teams to three national titles between 1994 and 1997. Osborne was immediately inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame upon his retirement after the 1997 season. He became Nebraska’s Athletic Director in 2007.

Left: The roots of Nebraska football date back to 1890, when Dr. Langdon Frothingham led NU’s first team to a 2-0 record. Nebraska football teams were known as the Old Gold Knights, the Antelopes and the Bugeaters before the 1900 team adopted the name “Cornhuskers.” Middle: Legendary Coach Bob Devaney takes the field in 1962. Right: Head Coach Bo Pelini leads the Huskers out of the tunnel in 2009. Top right: Bo Pelini and players celebrate winning the 2009

Milestone Victories

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Nov. 16, 1907 Oct. 31, 1925 NU 12 NU 63 Oklahoma 0 Denver 0 Denver, Colo. Lincoln, Neb.

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Oct. 24, 1942 NU 7 Oklahoma 0 Norman, Okla.

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Oct. 23, 1965 NU 38 Colorado 13 Lincoln, Neb.

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Oct. 16, 1976 NU 51 Kansas St. 0 Lincoln, Neb.

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Oct. 18, 1986 Oct. 5, 1996 Oct. 14, 2006 NU 48 NU 39 NU 21 Missouri 17 Kansas St. 3 Kansas St. 3 Lincoln, Neb. Manhattan, Kan. Manhattan, Kan.


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Winning Tradition • Nebraska is one of just seven schools with 800 or more all-time victories • Eight Huskers have won a nation-leading nine Outland Trophies • Since 1960, 76 Huskers have earned first-team AllAmerica honors • Since 1997, Nebraska leads all Big 12 Conference schools with 65 players chosen in the NFL Draft. No other Big 12 team has had more than 58 draft choices • The Huskers have won 34 conference titles outright and shared another nine crowns • Nebraska has played on television more than 280 times in the last 56 years

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277

Captured five All-time NCAA-record 304 Nation-leading 277 national titles in bowl consecutive home sellouts CoSIDA Academic 1970, 1971, 1994, appearances in Memorial Stadium All-Americans across 1995 and 1997 dating back to 1962 all sports

94

percent graduation rate a Big 12 leading rate

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Heisman Trophy winners; Eric Crouch (2001), Mike Rozier (1983) and Johnny Rodgers (1972)

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CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION

Few college athletic programs can boast the national championship resume of Nebraska football. Since 1970, Nebraska has won more games than any other team in the country, captured five national championships and played for a national title in a bowl game on four other occasions. The Huskers are one of only three college football teams to win at least five national championships since 1970, and one of only seven to capture at least three titles.

Nebraska’s National Championship Bowl Victories

1971 Orange Bowl #3 Nebraska 17, #5 LSU 12

1972 Orange Bowl #1 Nebraska 24, #2 Alabama 6 1995 Orange Bowl #1 Nebraska 24, #3 Miami 17 1996 Fiesta Bowl #1 Nebraska 62, #2 Florida 24 1998 Orange Bowl #2 Nebraska 42, #3 Tennessee 17

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“Choosing to go to school at Nebraska has had the biggest impact on my life, more than any other life decision. Not only did I get a chance to play football for the best team in the nation, but for four years I was surrounded by academic advisors, coaches and teachers who genuinely cared about me as a person.” Lombardi Award Winner Grant Wistrom 1994, 1995, 1997 National Champion 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Top left: Husker football teams have brought home five national titles. In the mid-1990s, Nebraska won three national titles in four years and appeared in four title games from 1993 to 1997. Nebraska’s hardware haul included three Sears Trophies. Top middle: Jerry Tagge scored the winning touchdown in NU’s victory over LSU in the 1971 Orange Bowl to give the Huskers their first national title in 1970. Top right: Lombardi award winner Grant Wistrom presents President Bill Clinton with a 97 jersey as Coach Tom Osborne looks on following the Huskers’ fifth national championship win. Middle left: Nebraska has won four of its five national championships in the Orange Bowl, including outlasting Miami, 24-17, in a victory on the Hurricanes’ home field in the 1995 game. Middle right: Jason Peter helped the Huskers win the 1997 crown over Tennessee in the Orange Bowl in Tom Osborne’s final game as a head coach. Bottom left: Nebraska ran over Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl with quarterback Tommie Frazier leading an offense that produced a bowl-record 524 rushing yards. Bottom right: Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney began Nebraska’s national championship tradition by leading the Huskers to back-to-back titles in 1970 and 1971.

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COACHING

STAFF

Head Coach Bo Pelini has assembled a coaching staff with a championship pedigree. The Cornhusker staff has strong ties to Nebraska. • The Cornhusker staff enters its third season intact under Pelini—one of just nine schools in the country who have had the same coaching staff for three seasons. • Pelini is the first coach in Big 12 Conference history to guide his team to at least a share of a division championship in his first two seasons. • Pelini is one of only four coaches in school history to win nine games in each of their first two seasons at Nebraska joining Frank Solich and Hall of Fame coaches Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney. • Pelini’s 19 wins in the past two seasons are the most among first-time head coaches in the Class of 2008, and the second-most among coaches hired at their current school prior to the 2008 season.

2008 First-Year Head Coaches Coach, School Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech Bo Pelini, Nebraska* Houston Nutt, Ole Miss Bill Stewart, West Virginia Kevin Sumlin, Houston* Ken Niumatololo, Navy* * First-time head coaches

Record 20-7 19-8 18-8 18-8 18-9 18-9

Pelini’s Coaching Highlights

• Five seasons as a college defensive coordinator

• Nine years as an assistant coach in the National Football League • Has coached in seven bowl games, three Bowl Championship Series games and 11 NFL playoff games

“Guys were ready to run through a wall for (Coach Pelini). He was such a great motivator. He’d print out cards with different quotes and leave them in our locker to fire us up before games, and when it came to X’s and O’s, he definitely had the ‘it’ factor. He is the total package.”

Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Nebraska linebacker

Bo Pelini Head Coach Third Season Ohio State, 1990


Tim Beck Running Backs Third Season Central Florida, 1991 Ron Brown Tight Ends 20th Season Brown, 1979

Barney Cotton Associate Head Coach/ Offensive Line Fourth Season Nebraska, 1983

Mike Ekeler Linebackers Third Season Kansas State, 1995

Ted Gilmore Assistant Head Coach/ Wide Receivers/ Recruiting Coordinator Sixth Season Wyoming, 1991

John Papuchis Defensive Ends/ Special Teams Coordinator Third Season Virginia Tech, 2001 Carl Pelini Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Line Third Season Youngstown State, 1989

Marvin Sanders Secondary Fourth Season Nebraska, 1989 Shawn Watson Offensive Coordinator/ Quarterbacks Fifth Season Southern Illinois, 1982


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DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE One of the Huskers’ most well-known traditions is the Blackshirts, which has become the common nickname for Nebraska’s defensive unit. The term originally dates back to the early 1960s and refers to the black jerseys that Nebraska’s first-string defenders wear in practice.

With the return of the two-platoon system in college football in 1964, Head Coach Bob Devaney looked for a way to distinguish the defensive units on the practice fields. Devaney dispatched assistant coach Mike Corgan to a local sporting goods store to find some “contrast jerseys,” a sleeveless pullover that went on top of the players’ practice jerseys. While the top offensive unit practiced in red jerseys and the second-string offense worked in green pullovers, the first string defense wore black pullovers and the second string wore the contrasting gold jerseys. The term quickly caught on, and gained momentum during Monte Kiffin’s tenure as defensive coordinator in the mid-1970s, before the Blackshirts earned national acclaim under Charlie McBride, who served as the Huskers’ defensive coordinator from 1982 to 1999.

Blackshirt Tradition

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• Nebraska has ranked in the top 10 nationally in total defense 22 times since 1964. • Nebraska has ranked among the nation’s top 10 in all four major defensive categories (rush defense, pass defense, total defense and scoring defense) on five occasions, including 2009 and national title seasons in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

Grant Wistrom, Mike Rucker, Ndamukong Suh, Barrett Ruud and Sean Fisher.

2009 BLACKSHIRTS

The Blackshirt defense has thrived under the tutelage of Head Coach Bo Pelini.

2009 Blackshirts: Ross Watson, Brett Diersen, John Papuchis, Carl Pelini, Eric Hagg, Prince Amukamara, Will Compton, Phillip Dillard, Barry Turner, Jared Crick, Ndamukong Suh, Pierre Allen, David Harvey, Sean Fisher, Colton Koehler, Matt O’Hanlon, DeJon Gomes, Larry Asante, Anthony West, Alex Henery, Alfonzo Dennard, Marvin Sanders, Mike Ekeler, Joe Moglia and Doug Colman.

• With Pelini as defensive coordinator in 2003, Nebraska forced a school-record 47 turnovers, including a conference-record 32 interceptions. Nebraska ranked second nationally in scoring defense and 16 Blackshirts from 2003 went on to play in the National Football League. • The 2008 Blackshirts were among the nation’s most improved defenses. The Huskers finished second in the Big 12 in total defense, allowing 126.9 fewer yards per game than in 2007. • Nebraska’s 2009 defense was among the nation’s most dominant units. The Huskers led the nation in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 13 or fewer points 10 times in 14 games. Nebraska also ranked seventh nationally in total defense. 10

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”We have a great (defensive) tradition at Nebraska. As a former Blackshirt, it is basically the sense of urgency you play with. That is what it means to be a Blackshirt. It is being able to trust the guy next to you. It is 11 guys getting to the football.” --Trev Alberts, 1993 All-American and Butkus Award Winner

Prominent Pupils Coached by Pelini

Pro Blackshirts • Twenty-six former Nebraska Blackshirts were on NFL rosters as of July 1.

• Deion Sanders, CB, San Francisco 49ers • Merton Hanks, CB, San Francisco 49ers

• Nebraska has had 14 defensive linemen, 10 linebackers and 10 defensive backs drafted

• Ted Johnson, LB, New England Patriots

since 1998.

• Tedy Bruschi, LB, New England Patriots • Sixteen Blackshirts have been taken in the first four • Nai’l Diggs, LB, Green Bay Packers

rounds of the NFL Draft since 2000.

• Demorrio Williams, LB, Nebraska • Josh Bullocks, FS, Nebraska • Barrett Ruud, LB, Nebraska • Dan Cody, DE, Oklahoma • Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU • Craig Steltz, S, LSU • LaRon Landry, S, LSU • Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

The Pelini Factor

Bo Pelini’s college defenses have a history of dominance, whether at Nebraska, LSU or Oklahoma. Pelini-led defenses have established themselves as a fixture in the top 10 of numerous national categories. In his first two seasons as head coach at Nebraska, Pelini and the defensive staff has led a remarkable transformation of the Blackshirts. In two seasons, Nebraska has improved from 116th nationally in scoring defense to first in 2009. The Huskers’ sack total has increased from 13 to 44 in two seasons, while its rush defense has improved by nearly 140 yards per game.

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Nebraska has made remarkable defensive improvements over the past three seasons. In 2009, NU led the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Total Defense 2007 2008 Improvement 476.8 ypg 349.9 ypg 126.9 ypg

2009 272.0 ypg

Improvement 77.9 ypg

Rushing Defense 2007 2008 Improvement 232.2 ypg 116.5 ypg 115.7 ypg

2009 93.1 ypg

Improvement 23.4 ypg

Scoring Defense 2007 2008 Improvement 37.9 ppg 28.5 ppg 9.1 ppg

2009 10.4 ppg

Improvement 18.1 ppg

Sacks 2007 13

2009 Improvement 44 (3.1 pg) 9 (.45 pg)

2008 35

Improvement 22 (1.7 pg)

Opponent 3rd-Down Conversion Percentage 2007 2008 Improvement 2009 50.3 % 33.7 % 16.6 % 32.3%

National Rankings Under Pelini

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Pass Efficiency Defense (2003, 2009) Turnover Margin (2003) Interceptions (2003) Scoring Defense (2009)

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Scoring Defense (2003) Turnovers Gained (2003) Turnover Margin (2007)

Total Defense (2005, 2006, 2007) Pass Efficiency Defense (2005, 2006, 2007) Passing Yards (2006) Scoring Defense (2004, 2005) Turnovers Gained (2007)

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Scoring Defense (2006)

Rushing Defense (2004, 2005)

Passing Yards (2007)

2003, 2008, 2009 = Nebraska 2004 = Oklahoma 2005-2007 = LSU

Improvement 1.4 %

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OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER The Nebraska offense has been one of the Big 12’s most explosive over the past few seasons. Under the direction of offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, the Huskers have set several offensive school records in recent years.

• Nebraska has ranked in the top 12 nationally in total offense in two of the past three seasons with Watson as offensive coordinator. The Huskers also ranked in the top 15 nationally in passing offense in both 2007 and 2008. • The Nebraska offense strives for a balanced attack. In 2008, the Huskers were one of just nine teams in the nation to rank in the top 40 in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. Last season featured one of the best run-pass balances in the Big 12 Conference.

QUARTERBACKS

Quarterbacks thrive in Nebraska Offense • Quarterbacks have been prolific in the Nebraska offense in recent years. In 2008, Joe Ganz set Nebraska single-season records for passing yards, completion percentage and total offense. Ganz set 23 Nebraska school records and also ranks second in season touchdown passes, career touchdown passes and career passing yards. • Ganz finished his career fourth among active quarterbacks in pass efficiency rating, trailing only 2008 Heisman Trophy finalists Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow.

Tommie Frazier, Eric Crouch, Zac Lee and Cody Green with Shawn Watson.

TOP 10 NEBRASKA PASSING GAMES Quarterbacks in the Nebraska offense have produced record-setting passing totals 1. Joe Ganz, vs. Kansas State, 2007

510 yards

2. Joe Ganz, at Colorado, 2007

484 yards

3. Sam Keller, vs. Ball State, 2007

438 yards

4. Zac Taylor, vs. Iowa State, 2005

431 yards

5. Joe Ganz, at Kansas, 2007

405 yards

6. Zac Taylor, vs. Kansas, 2006

395 yards

7. Zac Taylor, at Colorado, 2005

392 yards

8. Sam Keller, vs. USC, 2007

389 yards

9. Joe Ganz, at Texas Tech, 2008

349 yards

10. Joe Ganz vs. Western Michigan, 2008 Bold indicates Shawn Watson on Nebraska staff

345 yards

Career Passing Leaders

1. Zac Taylor

5,850 yards

2. Joe Ganz

5,125 yards

3. Dave Humm

5,035 yards

Top: Joe Ganz, Bottom: Zac Taylor

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From left to right, Marlon Lucky, Roy Helu Jr., Mike McNeill and Niles Paul

RUNNING BACKS

Nebraska running backs are all-purpose threats in the Nebraska offense • Nebraska running backs have thrived in the Huskers’ diverse attack. Senior I-back Roy Helu Jr. enters 2010 with 2,159 career rushing yards to rank 22nd on the NU career rushing list. Helu has another 49 catches and 455 receiving yards and is poised to crack the top 10 on both NU’s career rushing and career all-purpose yardage lists. • Helu averages 5.5 yards per carry in his career, and led the conference in yards per carry in 2008. • I-back Marlon Lucky completed his Nebraska career in 2008 ranked 17th on the Huskers’ all-time rushing list, fourth in school history in receptions and his 4,214 career allpurpose yards is fourth all-time at Nebraska. • Nebraska running backs have produced five 30-plus catch seasons in the past six years. • Nebraska I-backs have 26, 1,000-yard rushing seasons in school history, including 1,147 yards by Helu in 2009.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends • Nate Swift finished his Nebraska career in 2008 as the Huskers’ all-time leader in receptions, while ranking second in season receptions, season receiving yards, career receiving yards, season touchdown receptions and career touchdown receptions. • The Nebraska passing game distributes the ball as well as any offense in the country. Nebraska had 20 players catch a pass in 2009, including nine wide receivers, five tight ends, five I-backs and a fullback. • In 2009, Niles Paul averaged 19.9 yards on his 40 receptions. Paul’s average yards per catch was tops in the Big 12 and third best in school history among players with at least 20 catches. Paul had nine reception of at least 35 yards and his 796 receiving yards were fifth on the NU single-season list. • Mike McNeill returns for his senior season with 61 career catches. McNeill, who will play a hybrid receiver/tight end role in 2010 is just four receptions from the school record for receptions by a tight end. His 32 catches in 2008 were an NU tight end record. • In 2008, receivers Nate Swift and Todd Peterson recorded the second- and thirdhighest reception totals in school history with 63 and 62 receptions, respectively. • Nebraska players have produced nine 40-catch seasons in the last five years.

Top Receiving Seasons in Nebraska History

Nebraska players have produced NINE 40-catch seasons in the last fIVE years 1. Marlon Lucky, 2007

75 receptions

2. Nate Swift, 2008

63 receptions

3. Todd Peterson, 2008

62 receptions

4. Maurice Purify, 2007

57 receptions

5. Johnny Rodgers, 1972

55 receptions

6. Johnny Rodgers, 1971

53 receptions

7. Nate Swift, 2005

45 receptions

8. Terrence Nunn and Cory Ross, 2005

43 receptions

10. Terrence Nunn, 2006

42 receptions

12. Niles Paul, 2009 40 receptions Bold indicates Shawn Watson as Nebraska offensive coordinator

Career Receptions

1. Nate Swift

166 receptions

2. Johnny Rodgers

143 receptions

3. Terrence Nunn

136 receptions

Top: Nate Swift, Bottom: Johnny Rodgers

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One of the “Cathedrals of College Football,” according to The Sporting News, Memorial Stadium is one of the most intimidating locations to play in all of sports. With expanded capacity now reaching beyong 85,000, Nebraska has continued its NCAA-record streak of 304 consecutive sellouts that dates back to 1962. Nebraska celebrated its 300th consecutive sellout with a stadium record crowd against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009 (left). During the sellout streak, Nebraska has recorded a 263-41 record, including a 128-18 mark during the last 22 seasons.

The Facts • Year built: 1923 • Original Capacity: 31,000 • Current Capacity: 81,091 • Largest Crowd: 86,304 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Sept. 26, 2009 • Sold out since: Nov. 3, 1962

FOUR CORNER INSCRIPTIONS

“In Commendation of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nations Wars.”

Memorial Stadium Inscription on Southeast Corner

“Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sport.”

Memorial Stadium Inscription on Northwest Corner

“Their Lives they held their countrys trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes.”

Memorial Stadium Inscription on Northeast Corner

“Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory.” Memorial Stadium Inscription on Southwest Corner

Memorial Stadium is among the most historic venues in all of college football. The stadium opened in 1923 and while maintaining its traditional charm, it has also become of the most high-tech stadiums in the country in recent years. In 1994, the stadium was the first on-campus stadium in the country to feature big-screen instant replay boards. Over the past 16 seasons, Nebraska’s HuskerVision has made numerous additions, including the move to a fully high-definition presentation in 2009 (inset). Memorial Stadium features five replay boards, including a mammoth screen atop the North Stadium. Nearly every fan in the stadium has a clear view of a HuskerVision screen. Last fall the facades of the East and West balconies added ribbon boards further adding to the fan experience at one of the nation’s best sporting venues. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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FOOTBALL FACILITIES

The home of five national championship football teams, Nebraska provides its players with every tool needed to be successful. The primary home for the football team is its locker room, which ranks among the most impressive in the country. Each locker is made of solid maple and features a convenient storage system for equipment and is also customized with a name plate and action photo. The lockers are hand-made and custom designed with individual electronic security locks and a unique ventilation system that pulls air through and out of the locker. The design of the locker room allows each athlete to have a greater amount of space and personal storage while providing a convenient location next to the equipment room. The locker room will recieve additional upgrades this year as part of Ndamukong Suh’s generous donation to the athletic department including computer screens at each locker.

In 2004, Nebraska embarked on a major facilities project that included the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex and the Hawks Championship Indoor Center. The Hawks Championship Indoor Center opened for the football team during spring practice in 2006. The magnificent facility features FieldTurf identical to Memorial Stadium’s surface. The field also opens onto the practice fields of the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Facility, which includes one grass field and one field which was converted to Field Turf in the summer of 2010. The indoor center is connected by a skybridge to the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex to give Nebraska the best all-around football facilities in the nation.

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Nebraska players can relax between classes, meetings or practices in the Husker player’s lounge, located on the second floor of the Osborne Athletic Complex. The room features an area for players to study, video games and a pool table. The lounge is decorated with photos of past Husker greats who are currently playing in the National Football League.

Nebraska’s meeting space more than doubled with the completion of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex in 2006. The large team room (left) provides space for about 160 people and allows coaches to utilize the most advanced technology as it is equipped with theatre-quality sound and video systems. The team meeting room is one of several teaching areas on the football floor, as each position coach has a meeting room (bottom left) directly across the hall from his office. Players and coaches each have more space to view game or practice video, giving them a greater edge in preparing for competition. Nebraska’s rich tradition and history of success is on display throughout Memorial Stadium (far left). In addition to a national championship trophy display on the football floor, the Nebraska Football Experience Room (below) in the Osborne Complex highlights the Huskers’ three Heisman Trophy winners.

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HUSKERS IN THE NFL Nebraska Football in the NFL

Nebraska owns one of the most impressive histories of any school with players in the National Football League. Nearly 300 former Huskers have represented Nebraska in the NFL. Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996, Nebraska has led all Big 12 schools with 65 players chosen during the NFL Draft. No other conference school has had more than 57 players chosen in the period. The Huskers have been especially impressive with defensive players, with 43 chosen since 1997. No other Big 12 school has more than 30. As of June 24, Nebraska had 42 former players on NFL rosters, including 20 players with four or more years of experience and three with a decade of time in the league. Nebraska is represented on rosters of 26 of 32 NFL teams.

“I had a fantastic football career at Nebraska and thanks to my coaches and support staff, I have learned the value of hard work, teamwork and life skills. These skills will help me tremendously -Ndamukong Suh as I prepare for my career in the NFL.”

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2010 NFL Draft Picks

©The New England Patriots

Kyle Vanden Bosch Detroit Lions Defensive End Three-time Pro Bowler 42.5 career sacks 14 forced fumbles

Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle 1st Round

Phillip Dillard New York Giants Linebacker 4th Round

Barrett Ruud Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker Team-high tackles last three seasons Career-high 205 tackles in 2009 467 career tackles

Correll Buckhalter Denver Broncos Running Back 2,797 career rushing yards Career-high 5.4 yards per carry in 2009

Larry Asante Cleveland Browns Safety 5th Round

Dominic Raiola Detroit Lions Center Played in 140 games with 124 NFL starts

Scott Shanle New Orleans Saints Linebacker 2009 Super Bowl Champion 398 tackles in 99 career games

NFL DRAFT PICKS (since 1994): Ohio State 105, Florida State 99, Tennessee 96, Miami 91, Florida 90, Nebraska 83

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HUSKERS IN THE NFL Husker NFL Facts

Nebraska had three players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Over the last 14 years, Nebraska has averaged nearly five players chosen in each NFL Draft for a Big 12-leading total of 65 drafted players. The 2010 NFL Draft marked the 41st consecutive year the Huskers had at least three players chosen in the draft. Since 1962 NU has had 278 players drafted, an average of nearly six selections per year, including an amazing 49 Husker offensive linemen. Seven former members of the Husker pipeline are on NFL rosters for the 2010 season. Since 1990, Nebraska has had 22 defensive backs, 18 defensive linemen, 16 offensive linemen, 11 running backs, eight wide receivers, five quarterbacks and three kicker/punters chosen in the NFL Draft. Since 1998, Nebraska has had 14 defensive linemen drafted and five defensive ends drafted in the first or second rounds. Nebraska has three former kickers (two place-kickers, one punter) who will be on 2010 NFL rosters.

Russ Hochstein Denver Broncos Offensive Guard Three Super Bowl appearances 107 games played, 30 career starts

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Kris Brown Houston Texans Place-kicker 10th among active players in scoring 1,103 points

Demorrio Williams Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker 65 NFL starts 530 career tackles, 5 INT

Fabian Washington Baltimore Ravens Cornerback 45 PBU, 175 career tackles, 6 INT

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Zachary Bowman Chicago Bears Cornerback Started 12 games in 2009 Seven interceptions in two seasons


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“Without playing at Nebraska, I don’t know that I would have went to the NFL…Once you sweat, struggle and cry with some of these guys, they’re going to be your teammates forever…I always want to be affiliated with Nebraska.” -Carl Nicks, New Orleans Saints, OG, 2009 Super Bowl Champion

Sam Koch Baltimore Ravens Punter 43.8 yards per punt since 2006

Josh Brown St. Louis Rams Place-kicker 166 career points Youngest highest-scoring active kicker

Stewart Bradley Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Started 20 of 38 NFL games 126 career tackles

Chris Kelsay Buffalo Bills Defensive End Started every regular season game since 2005 22 career sacks

Carl Nicks New Orleans Saints Offensive Guard 2009 Super Bowl Champion

NFL DRAFT PICKS (since Big 12): Nebraska 65, Oklahoma 58, Texas 55, Texas A&M 44, Colorado 41, Kansas State 41

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FORMER NFL GREATS Bob Brown (left) became Nebraska’s third inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2004, joining Guy Chamberlin and William (Roy) Lyman. Will Shields (right), a 12-time Pro Bowl lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, was named the NFL Man of the Year in 2003 and is widely expected to be a future Hall of Famer. He retiried following the 2006 season. A total of 49 former Huskers have made 65 appearances in the Super Bowl, and at least one Husker has appeared in 16 of the last 17 Super Bowls, including Scott Shanle and Carl Nicks of the 2009 champion New Orleans Saints. NU head coach Bo Pelini also has Super Bowl experience, working as an assistant secondary coach with San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIX.

BOB BROWN 2004 NFL Hall of Fame Inductee

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Mick Tingelhoff, Center Minnesota Vikings, 1962-1978 Started in Four Super Bowls Six-Time Pro Bowl Selection Played in 240 Consecutive Games

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Mike Minter, Safety Carolina Panthers, 1997-2006 All-Time Leading Tackler in Panthers’ history (790) Played in Super Bowl XXXVIII


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Huskers with 10 Years in NFL (26)

Player Teams Bob Brown Kris Brown Mike Brown Ralph Brown Roger Craig John Dutton Vince Ferragamo Pat Fischer Irving Fryar Ahman Green Willie Harper Ed Husmann Roy Lyman Ron McDole Mike Minter Bob Nelson Bob Newton John Parrella Cory Schlesinger Will Shields Neil Smith Broderick Thomas

Eagles, Rams, Raiders Steelers, Texans Bears, Chiefs Giants, Vikings Cardinals 49ers, Raiders, Vikings Colts, Cowboys Rams, Bills, Packers Cardinals, Redskins Patriots, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins Seahawks, Packers, Texans 49ers Cardinals, Cowboys, Oilers Canton, Cleveland, Frankford, Bears Cardinals, Oilers, Bills, Redskins Panthers Bills, Seahawks, Raiders Bears, Seahawks Bills, Chargers, Raiders Lions, Dolphins Chiefs Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers Buccaneers, Lions, Vikings, Cowboys

Years

1964-73 1999-present 2000-present 2000-present 1983-93 1974-87 1977-86 1961-77 1984-00

Mick Tingelhoff Adam Treu Zach Wiegert Jamie Williams Jimmy Williams Keith Wortman

Vikings Raiders Rams, Panthers, Texans Cardinals, Oilers, 49ers Jaguars, Raiders Lions, Vikings, Buccaneers Packers, Cardinals

1962-78 1997-06 1995-06 1983-94 1982-93 1972-81

1998-2009 1973-83 1953-65 1922-34 1961-78 1997-06 1975-85 1971-82 1993-04 1995-06 1993-06 1988-00 1989-98

Ahman Green, Running Back Tom Rathman, Fullback Irving Fryar, Wide Receiver 1998-2009 1986-1994 (49ers, Raiders) 1984-2000 (Seahawks, Packers, Texans, Packers) Two Super Bowl Championships (Patriots, Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins) Four-Time Pro Bowl Selection with San Francisco 49ers 1st Overall Pick in 1984 NFL Draft Green Bay Packers All-Time Leading Rusher 2,020 Career Rushing Yards, Five-Time Pro Bowl Selection with 8,322 Yards, 9,205 total rushing yards, 851 Career Receptions (13th in NFL History) 320 Career Receptions 74 total touchdowns

Neil Smith, Defensive Tackle 1988-2000 (Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers) Second Overall Pick in 1988 NFL Draft Six-Time Pro Bowl Selection 104.5 Career Sacks Two Super Bowl Championships with Denver Broncos

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Grant Wistrom, Defensive End 1998-2006 (Rams, Seahawks) Sixth Overall Pick in 1998 NFL Draft 53 Career Sacks Three Super Bowl Appearances

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HEISMAN TRADITION

Nebraska is a hotbed for exceptional athletes to earn national honors. In 2001, Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch became Nebraska’s third Heisman Trophy winner, while also taking home the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Player-of-the Year Award. Husker players have won a nation-leading nine Outland Trophies, five Lombardi Awards and three Heisman Trophies. In 2009, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh became one of the nation’s most decorated defensive players. Suh captured the Outland, Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards, while also being named the Associated Press College Player of the Year. He was also the first defensive lineman to be a finalist for the Heisman in 15 seasons and finished fourth in the voting for the award.

Top 10 Heisman Finishes

Sam Francis, Fullback, 1936 - 2nd Bobby Reynolds, Halfback, 1950 - 5th Wayne Meylan, Middle Guard, 1966 - 9th Jerry Tagge, Quarterback, 1971 - 7th Johnny Rodgers, Wingback, 1972 - 1st Rich Glover, Middle Guard, 1972 - 3rd Dave Humm, Quarterback, 1974 - 5th Jarvis Redwine, I-Back, 1980 - 8th

Dave Rimington, Center, 1982 - 5th Mike Rozier, I-Back, 1982 - 10th Mike Rozier, I-Back, 1983 - 1st Turner Gill, Quarterback, 1983 - 4th Lawrence Phillips, I-Back, 1994 - 8th Zach Wiegert, Offensive Tackle, 1994 - 9th Tommie Frazier, Quarterback, 1995 - 2nd Eric Crouch, Quarterback, 2001 - 1st Ndamukong Suh, 2009 - 4th

(Auburn, Florida, Florida St., Miami, Michigan and Texas)

“This will be a defining moment. This is probably the biggest accomplishment of my life.” Eric Crouch, after winning the Heisman

2001

1983

1972

ERIC

MIKE

JOHNNY

2001 Walter Camp Player of the Year 2001 Davey O’Brien Award 2001 First-Team All-American NU Career Total Offense Record (7,915 Yards) One of Three QBs in NCAA history to Pass for 4,000 Yards and Rush for 3,000 Yards Third-Round NFL Draft Pick, St. Louis Rams (2002)

1983 Maxwell Award 1983 Walter Camp Player of the Year Two-Time First-Team All-American (1982, 1983) School-Record 4,780 Career Rushing Yards 2,148 Yards and 29 TDs in 1983 First-Round NFL andUSFL Draft Pick, Houston/Pittsburgh (1984) Two-Time NFL Pro BowlSelection HoustonOilers (1987, 1988) College Football Hall of Fame (2006)

1972 Walter Camp Player of the Year Two-Time First-Team All-American (1971, 1972) Two National Championship Teams (1970, 1971) Nebraska Career Receiving Record 143 Catches for 2,479 Yards First-Round NFL Draft Pick, San Diego Chargers (1973) College Football Hall of Fame (2000)

CROUCH

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HEISMAN TROPHY Johnny Rodgers (1972) Mike Rozier (1983) Eric Crouch (2001)

RIMINGTON TROPHY Dominic Raiola (2000)

BUTKUS AWARD Trev Alberts (1993)

OUTLAND TROPHY

LOMBARDI AWARD

Larry Jacobson (1971)

Rich Glover (1972)

Rich Glover (1972)

Dave Rimington (1982)

Dave Rimington (1981)

Dean Steinkuhler (1983)

Dave Rimington (1982)

Grant Wistrom (1997)

Dean Steinkuhler (1983)

Ndamukong Suh (2009)

Will Shields (1992) Zach Wiegert (1994) Aaron Taylor (1997) Ndamukong Suh (2009)

DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD

WALTER CAMP PLAYER-OF-THEYEAR AWARD

Eric Crouch (2001)

Johnny Rodgers (1972) Mike Rozier (1983) Eric Crouch (2001)

BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY

JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD

Ndamukong Suh (2009)

Tommie Frazier (1995)

MAXWELL AWARD

BEDNARIK AWARD

Mike Rozier (1983)

Ndamukong Suh (2009)

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ALL-TIME GREATS

Following the 1949 season, the N Club voted to retire jersey No. 60 in honor of Tom “Train Wreck” Novak’s stellar career with the Cornhuskers. Novak, the first Nebraska player to earn this honor, had been a four-time All-Big Seven choice and a 1949 All-American. For 55 years, Novak was the only NU player to have the distinction of a retired number. In 2004, that finally changed as College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Brown’s No. 64 joined Novak’s hallowed No. 60 among the only two permanently retired numbers at Nebraska. Brown, whose jersey retirement ceremony occurred during NU’s game with Colorado in 2004. All major national award winners at Nebraska automatically have their jerseys retired, but their numbers will still be available to active Huskers. Nebraska’s group of 17 players with retired jerseys certainly ranks among the best in the nation. Huskers who have earned the distinction of jersey retirement include three Heisman Trophy winners (Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, Eric Crouch), eight Outland Trophy winners with nine awards (Larry Jacobson, Rich Glover, Dave Rimington (2), Dean Steinkuhler, Will Shields, Zach Wiegert, Aaron Taylor, Ndamukong Suh), five Lombardi Award winners (Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Grant Wistrom, Ndamukong Suh), one Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner (Tommie Frazier), one Davey O’Brien Award winner (Crouch), one Butkus Award winner (Trev Alberts) one Rimington Trophy winner (Dominic Raiola), one Bednarik Award Winner (Ndamukong Suh) and one Nagurski trophy (Ndamukong Suh).

In 2009, Ndamukong Suh (above) earned his spot alongside the Cornhusker legends of the past. Suh won the Outland Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He was also named the Associated Press College Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Suh will become the 17th player in Husker history to have his jersey retired. The 17 Huskers to have their jerseys retired have combined for 23 All-America awards and six are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Year Retired

Jersey

Player, Position

Major Awards

1949

No. 60*

Tom Novak, C

Four-Time All-Conference, All-American

1972

No. 20

Johnny Rodgers, WB

1972 Heisman/Walter Camp, College Hall of Fame

1972

No. 79

Rich Glover, MG

1972 Outland/Lombardi, College Hall of Fame

1982

No. 50

Dave Rimington, C

1981, 1982 Lombardi/1982 College Hall of Fame

1983

No. 30

Mike Rozier, IB

1983 Heisman/Maxwell/Walter College Hall of Fame

1983

No. 71

Dean Steinkuhler, OG

1983 Outland/Lombardi

1994

No. 75

Larry Jacobson, DT

1971 Outland

1994

No. 75

Will Shields, OG

1992 Outland

1994

No. 34

Trev Alberts, OLB

1993 Butkus

1995

No. 74

Zach Wiegert, OT

1994 Outland

1996

No. 15

Tommie Frazier, QB

1995 Johnny Unitas

1998

No. 67

Aaron Taylor, OG/C

1997 Outland

1998

No. 98

Grant Wistrom, RE

1997 Lombardi, College Hall of Fame

2002

No. 54

Dominic Raiola, C

2000 Rimington

2002

No. 7

Eric Crouch, QB

2001 Heisman/Walter Camp

2004

No. 64*

Bob Brown, OG

College and Pro Football Hall of Fame

2009

No. 93

Ndamukong Suh, DT

Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik and Nagurski

Outland, Camp,

* Permanently retired numbers

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BOWL TRADITION

The holiday plans of Nebraska football teams and thousands of Husker fans have traditionally included travel to a bowl game. Nebraska has participated in 46 bowls in the history of the program, including an NCAA-record 35 consecutive bowls from 1969 to 2003. The Huskers have won 10 of their last 14 bowl games, including three victories in national championship games.

Husker Bowl Facts • Nebraska ranks fifth all-time with 46 bowl appearances in the history of the program. • Nebraska owns 24 all-time bowl victories, including 10 wins in its last 14 bowl games. • Coach Bo Pelini is 3-0 in bowl games at Nebraska, including a 17-3 win over Michigan State as the interim head coach in the 2003 Alamo Bowl. Last year, Pelini led the Huskers to their first bowl game shutout in school history with a 33-0 win against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. • Nebraska is 4-1 in its last five bowl games and has defeated opponents from the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-10 during that stretch. • During the past 26 seasons, Nebraska has played in nine Orange Bowls, five Fiesta Bowls, two Sugar Bowls and one Rose Bowl. • The Huskers have played a top-five team in 15 of their last 23 bowl games. • Nebraska has appeared in 14 different bowl games. The Huskers earned their first-ever bowl bid to the 1941 Rose Bowl. Nebraska enjoyed a fun-filled week in San Diego during its trip to the 2009 Holiday Bowl. In addition to preparing for the game, the Huskers enjoyed time at Sea World, the internationally known San Diego Zoo and a visit and luncheon on the USS Makin Island naval ship. Nebraska capped the week with a 33-0 shutout of Arizona.

Bowl Appearances (all-time) Alabama 57 28

Texas 49

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NU-26 CLEMSON-21

NU-16 FLORIDA ST.-18

NU-66 NORTHWESTERN-17

NU-24 MIAMI-17

NU-14 MIAMI-37

NU-13 FLORIDA-10

NU-15 CLEMSON-22

NU-3 MIAMI-23

NU-62 FLORIDA-24

NU-24 OLE MISS-27

1967 SUGAR BOWL 1975 FIESTA BOWL

NU-28 ALABAMA-39

1983 ORANGE BOWL

1966 ORANGE BOWL 1975 SUGAR BOWL

BOWL GAMES Holiday Bowl 2 Independence Bowl 1 Citrus Bowl 1 Liberty Bowl 1 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl 1 Gator Bowl 1 Gotham Bowl 1

1990 FIESTA BOWL

NU-28 FLORIDA ST.-31

1982 ORANGE BOWL

NU-31 MISS ST.-17

1989 ORANGE BOWL

1965 COTTON BOWL 1974 COTTON BOWL 1980 SUN BOWL

NU-19 TEXAS-3

1996 FIESTA BOWL

NU-30 LSU-15

1988 FIESTA BOWL

1964 ORANGE BOWL 1973 ORANGE BOWL 1980 COTTON BOWL

NU-14 HOUSTON-17

NU-7 ARKANSAS-10

2002 INDEPENDENCE BOWL

NU-31 TENNESSEE-21

NU-40 NOTRE DAME-6

1995 ORANGE BOWL

NU-14 FLORIDA ST.-27

1987 SUGAR BOWL

NU-23 MICHIGAN-27

1994 ORANGE BOWL

1962 GOTHAM BOWL 1972 ORANGE BOWL 1979 ORANGE BOWL

NU-24 OKLAHOMA-31

NU-13 AUBURN-7

2002 ROSE BOWL

NU-20 ARIZONA-23

NU-38 ALABAMA-6

2000 ALAMO BOWL

NU-0 MIAMI-22

1986 FIESTA BOWL

NU-28 LSU-10

1993 ORANGE BOWL

1955 ORANGE BOWL 1971 ORANGE BOWL 1977 LIBERTY BOWL

NU-21 NORTHCAROLINA-17

NU-36 MIAMI-34

2009 HOLIDAY BOWL

NU-32 MICHIGAN-28

NU-17 LSU.-12

2000 FIESTA BOWL

NU-42 TENNESSEE-17

NU-7 DUKE-34

2009 GATOR BOWL

NU-21 GA TECH-45

1985 SUGAR BOWL

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1992 ORANGE BOWL

NU-27 TEXAS TECH-24

1998 HOLIDAY BOWL

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2007 COTTON BOWL

1941 ROSE BOWL 1969 SUN BOWL 1976 ASTRO-BLUEBONNET BOWL

1984 ORANGE BOWL 1991 CITRUS BOWL 1998 ORANGE BOWL 2005 ALAMO BOWL

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Nebraska Bowl Bids

BOWL Orange Bowl Fiesta Bowl Sugar Bowl Cotton Bowl Alamo Bowl Rose Bowl Sun Bowl

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Covering the Bowls

The photos on this page represent the bowl program covers from each of Nebraska’s 46 all-time bowl games. The Huskers’ rich bowl tradition dates back 68 years to their first bowl appearance in the 1941 Rose Bowl. Nebraska made its first of 17 Orange Bowl appearances in 1955. The Huskers have won four national championships in Miami, including their most recent title in the 1998 game. Nebraska added a national title in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, one of six trips to Arizona. In Coach Bo Pelini’s two years at Nebraska, the Huskers have played bowl games in Florida and California.

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NU-14 ARIZONA ST.-17

NU-21 LSU-20

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Family. It is a word that is synonymous with Nebraska Football. No one takes more pride in the Nebraska football program than its former players. Head Coach Bo Pelini and former Head Coach and now NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne have made embracing the tradition of the storied Husker program an even greater priority in the past two years. Pelini and his new coaching staff have made a strong effort to connect with former players through a series of activities.

“There is no in-state player, no out-ofstate player, no walk-on player and no scholarship player. We were all equals when we got here, and we all came here for the same reason – to contribute to something much bigger than all of us. At Nebraska, all lettermen are the same. We’re hundreds of guys who paid the price to be part of one of the greatest traditions in all of college football. And the greatest honor any of us ever achieved was being able to say: ‘I played for Nebraska!’” Damon Benning Nebraska I-Back, 1993-96 Top left: Nebraska football players have regularly given back to their alma mater, most recently Ndamukong Suh’s generous donation of $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska, including $2 million to the Athletic Department. Suh made the announcement at the 2010 Nebraska Red-White Spring Game surrounded by his teammates. Suh was joined for the announcement by Head Coach Bo Pelini, Defensive Coordinator Carl Pelini, Athletic Director Tom Osborne, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and other university and athletic department officials. Right column (from top): Zac Lee receives his letterman’s jacket at the 2010 RedWhite Spring game. Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne unveiled the Nebraska Football Lettermen Wall the night before the 2008 Spring Game. The wall lists the names of every varsity football letterwinner. The display spans nearly 90 feet, is comprised of 3,202 bricks and weighs nearly 6,000 pounds. Husker fans, staff and players welcomed back members of Coach Bob Devaney’s family during the celebration of the NCAA-record 300th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium in 2009. Bo Pelini shares a private moment with each senior before the player walks into Memorial Stadium for the last time on Senior Day. Left middle: The Spring Game weekend has become a weekend for Husker players from past years to re-unite with their former teammates and coaches. Left bottom: Former letterwinners have been reenergized by participating in activities around the football program. Starting in the fall and reaching into spring practice, former letterwinners are regularly seen on the sidelines, while the biggest gathering of former players has been at the annual letterman’s golf outing. Right middle: Team unity extends beyond the locker room. The Huskers join with fans in the Unity Walk each Saturday before home games. Right bottom: The Nebraska family extends beyond football. Coach Bo Pelini and his staff are regulars at other Nebraska sporting events. Pelini shares a minute before the spring game with Husker basketball coach Doc Sadler.

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CORNHUSKERS FROM COAST TO COAST The family atmosphere of the Nebraska football program brings together players from all across the country. The Huskers have always taken a national approach to recruiting and the family type of setting in Lincoln makes players from all corners of the United States feel at home. The 2010 Nebraska roster has players from 19 states, including 79 homegrown Huskers. Next on the list is Texas with 26 players on the Cornhusker roster and California with 13 Huskers. In the history of the program, Nebraska’s 93 football All-Americans hail from 24 states and the District of Columbia. Home-grown Cornhuskers have accounted for 37 of Nebraska’s All-Americans. All time, Nebraska football letterwinners have come from 45 states, Washington D.C. and five foreign countries (Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Mexico).

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WALK-ONS “Loyalty. Motivation. Willingness to Sacrifice.”

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, Hall of Fame Coach from 1973 to 1997, has used those words to describe Nebraska’s walk-on program. The tradition of the Cornhusker walk-on program is one-of-a-kind in college football. Hundreds of young men from towns in all corners of the state have come to Nebraska with big dreams. Many players have excelled beyond their biggest dreams. Osborne and Head Coach Bo Pelini have made a priority of building on the past success of the Husker walk-on program.

NEBRASKA WALK‐ONS IN THE NFL Player Brian Blankenship Rodney Lewis Allen Lyday Joel Makovicka Jim McFarland John Parrella Keith Neubert Derrie Nelson Jarvis Redwine Scott Shanle Jared Tomich Adam Treu Jimmy Williams Toby Williams Stewart Bradley Mitch Krenk Bill Lafleur Kyle Larson Steve Manstedt Matt O’Hanlon Greg Orton Jerrell Pippens Tim Rother Kelly Saalfeld Mark Schellen Josh Sewell Anthony Steels Shane Swanson Dennis Watkins

Lettered 1983-85 1979-81 1981-82 1995-98 1968-69 1990-92 1987 1978-80 1979-80 1999-02 1994-96 1994-96 1979-81 1980-82 2003-06 1981-82 1995-98 2001-03 1971-73 2006-09 1983-84 2000-03 1986-87 1977-79 1982-83 2002-03 1979-81 1982-84 1984-85

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Town Omaha, Neb. Minneapolis, Minn. Wichita, Kan. Brainard, Neb. North Platte Grand Island Atkinson, Wis. Fairmont, Neb. Inglewood, Calif. St. Edward, Neb. St. John, Ind. Lincoln, Neb. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Salt Lake City Nebraska City, Neb. Battle Creek, Neb. Funk, Neb. Wahoo, Neb. Bellevue, Neb. Nebraska City Philadelphia, Pa. Bellevue, Neb. Columbus, Neb. Omaha, Neb. Lincoln, Neb. Riverside, Calif. Hershey, Neb. Chicago, Ill.

NFL Career Steelers, 1987-91 Saints, 1982-86 Oilers, 1984-87 Cardinals, 1999-2002 Cardinals, Dolphins, 1970-75 Bills, Chargers, Raiders, Rams, 1993-05 N.Y. Jets, 1988-91 Chargers, 1983-85 Vikings, 1981-83 Rams, Cowboys, Saints, 2003-present Saints, Packers, 1997-2002 Raiders, 1997-2006 Lions, Vikings, Buccaneers, 1982-93 Patriots, 1983-88 Eagles, 2007-present Bears, 1984-85 Chargers, 49ers, 2002-04 Bengals, 2004-08 Redskins, 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009- present Lions, 1987 Bears, Chargers, 2004-05 Raiders, 1989-90 Packers, Giants, 1980 Chargers, 1985 Broncos, 2004-05 Bills, Chargers, 1985-87 Broncos, 1987 Eagles, 1986

Jimmy Williams

Joel Makovicka 1995-98 Two-time Academic All-American “The walk-ons were the heart and soul of Nebraska football when I played. Walk-ons bring the passion and the drive to practice every day, and they help set the tone for Saturdays.” Derrie Nelson, Former Husker Walk-on Defensive End, 1980 All-American

Derrie Nelson

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ALL‐AMERICA WALK‐ONS Derrie Nelson, DE Jarvis Redwine, IB Jimmy Williams, DE Jared Tomich, DE Kyle Larson, P

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ACADEMIC ALL‐AMERICA WALK‐ONS Kelly Saalfeld, C Ric Lindquist, DB Scott Strasburger, DE Dale Klein, PK Jeff Jamrog, DE Mark Blazek, S David Edeal, C Mike Stigge, P Matt Shaw, TE Joel Makovicka, FB Bill Lafleur, P

“One of the unique aspects of Nebraska is everything it means to the whole state. So the more young men, and the more towns around your state you get involved, the stronger you are going to be.”

Jared Tomich 1994-96 2nd Round NFL Draft Pick

Todd Peterson

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MEDIA ATTENTION Nebraska football is among the most recognized college programs in the nation. Newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet keep Nebraska in the national spotlight. Nebraska has been a regular stop for ESPN’s College GameDay, most recently hosting the show for the USC weekend in 2007.

NEBRASKA IN THE SPOTLIGHT Nebraska, which had all 14 games appear on television in 2009, has averaged eight television appearances per year since 1980. The Huskers’ TV exposure will be further increased with the addition of the Big Ten Network beginning in 2011-12. NU has ended the season ranked among the Associated Press Top 25 in 35 of the past 40 seasons. Nebraska football can be heard statewide and across the nation on the Husker Sports Network. The games can also be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio and live worldwide on the Internet at Huskers.com. Approximately four million fans per month visit Huskers.com during football season.

HUSKERS.COM

Top: ESPN College GameDay has made five appearances in Lincoln since 1994. On Sept. 15, 2007, more than 15,000 Husker fans helped set an ESPN College GameDay record by attending the morning telecast live inside Memorial Stadium. Lincoln also served as Nebraska’s home for ESPN’s “50 in 50” telecasts during the summer of 2005. Bottom: Nebraska coaches and athletes are constantly in the spotlight. Husker coaches and players are regularly featured in national publications, websites and radio and television interviews.

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Nebraska football has been a fixture on national television for more than 50 years, since being featured on the first-ever television broadcast of a college game by NBC on Sept. 19, 1953. Since then, the Huskers have played on TV 290 more times, including 135 appearances on ABC. In this decade alone Nebraska has made 112 appearances on television. The Huskers are also often in the spotlight in the postseason, enjoying national recognition for the many bowls Nebraska has competed in recently, such as the Holiday Bowl in 2009.

“You always want to play your best, no matter who you’re playing. That’s why you come to Nebraska – to play in big bowl games, championship games, nationally televised games.” Adam Carriker Nebraska Defensive End (2003-06)

Top: Shawn Watson meets with media at the 2009 Holiday Bowl. Bottom: Bo Pelini is interviewed by ESPN’s Erin Andrews during one of Nebraska’s 14 televised games in 2009.

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GAME DAY ATMOSPHERE Game days at Nebraska are unlike any in college football. Fans line the streets of Lincoln waiting to enter the “Sea of Red,” while the marching band parades up Stadium Drive as thousands of red-clad fans look on. The Huskers emerge from the famous “Tunnel Walk” to the sound of “Sirius” and the fans stay at a frenzied pitch until the final play of the game when they graciously cheer for the opposing players as they exit the field. The Tunnel Walk, which began in 1994, has become an integral part of Memorial Stadium’s game-day experience. It was created as a way for fans to share in the excitement of the team emerging from the locker room, something only a few could do before HuskerVision’s cameras and big screens came to Memorial Stadium. The sounds of the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius,” and the roar of the 85,000 frenzied fans rock the stadium as the Huskers burst through the locker room doors and into the tunnel on their way to the Memorial Stadium FieldTurf. For as long as anyone can remember, the Huskers have touched a lucky horseshoe on their way from the locker room to the field. The horseshoe hangs above the door as Nebraska leaves the North Stadium.

“When you walk in here, you see nothing but red. I can’t recall walking into another stadium and seeing such an amazing, monochromatic scene and so much loyalty. When they’re stirred up… when Nebraska is challenged – that’s when this crowd can become one of the most intimidating in college football.” -Chris Fowler, ESPN

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“(Recruits) come in here and see that kind of atmosphere, and they see that kind of passion associated with your program. It makes them want to be a part of it.” Bo Pelini, Head Coach

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DEVOTED FANS

Nebraska football fans are perhaps the most loyal in college football. An entire state follows the Huskers, along with an ever-growing national fan base, packing Memorial Stadium for every game since 1962. On Sept. 26, 2009, Nebraska fans added another chapter to its rich history by celebrating the 300th consecutive sellout of Memorial Stadium. The Big Red faithful packed a single-game record 86,304 fans into the historic venue for Nebraska’s 55-0 win over Louisiana-Lafayette and extended its NCAA record sellout streak to 304 by the end of the season. Husker fans bring their show on the road as well. More than 60,000 red-clad Huskers trekked to Pasadena for the 2002 Rose Bowl, and in 2001, more than 30,000 Huskers swarmed South Bend for a matchup with Notre Dame. In 2006, the Husker Nation again outdid itself as nearly 30,000 Nebraska fans descended on the Coliseum in Los Angeles to watch the Husker contest with USC. Every entrance at Memorial Stadium welcomes Husker fans with the following phrase: “Through these gates pass the Greatest Fans in College Football.” One of many Husker traditions is Fan Day, which attracts nearly 10,000 fans annually to Memorial Stadium during fall camp. Every Husker player and coach signs autographs and takes pictures with fans in a tradition that dates back more than 30 years.

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“Nebraska fans have always had a special place in my heart and always will.” Turner Gill, Kansas football coach/former Nebraska quarterback

“300 consecutive sellouts, are you kidding me? The whole nation of college football stands in admiration.”

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Nebraska’s annual Red-White Spring Game has become a major attraction and shows the dedication of Husker Nation. The Huskers had 77,936 fans at the 2010 Spring Game. In the past six years, more than 450,000 fans have flocked to Memorial Stadium to watch NU’s final practice of the spring. Nebraska’s attendance of 77,936 fans at the 2010 Spring Game was the second-biggest crowd of any college football program and 33,000 more than any other Big 12 school. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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HUSKER POWER

“The University of Nebraska’s Athletic Department has an unprecedented history of supporting its student-athletes. Nebraska is committed to providing the best facilities, equipment and atmosphere conducive to training the football player.” James Dobson, Head Football Strength Coach

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BUILDING THE COMPLETE FOOTBALL PLAYER

The University of Nebraska football strength and conditioning staff is committed to helping each student-athlete reach his physical potential through a comprehensive approach to developing the complete football player. Through individual assessment and program design, it is our objective to increase the athletic performance of each individual athlete while reducing the risk of injury.

STRENGTH STAFF

The football strength and conditioning staff consists of four full-time coaches whose sole purpose is to train the football student-athlete. The student-athlete has a 4-5 year window to reach his potential both physically and as a football player. To do so requires the daily individual attention and interaction with the strength and conditioning staff to ensure each athlete is on the path to success. We are committed to training the complete football player, aiming to ensure that each athlete reaches his potential. It is our job to create an atmosphere that will promote an increase in both mental and physical performance while reducing the risk of injury. Individual program design is essential in order to completely develop an athlete. Every athlete is different; every athlete has his own genetic profile, medical history and training history. We will evaluate each athlete when he comes to the University of Nebraska. It all starts with an initial physical assessment that includes evaluating the areas of strength, performance and function. When the data is collected and interpreted, a program will be designed to address the individual demands of the athlete.

Head football strength coach, James Dobson

COMPONENTS OF A SOUND TRAINING PROGRAM RESISTANCE TRAINING

The resistance training programs are individually designed and are focused on ground-based, three-dimensional, multi-joint movements. Ground-based exercises are done with the athlete’s feet on the ground. Performing exercises with the feet on the ground mimics the athletic movements performed in the game of football. Three-dimensional movements are performed in all three planes of movement: side to side, up and down, and forward and backward. To accomplish this, the athlete must use free weights. Free weights will develop not only the primary muscles, but the stabilizing muscles as well. Multi-joint exercises require the body to simultaneously move multiple joints in a coordinated effort in order to produce athletic movements. Explosive training is essential for the game of football. The body’s ability to apply force quickly will determine the athlete’s success on the field. Explosive training takes the strength an athlete has and improves his ability to deliver that strength forcefully and rapidly.

CONDITIONING

It is important to condition like a football player. Football is a game that consists of short bursts of activity followed by a rest. It is important to follow this pattern when performing conditioning drills. Position-specific conditioning also needs to be addressed.

SPEED TRAINING

The game of football is dominated by acceleration and agility and will be a focal point during speed training. Acceleration is the ability to get to top speed in the smallest amount of time possible. Acceleration is critical to the success of the football player. Agility is the ability to change direction without losing speed.

POSITION SPECIFIC TRAINING

It is important to address the specific demands each position requires to play football. Each athlete will undergo specific training sessions to address the skills and techniques needed to be successful at the position he plays. Position specific training will greatly enhance on-field performance.

THE INJURED ATHLETE

We have constant communication with the Sports Medicine Staff in order to plan a successful training program to get the athlete promptly and safely back to competition.

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ATHLETIC MEDICINE

Providing expert care to more than 550 Husker student-athletes, Nebraska features one of the most well-trained and highly skilled athletic medicine staffs in the country. Under the guidance of Director of Athletic Medicine Dr. Lonnie Albers, Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Jerry Weber and Head Football Athletic Trainer Mark Mayer, the 2010-11 Nebraska athletic medicine staff consists of five doctors, two therapist/athletic trainers, five athletic trainers and seven graduate assistant athletic trainers. Nebraska’s team of orthopaedists is led by Chief of Staff Dr. Pat Clare, a nationally respected orthopaedic surgeon with more than 30 years of service to Husker athletics.

Above and bottom: Head football athletic trainer Mark Mayer and Patrick Spieldenner work with athletes to get them back to peak physical condition as quickly as possible. They utilize state-of-the-art equipment throughout Nebraska’s facilities. Left: The Athletic Medicine Center features a hydrotherapy area that includes a three-level laned pool, which allows student-athletes across all of Nebraska’s sports to work out simultaneously. The Hydroworx 1000 Treadmill Pool is equipped with two cameras underwater for evaluation and assessment, while hot and cold plunge tanks are also available to the Huskers.

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The medical facilities at Nebraska have long been among the nation’s best, and NU’s athletic medicine center within the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex will keep the Huskers on the front line of technology for decades to come. In addition to Nebraska’s North Stadium facility, the NU Coliseum, the Bob Devaney Sports Center and Haymarket Park all feature athletic medicine areas.

The football athletic training staff provides Husker student-athletes with highly skilled medical care throughout the year.

NUTRITION

Nebraska’s Sports Nutritionists Josh Hingst and Lindsey Remmers work with all 23 of Nebraska’s sports by educating athletes on topics such as increasing lean body mass, losing body fat, staying hydrated, nutritional strategies for competition, maximizing recovery following workouts and supplement use. Athletes are given individualized nutrition plans that can be applied in Nebraska’s Performance Buffet at the Hewit Dining Center, which is open each day for lunch and dinner and was expanded and remodeled for the 2010 season. Student-athletes also utilize a fueling station called the landing (above left) to provide fluids, and nutritional foods before and after workouts and practices to maximize performance and recovery. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS

The success of Nebraska student-athletes reaches far beyond athletic competition. More Husker student-athletes have been selected to CoSIDA Academic All-America teams than any other school in the nation, as Nebraska continues to set the standard for the approximately 1,400 NCAA member institutions. The Husker football team leads all individual sport programs in the nation with 98 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-America awards. The NU volleyball progam has captured more academic All-America awards (37) than any other women’s team in the nation, while the Husker softball program ranks second on that list with 27 selections. In addition to individual academic recognition, NU has led the Big 12 in graduation rates in 10 of the conference’s first 14 years.

HUSKER EXPAND ACADEMIC TRADITION IN 2009‐10

Husker student-athletes produced another stellar year at the University of Nebraska, continuing NU’s tradition of academic success. Nebraska increased its nation-leading total of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports to 277 with a Big 12-leading eight honorees in 2009-10, while also setting conference records with 178 academic All-Big 12 selections and 687 selections to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the year. Nebraska Female Student-Athlete of the Year Kelsey Griffin, the first Husker in history to win the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in any sport, capped a stellar career by earning a $7,500 Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship. A unanimous first-team All-American and the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, Griffin powered the Nebraska women’s basketball team to the Big 12 regular-season title, which included the only unbeaten regular season in conference history at 29-0. Craig Brester claimed NU’s Male Student-Athlete-of-the-Year honor, while joining Griffin as a recipient of a Big 12 Postgraduate Scholarship. Brester, a three-time wrestling All-American, closed his career with a 109-21 record , including two NCAA runner-up finishes. Husker volleyball star Kori Cooper, a two-time honorable mention All-American on the court, became NU’s 60th multi-time academic All-American by earning first-team honors in 2009. Joining Cooper as a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2009-10 was Nebraska baseball centerfielder D.J. Belfonte and Nicholas Gordon, the 2009 NCAA indoor long jump champion and three-time All-American. Across all sports, Nebraska student-athletes claimed a Big 12-leading 178 academic All-Big 12 selections, including an astounding 152 first-team academic All-Big 12 honorees. The Huskers had 24 more first-team selections than any other Big 12 school had selected to both the first and second teams. Over the past two years, Nebraska has claimed 350 academic All-Big 12 certificates across all sports, while no other Big 12 school has accumulated 250 honors. NU student-athletes also earned a record-setting 687 spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls. The hard work, dedication and commitment of Nebraska’s student-athletes in the classroom resulted in 121 current or former student-athletes earning degrees from August of 2009 through May of 2010. The Huskers continued to set the graduation standard among Big 12 Conference schools by increasing their Exhausted Eligibility Graduation Rate to 94 percent. Each spring Nebraska hosts an Academic Awards Banquet to honor student-athletes who have earned either a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA or have earned a 3.0 or higher GPA in the previous calendar year. Last spring, 278 student-athletes were honored.

Top left: 2009-10 Nebraska Student-Athletes of the Year Craig Brester and Kelsey Griffin. Middle right: Offensive lineman Marcel Jones is a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection. Bottom left: Nebraska student-athletes graduate at a Big 12-leading rate, including quarterback Zac Lee, who will be playing this season as a graduate student. Bottom right: Ndamukong Suh received his degree in December of 2009, four months before being the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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NEBRASKA’S 2009‐10 ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

• 277 All-Time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports (leads nation) 98 Football Academic All-Americans (leads all sports, all time) 36 Volleyball Academic All-Americans (leads all women’s sports, all time) 27 Softball Academic All-Americans (No. 2 among all women’s sports, all time) • 8 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (3 first-team, 2 second-team, 3 third-team) First-Team: Kori Cooper (Volleyball), D.J. Belfonte (Baseball), Nicholas Gordon (Track & Field) Second-Team: Shay Powell (Soccer), Robin Mackin (Softball) Third-Team: Kaitlin Arntz (Swimming & Diving), Bjorn Barrefors (Track & Field), Natalie Willer (Track & Field) • Dr. Prentice Gautt Big 12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship Winners ($7,500 each) Kelsey Griffin (Women’s Basketball), Craig Brester (Wrestling) • 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Winner - Kelsey Griffin (Women’s Basketball) • Big 12-Leading 178 Academic All-Big 12 Selections Across All Sports (3.0 GPA or above) • Big 12-Leading 152 First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Picks Across All Sports (3.2 GPA or above) • Big 12-Leading 687 Student-Athletes Honored on Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Honor Rolls (3.0 GPA or above); 61 more honorees than 2008-09; 208 more honorees than 2005-06 • 80 Student-Athletes Earned Perfect 4.0 GPAs in either the Fall or Spring Semester (led Big 12) • 121 Student-Athletes Earned Degrees from August 2009 through May 2010 (August 2009--14; December 2009--37; May 2010--70) • 94 percent - Nebraska’s Exhausted Eligibility Graduation Rate (1993-2002) (Leads Big 12) • Male Student-Athlete of the Year - Craig Brester, Wrestling (Mechanized Systems Management) • Female Student-Athlete of the Year - Kelsey Griffin, Women’s Basketball (Biological Sciences) • Men’s Herman Award Winner - Men’s Cross Country Team (3.34 Cumulative GPA in 2009) • Women’s Herman Award Winner - Women’s Cross Country Team (3.709 Cumulative GPA in 2009) • Life Skills Team Award Winners - Men’s Gymnastics; Women’s Swimming and Diving

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Columns in the Hewit and Boekel Academic Center display the names of every Husker student-athlete who has lettered in a varsity sport and graduated from the University of Nebraska.

THE NEBRASKA ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE From the day student-athletes decide the University of Nebraska is the right place to be, the athletic academic counseling unit provides personal and academic support to ensure that student-athletes will get the most out of their years as Huskers. Featuring one of the most innovative and comprehensive academic support systems in the country, Nebraska is dedicated to helping its student-athletes become outstanding leaders in their chosen fields. The academic support team is comprised of 13 full-time staff members and a tutorial staff of approximately 70 tutors addressing all subject areas.

ACADEMIC COUNSELING

Eight academic counselors and three assistant academic counselors are in place to monitor daily academic progress, receive consistent course feedback, assist with the advising/ registration process and monitor continuing eligibility and progress toward graduation. Essentially, academic counselors assist student-athletes in navigating the University of Nebraska system.

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TUTORIAL SUPPORT

A tremendous resource for all academic abilities, unlimited tutorial support is available from day one up to college graduation. Subject and mentor tutors help provide academic support and study strategies to be successful. Supplemental Instruction, a sub-component of the tutorial program, provides targeted group review sessions to help ease the transition to college academics while improving study strategies and building academic self-esteem.

STUDY HALL

There are two facets to the study hall program at Nebraska. Student-athletes either attend a structured study hall, typically two hours in length held four days a week, or have flex time where they study a specific number of hours each week as determined by their academic counselor and/or coach. Weekly study hall reports are provided to the coaching staff.

MENTORING

Many student-athletes meet with a mentor on a weekly basis to assist in making a smooth transition from high school to college. Mentors collect syllabi, gather and report academic progress information and teach academic success strategies.

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Right: Construction will be completed this fall on a new $10.5 million Nebraska Student Life Complex that will nearly triple the size of the current academic space, as well as feature a new technology center and a dedicated Life Skills area.

EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS

STUDENT‐ATHLETE ORIENTATION

Assessments are administered upon the request of the student-athlete, academic counselor, or coach to determine student strengths and areas for improvement. Results allow academic counselors to develop a personalized academic support program and to determine if more in-depth testing is warranted. When additional assessments are necessary, referrals are made to a consulting psychologist who conducts the assessments. If it is determined that a student-athlete has a learning disability, appropriate accommodations are made through the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

MULTI‐CULTURAL PROGRAMS Designed to enhance cultural awareness, staff members concentrate efforts on issues of transition, adjustment and retention for students of color, international students and women. These support programs include Ladies First, International Night and Your Degree First. Your Degree First is a program designed to assist, motivate and promote minority student-athletes in pursuing the degree of their choice.

The academic staff coordinates New Student-Athlete Orientation to help newcomers adjust to the multiple demands of being a college student-athlete. Presentations are made by academic counselors, compliance officials, NU faculty and administrators, business/community professionals and student-athletes.

PERSONAL COUNSELING

Student-athletes will find a supportive and caring environment at Nebraska. Transitional issues, stress management, time management, academic focus and problem resolution are all addressed in a proactive manner throughout the year. If necessary, counseling referrals are also made to designated practitioners.

COMPUTER RESOURCES

Student-athletes enjoy a new state-of-the art computer lab and technology center with nearly 60 computers and professional supervision. Laptops are also available during team travel. Student-athletes have the benefit of ongoing education and assistance from a full-time computer technician.

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LIFE SKILLS

To provide proactive education, resources and support throughout college and beyond, best preparing Husker student-athletes for life after sports. Services will foster transition, retention, responsible decision-making, leadership, volunteerism and career development.

Outreach requests are received daily from the entire state requesting involvement from Husker student-athletes. Mentoring Programs – Typically requires one hour of service per week serving as a youth mentor.

Nebraska has long been considered a pioneer in life skills support and programming. In 1998, Nebraska was one of five Division I schools nationally to win the prestigious Program of Excellence Award recognizing a strong commitment to total person development. In 2005, Keith Zimmer, Associate A.D. for Life Skills, was the recipient of the Dr. Gene Hooks Award recognizing him as the top life skills administrator in the country.

Leadership/Citizenship Life Skills promotes leadership development and provides recognition opportunities for extraordinary citizenship. Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – Elected team representatives from each of the 23 sports serve as the “voice” of the entire studentathlete population discussing student-athlete welfare, legislation and service events. Your Degree First – Leadership group providing programming and specialized support to student-athletes of color, women and international student-athletes. HERO Leadership Award – Individual recognition to Huskers who have consistently went above and beyond serving as an exemplary role-model. Brook Berringer Citizenship Team – Annual “Good Works” team honoring football players for dedicated service in memory of late Husker Brook Berringer. Life Skills Award of Excellence – Presented to the single men’s and women’s team who scores the highest point total in the year long life skills team competition.

LIFE SKILLS COMPONENTS

Proactive Education Husker Life Seminar – All incoming student-athletes complete a 16-week fall semester seminar addressing a variety of life skills topics ranging from leadership to money to relationships and study skills. Team Workshops – Campus and community experts facilitate team-specific life skills education workshops. Student-Athlete Assemblies – Meetings featuring remarks from Athletic Director Tom Osborne and nationally recognized life skills trainers. Personalized Support/Individual Sessions Resume Development – Each student-athlete works individually with a life skills staff member to create a personalized resume with periodic follow-up meetings to make updates through graduation. Game Plan Creation – Life skills counselors will create a “Game Plan for Life” outlining specific goals and objectives to be completed to enhance marketability prior to college graduation. Sports Psychology/Performance Enhancement – Sports psychology resources are available to assist with performance enhancement. Community Outreach Nebraska student-athletes combine to impact over 100,000 people statewide on annual basis. Team Service Requirement – Each team participates in a minimum of two service projects per year. School Outreach – Individuals participate in numerous school outreach campaigns in both classroom and assembly settings. Hospital Visits – Huskers are frequent hospital visitors providing cheer and encouragement to a variety of patients. Mondays Matter – Monday evening outreach to various local community agencies placing athletics in the proper perspective. Miscellaneous Outreach –

Career Commitment In addition to the creation of a personalized resume and game plan, the following career resources are available to every Husker. Student-Athlete Career Fair – Attended by approximately 25 companies. Networking/Nexpo Night – Former Huskers and every UNL college educate student-athletes about major and career options. Assessments – On-line assessments to help individuals discover talents and match with a major and career. Practical Experience – Programs in place to facilitate shadowing and internship placements. Job Preparation – Expert advice on cover letter writing, interviewing skills and evaluating the job offer. Postgraduate Assistance Commitment to helping student-athletes pursue postgraduate plans and scholarships. Career Nights – Learn from the experts to gain valuable insight on timelines, application procedures, entrance requirements, personal essays and more. Scholarships – Seniors in their final season of athletic eligibility can apply for numerous postgraduate awards.

BROOK BERRINGER CITIZENSHIP TEAM An excellent student, Brook Berringer graduated in 1995 with a degree in business administration. He was expected to be selected in the 1996 NFL draft before being killed in a plane crash on April 18, 1996. As a result of Berringer’s extensive community service effort, the Husker football program established the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team honoring current Huskers for consistent and dedicated community service. Members of the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team are: (back row, from left) Kyler Reed, Zac Lee, Austin Jones, Mike Hays, Ben Cotton, Marcus Mendoza, Will Henry, Thomas Grove, D.J. Jones, Marcel Jones and Jared Crick; (front row, from left) Lance Thorell, Rex Burkhead, Cody Green, Blake Lawrence, Prince Amukamara, Anthony Blue and Alex Henery.

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Top left: Members of the football team meet with a patient during Mondays Matter. Top right: Head Coach Bo Pelini and his wife, Mary Pat, lead the Tunnel Walk at Football 101. The event drew approximately 1,000 fans and raised more than $60,000 for breast cancer research. Middle left: Ben Cotton was one of several Huskers who participated in School is Cool week. Middle: Huskers visit a patient on one of Nebraska’s local hospital visits. Middle right: Cody Green accepts the HERO Leadership award from Athletic Director Tom Osborne. Bottom left: Former Husker student-athletes come back to campus each year to offer insight and advice to current student-athletes during Networking Night. Bottom right: Networking Night and the Student-Athlete Career Fair give student-athletes an opportunity to prepare for life after college.

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Nebraska’s top facilities are not limited to the football program. Nearly every Husker sport enjoys a venue that ranks among the nation’s best. Nebraska is dedicated to providing its athletes top-notch gameday and practice atmospheres in every sport. Nebraska annually hosts several Big 12 and NCAA Championship events, including volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball, track and field, gymnastics, golf, wrestling and swimming and diving.

Top left: Nebraska’s baseball team ranks among the nation’s leaders in attendance at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. Top right: The Osborne Athletic Complex provides Nebraska student-athletes with top-notch training facilities. Middle: Nebraska’s teams compete in some of the nation’s finest facilities in front of large crowds. Bottom left: Memorial Stadium is packed for every home game and features a giant HuskerVision replay board. The Mitsubishi replay screen is one of the largest in any college stadium in the United States, measuring 117-feet, 7 1/8-inches wide by 33-feet, 7 3/16-inches high, roughly five times the width of the original screens inside Memorial Stadium. There are also replay boards in each of the four corners of the stadium and new ribbon boards spanning the east and west balconies. Bottom right: The main entrance to the Osborne Athletic Complex and Traditions Lobby features an impressive waterfall and a wall that honors those who contributed to the massive project, as well as memorabilia and trophies from all of Nebraska’s bowl games.

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NATIONAL POWERS One of the nation’s premier athletic programs, Nebraska is dedicated to and successful in all 23 of its varsity sports. Nebraska has won a total of 24 team national championships since 1970, including a fifth bowling crown in 2008, eight men’s gymnastics titles, five football championships, three volleyball titles and three women’s track and field championships. In 2009-10, six Husker teams finished among the top 10 in their respective sports. The Huskers finished the year ranked 17th in the final NACDA Directors Cup all-sport standings, their highest overall finish since taking 13th in 2000-01.

NU had 15 teams advance to NCAA Tournament action in 2009-10, and the Husker football team won a 2009 Holiday Bowl crown. The bowling team produced an NCAA runner-up finish, while National Coach-of-the-Year Connie Yori’s women’s basketball team finished fourth - the best showing in school history. NU’s tradition-rich volleyball program added a No. 5 final national ranking, while the rifle team finished sixth at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team added a seventh-place NCAA finish, while men’s gymnastics rounded out NU’s six top-10 team finishes by placing ninth. Individually, football All-American Ndamukong Suh, who became the first defensive player in history to earn Associated Press National Player-of-the-Year honors, captured the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award while being named a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also became

Sophomore center Jorge Brian Diaz returns as the Huskers’ leading rebounder and shot blocker and second-leading scorer for the 2010-11 season. Last year, Diaz set a Nebraska freshman record for blocked shots and also ranked among the top 10 freshman in NU history for scoring, rebounding and games started.

the first Husker to win both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards, before being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. All-American Kelsey Griffin also claimed national headlines while leading the women’s basketball team to a record-setting season. The 6-2 forward was a finalist for every major national playerof-the-year award and became Nebraska’s first-ever winner across all sports of the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, recognizing her success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. The 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year was a unanimous first-team All-American and picked No. 3 overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft. All-American Cassandra Leuthold also captured 2010 National Player-of-the-Year honors while leading the bowling team to an NCAA runner-up finish. Overall, 29 Nebraska student-athletes captured 33 All-America awards in their respective sports, including NCAA 197-pound runner-up Craig Brester, who helped the wrestling team to a 12thplace finish at the NCAA Championships. A testament of NU’s national recruiting power, the Huskers’ 29 All-Americans in 200910 came to Nebraska from 13 states and three foreign countries. Among NU’s 29 AllAmericans in 2009-10, 20 were underclassmen who are expected to return in 2010-11.

Top: Kelsey Griffin led Nebraska to the most successful women’s basketball season in school history in 2009-10. The first-team All-American and 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year powered the Huskers to an unbeaten regular season and a Big 12 title. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, Griffin was Nebraska’s first-ever winner of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Bottom: Three-time All-American Nicholas Gordon captured the 2009 NCAA indoor national championship in the long jump with a winning leap of 26-4 ¼ in his final attempt. Following the season, Gordon earned a spot in the 2009 World Championships with a personal-best jump of 26-7 ¼.

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BIG 12 LEADERS The Huskers have won more Big 12 Conference championships than any other league school in the following categories: Baseball Regular Season: 3 Baseball Postseason: 4 Baseball Overall: 7 Men’s Indoor Track: 9 Men’s Outdoor Track: 6 Men’s Track Combined: 15 Women’s Indoor Track: 5 Men’s and Women’s Track: 22 Women’s Gymnastics: 8 Soccer Postseason: 5 Volleyball: 11 The Nebraska women’s basketball team advanced to its first NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming its first Big 12 title in 2010. The Huskers became the first Big 12 men’s or women’s team to post a perfect regular season (29-0), while earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finishing fourth in the final Associated Press Top 25.

Top: The Nebraska volleyball team continued to rank among the nation’s elite in 2009, producing four All-Americans en route to advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season and finishing with a No. 5 national ranking.

Top: Freshman Morgan Marlborough was the 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year after leading the league with 21 goals and 49 points.

Bottom left: After earning Most Outstanding Player honors in leading the bowling team to the 2009 national title, Cassandra Leuthold captured National Player-of-the-Year honors as the Huskers finished as the national runner-up in 2010.

Bottom: Three-time All-American Craig Brester finished as the 197-pound runner-up at the NCAA Championships in 2010. The two-time national runner-up helped Nebraska to a Big 12 Championship in 2009 by winning the 197-pound title.

Bottom right: Julie Brechtel was an all-region selection on the field and in the classroom as the Husker softball team qualified for its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance in 16 seasons.

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LEADING THE WAY As one of the nation’s premier public institutions, the University of Nebraska is committed to undergraduate learning and world-class research. In early 2001, Nebraska was named to a national list of 16 schools that serve as a role model for other institutions by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Quality instruction is emphasized in Nebraska’s 147 undergraduate majors, which are spread through nine undergraduate colleges. The University of Nebraska was chartered by the Nebraska Legislature in 1869 as the state’s public university and land-grant institution. Founded in Lincoln, the University of Nebraska was expanded in 1968 into a state educational system now comprising four campuses under the guidance of a Board of Regents and a central administration. To discover more about the University of Nebraska visit unl.edu. To learn more about Nebraska athletics, visit Huskers.com.

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“The Big Ten is a historically prestigious and stable academic community of scholars and students. The Big Ten, known for its athletic prowess, is highly regarded for its academic and research enterprises. There is nothing but upside for UNL to join the Big Ten.”

Harvey Perlman University of Nebraska Chancellor at the June 11, 2010 press conference announcing UNL’s move to the Big Ten conference

Opposite page: The Bell Tower on campus is a focal point for students and alumni, often serving as a central meeting location on game days. Top right: The Nebraska Student Union is the meeting place on campus where students can spend a little down time between classes. It has areas to use for studying as well as a food court. Middle right: Named for UNL alumni Irene and Winslow Van Brunt, the Van Brunt Visitors Center is located at the gateway to the city campus. The UNL Van Brunt Visitors Center offers resources and information for visitors to the UNL campus, and is utilized extensively for recruiting new students by the UNL Office of Admissions, which has offices and staff located in the building. Middle right: The Esther L. Kaufmann Center was completed in May 2001 and houses the Jeffery S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. Bottom Right: The Don L. Love Memorial Library is the main library in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln library system. Located on southern edge of City Campus, it is bounded by two lovely botanical areas, Love Garden and Cather Garden.

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Featuring the advantages of an urban setting, the Star City is only minutes away from the scenic beauty and wide open spaces of America’s Heartland. Living in Lincoln enables one to enjoy the benefits of life in a city, while residing in a community that: • Is known as the Star City • Has a population of nearly 254,001 • Is the second-largest city in the Big 12 Conference • Has been ranked among the 10 best places to live in the United States • Is listed among the top five “most fit” cities in the nation • Was voted the No. 1 U.S. City for Quality of Life by a 2004 State University of New York Study • Listed as a “Best Sport City” by the Sporting News in 2009 • Consistently lists one of the lowest crime rates in the nation among cities its size • Offers more than 6,000 acres of parks, including 10 lakes, 11 municipal swimming pools, more than 80 miles of biking and hiking trails and 12 public golf courses • More parkland per capita than any other city in the United States

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Nebraska’s largest city, Omaha, is less than an hour’s drive from Lincoln and has a population of nearly 800,000. Omaha is home to Qwest Center Omaha (top), TD Ameritrade Park (top), the NCAA College World Series, the world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo (bottom) and the Joslyn Art Museum (bottom)

Marg Helgenberger (1958-) actress (CSI, Mr. Brooks, In Good Company) Peter Kiewit (1900–1979) contractor, investor and philanthropist Jaime King (1979-) actress (My Name is Earl) Ted Kooser (1939-) Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner Larry the Cable Guy (1963-) comedian Malcolm X (1925–1965) civil rights leader Nick Nolte (1941-) actor, producer Edwin Perkins (1889–1961) inventor of Kool-Aid, philanthropist Andy Roddick (1982-) tennis star, 2003 U.S. Open Champion Gale Sayers (1943-) Football Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears Elliott Smith (1969–2003) singer-songwriter Hilary Swank (1974-) 2-time Academy Award-winning actress Gabrielle Union (1973-) actress (10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, Ugly Betty) James Valentine (1978-) Maroon 5 guitarist Paula Zahn (1956-) Former News anchor for CNN 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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HUSKERS HEAD TO BIG 10 IN 2011

On June 11, 2010, the Big Ten Conference announced that its member schools voted unanimously to accept the University of Nebraska as the conference’s 12th member beginning on July 1, 2011. The Big Ten Conference is a union of 11 world-class academic institutions – 12 beginning in 2011-12 – who share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. The conference’s 100-plus years of history, strong tradition of competitive intercollegiate athletic programs, vast and passionate alumni base, and consistent leadership in innovations position the Big Ten and its entire community firmly on the Big Stage. The Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness in all aspects of its student-athletes’ lives, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to live a Big Life.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS • Big Ten universities provide approximately $100 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,500 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships. • Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. Other than the Ivy League, the Big Ten has the most broad-based athletic programs in the United States. • Big Ten universities are members of the nation’s only conference whose constituency is entirely composed of institutions that are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious association of major academic and research institutions in the United States and Canada. • Big Ten fans are some of the nation’s most supportive, with more than 8.7 million patrons attending conference home contests during the 2008-09 seasons for football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball alone. • Over the last 31 seasons, the conference has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in football, men’s basketball and wrestling attendance. • Big Ten institutions have more than 4.2 million living alumni and over 300,000 undergraduate students attending their universities. • Based on the U.S. Census projected population for 2010, the eight-state Big Ten region accounts for 68,056,353 people, which ranks second only to the Big East and ahead of the ACC, SEC, Pac-10 and Big 12. 58

FOOTBALL FACTS • Including Nebraska (829 wins), four of the seven schools with 800 all-time wins are members of the Big Ten. Other Big Ten schools with 800 wins include Michigan (877), Ohio State (819) and Penn State (811). Over the last 40 years (since 1970), Nebraska leads the nation with 393 wins, while Ohio State ranks second with 367 victories, Michigan ranks fourth with 360 and Penn State is fifth with 359 wins. • In the BCS era, Big Ten teams have played in more BCS bowl games than any other conference. A Big Ten teams has played in a BCS bowl game 21 times since 1998, more than the SEC (19), Big 12 (17) and Pac-10 (14). • In the 31 seasons the NCAA has tracked attendance, the Big Ten has led the nation in attendance 15 times. • Ten teams averaged 85,000 fans per home game in 2009, including Big Ten schools Michigan (108,933), Penn State (107,008), Ohio State (105,261). Nebraska also made the list, averaging 85,888 fans per game.

“Nebraska is a team with a huge fan base, a huge following, a huge stadium and an awesome atmosphere. They don’t tailgate up to the last minute; the stadium is full an hour before. And it’s a program where football means everything. Big Red nation is 12 months a year.”

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Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne (left) joined Big Ten Commissioner James Delany (middle) and UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman (right) as the Huskers were announced as the newest member of the league starting in 2011-12.

BIG TEN NETWORK Headquartered in Chicago, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed television network dedicated to covering one of America’s premier collegiate conferences.

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With more than 350 live sports events, and virtually all of them in high definition, the Big Ten Network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country. The network is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The network is available to an estimated 75 million households, through agreements with more than 300 cable, satellite and telco affiliates in all 50 states and Canada. That includes existing distribution agreements with each of the nation’s 10 largest cable, satellite and telco providers.

BIG TEN NETWORK FACTS MORE TELEVISION EXPOSURE • The Big Ten’s media agreements with CBS Sports, ABC/ESPN, the Big Ten Network and CBS College Sports Network provide the conference with its greatest television exposure ever. • In 2006, the Big Ten created the first national conference-owned television network devoted to the athletic and academic programs of a single conference. The Big Ten Network launched on Aug. 30, 2007, and became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. The Big Ten Network is now available to more than 75 million homes nationally through agreements with more than 250 cable/satellite/telco affiliates and is in 19 of the nation’s top 20 media markets. • Since the current media agreements began in 2007-08, every home football and men’s basketball game has been produced while women’s basketball has received more coverage than any other conference. • The Big Ten’s new media agreements have resulted in the broadcast of more than 500 events nationally and regionally on an annual basis, compared to 300 events in the final year of the previous agreements.

Rose Bowl

Pasadena, Calif.

Capital One Bowl

Orlando, Fla.

Outback Bowl

Tampa, Fla.

Gator Bowl

Jacksonville, Fla.

Insight Bowl

Tempe, Ariz.

Texas Bowl

Houston, Texas

Dallas Football Classic Dallas, Texas

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BO PELINI | HEAD COACH | THIRD YEAR | 20-8 RECORD (.714) | BOWL RECORD: 3-0 | Born: Dec. 13, 1967 Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio College: Ohio State, 1990

Wife: Mary Pat Children: Patrick, Kate and Caralyn

“It is about the process.” Any Nebraska fan or casual observer of the Cornhusker football program has heard Head Coach Bo Pelini use that phrase to describe his guiding philosophy for his team to be a success.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1987-90, Ohio State, free safety

Exactly what that process is may not be as easy to define. But it is clear that the process Pelini envisions for his program includes working hard and doing the right thing every day to ensure long-term and repeated success.

COACHING EXPERIENCE Iowa, 1991, graduate assistant Cardinal Mooney High School, 1993, quarterbacks San Francisco 49ers, 1994-96, assistant secondary New England Patriots, 1997-99, linebackers Green Bay Packers, 2000-02, linebackers Nebraska, 2003, defensive coordinator, interim head coach for Alamo Bowl Oklahoma, 2004, co-defensive coordinator, defensive backs LSU, 2005-07, defensive coordinator Nebraska, 2008-present, head coach

One other fact is very clear: As the disciplined, no-nonsense head coach enters his third season at Nebraska, Pelini’s process is working. The results speak for themselves. In 2009, Pelini guided Nebraska to a 10-4 record and the Big 12 North Championship. The Huskers posted their first 10win season in six years and were ranked No. 14 in both final national polls, NU’s highest ranking at the end of the season since 2001. Nebraska fell just one point and one second short of its first Big 12 title in a decade, dropping a 13-12 decision to second-ranked Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game. Nebraska capped the year with a dominant 33-0 shutout of Arizona in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, giving Pelini a 3-0 bowl record as NU’s head coach. Nebraska’s path to the conference title game was not an easy one. After a pair of disappointing October losses, Nebraska stood 4-3 overall and just 1-2 in Big 12 play. However, for a second straight year, Pelini did not waver, using his steady process to get his team back on track as Nebraska played its best football to close the season. The Huskers reeled off five straight wins to end the regular season, including three road victories, and captured the division title by two games. Pelini became the first coach in the 14-year history of the Big 12 Conference to win at least a share of a division title in each of his first two seasons. Pelini joined Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich as coaches who have won at least nine games in each of their first two seasons at Nebraska. Pelini’s 19 wins over the past two seasons place him second in victories among coaches who were hired at their respective schools in 2008. The resurgence of the Nebraska program under Pelini has been due in large part to remarkable defensive improvement – Pelini’s area of expertise before taking over as head coach. Just two seasons removed from ranking near the bottom of several Big 12 and national defensive categories, the Blackshirts ascended to a position as one of the nation’s most dominant defenses in 2009. Nebraska led the nation in scoring defense last year, allowing just 10.4 points per game, while pitching a pair of shutouts. The 10.4 points per game marked the lowest average allowed by Nebraska since the Blackshirts also led the nation by allowing 9.5 points per game in 1984. The 2009 season also marked the first time NU posted two shutouts since 2003 when Pelini served as defensive coordinator, and the 2009 Huskers held eight of 14 opponents to 10 or fewer points. The Blackshirts also topped the pass efficiency defense and red zone defense lists and ranked in the top 10 nationally in sacks, rushing defense and total defense. The 272.0 yards per game allowed ranked as the school’s best since 1999.

BOWL COACHING EXPERIENCE Nebraska** 2003 Alamo Bowl, interim head coach, def. Michigan St., 17-3 2009 Gator Bowl, head coach, def. Clemson, 26-21 2009 Holiday Bowl, head coach, def. Arizona, 33-0 ** First head coach in NU history to win first three bowl games

LSU 2005 Peach Bowl, defensive coordinator, def. Miami, 40-3 2006 Sugar Bowl, defensive coordinator, def. Notre Dame, 41-14 2007 BCS Championship Game, defensive coordinator, def. Ohio State, 38-24 Oklahoma 2004 Orange Bowl, co-defensive coordinator, lost to USC, 55-19 Iowa 1991 Holiday Bowl, graduate assistant, tied BYU, 13-13 NFL PLAYOFF COACHING EXPERIENCE Green Bay Packers 2001 NFC Wild Card Game, def. 49ers, 25-15 NFC Divisional Playoffs, lost to Rams, 45-17 2002 NFC Divisional Playoffs, lost to Falcons, 27-7 New England Patriots 1998 AFC Divisional Playoffs, lost to Steelers, 7-6 1999 AFC Wild Card Game, lost to Jaguars, 25-10 San Francisco 49ers 1995 NFC Divisional Playoffs, def. Bears, 44-15 NFC Conference Finals, def. Cowboys, 38-28 Super Bowl XXIX, def. Chargers, 49-26 1996 NFC Divisional Playoffs, lost to Packers, 27-17 1997 NFC Wild Card Game, def. Eagles, 14-0 NFC Divisional Playoffs, lost to Packers, 35-14

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The Pelini Family (from left): Kate, Mary Pat, Caralyn, Bo and Patrick.

Under Pelini’s guidance, senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history. The first defensive lineman to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 15 seasons, Suh finished fourth in the voting. He was also the first defensive player to be named the Associated Press Player of the Year, and was a unanimous All-American. Suh’s hardware included the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik awards. The award-winning season for Suh came just two seasons after LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey won three major national awards and was an All-American while Pelini served as LSU’s defensive coordinator. Suh and Dorsey are the only players in the past 14 seasons to sweep the Nagurski and Bednarik awards. Pelini guided the Huskers to a 9-4 record in 2008, capped by victories in the Huskers’ final four games and six of the season’s final seven contests. The late-season surge allowed Nebraska to earn a share of the Big 12 North championship, and the Huskers picked up their ninth win with a 26-21 come-from-behind victory over Clemson in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. The win was a fitting conclusion for a team that developed a toughness that was a direct extension of its head coach. Pelini’s nine wins were the most nationally among first-time head coaches in 2008. Nebraska won its final four games of 2008 to carry the longest winning streak into a season since 2000. The 6-1 run to close the year tied for the best by an NU team since 1997, and Nebraska won its final four games for just the second time since 1997. In fact, through two seasons, Pelini’s Nebraska teams have a 10-2 record in games played on or after Nov. 1. The only losses are to teams that appeared in the BCS National Championship Game later that season. The success under Pelini in 2008 was attributed to both sides of the football. The Husker offense continued to rank among the nation’s best, finishing in the nation’s top 20 in passing offense, scoring offense and total offense. The biggest gains were made on the defensive side of the ball where Pelini implemented his proven defensive system. Nebraska improved its total defensive average by 126.9 yards per game and finished second in the Big 12 in total defense. The run defense allowed 116.5 yards per game, nearly cutting its average from 2007 in half and finishing in the top 25 nationally in that category. The Blackshirts also posted 35 sacks, nearly tripling the total of the previous season.

The successful first season for Pelini came as a result of his ability to quickly implement his attitude and leadership into the program. Nebraska Athletic Director and Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne named Pelini the 28th head coach in Nebraska football history on Dec. 2, 2007. Pelini wasted no time instilling a disciplined approach on and off the field, while also embracing the traditions of the Cornhusker football program. Pelini built a coaching staff with close ties to both the Pelini family and the Nebraska football family. The Nebraska staff includes three former Husker players, and six full-time assistant coaches with previous experience at Nebraska. Seven coaches have worked alongside Pelini, including five members of the 2003 Husker staff. His Youngstown roots are also represented with three Cardinal Mooney High School grads among the Husker coaches. The Nebraska staff hired by Pelini enters its third season fully intact. Nebraska is one of only nine schools that will enter the 2010 season with the same full-time coaching staff for a third consecutive season. Pelini immediately showed the discipline to handle multiple tasks following his hiring. While quickly taking charge of all aspects of the Nebraska program, Pelini was also committed to finishing what he had started at LSU. Pelini returned to Baton Rouge in mid-December of 2007 and successfully orchestrated the Tigers’ defensive game plan for the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State. The 38-24 win was keyed by a defense that forced three turnovers and had five sacks. Following the championship victory, Pelini turned his full focus to Nebraska. His first order of business in Lincoln was to pull together the Huskers’ 2008 recruiting class. Pelini successfully organized and led a recruiting charge that allowed Nebraska to sign a talented and balanced recruiting class that February. Pelini also understands the importance of the storied Nebraska walk-on program, and has integrated it as a key part of the Huskers’ recruiting plan. The Cornhusker staff has welcomed nearly 70 walk-ons to the program in the first three seasons, and will continue to make the walk-on program a focus in future years. Pelini has also reached out to two groups that form the backbone of the tradition-rich Nebraska program-its former players and its passionate fan base.

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Former Cornhuskers have rallied behind Pelini’s blue-collar approach. In turn the head coach has opened his door to those who helped build the program. Pelini has made a strong effort to connect with former players and those past Cornhuskers have become a fixture in the football offices and at practices.

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Pelini has made regular public appearances around the state, reaching out to the nation’s most loyal fans. The widespread support for Pelini has been evident at every stop and his simple, humble approach is a perfect fit with Nebraskans. The support for Pelini has been evident since his arrival, beginning with 80,000 fans at the Red-White Spring Game in April of 2008 to loyal followings on the road, at bowl games in Jacksonville and San Diego and the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas.

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While devoting time to former players, fans and attracting talented future Huskers, Pelini’s No. 1 professional priority has been, and always will be, the current players in his program. Players have responded to his straight-forward message and process: Work hard, do the right thing and success will follow. That hard work and discipline does not end on the field. Pelini’s players have excelled in the classroom as well since he took over the program. Among Nebraska’s 23-player 2010 senior class, 22 student-athletes are on track to graduate by May of 2011. Overall, 52 of 57 players in Pelini’s first three senior classes are set to earn their degrees by August of 2011. Seven players have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, including 2008 second-team Academic All-Americans Todd Peterson and Tyler Wortman. Pelini has also seen 28 of his players earned first-team academic all-conference honors during the past two years. The wide-spread success Pelini has enjoyed in his first two seasons in Lincoln should come as no surprise. Prior to being named head coach, Pelini enjoyed five seasons as college football’s most successful defensive coordinator. But the success story started much earlier during Pelini’s youth. The youngest of eight children, Pelini grew up in the hard-nosed town of Youngstown, Ohio. Pelini’s parents instilled the discipline at a young age that has guided Bo to success both in and out of athletics. Pelini’s passion for athletics began in Youngstown. After a standout prep career at Cardinal Mooney High School, Pelini went on to Ohio State. A hard-hitting safety, he was known for his passionate and relentless play. Teammates recognized his leadership and elected Pelini a team captain as a senior. The tradition of being part of winning programs did not end after Pelini’s playing career. His coaching career has featured success at every stop along the way. A Super Bowl ring and a national championship are part of the 42-year-old’s impressive resume. That coaching resume included a one-year stop as defensive coordinator at Nebraska. During the 2003 season, Pelini quickly learned the traditions of Nebraska football and its

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passionate fan base. In turn, Husker fans recognized the discipline and passion instilled by Pelini in the Blackshirt defense. His first stop in Lincoln marked Pelini’s first full-time college coaching job. During that 2003 season, Pelini engineered a dominant Blackshirt defense. The energized, relentless unit finished among the Big 12 and nation’s best in nearly every defensive category. Nebraska finished the year ranked first nationally in pass efficiency defense, second in scoring defense and 11th in total defense. The Huskers set a school and Big 12 record with 32 interceptions and tied an NU record with 47 takeaways, helping Nebraska lead the nation in turnover margin. Pelini began his second tour of duty at Nebraska in 2008 with a victory on his resume. His first tenure in Lincoln was capped by serving as the interim head coach for Nebraska’s dominant 17-3 win over Michigan State in the 2003 Alamo Bowl. In the win, the defense held MSU to just 174 total yards and a first-quarter field goal. More defensive dominance followed in Pelini’s next two stops at Oklahoma and LSU. Pelini served as the co-defensive coordinator on Bob Stoops’ staff at Oklahoma in 2004, helping the Sooners win a Big 12 title and reach the national championship game against USC. Oklahoma finished the season ranked sixth nationally in rush defense, 11th in scoring defense and 13th in total defense. In his three seasons as the defensive coordinator at LSU from 2005 to 2007, Pelini’s dominant defenses helped the Tigers compile a 34-6 record, including the 2007 BCS national championship and the Southeastern Conference championship. The BCS title game in January of 2008 marked the third time in four years that Pelini was a part of a team that played in a BCS game. The play of Pelini’s defenses was a key part of LSU’s success. The Tigers ranked third in the nation in total defense in 2007, surrendering an average of 288.8 yards per game. LSU also ranked in the top 25 nationally in pass efficiency defense (3rd), passing yards

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allowed per game (9th), rush defense (14th) and scoring defense (17th). Senior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was the nation’s most decorated defender in 2007, earning the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, while safety Craig Steltz earned All-America honors. Pelini’s defenses have a history of swarming to the football. LSU forced 36 turnovers in 2007, the third-most takeaways in the country. The Tigers’ 2007 defensive success was the standard for Pelini at LSU, as each of his three LSU defenses ranked No. 3 nationally in total defense. Pelini’s 2006 unit surrendered just 242.8 yards per game, the fewest by a Tiger team since 1976. A pair of Tigers earned first-team All-America honors, including Dorsey and safety LaRon Landry, who went on to become the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. In 2005, the Tigers allowed just 266.9 yards per game, and ranked in the top 10 nationally in all four major defensive categories, including third in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten were both first-team AllAmerica selections. Overall, the seven college teams Pelini has been a part of have compiled an impressive 74-18 record, winning at least nine games every season. His defenses have posted nine shutouts and held the opposition to seven points or less 32 times. The 2009 Nebraska defense boasted two of those shutouts, while holding five opponents to three points or fewer. Before joining the Huskers in 2003, Pelini had nine years of NFL experience, one season at a Division I university, and one year in the high school ranks. Pelini broke into the NFL in 1994 as assistant secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers, Pelini coached in the Super Bowl, helping San Francisco to a 49-26 win over San Diego in Super Bowl XXIX. Pelini held that position for three years before moving to the Patriots. He spent three years as New England’s linebackers coach under coach Pete Carroll, helping the Patriots to a 27-21 record and two playoff appearances. After three years with the Patriots, Pelini moved to the Packers, coaching linebackers for three seasons. In three years in Green Bay with head coach Mike Sherman, the Packers posted a 33-15 record and advanced twice to the playoffs. In 2002, the Packer defense ranked fourth in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 188.4 yards per game. Pelini got his start in coaching in 1991, serving as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa under Hayden Fry. From there he moved into the high school ranks, serving as quarterbacks coach at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1993 before taking the leap to the 49ers. A standout free safety at Ohio State from 1987 to 1990, Pelini earned four letters for the Buckeyes. He was coached by Earle Bruce in 1987 and John Cooper his final three seasons. Pelini helped the Buckeyes to a 15-8 record over his final two seasons as a starter, and he was a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big Ten team. As a senior co-captain Pelini received the “Bo Rein Award,” given annually to the Buckeyes’ most inspirational player. After earning his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Ohio State in 1990, Pelini completed his master’s degree in sports administration at Ohio University in 1992. Pelini and his wife, Mary Pat, have three children, an 11-year-old son, Patrick, and two daughters, Kate, 9 and Caralyn, 7.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BO PELINI “Hopefully, I am an example of what a player can gain by coming to Nebraska and playing for Coach Pelini and his staff. The coaching staff taught me so much in the short amount of time I was able to work with them. As a recruit you can come in and have four years under your belt with this staff. Just imagine how much better you can become.” -- Ndamukong Suh, 2009 Heisman Trophy finalist, Lombardi, Outland, Nagurski and Bednarik awards winner and 2010 No. 2 NFL Draft pick “Our football program has made significant progress in two years under Bo’s leadership. We are confident he has our program moving in the right direction. Bo is very straight-forward and very honest, and this is something players like. Our football team has responded to Bo’s leadership and that has been a big part of the team’s success. “It is obvious he has a good understanding of this football program and an understanding of the importance of football to the state of Nebraska.” -- Tom Osborne, Hall of Fame Football Coach and current Nebraska Athletic Director “When you know how Bo thinks, he’s very passionate about every part of this program — about the kids doing the right things, about the kids graduating, about accountability, about Nebraska being what Nebraska should be. I think he’s got a great plan.” -- Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressell “Bo is a great person and a great coach. He did a wonderful job for us while he was on our staff and he has obviously been successful at his other stops, as well. He is doing an excellent job for Nebraska.” -- Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops “I spent five years with Bo in the NFL. He’s a great football coach. He is a success due to his work ethic, toughness and the great schemes that he brings.” -- Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll “I have watched Bo’s career closely, first in the NFL, then as one of the best coordinators in college football and now as the head coach at Nebraska. I think it was evident that he was ready to be the leader of a first-class program like Nebraska. “Nebraska has one of the best young coaches in the country. Bo will outwork anybody and everybody to get Nebraska back among the elite of college football.” -- Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN College Football Analyst “I’m just grateful I had the opportunity to play for him because he’s done tremendous things for me in my career. He has, without a doubt, made me the player I am today. I just enjoy the way he coaches. I just enjoy being around him. “Coach Pelini is going to set his goals through the roof, and he’s not happy if he doesn’t achieve them. He is a real intense guy. You’re going to work hard, but it’s going to pay off in the end.’’ -- Glenn Dorsey, 2007 Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy winner under Pelini at LSU “He’s the ultimate players’ coach. He is real close to the players and takes an interest in you as an individual. His determination and drive snowballs down to the players, and I think that is one reason we had so much success under him in 2008.” -- Zach Potter, Former Nebraska Defensive End “He is a great coach. He’s like a father figure in that you just have so much respect for him and you don’t want to disappoint him. As seniors, we felt he really cared about us and that was in just one short year. Players will do anything for him.’’ -- Joe Ganz, Former Record-Setting Nebraska Quarterback

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CARL PELINI | Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line | Youngstown State (1989) | Born: July 15, 1965 Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio College: Youngstown State, 1989 Carl Pelini enters his third season on his brother’s Nebraska coaching staff in 2010, serving as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. In his first two seasons on NU’s staff, Carl Pelini played a leading role in a dramatic resurgence for the Husker defense. After being one of the nation’s most improved defenses in 2008, Nebraska featured a dominant defensive unit under Pelini’s direction last fall. The Huskers led the nation in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and red zone defense, while also ranking in the top 10 nationally in sacks, rushing defense and total defense. The Huskers surrendered just 10.4 points per game, posted two shutouts and allowed only two opponents to reach 20 points. Pelini’s defense led the nation by holding eight opponents to 10 or fewer points, including seven in single digits. Nebraska allowed only 14 offensive touchdowns during the 2009 season, as six opponents failed to score an offensive touchdown. The Blackshirts also forced 28 turnovers, scored two defensive touchdowns and produced 80 points off turnovers. The Huskers allowed just 272.0 yards per game to rank seventh nationally and second in the Big 12. Its total defensive average was the best for NU in a decade. Each of the Huskers’ 14 opponents failed to reach their season average in points and only one foe reached its average in total offense. Several individuals set school records in 2009. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft after being named a Heisman Trophy finalist and the winner of the Associated Press National Player of the Year, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award. Suh moved up to second place on the NU career chart in tackles for loss, including a school-record tying seven TFL in the Big 12 Championship Game. Defensive tackle Jared Crick set the school record with 5.0 sacks at Baylor, while safety Matt O’Hanlon intercepted a school-record tying three passes against Oklahoma. In Pelini’s first season in 2008, the Nebraska defense finished second in the Big 12 in total defense and ranked among the top 25 nationally in rushing defense. In the process, NU allowed 127 fewer yards per game than in 2007.

Wife: Kelley Children: Nicole, Danielle and Dominic

Pelini joined the NU staff after three seasons on Frank Solich’s coaching staff at Ohio University. Pelini previously served as the Huskers’ defensive graduate assistant in 2003, when Bo Pelini was the defensive coordinator. Carl Pelini worked with the defensive line, helping NU rank second nationally in scoring defense and takeaways and 11th in total defense. Following his one season with the Huskers, Pelini spent 2004 as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Minnesota State Mankato, under head coach Jeff Jamrog, a former Husker player and assistant coach. Pelini helped the Mavericks to a 6-5 record after a winless season the previous year. After one season in Mankato, Pelini was hired to coach the defensive line at Ohio University. He played a vital role in helping the Bobcats turn around their football program, including a nine-win season and bowl game in 2006. Those marks were firsts for the school since the 1968 campaign. The Bobcat defense then continued the turnaround the following season, ranking in the top 30 nationally in scoring and total defense in 2007. Pelini was the head coach at Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio, from 2000 to 2002. Pelini rebuilt a program that had not had a winning season for eight years before his arrival, culminating with a 6-4 record in 2002. Pelini previously was the head coach and athletic director at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, Mo., from 1996 to 2000, and also served as the defensive coordinator at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. Pelini played two seasons at Columbia University, before transferring to Youngstown State, where he completed his undergraduate degree work in 1989. He was a defensive graduate assistant on Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State over the 1989 and 1990 seasons, then served as a restricted earnings coach in 1991. Pelini earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Youngstown State in 1989. He added a master’s degree in journalism from Kansas State in 1991 and a master’s in education from Ohio State University in 1993. Carl and his wife, Kelley, are the parents of three children, Nicole, Danielle and Dominic.

The Pelini Family (from left): Nicole Nicole, Carl Carl, Dominic Dominic, Kelley and Danielle Danielle.

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PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1983-84, Columbia

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1987-88, Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) HS assistant coach 1989-90, Kansas State graduate assistant 1991, Kansas State restricted earnings coach 1993-94, Blue Valley (Kan.) HS assistant coach/defensive coordinator 1995-99, Winnetonka (Kan.) HS head coach/athletic director 2000-02, Fitch (Ohio) HS head coach 2003, Nebraska graduate assistant/defense 2004, Minnesota State assistant coach/defensive coordinator, secondary 2005-07, Ohio assistant coach/defensive line 2008-present, Nebraska assistant coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line


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SHAWN WATSON | Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks | Southern Illinois (1982) | Born: Sept. 21, 1959 Hometown: Carbondale, Ill. College: Southern Illinois, 1982 PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1978, Illinois 1979-80, Southern Illinois

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1982, Southern Illinois graduate assistant coach 1983-84, Illinois graduate assistant coach 1985, Illinois assistant coach/tight ends and offensive tackles 1986, Illinois assistant coach/wide receivers 1987-89, Miami (Ohio) University assistant coach/tight ends 1990-93, Miami assistant coach/quarterbacks/ recruiting coordinator 1994-96, Southern Illinois head coach 1997-98, Northwestern assistant coach/quarterbacks 1999, Colorado assistant coach/quarterbacks 2000-2005, Colorado assistant coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks 2006, Nebraska assistant coach/tight ends/ recruiting coordinator

Wife: Anita Children: Amber, Aaron and Adam

Shawn Watson is in his fifth season at Nebraska in 2010 and his fourth as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Watson has a proven track record as a Big 12 coordinator and has 28 years of college coaching experience, including three years as a head coach. Nebraska returns 10 offensive starters for the 2010 season, a large contrast to last season when the Huskers lost most of their offensive experience, especially at the skill positions. Firsttime starters accounted for 22 of Nebraska’s 40 touchdowns in 2009, including 10 scores from the Huskers’ freshman class. Three true freshmen scored for Nebraska in 2009, a program record. In the season opener, I-back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Cody Green each rushed for a touchdown to become the first pair of Husker true freshmen to ever score in a season opener. Green later went on to start games at Baylor and at home against Oklahoma to join Tommie Frazier as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback for the Huskers. Although an inexperienced offense did not match the elite offensive numbers of the previous two seasons - including top-25 total offense rankings in both 2007 and 2008 - the unit helped Nebraska capture the Big 12 North crown and post its first 10-win season since 2003. Nebraska averaged 147.1 rushing yards per game in 2009, and junior I-back Roy Helu Jr. posted a 1,000-yard rushing season, and surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards. The Huskers averaged 175.7 yards through the air, and first-year starter Zac Lee completed nearly 60 percent of his passes. Watson’s balanced attack a year earlier averaged 169.8 yards per game on the ground and 281.0 yards in the air, as the Huskers’ 450.8 yards of total offense per game ranked 12th nationally. Senior quarterback Joe Ganz set single-season school records for total yards with 3,826, and passing yards with 3,568 in 2008. He threw for 25 touchdowns while completing 67.9 percent of his passes, finishing his career with more than 20 NU records. Watson was promoted to offensive coordinator before the 2007 season, when the Huskers threw for a school-record 3,886 yards, including the top three passing days in school history. The Nebraska offense ranked ninth nationally at 468.2 yards per game, NU’s best average since 1997. A pair of Watson’s

quarterbacks helped Nebraska rank seventh nationally in passing with a school-record 323.8 yards per game. In his first season at Nebraska, Watson coached the tight ends and was the recruiting coordinator. Among his proteges that first season at NU was Matt Herian, who finished his career with a Husker tight end record for receptions (65) and reception yardage (1,243). Watson came to Nebraska after seven seasons on Gary Barnett’s Colorado staff from 1999 to 2005, including the last six as offensive coordinator. Watson was on the staff of four Colorado teams that won the Big 12 North Division, including a conference title in 2001. Prior to moving to Colorado, Watson worked for Barnett at Northwestern in 1997 and 1998, serving as quarterbacks coach for the Wildcats. Watson earned his spot at Northwestern following a three-year stint as the head coach at Southern Illinois, Watson’s alma mater. During his three years at SIU, the Salukis compiled an 11-22 record, and produced 20 allconference players. Watson was named the coach at SIU after an impressive sevenyear run as an assistant coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At Miami, Watson tutored the tight ends for three years, wide receivers for two years and served as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in his final two seasons. Watson’s first full-time assistant coaching job came on Mike White’s Illinois staff. Watson first served as a graduate assistant in 1983 and 1984, then worked with the offensive tackles and tight ends in 1985, before serving as the Illini’s wide receivers coach in 1986. Watson was a part of two bowl teams at Illinois, including the 1983 Rose Bowl team. Watson began his collegiate playing career at Illinois in 1978, but transferred to Southern Illinois at Carbondale in 1979 and played two seasons with the Salukis as a safety. He earned a bachelor’s degree from SIU in 1982, then served for one season as a graduate assistant with the Salukis in 1982. Watson and his wife, Anita, have a daughter, Amber, and two sons, Aaron and Adam, a senior walk-on receiver for the Huskers. Amber and her husband, Marcus, have two children, Caden and Maggie.

2007-present, Nebraska assistant coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks

The Watson Family (from top left) left): Adam Adam, Aaron Aaron, Anita and Shawn Shawn. Not pictured pictured: Amber Amber.

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TIM BECK | Running Backs | Central Florida (1988) | Born: March 14, 1966 Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio College: Central Florida, 1988 Tim Beck is in his third season as the Huskers’ running backs coach in 2010. In 2009, Nebraska averaged 147.1 rushing yards per game, and outrushed 11 of 14 opponents, including the final six foes of the season. Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 1,147 yards, and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in rushing to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. Fellow backs Rex Burkhead and Dontrayevous Robinson each played key roles as true freshmen. Burkhead ran for 346 yards, while Robinson had 165 rushing yards, and the duo became the first pair of true freshmen Husker I-backs to each score a pair of touchdowns since 1993. In his first season, Beck coached a prolific running game that averaged 169.8 yards per game, including three running backs who topped 450 rushing yards. Under Beck, Nebraska’s running game continued to improve throughout 2008. Nebraska had five games with more than 200 rushing yards in conference play, including a season-high 355 yards against Kansas State. In conference games, Nebraska ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 at 182.5 yards per game, tops in the North division. Beck came to Nebraska with excellent knowledge of the conference after a three-year stint on the staff at Kansas. Beck was the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of his three seasons in Lawrence, and was promoted to pass game coordinator in February of 2007. The Kansas passing game flourished under Beck’s leadership. In 2007, Kansas featured one of the nation’s most potent offenses, helping the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and a No. 7 final national ranking. Kansas capped its season with a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl. The Jayhawks finished the year ranked second nationally in scoring offense (42.8 ppg), eighth in total offense (479.8 ypg) and 17th in passing offense (291.0 ypg). Four Kansas players topped the 40-reception mark, led by senior receiver Marcus Henry, who caught 54 passes for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns to earn All-Big 12 honors. In 2006, five Jayhawk receivers caught at least 24 passes, led by Fields who snared a team-high 45 receptions. In 2005, Beck’s receiving corps helped Kansas to a 7-5 record and a victory in the Fort Worth Bowl.

Wife: Tamara Children: Jordan and Haylie Marie

Before joining the Jayhawks, Beck was one of the most respected high school coaches in the state of Texas, serving three seasons at Summit High in Mansfield. He was the 2003 District Coach of the Year, and a year later, Summit High advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs with a 9-4 record. The Jaguars finished the season with the top-ranked defense in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area under Beck’s leadership. Beck was the head coach at R.L. Turner High in Carrollton, Texas, from 1999 to 2001, leading the school to back-to-back playoff appearances and consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 25 years. Beck was named the district coach of the year in 2000. Prior to coaching in the Texas high school ranks, Beck worked at Missouri State for three seasons from 1996 to 1998, including one season as the offensive coordinator. In 1998, the MSU offense racked up 4,542 total yards-the fourth-best single-season mark in school history. Beck was hired at Missouri State after leading Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., to the 1995 4A state championship – the first state championship in the school’s 30-year history. Beck was named the regional coach of the year in 1994, and in his final two seasons at the school, Saguaro compiled a 23-4 record, compared to a 5-43 mark in the five seasons prior to his arrival. The 44-year-old Beck first gained experience in the Big 12 Conference as a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 1991 and 1992 under Head Coach Bill Snyder. Beck worked on the KSU staff with Carl Pelini. Previously, Beck coached the outside linebackers and punters at Illinois State in 1990, and worked in 1988 and 1989 as an assistant coach at Miramar High School. Beck is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High, the same high school that Bo and Carl Pelini attended. Beck was a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Cardinal Mooney. Beck played at Central Florida and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988 before adding a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from KSU in 1992. He and his wife, Tamara, have a son, Jordan, and a daughter, Haylie Marie.

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PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1984-85, Central Florida

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1988-89, Miramar High School, Miramar, Fla. assistant coach 1990, Illinois State assistant coach/outside linebackers 1991-92, Kansas State graduate assistant coach 1993-95, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, Ariz. head coach 1996-98, Missouri State assistant coach/offensive coordinator 1999-2001, R.L. Turner High School, Carrollton, Texas head coach 2002-04, Mansfield Summit High School, Mansfield, Texas head coach 2005-06, Kansas assistant coach/wide receivers 2007, Kansas assistant coach/wide receivers/ pass game coordinator 2008-present, Nebraska assistant coach/running backs


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RON BROWN | Tight Ends | Brown (1979) | Born: Nov. 28, 1956 Hometown: New York, N.Y. College: Brown, 1979 PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1975-78, Brown University

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1982, New Jersey Rams defensive coordinator 1983, Brown head freshman coach 1984-86, Brown assistant coach 1987-2002, Nebraska assistant coach/wide receivers/ tight ends 2003, Nebraska assistant coach/wide receivers 2008-present, Nebraska assistant coach/tight ends

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 1986, Brown Assistant to the Athletic Director 2004-2007, State Director Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Wife: Molvina Children: Sojurner Elaine and Bronwyn Pearl

Veteran college assistant Ron Brown re-joined the Nebraska coaching staff in 2008 and is in his third season as the Huskers’ tight ends coach. The 2010 campaign is Brown’s 20th overall season as a Nebraska assistant after serving as an assistant for 17 seasons from 1987 to 2003. In 2009, Brown’s tight ends unit combined for 46 catches, 442 yards and six touchdowns. Five different tight ends caught a pass, including three with a touchdown reception. Overall, tight ends grabbed six of Nebraska’s 18 touchdown catches. Mike McNeill enjoyed his second straight strong season under Brown’s tutelage. McNeill tied for the team lead with four touchdown catches, while ranking second with 26 catches and third with 259 receiving yards. He was a second-team AP AllBig 12 selection and enters his senior season in 2010 poised to shatter the NU record for career receptions by a tight end. In 2008, Brown assisted with an NU offense that finished 12th nationally in total offense. McNeill set a Nebraska tight end season record with 32 receptions, including six touchdown grabs. Fellow sophomore tight end Dreu Young averaged a team-leading 15.6 yards per catch while sharing time with McNeill. Brown served as receivers coach for his entire first tenure with the Huskers and also tutored the tight ends during his first 16 seasons on the NU staff. The blocking of Brown’s wide receivers played a key role in Nebraska’s nine NCAA rushing titles. Brown and former Husker Stan Parker are co-founders and co-directors of a statewide Christian ministry called Mission Nebraska. This ministry stewards numerous Christian radio stations and translators across Nebraska, along with facilitating a host of other endeavors that are near to Brown’s heart. One such passion was the several I CAN CAMPS that minister to low-income children throughout Nebraska. The 53-year-old Brown spent the four years prior to his return to coaching serving as the Nebraska State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While he relinquished that duty to return to the Cornhuskers, he continues as a regular columnist for FCA’s National Magazine “Sharing the Victory.” Brown also hosts a national weekly one-minute sports feature called, “I Got Jesus, Who You Got.”

During his time away from coaching, Brown also worked as an internet, television and radio college and high school analyst for ESPN and Sports Spectrum. Through Mission Nebraska, Brown hosts a weekly statewide cable TV show called “Truth Vision.” He has authored several books on Christian character and growth. Brown has a heart for Christian men and boys to courageously lead in the public square. He is an outspoken advocate on many issues, including adoption, abstinence and drug and alcohol education, race relations and anti-pornography, to name a few. Brown is also nationally respected for his ability as an intense teacher on the gridiron. The NU receivers under Brown were long known for their tenacity and downfield blocking. Despite featuring a run-based attack from 1987 to 2003, Brown’s receivers and tight ends also made their mark in the passing game, leading the Big 12 in touchdown receptions three times. Twenty-seven of Brown’s former pupils have gone on to professional careers, including tight end Johnny Mitchell, the New York Jets’ first-round pick in 1992; Tyrone Hughes, the two-time Pro Bowl selection with the New Orleans Saints; and tight end Sheldon Jackson, a 1999 draft pick of the Buffalo Bills. Brown has coached 37 academic all-conference players and two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans with the Huskers. Brown joined Osborne’s staff after four years of coaching at Brown University in Providence, R.I., from 1983 to 1986. Brown’s first season was as the school’s head freshman coach, and he then spent three seasons as defensive backfield coach. Brown also served as assistant to the athletic director in 1986. Brown was a two-time first-team All-Ivy League performer as a defensive back. He was selected to Brown University’s AllCentury team and the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Brown signed with three NFL teams as a free agent from 1979 to 1981. Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Brown in 1979, then earned his master’s degree in health administration from Columbia University in 1982. He began his coaching career as a defensive coordinator for the semipro New Jersey Rams in 1982, before moving to his alma mater in 1983. Brown is married to Molvina Carter and they have two daughters, Sojourner Elaine and Bronwyn Pearl.

The Brown Family (from left): Ron Ron, Molvina Molvina, Bronwyn and Sojourner Sojourner.

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BARNEY COTTON | Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line | Nebraska (1983) | Born: Sept. 30, 1956 Hometown: Omaha, Neb. College: Nebraska, 1983 Barney Cotton is in his third season as the Nebraska offensive line coach. The Omaha native is in his fourth season overall as a Nebraska assistant, having previously served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in 2003, a position Cotton has tutored for 21 years. Cotton also serves as Nebraska’s associate head coach, assisting Head Coach Bo Pelini with a number of administrative issues. Under Cotton’s leadership in 2009, three Husker linemen (Ricky Henry, Jacob Hickman and Keith Williams) earned All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press. The line helped pave the way for I-back Roy Helu Jr. to earn All-Big 12 honors while posting the 29th 1,000-yard rushing season in Husker history. The unit also surrendered only 19 sacks to rank 31st nationally. Cotton helped the Nebraska offense post impressive numbers in 2008, as the Huskers finished among the top 20 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense. Senior offensive guard Matt Slauson was a second-team All-Big 12 pick under Cotton’s guidance, while center Jacob Hickman was an honorable-mention pick by the coaches and tackle Lydon Murtha was named honorable-mention by the Associated Press. The O-line paved the way for the Husker running game to average 169.8 yards per game and scored 27 touchdowns, while protecting quarterback Joe Ganz as he threw for a singleseason school-record 3,568 yards, and set the single-season school-record with 3,826 total yards. In 2003, Cotton’s offensive unit helped Nebraska to a 10-3 record and a victory over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl. Nebraska ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing offense and four Husker offensive linemen earned all-conference accolades. Following his successful one-year stint with NU, Cotton stayed in the Big 12, serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Iowa State. With the Cyclones, Cotton directed a potent ISU offensive attack led by quarterback Bret Meyer and record-setting receiver Todd Blythe. In 2004, Cotton’s offensive attack helped ISU to a late-season surge and a berth in the Independence Bowl where it defeated Miami (Ohio). The following season, Meyer and Blythe led ISU to a trip to the Houston Bowl as Meyer threw for 2,876 yards, while Blythe topped 1,000 receiving yards. Center Scott

Wife: Christine Children: Ben, Jake and Sam

Stephenson was a first-team All-Big 12 pick that year in his first season under Cotton.

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Following his stint at ISU, Cotton served as a volunteer assistant coach at Ames High School in 2007, where he assisted with all aspects of the offense.

1979, Cincinnati Bengals

Before his four-year run as an offensive coordinator in the Big 12 Conference, Cotton spent the previous six seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at New Mexico State on the staff of former Husker Tony Samuel. Under Cotton’s direction, the Aggie offense ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense three times in six seasons and ranked in the top 25 in rushing offense all six seasons. Cotton went to New Mexico State from Hastings College, where he was head coach in 1995 and 1996. In 1995, the Broncos won the Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference Championship and made an appearance in the NAIA playoffs. Cotton was named the 1995 NIAC Coach of the Year. Cotton spent six seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at St. Cloud State (Minn.) from 1989 to 1994. In 1989, St. Cloud won the North Central Conference Championship and averaged more than 400 yards per game of total offense. An all-state selection as a senior at Omaha Burke High School, Cotton played for Nebraska from 1975 to 1978. He played on the offensive line as a freshman and sophomore, then switched to defense where he started at tackle in 1977. Cotton moved back to offense for his senior season in 1978, where he earned second-team All-Big Eight honors as a guard on coach Tom Osborne’s Big Eight championship team. Cotton played in the 1979 East-West Shrine Game, then was a third-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979. Cotton played one season with Cincinnati and three in St. Louis from 1980 to 1982, before a knee injury forced his retirement. Cotton earned a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in 1983 and a master’s degree in athletic administration from St. Cloud State in 1994. Cotton and his wife, Christine, have three sons, Ben, Jake and Sam. Ben is a sophomore tight end for the Huskers in 2010, while Jake is a true freshman defensive lineman.

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1980-82, St. Louis Cardinals

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1989-94, St. Cloud State assistant coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line 1995-96, Hastings College head coach 1997-2002, New Mexico State assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line 2003, Nebraska assistant coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line 2004-06, Iowa State assistant coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line 2007, Ames (Iowa) High School volunteer offensive assistant 2008-present, Nebraska associate head coach/offensive line


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MIKE EKELER | Linebackers | Kansas State (1995) | Born: Oct. 4, 1971 Hometown: Blair, Neb. College: Kansas State, 1995 PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1991-94, Kansas State

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1999-2001, Omaha Skutt HS volunteer coach 2002, Manhattan (Kan.) HS assistant coach 2003-04, Oklahoma graduate assistant/defense 2005-06, LSU graduate assistant coach/defense 2007, LSU football intern 2008-present, Nebraska assistant coach/linebackers

Wife: Barbie Children: J.J., Cameryn, Abigail and Bella

Mike Ekeler is in his third season on the NU defensive staff in 2010. A native Nebraskan, Ekeler serves as linebackers coach.

Dorsey and LaRon Landry each earned first-team All-America honors.

His linebacking corps earned numerous honors in 2009, including second-team All-Big 12 accolades for Phillip Dillard and All-Big 12 freshman team honors for both Will Compton and Sean Fisher. After switching to WILL linebacker and starting the final nine games, Dillard totaled 83 tackles and 11 tackles for loss, including three sacks, while adding one interception before being taken in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The linebacker unit played a key role in Nebraska leading the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.

LSU finished in the top 10 nationally in 2005 in all four major defensive categories and allowed less than 270 total yards per contest. A pair of Tiger defensive tackles – Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten – each earned first-team All-America accolades.

In his first season with Nebraska, Ekeler molded a young linebacking corps that helped the Huskers rank second in the Big 12 in total defense in 2008, a dramatic improvement from 2007. Nebraska allowed 126 fewer yards per game than in 2008 and cut its rushing defense average nearly in half. The defensive accomplishments came despite the linebacking corps battling numerous injuries that forced Ekeler to use six different linebackers in the starting lineup throughout the year. Ekeler joined the Nebraska staff after spending the previous four seasons working alongside Bo Pelini. Ekeler spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at LSU, working with the Tiger defense. He then served as an intern for the LSU football team in 2007, helping the Tigers win the SEC and national titles, capped by a victory over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. The 2007 season marked the third time in five years Ekeler was part of a team that played in the BCS title game. In each of Ekeler’s three seasons assisting Pelini with the LSU defense, the Tigers finished third nationally in total defense. LSU finished the 2007 season with a 12-2 mark, after posting records of 11-2 in each of the previous two seasons. The Tigers were a perfect 3-0 in bowl games, winning the Peach Bowl in 2005, the Sugar Bowl following the 2006 campaign and the BCS National Championship Game in 2007. In 2006, the LSU defense surrendered just 242.8 yards per game, the fewest by a Tiger defense since 1976. LSU led the SEC in six defensive categories and ranked in the top five nationally in four major categories. Tiger defenders Glenn

Ekeler spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma on Coach Bob Stoops’ staff. In both of his seasons at OU, the Sooners participated in the national championship game and the Sooners posted a combined record of 24-3. In 2004, Ekeler worked alongside Bo Pelini, who served as the Sooners’ co-defensive coordinator in OU’s Big 12 title season. The Blair (Neb.) High School graduate got his start in coaching, serving as a volunteer assistant at Omaha Skutt High School from 1999 to 2001. The following season, Ekeler served as an assistant coach at Manhattan (Kan.) High School, before moving into the college game. Prior to his stint in the high school ranks, Ekeler spent seven years in private business, owning a sales company based in Omaha. Ekeler earned a reputation as a hard-nosed, fiery competitor during his playing days at Kansas State from 1991 to 1994. A four-year letterman, Ekeler was a linebacker and special teams standout for Coach Bill Snyder’s teams, including the 1993 Copper Bowl and 1994 Aloha Bowl teams. Snyder appointed Ekeler as a captain in 1994, the only selfappointed captain during Snyder’s 18 seasons as Wildcat head coach. His special teams play was noted as Ekeler was honored for his special teams play as the George Michael Sports Machine Special Teams Player of the Year. He also earned academic allconference honors while at Kansas State. Ekeler played a key role in Blair High School’s 1988 Class B state championship as a junior wide receiver and linebacker. Ekeler graduated from Kansas State in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in social science. He and his wife, Barbie, have four children, J.J., Cameryn, Abigail and Bella.

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TED GILMORE | Assistant Head Coach-Offense/Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator | Wyoming (1991) | Born: March 21, 1967 Hometown: Wichita, Kan. College: Wyoming, 1991 Ted Gilmore enters his sixth year on the Nebraska coaching staff in 2010. He has served as the receivers coach throughout his tenure with the Huskers, while also handling the role of recruiting coordinator the past four years. The 43-year-old Gilmore added the title of assistant head coach-offense in 2008. Husker receivers have posted record-setting numbers under Gilmore’s direction, helping the NU passing game rank among the nation’s top 15 in passing and total offense in both 2007 and 2008. Overall, Gilmore has coached three of the top six all-time receptions leaders in Nebraska history. In 2009, Gilmore guided first-year starter Niles Paul to a breakout season, highlighted by All-Big 12 accolades. Paul accounted for a team-leading 121.2 all-purpose yards per game, and caught 40 passes for 796 yards. He averaged a Big 12-best 19.9 yards per catch, the third-best yards per catch average in school history for receivers with at least 20 receptions. Nate Swift capped a record-breaking career in 2008. Swift broke 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers’ school record for career receptions (166), while ranking second with 2,476 career receiving yards. Swift also caught a wide receiverrecord 63 passes as a senior. Todd Peterson also excelled under Gilmore, ranking among the NU top five in career receptions and receiving yards. His 62 catches in 2008 rank third in Husker history. Peterson also became one of the most decorated student-athletes in recent years, picking up second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2008. Gilmore is considered a rising star in the profession. In 2007, he was selected to participate in the Expert Coaches Academy in Miami, and his receivers have seen success at all of his coaching stops. In 2007, the NU receivers were the catalyst behind an offense that ranked seventh nationally in passing and ninth in total offense, while producing the top three passing days in school history. Terrence Nunn and Maurice Purify finished their eligibility as the No. 2 and No. 5 career receivers at Nebraska. Nunn finished with 136 career catches, and finished third in career receiving yardage. Purify caught 57 passes as a senior, and finished with 16 touchdowns to rank No. 3 on the career list. Purify earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors for his efforts in 2007.

Wife: Jennifer Children: Taylor and T.J.

Gilmore came to Nebraska after spending two seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Colorado, where he also served as receivers coach and worked on the same staff as NU offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. Gilmore guided D.J. Hackett and Derek McCoy, who combined for 141 receptions, 1,896 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2003. Hackett set the school record with 78 receptions as a senior and was a first-team AllBig 12 selection before being taken in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. In 2004, Gilmore helped five Colorado wideouts catch 20 or more passes. Before his stint in Boulder, Gilmore spent two years as the wide receivers coach for Joe Tiller at Purdue. Gilmore coached the top receiving tandem in the Big Ten in 2002, when Taylor Stubblefield and John Standeford combined for 152 receptions and 2,096 yards. Stubblefield became the NCAA career leader with 316 receptions after catching at least one pass in all 47 collegiate games. He was a Biletnikoff Award finalist and consensus All-American in 2004. Standeford was the all-time Big Ten leader with 266 receptions and 3,788 yards, and was a semifinalist for the 2003 Biletnikoff Award, while also earning two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America certificates. Gilmore also had assistant coaching stints at Houston (2000), Kansas (1999) and his alma mater Wyoming (1997-98). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wyoming, working with the tight ends and wide receivers, including two-time All-American Marcus Harris. Along with Wendell Montgomery, Harris was the first receiver in NCAA history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons. Harris won the Biletnikoff Award in 1996 after setting the NCAA record with 4,518 receiving yards. Gilmore played his final two college seasons at Wyoming, lettering as a receiver in 1988 and 1989, after transferring from Butler County (Kan.) Community College. He caught 40 passes for a team-leading 594 yards and three TDs as a junior, and had 32 receptions for 445 yards and two TDs as a senior to earn second-team All-WAC honors. Gilmore earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wyoming in 1991. A native of Wichita, Kan., Gilmore graduated from Wichita South High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Taylor, and a son, T.J.

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PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1986-87, Butler County (Kan.) Community College 1988-89, Wyoming

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1994-96, Wyoming graduate assistant/receivers/ tight ends 1997-98, Wyoming assistant coach/wide receivers 1999, Kansas assistant coach/tight ends 2000, Houston assistant coach/wide receivers 2001-02, Purdue assistant coach/wide receivers 2003-04, Colorado assistant coach/wide receivers 2005-06, Nebraska assistant coach/wide receivers 2007, Nebraska assistant coach/wide receivers, recruiting coordinator 2008-present, Nebraska assistant head coach-offense/ wide receivers/recruiting coordinator


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JOHN PAPUCHIS | Special Teams Coordinator | Defensive Ends | Virginia Tech (2001) | Born: April 23, 1978 Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md. College: Virginia Tech, 2001 COACHING EXPERIENCE 2001-03, Kansas graduate assistant/defense 2004-07, LSU defensive intern/graduate assistant 2008-present, Nebraska assistant coach/defensive ends

Wife: Billie Children: Addyson and John

John Papuchis is in his third season on the Nebraska coaching staff in 2010. Papuchis tutors the Nebraska defensive ends and also serves as special teams coordinator while working with all of the Huskers’ special teams units. In 2009, his defensive ends combined for 127 tackles, including 33 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. With 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, senior Barry Turner was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection in 2009, while junior Pierre Allen racked up five sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Nebraska also owned one of the nation’s top special teams units in 2009. The Huskers’ kickoff and punt return units both ranked in the top 30 nationally, while All-Big 12 punter and place-kicker Alex Henery had an NU record 24 field goals, while also placing a Big 12-leading 30 punts inside the opponent 20yard line. The Huskers also ranked in the top 15 nationally in kickoff return defense and third in touchbacks. Henery enters his senior season in 2010 in a position to challenge NU’s career records for scoring, field goals and field-goal accuracy. Along with Henery, Papuchis had another weapon to utilize on special teams in Adi Kunalic. One of the nation’s elite kickoff specialists the past three years, Kunalic has ranked among the national leaders in touchbacks for each season, posting 86 career touchbacks including 29 in 2009. Kunalic’s performance last year helped Nebraska rank 15th nationally in kickoff return defense, the top average in the Big 12. In his first year in Lincoln, Papuchis saw starting defensive ends Zach Potter and Allen combine for 26 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 2008, with Potter earning honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades. The defensive ends helped a Nebraska defense that finished second in the Big 12 in total defense. The special teams unit had a banner year under Papuchis in 2008, headlined by Henery’s school-record 57-yard gamewinning field goal against Colorado. Henery finished the year 18-of-21 on field goals and missed just one extra point. Henery was a second-team All-Big 12 pick. The Huskers also ranked in the top 25 nationally in punt returns, and returned both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same season for the first time since 1998.

Papuchis joined the Nebraska coaching staff after spending the previous four seasons on the football staff at LSU. Papuchis worked closely with Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini during their time together in Baton Rouge. Papuchis served as a defensive intern for the Tigers, assisting in every aspect of the defensive gameplan and scouting reports. The efforts of Papuchis helped the Tigers rank among the nation’s top defenses throughout his time with LSU. The Tigers ranked third nationally in total defense each season from 2005 to 2007. In 2007, the Tiger defense helped LSU to SEC and national titles, capped by a 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers had a pair of consensus All-Americans in defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and safety Craig Steltz. Dorsey was one of the nation’s most decorated players, collecting the 2007 Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 2006, the LSU defense surrendered just 242.8 yards per game, the fewest by a Tiger defense since 1976. LSU led the SEC in six defensive categories and ranked in the top five nationally in four major categories. LSU finished in the top 10 nationally in all four major defensive categories in 2005, and allowed less than 270 total yards per contest. Papuchis also coached the Tiger punters. In 2007, punter Patrick Fisher led the SEC in punting with a 44.5-yard average and earned firstteam All-SEC honors. Papuchis first joined Nick Saban’s LSU staff prior to the 2004 season, helping the team earn a berth in the Capital One Bowl. Papuchis had a three-year stint as a graduate assistant at Kansas from 2001 to 2003. In 2001, he worked with the Jayhawk secondary and then assisted with the linebackers. In his final season in Lawrence, Papuchis helped the Jayhawks earn a berth in the Tangerine Bowl. Papuchis graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Kansas in 2003. Papuchis is a native of Gaithersburg, Md. He and his wife, Billie, have a two-year-old daughter, Addyson, and infant son, John.

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MARVIN SANDERS | Assistant Head Coach-Defense/Secondary | Nebraska (1988) | Born: Oct. 2, 1967 Hometown: Chicago, Ill. College: Nebraska, 1990 Marvin Sanders is in his third season as the secondary coach in 2010 and second with the title of assistant head coachdefense. Sanders has 17 years of experience in the college ranks, including previously serving as the NU defensive backs coach in 2003. The secondary was one of the nation’s best in 2009, helping Nebraska lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. The national pass efficiency defense crown marked NU’s second in three seasons with Sanders as secondary coach (also in 2003). NU also ranked in the top 10 nationally in sacks, rushing defense and total defense. Sanders’ defensive backs picked off 18 passes, while allowing only seven touchdown passes and 178.9 yards per game. NU limited opponents to a 47.8-percent pass completion mark to rank fourth nationally. Sanders had a pair of first-team All-Big 12 picks in 2009, and five defensive backs earned all-league accolades. Senior safety Larry Asante and junior cornerback Prince Amukamara were first-team selections. Amukamara returns in 2010 with DeJon Gomes and Eric Hagg, who each earned honorable-mention honors last year, along with departed Matt O’Hanlon. Asante was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft while O’Hanlon signed as a free agent. In 2008, Sanders developed a young Nebraska secondary that helped NU rank second in the Big 12 Conference in total defense. In a loaded conference that included five of the nation’s top eight passing offenses, the Husker secondary ranked second in the Big 12 in pass defense (233.4 ypg). Sanders’ first opportunity as a Nebraska assistant came in 2003 as NU set a school record with 47 takeaways, keying a 10-3 season. The Blackshirt defense set a school and league record with 32 interceptions and led the nation in pass efficiency defense, while finishing second in the country in scoring defense. Safety Josh Bullocks recorded a school-record 10 interceptions and became just the second NU sophomore in school history to earn All-America honors. Bullocks was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Sanders was an assistant for three seasons at North Carolina from 2004 to 2006. In his first season at UNC, Sanders was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach and helped the

Wife: Susan Children: Chandler Marie and Payton

Tar Heels reach a bowl game with a 5-3 record in ACC play. UNC won three of its final four games, allowing 338 yards per game in the final four contests, including just 234 against Duke, the fewest by a UNC defense in three years.

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Sanders was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in his final two seasons at UNC. Carolina jumped more than 60 spots to 42nd nationally in total defense in 2005, including holding Virginia to 199 total yards and limiting Boston College to just 14 points. The Tar Heels held opponents to 280.4 yards per contest in five victories and posted their highest interception total since 1999 under Sanders’ leadership.

1992-93, Nebraska Wesleyan assistant coach/secondary

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1994, Minnesota-Morris assistant coach/secondary/sports information director

In 2006, Sanders’ pupil, senior Kareen Taylor, ranked fourth in the ACC and among the top 25 nationally in interceptions.

1995-96 Nebraska-Omaha assistant coach/secondary

Sanders first came to Lincoln after a two-year stint as the secondary coach on Sonny Lubick’s Colorado State staff in 2001 and 2002. The Rams posted a 17-9 record during Sanders’ two seasons in Fort Collins, including winning the 2002 Mountain West title and earning a pair of bowl trips. Before his two seasons at CSU, Sanders spent one season at New Mexico State, where he coached defensive ends and outside linebackers for Head Coach Tony Samuel.

1997-99, Nebraska-Omaha assistant coach/defensive coordinator

Sanders spent five seasons at Nebraska-Omaha from 1995 to 1999. Sanders was the Mavericks’ secondary coach for all five seasons and was the team’s defensive coordinator for his final three years in Omaha. UNO won two North Central Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs twice under Sanders. A native of Markham, Ill., Sanders was the secondary coach at Minnesota-Morris in 1994, where he also served as sports information director. Sanders coached at Nebraska Wesleyan in 1992 and 1993.

2001-02, Colorado State assistant coach/secondary

Sanders earned three letters as a defensive back at Nebraska from 1987 to 1989, playing for Tom Osborne and secondary coach George Darlington. Despite injury, Sanders played in nine games in 1989 and earned honorable-mention All-Big Eight honors for the Fiesta Bowl squad.

2008, Nebraska assistant coach/secondary

Sanders received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1990. He is married to the former Susan M. Hyland of Omaha. They have a daughter, Chandler Marie, and a son, Payton.

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JEFF JAMROG | Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations | Nebraska (1987) | Born: Feb. 4, 1965 Hometown: Omaha, Neb. College: Nebraska, 1987 PLAYING EXPERIENCE 1983-87, Nebraska

COACHING EXPERIENCE 1988-89, Nebraska graduate assistant coach 1990-93, South Dakota assistant coach/inside linebackers/ special teams/academic coordinator 1994-96, Nebraska-Omaha assistant coach/defensive coordinator/defensive line/ inside linebackers 1997-99, New Mexico State assistant coach/defensive coordinator/inside linebackers 2000-02, Nebraska assistant coach/defensive line 2003, Nebraska assistant coach/defensive line/ defensive ends/special teams coordinator 2004-07, Minnesota State head coach

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 2008-present, Nebraska Assistant A.D. for Football Operations

Wife: Connie Children: Elizabeth, Brett and Jared

Former Nebraska player and assistant coach Jeff Jamrog is in his third year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations for the Husker program in 2010. Jamrog plays a key role in the administrative aspects of the football program and serves as a liaison with other parts of the athletic department. He works closely with Coach Bo Pelini and Athletic Director Tom Osborne on all football operations and assists with NU’s recruiting efforts. Jamrog also coordinates the travel, budget and staffing for the football office, assists with football scheduling, oversees the compliance, strength training, equipment and academic support units regarding football issues and also supervises football support staffs. Jamrog returned to Nebraska after spending four seasons as the head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato. The 45-year-old Jamrog guided his Maverick teams to a 17-27 overall record, including a 6-5 mark in 2004 – the program’s first winning season since 1994. The team boasted a six-game improvement in victories, which was not only a school record but tied for the fifth-largest single-season jump in NCAA Division II history.

The 2003 Nebraska defense led the country in takeaways, while ranking second nationally in scoring defense. Jamrog’s special teams units were also among the nation’s best totaling 21 blocked kicks and 11 punt returns for touchdowns in four years. With Jamrog as special teams coordinator in 2003, Nebraska led the Big 12 and ranked ninth nationally in net punting. Before his first tenure on the Nebraska coaching staff, Jamrog spent three years as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at New Mexico State. He helped Head Coach Tony Samuel turn around a program that had just two winning seasons in the previous 31 years. Jamrog served as the defensive coordinator at NebraskaOmaha from 1994 to 1996, and helped the Mavs to the 1996 North Central Conference title – the first outright title in school history. UNO earned a No. 4 national ranking, and improved by seven wins over 1995, the second-largest turnaround in Division II history. Jamrog was the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of South Dakota from 1990 to 1993. He began his coaching career at Nebraska in 1988 and 1989 as a graduate assistant.

The Maverick players coached by Jamrog also distinguished themselves in the classroom. Defensive lineman Spencer Dickinson earned a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team in both 2006 and 2007. While leading the Maverick program, Jamrog handled many of the duties he encounters on a daily basis with the Huskers.

Originally a walk-on for the Huskers, Jamrog played for the freshman team in 1983, redshirted in 1984, then lettered for three years as a defensive end. As a senior, Jamrog started and had 66 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss. Jamrog was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1987 and was an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. He was also the winner of the 1987 Guy Chamberlin Trophy.

His four-year run at Minnesota State came after a brief stint as the defensive coordinator at Western Illinois University in the spring of 2004. Prior to that appointment, Jamrog had spent the previous four seasons as the defensive line coach on Frank Solich’s staff at Nebraska.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1987 and his master’s in business administration in 1990. Jamrog and his wife, Connie, have three children: Elizabeth, Brett and Jared.

Jamrog tutored the Huskers’ interior defensive linemen each of his four years on the defensive staff. In his final season, Jamrog also coached the defensive ends and was named special teams coordinator for the 2003 Huskers. During his time with the Huskers, Jamrog helped Nebraska play for the national championship in the Rose Bowl following the 2001 season, along with two trips to the Alamo Bowl (2000, 2003) and an appearance in the Independence Bowl (2002).

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JAMES DOBSON | Head Football Strength Coach | Wisconsin (1996) | Born: Nov. 8, 1973 Hometown: Mt. Horeb, Wis. College: Wisconsin, 1996 James Dobson joined the Nebraska football staff in January 2008 as Head Football Strength Coach. He oversees all aspects of the Husker strength and conditioning program for football, which includes winter conditioning, summer workouts and inseason training. In Dobson’s first two seasons directing Nebraska’s strength and conditioning efforts, the Huskers have had impressive gains both on and off the field. Outstanding conditioning has been a key factor in NU ranking among the nation’s top fourth-quarter squads the past two seasons. In 2008, Nebraska outscored its opponents 155-52 in the fourth quarter. Nebraska’s point total and scoring differential in the fourth quarter were both second best in the nation. The Huskers again dominated the fourth quarter in 2009. Nebraska outscored its opponents 96-32 in the fourth quarter. The 32 points allowed in the fourth quarter tied for the best in the nation, while the 64-point differential was fourth. Overall in the second half, Nebraska outscored its opponents 154-55, as the 55 second-half points were the fewest allowed by any team in the nation. Prior to Nebraska, Dobson was part of the Iowa Hawkeye football program. He was in Iowa City during one of the most successful periods in school history. Iowa appeared in bowl games in six of seven seasons and won 38 games from 2002 to 2005. Iowa won 25 Big Ten games in that same period, including Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. With the Hawkeye program, Dobson worked under Chris Doyle, who is regarded as one of the nation’s top strength coaches.

Wife: Rebecca Children: Colton and Elise

his appreciation by donating $2 million to enhance the fouryear old Nebraska strength and conditioning facility. Sanders earned All-America honors at Iowa in 2003, and was the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with the Indianapolis Colts. Clark began his Hawkeye career as a walk-on linebacker, but moved to tight end and went on to earn All-America honors in 2002, before being a first-round draft pick. Gallery came to Iowa as a 240-pound tight end, and through the strength program, he left as a 320-pound offensive tackle, won the 2003 Outland Trophy and was the second overall selection in the 2004 draft. Greenway earned All-America honors as a senior in 2005, and was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. In addition to his experience at Iowa, Dobson worked for two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Southern Methodist, working with the football, volleyball and basketball teams. Dobson attended the University of Wisconsin, where he worked as a student assistant with the Badger football team for three seasons. He earned his B.S. degree in kinesiology from Wisconsin in 1996, and his master’s of science and administration degree from Central Michigan in 2004. A certified strength and conditioning specialist and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Dobson is a native of Mt. Horeb, Wis. He and his wife, Rebecca, have a son, Colton, and a daughter, Elise.

Dobson has had a history of working with some of the top college football players in the country over the past decade. Top pupils Dobson has worked with include defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at Nebraska along with safety Bob Sanders, tight end Dallas Clark, offensive tackle Robert Gallery and linebacker Chad Greenway at Iowa. Suh was a Heisman finalist and the most decorated defensive lineman in nearly two decades while earning national playerof-the-year honors for the Cornhuskers in 2009. The impact of Dobson and the NU strength and conditioning program on Suh is evident. Following the completion of his career, Suh showed

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ROSS WATSON

WINCE MORRIS

Graduate Assistant (Defense)

Director of Player Personnel

Ross Watson is in his third season as a graduate assistant coach with the Nebraska defensive staff. In his first two years in Lincoln, Watson assisted in a dramatic Cornhusker defensive resurgence. Nebraska ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense in 2008, and improved its per game average by more than 125 yards, before leading the nation in scoring defense and ranking seventh nationally in total defense in 2009. Watson joined the Huskers after spending two seasons as the cornerbacks coach at his alma mater, Division III powerhouse Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. During Watson’s two years on the Purple Raider staff, Mount Union posted a 29-1 record and won the 2006 national championship, before finishing as the Division III runner-up in 2007. In 2007, Watson assisted with a defense that posted seven shutouts, including six straight at one point in the season. Mount Union held opponents to just 173.7 total yards per game and intercepted 17 passes during the season. In 2006, the Raider defense was just as strong, allowing just 186.0 yards per game and earning four shutouts during a 15-0 season. Mount Union also intercepted 22 passes during its 2006 championship run. The 26-year-old Watson was a four-year letterwinner (2002-05) for Mount Union before joining the coaching staff. He started for each of his final three years at cornerback and earned first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference and first-team AFCA All-America honors as a senior in 2005. Watson led the team with nine interceptions as a senior, just one shy of the school record. In his career, Watson totaled 146 tackles, 14 interceptions and 29 pass breakups. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Watson graduated from Mount Union in 2006 with a degree in business administration. He is pursuing a master’s degree in education administration at Nebraska.

CURT BALDUS Graduate Assistant (Offense)

Curt Baldus rejoined the Husker coaching staff in January 2008 and is in his third season as an offensive graduate assistant coach. Baldus previously worked in the Cornhusker program as an offensive intern from February 2006 to January 2007. Nebraska finished 12th nationally in total offense in 2008 and also ranked in the top 20 in passing offense and scoring offense. In 2009, Roy Helu Jr. produced the program’s 29th 1,000-yard rushing season. Baldus spent the 2007 season at the University of Buffalo under then-head coach Turner Gill. He assisted with the coaching of the offensive line, kickers and punters. Buffalo was MAC East Co-Champions and Baldus coached Ben Woods, who finished in the top 10 nationally in Ray Guy Award voting. Baldus was also in charge of opponent scouting reports, film breakdown and on-campus recruiting. In his previous time with the Huskers as an intern, Baldus worked on film break-down, drawing offensive plays for weekly game plans and development of scouting reports. While at St. Cloud State University from 2002 to 2004 as a graduate assistant, Baldus helped with the offense and worked with kickers, punters and strength and conditioning. He helped St. Cloud State to a North Central Conference Co-Championship in 2002. Baldus is well-traveled in the college ranks, also working in athletic departments at Oklahoma State and Gustavus Adolphus College. Baldus’ playing career started at Chaska High School in Minnesota where he excelled in football as a three-year starter while earning honorable-mention all-metro honors in 1996 and all-conference accolades in 1997 as a quarterback. Baldus then moved onto Gustavus Adolphus where he played defensive back, outside linebacker and kicker. He earned allconference honors as a kicker and was an academic all-district team member in 2001. Baldus earned his master’s degree in both physical science and sport management from St. Cloud State University.

In his fifth year at Nebraska, Wince Morris was named director of player personnel in June 2010 after previously serving as the assistant director of football operations. In his role, Morris deals directly with Nebraska football student-athletes in a number of areas, including academic matters and community outreach activities. Morris also assists the staff with on-campus recruiting and plays a key role in Nebraska’s summer camps, while also serving as the liaison to NFL scouts. Morris has served in various roles in the football program throughout his five years in Lincoln, most recently as the Assistant Director of Football Operations, in which he played a leading role in Nebraska’s team travel. Morris came to the Huskers after working nine months in private business in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. Morris worked in the commercial capital division at National City Bank in Cincinnati before joining the Huskers, after spending four years as a litigation paralegal at Manley, Burke in Cincinnati. A 1997 graduate of Miami (Ohio), Morris played football for the RedHawks before earning a degree in sociology; thematic sequence political science public law in 1997. Morris was married to the former Kristina Teague in July 2009.

AUSTEN EVERSON Director of High School Relations

Austen Everson returned to the Nebraska football staff in 2009 and was named the director of high school relations in June 2010. A native of Brentwood, Tenn., Everson previously served as a football operations intern at NU from June 2008 to January 2009. Everson plays a key role in coordinating all of Nebraska’s on-campus recruiting efforts and scheduling official visits to the Nebraska campus by prospective student-athletes. Everson earned his bachelor’s degree in 2007 in management from Ohio University, where he was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback and two-year team captain during his junior and senior seasons under former Nebraska football coach Frank Solich. During his undergraduate career, Everson was a two-time academic All-MAC selection, National Football Foundation National Honor Society inductee and Draddy Trophy semifinalist while also earning accolades in the weight room as the All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. Following graduation, Everson served as a development intern for the Ohio Athletic Department in the summer of 2007 before becoming a graduate assistant in the administration office. He worked with Ohio’s senior women’s administrator for nearly two years while earning master’s degrees in business administration in 2008 and sports administration in 2009.

MEGAN ROGERS Assistant Director of Football Business Operations

Megan Rogers is in her third year as a member of the Nebraska football staff and her first season as the assistant director of football business operations. In her role, Rogers works closely with Assistant A.D. for Football Operations Jeff Jamrog on several administrative

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items. Rogers is responsible for coordinating team travel and is a part of the Huskers’ advance travel group. She also assists with the organization of camps and clinics, and is involved with implementation of recruiting weekends and other planning aspects of the recruiting process. Rogers spent her first two years at Nebraska as the coordinator of on-campus recruiting. During that time, she played a key role in the facilities improvements projects for recruiting in the football offices. Rogers came to Nebraska after spending the 2007 season as the director of football administration at Colorado. Rogers, who was just the second woman to hold that title at Colorado, was in charge of organizing all aspects of team travel, serving as the liaison with the players’ parents and support groups, aiding in the coordination of CU’s football camps, coordinating travel for Head Coach Dan Hawkins and both coordinators and serving on various athletic committees. Overall, Rogers spent four seasons in the CU athletic department. Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado in 2002. She spent five years as a student equipment manager for the Buffaloes’ football team.

AARYN KEARNEY Football Recruiting Staff Assistant

Aaryn Kearney joined the Nebraska football office on a full-time basis in February of 2009 as a recruiting staff assistant. Kearney assists in coordinating the recruiting process for the coaching staff including correspondence to prospects and coaches and organizing NCAA compliance records pertaining to recruiting activities and campus visits. Kearney had worked in the recruiting office as a student worker for the previous year before his full-time appointment. A native of Auburn, Neb., Kearney has been associated with the Husker football program since 2003, serving as a football student manager for five seasons. Kearney served as the head student manager during the 2007 season and was awarded the Tom and Terri Burnell Student Manager Scholarship that year. In addition to assisting the coaching staff in his role as a manager, Kearney was also actively involved with the Big Red Football School and coaching clinics. Kearney graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December of 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

JOE MOGLIA

MIKE NOBLER Football Video Coordinator

Mike Nobler is in his second year on the Nebraska staff where he serves as football video director. Nobler’s primary responsibility lies in overseeing Nebraska’s 42-client XOS coaching video network that is utilized by the whole football coaching staff on a near-daily basis. Along with a video staff of eight, Nobler implements the video system for the dayto-day use by coaches, including the taping and editing of practice and games along with opponent video breakdowns. Nobler previously spent two years as a field representative for the maker of the Huskers’ current video system, XOS Digital. He provided on-site support, installations of all software and hardware as well as staff training on the video system in college football and basketball and NFL video departments. Nobler also provided maintenance and troubleshooting for technical issues in the Windows-based programs along with various other XOS software applications. Nobler returned to a college football video department after spending four years as assistant video director at Oklahoma. He handled video of practice and games while working alongside the OU coaching staff as a video editor, and was a co-network administrator supporting the OU video setup. Nobler also spent one year in a similar video position at Illinois. A year earlier, he served a 12-month video internship with the St. Louis Rams. A native of Lake Villa, Ill., Nobler graduated from Western Illinois University in 2001 with a degree in communications. He is married to the former Heather Saluri, and the couple has a newborn daughter, Maddie.

MATT SCHILLING Assistant Football Video Coordinator

Matt Schilling is in his fifth season on the football staff as an assistant video coordinator. Schilling assists in providing all video needs for the Husker coaching staff, including film exchange and breakdown of practice and game footage. Schilling came to Nebraska after spending more than a year as the video coordinator at Ball State. He previously served as a student video coordinator at Southern Illinois for four years, where he also worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams for three seasons. A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Schilling earned his bachelor’s degree in radio/television production from Southern Illinois in 2004. Schilling is married to the former Alison Klingensmith, and they have a son, Andrew, who will turn one in October.

Executive Advisor to the Head Football Coach

Football Interns Joe Moglia is back with the Huskers for a second season assisting the Nebraska staff as the executive advisor to the head football coach. Moglia’s background in coaching covers 16 years, which includes two Ivy League championships as defensive coordinator at Dartmouth and numerous defensive and kicking records set at Lafayette. He also turned around two high school programs and has been inducted into two sports Halls of Fame. Outside of football, Moglia was one of the most successful businessmen in the country. After getting out of coaching in the mid-1980s, Moglia started a career in the financial services sector with Merrill Lynch and eventually rose through the ranks before becoming CEO of TD AMERITRADE, where he helped shareholders enjoy a 500-percent return. During his seven years at the helm, client assets rose from $24 billion to $280 billion. Over the years Moglia has collected a number of honors, including receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and received two honorary doctorate degrees. He was also honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the American Institute for Stuttering. He is also the only author to have written books published on both investing and football.

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LINDA LEUPOLD

LONNIE ALBERS, M.D.

Assistant to Coach Pelini

Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Medicine

Linda Leupold moved into the football office in 2004 and serves as Coach Bo Pelini’s assistant. Leupold’s current responsibilities include handling correspondence, scheduling and autograph requests for Coach Pelini, in addition to maintaining student-athlete eligibility and participation forms for the football program. She also assists with camps and coaches clinics. Leupold began working at Nebraska in 1982 as a receptionist at the city campus union. In 1984, she became involved with the NU Athletic Department as the track and field secretary before handling the same duties with the golf, tennis and wrestling teams beginning in 1996. Leupold’s husband, Mike, also works for the University as the assistant director for operations at the city campus union.

JONI DUFF

Dr. Lonnie Albers has served as director of athletic medicine at Nebraska since 1995 and has been working with the athletic department since 1985. He oversees the operations of the athletic medicine and athletic training facilities and staff. Albers practiced clinical medicine in Lincoln for more than 10 years and has 20 years of experience in urgent care. He previously served as a team physician from 1985 through 1995. Albers is responsible for the medical care of the student-athletes and maintains a pharmacy permit in order to dispense medicine to student-athletes as needed. A Hildreth, Neb., native, Albers is a certified medical review officer and administers Nebraska’s drug testing programs. Albers earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and English from Nebraska in 1977 and his M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1980. He also is board certified in Family Practice. Albers is married to the former Jodelle Glushenko, and they have three children, Scott, Michelle and Angela.

MARK MAYER

Assistant to the Defense

Head Football Athletic Trainer Joni Duff began her association with the Nebraska football office in 1980. Duff serves as a secretary to the defensive assistant coaches and handles multiple office functions. She is married to Craig Duff, and they have two sons, Alex, who will be a freshman on the soccer team at Benedictine (Kan.) College this year, and Nathan, a freshman in high school.

TERI RIGGINS Assistant to the Offense

Teri Riggins has served as a secretary in the football office since 1998 and began her association with the athletic department in 1996. Riggins is in her sixth year as the secretary to the offensive assistant coaches. Previously she served as the recruiting staff assistant for six years and two seasons as the track and field office secretary. Before joining the athletic department, she worked at Nebraska-Kearney for the Dean of the College of Education, in the Student Services office at Iowa Western CC and at Duncan Aviation. An alumnus of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa, Riggins and her husband, Jim, are the parents of Brenda Riggins and the late Jamie Riggins-Bayer. Teri and Jim are guardians for grandchildren Joshua, Victoria and Sampson; and have a fourth grandson, Marc.

Mark Mayer (pronounced Meyer) is in his fourth season as Nebraska’s head football athletic trainer. Mayer came to the Nebraska program in 2007 with more than a dozen years of experience in athletic medicine, including serving the previous nine years as the assistant athletic trainer for the Oakland Raiders. Mayer heads up Nebraska’s athletic medicine efforts for the football team. His responsibilities include year-round preventive care, immediate care for injured athletes at practices and games, and the reconditioning of injured athletes. Prior to joining the Raiders, he served first as an athletic trainer intern in 1995 and gained full-time status in 1998 as a strength and conditioning assistant. Mayer also served as a student athletic trainer for UC Davis from 1992 to 1994. He was named a full-time assistant athletic trainer for Oakland in 1999 and served in that capacity for Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 when the AFC Champion Raiders faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his 11 years with the Raiders, Mayer worked with former Husker players Adam Treu, John Parrella, Eric Johnson, Aaron Graham and Fabian Washington. Originally from San Leandro, Calif., Mayer graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1994, and served as a student athletic trainer for UC Davis from 1992 to 1994. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in physical education and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association. Married to the former Kira Schoeneman, Mayer and his wife have two children, 7-year old daughter Savannah Audren and 4-year old son Boston Zachary.

ADDITIONAL FOOTBALL ASSISTANTS AND STUDENT STAFF Football Strength and Conditioning Interns: John Wisniewski, Trent Clausen and Scott Trausch. Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer: Justin Rogers, ATC. Student Athletic Trainers: JT Benzel, Dan Cottrell, Tom Hammett, Wendy Mach, Kim Melrose and Kasey Shannon. Student Equipment Managers: Bryce Havlovic, Derrick Blomstedt and Tyler Recker. Student Managers: Brock Bandur, Paul Belz, Tanner Dunbar, Matt Hager,

Kyle Herchenbach, Bob Maffei, Jered Matzke, Jordan Moody, Morgan Randol, Braxton Staack, Sam Stanley, Steve Swett, Jerilyn Sykes. Football Office Student Assistants: Megan Cunningham, Marlo Mauer, Hannah Reinhardt, Elizabeth Venrick, Kaila Lewallen, Kylie Shoemaker and Alex McCann. Football Recruiting Office Student Assistants: Vinny Pelini and Brook Jobes. Student Video Assistants: Evin Hale, Matt Haron, Anthony Mandl, Britton Hess, Drew Jensen, Mike McGuire and Brandon Baratta.

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JERRY WEBER

James Dobson coordinate workouts. Wade, who is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (S.C.C.C.), received a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1996. Wade also played football for the Plainsmen from 1992 to 1994. Wade is married to the former Amber Burgess, who lettered for the Husker softball team from 2000 to 2003. The couple has two sons: one-year-old Burgess and newborn William.

Head Athletic Trainer

Jerry Weber began his association with the Nebraska athletic medicine staff in 1977 and has been head athletic trainer and associate director of athletic medicine since 1996. In his duties as head athletic trainer and physical therapist, he oversees the operation of all athletic medicine facilities and supervises the Husker staff of athletic trainers, graduate and undergraduate student assistants. Along with his duties as head athletic trainer, Weber directs the orthopaedic rehabilitation and coordinates the return to sport programs with orthopaedic specialists and athletic training staff. During the spring he also works with the men’s gymnastics and baseball teams. A Sidney, Neb., native, Weber earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Nebraska in 1974. He earned his physical therapy degree from UNMC in 1976 and his master’s degree from Western Illinois in 1977. Weber has enjoyed a distinguished career at Nebraska. He was honored in June of 2004 by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) as one of 18 members to receive the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award. In the spring of 2003, Weber was inducted into the District V NATA Hall of Fame for his many years of service to that organization. Weber was also honored by the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame when he received the 2001 Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award.

PATRICK SPIELDENNER

TYLER CLARKE Assistant Strength Coach

Tyler Clarke is in his third season as an assistant strength coach for the football program. Like Head Football Strength Coach James Dobson, Clarke came to Nebraska from the University of Iowa where he spent three seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. With the Huskers, Clarke assists Dobson with all aspects of the Nebraska strength and conditioning program for football, which includes winter conditioning, summer workouts and in-season training. Previously, Clarke served as a student assistant with the Hawkeye strength and conditioning staff while working toward his degree. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Sports Studies from Iowa in 2005 and his master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan in 2008. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. A native of Ames, Iowa, Clarke is also American Red Cross CPR Certified.

WILLIE JONES

Assistant Football Athletic Trainer

Assistant Strength Coach Patrick Spieldenner joined the Nebraska Athletic Department as the assistant football athletic trainer in July of 2007. Spieldenner assists with all aspects of the athletic medicine efforts for the football team, including year-round preventive care, immediate care for injured athletes at practice and games and the reconditioning of injured athletes. Spieldenner came to Nebraska from the University of New Mexico, where he was the head athletic trainer for men’s soccer and an assistant athletic trainer for football. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with his master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration in December of 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from San Diego State in 2004, where he spent more than three years as a student athletic trainer. Outside of collegiate sports, Spieldenner spent season-long appointments with the NBA-D League’s Albuquerque Thunderbirds and the NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire, as well as season and summer internships with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. Spieldenner is married to the former Lianna Shupe, and is originally from Northern California.

CHAD WADE

Willie Jones is in his second season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Nebraska football team. Jones came to Nebraska in 2009 from South Dakota State, where he spent two years as a graduate assistant for the Jackrabbit strength and conditioning department. With the Huskers, Jones assists Head Football Strength Coach James Dobson with all aspects of the strength and conditioning for football. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in health promotion from South Dakota State in 2007. He is also near completion of a master’s degree from SDSU. Jones was a three-year letterman for the Jackrabbit football team from 2002 to 2006. Jones is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach through the same organization. A native of Yankton, S.D., Jones is also CPR certified through the American Red Cross. He is the proud parent of one son, Cameron.

BRANDON RIGONI

Assistant Strength Coach

Assistant Strength Coach Chad Wade is an assistant strength coach for football who began his association with the athletic performance team in 1996. Previously, Wade was the Bob Devaney Sports Center strength coach for three years, working primarily with the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and served three years as the assistant strength coach at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. With the football team, Wade helps head football strength coach 78

A member of Nebraska football’s rich walk-on tradition as a player, Brandon Rigoni joined the Husker Power staff in a full-time role as an assistant strength coach in 2009, after spending two years as an intern in NU’s strength and conditioning program.

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Rigoni is currently a member of the biopsychology Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska, with an emphasis in statistics. His research centers on athletic performance as it relates to the human stress response system. On the field, Rigoni earned three letters as a special teams standout for the Cornhuskers. He was elected a football team captain, 2004 Special Teams MVP, 2006 Nebraska Lifter of the Year and earned a scholarship prior to the start of his senior season. Rigoni was also a standout in the classroom as a two-time first-team academic AllBig 12 selection and an eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Upon graduation from Nebraska, Rigoni studied abroad in Italy before returning to the Nebraska Athletic Department as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach.

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CHRIS MCQUILLAN Assistant Equipment Manager

Chris McQuillan is in his fifth year as assistant equipment manager and ninth year working with the University of Nebraska athletic department. A 2006 graduate of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, McQuillan was hired full-time in the summer of 2006 after serving the previous four years as a student equipment manager. McQuillan, who lettered for the Husker track team in 2002, is responsible for the care of equipment for the football, baseball, softball and volleyball programs, as well as the maintenance of the locker rooms at Haymarket Park. McQuillan and his wife, Heather, were married in June 2010.

Sports Nutritionist

Josh Hingst joined the Nebraska Athletic Department as sports nutritionist in April of 2009. In this role, Hingst directs body composition analysis, nutrition education, performance fueling strategies, eating disorder prevention and counseling, sports supplements and hydration. He also plays a role in coordinating menus and education at the Nebraska Training Table and planning meals on the road for various Nebraska teams. Hingst’s professional licenses and certifications include: Registered Dietician, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Hingst previously served as team nutritionist for the Atlanta Falcons during the 2008 season, after spending five years in strength and conditioning and sports nutrition capacities at Florida State. During his time at FSU, Hingst earned his master’s degree in clinical nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition. Hingst received his bachelor’s degrees in nutritional sciences and dietetics and exercise science from Nebraska in 2001, and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Huskers as a student at Nebraska. Hingst is a native of Hooper, Neb.

JAY TERRY Equipment Manager

Jay Terry has been equipment manager at Nebraska since 2002 and has served on the Nebraska athletic department equipment staff since 1998. Terry also spent two years as a student equipment manager before serving as an assistant equipment manager for four years. Terry maintains the Husker football locker room and is in charge of the football team’s equipment needs. He coordinates the transportation of all football and support equipment to road games, and oversees Nebraska’s equipment staff of three full-time assistants and several student workers who handle all 23 of Nebraska’s sports. Terry is also in charge of overseeing the Husker football student managers. A native of Cozad, Neb., Terry has been a member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association for 11 years. He earned a degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska in May 2004. Terry is married to the former Heather Bridger and they have a one-year-old son, Connor.

DENNIS LEBLANC Senior Associate Athletic Director/ Academics and Compliance

Dennis Leblanc has been with the Nebraska athletic department since 1983 and has been a member of the academic support program for student-athletes since 1987. He has been the director of the academic program since 1993, was named an associate athletic director in 1998 and was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director in August of 2007. Leblanc is the day-to-day academic advisor for the Husker football team. Under Leblanc, Nebraska is the national leader in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for football and all sports and NCAA Today’s Top Eight Award honorees and recipients of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship. Leblanc is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A). In 2002, he received the prestigious Lan Hewlett Award, presented to an athletic administrator in recognition of distinguished performance in providing personal, academic and professional guidance to student-athletes. Leblanc earned his undergraduate degree from Bethany College, and a master’s degree from Wichita State. He and his wife, Coreen, have four children, including daughters Olivia and twins Madeleine and Mackenzie, and a son, Christian.

KEITH ZIMMER Associate Athletic Director/ Life Skills

As associate athletic director for life skills, Keith Zimmer utilizes his 20 years of life skills and student services experience to support all current student-athletes in addition to providing life skills guidance to former student-athletes. Zimmer is also responsible for overseeing sports psychology services available to Nebraska student-athletes. Zimmer has worked at NU since 1988 and is regarded as a national leader in the field of life skills. In September of 2006, he earned the Dr. Gene Hooks Award as the Life Skills Administrator of the Year. Zimmer has served as a Life Skills trainer for the NCAA and is active with the National Consortium for Academics and Sport. Zimmer continues to serve as the advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and remains active in the Ventures In Partnership program where student-athletes are integrated into various outreach initiatives with Lincoln Public Schools. Zimmer earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State College and his master’s in education from Springfield (Mass.) College. Zimmer and his wife, Michelle, have two sons, Logan and Caden.

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Lettermen in Bold; *-Indicates Letters Earned No. Name Pos. 95 *** Allen, Pierre DE 21 *** Amukamara, Prince CB 70 Anderson, Kenny DE 9 Ankrah, Jason DE 70 Ash, Nick OL 47 Ashburn, Walker DE 82 Barry, Robert TE 40 Bart, Josh DB 2 * Bell, Antonio WR 34 Bell, Kenny WR 39 * Blatchford, Justin DB 14 ** Blue, Anthony CB 9 Broekemeier, Joe WR 22 * Burkhead, Rex IB 22 Camarata, Joseph LB 58 ** Caputo, Mike OL 16 Carnes, Brion QB 8 * Cassidy, Austin S 51 Chapek, Brandon OL 77 Choi, Seung Hoon OL 42 Clark, Tyson WR 72 Coffey, Jesse OL 51 * Compton, Will LB 6 Cooper, Corey DB 1 * Cooper, Khiry WR 81 * Cotton, Ben TE 96 Cotton, Jake DL 94 ** Crick, Jared DT 67 Criss, Scott OL 95 Daake, Tyler P/PK 27 Damkroger, Jon P/PK 97 Dann, Jason P/PK 4 David, Lavonte LB 31 * Dean, Jase CB 15 ** Dennard, Alfonzo CB 87 Dixon, Taylor WR 32 Ebke, Jim S 18 Enunwa, Quincy WR 17 Evans, Ciante DB 88 Evans, Tyler WR 92 Fahie, Tyrone DE 25 Felici, Joey DB 42 * Fisher, Sean LB 30 Foster, Derek DB 80 Gdowski, Andy DE 11 ** Gilleylen, Curenski WR 7 * Gomes, DeJon DB 11 Green, Andrew CB 17 * Green, Cody QB 66 Greenfield, Beaux LS 41 *** Grove, Thomas LB 99 Guy, Jay DL 28 *** Hagg, Eric DB 50 Hardrick, Jermarcus OL 30 ** Hays, Mike FB 23 Heard, Braylon RB 10 *** Helu Jr., Roy IB 90 *** Henery, Alex PK/P 74 * Henry, Ricky OL 8 *** Henry, Will WR 80 ** Hill, Ryan TE/FB 35 Holt, Andrew DB 35 * Holt, Matt LB 57 Hron, Mitch LB 45 Hughes, Keegan WR 85 Hyland, KC WR 26 Jackson, Harvey DB 58 Jackson, Justin DL 29 Jameson, Seth DB 83 Jean-Baptiste, Stanley WR 55 Jensen, Rob OL 28 * Jones, Austin IB 73 ** Jones, D.J. OL 52 Jones, Dwight OL 78 ** Jones, Marcel OL 12 Kellogg III, Ron QB 89 Kerr, J.T. TE 4 Kildow, Ty WR 84 * Kinnie, Brandon WR 85 Klingelhoefer, Faron DT 44 Kreikemeier, Micah LB 1 *** Kunalic, Adi PK 5 * Lee, Zac QB

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NUMERICAL ROSTER Ht. 6-5 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-5 6-2 6-8 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-1 5-10 6-4 5-11 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-5 6-2 6-4 6-7 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-6 6-6 6-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-0 6-2 5-11 6-1 6-3 5-9 6-6 5-11 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-7 6-1 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-4 6-5 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-6 6-2 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-2 5-10 6-5 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-4 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-2

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HUSKER COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Bo Pelini, 20-8, third season at Nebraska Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line: Carl Pelini; Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Shawn Watson; Running Backs: Tim Beck; Tight Ends: Ron Brown; Associate Head Coach/Offensive Line: Barney Cotton; Assistant Head Coach (Offense)/Receivers/ Recruiting Coordinator: Ted Gilmore; Linebackers: Mike Ekeler; Defensive Ends/Special Teams Coordinator: John Papuchis; Assistant Head Coach (Defense)/Secondary: Marvin Sanders; Graduate Assistant/Offense: Curt Baldus; Graduate Assistant/Defense: Ross Watson; Head Football Strength Coach: James Dobson; Associate A.D./Football: Jeff Jamrog; Head Football Trainer: Mark Mayer; Equipment Manager: Jay Terry. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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Micah Kreikemeier ......................LB *** Mike McNeill ........................ TE/WR Keegan Hughes ......................... WR Alonzo Whaley ...........................LB * Eric Martin ..................................LB Walker Ashburn.......................... DE Brett Wells ..................................TE * Tyler Legate ................................FB Tobi Okuyemi ............................ DE Matt Manninger ......................... LB *** Dreu Young .................................TE Jermarcus Hardrick .................... OL Brandon Chapek......................... OL * Will Compton. .............................LB Dwight Jones ............................. OL J.C. Moore .....................................D Thaddeus Randle.........................DL Trevor Roach ...............................LB Rob Jensen ................................. OL * Baker Steinkuhler....................... DT Devin Paulsen .............................LB Mark Pelini ................................... O Mitch Hron ..................................LB Mike Moudy .............................. OL ** Mike Caputo............................... OL Justin Jackson .............................DL Colby Starkebaum.......................LB Brian Thorson............................. OL Spencer Long ............................. OL Jeff Uher .....................................DL Cole Pensick ............................... OL Andrew Rodriguez...................... OL Colin McDermott........................ DE *** Mike Smith................................. OL Beaux Greenfield......................... LS Scott Criss .................................. OL Sam Meginnis ........................LS/LB Josh Molek ................................. DT *** Keith Williams ............................ OL Brodrick Nickens ........................ OL Kenny Anderson......................... DE Nick Ash ..................................... OL Jeremiah Sirles ........................... OL Jesse Coffey ............................... OL ** D.J. Jones ................................... OL * Ricky Henry ................................ OL Luke Lingenfelter ....................... OL Brent Qvale ................................ OL Seung Hoon Choi ....................... OL ** Marcel Jones .............................. OL Brandon Thompson.................... OL Andy Gdowski ............................ DE ** Ryan Hill .................................TE/FB * Ben Cotton ..................................TE Robert Barry................................TE Stanley Jean-Baptiste................ WR * Brandon Kinnie ......................... WR KC Hyland ................................. WR Faron Klingelhoefer.................... DT Mychael McClure.........................TE Taylor Dixon .............................. WR Tyler Evans................................ WR * Jay Martin.................................. DE J.T. Kerr.......................................TE Conor McDermott ...................... DE *** Alex Henery............................. PK/P ** Terrence Moore.......................... DT Donovan Vestal .......................... DE Tyrone Fahie .............................. DE * P.J. Mangieri ............................... LS ** Jared Crick ................................. DT *** Pierre Allen ................................ DE Tyler Daake ............................. P/PK Jake Cotton .................................DL * Brett Maher............................. P/PK Jason Dann.............................. P/PK Chase Rome ............................... DT Josh Williams ............................. DE Jay Guy .......................................DL

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OVERVIEW Head Coach Bo Pelini and his staff welcome back a wealth of experience for the 2010 season. The Huskers return 19 starters from a 10-win team including 10 on offense, seven on defense and their starting placekicker and punter. WHAT THE 2010 HUSKERS RETURN The Husker offense lost just one OFFENSE starter from last year’s unit—center Category ............................ Pct. of 2009 Total Jacob Hickman. In fact, the offense Rushing Yards ......................................100% returns 100 percent of its rushing Passing Yards.......................................100% yards, 100 percent of its passing Receiving Yards .................................... 86% yards and better than 80 percent of Total Offense Yards..............................100% its receptions from last fall. Overall, All-Purpose Yards ..................................91% 16 offensive players have made starts Scoring..................................................93% in their careers, giving Nebraska the needed experience to return to one of DEFENSE the nation’s most explosive attacks. Category ............................ Pct. of 2009 Total Defensively, Nebraska is coming off Tackles ..................................................58% a dominant 2009 season. The Huskers Tackles for Loss .....................................50% have big holes to fill, starting by the Sacks.................................................... 49% void left by unanimous All-American Interceptions .........................................50% and No. 2 NFL Draft pick Ndamukong Pass Breakups .......................................61% Suh at defensive tackle. Fellow seniors Fumble Recoveries ................................63% Barry Turner, Phillip Dillard, Matt Fumbles Forced .....................................57% O’Hanlon and Larry Asante also will be missed. All of those players were SPECIAL TEAMS either selected in the NFL Draft or Category ............................ Pct. of 2009 Total signed a free-agent contract. Despite Field Goals...........................................100% the losses, Nebraska returns one of the Extra Points .........................................100% nation’s deepest secondaries, a young Punt Return Yards ................................100% and talented linebacking corps and a Kickoff Return Yards ............................100% pair of potential honors candidates to Punting Yards ......................................100% anchor a strong defensive line. Place-kicker/punter Alex Henery is one of the nation’s best in both areas and gives Nebraska a leg up in special teams. Niles Paul is one of the most explosive return men in the country and the Huskers have excelled in kick coverage. Here’s a closer look at the 2010 returning letterwinners and notes on each position group. OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE LINE Returning Letterwinners No. Name 59 Mike Caputo** 74 Ricky Henry* 73 D.J. Jones** 78 Marcel Jones** 65 Mike Smith*** 68 Keith Williams***

Pos. C OG OT/OG OT G/C/T OG

Yr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 6-1 6-4 6-5 6-7 6-6 6-5

Wt. 275 305 310 315 285 310

•Nebraska returns five players who combined to start 53 games during the 2009 season, including seniors Ricky Henry (14), D.J. Jones (3), Mike Smith (14) and Keith Williams (11) and junior Marcel Jones (11). •Williams and Smith have held down the left side of the line each of the past two seasons and have a combined 45 career starts. Williams is likely to retain his left guard spot, while Smith spent the spring working at center and guard, and could also see action at tackle. •Omaha native Ricky Henry started all 14 games at right guard as a junior. Henry missed spring practice after off-season shoulder surgery, but will be at full strength for the fall. •Marcel and D.J. Jones—no relation—teamed up to man the right tackle position last fall. The duo could hold down that spot again this fall, while D.J. also has the ability to see action at guard. •Junior Mike Caputo has spent two seasons backing up Jacob Hickman at center, but is slated to step into a starting role in 2010. •A talented group of players will see their first action this fall. Redshirt freshmen Jeremiah Sirles and Brent Qvale both saw playing time with the top offensive line during spring ball and will push for significant action. Fellow redshirt freshmen Cole Pensick, Jesse Coffey and Nick Ash all made great strides in the spring and Jermarcus “Yoshi” Hardrick was regarded as one of the nation’s top junior college recruits this winter and will battle for time on the field as well.

TIGHT ENDS Returning Letterwinners No. Name 81 Ben Cotton* 80 Ryan Hill** 44 Mike McNeill*** 25 Kyler Reed* 49 Dreu Young***

Yr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Sr.

Ht. 6-6 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-4

Wt. 255 255 235 230 255

•One of Nebraska’s deepest and most veteran groups, five returning players have earned a combined 10 letters at the tight end spot. •The most prominent of those players—senior Mike McNeill—has moved to wide receiver, but could continue to work at tight end in many sets. •Fellow senior Dreu Young has an outstanding combination of blocking and receiving skills. The Cozad, Neb., native enters his senior season with 13 career starts and 15 career catches. •Junior Ryan Hill will work in a tight end/fullback role this fall. He is a powerful blocker at 6-3 and 255 pounds and counts two touchdowns among his five career receptions. Hill is also an academic honors candidate. •Sophomores Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed flashed their explosive potential as redshirt freshmen last fall. Cotton’s role grew throughout the year, and he finished with five catches, while Reed had six catches while battling injuries.

WIDE RECEIVERS Returning Letterwinners No. Name 2 Antonio Bell* 1 Khiry Cooper* 11 Curenski Gilleylen** 8 Will Henry*** 84 Brandon Kinnie* 6 Tim Marlowe* 44 Mike McNeill*** 24 Niles Paul***

Yr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 6-2 6-2 6-0 6-5 6-3 5-10 6-4 6-1

Wt. 190 195 215 215 220 175 235 220

•Senior Niles Paul is one of the Big 12’s most explosive receivers. Paul led the conference with a 19.9-yard-per-reception average, the third-best average in NU history among players with at least 20 receptions in a season. He is poised to move into the top five on NU’s career receptions and receiving yardage lists. •Senior Mike McNeill played his first three seasons at tight end and will break the NU career receptions record for a tight end this fall. McNeill, however, is working with the wide receivers and will be utilized in a more diversified role this fall. McNeill has 10 touchdowns among his 61 career receptions. •Junior Brandon Kinnie emerged as a potential go-to-target late in the 2009 season. Kinnie averaged 11 yards on his 15 receptions and worked with Paul and McNeill with the top unit throughout the spring. •Sophomore Khiry Cooper had 13 receptions last fall and earned four starts at midseason. Cooper did not go through spring ball, as he splits his time between the NU baseball and football teams. •Junior Curenski Gilleylen showed glimpses of his big-play potential last fall, averaging 17.8 yards on his 17 catches, including five receptions of at least 35 yards. •Senior Will Henry is the tallest of the receivers at 6-5, and he appeared ready to make a contribution during a strong spring practice effort.

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QUARTERBACKS Returning Letterwinners No. Name 17 Cody Green* 5 Zac Lee* 15 Latravis Washington***

Yr. So. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 6-4 6-2 6-3

Wt. 225 215 230

•Senior Zac Lee started 12 games last season and his 2,143 passing yards were the fifth-most in Nebraska history. Lee, who completed 58.6 percent of his passes, sat out spring ball after off-season surgery on his throwing elbow. Lee is expected to be at full strength for the fall. •Sophomore Cody Green became the first true freshman quarterback to start a game at Nebraska since Tommie Frazier in 1992. Green has excellent run-pass ability and averaged better than five yards on 31 rushes last season. •Sophomore Kody Spano has suffered a pair of knee injuries over the past 18 months, but he is healthy and hopes to battle for playing time this fall. •Redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez is one of the most explosive athletes on the team and brings a unique skill set to the quarterback spot. In addition to his throwing skills, Martinez has the ability to make game-breaking plays on the ground. •Senior Latravis Washington, redshirt freshman Ron Kellogg III and true freshman Brion Carnes also will hope to make their case for playing time in fall camp.

RUNNING BACKS Returning Letterwinners No. Name 22 Rex Burkhead* 30 Mike Hays** 10 Roy Helu Jr.*** 28 Austin Jones* 48 Tyler Legate* 27 Dontrayevous Robinson* 14 Lester Ward*

Pos. IB FB IB IB FB IB IB

Yr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. So.

Ht. 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-1 6-3

Wt. 210 235 220 210 235 230 225

•Nebraska returns 100 percent of its rushing yards from the 2009 season. •Senior Roy Helu Jr. is the most experienced member of a talented corps of Nebraska running backs. Helu enters his senior season fresh off a 1,147-yard effort as a junior, despite battling a shoulder injury during much of the season. A second-team All-Big 12 pick last season, Helu is in position to move into the top five on the Nebraska career rushing list with a strong senior season. •Sophomore Rex Burkhead figures to push Helu and earn significant playing time this fall. Burkhead missed five games with an injury last fall, but excelled late in the year, highlighted by standout efforts at Colorado and against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. •Dontrayevous Robinson also played a key role as a true freshman in 2009. With Helu and Burkhead slowed at mid-year, the bruising Robinson stepped in and carried the bulk of the rushing load. He provides a change-of-pace power back. •Junior Austin Jones and sophomores Lester Ward and Collins Okafor figure to battle for playing time and add depth at I-back. •Junior Tyler Legate returns to provide an excellent blocking presence at fullback. The walk-on has also shown the ability to be a solid receiving threat out of the NU backfield. •Junior Mike Hays, redshirt freshman C.J. Zimmerer and senior Ryan Hill will complement Legate at the fullback spot. DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE Returning Letterwinners No. Name 95 Pierre Allen*** 94 Jared Crick** 88 Jay Martin* 34 Cameron Meredith* 90 Terrence Moore** 55 Baker Steinkuhler*

Pos. DE DT DE DE DT DT

Yr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So.

Ht. 6-5 6-6 6-2 6-4 6-3 6-6

Wt. 265 285 230 265 285 290

•Junior Jared Crick has received preseason mention as an All-America and major awards candidate. Crick emerged during his sophomore season, racking up 9.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. Crick finished the year with an impressive 73 overall tackles and added 16 quarterback hurries. •Sophomore Baker Steinkuhler is expected to emerge as a starter alongside Crick at defensive tackle. Steinkuhler saw significant action last fall behind Crick and Ndamukong Suh and was impressive in his time on the field. •Junior Terrence Moore has received considerable playing time as a reserve the past two years and figures to play an expanded role in 2010.

•Sophomore Justin Jackson and redshirt freshman Thaddeus Randle are among other interior linemen who should have an opportunity to see action. •Senior defensive end Pierre Allen is the most experienced Husker defender entering the season. He is expected to be in his third season as a starter and could challenge for all-conference honors. Allen has 10 career sacks and 25 career tackles for loss. •Sophomore Cameron Meredith backed up Allen and Barry Turner last season and regularly made an impact when he hit the field. He finished with five tackles for loss. •Sophomore Josh Williams and redshirt freshman Jason Ankrah should have the opportunity for ample playing time at end.

LINEBACKERS Returning Letterwinners No. Name 51 Will Compton* 42 Sean Fisher* 41 Thomas Grove*** 35 Matt Holt* 46 Eric Martin* 36 Mathew May** 38 Graham Stoddard*

Yr. So. So. Sr. So. So. Jr. So.

Ht. 6-2 6-6 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-2

Wt. 225 235 225 210 240 215 235

•Nebraska is expected to employ a two-linebacker base defense this season. Despite using a traditional 4-3 base defense last fall, NU spent a majority of the year in five and six defensive back sets, with just one linebacker. •Sophomores Will Compton and Sean Fisher made the most of their opportunities for playing time as redshirt freshmen. Compton made eight starts at the Mike linebacker spot last fall and recorded 40 tackles. An Omaha native, Fisher was in the starting lineup for six games and had 35 tackles. Both should be regular contributors this fall. •Fellow sophomore Eric Martin emerged as a special teams standout last fall, but this spring showed the ability to make a similar impact at linebacker. The hard-hitting Martin became an instant fan favorite with his relentless play as a true freshman. •Sophomore Alonzo Whaley saw limited action last season, but emerged as a contender for significant playing time during spring practice. •Senior Thomas Grove, junior Mathew May and sophomore Graham Stoddard have all made an impact on special teams during their careers and hope to play more significant roles at linebacker this fall.

SECONDARY Returning Letterwinners No. Name 21 Prince Amukamara*** 39 Justin Blatchford* 14 Anthony Blue** 8 Austin Cassidy** 31 Jase Dean* 15 Alfonzo Dennard** 7 DeJon Gomes* 28 Eric Hagg*** 32 Marcus Mendoza* 12 Courtney Osborne* 13 P.J. Smith* 3 Rickey Thenarse*** 23 Lance Thorell** 5 Anthony West***

Yr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Sr.

Ht. 6-1 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-2 5-10 6-3 6-2 6-0 6-1 6-0

Wt. 205 200 185 210 190 195 200 210 195 200 210 210 200 205

•With 14 returning letterwinners and eight players who own starts, the secondary is easily the most veteran and deep position group on the team. •Senior corner Prince Amukamara has received preseason All-America mention after a strong junior campaign. Amukamara helped Nebraska lead the nation in pass efficiency defense by intercepting five passes and posting a team-leading 11 pass breakups. •Junior Alfonzo Dennard figures to man the other cornerback spot opposite Amukamara. Dennard is an explosive athlete who moved into the starting lineup midway through the season and had eight pass breakups. •Senior Eric Hagg has been one of Nebraska’s most versatile defenders throughout his career. Nebraska’s nickel back the past two seasons, Hagg has 20 career starts and 81 tackles, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage. He could again play a nickel role, or could also be used at one of the safety spots. •DeJon Gomes emerged as a play-maker in his first season in the Nebraska program. Gomes played the dime role on defense and earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors by racking up 46 tackles, four interceptions and five PBU. •Senior Anthony West spent the majority of the spring at safety after working at corner throughout his career. West has 16 career starts and 13 pass breakups.

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•Senior Rickey Thenarse returns for a fifth season and could make an impact at safety. A part-time starter the past two seasons, Thenarse suffered a season-ending knee injury last fall and was awarded a medical redshirt. He has 72 career tackles. •Sophomore P.J. Smith will be a leading contender to start at one of the safety spots. Smith played in all 14 games last season while backing up a pair of senior safeties, and finished with 15 tackles. •Juniors Austin Cassidy and Lance Thorell have both seen extensive action on special teams and in reserve roles in the secondary. This fall, both players should push to make a significant impact in the secondary. THE SPECIAL TEAMS

KICKERS/PUNTERS Yr. Sr. Sr.

Ht. 6-2 6-0

Wt. 175 190

•Nebraska boasts one of the nation’s top special teams units, ranking among the national leaders in multiple kicking, punting and kick coverage categories last season. •Senior Alex Henery is arguably the nation’s best place-kicker/punter dual threat. Henery could contend for both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards, given to the nation’s best kicker and punter, respectively. The Omaha native is poised to become NU’s all-time leader in field goals and scoring, and last season he also led the Big 12 in punts downed inside the 20-yard line. •Senior Adi Kunalic has provided an excellent back-up to Henery, while also ranking as one of the nation’s best kickoff specialists each of the past three years.

SPECIALISTS Pos. LS H/P

Yr. So. So.

Ht. 6-4 6-0

Wt. 245 185

•P.J. Mangieri handled NU’s snapping duties for punting and place-kicking as a true freshman. •In addition to handling the Huskers’ holding chores, Brett Maher also figures to push Henery for the punting job this fall.

RETURNERS No. 6 24

Name Tim Marlowe* Niles Paul***

NEBRASKA SET FOR MOVE TO BIG TEN IN 2011 June 11, 2010 was a historic day for the University of Nebraska, as NU was admitted to the Big Ten Conference as the 12th member of the nation’s oldest conference. The Cornhuskers will begin play in the Big Ten Conference in 2011-12. The Huskers have a long history of meeting Big Ten opponents on the gridiron, compiling an 81-68-10 all-time record against the league’s other 11 members. Nebraska most recently met a Big Ten opponent in a 32-28 victory over Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. NU’s last regular-season matchup with a Big Ten opponent was a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003 with Penn State. The schools split the two games, each winning in their home stadium.

HUSKERS COMPETE IN FINAL SEASON IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Returning Letterwinners No. Name 90 Alex Henery*** 1 Adi Kunalic***

Returning Letterwinners No. Name 92 P.J. Mangieri* 96 Brett Maher*

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Yr. So. Sr.

Ht. 5-10 6-1

Wt. 175 220

•Paul ranked second in the Big 12 in both punt returns and kickoff returns and has received preseason all-conference recognition for his return efforts. •Marlowe averaged nearly 24 yards per kickoff return while working alongside Paul.

With Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten on the horizon, 2010 will mark Nebraska’s final season of action in the Big 12. The conference has been NU’s home since 1996 and the Huskers have had their share of football success in the league. Nebraska has played in the Big 12 Championship Game five times, including the 2009 title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nebraska has captured Big 12 titles in 1997 and 1999. •Nebraska’s five Big 12 Championship Game appearances are tied for second among all Big 12 schools along with Texas, trailing only Oklahoma’s seven Big 12 Championship Game appearances. •Nebraska has squared off against three conference foes more than 100 times, including 116 meetings with Kansas, 104 with Iowa State and 103 with Missouri. •Nebraska and Kansas will meet for the 105th consecutive season in 2010, which is currently the nation’s longest uninterrupted streak. Overall, the 116 meetings between the two schools are the third-most of any series in the country. •Nebraska will play its final Big 12 Conference game against Colorado on Friday, Nov. 26. The 2010 season will mark the 15th straight year the Big 12 North schools have met on the day after Thanksgiving and the 21st straight year Nebraska has played on that date, meeting Oklahoma six consecutive years from 1990 to 1995.

NCAA RECORD SELLOUT STREAK One of the most remarkable streaks in collegiate sports reached another milestone on Sept. 26, 2009, against Louisiana-Lafayette when Nebraska celebrated the 300th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. A stadium record crowd of 86,304 fans were on hand for the historic event, and the streak is at 304 games heading into the 2010 season and is expected to reach 311 with seven home games this fall. The sellout streak dates back to Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney’s first year in 1962 (vs. Missouri on Nov. 3). Notre Dame is second in all-time consecutive sellouts with 214, 91 fewer than Nebraska.

NU OWNS DOMINANT EDGE AT MEMORIAL STADIUM Nebraska has rewarded the loyalty of its fans with incredible success at Memorial Stadium through the years. •Nebraska has won at least six home games in 19 of the past 23 seasons. Nebraska is 129-18 at home in the last 21 seasons (since 1989). •During Nebraska’s run of success at home in the past 25 years, NU has had three home winning streaks of 20 or more games, and overall has posted 40 unbeaten and untied home seasons. •The Huskers are 498-137-20 (.776, 655 games, 120 years) in Lincoln, and 373-11413 (.759, 500 games, 87 years) in Memorial Stadium (since 1923). Nebraska has had 41 straight winning home seasons.

CAREER STARTS ‐ OFFENSE

CAREER STARTS ‐ SPECIAL TEAMS

Mike McNeill, Sr., TE .................................26 Mike Smith, Sr., OT ...................................26 Keith Williams, Sr., OG .............................. 19 Niles Paul, Sr., WR ..................................... 18 Roy Helu Jr., Sr., IB .................................... 16 Ricky Henry, Sr., OG .................................. 14 Marcel Jones, Jr., OT ................................. 13 Dreu Young, Sr., TE .................................... 12 Zac Lee, Sr., QB ........................................ 12 Khiry Cooper, So., WR .................................4 Tyler Legate, Jr., FB .....................................4 D.J. Jones, Sr., OT........................................3 Curenski Gilleylen, Jr., WR ...........................2 Cody Green, So., QB ...................................2 Brandon Kinnie, Jr., WR ...............................2 Kyler Reed, So., TE ......................................1 Ben Cotton, So., TE .....................................1

Alex Henery, Sr., PK ..................................39 Adi Kunalic, Sr., KO ...................................39 Alex Henery, Sr., P..................................... 14

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CAREER STARTS ‐ DEFENSE Pierre Allen, Sr., DE ................................... 25 Eric Hagg, Sr., DB ......................................20 Prince Amukamara, Sr., CB........................ 17 Anthony West, Sr., CB ............................... 16 Jared Crick, Jr., DT ..................................... 14 Alfonzo Dennard, Jr., CB .............................9 Will Compton, So., LB .................................8 Lance Thorell, Jr., CB ...................................6 Sean Fisher, So., LB.....................................6 DeJon Gomes, Sr., DB .................................6 Rickey Thenarse, Sr., S ................................5 Anthony Blue, So., CB .................................2 Matt Holt, So., LB .......................................1


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HUSKERS LOOK TO BUILD ON SUCCESS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS

Nebraska ranked 10th nationally in average attendance in 2009, and second among Big 12 Conference schools. Nebraska averaged a school-record 85,888 fans for seven home games, including a school-record 86,304 fans against Louisiana-Lafayette. Five Big 12 teams ranked in the top 30 nationally in attendance, led by fourth-ranked Texas (101,175 fans per game).

Nebraska posted a 33-0 victory over No. 22 Arizona in the Holiday Bowl for its third win of 2009 against a ranked opponent. The Huskers were 3-2 against ranked teams last season, defeating No. 24 Missouri 27-12 and 20th-ranked Oklahoma, 10-3. Nebraska also suffered a pair of one-point setbacks, losing at No. 13 Virginia Tech 16-15 and to No. 3 Texas, 13-12, in the Big 12 Championship Game. Nebraska’s three victories over ranked teams in 2009 were its most since posting four wins over ranked foes during a 12-1 campaign in 1999.

PELINI’S TEAMS SHOW LATE‐SEASON SUCCESS Bo Pelini’s first two Nebraska teams have played their best football late in the season. Pelini’s 2008 team began 3-3, then won six of its final seven games to post a 9-4 record. In 2009, the Huskers NU’S RECORD IN posted a 6-1 record down the stretch to finish at 10-4, FINAL SEVEN GAMES good for NU’s first 10-win season since 2003. 2009 ........................6-1 •Nebraska’s 6-1 second-half records each of the past 2008 ........................6-1 two years are the school’s best seven-game finishes since 2007 ........................1-6 1999. NU was one of only 12 teams in the Football Bowl 2006 ........................3-4 Subdivision to win six of its final seven games in 2009. 2005 ........................4-3 •NU is 10-2 under Pelini in games played on or after 2004 ........................2-5 Nov. 1, including a 3-0 record in bowl games. The only 2003 ........................5-2 losses are at No. 4 Oklahoma in 2008 and against No. 3 2002 ........................2-5 Texas in the 2009 Big 12 title game. 2001 ........................5-2 •Nebraska owns a 7-1 record in games played in 2000 ........................5-2 November under Head Coach Bo Pelini, including a 4-0 1999 ........................6-1 record in 2009. NU’s seven-game November win streak is 1998 ........................4-3 the program’s longest since winning 19 straight games in 1997 ........................ 7-0 November from 1992 to 1998.

LOFTY RANKINGS Nebraska’s late-season 2009 run, capped by an impressive performance in the Holiday Bowl, shot the Huskers up the final national polls. Nebraska finished 14th in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, the Huskers’ highest final ranking since the 2001 campaign when NU finished 8th in the AP poll and 7th by the coaches. Preseason polls this summer indicate that Nebraska could crack the top 10 in this fall’s Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason rankings. Nebraska last appeared in the top 10 after a 5-0 start to the 2003 season placed the Huskers 10th in the AP poll.

SEASON‐OPENING WIN STREAK Nebraska will look to continue a nation-leading streak when it opens the 2010 season against Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 4. Last year’s 49-3 win over Florida Atlantic marked the Huskers’ 24th straight victory in a season opener. The streak leads the nation, bettering Florida’s 20 straight season-opening wins. The Huskers have won each of their last 24 season openers by 10 or more points, and have scored 40 or more points in the opener 17 of the past 24 seasons. In the win streak, NU has limited opponents to 14 points or less 16 times.

PELINI’S STAFF RETURNS INTACT FOR 2010 Nebraska was long known for coaching staff continuity under Hall of Fame Coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne. Third-year Head Coach Bo Pelini appears to embrace that same philosophy. Nebraska will be in its third straight season with its staff intact in 2010, as all nine full-time assistants enter at least their third season on the Husker sideline. Nebraska is one of only nine schools nationally to have the same full-time coaching staff for at least the past three years, including only Baylor and Texas in the Big 12. Prior to last season, Nebraska had not had its full coaching staff remain the same from one season to the next since 2001 to 2002 when Frank Solich’s staff was unchanged.

PELINI STACKS UP WELL AGAINST PEERS In guiding Nebraska to a 19-8 record the past two seasons, Head Coach Bo Pelini has put himself in some impressive company. •Pelini is the fourth Nebraska head coach to win nine games in each of his first two seasons with the Cornhuskers. The others to reach that win plateau were Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich. •Pelini’s nine victories in 2008 tied for the most among 18 coaches in their first season at their respective school. Among first-time head coaches, Pelini’s victory total was the best in the nation. Pelini’s 19 victories in his first two seasons are second among the hiring class of 2008. •Pelini was just the eighth BCS Conference (since 1998) first-time head coach to post nine or more victories in his first season. He was just the second first-year head coach in that span to win nine games after inheriting a team with a losing record the previous year. •Nebraska shared the Big 12 North crown in 2008, and Pelini became the first coach in Big 12 history to lead his team to at least a share of a division championship in his first season. He has added an outright division title in 2009 to become the only Big 12 coach to win at least a share of a division title in each of his first two seasons.

BLACKSHIRTS LOOKING TO ADD TO DOMINANCE Nebraska returns nine defensive players who made at least five starts last season, and the 2010 Blackshirts will look to build on the impressive effort of the 2009 Nebraska defense. NU led the nation in scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and red-zone defense, ranked second in sacks, seventh in total defense and ninth against the run.

POINTS AT A PREMIUM VS. HUSKERS •The Huskers finished first nationally in scoring defense at 10.4 points per game. Nebraska held seven foes to single digits and eight teams to 10 or fewer points, with both totals leading the nation. Nebraska posted two shutouts for the first time since 2003. •Nebraska’s 10.4 points per game allowed were the fewest since the 1984 Nebraska defense also led the nation by allowing just 9.5 points per game. Nebraska had not allowed fewer than 15 points per game since 2003. •NU allowed just 25 trips into the red zone by its opponents, the second-fewest redzone chances in the nation. Only 11 of those drives ended in touchdowns and Nebraska’s 64 percent rank in red zone defense was the nation’s best. •Nebraska allowed just 44 points in five games against ranked teams–an average of 8.8 points per game. NU allowed just four touchdowns against ranked teams. •The Huskers had a streak of 11 straight quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown. Nebraska allowed only 10 offensive touchdowns in eight Big 12 games. •Nebraska did not allow a touchdown in the final 10 quarters at Memorial Stadium and four of NU’s seven opponents in Lincoln did not reach the end zone. •Nebraska held its first five opponents under 20 points for the first time since 2003 and held 12 of 14 opponents to 17 or fewer points. To put that accomplishment in perspective, NU held just six opponents to less than 20 points in 2007 and 2008 combined.

NO FREE PASSES •Nebraska also had the best pass defense in the nation, leading the country in the pass efficiency defense category. •NU allowed just seven passing touchdowns, the second-fewest nationally, intercepted 20 passes to tie for seventh and opponents’ 47.8 completion percentage was the fourth-best in the nation. •Ten of Nebraska’s 14 opponents completed 50 percent or less of their pass attempts, and five opponents had less than 150 yards passing. •Nebraska allowed an average of 178.9 yards per game through the air, NU’s best pass defense since allowing 177.8 yards per game in 2003.

TOTAL DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE •Nebraska ranked seventh nationally in total defense at 272.0 yards per game, its best defensive average since allowing 252.3 yards per game in 1999. •Nebraska held seven straight foes to fewer than 280 total yards from games 2-8, the longest sub-300-yard streak for an NU defense since 1996. Four of those games were against Big 12 foes, the longest streak by the Blackshirts in league play since 1996. •NU held 13 of 14 opponents to fewer total offensive yards than their season average.

AMAZING BLACKSHIRT IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES Nebraska was one of the nation’s most improved defenses in 2008, finishing second in the Big 12 in total defense just one season after ranking last in the Big 12 and 112th nationally in total defense. As impressive as the progress was in 2008, the Blackshirts made even larger strides as a unit in 2009. •Two seasons after ranking 116th nationally in scoring defense (37.9 ppg), NU led the nation in that category at 10.4 points per game. NU allowed 28.5 points per game in 2008 and its 18.4 ppg improvement last fall easily led the nation. •In two seasons, Nebraska’s sack total has increased from 13 to 35 to 44 in 2009. •Against the run, Nebraska cut its per-game average nearly in half in 2008, then shaved another 23 yards per game off its average allowed in 2009.

NU BUILDING FOURTH‐QUARTER REPUTATION Nebraska has been among the nation’s best fourth-quarter teams each of the past two seasons. In 2008, NU ranked second nationally in fourth-quarter points scored (155) and fourth-quarter point differential (+103). The 2009 season was no different as NU outscored the opposition 96-32, with the 32 points allowed tying Alabama for the lowest in the nation. The 64-point differential in the fourth quarter was the fourth-best nationally.

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•The fourth-quarter highlight was at No. 24 Missouri. NU trailed 12-0 entering the fourth quarter, before scoring 27 unanswered points. The rally from a 12-point fourthquarter deficit tied a school record, and the 27 points were the most by NU in any quarter since the 2004 season opener, and the most in the fourth quarter since 2001. •Nebraska allowed nine Big 12 opponents just 23 fourth-quarter points and held eight foes without a fourth-quarter point. •Nebraska outscored its opponents 154-55 in the second half in 2009. The 55 secondhalf points were the fewest allowed by any team in the nation. Only two opponents scored more than seven points in the second half in 2009 (Baylor-10, Colorado-13), and NU allowed only five offensive TDs in the second half. •Under Bo Pelini, Nebraska is 19-2 when leading at any point in the fourth quarter. The lone losses were one-point setbacks against Virginia Tech and Texas in 2009.

CRICK HOPES TO BUILD ON BREAKOUT SEASON Junior defensive tackle Jared Crick emerged as a standout performer last fall and is poised for big things in 2010. The 6-6, 285-pound Crick has been named to several preseason watch lists and could be a contender for several honors this fall. Crick pushed Ndamukong Suh for team statistical leads in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss all season, finishing with 73 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. Crick had one of the most prolific defensive days in school history with a record-setting performance at Baylor. •Crick had a school-record five sacks for 24 yards in the game. His five sacks were the most in a single game by any player in the nation in 2009, just ahead of Suh’s 4.5 sacks against Texas. •Crick had seven tackles for loss, tying the NU school record also held by Jim Skow (1985 vs. Missouri) and Suh (2009 vs. Texas). The seven TFLs by Crick and Suh were three more than any other Big 12 player in 2009. •Crick earned Big 12 and national defensive player-of-the-week honors for his performance, before going on to first-team All-Big 12 honors. Crick’s 5.2 tackles per game ranked second only to Suh among Big 12 defensive interior linemen.

HENERY KICKING WAY INTO NU RECORD BOOK Alex Henery enters his senior season poised to make an assault on the NU record book, while challenging Big 12 and NCAA records. The senior from Omaha also emerged as one of the conference’s top punters in 2009. Henery was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award last season and should be a leading contender for the award in 2010. Henery connected on a school-record 24-of-28 field goals in 2009, including three games with at least four field goals. He hit 5-of-5 field goals at Virginia Tech, the second highest field goal total in school history, trailing only Dale Klein’s school-record seven field goals in 1985. He also supplied all the scoring by hitting 4-of-4 field goals in a 13-12 loss to Texas in the Big 12 title game, and finished the year with a perfect 4-of-4 effort against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. •Henery has six career games with four or more field goals, an NEBRASKA CAREER SCORING Points accomplishment that has already tied Player, Years 1. Kris Brown, 1995-98 ........................388 an NCAA record. He has 11 multiple-FG 2. Eric Crouch, 1998-2001....................368 games in his career. •Henery’s 24 field goals in 2009 3. Josh Brown, 1999-2002 ...................315 shattered the school record and gave 4. Mike Rozier, 1981-83 .......................312 him 50 career field goals in 57 attempts, 5. Alex Henery, 2007-present ..............289 making him the most accurate kicker in school history. His 50 field goals are NEBRASKA CAREER FG MADE FGs just seven field goals from the school Player, Years record, held by 11-year NFL veteran Kris 1. Kris Brown, 1995-98 ........................57 2. Alex Henery, 2007-present ..............50 Brown. •Henery is the second-most accurate 3. Josh Brown, 1999-2002 ...................43 returning field goal kicker in the nation. He is also the most accurate kicker NEBRASKA SEASON FG MADE FGs in NU history on extra points, hitting Player, Years 139-of-140 in his career, a 99.3 percent 1. Alex Henery, 2009 ...........................24 accuracy rate. He has made 62 straight 2. Jordan Congdon, 2005 ....................19 PATs heading into 2010, including 38-of- 3. Alex Henery, 2008 ...........................18 Kris Brown, 1997 .............................18 38 as a junior. •Among Henery’s seven career missed field goals, just two have come from less than 50 yards. In fact, Henery had a streak of 25 straight made field goals from inside 50 yards. Henery has made 13 career field goals from 44 yards or longer. •Henery has 289 career points entering 2010, fifth on the NU career list. He has scored 110 points each of the past two seasons, eighth on the single-season list. His two 110-point seasons trail only Kris Brown (116 in 1997) for season scoring by a kicker. A third 100-point season this fall would move Henery to the top of Nebraska’s career scoring list. Henery’s point total is also third nationally among players returning for the 2010 season. •Henery averaged 41.4 yards in his first season as Nebraska’s starting punter in 2010, 86

making him one of only three players nationally to rank in the top 50 in both field goals and punting average. Henery led the Big 12 with 30 punts downed inside the 20, including an impressive eight inside the three-yard line.

HELU SURGING UP NU RUSHING CHARTS Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr. emerged as one of the Big 12’s top backs in 2008, and battled through injuries to surpass 1,000 rushing yards last year as a junior. Helu’s effort in 2009 earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors and the 6-0, 220-pounder could be poised for big things in 2010. Helu posted four 100-yard rushing games last season, and he has seven career 100yard games. His best games seemed to come against top competition, as he surpassed the century mark against Florida Atlantic, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and Kansas with a career-high 169 yards against the Hokies. Helu’s 81.9 yards per game ranked fourth in the Big 12 last fall and his 1,147 rushing yards was the 16th-best single-season effort in NU history. •Helu enters 2010 with 2,159 career rushing yards, good for 22nd position on the Nebraska career rushing chart. He is just 540 yards from the career top 10, and if he were to post a second 1,000-yard rushing season this fall he would finish fourth on the Huskers’ career list. •Helu has shined against top competition and in road environments. Helu has three 100-yard rushing games in NU’s last seven contests against ranked opponents and has averaged 6.2 yards per carry. In eight road games since the beginning of the 2008 campaign, Helu has rushed for 811 yards on 133 carries, 6.1 yards per tote. •Helu had a Big 12-best 12 runs of 20+ yards in 2009 and 20 rushes of at least 20 yards over his past 18 games. •Helu had three of the nine 150-yard rushing games by Big 12 players in 2009, and four of the top 13 rushing efforts in the league.

PAUL, MCNEILL HEADLINE RECEIVING CORPS Nebraska returns 10 starters on offense, including a pair of senior receiving targets who have made an impact in the passing game. Wide receiver Niles Paul was the leader of NU’s receiving corps in 2009, catching 40 passes for 796 yards and four touchdowns. Paul’s receiving yardage total was the fifthbest in school history and his 19.9 yards per catch led the Big 12 Conference. His per-catch average also ranked third in school history among players with at least 20 receptions and top among players with 40 catches in a season. •Paul tied the NU school record in 2009 with four 100-yard receiving games, including three in Big 12 play and against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. His 154 yards on four catches at Kansas was the sixth-best receiving day in NU history, while his 143 yards vs. Iowa State ranks ninth. •Paul earned Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP honors by accounting for 237 all-purpose yards, including 123 receiving yards. He had a career-long 74-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to cap the scoring in a 33-0 rout.

Defensive tackle Jared Crick looks to take the lead role on the dominating Husker defense as a junior.

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•Paul had 11 catches of at least 20 yards, with nine of those covering 35 yards or more. His 38.5 yards per catch at Kansas was the second-best single-game effort in the Big 12 in 2009. •Paul ranked second in the Big 12 in both kickoff return and punt return average and his 121.2 all-purpose yards per game ranked ninth in the Big 12. Paul’s 64 career receptions are 17th on the NU career list, and he is 36 catches from becoming the sixth player in school history with 100 catches. His 1,016 career receiving yards are 18th in NU history, and he is less than 500 yards from moving to fourth. The 6-4, 235-pound McNeill has been a fixture in a deep group of NU tight ends the past two seasons. McNeill was second on the team with 28 catches for 259 yards last season. He also tied with Paul for the team lead with four touchdown catches. McNeill spent the spring working at receiver and is likely to be utilized at both spots as a senior. •In 2008, McNeill set a position season record with 32 receptions, while his six touchdown receptions were just one shy of the position record. •McNeill has 61 career catches to rank 19th on the Nebraska career list. McNeill should shatter the Nebraska career tight ends reception record of 65 by Matt Herian from 2002 to 2006. McNeill is 274 yards from becoming the 19th Husker and fourth NU tight end to reach 1,000 career receiving yards.

NATION‐LEADING TOTAL OF COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL‐AMERICANS

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NEBRASKA LEADS BIG 12 IN EXHAUSTED ELIGIBILITY GRADUATION RATES

Nebraska is one of seven programs with 800 all-time victories, joining Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Ohio State, Penn State and Alabama. Nebraska’s 827 all-time victories rank fourth nationally. 1. Michigan 877 2. Texas 845 3. Notre Dame 837 4. Nebraska 827 5. Ohio State 819 6. Alabama 813 7. Penn State 811 Nebraska is entering its 121st season of college football, and owns an 827-341-40 alltime record in 1,208 games (.701). •Since the first season of Nebraska football in 1890, Husker teams have won 11 or more games 12 times, including seven times since 1993. •Nebraska has won 12 or more games seven times, including three seasons with 13 wins (1971, 1994, 1997). •NU (702), Michigan (705), Alabama (728) and Notre Dame (736) were the only programs to win 700 games in the 1900s.

NATION’S BEST SINCE 1970 Nebraska easily ranks as the nation’s winningest program since the start of the 1970s, when Bob Devaney guided NU to back-to-back national titles in 1970 and 1971. During the past four decades, the Huskers have compiled a 393-100-5 record, for a .794 winning percentage in 498 games. NU’s 393 wins in that time period are 27 more than any other school since 1970. 1. Nebraska 393 2. Ohio State 366 3. Oklahoma 364 4. Michigan 359 5. Penn State 357 •Nebraska has 37 nine-win seasons and 22 10-win seasons since 1970. Nebraska posted its first 10-win season since 2003 last fall, and has posted back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since 2000-2001. •Nebraska was the first team in college football history to win 100 or more games in consecutive decades, ranking first in the 1980s (103-20) and second in the 1990s (10816-1). NU narrowly missed 100 wins in the 1970s (98). Nebraska posted 84 wins in the recently completed decade.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL CONTINUES TO WIN IN THE CLASSROOM Nebraska football has long been one of the nation’s most successful programs on the field. Success in the classroom is also a cornerstone of the Nebraska football program.

NU AMONG LEADERS IN ACADEMIC ALL‐BIG 12 SELECTIONS

Seniors Todd Peterson and Tyler Wortman were selected as second-team ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2008. The selection of Peterson and Wortman gave NU a nation-leading total of 98 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in football. Nebraska also leads the nation in academic All-Americans with 277 academic All-Americans across all teams and all sports.

SENIOR CLASS IN STRONG ACADEMIC STANDING Nebraska’s 23-player senior class includes six players who will play the 2010 season as graduate students. Among those, defensive end Tyrone Fahie graduated in December of 2009 in just 3 ½ years, while offensive lineman D.J. Jones, quarterback Zac Lee and defensive back Anthony West picked up their degrees in May. Tight end Mike McNeill and offensive lineman Mike Smith joined the group in summer commencement exercises. •Another nine seniors are expected to complete their degree work in the fall, giving the Huskers 15 graduates in time for the bowl game. All but one member of the senior class are expected to complete their degrees by the end of the 2011 spring semester. •Among Bo Pelini’s first three seniors classes, 52 of 57 players are on track to earn their degree by next August.

Nebraska athletic teams continue to pace the Big 12 Conference in the classroom, leading the Big 12 in the exhausted eligibility graduation rate for the seventh consecutive year with an impressive 94 percent rate. Nebraska continues to set the pace in the Big 12 in terms of Exhausted Eligibility graduation rates. The exhausted eligibility rate surveys the graduation rate of scholarship student-athletes in 10 incoming freshman classes who complete their eligibility at the university. Nebraska’s exhausted eligibility rate has improved 22 percentage points since the inception of the rate in 1991-92.

SEEING DOUBLE The 2010 Nebraska roster includes three sets of twins and five total sets of brothers. Courtney and Steven Osborne of Garland, Texas, signed with the Huskers in 2008 and enter their third season in the program—Courtney as a safety and Steven at wide receiver. Colin and Conor McDermott walked on to Nebraska from Omaha Creighton Prep high school and will both be sophomore defensive ends this fall. Jake and Spencer Long also hail from Omaha (Elkhorn High School) and are in their second season in the program. Jake lines up at tight end, while Spencer is an offensive lineman. In addition to the three sets of twins, Nebraska also has two other sets of brothers on the roster—Ben and Jake Cotton and Andrew and Matt Holt. The Cottons are the sons of Nebraska associate head coach Barney Cotton, and senior defensive back Adam Watson is the son of offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. In addition, walk-on freshman offensive lineman Mark Pelini is the nephew of Bo and Carl Pelini.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL A FAMILY AFFAIR The Cotton family is one of just several father-son combinations who have played for Nebraska represented on the 2010 Cornhusker roster. Barney lettered at Nebraska in 1976-78, while Ben is a sophomore tight end and Jake is a freshman defensive lineman. Other current Nebraska players whose fathers also played at NU include WR Tyson Clark (father Bret, lettered 1982-84), DB Joey Felici (Tony, 1980-82), LB Sean Fisher (Todd, 1983), DE Andy Gdowski (Tom, 1980-82), WR KC Hyland (John, 1970-72), DB Brent Moravec (Mark, 1980-82), DE Jay Martin (Bob, 1973-75), C Cole Pensick (Dan, 1977-79), LB Colby Starkebaum (John, 1972-74) and DT Baker Steinkuhler (Dean, 1981-83).

NFL HAS LARGE INFLUENCE ON NEBRASKA ROSTER Several players also have family connections with the National Football League. Barney Cotton logged four seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Cardinals from 1979 to 1982. Other players whose fathers played in the NFL include CB Anthony Blue (Anthony, Sr., Seattle, 1987), Tyson Clark (Bret, Atlanta, 1986-88), QB Zac Lee (Bob, Minnesota, Atlanta, L.A. Rams, 1969-80), Jay Martin (Bob, N.Y. Jets, San Francisco, 1976-79), Baker Steinkuhler (Dean, Houston, 1984-91), DB Anthony West (Robert, Kansas City, San Francisco, 1972-74) and IB Lester Ward (Lester, Sr., Dallas).

Nebraska had 22 players named to the 2009 academic All-Big 12 team, including 15 first-team selections, and seven second-team honorees. Nebraska’s 22 honorees were the second-highest total in the Big 12 Conference. The group was highlighted by defensive back Austin Cassidy and linebacker Sean Fisher, who were each nominated with a 4.0 grade-point average. Fisher has a perfect cumulative grade-point average, while Cassidy earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the two previous semesters. Fisher and Cassidy were two of just three student-athletes in the Big 12 Conference nominated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

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PIERRE ALLEN Defensive End 6-5 | 265 | Sr.-3L Denver, Colo. (Thomas Jefferson)

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2010 OUTLOOK ALLEN’S HONORS Defensive end Pierre Allen has been a key force on 2010 Preseason Second-Team one of the nation’s best defensive lines each of the All-Big 12 past two seasons. In 2010, the 6-5, 265-pound Allen is (Athlon, Phil Steele) expected to be in his third season as a Blackshirt and Big 12 Commissioner’s a leader on a defense that returns seven starters for Spring Academic Honor Roll the upcoming season. (2007) Allen was a key part of a defensive front that provided the push behind Nebraska featuring one of the nation’s dominant defenses in 2009. The Huskers finished second in the nation in sacks, while ranking first nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Allen has been a consistent threat for opposing offenses, recording five sacks each of the past two seasons. In addition to his ability to get to the quarterback, Allen has the strength to be an effective run stopper. Allen is on track to graduate this December, making him one of 14 NU seniors expected to earn their degrees by season’s end. 2009 JUNIOR Allen was in the starting lineup for all 14 games and finished with 51 tackles, five sacks and 12 tackles for loss, despite battling nagging injuries for much of the year. He also added five pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries. Allen’s sacks contributed to Nebraska’s team total of 44, 32 of which were produced by the Huskers’ starting front four. Allen posted five tackles and recorded his first sack of the season at Virginia Tech. He produced five tackles, two quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss in Nebraska’s win at Missouri. Against Texas Tech, Allen had a season-high seven tackles, including three tackles for loss and posted the first two-sack game of his career. Allen produced a pair of tackles for loss at Baylor, then had two pass breakups in NU’s win over Oklahoma. In the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, Allen recorded a pair of tackles and a pass breakup that resulted in a first-quarter interception. He capped the year in strong fashion, tying his career high with two sacks against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, while posting four total tackles and causing a fumble.

sacks and 10 tackles for loss. His average of 4.0 tackles per game ranked fourth among all Big 12 defensive linemen. His play sparked one of the nation’s most improved defenses. NU ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense, while recording 35 sacks, a 22-sack improvement. Allen had a career-high 10 tackles against San Jose State, including three for loss. He posted nine tackles and his first career sack against Virginia Tech. He finished the year strong with seven tackles and a sack in NU’s win over Kansas and his fourth sack of the year at Colorado. He added his fifth sack of 2008 in the Gator Bowl vs. Clemson. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Allen made 16 tackles, including three for losses as a reserve end in 2007. He had 15 of his 16 tackles in the final six games, including four tackles and a TFL against Oklahoma State. He had three tackles at Texas and a season-high six tackles and a tackle for loss against Kansas. He finished the year with a TFL at Colorado. 2006 REDSHIRT He redshirted in 2006 and added about 40 pounds of muscle to his frame. BEFORE NEBRASKA THOMAS JEFFERSON HS Allen was a two-sport star at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, helping Coach Dan Trumble’s Spartans to the Class 5A state playoffs each of Allen’s final three seasons. Allen led the team in tackles and was defensive MVP as a junior. He earned Denver Post first-team All-Colorado honors as an athlete. Rivals.com ranked Allen among the top 40 weakside defensive ends in the country, and he was named to the SuperPrep All-America 277. Allen also excelled in basketball, helping his team to 4A state titles each of his final two seasons. Allen earned MVP honors in the state tournament both years, after posting a triple-double in the championship game as a junior and a 13-point, 17-rebound, five-block effort in the title game as a senior. Allen was the 4A state player of the year as a junior, averaging more than 20 points per game and led Class 4A in rebounding (14.3) and blocked shots (5.3). He earned Rocky Mountain News/CBS 4 Mr. Basketball honors each of his final two years. Allen only visited Nebraska, but also had offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Washington and Wyoming. PERSONAL The son of Tara Jenkins, Pierre was born on Nov. 18, 1987. Allen has a son, Pierre Jr., who will celebrate his fourth birthday on Aug. 28. Allen is majoring in family science, and was named to the 2007 Big 12 Spring Honor Roll. Allen has volunteered his time on team hospital visits and at the F Street Recreation Center. He was a recipient of a 2008 HERO Leadership Award from the Nebraska Athletic Department. CAREER STATISTICS Year

2008 SOPHOMORE Allen emerged as a strong defensive force as a sophomore. A backup to start the year, Allen was forced into a starting role when Barry Turner went down in game two with a broken leg. Allen went on to start the final 11 games and responded with 52 tackles, five

2007 2008 2009 Totals

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G/S

11/0 13/11 14/14 38/25

6 21 19 46

10 6 31 52 32 51 73 109

3-5 10-37 12-55 25-97

Sacks

Fum. C-R

BK

PBU

0.0-0 5.0-27 5.0-43 10.0-70

0-0 1-0 1-0 2-0

0 0 0 0

1 1 5 7

QB INT Hry.

0 0 0 0

2 2 8 12

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–10 vs. San Jose State, 2008 Solo Tackles–3, four times Tackles for Loss–3 vs. San Jose State, 2008; vs. Texas Tech, 2009 Sacks–2.0 vs. Texas Tech, 2009; vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

---Tackles----Sacks-Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

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4 3 5 4 5 7 1 2 4 4 2 4 2 4 51

1-1 0-0 1-13 1-1 1-5 3-10 0-0 2-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-20 12-55

0.0-0 0.0-0 1.0-13 0.0-0 0.0-0 2.0-10 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 2.0-20 5.0-43

FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 1-0-0

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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PRINCE AMUKAMARA Cornerback 6-1 | 205 | Sr.-3L Glendale, Ariz. (Apollo) 2010 OUTLOOK Prince Amukamara (pronounced ah-moo-kuh-mara) emerged as one of the Big 12’s best cornerbacks in his first season as a starter in 2009. Amukamara earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from nearly every media outlet after helping Nebraska become one of the nation’s most complete defenses in 2009. He is a candidate for bigger honors this fall and has been named to numerous preseason All-America lists. A former high school running back, the 6-1, 205-pounder has great athletic ability and has developed outstanding defensive coverage skills. Amukamara led the team in pass breakups and was second in interceptions, helping the Blackshirts lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. Nebraska held 10 of 14 opponents to 50 percent or less in completion percentage and allowed just seven passing touchdowns. Nebraska finished with 20 interceptions to rank seventh in the nation. The Arizona native is on track to earn his undergraduate degree in sociology this December.

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AMUKAMARA’S HONORS First-Team Preseason All-American (2010, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Playboy) Second-Team Preseason All-American (2010, Athlon, Sporting News) First-Team Preseason All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon, Phil Steele) First-Team All-Big 12 (2009, Coaches, KC Star, SA Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com, ESPN.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Second-Team All-Big 12 (2009, AP) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)

2009 JUNIOR Amukamara registered five interceptions to rank second on the team behind Matt O’Hanlon. Amukamara had a team-high 11 pass breakups, including four games with at least a pair of breakups. Amukamara finished 19th nationally in passes defended at 1.14 per game. He also contributed 64 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and had at least five tackles in five games. Amukamara recorded his first career interception and had six tackles in the opener against Florida Atlantic. He added seven tackles, a sack and two breakups in a 38-9 win over Arkansas State, then posted six tackles, including four solo stops and a tackle for loss, at Virginia Tech. He forced a fumble in Nebraska’s shutout of Louisiana-Lafayette, then had a team-high nine tackles and two pass breakups in a key win at Missouri. Amukamara had a big game at Baylor with four tackles, a career-high three breakups and his second interception of the season. Amukamara picked off his third pass of the season and returned it 22 yards to the Oklahoma 1, setting up the game’s only touchdown in a 10-3 NU win. He also had two breakups in the game. Amukamara added his second career sack against Kansas, then recovered a fumble against Kansas State. He nabbed his fourth pick at Colorado, then had a big game against Texas. Amukamara recorded a first-quarter interception to set up a Nebraska field goal and had seven tackles, including six solo stops. He added three tackles in the Holiday Bowl shutout of Arizona.

As a senior, Amukamara rushed for 2,106 yards and 24 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 252 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 26 yards per punt return and 20.8 yards on kickoff returns. His play helped Apollo High to a 7-4 record. In the first round of the Class 4A playoffs against Scottsdale Chaparral, Amukamara rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns in an overtime loss. Amukamara was the state high school player of the year by the Arizona Republic newspaper, which named him a first-team Class 4A all-state pick. Amukamara was also a starting guard in basketball, helping Apollo to three straight Class 4A state titles. In 2007, he averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game. He also starred in track, winning the Class 4A state titles in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in 2007. His times in the 100 (10.78) and 200 (21.91) were both tops in the state of Arizona. He chose Nebraska over Fresno State and Arizona State. PERSONAL Amukamara was born on June 6, 1989, and is the son of Romanus and Christie Amukamara. He is a political science major, and was named to the 2007 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. Amukamara is a regular volunteer in the community and was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. His outreach work includes team hospital visits, a World War II Veteran’s Visit and March Madness Ball Night for the Down Syndrome Association for Families. CAREER STATISTICS Year

2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S

8/0 13/3 14/14 35/17

(----------Tackles---------) UT AT TT TFL

Sacks

Fum. C-R

BK

PBU

2 21 41 64

0.0-0 1.0-11 2.0-11 3.0-22

0-0 2-0 1-1 3-1

0 0 0 0

0 3 11 14

2 4 13 34 23 64 38 102

0-0 2-12 3-13 5-25

QB INT Hry.

0 0 5 5

0 1 0 1

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–9 at Missouri, 2009 Solo Tackles–6 vs. Texas, 2009 Tackles for Loss–1 five times, twice in 2008 and three times in 2009 Sacks–1.0 three times, once in 2008 and twice in 2009 Pass Breakups–3 at Baylor, 2009 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

---Tackles----Sacks-Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

3 4 4 1 2 2 2 4 2 4 1 4 6 2 41

3 3 2 1 7 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 23

6 7 6 2 9 4 3 4 2 4 3 4 7 3 64

0-0 0.0-0 1-2 1.0-2 1-2 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-9 1.0-9 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 3-13 2.0-11

FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-4 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-1-4

1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 1-22 0-0 0-0 1-40 1-0 0-0 5-63

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 11

2008 SOPHOMORE Amukamara played in all 13 games with starts against Western Michigan, New Mexico State and Virginia Tech. He had 34 tackles, including 21 solo stops, and added three pass breakups and caused a pair of fumbles on punt coverage at Kansas State. He also had two tackles for loss and an 11-yard sack against Baylor. He had a season-high eight tackles against Western Michigan, and added six stops against New Mexico State. He had four games with at least three tackles. 2007 FRESHMAN Amukamara played for Nebraska as a true freshman, serving in a reserve role in the secondary, while also providing standout special teams play. He did not play in the first three games, but appeared in eight of the final nine games. He totaled four tackles, including two against Kansas State. BEFORE NEBRASKA APOLLO HS Amukamara was a dual-threat performer for Coach Zach Threadgill at Apollo High School. During his final two seasons, Amukamara scored nearly 50 touchdowns, while rushing for 3,389 yards and averaging 11.9 yards per carry. In the same two seasons, he had 664 receiving yards and totaled about 125 tackles, including 95 tackles and two interceptions in 2006. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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KENNY ANDERSON Defensive End 6-2 | 255 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Millard West)

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2010 OUTLOOK ANDERSON’S HONORS Kenny Anderson enters his third season in the NU Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall program, and will look to make a contribution on the Academic Honor Roll Husker defensive line this fall. The 6-2, 255-pound (2008, 2009Ȏ Anderson has provided valuable depth in his first two Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring seasons, and will look to push for playing time in 2010 Academic Honor Roll (2010) behind projected starters Pierre Allen and Cameron Defensive Scout Team Meredith. Anderson’s standout work on the practice co-MVP (2009) field earned him Scout Team Defensive MVP honors last season. The Omaha native excels in the classroom where he has been selected to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.

BEFORE NEBRASKA QUINCE ORCHARD HS Ankrah was one of the top prospects on the East Coast after an outstanding career for Coach Dave Mencarini at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md. Ankrah was just the second Husker signee from Maryland since 1990 and attended the same high school as Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis. Ankrah totaled 55 tackles as a senior, including 42 unassisted stops, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks and 19 quarterback hurries. His play helped Quince Orchard to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Maryland 4A West Regional Final. Ankrah was a first-team all-state pick, an All-Met selection by the Washington Post and was also named to the All-Gazette (Gaithersburg) first team. Ankrah played in the first Maryland Crab Bowl, pitting the top players in Maryland against D.C. area standouts. Ankrah also posted impressive numbers as a junior with more than 50 tackles and five sacks. His play was a significant factor in Quince Orchard’s perfect 14-0 record and class 4A state championship, and he earned first-team All-Sentinel as an offensive lineman. Ankrah also visited Michigan and Maryland, and also considered Virginia Tech and Clemson. PERSONAL Ankrah is the son of Kofi and Nanu Ankrah and was born on Feb. 26, 1991. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll in his first semester on campus.

NICK ASH

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Anderson was a reserve defensive end, but did not play in a game. He was named Defensive Scout Team MVP.

Offensive Line 6-5 | 275 | RFr. Keller, Texas (Keller)

2008 REDSHIRT Anderson sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked with the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA MILLARD WEST HS Anderson posted impressive statistics during his senior year at Millard West. Playing the defensive end position, Anderson recorded 13 sacks and 65 tackles, helping Millard West reach the semifinals in the state football playoffs. For his efforts on the field, Anderson earned first-team all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and second-team all-state accolades from the Omaha World-Herald. He was a member of the South Squad for the 2008 Shrine Bowl. Anderson chose to walk on at Nebraska over offers from Division II Northwest Missouri State and Augustana (S.D.) College. PERSONAL Anderson was born on May 20, 1990, and is the son of Rod and Kim Anderson. He is majoring in business administration and has volunteered with the Special Olympics, a Nebraska Veteran’s Welcome Home event and team hospital visits.

JASON ANKRAH Defensive End 6-4 | 260 | RFr. Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard)

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2010 OUTLOOK ANKRAH’S HONORS Redshirt freshman defensive end Jason Ankrah is Big 12 Commissioner’s poised to make an impact in his first year of action Fall Academic Honor Roll for Nebraska in 2010. The 6-4, 260-pound Ankrah sat (2009) out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt, and gained valuable practice experience while adding strength in the weight room. Ankrah regularly showed his potential in practice last season, and Nebraska coaches did consider using him as a true freshman, but ultimately made the decision to use a redshirt season. Ankrah is expected to contend for significant playing time at defensive end this fall, where Pierre Allen is a three-year returning starter.

2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman Nick Ash is part of an impressive group of young offensive linemen in the Nebraska program who hope to make an impact this fall. The 6-5, 275-pound Ash showed impressive skills on the scout team last fall, and continued his progress during spring practice. The Texas native will head into the fall looking to push for playing time at offensive guard, but he has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line. 2009 REDSHIRT Ash sat out his first season in the program as a redshirt and worked with the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA KELLER HS Ash was one of four scholarship signees on the offensive line in Nebraska’s 2009 class. He was a first-team all-district pick for Coach Kevin Atkinson and Class 5A Keller High School in 2008, while also earning second-team all-area honors from the Dallas Morning News. Ash helped his team to a 7-3 record in 2008, and the Indians narrowly missed out on a state playoff appearance. Ash helped a Keller offense that averaged nearly 30 points per game and he allowed just one sack on the season. Ash played tackle during his senior season, switching from offensive guard as a junior, when he was an honorable-mention all-district pick. Ash was regarded as one of the top 100 prospects in Texas in the 2009 class. In addition to his on-field accolades, Ash was also an honorable-mention academic all-state pick by the Texas High School Coaches Association. He selected Nebraska over Kansas, Purdue, Texas Tech, Arizona, Vanderbilt and TCU to name a few, but only visited Nebraska. PERSONAL Ash is the son of Kent and LeAnn Ash, and was born on Oct. 29, 1990. He has not declared a major.

2009 REDSHIRT Ankrah sat out his first season as a redshirt.

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ROBERT BARRY

JUSTIN BLATCHFORD

Tight End 6-8 | 240 | RFr. Battle Creek, Neb. (Battle Creek)

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2010 OUTLOOK BARRY’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Robert Barry enters the fall with Big 12 Commissioner’s hopes of battling for playing time at tight end, one of Spring Academic Honor Roll the deepest positions on the team. Barry impressed (2010) the coaching staff with his hard work in his first year in the program. The 6-8 Barry is the tallest player on the Nebraska roster and has added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame since arriving on campus. 2009 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Barry redshirted in his first year at Nebraska and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA BATTLE CREEK HS Barry was a talented all-around performer for Battle Creek High School and Coach Greg Wemhoff. Barry caught about 30 passes for 400 yards and five TDs as a sophomore tight end, but primarily played quarterback during his final two seasons. Barry passed for a combined 2,300 yards as a junior and senior, while rushing for another 500 yards with 32 TDs. Barry was an honorable-mention Class C-2 pick by both the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star. Barry helped Battle Creek to the state playoffs in 2006 and 2008. PERSONAL Barry is the son of Bo and Mary Barry, and was born on July 13, 1990. He is majoring in secondary education–social science. He has volunteered with team hospital visits and a gift giving program at Elliott Elementary.

ANTONIO BELL Wide Receiver 6-2 | 190 | So.-1L Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland)

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2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Antonio Bell is part of an impressive group of young receivers who will look to make an impact this fall. The battle for playing time alongside senior Niles Paul is wide open, and the 6-2, 190-pound Bell has the speed and size to become a factor for the Huskers. Bell joined the Nebraska program in January of 2009, after originally signing with the Huskers in 2008. He was one of six true freshmen to see action last fall. 2009 FRESHMAN Bell appeared in six games and had a catch for three yards against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Defensive Back 6-1 | 200 | So.-1L Ponca, Neb. (Ponca) 2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Justin Blatchford made an impact as one of the Cornhuskers’ top special teams performers in 2009, and he will look to contend for playing time this fall. The 6-1, 200-pound Blatchford served as a reserve cornerback last fall, but could also play safety. He suffered a setback in the spring with a knee injury, putting his status for the fall in doubt. Blatchford is also a standout in the classroom, being named a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection last year.

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BLATCHFORD’S HONORS First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Blatchford played in 12 games on Nebraska’s punt return and kickoff coverage teams. He made three unassisted tackles, one each vs. Colorado, Baylor and Arizona. His biggest play came in the 20-10 win against Baylor, when he returned a block punt 25 yards for a touchdown after the Bears’ opening series, giving NU a 7-0 advantage. 2008 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Blatchford redshirted in 2008. BEFORE NEBRASKA PONCA HS Blatchford was a four-sport athlete at Class C-2 Ponca High School. He was a twotime all-state football selection at running back for Coach Joe Kvidera, and also played linebacker. He set the school career record with 66 rushing touchdowns, while gaining more than 1,000 yards three times. He also set the school’s single-game rushing record with a 283-yard performance against Randolph. He was all-state honorable mention as a sophomore and was an all-conference selection all four years, while leading Ponca to the state playoffs three seasons. He played in the 2008 Shrine Game. Blatchford also lettered four times each in basketball, baseball and golf. He was a twotime all-conference pick as a guard in basketball, while leading his squad to a state title his junior year. He placed in the top 10 all four years at the state golf tournament, and guided Ponca to a state runner-up finish his junior season. On the diamond, he played numerous positions, including outfield and catcher, and was a two-time state champion for the Wakefield Legion program. In the classroom he was a member of the National Honor Society. PERSONAL Blatchford is the son of Bruce and Rhonda Blatchford, and was born Jan. 3, 1990. He is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science, and is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–12 in 2009 Tackles–3 UT in 2009 Other–25-yard return of blocked punt for TD at Baylor, 2009

BEFORE NEBRASKA MAINLAND HS Bell had a highly productive prep career for Coach John Maronto at Mainland High School. A four-year starter, Bell caught 45 passes for 776 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2007. That performance earned him first-team all-area honors and second-team Class 5A all-state accolades from the Florida Sportswriters Association. Bell earned firstteam all-area honors as a junior when he caught 42 passes, covering 625 yards and four touchdowns. Bell accounted for 500 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2005, earning him a second-team all-area selection. He was ranked among the top 60 players in Florida. Bell chose Nebraska over offers from West Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee. PERSONAL Antonio is the son of Tony and Cynthia Bell, and was born on Feb. 21, 1990. He has not declared a major. CAREER STATISTICS Year

G/S

No.

Yds.

Y/R

Y/G

Long

TDs

2009

6/0

1

3

3.0

0.5

3 vs. La.-Lafayette

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JOE BROEKEMEIER

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Cornerback 5-10 | 185 | Jr.-2L Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)

2010 OUTLOOK BLUE’S HONORS Anthony Blue returned to action in 2009 after sitting First-Team Freshman out 2008 following a knee injury. Blue returned to near All-Big 12 full strength last fall and provided depth at cornerback, (Sporting News, 2007) but made his biggest impact on special teams where Brook Berringer Citizenship he excelled on the punt and kickoff coverage units. Team (2009, 2010) The 5-10, 185-pound Blue possesses good speed and coverage skills and this fall he is likely to push for significant playing time in a veteran Nebraska secondary. The Huskers return starters Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard at cornerback, but Blue figures to also play a role at the position. 2009 SOPHOMORE Blue appeared in each of the final 11 games. He made four unassisted tackles with one each against Iowa State, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona. Blue served as the gunner on the punt team and played a key role in punter Alex Henery leading the Big 12 in punts downed inside the 20, as Blue was often the first man in position to down the punt. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Blue redshirted in 2008, after suffering a knee injury during winter conditioning. He returned to the practice field in October. 2007 REDSHIRT Blue emerged as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games with starts against Kansas State and Colorado. Blue made 18 tackles, including nine solo stops. He made 13 tackles in the final three games, including three at Kansas, and a season-high five stops against both Kansas State and Colorado. He added a pass breakup against the Wildcats. His play earned him freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News. BEFORE NEBRASKA CEDAR HILL HS Blue was a standout performer for Cedar Hill, a powerhouse in the Texas Class 5A ranks. Blue played a key role for Coach Joey McGuire, as Cedar Hill captured the Texas Class 5A state title with a perfect 16-0 record. Blue was a second-team all-state selection, first-team all-district pick and second-team all-area in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Blue made 60 tackles and intercepted two passes as a senior, while breaking up another 20 passes. Blue was ranked among the top 75 defensive back prospects in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. In addition to his outstanding play on the gridiron, Blue was a track standout for Cedar Hill. Although he didn’t place in the state track meet, Blue ran a personal best of 21.17 in the 200-meter dash in the district meet. Blue only visited Nebraska, but received a number of offers, including Baylor, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Wide Receiver 6-4 | 210 | Sr. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)

2010 OUTLOOK BROEKEMEIER’S HONORS Joe Broekemeier (pronounced Brock-myer) joined Two-Time Big 12 the Husker football team in August of 2009 after Commissioner’s Fall spending three seasons with the Nebraska baseball Academic Honor Roll program. Broekemeier first played quarterback after (2008, 2009Ȏ joining the football team, but moved to wide receiver during preparations for the Holiday Bowl. The 6-4, 210-pound Broekemeier has the size and athletic ability to make a push for playing time at receiver this fall. Broekemeier has just one season of football eligibility remaining after battling through an injury-plagued baseball career. The Aurora, Neb., native is scheduled to pick up his degree in business administration in December of 2010. 2009 REDSHIRT Broekemeier joined the football program during fall camp and worked as a reserve quarterback on the scout team. HUSKER BASEBALL CAREER Broekemeier was a pitcher for the NU baseball team from 2007 to 2009. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2007, then missed the 2008 season because of a back injury. Broekemeier appeared in eight games in 2009, compiling a 1-0 record with a 5.60 ERA. In 10.2 innings, he allowed only nine hits as opposing batters hit just .243 against him. In his seven relief appearances, Broekemeier posted a 1.69 ERA. BEFORE NEBRASKA AURORA HS Broekemeier was selected as the Grand Island Independent’s Boys High School Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 and rated as the top baseball player in the state for the 2006 MLB Draft by Baseball America. In football, he helped Aurora to back-to-back state playoff berths in 2004 and 2005. Broekemeier was a two-way performer on the diamond, going 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA on the mound. Offensively, he hit .480 with nine homers, 49 RBIs, 49 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. In basketball, he was a four-year starter at point guard, setting a school record with 1,334 career points and leading Aurora to back-to-back state tournament showings. Broekemeier ran track for four seasons, placing fourth in the state in the 200 meters and anchoring the 4x400 relay to a state runner-up showing. PERSONAL Broekemeier was born on April 8, 1987, in Central City, Neb. His parents are Dale and Karla Broekemeier and his father was a wrestler at Nebraska-Kearney. Broekemeier is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection.

REX BURKHEAD

PERSONAL Blue was born on Feb. 6, 1989, and is the son of Shawndra Blue and Anthony Blue Sr. He is majoring in art. Blue was a member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team in both 2009 and 2010. He has assisted with Nebraska’s team hospital visits and as a volunteer for American Education Week, the F Street Recreation Center and the Legacy Retirement Center among others. Blue competed with the NU track team in the winter of 2008, running the 60 and 200 meters during six indoor meets.

I-Back 5-11 | 210 | So.-1L Plano, Texas (Plano)

CAREER STATISTICS Year

2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S

(----------Tackles---------) UT AT TT

12/2

9

9

11/0 23/2

4 13

0 9

TFL

Sacks

Fum. C-R

BK

PBU

0-0 Redshirt 4 0-0 22 0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0-0 0-0

0-0 0-0

0 0

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SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–5 vs. Kansas State, at Colorado, 2007 Pass Breakups–1 vs. Kansas State, 2007

92

INT

QB Hry.

1

0

0

0 1

0 0

0 0

9

22

2010 OUTLOOK BURKHEAD’S HONORS Rex Burkhead made an immediate impact in the Big 12 Commissioner’s Nebraska offense as a true freshman in 2009, and he Fall Academic Honor Roll figures to play a prominent role in the backfield this (2009) fall. The 5-11, 210-pound Burkhead was in the rotation Brook Berringer at I-back from the start of the season, but missed Citizenship Team (2010) five games during Big 12 play with a broken foot. He returned late in the season and sparked the NU ground game, capped by an impressive showing in the Holiday Bowl.

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Burkhead is part of a deep group of I-backs that should make the Husker running game a strength in 2010. NU returns 100 percent of its rushing yards for the upcoming season and Burkhead figures to form a strong 1-2 rushing punch with senior Roy Helu Jr. 2009 FRESHMAN Burkhead was one of six true freshmen to see action, and he finished as NU’s secondleading rusher with 346 yards and three touchdowns, despite playing in just nine games. Burkhead had nine carries for 39 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Florida Atlantic. He had three rushes for 18 yards and an 11-yard catch against Arkansas State. Burkhead had six carries for 27 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette and added four catches for 26 yards, including a 24-yard TD reception. He also had two punt returns for 59 yards. Burkhead provided a spark off the bench at Missouri with five carries for 34 yards. However, he suffered a foot injury the following week and missed the next five games. He returned against Kansas State and ran for 17 yards, while adding a nine-yard reception. Burkhead rushed 18 times for 100 yards and a touchdown vs. Colorado. His touchdown came in the fourth quarter, capping a drive that saw Burkhead rush nine times for 55 yards. He ran for 22 yards and had two catches against Texas. In the Holiday Bowl, Burkhead had 17 carries for 89 yards and scored a touchdown. Several of his carries came out of a Wildcat set with Burkhead taking a direct snap. He also had two catches. BEFORE NEBRASKA PLANO HS Burkhead was a standout performer for Plano High School and Coach Jaydon McCullough. He helped Plano to a 10-2 record and the Class 5A state playoffs in 2008, rushing for 1,762 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also caught 42 passes for 594 yards and five touchdowns. Burkhead was named a first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the AP and the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area Offensive Player of the Year. The Morning News listed him among the top 25 prospects in the Dallas Metroplex and as one of the top 30 recruits in the state. During his junior season, Burkhead rushed for 1,768 yards and 29 touchdowns and caught 47 passes. His play helped Plano to a 13-2 record and a trip to the 5A state semifinals. Burkhead was an honorable-mention 5A all-state selection. Burkhead also ran for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns and passed for more than 600 yards as a sophomore when he was the 2006 District 9-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year. Burkhead was also a basketball standout, earning first-team all-district honors as a junior and senior. He averaged 15.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a senior and was part of a Class 5A state title in 2006. Burkhead chose Nebraska after also visiting Texas A&M, and receiving offers from dozens of other BCS schools. PERSONAL Burkhead was born on July 2, 1990, and is the son of Rick and Robyn Burkhead. He is majoring in secondary education-social science. Burkhead was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2009. He was also selected to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his outreach work. He has volunteered with team hospital visits and at the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop. CAREER STATISTICS Year

G/S

Att.

Gain

Loss

Net

Y/A

Y/G

2009 9/0 81 360 14 346 4.3 38.4 Receiving: 13-90- 1 TD- 6.9 average Punt Returns: 4-73- 18.2 average; Kickoff Returns: 1- 15 SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS » Rushes–18 at Colorado » Rushing Yards–100 at Colorado » Long Rush–34 vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl » Touchdowns–1 vs. Florida Atlantic, Colorado, Arizona » Receptions–4 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette » Receiving Yards–26 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette » Long Reception–24 yards vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (TD)

Long

TDs

34 vs. Arizona

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JOSEPH CAMARATA Linebacker 5-10 | 225 | So. Overland Park, Kan. (Rockhurst)

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2010 OUTLOOK CAMARATA’S HONORS Joseph Camarata will enter fall camp as a reserve Three-Time Big 12 linebacker who hopes to push for playing time in 2010. Commissioner’s Spring The 5-10, 225-pound Camarata also will bid for a role Academic Honor Roll on Nebraska’s special teams units. Camarata originally (2008, 2009, 2010) joined the Husker football program in January of 2008 • Two-Time Big 12 as a walk-on and earned his way onto the team during Commissioner’s Fall winter conditioning. He spent the 2007 fall semester Academic Honor Roll at Baylor, but was not a member of the football team. (2008, 2009) Camarata is a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average. He is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor roll selection. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Camarata was a reserve linebacker, but did not see game action. 2008 REDSHIRT Camarata redshirted in his first season and worked on the scout team defense. BEFORE NEBRASKA ROCKHURST HS Camarata was an outstanding two-way player for Rockhurst High School and Coach Anthony Severino, playing center and middle linebacker. Camarata earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors as an offensive lineman by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. He also earned Kansas City Area all-district honors during his senior year. During his junior season, Camarata helped Rockhurst High School to a state semifinal appearance. Camarata was a member of the National Honor Society and earned a Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award in 2006. He compiled better than a 4.0 grade-point average in high school. Camarata began high school at Lincoln Southeast, where he started both ways as a sophomore before his family moved to the Kansas City area. PERSONAL Camarata is the son of Joe and Colleen Camarata and was born on April 25, 1989. He is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science. He has volunteered his time as part of team hospital visits and numerous elementary school outreach events.

MIKE CAPUTO Offensive Line 6-1 | 275 | Jr. Omaha, Neb. (Millard North)

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2010 OUTLOOK CAPUTO’S HONORS Center Mike Caputo has been a reliable backup for Rimington Award Preseason Nebraska the past two seasons. The Omaha native Watch List (2010) heads into fall practice looking to push for the starting center position vacated by three-year starter Jacob Hickman. The 6-1, 275-pound Caputo is undersized by Big 12 offensive line standards, but Caputo uses outstanding technique to compensate. Nebraska coaches have regularly expressed their confidence in Caputo’s ability, and rewarded the former walk-on with a scholarship before the start of the 2009 campaign. 2009 SOPHOMORE Caputo appeared in six games as Hickman’s backup at center and saw important playing time with Hickman battling nagging injuries for much of the season. Caputo played in three non-conference games, then saw his most extensive action against Iowa State when Hickman was sidelined with a leg injury.

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2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Caputo played in seven games and helped the NU offense rank among the top 20 nationally in scoring, passing and total offense. 2007 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Caputo redshirted in his first season.

Legacy Retirement Center. Austin’s father was the NU Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations from 2004 to 2007. CAREER STATISTICS Year

BEFORE NEBRASKA Caputo was a two-way standout for Millard North High School and Coach Fred Petito. Caputo helped Millard North reach four straight Class A state semifinals, including a victory in the title game in 2005. Caputo was named to the Class A all-state team by both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald as a senior. Caputo received offers from several Division II schools, as well as several Division I walk-on offers, before deciding on Nebraska.

2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S

2/0 14/0 16/0

1 3 4

1 9 10

Redshirt 0-0 0-0 0-0

Fum. C-R

BK

PBU

0-0 0-0 0-0

0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 0

0 1 1

BRANDON CHAPEK

CAREER STATS Games Played–13 (7 in 2008; 6 in 2009)

Offensive Line 6-5 | 305 | RFr. Wahoo, Neb. (Bishop Neumann)

AUSTIN CASSIDY

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2010 OUTLOOK CASSIDY’S HONORS Austin Cassidy emerged as a special teams leader First-Team Academic as a sophomore, and is poised to push for playing time All-Big 12 (2010) in the secondary this fall. Cassidy helped the Huskers’ First-Team CoSIDA Academic special teams units rank among the nation’s best in All-District VII (2010) 2009, serving as a starter on all four of Nebraska’s Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s coverage and kicking units. He also saw action at safety Fall Academic Honor Roll and with both starting safeties graduating in 2010, (2007, 2008, 2009) Cassidy’s role increased during spring ball when NU Three-TimeBig12Commissioner’s routinely used five defensive backs in its base defense. Spring Academic Honor Roll Cassidy is a standout in the classroom, as he was (2008, 2009, 2010) named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team and was one of just three players in the Big 12 selected to the academic all-conference team with a perfect 4.0 semester grade-point average. 2009 SOPHOMORE Cassidy played in all 14 games and had nine tackles, including six solo stops and three assists. Nebraska ranked 13th nationally in kickoff coverage, while also leading the Big 12 in punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Cassidy had two tackles each against LouisianaLafayette and Oklahoma. He added a pass breakup against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman Brandon Chapek hopes to battle for playing time on the offensive line this fall in his second season in the Nebraska program. The 6-5, 305-pound Chapek spent his first year in the program on the scout team. He also made great strides in the strength and conditioning program, where he dropped 20 pounds since his arrival in Lincoln. Chapek spent the spring working primarily at the tackle spot.

PERSONAL Austin was born on Aug. 5, 1988, and is the son of Tim and Nancy Cassidy. He is majoring in psychology and carries a 3.867 cumulative grade-point average. Austin has volunteered his time with Nebraska’s team hospital visits as well as the F Street Recreation Center and

0 0 0

0 0 0

51

CHAPEK’S HONORS Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)

BEFORE NEBRASKA BISHOP NEUMANN HS Chapek was a standout at Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo. Chapek was a firstteam Class C-1 all-state pick as an offensive lineman by the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Associated Press. Chapek made 43 tackles on defense and his play as a senior helped Neumann to an 8-3 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. Chapek also provided impressive play as a junior, helping Bishop Neumann to a 12-1 record and a Class C-1 state runner-up finish. Chapek qualified for the state meet in the discus in 2008 and was an academic all-state pick in basketball twice. PERSONAL Chapek is the son of Larry and Nancy Chapek, and was born on July 13, 1990. Chapek is a pre-dentistry major, and was selected to the Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll each of his two semesters. He carries a 3.825 cumulative grade-point average.

SEUNG HOON CHOI

2007 REDSHIRT Cassidy sat out as a redshirt and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN SOUTHWEST HS Cassidy was a standout performer for Coach Mark King at Lincoln Southwest, where he was a first-team Super-State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star and a second-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald. As quarterback, Cassidy helped Southwest to a 14-1 record, including a perfect regular season in 2006. Cassidy rushed for 1,507 yards as a senior. A captain on the football team, Cassidy was one of the state’s top all-around athletes. He qualified for the state track meet in the pole vault, the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in his junior and senior seasons, and was the Class A gold medalist in the pole vault as a junior. His all-around performance earned him Male Athlete-of-the-Year honors at Southwest. Cassidy attracted recruiting interest from numerous schools, before walking on at Nebraska.

QB INT Hry.

2009 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Chapek redshirted and worked with the scout team.

2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Cassidy played against New Mexico State and Kansas State and had an unassisted tackle against the Aggies.

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0 6 6

Sacks

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–2 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma, 2009 Pass Breakups–1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009

PERSONAL Caputo was born on May 2, 1989, and he is the son of Tom and Maryann Caputo. Caputo is majoring in communication studies and has assisted with team hospital visits, the Omaha Heart Walk and volunteered at Elliott Elementary School.

Safety 6-1 | 210 | Jr.-1L Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

(----------Tackles---------) UT AT TT TFL

Offensive Line 6-2 | 295 | So. Lincoln, Neb. (Christian)

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2010 OUTLOOK Seung Hoon Choi has provided depth in the offensive line during the past two seasons and enters his third year in the program looking to push for playing time. The 6-2, 295-pound Choi will enter the fall listed as a reserve guard on a line that returns four starters for the 2010 season. Choi is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and came to Lincoln during eighth grade. He first played football during his sophomore year at Lincoln Christian High School. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Choi provided depth at guard, but did not see game action.

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2008 REDSHIRT Choi walked on and sat out his first season as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN CHRISTIAN HS Choi earned honorable-mention all-state honors in Class C-1 his senior year by both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. Choi was coached by Matt Farup at Lincoln Christian. Choi finished his high school career with a sixth-place finish in the shot put at the 2008 state track meet. PERSONAL Seung was born on Nov. 24, 1989, in Seoul, South Korea. He is the son of San Jo Coi and Yu Mi Chu, who still reside in South Korea. Choi is majoring in international business.

TYSON CLARK

in just the school’s third year of varsity football. A three-year starter, Coffey graded out above 90 percent in 2008, and recorded more than 50 pancake blocks. Coffey’s play helped Guyer make a dramatic turnaround from the 2007 season when it won just one game. Despite the lack of team success, Coffey was noticed by schools around the country, and chose Nebraska over numerous offers including Kansas and Texas A&M. Coffey, who was listed among the top 100 prospects in Texas, only visited Nebraska and committed after attending NU’s summer camp. Coffey was a standout in the classroom, as he carried a 5.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and tied for first in his class. PERSONAL Coffey is the son of Allen and Amy Coffey and was born on Oct. 6, 1990. He is majoring in construction management and carries a 3.775 cumulative grade-point average after two semesters. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his two semesters.

WILL COMPTON

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Wide Receiver 6-4 | 205 | RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (East)

2010 OUTLOOK CLARK’S HONORS Tyson Clark is a second-generation Cornhusker Big 12 Commissioner’s who will look to provide depth at wide receiver as a Fall Academic Honor Roll redshirt freshman in 2010. The 6-4, 205-pound Clark (2009) spent his first season in the Nebraska program as a redshirt, and made good use of the Nebraska strength program, adding 20 pounds of muscle. Clark is the son of former Husker All-American safety Bret Clark, who lettered at Nebraska from 1982 to 1984, before going on to a fouryear professional career. 2009 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Clark redshirted and worked with the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN EAST HS Clark was an honorable-mention all-state pick as a receiver by the Lincoln Journal Star in both 2007 and 2008, and was named to the 2008 all-city team. His play for Coach John Gingery also earned him honorable-mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Associated Press. Clark also lettered in baseball and basketball for the Spartans. PERSONAL Clark is the son of Bret and Tammy Clark, and he was born on Sept. 28, 1990. Clark has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

JESSE COFFEY

Linebacker 6-2 | 225 | So.-1L Bonne Terre, Mo. (North County) 2010 OUTLOOK Will Compton became a key performer in the Nebraska linebacking corps as a redshirt freshman in 2009. Compton won the starting Mike linebacker job during fall camp and played in all 14 games with eight starting assignments. The 6-2, 225-pound Compton is one of several talented young linebackers who return to a defense that could be among the nation’s best in 2010. Compton’s efforts in his first season as a starter netted him freshman All-Big 12 honors from ESPN.com and The Sporting News. He also picked up academic All-Big 12 honors for his performance in the classroom.

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COMPTON’S HONORS » Second-Team National All-Freshman Team (2009, Phil Steele) » All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2009, ESPN.com, Sporting News) » First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) » Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Compton finished his first season of action with 40 tackles, including 17 solo stops. He added a tackle for loss, shared a sack, and had a pair of pass breakups. Compton saw significant action, but often left the field when NU went to its nickel and dime packages. Compton made five tackles in his debut against Florida Atlantic, while adding a breakup. He posted a season-high seven tackles and a quarterback hurry at Virginia Tech. He made five tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette and six tackles against his homestate Missouri Tigers. Compton was in on his first career sack against Texas Tech, and added four tackles against Iowa State. He had five tackles, including four solo stops at Colorado, then recorded two tackles against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. 2008 REDSHIRT Compton redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2008.

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Offensive Line 6-7 | 290 | RFr. Denton, Texas (Guyer)

2010 OUTLOOK COFFEY’S HONORS Texas native Jesse Coffey is part of an impressive Big 12 Commissioner’s group of young talent on the Nebraska offensive line. Fall Academic Honor Roll The 6-7, 290-pound Coffey made a favorable impression (2009) on the Husker coaching staff in his first season in Lincoln, Big 12 Commissioner’s when he sat out as a redshirt, while also gaining strength Spring Academic Honor Roll in the Nebraska weight room. Coffey spent the majority (2010) of the spring working at right tackle and will look to push for playing time on a line that returns four starters for 2010. 2009 REDSHIRT Coffey sat out his first season in the Nebraska program as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA GUYER HS Coffey earned honorable-mention Associated Press Class 4A all-state honors for Coach John Walsh at Denton’s Guyer High School and was a first-team all-area selection by the Dallas Morning News. He was a key part of Guyer’s 12-3 record and 4A state semifinal appearance

BEFORE NEBRASKA NORTH COUNTY HS Compton was a two-way star for North County High School. As a senior, Compton had 107 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two interceptions, while causing a fumble and recovering another from his linebacker position. On offense, Compton was also a key performer for Coach David Leeds, accounting for approximately 500 rushing yards, 1,000 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. His play as a senior earned Compton first-team all-state honors from the Missouri Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. Compton also stood out as a junior, making 71 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and an interception on defense, while rushing for 455 yards, and catching 51 passes for 855 yards. He earned first-team all-state honors as a receiver, while picking up all-district and all-conference honors as a linebacker. A SuperPrep All-American, Compton was ranked among the top five players in the state of Missouri and among the top 20 inside linebacker prospects nationally. Compton was a defensive captain in the Offense-Defense Bowl allstar game at the 2008 Orange Bowl. Compton chose Nebraska over Missouri and Illinois. PERSONAL Compton is the son of Bill and Kathy Compton and was born on Sept. 19, 1989. He is a business administration major. Compton has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center. Will’s younger brother, Cody, is a member of the Nebraska wrestling team.

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Sacks

Fum. C-R BK

0.5-2 0.5-2

0-0 0-0

0 0

QB PBU INT Hry. 2 2

0 0

2 2

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–7 at Virginia Tech Solo Tackles–4 at Colorado Tackles for Loss–1 vs. Texas Tech Sacks–0.5 vs. Texas Tech

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

Year

2008 2009

---Tackles-----Sacks--Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds

2 3 1 2 1 6 3 2 2 4 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 17 23

5 3 7 5 6 1 4 0 0 0 2 5 0 2 40

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2

FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.5-2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.5-2

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

KHIRY COOPER

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2

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Wide Receiver 6-2 | 195 | So.-1L Shreveport, La. (Calvary Baptist Academy)

2010 OUTLOOK COOPER’S HONORS Sophomore wideout Khiry (pronounced KY-ree) Big 12 Commissioner’s Cooper became an integral part of the Nebraska passing Fall Academic Honor Roll game in 2009 and figures to play a more prominent role (2008) in 2010. For the second straight year, the two-sport standout spent the spring with the NU baseball team, but will get back into the wideout competition in the fall. The 6-2 Cooper provides Nebraska with a tall target in the passing game and showed flashes of his play-making ability as a redshirt freshman. He is one of four returning receivers who started at least two games last season. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Cooper played in 12 games with four starts, and made 13 catches for 80 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown against Texas Tech. His first career catch was against Arkansas State, followed by two catches for 26 yards, including a season-long 17-yarder vs. LouisianaLafayette. He had three receptions each against Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas. 2008 REDSHIRT Cooper redshirted in his first season at Nebraska in 2008. NEBRASKA BASEBALL TEAM Cooper turned down a baseball contract from the Los Angeles Angels after the organization selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Cooper played in 35 games and made 20 starts in the outfield in 2009, and hit .229 with two homers, nine RBIs, and three stolen bases. In 2010, Cooper hit .258 with eight RBIs in 62 plate appearances. BEFORE NEBRASKA CALVARY BAPTIST ACADEMY Cooper accounted for 42 receiving touchdowns and better than 1,700 yards in his final three seasons of high school, including 16 touchdowns as a senior. Cooper caught 60 passes for 1,038 yards in 2007. His play led Calvary Academy to a 12-1 record and a trip to the Class 2A state semifinals. Cooper was a first-team Class 2A all-state selection and was also a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s “Second Dozen” of top players in Louisiana. Cooper nabbed 50 receptions for 750 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore in 2005, Cooper caught 48 passes for 597 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooper’s coach at Calvary Academy was Doug Pederson, who played quarterback in the 96

PERSONAL Khiry is the son of Yolanda Cooper and was born on Jan. 18, 1990. He is an advertising major and has volunteered his time with FCA speaking engagements and team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS

2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

NFL for 12 seasons. Cooper also used his speed to roam center field for the Calvary Academy baseball team. As a senior, Cooper hit .337 to lead his team to a 2A state title, as he was named to the all-state first team. Cooper chose Nebraska over Arkansas.

G/S

12/4

No.

Yds.

13

Y/R

Y/G

Long

TDs

Redshirt 80 6.2

6.7

17 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

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SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–3 vs. Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, 2009 Yards–26 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009

BEN COTTON

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Tight End 6-6 | 255 | So.-1L Ames, Iowa (Ames) 2010 OUTLOOK Ben Cotton emerged as a key part of a talented group of Nebraska tight ends during his redshirt freshman season in 2009. The 6-6, 255-pound Cotton provides a big receiving threat, while also providing a physical blocking presence in the Nebraska running game. Cotton is one of five tight ends who saw extensive action last season and each of those players returns for 2010. Cotton is the son of Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton, and Ben will be joined in the NU program by his younger brother, Jake, this fall.

COTTON’S HONORS All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2009, ESPN.com, Sporting News) First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Cotton played in every game with a start at Baylor. He had five receptions for 43 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown at Colorado. Cotton had three catches for 33 yards against CU, and had single receptions against Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State. Cotton also scored a touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette by recovering a Roy Helu Jr. fumble in the end zone. Cotton also served on Nebraska’s kickoff return unit. 2008 REDSHIRT Cotton redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.

BEFORE NEBRASKA AMES HS Cotton committed shortly after the hiring of Bo Pelini as head coach, and was the first scholarship signee from Iowa since 2001. Cotton was a three-year standout for Ames High and Coach Bruce Vertanen. As a senior, Cotton caught 44 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns to earn first-team Elite All-State honors from the Des Moines Register. He was the team’s only two-way starter, also lining up at defensive end. Cotton missed six games because of injury in 2006, but still had 10 receptions. He first started as a sophomore and earned second-team all-conference honors. Cotton was a two-year starter in basketball and qualified for the state track meet in the discus. He was also a pitcher and center fielder in baseball, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors in 2008. Cotton chose Nebraska over offers from Louisville, Iowa, Kansas, Iowa State and Wisconsin. PERSONAL Ben is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton and was born on June 13, 1989. He is a business administration major and carries a 3.294 cumulative GPA. Cotton was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and volunteered his time at School is Cool Week, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and team hospital visits. His father, Barney, played for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978. CAREER STATISTICS Year

2008 2009

G/S

No.

14/1

Yds.

5

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–3 at Colorado Yards–33 at Colorado

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Y/G

Long

TDs

Redshirt 43 8.6

3.4

24 at Colorado

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Defensive Tackle 6-6 | 285 | Jr.-2L Cozad, Neb. (Cozad) 2010 OUTLOOK Jared Crick entered 2009 known mostly as the defensive tackle who played alongside senior AllAmerican Ndamukong Suh. However, by mid-season Crick’s name stood on its own as he racked up huge numbers to earn a spot in the Nebraska record books. With Suh headed to the professional ranks, Crick steps into the spotlight this fall as one of the leaders of a Nebraska defense that returns seven starters for 2010. Crick’s play as a sophomore helped the Nebraska defense rank as one of the nation’s most complete units. The Blackshirts finished first nationally in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense and ranked second in the nation in sacks. Crick and the starting front four accounted for 32 sacks and 67 tackles for loss. The Big 12 coaches honored Crick as a first-team all-conference choice, while nearly every other outlet listed him as a second-team all-conference selection in a league stacked with outstanding linemen. He has received numerous preseason accolades heading into the 2010 campaign.

CRICK’S HONORS First-Team Preseason All-American (2010, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, Sporting News) Second-Team Preseason All-American (2010, Athlon) First-Team Preseason All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon, Phil Steele) Rotary Lombardi, Outland, Lott and Nagurski Award Watch Lists (2010) First-Team All-Big 12 (2009, Coaches) Second Team All-Big 12 (2009, AP, KC Star, SA Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Walter Camp and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (2009 at Baylor) Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (2009 at Baylor) NU Single-Game Records for Sacks (5) and TFLs (7) (2009 at Baylor) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (201o) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010)

2009 SOPHOMORE Crick posted 73 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. His sack total ranked second on the team behind Suh and sixth in the Big 12, while his 15 tackles for loss were third on the team. Crick also had 16 quarterback hurries, four breakups and forced a pair of fumbles. In the conference statistics, Crick was second only to Suh in tackles per game among all Big 12 interior defensive linemen, averaging 5.2 per contest. His most memorable game came at Baylor when Crick made a Nebraska record five sacks and tied the school record with seven tackles for loss. His sack total was the most in the country in 2009, edging out Suh’s 4.5 sacks against Texas. For his effort in that game, Crick was the national and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Crick opened the year with three tackles, his first career TFL and a blocked field goal against Florida Atlantic. He made five tackles and had his first career sack against Arkansas State. At Virginia Tech, Crick helped the front four dominate the Hokie offense with seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry. In the Big 12 opener at Missouri, Crick had seven tackles, a nine-yard sack and recovered a fumble. He had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack against Texas Tech, while also posting three quarterback hurries. He added eight tackles and three quarterback hurries against Iowa State before his record-setting day at Baylor. In addition to his school record sack and tackle for loss totals, Crick also had a career-high 13 tackles, the most by an NU defensive tackle in seven seasons. He also had a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Crick made eight tackles, two tackles for loss, shared a sack and had three hurries in a 10-3 win over Oklahoma. He posted five tackles against Kansas State, and had three tackles, shared a sack and added two hurries in the Big 12 title game against Texas. Crick capped the year with three tackles in the Holiday Bowl shutout of Arizona.

BEFORE NEBRASKA COZAD HS Crick earned second-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and second-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star as a senior, while earning first-team Class B honors from both papers. His performance helped Cozad and Coach Ron Bubak compile an 8-3 record and reach the second round of the Class B state playoffs in 2006. Crick made 68 tackles as a defensive end, including six tackles for loss. Crick also played tight end and caught 15 passes for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Crick recorded 75 tackles and five sacks as a junior en route to Class C-1 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and honorable-mention all-state accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star. Crick participated in the East Meets West All-American Game in Florida. Crick also led the basketball team in scoring at 12 points per game and rebounding with eight per contest. He also threw the shot put and finished second in the state with a throw of 60 10-1/4. Crick only visited Nebraska, but did receive numerous other scholarship offers. PERSONAL Crick was born on Aug. 21, 1989, and is the son of David and Cindy Crick. He is majoring in history. Crick was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. He was also a member of the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, having volunteered his time on team hospital visits, a World War II Veteran’s visit and as a speaker on elementary school visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------)

Year 2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S 9/0 14/14 23/14

TT TFL Redshirt 1 2 0-0 42 73 15-63 43 75 15-63

Fum.

QB

UT AT

Sacks

C-R

BK

1 31 32

0.0-0 9.5-57 9.5-57

0-0 0-2 0-2

0 0 0

PBU INT Hry. 1 4 5

0 0 0

0 16 16

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–13 at Baylor, 2009 Solo Tackles–6 vs. Oklahoma, 2009 Tackles for Loss–7 at Baylor, 2009 (tied school record) Sacks–5.0 at Baylor, 2009 (school record) 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

---Tackles-----Sacks--Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

0 3 1 4 2 5 0 1 2 5 2 3 5 3 10 3 2 6 2 1 1 4 2 0 1 2 1 2 31 42

3 5 7 1 7 5 8 13 8 3 5 2 3 3 73

1-0 0.0-0 1-6 0.5-6 1-1 1.0-1 0-0 0.0-0 1-9 1.0-9 2-12 1.0-10 0-0 0.0-0 7-28 5.0-24 1-3 0.5-3 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-4 0.5-4 0-0 0.0-0 15-63 9.5-57

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-2-0

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 1 1 1 1 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 2 1 17

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4

2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Crick played in nine games as a reserve defensive tackle and made two tackles, a solo stop against New Mexico State and an assist at Oklahoma. He added a pass breakup against Western Michigan. 2007 REDSHIRT Crick redshirted in 2007 and after working as a defensive end on the scout team, he moved inside to tackle in the spring of 2008.

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Punter/Place-kicker 6-1 | 190 | Jr. Firth, Neb. (Norris/Nebraska-Omaha) 2010 OUTLOOK Jon Damkroger is expected to provide depth in the Husker special teams in 2010. Damkroger began his college career at Nebraska-Omaha, before joining the Huskers in 2008. He has served as a backup punter in each of his first two years in the Nebraska program. Damkroger is a standout in the classroom, carrying a 3.373 grade-point average in business administration.

Dean also participated in track and basketball for Bridgeport, and as a junior claimed gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes at the state track meet. During his senior campaign, he was second in the 100 and 400, while claiming fourth in the 200. PERSONAL Dean was born on Aug. 29, 1989, and is the son of Monte and Tammy Dean. He is majoring in fisheries and wildlife, and has volunteered his time at the Village Manor Retirement Center and as part of the Huskers’ hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–5 in 2009 Tackles–3 UT, 1 AT in 2009

ALFONZO DENNARD

DAMKROGER’S HONORS Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

Cornerback 5-10 | 195 | Jr.-2L Rochelle, Ga. (Wilcox County)

2009 SOPHOMORE Damkroger was a reserve punter, but did not see game action. BEFORE NEBRASKA UNO/NORRIS HS Damkroger averaged 35 yards on 40 punts for Coach Pat Behrns and UNO in 2007. Damkroger pinned Maverick opponents inside the 20-yard line 10 times as a freshman. He was the only true freshman to play on a UNO team that won its first 10 games, and advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs. Damkroger was a three-sport star at Norris High. He was a three-year letterwinner for Coach Jeff Reed in football, earning first-team all-state honors while serving as a captain. He averaged 43 yards per punt and also played wide receiver and safety. Damkroger also served as team captain and was a two-year starter in basketball and was a four-year letterwinner, team captain and four-event state qualifier in track. Damkroger set school records in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter relay. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Damkroger was a four-year member of the student council and the National Honor Society. PERSONAL The son of Tom and Deanne Damkroger, Jon was born June 7, 1989, in Lincoln, Neb. Damkroger has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his four semesters at Nebraska, and was a Dean’s List student and academic all-conference in his first year of college at Nebraska-Omaha. He has volunteered with NU team hospital visits.

JASE DEAN Cornerback 6-0 | 190 | So.-1L Bridgeport, Neb. (Bridgeport)

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2010 OUTLOOK DEAN’S HONORS Jase Dean is a talented athlete who brings good Big 12 Commissioner’s size and speed to the Nebraska secondary and special Fall Academic Honor Roll teams units. The 6-0, 190-pound Dean made an impact (2009) on Nebraska’s coverage units early last season, before suffering a season-ending knee injury at Missouri. Dean should be back to full strength by fall camp and is a candidate for playing time in a deep Nebraska secondary that should be among the nation’s best.

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2010 OUTLOOK Alfonzo Dennard (pronounced DEN-ard) moved into the starting lineup at cornerback at the start of Big 12 Conference play last fall, and his development helped Nebraska become one of the nation’s top passing defenses. The 5-10, 195-pound Dennard returns for 2010 and is expected to team with senior Prince Amukamara to give Nebraska one of the nation’s top cornerback tandems. Dennard started nine of the final 10 games and helped Nebraska lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. The Blackshirts also held 10 opponents to 50 percent or less in pass completion percentage and allowed just seven passing touchdowns. 2009 SOPHOMORE Dennard was a key reserve early in the season before moving into the starting lineup against Missouri. He finished with 31 tackles, including four tackles for loss, and his eight pass breakups were third on the team. Dennard totaled four tackles in non-conference play as the top reserve at cornerback. He made his first career start at Missouri and had four tackles, including three solo stops and a tackle for loss, and added a breakup. Against Iowa State, Dennard made five tackles, had a tackle for loss and a career-best two breakups. Dennard suffered a shoulder injury at Baylor that hampered him for the remainder of the regular season. Despite the injury, Dennard had a career-best six tackles, a tackle for loss and a breakup against Oklahoma. He had five solo stops at Kansas, before sitting out the Kansas State game to rest his injury. Dennard combined for four tackles against Colorado and Texas, before closing the year with a PBU against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. 2008 FRESHMAN Dennard was one of three true freshmen to see action, playing in 12 games, primarily on special teams. Dennard formed an explosive kickoff return combination with Niles Paul, and had eight returns for 150 yards, an average of 18.8 yards per return. He had a 29-yard return against Colorado and a season-long 31-yarder vs. Clemson in the Gator Bowl. Dennard had five tackles, including four solo stops, with a season-high two tackles against Kansas State.

2008 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Dean redshirted in 2008.

BEFORE NEBRASKA WILCOX COUNTY HS Dennard excelled on both sides of the ball for Wilcox County High School, and was the first scholarship player from Georgia since 2001. In his senior season, Dennard played a leading role in helping Wilcox County and Coach Mark Ledford to a 13-2 record and state runner-up finish in Class A. Dennard made 53 tackles, while picking off five passes as a cornerback. Offensively, Dennard caught 39 passes for 780 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He also used his speed to help on special teams, returning two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Dennard received first-team Class A all-state honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Dennard played in the GACA North-South All-Star game. As a junior, Dennard caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing 24 times for 240 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he made 60 tackles and had six interceptions. Dennard was also a contributor in track and basketball. He played point in basketball and used his speed in sprint events in track. He finished sixth in the state in the long jump with a leap of 21-3. Dennard chose Nebraska over North Carolina and Troy.

BEFORE NEBRASKA BRIDGEPORT HS Dean was coached by Chris Koozer at Bridgeport High School. Dean earned honorablemention all-state honors in Class C-1. He was also a member of the North Squad during the 2008 Shrine Bowl and was a part of the 2007 Winter Academic All-State team (3.86 GPA).

PERSONAL Dennard is the son of Rose Mary Dennard and was born on Sept. 9, 1989. He is a sociology major, and has assisted with Nebraska’s team hospital visits and volunteered his time at the Village Manor Retirement Center.

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Dean played in the first five games before his injury, and had four tackles, including three solo stops. Dean had three tackles against Florida Atlantic, and one stop against Louisiana-Lafayette. He added a fumble caused against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

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CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------)

Year 2008 2009 Totals

G/S 12/0 13/9 25/9

UT AT 4 1 21 10 25 11

TT 5 31 36

Fum.

TFL 0-0 4-10 4-10

Sacks 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0

C-R 0-0 0-1 0-1

JIM EBKE

QB

BK 0 0 0

PBU INT Hry. 0 0 0 8 0 3 8 0 3

32

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–6 vs. Oklahoma, 2009 Solo Tackles–5 at Kansas, 2009 Tackles for Loss–1 four times in 2009 Pass Breakups–2 vs. Iowa State, 2009

Safety 6-0 | 210 | Jr. Lincoln, Neb. (East/South Dakota State)

2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

---Tackles-----Sacks--Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 4 1 1 2 3 2 5 1 0 1 4 2 6 5 0 5 --- DNP --2 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 10 31

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-4 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-4 0-0

0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 1

0-0 0-0 0-0 4-10

0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 0 0

0 0 1 8

TAYLOR DIXON Wide Receiver 5-11 | 190 | So. Wauneta, Neb. (Wauneta-Palisade)

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2010 OUTLOOK DIXON’S HONORS Taylor Dixon is among a large group of receivers Two-Time Big 12 looking to break into the playing rotation for the 2010 Commissioner’s Fall Academic season. The 5-11, 190-pound sophomore redshirted Honor Roll (2008, 2009) in his first year at Nebraska before providing depth at Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring receiver in 2009. A walk-on from Wauneta, Neb., Dixon Academic Honor Roll (2009) is a strong performer in the classroom, where he has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.

2010 OUTLOOK Lincoln native Jim Ebke will continue to battle for playing time in the Nebraska secondary this fall, while also hoping to make a push for action on the Huskers’ special teams units. The 6-0, 210-pound Ebke was a reserve safety last fall, but spent most of his time on the scout team where he made a strong impression and earned scout team defensive co-MVP honors. Ebke began his collegiate career at South Dakota State, before transferring to Nebraska in January of 2008.

2009 SOPHOMORE Ebke was a reserve in the secondary and saw action in one game. He moved to the secondary in the spring after spending 2008 as a quarterback. 2008 REDSHIRT Ebke transferred from South Dakota State to walk on for the Huskers. He sat out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules and worked as a reserve quarterback. BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTH DAKOTA STATE/LINCOLN EAST HS Ebke redshirted during his only season at South Dakota State. He made a significant impact as a linebacker and safety on the Jackrabbits’ scout team. Ebke was one of the most decorated players in Nebraska in 2006, earning state Gatorade Player-of-the-Year honors while quarterbacking Lincoln East to the Class A state quarterfinals. Under the direction of Coach John Gingery, Ebke was recognized as the Super-State honorary captain and Offensive Player of the Year by the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. He set eight school records and led Class A in total offense with 1,225 yards passing and 1,549 yards rushing while accounting for 31 touchdowns. Defensively, he made 66 tackles and intercepted two passes. Ebke was named to the allstate basketball honorable-mention squad two times and competed in track and field and baseball. He was an academic all-state selection and member of the National Honor Society. PERSONAL Jim is the son of Darrell and Susan Ebke and was born on Sept. 19, 1988. He is majoring in secondary education-mathematics, and is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection.

TYRONE FAHIE

2009 REDSHIRT Dixon provided depth in the receiving corps, but did not appear in a game. BEFORE NEBRASKA WAUNETA‐PALISADE HS Dixon had a stellar career at Wauneta-Palisade High School, where he rushed for better than 1,000 yards three seasons in a row in the eight-man ranks, and also passed for 1,000 yards his senior season. For his efforts, Dixon earned first-team all-state honors in Class D-1 by the Omaha World-Herald. Dixon was also a basketball standout, earning honorablemention Class D-1 all-state honors from the World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Dixon finished sixth in the 400 and fourth in the 200 at the Class D state track meet his senior year. PERSONAL Dixon is the son of Brad and Mindi Dixon, and was born on Oct. 27, 1989. He is majoring in biochemistry. Dixon has volunteered his time with team hospital visits and as a speaker during American Education Week.

EBKE’S HONORS Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008) Scout Team Defensive Co-MVP (2009)

Defensive End 6-3 | 255 | Sr. Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes)

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2010 OUTLOOK FAHIE’S HONORS Tyrone Fahie (pronounced FOY) joined the Nebraska Three-Time Big 12 program in January of 2007 after six years on active duty Commissioner’s Fall Academic with the U.S. Military. Fahie has provided depth at the Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009) defensive end position throughout his Nebraska career Three-Time Big 12 and hopes to make a push for playing time as a senior Commissioner’s Spring in 2010. Fahie originally earned a roster spot in walk-on Academic Honor Roll tryouts before spring practice in 2007. (2008, 2009, 2010) In the three years prior to enrolling at Nebraska, Fahie completed two tours in Iraq, where he worked for Seal Team One as a support communicator. Fahie completed his degree work in management last December and is currently working on his master’s in business administration. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times while at Nebraska.

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2009 JUNIOR Fahie provided depth on the defensive line and was one of the scout team leaders, but he did not see game action. 2008 SOPHOMORE Fahie played late in Nebraska’s victory over New Mexico State, and was among the top performers on the scout team defense. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Fahie served as a reserve defensive end, but did not see game action. BEFORE NEBRASKA U.S. NAVY/OCEAN LAKES HS Fahie has spent several years on active duty, including two tours in Iraq. He graduated from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach in 2000, where he was a standout linebacker and free safety. Fahie was also a member of the marching band in high school. PERSONAL Tyrone is the son of Floyd and Dafney Fahie, and was born Sept. 30, 1982, in Washington D.C. He carries a 4.0 grade-point average in his master’s degree work. Fahie has volunteered his time with several organizations, including the Special Olympics, as well as Nebraska’s team hospital visits.

CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------)

Year 2008* 2009 Totals

G/S 1/0 14/6 15/6

UT AT 0 0 10 25 10 25

TT 0 35 35

Fum.

TFL 0-0 2-5 2-5

Sacks 0.0-0 1.0-3 1.0-3

C-R 0-0 0-1 0-1

QB

BK 0 0 0

PBU INT Hry. 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3

*Fisher was granted a medical hardship following the 2008 season

2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Linebacker 6-6 | 235 | So.-1L Omaha, Neb. (Millard North)

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FISHER’S HONORS » Second-Team Preseason All-Big 12 (2010, Phil Steele) » Third-Team National All-Freshman Team (2009, Phil Steele) » All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2009, ESPN.com) » First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) » Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) » Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Fisher started six games and saw extensive playing time throughout the year despite often giving way to an extra defensive back. Fisher had four games with at least five tackles, beginning with a six-tackle effort in the opener against Florida Atlantic. He made six tackles and two solo stops, along with a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry at Virginia Tech. In a 55-0 shutout of Louisana-Lafayette, Fisher had six tackles, a pair of quarterback hurries and a 21-yard fumble return. Fisher had a career-high nine tackles vs. Iowa State and also returned a blocked field goal 34 yards. He added three tackles and his first career sack at Baylor. Fisher compiled three tackles over the season’s final six games. 2008 REDSHIRT Fisher appeared on special teams against Western Michigan, but a shoulder injury sidelined him the rest of the season and he received a medical hardship. BEFORE NEBRASKA MILLARD NORTH HS Fisher was one of the first players to commit to the 2008 Husker class. He was a standout two-way performer at Class A powerhouse Millard North, starring in the secondary and at running back, while also handling punting chores and returning kicks. Fisher led Coach Fred Petito’s team to the 2007 Class A state championship game, rushing for 646 yards, including 198 yards on 44 carries in the title game. Defensively, he played in the secondary and made 68 total tackles, including 43 solo stops, and added three tackles for loss and an interception. Fisher was an honorary captain of both the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team and the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super-State squad. Fisher also earned all-state honors from

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PERSONAL Fisher was born on Sept. 13, 1989, and is the son of Todd and Cathy Fisher. Todd Fisher was a walk-on cornerback for NU who lettered in 1983. Sean has not declared a major, but has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll four times, and volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center and the Village Manor Retirement Center.

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–9 vs. Iowa State, 2009 Solo Tackles–2 vs. Florida Atlantic, at Virginia Tech, vs. Iowa State, 2009 Tackles for Loss–1 at Virginia Tech, at Baylor, 2009 Sacks–1.0 at Baylor, 2009

SEAN FISHER 2010 OUTLOOK Linebacker Sean Fisher saw extensive playing time in his first season of action with the Nebraska defense in 2009. Fisher won the starting Sam linebacker job during fall camp and went on to play in all 14 games, including six starts. The 6-6, 235-pound Fisher has good quickness and the ability to play against both the run and the pass and is part of a talented young linebacking corps for 2010. Fisher finished the season with 35 tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. His play earned Fisher first-team freshman All-Big 12 honors. In addition to his work on defense, Fisher also played on several special teams units. A leader in the classroom, he maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and was one of just three players to earn first-team academic All-Big 12 honors with a perfect GPA.

both papers as a junior when he made 92 tackles and had three interceptions, helping the Mustangs to the state semifinals. Fisher was also a key player for Millard North during his sophomore season, when the school captured the Class A state title. Fisher was named a SuperPrep All-American and was widely regarded as one of the top five players in Nebraska by all recruiting services. Fisher chose Nebraska over Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Arizona State among others.

Opponent

---Tackles-----Sacks--Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

2 4 0 2 2 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 10 25

6 2 6 6 0 0 9 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 35

0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-5

0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 1.0-3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 1.0-3

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-21 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-21

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CURENSKI GILLEYLEN Wide Receiver 6-0 | 215 | Jr.-2L Leander, Texas (Leander)

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2010 OUTLOOK GILLEYLEN’S HONORS Curenski Gilleylen has shown the ability to provide Second-Team Academic Nebraska with a big-play threat in the passing game. All-Big 12 (2008) The 6-0, 215-pound Gilleylen has a good blend of size Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring and speed and was a difference-maker for the Huskers Academic Honor Roll (2008) early in the 2009 season. He is one of several receivers who will look to make a strong impression in fall camp in hopes of earning playing time alongside senior Niles Paul. Gilleylen has nabbed 19 career receptions entering the 2010 campaign. 2009 SOPHOMORE Gilleylen played in 11 games with starts against Arkansas State and Missouri. He provided a deep threat early in the year, catching five passes of at least 35 yards in the season’s first four games. He finished the year with 17 catches for 302 yards and his 17.8 yards per catch ranked second on the team. Gilleylen opened the year with four catches for 92 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown, against Florida Atlantic. He had a 43-yard catch against Arkansas State and a 35-yarder at Virginia Tech, before grabbing two passes for 85 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette. Gilleylen also had three catches against both Missouri and Iowa State.

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2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Gilleylen played in 11 games as a reserve receiver and special teams performer. He caught two passes for 11 yards, one for five yards vs. Virginia Tech and a six-yard catch at Oklahoma. He had two kickoff returns for 48 yards. 2007 REDSHIRT Gilleylen sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA LEANDER HS Gilleylen had a standout career at Leander High School, where he earned honorablemention Texas Class 5A all-state honors as a senior. He was a first-team All-Centex selection by the Austin American Statesman, a Hill Country News’ Dazzling Dozen Team member, and was Leander’s Outstanding Offensive Player. He helped Leander to a 12-3 record in 2006. Playing for Coach Steve Gidden, Gilleylen had 30 catches for 915 yards and nine touchdowns. He also spent some time at running back and had 500 yards rushing with another four touchdowns. Gilleylen also posted impressive numbers as a junior, catching more than 40 passes for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns to earn all-district honors and second-team all-state accolades. In addition to his impressive football credentials, Gilleylen was also a track standout, competing in the 100 meters and on his school’s 4x100-meter relay team. Gilleylen broke a school record by running a 10.22 100-meter dash in 2007. He was also an honorablemention academic all-state pick by the Texas High School Coaches Association. Gilleylen chose NU over Oklahoma State and Tennessee. PERSONAL The son of Stephanie Sullivan and Clarzell Gilleylen, Curenski was born on March 15, 1989. Curenski is majoring in civil engineering. He has volunteered his time during National American Education Week, Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football Workshop, elementary school and hospital visits. He was named to the 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll. CAREER STATISTICS Year

G/S

No.

Yds.

Y/R

Y/G

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TDs

6 vs. Oklahoma 51 vs. Florida Atlantic 51 vs. Florida Atlantic

0 1 1

a huge play in the fourth quarter, setting up NU’s third TD in four minutes with a 40-yard interception return to the MU 10. Gomes made his first start against Texas Tech and had six tackles. He picked off his second pass at Baylor and also forced a fumble against the Bears. He had five tackles and a breakup against Oklahoma, then had a team-high eight tackles, including five solo stops and a tackle for loss at Kansas. He also forced a fumble deep in NU territory to stop a KU drive and had two breakups and a quarterback hurry. Gomes had five tackles against Kansas State, then made two stops and picked off his third pass at Colorado. He made five tackles, and a season-high two TFL against Texas. Gomes also picked off a fourth-quarter pass that ended a UT scoring threat and resulted in a field goal that gave NU a 12-10 lead. He had one tackle in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona. BEFORE NEBRASKA CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO/LOGAN HS Gomes came to NU after two impressive seasons at City College of San Francisco. He recorded 39 tackles in 2008 for Coach George Rush’s team. Gomes also had four interceptions, 14 pass breakups and five tackles for loss. Gomes earned all-conference honors for his play. As a freshman, Gomes recorded 34 tackles, four interceptions, seven breakups and four tackles for loss, helping the Rams to a national championship. Gomes starred as a prepster at Logan High School in Union City, Calif. He primarily played running back in high school and rushed for about 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, before switching to defense for college. Gomes chose Nebraska after also visiting Houston. PERSONAL Gomes was born on Nov. 17, 1989, and is the son of Norman and Deon Goolsby. He is majoring in psychology at Nebraska. He has volunteered his time with the Down Syndrome Association for Families Night and the Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football workshop. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------)

Year 2009

G/S 13/6

UT AT 26 20

TT 46

Fum.

TFL 4-7

Sacks 0.0-0

C-R 3-0

QB

BK 0

PBU INT Hry. 5 4 3

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–8 at Kansas Solo Tackles–5 at Kansas Tackles for Loss–2 vs. Texas Pass Breakups–2 at Kansas 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–4 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009 Yards–92 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009 Touchdowns–1 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009

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DEJON GOMES

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Defensive Back 6-0 | 200 | Sr.-1L Hayward, Calif. (Logan/City College of San Francisco)

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

---Tackles-----Sacks--Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

1 1 2 0 0 0 --- DNP --1 1 2 3 2 5 2 4 6 1 1 2 1 2 3 3 2 5 5 3 8 3 2 5 2 0 2 3 2 5 1 0 1 26 20 46

0-0 0-0

0.0-0 0.0-0

0-0-0 0-0-0

0-0 0-0

0 0

0 0

0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 0-0 4-7

0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0.0-0

1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 3-0-0

0-0 1-40 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-5 1-0 0-0 4-45

0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3

0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 5

2010 OUTLOOK GOMES’ HONORS Defensive back DeJon Gomes emerged in 2009 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 and became a key factor for one of the nation’s top (2009) defenses. The 6-0, 200-pound Gomes played sparingly in the first four games, but moved into a leading role at Missouri and served as the Huskers’ dime defensive back the rest of the season. Gomes’ play earned him a coveted Blackshirt practice jersey and helped Nebraska lead the nation in pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. His play also earned him honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches. Gomes is a versatile performer who could continue in a nickel or dime role this fall, but he spent the majority of spring ball with the top unit at safety. Gomes joined the program in January of 2008 after two seasons at the junior college level. 2009 JUNIOR Gomes played in 13 games, including six starts in the final nine games. He finished with 46 tackles, including 26 solo stops and four tackles for loss. Gomes also intercepted four passes to rank third on the team, helping NU rank seventh nationally with 20 interceptions. Gomes ranked 10th in the conference in interceptions per game. Gomes played in three of four non-conference games and totaled four tackles and had a forced fumble against Louisiana-Lafayette. At Missouri, he came off the bench to post five tackles, including three solo stops, a TFL for two yards and a pass breakup. He made 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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ANDREW GREEN Cornerback 6-0 | 190 | RFr. San Antonio, Texas (James Madison)

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2010 OUTLOOK GREEN’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Andrew Green hopes to find a Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall role in a talented Nebraska secondary in 2010. The 6-0, Academic Honor Roll (2009) 190-pound cornerback received praise from Husker coaches for his scout team work during the 2009 campaign. He is expected to compete for playing time this fall, but Green was sidelined by injury for spring practice, pushing back his opportunity to make a strong push for playing time in a deep Nebraska secondary. 2009 REDSHIRT Green sat out as a redshirt and worked on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA JAMES MADISON HS Green starred at San Antonio’s James Madison High School, where he helped Coach Jim Streety’s team to a 9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Green amassed 56 tackles, 10 pass breakups and recovered a fumble to earn second-team all-area honors from the San Antonio Express-News. Green also returned kicks for Madison and was a first-team all-district pick for his efforts on special teams. Green also dominated in the secondary as a junior, when he picked off five passes and recorded eight pass breakups, while also making 70 tackles. Green rushed for nearly 700 yards and six touchdowns as a junior and was a second-team all-district pick. His play during his junior season helped Madison to the Class 5A state semifinals. Green chose NU over Oklahoma, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Baylor and Iowa State. PERSONAL Green is the son of Tony and Charlar Green and was born on Aug. 21, 1991. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Fall Academic Honor Roll. Green’s father, Tony, played collegiately at Baylor from 1975 to 1978. His uncle, Gary, also played for the Bears and played nine seasons in the NFL as a cornerback, including four seasons as a Pro Bowler.

including a 14-yard TD to Khiry Cooper. In his first career start at Baylor, Green hit on 12of-21 passes for 128 yards with one interception. He had a career-long 45-yard pass to Niles Paul to set up NU’s second TD, while adding eight rushes for 43 yards. Green also started against Oklahoma and rushed for eight yards, while completing 2-of-5 passes before giving way to Lee in the second quarter. Green saw limited action against both Colorado and Texas rushing for nine combined yards. In the Holiday Bowl, Green rushed five times for 18 yards. BEFORE NEBRASKA DAYTON HS Green led Dayton (Texas) High and Coach Jerry Stewart to a 13-2 record and a Class 4A state runner-up finish as a senior. Green amassed nearly 5,000 yards of total offense, throwing for 3,265 yards and 37 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,610 yards and 25 touchdowns. In leading the Broncos to the state title game, Green produced more than 1,000 yards passing and nearly 800 rushing yards in six playoff games. In the 4A state title game, Green passed for 329 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for 94 yards. Green topped 200 yards passing nine times as a senior, including a pair of 300-yard games. He rushed for more than 100 yards eight times, including 270 yards against Brenham in the state playoffs. Green was named first-team all-area by the Houston Chronicle as a utility player and was also an honorable-mention Class 4A all-state selection by the Associated Press. Green was slowed by injury as a junior, allowing him to play in only a few games. He first showed his talents for Dayton High as a sophomore, when he rushed for 689 yards and passed for 1,429 yards and 19 touchdowns, while completing better than 61 percent of his passes. Green only visited Nebraska and committed to the Huskers in July of 2008. PERSONAL Green is the son of Chandra Green and was born on June 2, 1991. He has not yet declared a major. Green was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and has volunteered is time with School is Cool Week, National American Education Week and DARE among others. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/GS Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yds. Y/G LP TD 2009 8/2 33-62-2 55.0 317 39.6 45 2 Rushing: 31 rushes- 158 yards- 2 TDs- 5.1 average; long 49 vs. Florida Atlantic SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS » Pass Attempts–21 at Baylor, 2009 » Pass Completions–12 at Baylor, 2009 » Passing Yards–128 at Baylor, 2009 » Passing Touchdowns–1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas Tech, 2009 » Rushes–8 at Baylor, 2009 » Rushing Yards–50 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009

CODY GREEN Quarterback 6-4 | 225 | So.-1L Dayton, Texas (Dayton)

Eff.R. 103.71

THOMAS GROVE

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Linebacker 6-2 | 225 | Sr.-3L Arlington, Neb. (Arlington)

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2010 OUTLOOK GREEN’S HONORS Sophomore quarterback Cody Green heads into fall Brook Berringer Citizenship camp in the middle of a highly contested race for the Team (2010) starting job. Green started two games as a freshman, while spending the majority of the year as the backup to Zac Lee. However, Lee missed spring practice after off-season surgery, giving Green the opportunity to get the most snaps with the top offensive unit. The 6-4, 225-pound Green saw enough action in 2009 to flash his ability as a threat in both the passing and running game. Green has a strong arm and outstanding running ability, making him a dual threat for the Nebraska offense.

2010 OUTLOOK Thomas Grove has been a mainstay on special teams units the past three seasons. Last fall he was a starter on NU’s kickoff coverage, kickoff return and punt return units. He will likely continue in that role this fall, while also battling for playing time at linebacker. Grove is also a standout in the classroom, being chosen as a first-team academic All-Big 12 performer each of the past two years. He is on track to earn his undergraduate degree in biological sciences next May.

2009 FRESHMAN Green was NU’s No. 2 signal caller for most of the season, and earned starts against Baylor and Oklahoma, while appearing in nine games overall. Green’s two starts were the first by a true freshman quarterback at Nebraska since Tommie Frazier in 1992. Green had 317 yards and two passing TDs, while connecting on 33-of-62 passes. He also ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Green saw his first action in the opener against Florida Atlantic and hit on 2-of-3 passes, while unleashing a season-long 49-yard run on his first career carry. Green completed 3-of-6 passes against Arkansas State, then hit on 7-of-8 passes for 62 yards and a 24-yard TD to Rex Burkhead against Louisiana-Lafayette. He came off the bench in the second half against Texas Tech and threw for 87 yards,

2009 JUNIOR Grove played in 13 games, and had three tackles, including a solo stop at Baylor and assisted tackles against Missouri and Texas Tech.

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GROVE’S HONORS Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)

2008 SOPHOMORE Grove played in all 13 games as a regular on kickoff coverage. He had an assisted tackle against Western Michigan and an unassisted stop vs. Clemson in the Gator Bowl. 2007 FRESHMAN Grove was the only non-scholarship freshman on the fall camp roster. He was one of 11 true freshmen to see action, working on the kickoff coverage team in three games.

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BEFORE NEBRASKA ARLINGTON HS Grove was a two-way standout for Coach Steven Gubbels at Arlington High School. Grove helped Arlington to an 8-2 record and a trip to the second round of the Class C-1 state playoffs in 2006. Grove rushed for 1,133 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running back. On defense, he recorded 29 tackles, two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries from his linebacker spot. Grove was an honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald.

ERIC HAGG

PERSONAL Thomas is the son of Paul and Karen Grove and was born on July 2, 1989. Grove has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll five times, and carries a 3.638 cumulative grade-point average. He was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his outreach work. His volunteer activities include School is Cool Week, World War II Veteran’s Night and numerous elementary school and hospital visits.

Safety 6-2 | 210 | Sr.-3L Peoria, Ariz. (Ironwood)

CAREER STATISTICS » Games Played–29 (3 in 2007, 13 in 2008, 13 in 2009) » Tackles–2 UT, 3 AT, 5 TT; 1 UT, 2 AT, 3 TT in 2009, UT, AT, 2 TT in 2008

JAY GUY Defensive Line 6-1 | 305 | Fr. Houston, Texas (Eisenhower)

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2010 OUTLOOK Freshman Jay Guy was one of two high school seniors to join the Nebraska program in January, along with fellow defensive line recruit Chase Rome. The headstart on college allowed Guy to go through winter conditioning and spring practice with the Huskers and learn the intricacies of the Nebraska defense. The 6-1, 305-pound Guy made great strides in the weight room to improve his conditioning and has shown the ability to make an impact in the future. Guy, who earned all-district honors in the Houston area, is expected to provide depth in the interior of the defensive line in 2010. BEFORE NEBRASKA EISENHOWER HS Guy was a dominant presence on the defensive line for Coach Ray Evans at Eisenhower High School in greater Houston. Guy made 74 tackles as a senior, including 50 solo stops, and five sacks. His play helped the Eagles to a 6-5 record in 2009, and a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs. Guy was the District 19 5A Defensive MVP and one of 10 finalists for the Touchdown Club of Houston Defensive Player of the Year. Guy was a first-team all-district pick as both a junior and senior, was chosen second-team all-greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle and was an honorable-mention Class 5A all-state selection. Guy was a key player for Eisenhower since his sophomore year when he was a secondteam all-district selection. He was regarded as one of the top 40 defensive tackles in the country and among the top 75 players in the state of Texas. Guy also visited UCLA and California and had scholarship offers from dozens of schools. PERSONAL Guy is the son of Jesse and Deborah Guy, and he was born on April 9, 1992. He has not declared a major.

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2010 OUTLOOK HAGG’S HONORS Eric Hagg has been a fixture in the Nebraska starting » Second-Team Preseason lineup the past two seasons as the nickel back and has All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon) proven to be a consistent play-maker for the Blackshirts. » Honorable-Mention The 6-2, 210-pound Hagg has made 20 starts over the All-Big 12 (2009, Coaches) past two seasons and his combination of size and speed Second-Team adds great versatility to the Nebraska defense. Academic All-Big 12 (2008) Hagg will be counted on to play a key role for the Big 12 Commissioner’s Huskers in 2010. Hagg could continue in a nickel back Spring Academic Honor Roll role or earn a starting job in a more traditional safety (2008, 2010) role. He spent the majority of the spring working in Big 12 Commissioner’s a hybrid nickel-linebacker role. His play last season Fall Academic Honor Roll helped Nebraska lead the nation in scoring defense (2009) and pass efficiency defense, while allowing just seven passing touchdowns in 14 games. Despite not officially being in the regular starting lineup, Hagg was chosen as an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches. 2009 JUNIOR Hagg played in all 14 games with 10 starts, helping NU rank among the nation’s best defenses. He finished with 40 tackles, including seven for loss, along with two sacks. Hagg also intercepted a pass, broke up four others, forced a fumble, and had three quarterback hurries. He also continued to play a role on NU’s special teams. Hagg posted his second career sack against Arkansas State, and had a tackle for loss for a second straight game at Virginia Tech. Hagg led Nebraska with six tackles in the shutout of Louisiana-Lafayette and also forced a fumble in the game. He had a tackle for loss at Missouri, before a five-tackle effort against Texas Tech. Hagg tied his season high with six solo tackles at Baylor, and added a tackle for loss and a PBU in the game. In a 10-3 win over Oklahoma, Hagg had a key tackle for loss on a Sooner fourth-down rush and added a pass breakup and a hurry. Against Kansas State, Hagg had four tackles, including a 14-yard sack and added a season-high two breakups. Hagg recorded his first career interception in the first quarter against Texas, setting up a field goal for the game’s first points. He finished the year with a tackle for loss in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona. 2008 SOPHOMORE Hagg played in all 13 games with 10 starts, and had 39 tackles, including 29 solo stops and five tackles for loss, a sack and ranked among the team leaders with seven pass breakups. Hagg opened the year with five tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery against Western Michigan. He recorded a career-high 10 tackles, including nine solo stops against New Mexico State, then made his first career tackle for loss against Virginia Tech. He added four tackles each against Baylor and Oklahoma, and had tackles for loss against Kansas and Colorado. Hagg had two pass breakups against both San Jose State and Kansas. Hagg saved his biggest plays for a crucial moment in the Gator Bowl win over Clemson. With the Tigers threatening for the go-ahead score late in the contest, Hagg had a key pass breakup on a first-and-goal play. Hagg then threw Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper for a 16-yard sack on second down, allowing NU to preserve the 26-21 victory. 2007 FRESHMAN Hagg played in seven games as a true freshman, primarily on special teams, and made two assisted tackles in the win over Kansas State. BEFORE NEBRASKA IRONWOOD HS Hagg was a standout at Ironwood High School in Peoria, Ariz., starring at receiver and defensive back for Coach Larry Allen. Hagg caught 49 passes for 920 yards and nine touchdowns, while making 33 tackles and intercepting four passes on defense. His efforts as a senior earned him first-team Arizona 5A all-state honors from the Arizona Republic. As a junior, Hagg had 37 catches, including 12 touchdowns and made better than 40 tackles on defense. He also had seven interceptions and blocked a punt. In addition to his outstanding accomplishments on the field, Hagg was a top basketball player, starting for Ironwood and averaging 10 points per game as a senior. Hagg only visited Nebraska, but had numerous other offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State.

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PERSONAL Eric Jr. is the son of Eric Hagg Sr., and was born on Sept. 15, 1989. He is majoring in ethnic studies and has volunteered his time as an FCA Outreach speaker, the Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football Workshop and with team hospital visits.

while Hardrick was in high school, winning Mississippi 5A state titles in each of his three seasons on the team. Hardrick was listed among the top 15 overall junior-college prospects in the country and among the top three offensive line recruits. Hardrick also visited LSU, and had offers from Arkansas, South Florida, Southern Miss and Ole Miss among others.

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PERSONAL Hardrick was born on May 30, 1990, and is the son of Delores Hardrick. He is majoring in sociology.

Year

2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S

7/0 13/10 14/10 34/20

(----------Tackles---------) UT AT TT TFL

0 29 30 59

2 10 10 22

2 39 40 81

0-0 5-28 7-32 12-60

Sacks

Fum. C-R

BK

PBU

0.0-0 1.0-16 2.0-22 3.0-38

0-0 1-1 1-0 2-1

0 0 0 0

0 7 4 11

QB INT Hry.

0 0 1 1

0 2 3 5

MIKE HAYS

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–10 vs. New Mexico State, 2008 Solo Tackles–9 vs. New Mexico State, 2008 Tackles for Loss–2 vs. Clemson, 2009 Gator Bowl Sacks–1.0 three times, once in 2008, twice in 2009 Pass Breakups-2 three times, twice in 2008, once in 2009

Fullback 6-1 | 235 | Jr.-2L Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-LaVista)

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2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME DEFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

---Tackles----Sacks-Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds

1 0 2 0 1 1 2 4 1 1 4 1 0 1 6 0 2 0 4 0 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 30 10

1 2 2 6 2 5 1 6 2 4 4 2 2 1 40

0-0 0.0-0 1-8 1.0-8 1-1 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-2 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-3 0.0-0 1-2 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-14 1.0-14 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 0.0-0 1-2 0.0-0 7-32 2.0-22

FF-FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH PBU

0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0

1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4

JERMARCUS HARDRICK

2009 SOPHOMORE Hays saw limited action at fullback, but played in all 14 games on special teams. He finished with five tackles, including two unassisted stops. He had two tackles each at Missouri and at Baylor. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Hays played in all 13 games on kickoff, kickoff return and punt units in 2008. He had three tackles on special teams. He made unassisted tackles against Kansas and Colorado and had an assist vs. San Jose State. 2007 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Hays redshirted and worked as fullback and linebacker on the scout team.

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Offensive Line 6-7 | 320 | Jr. Batesville, Miss. (South Panola/Fort Scott CC)

2010 OUTLOOK Offensive lineman Jermarcus “Yoshi” Hardrick joined the Nebraska program in January after two dominant seasons at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. The 6-7, 320-pound Hardrick is expected to compete for playing time on an offensive line that returns four starters for the 2010 campaign. Hardrick made a strong impression with his overall ability and tenacity during the spring, before his practice was cut short by a hand injury in the latter half of spring drills. Originally from Batesville, Miss., Hardrick has three years to complete two seasons of eligibility at Nebraska. BEFORE NEBRASKA FORT SCOTT CC/SOUTH PANOLA HS Hardrick was one of three junior-college players in the 2010 recruiting class, and he was the first Mississippi native to sign with Nebraska since Brandon Jackson in 2004. Hardrick’s play in 2009 helped Fort Scott and Coach Jeff Sims to an 11-1 record, and a national runner-up finish. Hardrick was a key figure for an offense that averaged better than 30 points per game and led the Jayhawk Conference in total offense, averaging more than 420 yards per game. Hardrick was a first-team all-conference pick for his efforts in 2009, as well as an AllRegion VI pick. As a freshman at Fort Scott, Hardrick was a second-team All-Jayhawk Conference pick, helping the school to a 9-2 record and a No. 6 final national ranking. Hardrick was a dominant offensive lineman at South Panola High School where he played for one of the nation’s most dominant prep programs. South Panola did not lose a game

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2010 OUTLOOK HAYS’ HONORS Junior Mike Hays has played a prominent role on Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Nebraska’s special teams units each of the past two Academic Honor Roll (2010) seasons. The Papillion, Neb., native was a member Brook Berringer Citizenship of the Huskers’ punt and kickoff return teams in 2009 Team (2010) and should be a special teams contributor again this fall. The 6-1, 235-pound Hays also served as the Huskers’ No. 2 fullback last fall, and will look to push for playing time at that spot this season.

BEFORE NEBRASKA PAPILLION‐LAVISTA HS Hays only played organized football for two years at Class A Papillion-LaVista High School, but he quickly made an impact during his prep career. Hays played linebacker and wide receiver and earned honorable-mention all-state, first-team all-district and secondteam all-metro honors as a senior. Hays was a four-sport athlete for the Monarchs. As a forward for the basketball team he led the squad to the state playoffs, while helping the baseball team to the district championships as a centerfielder and pitcher. Hays also competed in the sprints for the track and field team. Hays had several Division II scholarship offers, before choosing the Huskers. PERSONAL Hays is the son of Bill and Anita Hays and was born on Aug. 22, 1989. He is majoring in sociology. Hays was a member of the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. He has been a part of numerous hospital and elementary school visits and also took part in World War II Veteran’s Night. CAREER STATISTICS » Games Played–27 (13 in 2008; 14 in 2009) » Tackles–4 UT, 4 AT, 8 TT, 2 UT, 1 AT, 3 TT in 2008; 2 UT, 3 AT, 5 TT in 2009

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ROY HELU JR. I-Back 6-0 | 220 | Sr.-3L Danville, Calif. (San Ramon Valley)

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2010 OUTLOOK HELU’S HONORS I-back Roy Helu Jr. returns for his senior season as one » Second-Team Preseason of the most productive rushers in the Big 12 Conference. All-Big 12 (2010, Helu has amassed more than 2,000 rushing yards over Athlon, Phil Steele) the past three seasons, including a 1,000-yard rushing » Second-Team All-Big 12 campaign as a junior in 2009. In 2010, he will be the (2009, Coaches, veteran leader of a Nebraska running back corps that KC Star, Dallas returns fully intact for the upcoming season. Morning News, Rivals.com) The 6-0, 220-pound Helu combines his good size Honorable-Mention and speed with excellent vision and elusiveness. The All-Big 12 (2009, AP) California native is just the 25th Cornhusker to surpass Nebraska Offensive MVP (2009) 2,000 career rushing yards and his effort last fall marked Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 the 29th 1,000-yard rushing season in Nebraska history. (2009 , Coaches) A second 1,000-yard season in 2010 would move Helu » Big 12 Commissioner’s into the top five on Nebraska’s career rushing list. Spring Academic Honor Last season, Helu earned second-team All-Big Roll (2010) 12 honors from the league’s coaches, and he was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 choice during his sophomore campaign. He was also voted as Nebraska’s Offensive MVP by his teammates in 2009. Helu has also been among the conference leaders in yards per carry each of the past two seasons. He averaged 5.2 yards per tote last fall after picking up 6.4 yards per attempt in 2008. Helu Jr. is on track to earn his degree in sociology in December of 2010, making him one of 14 seniors on track to earn their degree by the end of the calendar year. 2009 JUNIOR Helu eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark four times and ranked fourth in the Big 12 in rushing at 81.9 yards per game. Helu was also adept at finding the end zone, leading the team with 10 touchdowns, including three-touchdown efforts against Florida Atlantic and Kansas. He also continued to be a receiving threat with 19 receptions, the third-highest total on the team. Helu opened the year in impressive fashion with 152 yards on 16 carries against Florida Atlantic. He ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns on five second-half carries and had three TDs in the 49-3 win. Helu accounted for 104 yards against Arkansas State with 60 rushing yards and four receptions.

He continued his impressive play away from Lincoln with a career-high 169 yards on a career-high 28 carries at Virginia Tech. Against the stout Hokie defense, Helu averaged 6.0 yards per carry and had four runs of at least 20 yards. He also led the team with four catches for 33 yards. Helu led the team with 83 yards and two rushing touchdowns against LouisianaLafayette. Battling the flu at Missouri, Helu ran for 88 yards and a five-yard touchdown to help NU to a come-from-behind victory. He gained 68 yards against Texas Tech, before a nagging shoulder injury slowed him significantly the next two weeks, limiting him to just 12 combined carries against Iowa State and Baylor. He got back on track against Oklahoma, posting another impressive performance against a ranked team. Helu had 20 carries for 138 yards, including a career-long 63-yard run, in the defensive struggle. He also had three catches and accounted for 158 of the team’s 180 total yards. Helu posted a second straight 100-yard rushing effort with 156 yards on a season-high-tying 28 carries at Kansas. He rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a third score. Helu also closed the game with 85 yards and a pair of scores on NU’s final two drives of the game. Helu just missed a third straight 100-yard rushing game against Kansas State, finishing with 95 yards on 26 carries, including a 14-yard third quarter touchdown. In the game he also passed 1,000 yards for the season and 2,000 yards in his career. Helu had 54 rushing yards at Colorado, 28 yards in the Big 12 title game against Texas and was slowed by injury in the Holiday Bowl, limiting him to just two carries. 2008 SOPHOMORE Helu played in all 13 games with starts in the final two contests of the season. His play after Nov. 1 earned him honorable-mention all-conference honors. For the year, Helu rushed for a team-high 803 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry, the best average by a Husker in seven years. He also caught 25 passes out of the backfield. Helu topped 50 rushing yards seven times, including 100-yard games against Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. He finished 10th in the Big 12 in rushing and his 80.0 yards per game in Big 12 play ranked fifth in the conference. Helu rushed for 510 yards in the final four games of the regular season, helping NU average 211.6 rushing yards per game over the final half of 2008. He also showed explosiveness with eight runs of 20 yards or more in the final four games. Helu ran for 157 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries at Oklahoma, including a seasonlong 57-yard run. He added 115 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas, while setting career bests with eight catches for 61 yards. The back-to-back 100-yard games marked the first time an NU back had accomplished that feat in Big 12 play since 2006. He added 72 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas State and capped the year with 25 carries for 166 yards against Colorado. He also caught five passes for 49 yards to total a career-high 215 all-purpose yards. 2007 FRESHMAN Helu was one of 11 true freshmen to play, appearing in seven games. He finished as NU’s third-leading rusher with 45 carries for 209 yards, while adding five receptions. Helu had a season-high 14 carries for 55 yards against Oklahoma State, added 39 yards against Texas A&M and carried nine times for a season-high 56 yards at Kansas.

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BEFORE NEBRASKA SAN RAMON VALLEY HS Helu was one of four 2007 signees from California and came to Lincoln after an impressive career at San Ramon Valley High School for Coach Dave Kravitz. Helu helped San Ramon Valley to a 10-2 record in 2006, earning first-team all-league honors at running back. He finished his senior campaign with 1,085 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and added another 300 yards and one more score on 20 receptions. He also had one interception as a free safety. As a junior, Helu rushed for 1,526 yards and 19 scores on 186 carries during the 2005 season, good for an impressive 8.2 yards per carry. He added 30 receptions for 500 yards and four touchdowns to earn All-East Bay League honors. Helu was also a dangerous return man for San Ramon Valley throughout his high school career. Helu only visited Nebraska, but also received offers from numerous schools, including BYU, California and Oregon. PERSONAL Helu was born on Dec. 7, 1988 and is the son of Roy Helu Sr. and Kilistofa (Kristi) Helu. He is majoring in sociology and has been a regular volunteer through NU’s community outreach activities. He has worked with numerous FCA activities, as well as volunteering at Elliot Elementary School and as part of the Huskers’ team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S Att. Gain Loss Net 2007 7/0 45 212 3 209 2008 13/2 125 839 36 803 2009 14/14 220 1,193 46 1,147 Totals 34/16 390 2,244 85 2,159

Y/A 4.6 6.4 5.2 5.5

Y/G 29.9 61.8 81.9 63.5

Long 24 at Kansas 57 at Oklahoma 63 vs. Oklahoma 63 vs. Oklahoma

TDs 0 7 10 17

Receiving: 49-455-0 total; 19-149-0, long-27 in 2009; 25-266-0, long-27 in 2008; 5-40-0, long-21 in 2007 SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Rushes–28 at Virginia Tech, 2009, at Kansas, 2009 Rushing Yards–169 at Virginia Tech, 2009 Long Rush–63 yards vs. Oklahoma, 2009 Rushing Touchdowns–3 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009, at Kansas, 2009 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME OFFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

--- Rushing --No. Yds TD

Florida Atlantic 16 152 Arkansas State 14 60 at Virginia Tech 28 169 Louisiana-Lafayette 15 83 at Missouri 18 88 Texas Tech 16 68 Iowa State 5 24 at Baylor 7 24 Oklahoma 20 138 at Kansas 28 156 Kansas State 26 95 at Colorado 14 54 vs. Texas 10 28 vs. Arizona 3 8 Totals 220 1,147

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Lg

44 9 31 39 41 11 14 10 63 30 18 9 7 4 63

--- Receiving --No. Yds TD

1 3 4 44 4 33 2 11 0 0 1 27 3 13 1 3 3 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 149

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lg

3 18 18 9 0 27 11 3 16 0 0 0 0 0 27

ALEX HENERY Place-Kicker/Punter 6-2 | 175 | Sr.-3L Omaha, Neb. (Burke) 2010 OUTLOOK Alex Henery heads into his senior season as one of the top special teams performers in the country. Henery has provided Nebraska with accurate place-kicking since 2007, and as a junior last fall he also became one of the nation’s top punters. The Omaha native is likely to continue in both roles in 2010, and has the ability to contend for All-America honors in either specialty. Henery owns All-Big 12 honors as both a kicker and punter entering his senior season, and has been Nebraska’s Special Teams MVP the past two seasons. He is poised to not only leave a lasting mark in the Nebraska record book, but is also in position to put his name in impressive position on conference and national charts. Henery was one of only three players nationally to rank in the top 50 in both field goals and punting average in 2009. He enters his senior season 50-of-57 on field goals, tops in accuracy in NU school history, and he is the second-most accurate returning field goal kicker in the nation. His 24 field goals as a junior shattered the NU season record and left him just seven field goals from the career record, held by Kris Brown with 57. Henery has 289 career points entering 2010, good for fifth on the NU career list. He has posted 110 points each of the past two seasons, good for eighth on the single-season list. A third 100-point season this fall would move Henery to the top of Nebraska’s career scoring list. Henery’s point total ranks third nationally among players returning for the 2010 season. He has six career games with four or more field goals, an accomplishment that has already tied an NCAA record. He also enters 2010 with a 139-of-140 success rate on extra points, the most accurate career mark for a Nebraska kicker. In his first season as punter, he led the Big 12 with 30 punts downed inside the 20, including an impressive eight inside the three-yard line. Henery is on track to earn his degree in construction management in December of 2010.

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HENERY’S HONORS » Third-Team Preseason All-American (2010, Athlon-P, Phil Steele-PK, Sporting News-PK) » First-Team Preseason All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon-P, Phil Steele-PK) » Second-Team Preseason All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon-PK) » First-Team All-Big 12 Punter (2009, KC Star, ESPN.com) First-Team All-Big 12 Place-kicker (2009, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com) Second-Team All-Big 12 Place-kicker (2009, AP, Coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Punter (2009, Coaches) Lou Groza Award Semifinalist (2009) Ray Guy Award Watch List (2009) Nebraska Special Teams MVP (2008, 2009) Nebraska Special Teams Captain Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. Virginia Tech, Kansas, 2009, vs. Colorado, 2008) Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (2009, Virginia Tech, Kansas) Nebraska Season Record for Field Goals (24 in 2009) Second-Team All-Big 12 (2008, AP, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, SA Express-News) Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (2008, Coaches) Nebraska & Memorial Stadium Record Holder for Longest FG (57 yards vs. CU, 2008) Nebraska Record Holder for Season FG Percentage (1.000 in 2007) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)

2009 JUNIOR Henery connected on a school-record 24 field goals in 28 tries, including six multiple field goal games, with five at Virginia Tech and four each against Texas and Arizona. Henery was also perfect on 38 extra-point tries, the second perfect PAT season of his career. Henery handled the punting chores and averaged 41.4 yards per attempt to rank fifth in the Big 12, while leading the league in punts downed inside the 20. Henery began the year a perfect 7-of-7 on PAT attempts against Florida Atlantic, then made five PATs and his first field goal of the year against Arkansas State. Henery supplied all of Nebraska’s points at Virginia Tech, hitting on 5-of-5 field goals in a 16-15 loss. The five FGs were the second-most in NU history. He also booted six punts for a 41.5 average against the Hokies, including a first-quarter punt of 76 yards while side-stepping VT pressure. The punt tied for the fourth-longest in school history. His effort at Virginia Tech earned him Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors. He had two field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette and averaged better than 45 yards

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on three punts, with two downed inside the ULL 5. Henery had just one field goal over the next three games, but had three punts inside the 20-yard line against Iowa State. Henery made two field goals at Baylor, before his streak of field goals made inside 50 yards ended at 25 straight against Oklahoma. He did average nearly 44 yards on 11 punts vs. OU, including a 66-yarder. He made three field goals at Kansas in a 31-17 win. His punting helped NU to a 17-3 win over K-State, as Henery averaged 45.5 yards on six kicks, downed two punts inside the KSU 5 and had a 61-yard punt. Henery averaged a career-best 50.7 yards on six punts at Colorado, including punts of 58 and 62 yards. He also placed four punts inside the 20. Henery scored all of Nebraska’s points with four field goals in the Big 12 title game against Texas. He made a season-long 52-yarder in the first quarter and his 42-yarder with 1:44 remaining gave NU a 12-10 lead before a late Texas rally. Henery added another four-field goal outing against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, including a 50-yarder and two others from beyond 40 yards. His four field goals tied his own bowl record and were a Holiday Bowl record. 2008 SOPHOMORE Henery was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a sophomore. He connected on 18-of-21 field goals, including three games with 4-of-4 efforts. He also made 56-of-57 extra points and his 110 total points were the most by a Nebraska player in seven seasons. Henery ranked fifth in the Big 12 by scoring 8.5 points per game and second among kickers. His 85.7 percent field goal accuracy was tops in the league and among the top 12 nationally. He also ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring and field goals per game. Henery capped his season with a signature moment in the regular-season finale against Colorado, hitting a school-record 57-yard field goal to provide the decisive points in the final minutes of a 40-31 victory. The kick was two yards longer than the previous NU record held by three players, and was also Henery’s fourth field goal of the game. He capped the year with another 4-of-4 field goal effort against Clemson in the Gator Bowl. Henery’s third four-field goal game had come in the opener against Western Michigan when he hit four 44-yarders, marking the second time in school history a player made four field goals from 40-plus yards in the same game. Henery’s four field goals tied the Memorial Stadium record and extended the perfect start to his career to 12 straight field goals, the most ever to start a Husker career. Henery had his first career miss against New Mexico State, but had at least one field goal in games 3-6. His only other misses of the season came from beyond 50 yards (vs. Texas Tech, Baylor), and he made all six field goals from 40-49 yards, including a 48-yarder against Virginia Tech. Henery also made a key play against Kansas, rushing nine yards for a first down on a fourth-quarter fake field goal to set up an insurance score in a 45-35 Husker victory. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Henery had a perfect place-kicking season as a redshirt freshman, connecting on all eight field goals and 45 extra points. His performance was the ninth perfect PAT season in school history and he was the first player at NU with at least five field goal attempts in a season without a miss. He earned first-team freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News. Henery made two field goals in NU’s 20-17 win at Wake Forest, added a 37-yarder against USC and connected on two field goals at Missouri, including a season-long 39-yarder. He had single field goals against Texas, Kansas and Kansas State, and made a season-high 10 extra points against the Wildcats. His only punt was a 32-yarder against USC that was downed at the Trojan 5. 2006 REDSHIRT Henery sat out his first season in Lincoln as a redshirt in 2006.

Punting Year 2007 2008 2009 Totals

G/S 12/0 13/0 14/14 39/14

No. Yds. Avg. Long 1 32 32.0 32 No Attempts 77 3,187 41.4 76 78 3,219 41.3 76

TB 0

FC 0

I20 1

Blk. 0

7 7

8 8

30 31

1 1

Single-Game Highs » Field Goals–5 at Virginia Tech, 2009 » Long Field Goal–57 yards vs. Colorado, 2008 (school record) » PAT Made–10 vs. Kansas State, 2007 » Punts–11 vs. Oklahoma, 2009 » Long Punt–76 yards at Virginia Tech, 2009 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME PLACE‐KICKING STATISTICS Opponent

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

--- Kicks ----- XPTS --Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf

7-7 5-5 0-0 7-7 3-3 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 2-2 2-2 4-4 0-0 3-3 38-38

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pts

--- Field Goals--Att-Mad LG Blkd

7 5 15 13 3 4 1 8 4 11 5 4 12 15 110

0-0 2-1 5-5 2-2 0-0 2-1 0-0 2-2 2-1 3-3 1-1 1-0 4-4 4-4 28-24

0 26 40 46 0 21 0 45 28 38 34 0 52 50 52

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME PUNTING STATISTICS Opponent

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

No.

Yds

Avg

Lg

Blkd

TB

FC

50+

I20

2 3 6 3 8 5 4 7 11 4 6 6 8 4 77

74 128 249 137 315 176 161 295 481 155 273 304 297 142 3,187

37.0 42.7 41.5 45.7 39.4 35.2 40.2 42.1 43.7 38.8 45.5 50.7 37.1 35.5 41.4

43 49 76 55 55 46 49 57 66 52 61 63 42 44 76

1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 7

0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 8

0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 2 3 0 0 13

1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 4 2 2 30

BEFORE NEBRASKA BURKE HS Henery was one of the top walk-ons in Nebraska’s 2006 class. He earned Omaha WorldHerald first-team All-Nebraska and first-team Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honors as a punter. Henery averaged 41.4 yards per punt as a senior, and also connected on 6-of-10 field goals and 37-of-38 extra-point tries. Henery helped Burke to a 7-5 finish and a trip to the state semifinals. He earned firstteam all-state honors as a junior, averaging 41.7 yards per punt. He also played soccer for the Bulldogs, helping them to a 14-3 record and a state playoff appearance as a junior. PERSONAL Alex is the son of Guy and Mary Henery, and was born on Aug. 18, 1987. Henery was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his community outreach work. Henery has volunteered his time with numerous hospital visits, the Omaha Heart Walk, School is Cool and other elementary school events. CAREER STATISTICS Place-Kicking Year G/S PAT FG Pct. TP PPG 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 2007 12/12 45-45 8-8 1.000 69 5.75 0-0 5-5 3-3 0-0 2008 13/13 56-57 18-21 .857 110 8.46 1-1 7-7 3-4 6-6 2009 14/14 38-38 24-28 .857 110 7.86 1-1 8-8 6-6 7-8 Totals 39/39 139-140 50-57 .877 289 7.41 2-2 20-20 12-13 13-14

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Offensive Line 6-4 | 305 | Sr.-1L Omaha, Neb. (Burke/N.D. State College of Science)

Wide Receiver 6-5 | 215 | Sr.-3L El Paso, Texas (J.M. Hanks)

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2010 OUTLOOK HENRY’S HONORS Ricky Henry was one of three offensive linemen to Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 start all 14 games for Nebraska in 2009, and the senior (2009, AP) guard figures to play a prominent role again this fall. He missed spring ball after off-season surgery, but the Omaha native is a solid candidate to retain his starting spot at right guard. The 6-4, 305-pound Henry brings a physical presence and tenacity to the Nebraska offensive line, and also has Big 12 experience under his belt. Henry’s play during the 2009 season earned him honorable-mention All-Big 12 recognition from the Associated Press. Henry joined the Nebraska program in 2008 after two productive seasons at the junior college level. Henry is on track to earn his degree in sociology this December.

2010 OUTLOOK Will Henry heads into his senior season with the goal of earning playing time at wide receiver. Henry is one of seven returning letterwinners in the Huskers’ wide receiving corps and at 6-5 he is the tallest of the group. Henry has spent the majority of his career as a reserve, but this spring showed flashes of moving into NU’s receiving rotation. In addition to pushing for playing time at receiver, Henry has also been a special teams contributor, and could likely continue in that role this fall.

2009 JUNIOR Henry secured a starting spot during fall camp and went on to start every game at right guard. His play helped ease the transition for first-year starting quarterback Zac Lee, and also aided Nebraska junior I-back Roy Helu Jr. to the 29th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. Nebraska also ranked in the top 40 nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game.

2009 JUNIOR Henry played in six games, both as a receiver and on special teams. He had a one-yard reception in Nebraska’s win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

2008 REDSHIRT Henry sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt.

2008 SOPHOMORE Henry played in nine games, primarily on special teams. He did not have a catch. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Henry saw action against Iowa State and Ball State, but did not have a catch.

BEFORE NEBRASKA BURKE HS/NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE Henry originally signed with Nebraska in 2006, but spent two seasons at the North Dakota State College of Science, where he was a standout on the offensive line. Henry started every game at right guard in his two seasons at the school. In 2007, Henry earned first-team all-region honors for Coach Chuck Parsons. Henry attended Omaha Burke, where he earned two first-team Class A all-state honors. In 2005, Henry was named to the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team and the Lincoln Journal Star’s Super-State squad. Henry made his biggest mark on defense with 84 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss as a senior, and another 107 tackles during his junior season. Henry also starred in wrestling, winning the Class A state heavyweight title as a senior, after earning runner-up honors in his junior season. Henry was the first Husker scholarship recruit from Omaha Burke since Adam Julch and Aaron Wills signed with the Huskers in 1995. In addition to Nebraska, Henry also received offers from Colorado and Houston. PERSONAL Henry was born on July 27, 1987, and is the son of Maria Henry and Rick Henry. CAREER STATS » Games Played–14 in 2009 » Games Started–14 in 2009

2006 REDSHIRT Henry redshirted in his first season at Nebraska. BEFORE NEBRASKA J.M. HANKS HS Henry was among the tallest receivers to sign with Nebraska since at least 1974. Henry played for Coach Ron Durks at J.M. Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas, and chose Nebraska after also receiving offers from Missouri, New Mexico State and UTEP. As a junior, Henry caught 16 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He enjoyed a breakout season as a senior, totaling 52 receptions for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns. His performance earned him Class 5A first-team all-state honors from TexasHSFootball.com and honorable-mention Class 5A All-State honors from the Associated Press. Playing defense as a junior, Henry recorded 35 total tackles and intercepted two passes. PERSONAL Will is the son of William and Vernette Henry, and was born on Dec. 10, 1987. He is majoring in dietetics and nutrition, exercise and health science and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. He has also made an impact in the Lincoln community and was named to the 2007 and 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams. Henry has volunteered during School is Cool Week, American Education Week, as an FCA Outreach speaker and as part of NU’s hospital visits. He was also a HERO Leadership Award recipient in the spring of 2007. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–17 (2 in 2007; 9 in 2008; 6 in 2009) Receptions–1-1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009

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HENRY’S HONORS Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2006, 2008) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2007, 2010)

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MATT HOLT

RYAN HILL

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Tight End/Fullback 6-3 | 255 | Jr.-2L Arvada, Colo. (West)

Linebacker 6-0 | 210 | So.-1L Lee’s Summitt, Mo. (West)

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2010 OUTLOOK HILL’S HONORS Junior Ryan Hill is part of a deep and talented group Two-Time First-Team Academic of returning tight ends in the Nebraska program. At 6-3 All-Big 12 (2008, 2009) and 255 pounds Hill has shown the ability to provide a Three-Time Big 12 physical presence as a perimeter blocker, but he also Commissioner’s Fall has the receiving skills to help the Huskers in the passing Academic Honor Roll game. With the depth at tight end and his blocking (2007, 2008, 2009) prowess, Hill spent much of spring ball working at Three-Time Big 12 fullback where he could also line up this fall. Commissioner’s Spring In addition to his offensive role, Hill has also regularly Academic Honor Roll served on Nebraska’s kickoff return unit. Hill is also a (2008, 2009, 2010) standout in the classroom and has earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors each of the past two years.

2010 OUTLOOK HOLT’S HONORS Sophomore Matt Holt burst onto the scene as a Two-Time Big 12 true freshman in 2008, playing a key role at linebacker Commissioner’s Fall Academic in the middle of the season, before missing the final Honor Roll (2008, 2009) three games with a shoulder injury. Holt returned to Big 12 Commissioner’s the field, but suffered a second shoulder injury last Spring Academic Honor Roll summer, forcing him to the sideline in 2009. The 6-0, (2009, 2010) 210-pound Holt remained sidelined during spring ball, but he hopes to re-enter the race for playing time at linebacker. Holt has outstanding speed and could be an asset in nickel or dime packages.

2009 SOPHOMORE Hill played in 13 games and caught two passes for eight yards. He had a seven-yard catch at Arkansas State, and nabbed a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Oklahoma, for the only touchdown in a 10-3 win. Hill also had a tackle at Missouri.

2008 FRESHMAN Holt played in nine games, first on kickoff coverage, then at linebacker. He finished with 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops. Holt had three unassisted tackles against Missouri and eight tackles, including seven solo stops, in NU’s overtime loss at No. 7 Texas Tech.

2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Hill played in all 13 games and had three catches for nine yards, including a six-yard TD against Baylor. He also had two catches for three yards against Missouri.

BEFORE NEBRASKA LEE’S SUMMIT WEST HS Holt originally committed to South Dakota State, before deciding to walk on at Nebraska. As a senior at Lee’s Summit West, Holt rushed for 1,529 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading his team to a perfect season and a Class 4 Missouri state title. Holt was named to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s first-team all-state team for Class 4A and honorable-mention all-metro by the Kansas City Star.

2007 REDSHIRT Hill redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first season in Lincoln. BEFORE NEBRASKA ARVADA WEST HS Hill was a versatile player for Coach Casey Coons at Arvada West High School, working at tight end and also serving as the team’s punter. Hill was often split out wide as a senior and caught 42 passes for 924 yards with seven touchdown grabs. He posted similar numbers as a junior, hauling in 44 passes for nearly 900 yards and an impressive 15 touchdowns, helping his team to a 10-3 record and a state semifinal appearance. Hill was named all-conference both his junior and senior years and was an all-state pick as a senior. In addition to excelling at the tight end position, Hill averaged 42.8 yards per punt as a senior and was an All-Colorado selection as a punter. Hill’s athletic accomplishments were not limited to the gridiron. He was a standout on the baseball team as a pitcher and third baseman. Hill was one of Nebraska’s first commitments in the 2007 class, and did not take any additional visits. PERSONAL Ryan is the son of Ron Hill and Tracey Remley, and his stepfather is Doug Remley. Ryan was born on Jan. 29, 1989. He is majoring in business administration and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times, while carrying a 3.307 cumulative gradepoint average. Hill has done numerous outreach activities, including volunteering with the Special Olympics and Nebraska’s team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. 2007 2008 13/0 3 2009 13/0 2 Totals 26/0 5

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SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–2 vs. Missouri, 2008 Yards–7 vs. Arkansas State, 2009 Touchdowns–1, vs. Baylor, 2008, vs. Oklahoma, 2009

2009 REDSHIRT Holt sat out the season after off-season shoulder surgery.

PERSONAL Matt is the son of Mark and Kathryn Holt and was born on Sept. 19, 1989. He is majoring in finance and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll each of his four semesters, while carrying a 3.376 cumulative grade-point average. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2008 9/0 11 3 14 0-0 2009 Redshirt

Sacks 0-0

Fum. C-R BK 0-0 0

QB PBU INT Hry. 0 0 0

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–8 at Texas Tech, 2008 Solo Tackles–7 at Texas Tech, 2008

MITCH HRON Linebacker 6-2 | 230 | RFr. Schuyler, Neb. (Schuyler)

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2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman Mitch Hron will enter fall camp looking to push for playing time in the Nebraska linebacker corps. The 6-2, 230-pound Hron redshirted and worked on the scout team in his first season with the Huskers, while also adding more than 10 pounds of muscle in the weight room. 2009 REDSHIRT Hron redshirted and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA SCHUYLER HS Hron was a talented two-way standout for Schuyler High School, helping his team to a

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9-2 record and a trip to the 2008 Class B state quarterfinals. Hron was a standout running back and linebacker for Coach Fred Doscher, earning accolades on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Hron gained 1,462 yards and scored 16 touchdowns as a running back, and earned Class B all-state offensive honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Associated Press. He also dominated on defense from his linebacker spot and was a first-team Class B all-state pick on defense by the Lincoln Journal Star. PERSONAL Mitch is the son of Mike and Denise Hron, and was born on March 19, 1991. He is an engineering major and has assisted with numerous outreach activities.

KC HYLAND

BEFORE NEBRASKA NORRIS HS Jackson turned down offers from several FCS and Division II programs, including South Dakota, UNO and Northwest Missouri State to walk on at Nebraska. Coached by Jeff Reed at Norris High School, Jackson compiled 84 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and six sacks from his nose guard spot as a senior. After earning all-state honors in Class B for his work on the offensive line, Jackson capped his high school career by playing for the South Squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl. He was also a state tournament qualifier in wrestling. PERSONAL Justin is the son of Jim and Dianne Jackson, and was born on July 2, 1990. He is majoring in business administration, and has volunteered his time with team hospital visits.

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Defensive Back 6-1 | 195 | RFr. Southlake, Texas (Southlake Carroll)

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2010 OUTLOOK HYLAND’S HONORS Sophomore receiver KC Hyland has made steady Big 12 Commissioner’s progress during his first two seasons in the Nebraska Fall Academic Honor Roll program and could be poised to push for playing time (2008) this fall. The 6-6, 210-pound Hyland brings a big target to the NU receiving corps, and he continued to make strides during spring practice. A Lincoln native, Hyland is a walk-on in the Husker program and has added about 20 pounds of muscle since joining the team.

2010 OUTLOOK JAMESON’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Seth Jameson will enter fall camp Big 12 Commissioner’s looking to battle for playing time at cornerback in a Fall Academic Honor Roll talented and veteran Nebraska secondary. The 6-1, (2009) 195-pound walk-on could also be a candidate to earn playing time on Nebraska’s special teams units. A walk-on from the Dallas area, Jameson was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Hyland provided depth at receiver, but did not see game action.

2009 REDSHIRT Jameson redshirted and worked on the Husker scout team.

2008 REDSHIRT Hyland redshirted in his first season in the Nebraska program.

BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTHLAKE CARROLL HS Jameson helped Class 5A Southlake Carroll High School and Coach Hal Wasson to an 8-3 record and a state playoff appearance as a senior. As a defensive back, Jameson finished fourth on the team with 45 tackles and was named second-team all-district. He was also a track standout for the Dragons, competing in the sprints.

BEFORE NEBRASKA PIUS X HS Hyland chose to walk on at Nebraska after being one of the most productive wide receivers in the state as a senior. Hyland caught 36 passes for 558 yards and four touchdowns. Coached by Tim Aylward, Hyland earned honorable-mention all-state accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. He was also an honorable-mention all-state pick in basketball as a senior.

PERSONAL Seth is the son of David and Kaye Jameson and he was born on July 26, 1990. Jameson is majoring in mechanical engineering.

PERSONAL Kramer (KC) Hyland is the son of John and Nancy Hyland, and he was born on Sept. 9, 1989. His father, John, played at Nebraska earning three letters from 1970 to 1972 as a defensive end. KC is majoring in biological sciences and has volunteered his time at the People’s City Mission and as part of hospital and elementary school outreach activities.

AUSTIN JONES

JUSTIN JACKSON Defensive Line 6-3 | 270 | So. Roca, Neb. (Norris)

I-Back 5-10 | 210 | Jr.-1L Aurora, Colo. (Smoky Hill)

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2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore defensive tackle Justin Jackson provided depth in 2009, and will look to increase his role this fall. The 6-3, 270-pound Jackson will contend for time behind returning All-Big 12 performer Jared Crick, junior Terrence Moore and fellow sophomore Baker Steinkuhler. Jackson saw limited action a year ago on a defensive line that helped NU lead the nation in scoring defense, while ranking in the top 10 in total defense and rushing defense. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Jackson appeared in Nebraska wins against Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette. He had an assisted tackle against FAU. 2008 REDSHIRT Jackson walked on and redshirted his first season, while adding about 15 pounds of muscle. 110

2010 OUTLOOK Junior Austin Jones has provided depth at running back for Nebraska the past two seasons, and will bid for playing time again this fall. The 5-10, 210-pound Jones saw action in five games last season, and his role increased at mid-season when both Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead were slowed with injuries. Jones originally earned a spot on the Nebraska roster through a walk-on tryout in 2007.

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JONES’ HONORS Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2010)

2009 SOPHOMORE Jones played in five games as a reserve I-back and finished with seven carries for 18 yards. He had two carries for nine yards against Louisiana-Lafayette, and two rushes for four yards at Baylor. He had a two-yard reception vs. Texas Tech. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Jones was a reserve I-back, but did not see game action.

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2007 REDSHIRT Jones joined NU during the season and sat out as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA SMOKY HILL HS Jones was a standout performer for Coach John Thompson at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. Jones averaged 5.9 yards per carry as a senior and was named his team’s MVP, while also earning honorable-mention all-state honors. Jones also lettered twice in wrestling and once in track and was presented with a Citizenship Award at Smoky Hill. PERSONAL Austin is the son of Alfred and Rita Jones and was born on Aug. 18, 1989. He is the half-brother of former Husker receiver Menelik Holt. Jones is majoring in communication studies and is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. He was also named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. He has volunteered his time with School is Cool Week, the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop and numerous school visits.

PERSONAL D.J. is the son of Bridget Brown and David Jones Sr., and was born on May 8, 1988. He completed his degree work in communication studies in May. Jones has been a volunteer with School is Cool Week, team hospital visits and several other elementary school outreach activities. His outreach activities earned him a spot on the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–25 (9 in 2007, 2 in 2008, 14 in 2009) Games Started–3 (3 in 2009)

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CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–5 (5 in 2009) Rushing–7-18-0 in 2009, 2.6 avg., long-8 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Receiving–1-2 vs. Texas Tech, 2009

Offensive Line 6-4 | 275 | RFr. Gretna, Neb. (Gretna)

D.J. JONES

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Offensive Line 6-5 | 310 | Sr.-2L Omaha, Neb. (Central)

2010 OUTLOOK JONES’ HONORS Senior D.J. Jones brings great versatility to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Nebraska offensive line and is poised to make a Team (2010) significant impact for the Huskers in 2010. Jones served as Nebraska’s top reserve at offensive tackle last season, but has also seen action at guard during his Nebraska career. The 6-5, 310-pound Jones appeared in every game last season and earned three starting assignments. The Omaha native is one of six returning letterwinners on the offensive line. Jones is one of four Husker seniors who will play the 2010 season as a graduate student, after picking up his degree in communications in May of 2010.

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2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman Dwight Jones is expected to add depth to the Nebraska offensive line during the 2010 season. Jones spent the majority of the spring working at tackle and will look for playing time behind a talented group of returning veterans at the spot. Jones has added 35 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame since joining the program as a walk-on a year ago. 2009 REDSHIRT Jones redshirted and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA GRETNA HS Jones played on both sides of the ball and was a three-year letterwinner at Gretna High School. His play helped Coach Chad Jepsen’s team to state playoff appearances in 2006 and 2008. Jones was also a standout for the Dragons’ basketball team. As a junior, he was an honorable-mention all-Omaha area pick after connecting on better than 61 percent of his field-goal attempts. PERSONAL Dwight was born on April 1, 1990, and is the son of Doug and LeeAnn Jones. He has not declared a major. He has volunteered with Nebraska’s team hospital visits and at the Northeast Family Center.

2009 JUNIOR Jones played in all 14 games, including starts at right tackle against Colorado, Texas and Arizona when Marcel Jones was sidelined with an ankle injury. D.J. Jones spent the majority of the year as the top backup at both tackle spots, while also serving as a blocker on Nebraska’s place-kicking unit. Jones’ play helped Nebraska junior I-back Roy Helu Jr. post the 29th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. 2008 SOPHOMORE Jones played in two games as a reserve guard in 2008. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN He played in nine games as a backup guard in 2007, including each of the final eight contests of the season. While most of his time was spent at guard, he did see a few snaps at tackle and helped Nebraska rank in the top 10 nationally in passing and total offense. 2006 REDSHIRT Jones redshirted in 2006 and helped form an impressive scout team line. BEFORE NEBRASKA CENTRAL HS Jones was the first commitment of the 2006 NU class, pledging to NU in April of 2005. Jones earned first-team all-state honors as a senior playing for Coach Joe McMenamin at Omaha Central after earning honorable-mention accolades as a junior. He was named to the 2005 Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team. Jones was ranked as the top player in the state of Nebraska and among the top 20 offensive tackles in the country according to Rivals.com. Jones was also named a SuperPrep All-American and was among the top 10 players in the Midlands Region according to the publication. Jones chose Nebraska over Iowa State, Kansas and Houston.

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MARCEL JONES Offensive Line 6-7 | 315 | Jr.-2L Phoenix, Ariz. (Trevor Browne) 2010 OUTLOOK Junior offensive tackle Marcel Jones is part of an impressive group of returning offensive linemen for the 2010 Nebraska offense. This spring the 6-7, 315-pounder will look to earn a starting spot for a second straight season. Jones started the first 11 games in 2009 at right tackle before missing the final three games of the year with an ankle injury. Jones’ impressive stature and athletic ability make him a natural fit at the tackle position in the Nebraska offense. In addition to his on-field talents, Jones is a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection, and was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection last fall. Jones carries a 3.257 cumulative grade-point average in construction management.

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JONES’ HONORS Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2009, 2010)

2009 SOPHOMORE Jones started the first 11 games at right tackle, but suffered an ankle injury against Kansas State. The injury forced Jones to miss the Colorado, Texas and Arizona contests to end the season. Jones’ play helped I-back Roy Helu Jr. post four 100-yard rushing days and put together a 1,000-yard rushing season. Jones also helped protect Nebraska quarterbacks, as the Huskers ranked among the top 40 nationally in sacks allowed.

Quarterback 6-1 | 210 | RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Westside)

2010 OUTLOOK KELLOGG’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Ron Kellogg III joined the Offensive Scout Team MVP Nebraska program as a walk-on quarterback in 2009, (2009) and impressed the coaching staff with his ability in his first year. Kellogg excelled on the practice field last fall and was NU’s Offensive Scout Team MVP. The 6-1, 210-pound Kellogg also performed well during spring practice and adds depth at a wide-open Husker quarterback position. 2009 REDSHIRT Kellogg quarterbacked the scout team, and earned Scout Team MVP honors. BEFORE NEBRASKA OMAHA WESTSIDE HS Kellogg joined the Huskers as a walk-on from Omaha Westside High School, where he starred at quarterback. Kellogg helped the Warriors and Coach Marty Kaufmann to the state playoffs as a senior, when he passed for 12 touchdowns. Kellogg earned honorable-mention Class A all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star for his play. He also held scholarship offers from Northwest Missouri State and North Dakota and a walk-on offer from Iowa. PERSONAL Ron III is the son of Ron Jr., and Latrice Kellogg, and was born on Nov. 1, 1990. Kellogg’s father earned all-conference honors in basketball at Kansas, before being selected in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Kellogg III has not declared a major. He has volunteered his time at hospital and elementary school visits, along with the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop.

2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Jones emerged during spring practice and went on to play in all 13 games in 2008, including a start against Western Michigan. He helped Nebraska rank in the top 20 nationally in total and scoring offense. He also served on NU’s PAT and field goal units. Jones redshirted in 2007.

J.T. KERR

2007 REDSHIRT Jones sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team, while adding muscle to his 6-7 frame. BEFORE NEBRASKA TREVOR BROWNE HS Jones was part of an impressive group of prep standouts joining the NU program from the state of Arizona in 2007. Jones had an outstanding senior year on the offensive line for Coach Randy Ricedorff at Trevor Browne High School. Jones missed his junior year because of injury, but earned honorable-mention Arizona 5A all-state accolades as a senior. Jones was ranked among the top 15 prospects in Arizona by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Jones was also a standout on the basketball court for Trevor Browne High School. He was the starting center for Browne, which went 27-3 and earned a top-five ranking in Class 5A. Jones averaged 11.6 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior. As a junior, he earned all-region honors for his performance on the hardwood. Jones was also a star in the classroom, ranking in the top 20 of his senior class of more than 500 students. Jones chose Nebraska over Arizona State. PERSONAL Marcel is the son of Ulysses and Tracy Torry and was born on Sept. 4, 1988. He is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. Jones has also been active in the community and was named to the 2009 and 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams. Jones has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center, the Legacy Retirement Center, the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop and numerous hospital and elementary school visits. CAREER STATS Games Played–24 (13 in 2008, 11 in 2009) Games Started–12 (1 in 2008, 11 in 2009)

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Tight End 6-4 | 240 | RFr. San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch)

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2010 OUTLOOK KERR’S HONORS Redshirt freshman tight end J.T. Kerr will look to Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall get back into the mix for playing time at one of NU’s Academic Honor Roll (2009) deepest positions this fall. Kerr missed spring practice with a knee injury, but the 6-4, 240-pound Kerr has the ability to be a factor, both as a receiving threat and a perimeter blocker. Kerr was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in his first semester on campus. 2009 REDSHIRT Kerr sat out his first season in the program as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA SCRIPPS RANCH HS The San Diego native was one of six Californians in the 2009 recruiting class. Kerr was limited as a senior because of an injury, but was still a factor in the passing game for Scripps Ranch High and Coach Sergio Diaz. Kerr caught 21 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns, while controlling the line of scrimmage as a blocker. His play helped Scripps Ranch to an 8-4 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. Kerr spent his junior season at Fallbrook High School, where he caught 12 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. He was ranked among the top 40 tight ends in the country and among the top 75 players in California. Kerr was also named to the San Diego UnionTribune’s all-academic team. He chose Nebraska over Arizona and San Diego State. PERSONAL J.T. was born on Dec. 17, 1990, and is the son of John Kerr. He has not declared a major, but has been a volunteer at the Village Manor Retirement Center.

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TY KILDOW Wide Receiver 5-7 | 175 | RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Millard South)

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2010 OUTLOOK KILDOW’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Ty Kildow brings explosive speed Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall to the Nebraska receiving corps and has the ability Academic Honor Roll (2009) to play a role on special teams. The 5-7, 175-pound Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring speedster battled injuries throughout his first year on Academic Honor Roll (2010) campus, but will look to bid for playing time during fall camp. Kildow is accomplished in the classroom with a 3.601 cumulative grade-point average after two semesters. 2009 REDSHIRT Kildow redshirted in his first season at Nebraska. He missed part of the fall with a knee injury. BEFORE NEBRASKA MILLARD SOUTH HS Kildow came to Nebraska after a standout career at Millard South High School, where he missed his senior season because of a knee injury. As a junior, Kildow was a Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald, while also being named the honorary captain of the World-Herald’s Class A all-state offense. He caught 44 passes for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns and also had two kickoff return touchdowns and three interceptions. Kildow was coached at Millard South by former Nebraska defensive back Andy Means. Kildow turned down scholarship offers from UNO, North Dakota and Northwest Missouri State. He was also a baseball standout for the Patriots, having been a three-time first-team SuperState pick and leading Millard South to a third-place finish in the state tournament as a senior. PERSONAL Ty is the son of Jack and Shelly Kildow and was born on Aug. 15, 1990. He has not declared a major, but has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. Kildow has volunteered his time with Play it Smart and Nebraska’s team hospital visits.

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Wide Receiver 6-3 | 220 | Jr.-1L Kansas City, Mo. (Grandview/Fort Scott CC)

2010 OUTLOOK Brandon Kinnie emerged as one of Nebraska’s top receiving threats over the second half of the 2009 campaign. He followed that with a strong showing during spring practice, making him a favorite for considerable playing time alongside seniors Niles Paul and Mike McNeill at receiver. The 6-3, 220-pound Kinnie will look to continue to build his role in the Nebraska offense, as the Huskers return seven players who made at least 10 receptions last fall. After catching just one pass in the season’s first six games, Kinnie had at least one reception in each of the season’s final eight contests after his playing time increased. Kinnie joined the Nebraska program last season after a year of action in the junior college ranks. 2009 SOPHOMORE Kinnie caught 15 passes for 141 yards, with 14 of those receptions coming in the final eight games. Kinnie had a five-yard catch against Arkansas State for the first reception of his career. He had a season-high three catches for 27 yards against Iowa State, then added two-reception efforts against Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and Arizona. His 16-yard reception against Texas set up a fourth-quarter field goal that gave Nebraska a 12-10 lead, and he totaled a season-high 30 receiving yards against the Longhorns. He added two catches for 12 yards against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.

BEFORE NEBRASKA FORT SCOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE/GRANDVIEW HS Kinnie had an impressive 2008 season at Fort Scott Community College (Kan.), when he earned first-team All-Jayhawk League honors. Kinnie caught 62 passes for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also returned two kickoffs for 79 yards for Coach Jeff Sims. Kinnie’s play helped Fort Scott to a 9-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking. Fort Scott capped its season with a 30-14 victory over Blinn (Texas) College in the Heart of Texas Bowl. Kinnie caught a touchdown pass and blocked a punt in the game and was chosen as the bowl’s Most Valuable Player. Kinnie also attended Fort Scott in 2007, but sat out the season as a redshirt. In his first season, he also played for the Fort Scott basketball team before entirely focusing on football in his second year. Kinnie ranked among the top 75 overall junior-college prospects in the country. He played his prep football at Grandview (Mo.) High School in the Kansas City area. He earned all-state honors at Grandview, where he was also a basketball standout. Kinnie originally committed to Kansas State out of high school. Kinnie chose Nebraska over Kansas and Arkansas. PERSONAL Brandon was born on Dec. 27, 1988, and is the son of Yulondia Sherae Kinnie. He is a sociology major and volunteered his time with the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. 2009 13/2 15

Yds. 141

Y/R 9.4

Y/G 10.8

Long 16 vs. Texas

TDs 0

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Defensive Tackle 6-2 | 265 | Jr. Amherst, Neb. (Amherst/Nebraska-Kearney)

2010 OUTLOOK KLINGELHOEFER’S HONORS Faron Klingelhoefer (pronounced fair-in KLING-ulBig 12 Commissioner’s Spring hoffer) enters his junior season hoping to earn playing Academic Honor Roll (2008) time on the Nebraska defensive front. Klingelhoefer began his NU career at defensive end, before moving inside to tackle for the 2009 season. He is expected to add depth behind juniors Jared Crick and Terrence Moore and sophomore Baker Steinkuhler this fall. Klingelhoefer began his career at Nebraska-Kearney, before joining the Huskers in January of 2008. 2009 SOPHOMORE Klingelhoefer played in two games, with an unassisted tackle against Arkansas State and an assisted tackle in Nebraska’s win over Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Klingelhoefer was a reserve defensive end, but did not see game action. BEFORE NEBRASKA AMHERST HS/NEBRASKA‐KEARNEY Klingelhoefer was enrolled at Nebraska-Kearney during the fall semester in 2007, but redshirted for the Lopers. He had a standout prep career for Class C Amherst High School, where he was a star on both sides of the ball at fullback and linebacker. Klingelhoefer was a two-time all-state selection as he helped the Broncos to two district championships. Klingelhoefer also earned all-state accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald during his junior and senior year. A three-sport athlete, Klingelhoefer competed in track and field and wrestling during his high school career. He was a two-time all-state honoree in wrestling, capturing third place twice at 215 pounds. He threw the shot and discus in track. Klingelhoefer was a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the academic all-state list twice for football. PERSONAL Faron is the son of Kevin and Julie Klingelhoefer and was born on Aug. 14, 1988. He is majoring in agricultural education and was named to the 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. Klingelhoefer has done outreach work at the People’s City Mission and as part of Nebraska’s team hospital visits.

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MICAH KREIKEMEIER Linebacker 6-3 | 220 | So. West Point, Neb. (Central Catholic)

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2010 OUTLOOK KREIKEMEIER’S HONORS Linebacker Micah Kreikemeier (pronounced crackTwo-Time Big 12 meyer) hopes to make his Nebraska debut this fall, Commissioner’s Spring after battling injury throughout his first two years in the Academic Honor Roll Nebraska program. The 6-3, 220-pound Kreikemeier (2009, 2010) missed the 2008 season and a portion of 2009 with knee Two-Time Big 12 injuries. He was not at full strength in time for spring Commissioner’s Fall ball, but hopes to push for playing time at a linebacker Academic Honor Roll spot during fall camp. (2008, 2009) A second-generation Husker, Kreikemeier was the first player to commit to Nebraska following the hiring of Bo Pelini as head coach in December of 2007. Kreikemeier has excelled in the classroom, carrying a 3.846 cumulative grade-point average in civil engineering after two years of school. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Kreikemeier was a reserve linebacker, but did not see game action. He underwent surgery at mid-season, sidelining him for the remainder of the year. 2008 REDSHIRT Kreikemeier underwent knee surgery early in the fall and sat out his first season. BEFORE NEBRASKA WEST POINT CENTRAL CATHOLIC HS Kreikemeier had a standout prep career at West Point Central Catholic, where he starred at linebacker for Coach Dave Ridder at West Point CC. Kreikemeier totaled 125 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a pair of fumble recoveries on defense as a senior. Offensively, he played tight end and had more than 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also scored four touchdowns as a short-yardage back for the Bluejays to earn honorable-mention Class C-2 all-state recognition. Kreikemeier also played basketball for the Bluejays, and earned honorable-mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a senior. He also participated in track. He was the first player from West Point Central Catholic to earn a scholarship from the Huskers since Tom Ridder signed with the Huskers in 1974. Dave Ridder also played for Nebraska, originally joining the program as a walk-on before earning a scholarship, and lettering as a defensive end from 1981 to 1983. PERSONAL Micah is the son of Keith and Jodi Kreikemeier and was born on March 12, 1990. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll each of his first four semesters, while also volunteering time with several outreach activities. Kreikemeier’s father, Keith, played for the Huskers as a walk-on from 1981 to 1985.

Place-kicker 6-0 | 190 | Sr.-3L Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley) 2010 OUTLOOK Adi Kunalic has played a major role in Nebraska’s special teams success the past three seasons, handling the Huskers’ kickoff chores. He has ranked among the national leaders in touchbacks for three straight seasons and enters 2010 with 86 career touchbacks. Kunalic also provides Nebraska with a strong backup to place-kicker Alex Henery. Kunalic’s performance in 2009 helped Nebraska rank 15th nationally in kickoff return defense, including second in the Big 12. Kunalic is also a standout off the field and has been chosen as a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection each of the past two seasons. He is scheduled to earn his degree in advertising in May of 2011. He owns a 3.684 cumulative grade-point average.

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KUNALIC’S HONORS First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008, 2009) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2009)

2009 JUNIOR Kunalic had 29 touchbacks in 73 kickoffs, helping Nebraska to one of the nation’s top kickoff coverage units. The 29 touchbacks were the third-most of any team in the country. Kunalic had at least one touchback in 13 of 14 games, including a season-high six against Louisiana-Lafayette. His work helped Nebraska to a +7.1-yard advantage in average starting field position for the season. 2008 SOPHOMORE Kunalic posted 29 touchbacks in 81 attempts with at least three touchbacks in five games, and Nebraska ranked fifth in the country in touchbacks. Kunalic had a season-high five touchbacks in the opener against Western Michigan and four against San Jose State. 2007 FRESHMAN Kunalic showed from game one that he would be a factor in the kicking game. He had six touchbacks in his first game as a true freshman against Nevada and never look back. He added four touchbacks each against Ball State, Iowa State and Kansas State and finished the year with 28 touchbacks in 66 attempts. He also made a 46-yard field goal against Nevada, his only career field goal attempt. BEFORE NEBRASKA NORTH CROWLEY HS Kunalic was part of an impressive group of seven 2007 Husker recruits from the state of Texas. Kunalic came to the Huskers after a standout prep career for Coach Mike Papas at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth. Kunalic attempted just six field goals as a senior for a 3-7 North Crowley team, and connected on four of those attempts. He also nailed 29-of-31 extra-point attempts. Kunalic’s powerful leg allowed him to boot 22 kickoffs for touchbacks during his senior season. Kunalic also served as the team’s punter and averaged nearly 40 yards on 46 punts with a season-long punt of 72 yards. As a junior, Kunalic had more place-kicking opportunities for a 9-2 North Crowley squad. He connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts, including a pair of field goals from better than 50 yards. Kunalic was ranked among the top 20 kickers in the country according to Rivals.com. Kunalic chose Nebraska after also taking a visit to Washington State. He also received offers from Miami, Kansas and Utah among others. PERSONAL Adi was born in Bosnia on April 1, 1989, and is the son of Meho and Indira Kunalic. The Kunalic family moved to Germany in 1992 and then to the United States in 2000. Kunalic has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his six semesters. Kunalic has also been one of Nebraska’s community leaders and was named to the 2009 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. He has volunteered his time at the Ridgewood Retirement Center, Elliott Elementary School and with numerous hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–39 (12 in 2007, 13 in 2008, 14 in 2009) Touchbacks–86 (28 in 2007, 29 in 2008, 29 in 2009) Field Goals–1-1, 46-yarder vs. Nevada in 2007

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Quarterback 6-2 | 215 | Sr.-1L San Francisco, Calif. (St. Ignatius Prep/City College of San Francisco)

2010 OUTLOOK LEE’S HONORS Quarterback Zac Lee took the reins of the Nebraska First-Team Academic All-Big 12 offense during fall camp in 2009 and went on to start (2009) 12 games as a junior. Lee surpassed 2,100 passing Two-Time Big 12 yards, while completing nearly 59 percent of his passes Commissioner’s Fall during the season. Academic Honor Roll The 6-2, 215-pound Lee is a leading contender to (2008, 2009) once again assume the starting role for the 2010 season, Three-Time Big 12 but he missed all of spring practice after undergoing Commissioner’s Spring offseason surgery on his throwing arm. The surgery Academic Honor Roll came after an impressive showing in Nebraska’s (2008, 2009, 2010) Holiday Bowl victory. Lee is expected to be full speed Brook Berringer Citizenship for fall camp. Lee has quarterbacking in his blood, as Team (2010) his father, Bob, played quarterback in the NFL for 12 Scout Team Offensive MVP seasons from 1969 to 1980. (2007) Lee will compete in the 2010 season as a graduate student after picking up his degree in business administration in May. 2009 JUNIOR Lee passed for 2,143 yards to post the fifth-highest single-season passing total in Nebraska history. He connected on 58.6 percent of his pass attempts and threw for 14 touchdowns. Lee also showed the ability to make an impact as a runner, finishing third on the team with 171 rushing yards. Lee was effective in his first career start against Florida Atlantic, throwing for 213 yards on 15-of-22 passing including two touchdowns. A week later, he threw for a career-best 340 yards against Arkansas State. Lee connected on 27-of-35 passes and threw for four touchdowns. He accounted for 174 yards of total offense at Virginia Tech, including rushing for 38 yards. Lee was efficient against Louisiana-Lafayette, completing 15-of-18 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown. Lee guided Nebraska to a fourth-quarter comeback in difficult conditions at Missouri. He threw for 158 yards including three touchdown passes in less than three minutes in the fourth quarter. He threw for 128 yards against Texas Tech, then threw for 248 yards, but was intercepted a season-high three times against Iowa State. Lee did not play at Baylor, then came off the bench to lead NU to a 10-3 win over No. 20 Oklahoma, including throwing for the game’s only TD. Lee regained his starting job for the stretch run and led NU to three wins. At Kansas, he had four passes of at least 35 yards and threw for 196 yards, while also rushing for 53 yards on nine carries. Lee connected on 13-of-19 passes and threw for a touchdown in the Big 12 North-clinching win over Kansas State, then threw for 73 yards and another score at Colorado. He accounted for 51 total offensive yards against Texas. Lee had his most complete game in three months against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. He connected on 13-of-23 passes for 173 yards, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul. He also posted career highs in the run game, toting the ball 18 times for 65 yards in the 33-0 rout of the Wildcats.

offense averaged nearly 40 points per game with Lee at the controls. Lee was ranked as the nation’s top junior college quarterback by Rivals.com, Scout.com and SuperPrep Magazine. Lee sat out the 2005 season before enrolling in junior college in January of 2006. Lee starred in both football and baseball at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. He was a three-year all-league quarterback in high school, but focused much of his time on baseball, limiting his Division I football scholarship offers out of high school. Lee chose Nebraska after also receiving strong recruiting interest from Oklahoma, Fresno State and Mississippi State among others. PERSONAL Zac was born April 26, 1987, and is the son of Bob and Janice Lee. His father played quarterback for 12 seasons in the NFL from 1969 to 1980, spending time with the Vikings, Falcons and Rams. The elder Lee had his best season in 1973 when he threw for more than 1,700 yards for the Falcons. Bob Lee also served as the athletic director at University of the Pacific. Zac was a first-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2009, and is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. He was named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his extensive outreach work, including School is Cool Week and team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/GS Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yds. Y/G 2008 2/0 1-2-0 50.0 5 2.5 2009 13/12 177-302-10 58.6 2,143 164.8 Totals 15/12 178-304-10 58.6 2,148 143.2 Rushing: 105-188-1 total; 2-17-0 in 2008; 103-171-1 TD in 2009

LP 5 74 74

TD 0 14 14

Eff.R. 71.00 126.89 126.52

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Pass Attempts–37 vs. Iowa State, 2009 Pass Completions–27 vs. Arkansas State, 2009 Passing Yards–340 vs. Arkansas State, 2009 Passing Touchdowns–4 vs. Arkansas State, 2009 Rushes–18 vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl Rushing Yards–65 vs. Arizona, 2009 Holiday Bowl Total Offense Yards–351 yards vs. Arkansas State, 2009 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME OFFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

--- Passing --Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

15-22-1 27-35-0 11-30-2 15-18-0 14-33-0 16-22-0 20-37-3 --- DNP --5-9-0 13-21-0 13-19-1 9-14-0 6-19-3 13-23-0 177-302-10

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2 7 8 3 8 9 6

14 11 38 (-2) 7 0 5

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

13 11 17 2 5 7 4

35 196 166 73 39 173 2,143

1 0 1 1 0 1 14

16 45 47 24 16 74 74

10 9 11 6 6 18 103

(-13) 53 (-5) (-14) 12 65 171

0 0 0 0 0 1 1

6 32 5 1 17 10 32

2008 SOPHOMORE Lee played in games against Western Michigan and Kansas State. He completed one pass for five yards and rushed twice for 17 yards. 2007 REDSHIRT Lee redshirted in his first season in the program in 2007, after spending two seasons at the City College of San Francisco. BEFORE NEBRASKA ST. IGNATIUS PREP/CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO Lee came to Nebraska following a highly successful 2006 season at City College of San Francisco, the same school as former standout Husker receiver Maurice Purify and Lee’s current teammate, Dejon Gomes. Lee had a standout campaign for Coach George Rush, with more than 3,400 passing yards and 35 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. Lee’s performance led City College of San Francisco to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the California junior college title game. The City College of San Francisco

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Fullback 5-10 | 235 | Jr.-1L Neligh, Neb. (Neligh-Oakdale/South Dakota) 2010 OUTLOOK Junior Tyler Legate looks to continue to play a key role in the Nebraska offense in the 2010 season. The 5-10, 235-pound Legate heads into the spring as the Huskers’ returning starter at fullback. The Neligh, Neb., native earned starts in four games when NU opened in power sets and his work as a lead blocker played an important part in Nebraska’s late-season success. His effort earned Legate recognition as Nebraska’s walk-on MVP.

LEGATE’S HONORS Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010) Nebraska Walk-On MVP (2009)

2009 SOPHOMORE Legate used a strong effort during spring practice to earn a role in the Nebraska offense. He played in all 14 games with four starts. He was primarily used as a lead blocker for the Husker I-backs, but Legate also caught three passes for 27 yards and one touchdown. Legate scored the first touchdown of his career against Arkansas State, hauling in a three-yard pass from quarterback Zac Lee. 2008 REDSHIRT Legate redshirted at Nebraska in 2008 and worked on the scout team. He began his career at South Dakota in 2007 before transferring to Nebraska.

Linebacker 6-2 | 205 | RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (North Star)

2010 OUTLOOK LEWIS’ HONORS Redshirt freshman Tyrone Lewis spent his first year Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall in the Nebraska program adding the necessary strength Academic Honor Roll (2009) to play the linebacker spot. The 6-2, 205-pound Lewis spent the spring working at the WILL linebacker spot and will look to add depth at the position in 2010. A walk-on, Lewis came to the Huskers after an outstanding prep career at Lincoln North Star High School. 2009 REDSHIRT Lewis redshirted and worked on the Husker scout team defense. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN NORTH STAR HS Lewis was a key player in the turnaround of the North Star High School program under Coach Mark Waller. Lewis helped the Navigators improve from a 1-8 record in 2006 to a 6-4 mark the following year and the squad’s first state playoff appearance since 2005. In 2008, the team made it to the second round of the playoffs. Individually, Lewis earned first-team all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald his senior year. PERSONAL Tyrone is the son of Tracy Lund and Tyrone Parker, and he was born on Oct. 14, 1990. Lewis has not declared a major. He was named to the Big 12 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

LUKE LINGENFELTER

BEFORE NEBRASKA NELIGH‐OAKDALE HS/SOUTH DAKOTA Legate sat out the 2007 season as a redshirt at South Dakota. Legate earned four letters each in football, track and wrestling during a standout prep career at Neligh-Oakdale High School. He helped his team to an 8-3 record and a state quarterfinal appearance in his senior season. Legate made 139 tackles on defense and led Class C-2 with 2,051 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. He was the honorary captain of the Class C-2 all-state team by the Omaha World-Herald and was a three-time all-district pick. Legate qualified for the state wrestling meet three times, capped by a state title at 189 pounds his senior season. He also helped Neligh-Oakdale’s 4x400 relay team to a seventhplace finish at state as a senior. PERSONAL Tyler is the son of Roger and Rosemary Legate and was born on March 7, 1989. He is majoring in elementary education and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2009 and a three-time commissioner’s honor roll selection. Tyler’s cousin, Billy, played fullback and was a special teams standout for Nebraska, lettering four seasons from 1995 to 1998. CAREER STATS Games Played–14 in 2009 Games Started–4 in 2009 Receptions–3-27-1 in 2009, 3-yard TD vs. Arkansas State

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Offensive Line 6-4 | 280 | Jr. Plainview, Neb. (Plainview) 2010 OUTLOOK Luke Lingenfelter enters his junior season looking to make a push for playing time on a veteran Nebraska offensive line. Lingenfelter spent the majority of spring practice working at guard, but the 6-4, 280-pounder also has the ability to play tackle. A walk-on from Plainview, Neb., Lingenfelter spent his first two seasons in the program as a reserve defensive end. Lingenfelter has been a consistent achiever in the classroom at Nebraska, carrying a 3.492 cumulative grade-point average in biological systems engineering.

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LINGENFELTER’S HONORS Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)

2009 SOPHOMORE Lingenfelter switched to offensive line in the spring and went on to play in games against Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette. BEFORE NEBRASKA PLAINVIEW HS Lingenfelter earned first-team Class C-2 all-state accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star (offensive line) and Omaha World-Herald (defensive line) in 2006. Lingenfelter helped Plainview High School earn a state playoff appearance as a senior. As a junior, Lingenfelter helped Plainview to the Class C-2 state title, earning all-state honors. Lingenfelter threw the discus and shot put for Plainview, and won the silver medal in the 2007 Class C discus. PERSONAL Luke is the son of Burt and Kim Lingenfelter, and was born on May 25, 1989. Lingenfelter has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll six times in his NU career. Luke’s cousin, Newton Lingenfelter, finished his Husker career as an offensive lineman in 2006.

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JAKE LONG

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Tight End 6-4 | 235 | RFr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)

2010 OUTLOOK LONG’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Jake Long will attempt to make Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall a push for playing time at tight end, one of Nebraska’s Academic Honor Roll (2009) deepest positions entering the 2010 campaign. Long Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring has added 15 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame since Academic Honor Roll (2010) arriving on campus and is joined on the NU roster by his twin brother, Spencer. Jake has excelled in the classroom, carrying a 3.925 cumulative grade-point average in pre-medicine. 2009 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Long redshirted in his first year at Nebraska. BEFORE NEBRASKA ELKHORN HS Long joined the Nebraska program after putting up impressive numbers for Elkhorn High School and Coach Mark Wortman. Long played both ways for the 7-3 Antlers in 2008, and was a second-team All-Nebraska pick as a tight end by the Omaha World-Herald, while the Lincoln Journal Star placed him on its second-team Super State squad as a defensive lineman. Long earned honorable-mention all-state honors from the World-Herald during his junior season. He also played for the Antlers’ 2008 state championship baseball team. PERSONAL Jake is the son of Doug and Ann Long, and was born on Nov. 8, 1990. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters.

SPENCER LONG Offensive Line 6-4 | 285 | RFr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)

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Punter/Place-kicker 6-0 | 185 | So.-1L Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)

2010 OUTLOOK MAHER’S HONORS A walk-on from Kearney, Neb., Brett Maher was a Second-Team Academic vital member of the Husker special teams as a redshirt All-Big 12 (2009) freshman. Maher served as the holder on extra points Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring and field goals, helping Groza Award semifinalist Alex Academic Honor Roll (2009) Henery to a school-record 24 field goals and a perfect season on extra points. Maher is expected to return to his holding role this season, and also serves as Henery’s backup at punter. Maher has also spent time as a pole vaulter with the Nebraska track and field team. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Maher played in all 14 games as the Huskers’ holder for PATs and field goal attempts, while also serving as the backup punter to starter Alex Henery. On the year, the Huskers were 38-of-38 on PAT tries and Henery hit on a school-record 24-of-28 field goals. 2008 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Maher redshirted for the Huskers in 2008. BEFORE NEBRASKA KEARNEY HS Maher put together an impressive senior year at Kearney High School under Coach Brandon Cool. Maher went 41-for-46 kicking extra points and 8-for-14 on field goals, while averaging 41.2 yards per punt. Along with his kicking duties, Maher played wide receiver where he had 775 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. For his efforts on the field, Maher earned first-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, while playing for the North Squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl. He was also an honorable-mention Class A all-state pick in basketball. Maher capped his senior season with a state championship in the long jump at the state track meet, while also winning the pole vault and setting a state record. Maher turned down offers from Ohio and Colorado State to walk on at Nebraska. PERSONAL The son of Brian and Peggy Maher, Brett was born on Nov. 21, 1989. Maher is majoring in secondary education-mathematics and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick, and a member of the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll. He has volunteered his time with the People’s City Mission in Lincoln.

P.J. MANGIERI

LONG’S HONORS 2010 OUTLOOK Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Spencer Long enters his second season in the Academic Honor Roll (2009) Nebraska program, hoping to make a push for playing Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring time after switching to the offensive line in the spring. Academic Honor Roll (2010) Long lined up at defensive end a year ago, but he has added 35 pounds since his arrival at Nebraska and worked the majority of the spring at guard. Long, who is joined on the NU roster by twin brother, Jake, is off to a good start in the classroom, carrying a 3.914 cumulative gradepoint average in pre-medicine. 2009 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Long redshirted in his first year at Nebraska. BEFORE NEBRASKA ELKHORN HS Long came to Nebraska from long-time prep powerhouse Elkhorn High School, where he helped the Antlers to a 7-3 record in their first season of Class A participation in 2008. Long had a strong performance as a defensive end, and was an honorable-mention all-area selection for Coach Mark Wortman. Long was also a member of the Antlers’ 2008 state championship baseball team. PERSONAL Spencer is the son of Doug and Ann Long, and was born on Nov. 8, 1990. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters.

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Long Snapper 6-4 | 245 | So.-1L Peoria, Ill. (Dunlap)

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2010 OUTLOOK MANGIERI’S HONORS A walk-on from Peoria, Ill., P.J. Mangieri played Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall a major role on Nebraska’s special teams units in Academic Honor Roll (2009) 2009. The only true freshman walk-on to play last fall, Mangieri served as the Huskers’ long snapper. His snapping abilities helped Alex Henery to all-conference honors as both a place-kicker and punter. Mangieri is expected to continue in his long snapping roles in 2010. 2009 FRESHMAN Mangieri was one of six true freshmen to see playing time in 2009 and the only walk-on newcomer to see the playing field. Mangieri was the long snapper for punts, PATs and field goal attempts. Mangieri helped starting punter/place-kicker Alex Henery connect on 24 of his 28 field goal attempts, while Henery also averaged 41.4 yards per punt.

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BEFORE NEBRASKA DUNLAP HS Mangieri played offense and defensive line for Coach Jeff Alderman. Mangieri recorded 45 tackles and seven sacks in 2008 and was an All-Mid Illini Conference first-team selection as an offensive tackle. He was also named to the Peoria Journal Star’s All-Area first team last fall. Mangieri also drew interest from Purdue as a walk-on prospect. PERSONAL The son of Peter and Theresa Mangieri, P.J. was born on May 16, 1991. He has not declared a major, but was named to the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. He has volunteered his time at the Village Manor Retirement Center.

MATT MANNINGER Linebacker 6-1 | 220 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)

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2010 OUTLOOK Omaha native Matt Manninger will bid for playing time at linebacker this fall. The sophomore spent the majority of the spring working at Mike linebacker, and he could also make a push as a possible special teams performer. The 6-1, 220-pound Manninger is a walk-on from Nebraska high school powerhouse Omaha Creighton Prep. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Manninger was a reserve linebacker, but did not see game action.

Marlowe also saw action at receiver. He had 12 returns for 284 yards, an average of 23.7 yards per return, helping Nebraska rank 19th nationally in kickoff return average. Marlowe had two returns of 30 or more yards, including a season-long 40-yarder on the opening kickoff at Kansas that set up a touchdown. 2008 REDSHIRT Marlowe redshirted and was selected as the Offensive Scout Team Co-MVP. BEFORE NEBRASKA CARDINAL MOONEY HS Marlowe was one of the final additions to the 2008 Nebraska recruiting class, committing to the Husker program the week of signing day. Marlowe was the first player from the state of Ohio to commit to the Husker program in 10 years. Marlowe showed his versatility as a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School, beginning the season at receiver, before being pressed into service at quarterback and leading his team to the state championship game. Marlowe also continued to play a role on the Mooney defense. Marlowe ran for almost 300 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 216 yards and three more touchdowns. On defense, he had 36 tackles, led his team in pass deflections with 32 and in interceptions with five. He also had three kickoff returns for 70 yards. His play helped Cardinal Mooney and Coach P.J. Fecko to a 14-1 record and a Division IV state runner-up finish. In the state title game, Marlowe rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, completed 5-of-6 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown and made three tackles on defense. Marlowe was also a two-way standout for Cardinal Mooney as a junior, helping the Cardinals to a perfect 15-0 record and a Division IV state title. PERSONAL Tim is the son of Richard and Maureen Marlowe, and was born on Feb. 10, 1989. He is a communication studies major and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. Marlowe volunteered his time as part of Nebraska’s team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–14 in 2009 Kickoff Returns–12-284-0, 23.7 average, long-40 at Kansas

2008 REDSHIRT Manninger sat out his first season in the program as a redshirt.

ERIC MARTIN

BEFORE NEBRASKA OMAHA CREIGHTON PREP HS Manninger earned honorable-mention Class A all-state accolades from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald as a senior. A two-year starter at Omaha Creighton Prep, Manninger started at middle linebacker, leading his team to playoff berths each year of his prep career. Manninger led the state of Nebraska with four fumble recoveries. Manninger was getting interest from several Division II schools before choosing to walk on at Nebraska, joining high school teammates Colin and Conor McDermott in the Huskers’ 2008 walk-on class. PERSONAL Matt was born on Sept. 22, 1989, and is the son of Mike and Mary Beth Manninger. He is majoring in dietetics and nutrition, exercise and health science. He has volunteered time with the Special Olympics, People’s City Mission and team hospital visits.

TIM MARLOWE Wide Receiver 5-10 | 175 | So.-1L Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)

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2010 OUTLOOK MARLOWE’S HONORS Tim Marlowe brings great speed and explosiveness to Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring the Nebraska receiving corps and return units. The 5-10, Academic Honor Roll (2010) 175-pound sophomore saw significant action as a kickoff Nebraska Offensive return man in 2009, and this fall he looks to continue in Scout Team MVP (2008) that role while also looking to build his role as a receiver. Marlowe is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and a product of Cardinal Mooney High School, the same school that produced Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini and assistant coaches Carl Pelini and Tim Beck. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Marlowe played in all 14 games, teaming with Niles Paul on NU’s top kickoff return unit. 118

Linebacker 6-2 | 240 | So.-1L Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde)

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2010 OUTLOOK Eric Martin made his presence known as a true freshman with an immediate impact on Nebraska’s special teams units. Martin played on the Huskers’ punt and kickoff coverage units and brought a high level of intensity to those squads. Martin also served as a reserve linebacker as a true freshman, and he is expected to make a significant push for playing time this fall. The 6-2 Martin has added about 25 pounds of muscle since his arrival in Lincoln last summer, and he now checks in at 240 pounds. 2009 FRESHMAN Martin played in all 14 games and was one of six true freshmen to see action. He notched 15 tackles, with 10 of those coming on special teams. Martin opened with a career-high four tackles against Florida Atlantic and finished with three unassisted tackles on kickoff coverage against Arizona. He also showed his play-making ability with a pair of blocked punts. His first blocked punt at Baylor was returned for a touchdown to open the scoring. He also had a blocked punt against Texas and was the first Husker to block two punts in a season since Lannie Hopkins blocked three in 2002. BEFORE NEBRASKA RANCHO VERDE HS Martin played linebacker on a dominant defensive unit at Rancho Verde High School. The Mustangs’ defense allowed just eight points per game, including four shutouts during a perfect 10-0 regular season, before Coach Pete Duffy’s squad was defeated in the first round of the CIF playoffs. Martin led the team in tackles with more than 130 and also recorded eight sacks on the season. Martin earned first-team California all-state honors for his dominant play as a senior. He was also the Inland Valley League Defensive MVP and was named to the Inland Empire all-defensive team. Martin also produced big numbers during his junior season when he totaled about 100 tackles, helping Rancho Verde to a 9-3 record, the Inland Valley League title and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Martin also

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played a key role as a sophomore in 2006, again helping the Mustangs to a league title and another state quarterfinal appearance. Martin made an impression on college coaches after his sophomore season when he was voted the top underclass linebacker at the Southern California Nike Camp. Martin was listed among the top 40 players in California by Rivals.com. Martin chose Nebraska after making visits to Arizona and Arizona State.

TAYLOR MARTINEZ Quarterback 6-1 | 195 | RFr. Corona, Calif. (Centennial)

PERSONAL The son of Kenneth and Alisa Johnson, Eric was born on July 21, 1991. He is a marketing major, and has spent time volunteering as part of team hospital visits and at the Malone Center. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2009 14/0 8 7 15 0-0

Sacks 0-0

Fum. C-R BK 0-0 2

QB PBU INT Hry. 0 0 0

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–4 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2009 Blocked Punts–1 at Baylor, vs. Texas, 2009

JAY MARTIN Defensive End 6-2 | 230 | Jr.-1L Waverly, Neb. (Waverly) 2010 OUTLOOK Jay Martin has spent time on both offense and defense during his Nebraska career, while also contributing on Nebraska’s special teams. Last fall, Martin moved to linebacker and provided depth at that position before subsequently switching to defensive end. Martin saw action in eight games primarily on NU’s kickoff return unit, helping the Huskers rank among the top 20 nationally in that category. Martin is also a standout in the classroom and earned first-team academic All-Big 12 accolades in 2009. He carries a 3.927 cumulative grade-point average in business administration.

2010 OUTLOOK Taylor Martinez was one of the most talked about Huskers during spring practice, as the redshirt freshman made his case in the Nebraska quarterback race. The 6-1, 195-pound Martinez brings a unique skill set to the quarterback position with explosive speed to go along with a strong right arm. After a redshirt season in 2009, Martinez was impressive during spring practice, capped by a strong showing in the spring game. He will enter fall camp part of a quarterback race that also includes returning starter Zac Lee and sophomore Cody Green, who started two games in 2009. 2009 REDSHIRT Martinez redshirted in his first season in the program and worked on the scout team.

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MARTIN’S HONORS First-Team Academic Big 12 (2009) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009) Three-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)

BEFORE NEBRASKA CENTENNIAL HS Martinez was a dual-threat quarterback for Coach Matt Logan at Corona’s Centennial High School as a senior. Martinez passed for better than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, and completed 61 percent of his passes. On the ground, Martinez added 750 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. His play helped Centennial to a perfect 15-0 season and a state championship, capped by a victory over De La Salle High, when Martinez threw for 243 yards. Centennial finished No. 2 nationally in the USA Today’s final prep rankings. Martinez was named the Big VIII League’s Most Valuable Player and also earned the Los Angeles Times’ Glen Davis Player-of-the-Year Award. A first-team all-state selection, Martinez was the Inland Division Offensive Player of the Year, the Max Preps California Player of the Year and the Golden States Prep Southern California Offensive Player of the Year. Martinez spent only one season at Centennial High School. As a junior, he quarterbacked San Bernadino Cajon High School and accounted for about 1,500 yards of total offense. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Norco High, where he primarily played in the secondary. Martinez only visited Nebraska. PERSONAL Taylor is the son of Casey and Epifania Martinez and was born on Sept. 15, 1990. He is majoring in advertising. He has volunteered his time with outreach work at the Malone Center.

MATHEW MAY

2009 SOPHOMORE Martin played in eight games in 2009 as a member of the Huskers’ kickoff return team. He helped the Huskers average 24.1 yards per return. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Martin switched to tight end for the 2008 season, but did not see any game action.

Linebacker 6-1 | 215 | Jr.-2L Imperial, Neb. (Chase County)

2007 REDSHIRT Martin redshirted , and worked on the scout team as a linebacker and defensive end. BEFORE NEBRASKA WAVERLY HS Martin was a standout multi-sport performer for Waverly High School, where he earned first-team Class B all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star as a defensive lineman. Martin, who was selected to play in the 2007 Shrine Bowl, also qualified for the state track meet in the hurdles. His older brother, Lee, recently completed his track career with the Huskers. PERSONAL Jay was born on Nov. 30, 1988, and is the son of Bob and Sheri Martin. Bob was a 1975 All-American with the Huskers, and Jay is also the cousin of former Husker linebackers Bo and Barrett Ruud. Jay has been selected to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first six semesters. He has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center, the Legacy Retirement Center and several hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–8 in 2009

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2010 OUTLOOK Mathew May was hampered by injury during the 2009 season, preventing him from making a significant impact at linebacker. However, May continued to play a major role for the Huskers, seeing action in every game as a special teams standout. In 2010, the walkon from Imperial, Neb., will battle for playing time in a deep Nebraska linebacking corps. May also is a solid performer in the classroom, earning second-team academic All-Big 12 honors in 2009.

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MAY’S HONORS Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008)

2009 SOPHOMORE May saw action in every game, and finished the year with 10 tackles, and was among the team leaders with nine special teams stops. May had a career-best four tackles in the Huskers’ win over Missouri in Columbia.

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2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN May played in eight games, and moved from the secondary to linebacker for the final three games. He finished with six tackles, including three at Kansas State, when he was credited for a forced fumble and sack of KSU quarterback Josh Freeman. He also recovered a fumble against Colorado, and was a special teams contributor. 2007 REDSHIRT May sat out as a redshirt and worked with the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA CHASE COUNTY HS May had a standout senior season as a linebacker for Chase County High School. He tallied 104 tackles and four interceptions as a senior to earn Class C-1 all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. He was also the team’s leading rusher with nearly 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns, as the Longhorns reached the Class C-1 state quarterfinals one year after an appearance in the state championship game. May ran the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes for the track team, as well as a leg on the 4x400 relay team, which finished with a silver medal in Class B at the state track meet in 2007. PERSONAL Mathew is the son of Tim May and Tammy May and was born on March 18, 1988. He is majoring in business administration and is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. May has volunteered his time with Nebraska’s local hospital visits, and with the School is Cool Week. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2007 Redshirt 2008 8/0 5 1 6 1-8 2009 14/0 1 9 10 0-0 Totals 22/0 6 10 16 1-8

Sacks 1-8 0-0 1-8

Fum. C-R BK 1-1 0-0 1-1

0 0 0

QB PBU INT Hry. 0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 0

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–4 at Missouri, 2009

MYCHAEL MCCLURE Tight End 6-5 | 245 | So. Wisner, Neb. (Wisner-Pilger)

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2010 OUTLOOK MCDERMOTT’S HONORS Sophomore Colin McDermott enters the fall in hopes Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s of pushing for playing time at defensive end. The 6-2, Spring Academic Honor 250-pound McDermott provided depth at the position Roll (2009, 2010) in 2009, after sitting out his first season in the program as a redshirt. McDermott and his twin brother, Conor, both joined the Cornhusker program as walk-ons from Nebraska high school power Omaha Creighton Prep. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN McDermott was a reserve defensive end, but did not see game action. 2008 REDSHIRT McDermott sat out as a redshirt and worked with the scout team defense. BEFORE NEBRASKA CREIGHTON PREP McDermott was a three-year starter for Omaha Creighton Prep and Coach Tom Jaworski. McDermott anchored a unit that ranked first in team defense in Class A in 2007. He made 57 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, earning him first-team all-state honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. McDermott was also a member of the North Squad for the 2008 Shrine Bowl. He capped his senior year with a seventhplace finish in the shot put at the state track and field meet. As a junior, McDermott had 71 tackles and three sacks. PERSONAL Colin is the son of John McDermott and Joni Piper and was born on April 11, 1990. He is a business administration major and is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.

CONOR MCDERMOTT

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2010 OUTLOOK MCCLURE’S HONORS Tight end Mychael McClure has made great strides Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall in the weight room his first two years in the Nebraska Academic Honor Roll (2008) program, and this fall he will push for playing time at one of the Huskers’ deepest positions. Since his arrival in the program, McClure has added more than 35 pounds of muscle to his 6-5 frame. A walk-on from Wisner, Neb., McClure has good receiving skills and the size and strength to provide a perimeter blocking presence. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN McClure saw action against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona, but he did not have a catch. 2008 REDSHIRT McClure sat out his first season and was impressive in his scout team work. BEFORE NEBRASKA WISNER‐PILGER HS McClure played both wide receiver and linebacker at Wisner-Pilger High School, and earned Class C-1 first-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. He also starred in basketball, earning Class C-1 all-state honors, while leading his team to the state tournament. McClure finished his senior season at the state track and field meet with a seventh-place finish in the long jump and eighth-place finish in the triple jump. PERSONAL Mychael is the son of Kevin and Holly McClure and was born on Feb. 9, 1990. He is majoring in fisheries and wildlife and was named to the 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. He has volunteered time with the Special Olympics and team hospital visits. Mychael’s older brother, Kellen, is a member of the Husker track and field team.

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Defensive End 6-2 | 250 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)

Defensive End 6-2 | 255 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep) 2010 OUTLOOK Conor McDermott will join his twin brother, Colin, in looking to earn playing time at defensive end for Nebraska in 2010. McDermott supplied depth at the position as a redshirt freshman in 2009, after sitting out his first season. A walk-on from Omaha Creighton Prep, Conor McDermott carries a 3.721 cumulative gradepoint average in finance after two years of college. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN McDermott was a reserve defensive end, but did not play in a game.

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MCDERMOTT’S HONORS Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

BEFORE NEBRASKA CREIGHTON PREP McDermott was a first-team Super-State selection as a linebacker by the Lincoln Journal Star and a second-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald . McDermott was the second-leading tackler for Coach Tom Jaworski’s team with 64, while adding three sacks and two interceptions. He helped his team to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs in 2007. He was also a member of the North Squad during the 2008 Shrine Bowl. PERSONAL Conor is the son of John McDermott and Joni Piper and was born on April 11, 1990. He is a finance major and a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. He has volunteered his time speaking at School is Cool Week and team hospital visits.

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MIKE MCNEILL Tight End/Wide Receiver 6-4 | 235 | Sr.-3L Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood)

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2010 OUTLOOK MCNEILL’S HONORS Tight end Mike McNeill is expected to be a key threat Second-Team All-Big 12 in the Nebraska passing game for a third consecutive (2009, AP) season in 2010. The 6-4, 235-pound McNeill is the Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 most experienced and game-tested veteran in a deep (2009, Coaches) and talented Nebraska tight end corps. He continues John Mackey Award Mid-Season to provide a versatile threat in the NU passing game Watch List (2009) and spent the majority of the spring working with the Nebraska Season Record wideouts. Holder for Receptions by McNeill started all 14 games during his junior season a Tight End (32 in 2008) and finished second on the team in receptions, while Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall tying for the team lead in touchdown catches. McNeill Academic Honor Roll earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the (2006) Associated Press as a junior, and he could be poised to push for bigger accolades in 2010. McNeill also figures to leave a prominent imprint on the Nebraska record book. He already holds the season record for catches by a tight end with his 32-reception effort as a sophomore, and this fall he should break the career tight ends reception record. McNeill owns 61 career receptions, just four shy of the NU tight end record of 65 held by Matt Herian. McNeill is tied for 19th among all players on the career receptions list. A marketing major, McNeill was expected to pick up his degree in August and play his senior season as a graduate student. 2009 JUNIOR McNeill finished with 28 catches for 259 yards and his four touchdown catches tied Niles Paul for the team lead. McNeill had at least one catch in 12 of 14 games, including five games with three or more receptions. In the opener against Florida Atlantic he led the team with four catches for 51 yards. A week later, McNeill caught four balls for 57 yards and had the first two-TD game of his career, with touchdown grabs of 13 and 32 yards. His third touchdown of the season came at Missouri in a key situation. His eight-yard scoring grab gave NU a 20-12 lead early in the fourth quarter. McNeill’s streak of 17 straight games with a catch ended at Baylor, but his production picked up again late in the season. He tied his career high with four catches at Kansas, then had three catches, including a 17-yard touchdown in a 17-3 win over Kansas State in Lincoln. He had just one combined catch against Colorado and Texas, but capped the year with three catches in the Holiday Bowl win over Arizona.

BEFORE NEBRASKA KIRKWOOD HS McNeill was one of two signees from the state of Missouri in 2006. Playing for former Husker Larry Frost at Kirkwood, McNeill earned first-team Class 6A all-state honors in both his junior and senior seasons. McNeill caught 20 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore, had 44 catches for 806 yards and six touchdowns as a junior and caught 33 passes for 665 yards and four touchdowns in 2005. He was ranked among the top 40 prospects at tight end nationally and among the top dozen players in the state of Missouri. McNeill chose Nebraska over Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas Tech, Kansas, Indiana and Northwestern. PERSONAL Mike is the son of Allen and Sally McNeill, and was born on March 7, 1988. He is majoring in business administration and was named to the 2006 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. McNeill has been a volunteer with Nebraska’s area hospital visits and School is Cool Week. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. 2007 8/0 1 2008 13/12 32 2009 14/14 28 Totals 35/26 61

Yds. 25 442 259 726

Y/R 25.0 13.8 9.2 11.9

Y/G 3.1 34.0 18.5 20.7

Long 25 vs. Nevada 53 vs. Colorado 32 vs. Arkansas State 53 vs. Colorado, 2008

TDs 0 6 4 10

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–4 four times, once in 2008 and three times in 2009 Yards–70 vs. Colorado, 2008 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME OFFENSIVE STATISTICS Opponent

No.

--- Receiving --Yds TD

Lg

Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas Kansas State at Colorado vs. Texas vs. Arizona Totals

4 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 1 4 3 1 0 3 28

51 57 4 26 8 14 22 0 2 27 26 3 0 19 259

29 32 4 13 8 10 17 0 2 10 17 3 0 8 32

0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4

2008 SOPHOMORE McNeill burst onto the scene as a sophomore, catching a Nebraska tight end record 32 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns. His receptions total bettered the 31 catches by Johnny Mitchell in 1991, and his six touchdowns were just one shy of Mitchell’s season tight end record. McNeill was one of seven Huskers who caught at least 20 passes, helping Nebraska finish 14th nationally in passing offense and 12th in total offense. McNeill was in the starting lineup for all 12 regular-season games. He averaged 13.8 yards on his 32 catches and had eight games with three or more receptions, including the final four games of the season. He also caught seven passes of 20 yards or more , including a career-long 53-yard touchdown grab against Colorado. McNeill had just one catch in the first two games, but had two catches for 57 yards and a 32-yard touchdown against New Mexico State. He then added three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech. McNeill set a career high with four catches against Baylor, then had four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown against Kansas. He added three catches against K-State and had a career-high 70 yards on three receptions against Colorado. McNeill was also on Nebraska’s kickoff return unit. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN McNeill played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2007 and had one catch for 25 yards against Nevada. He had a nine-yard kickoff return vs. Texas. 2006 REDSHIRT McNeill redshirted in his first season in Lincoln. 2010 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL

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2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Mendoza played in four games as a reserve I-back and rushed 15 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and had two catches for seven yards. His touchdown came on a 31-yard run at Kansas State, when he had 10 carries for 58 yards. He rushed three times for 33 yards against New Mexico State, including a career-long 35-yard run.

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Long Snapper/Linebacker 6-2 | 225 | So. Lincoln, Neb. (East) 2010 OUTLOOK Lincoln native Sam Meginnis is a part of one of the Big 12 Conference’s top special teams units entering his sophomore season with the Huskers. Meginnis served as the backup long snapper behind freshman P.J. Mangieri in 2009, and Meginnis will again push for action in that role. Meginnis has been a standout in the classroom throughout his Nebraska career, carrying a 3.754 cumulative grade-point average in business administration.

MEGINNIS’ HONORS Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Meginnis was the backup long snapper, but did not appear in a game. 2008 REDSHIRT Meginnis worked with the linebackers and as a long snapper and redshirted. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN EAST HS Meginnis earned second-team all-state honors as a linebacker from both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in his senior season, while also earning an invitation to play for the South Squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl. Meginnis had a team-leading 75 tackles in 2007, and also recorded two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. While at Lincoln East, Meginnis helped Coach John Gingery turn around a program that finished 1-8 during Meginnis’ sophomore year into a state playoff contender each of his final two seasons. Meginnis received interest from several Division II schools before deciding to walk on at Nebraska. PERSONAL Sam was born on July 20, 1989, and is the son of Richard and Lisa Meginnis. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll each of his first four semesters. He has been a part of hospital visits and elementary school outreach activities.

MARCUS MENDOZA Cornerback 5-10 | 195 | Jr.-1L Houston, Texas (Spring Woods)

BEFORE NEBRASKA SPRING WOODS HS Mendoza was one of seven members of the Huskers’ 2007 signing class who came from Texas. As a senior at Spring Woods High School, Mendoza had approximately 700 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for better than 250 yards and another four scores. He was also a dangerous return threat for Coach Dwayne Eggerman. As a junior, Mendoza missed three games, but still earned second-team all-district honors after rushing for better than 650 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mendoza was ranked as one of the top dozen all-purpose backs in the country by Rivals.com and among the top 20 prospects in Texas by Scout.com. He was also listed 70th on SuperPrep’s Texas Super 200 Senior Playmakers List. Mendoza was also a standout on the track, clocking times of 10.64 seconds in the 100 and 21.6 in the 200 meters as a junior. Mendoza chose Nebraska after also visiting Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. PERSONAL Marcus is the son of Rubi Mendoza and was born on Sept. 21, 1988. He is majoring in secondary education-social science and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll three times. Mendoza has been among Nebraska’s leaders in community outreach and was named to the 2009 and 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams. Among his many outreach activities are numerous hospital and elementary school visits, and volunteering time with City Impact, the Optimist Club, American Education Week and School is Cool Week. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S Att. Gain Loss Net Y/A Y/G Long 2007 Redshirt 2008 4/0 15 110 7 103 6.9 25.8 35 vs. NMSU 2009 7/0 4 11 1 10 2.5 1.4 7 vs. Iowa State Totals 11/0 19 121 8 113 5.9 10.3 35 vs. NMSU Receiving: 9-52-0 total; 2-7-0 in 2008, 7-45-0 in 2009 long-9 vs. Texas Tech

2009 SOPHOMORE Mendoza played in seven games, caught seven passes for 45 yards and carried the ball four times for 10 yards. Mendoza saw his most extensive action against Texas Tech, where he caught a career-high five passes for 32 yards. He added single receptions against Iowa State and Baylor, and ran twice for eight yards against ISU.

TDs 1 0 1

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Rushes–10 at Kansas State, 2008 Rushing Yards–58 at Kansas State, 2008 Receptions–5 vs. Texas Tech, 2009 Receiving Yards–32 vs. Texas Tech, 2009

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2010 OUTLOOK MENDOZA’S HONORS Marcus Mendoza brings outstanding speed and Three-Time Big 12 explosiveness to the Nebraska roster and made Commissioner’s Spring the switch to defense during spring ball. The 5-10, Academic Honor Roll 195-pound Mendoza spent time at both I-back and (2007, 2008, 2009) receiver on the NU offense, before switching to Brook Berringer Citizenship cornerback during spring practice, where he adds Team (2009, 2010) depth at one of NU’s best positions. Mendoza began last season at receiver, but moved back to running back at mid-season when injuries hit the I-back corps. He also has the ability to make an impact in the return game.

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2007 REDSHIRT Mendoza graduated early from high school and joined the Huskers in January of 2007, before sitting out as a redshirt.

Defensive End 6-4 | 265 | So.-1L Huntington Beach, Calif. (Mater Dei)

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2010 OUTLOOK Defensive end Cameron Meredith is a player to watch on the 2010 Nebraska defense. Meredith made an impact as the Huskers’ top reserve at defensive end last fall, and he is a strong contender to earn a starting job this season. The 6-4, 265-pound Meredith has made big strides in the weight room in his first two years in Lincoln. Meredith has the quickness to rush opposing quarterbacks and the strength to hold up against the run. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Meredith played in every game and had 21 tackles as the top reserve behind Pierre Allen and Barry Turner at end. Meredith had five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, while adding two quarterback hurries. Meredith also recorded a pass breakup and had a fumble recovery in the opener against Florida Atlantic. He had a season-high five stops – all solos – against Louisiana-Lafayette and added three tackles vs. Kansas. He had two tackles for loss and a sack against ULL and shared a sack vs. Texas.

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2008 REDSHIRT Meredith appeared in Nebraska’s 2008 win over New Mexico State, but suffered an injury and sat out the remainder of the season. He was awarded a medical hardship. BEFORE NEBRASKA MATER DEI HS Meredith was a three-year starter at Mater Dei High School, annually one of the nation’s powerhouse prep programs. Mater Dei was nationally ranked for much of the 2007 season, before losing in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs and finishing with a 9-2 record. Meredith was hampered by injury as a senior, but still managed to earn co-Defensive MVP honors in the Trinity League and first-team All-Orange County honors from the Orange County Register. Meredith was also a third-team all-state pick by Cal Hi Sports. As a senior, Meredith had 65 unassisted tackles, 27 assists, 7.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. Meredith was also a standout for Coach Bruce Rollinson as a junior, when he made 60 tackles, including eight sacks, and recovered a pair of fumbles. His play as a junior earned Meredith first-team all-league and second-team all-county honors. Meredith was regarded as one of the top 70 prospects in California by Rivals.com, Scout.com and SuperPrep Magazine. Meredith chose Nebraska over a host of other schools, including Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma and Arizona State. PERSONAL Cameron was born on Nov. 20, 1989, and is the son of Cory and Katherine Meredith. He is a management major and has volunteered his time with team hospital and elementary school visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL Sacks 2008 1/0 Medical Hardship 2009 14/0 13 8 21 5-18 1.5-12

Fum. C-R BK 0-1

0

QB PBU INT Hry. 1

0

2

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–5 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009 Tackles for Loss–2-10 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009 Sacks–1-9 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2009

LAZARRI MIDDLETON Cornerback 6-1 | 190 | RFr. Long Beach, Calif. (Poly)

JOSH MOLEK Defensive Tackle 6-3 | 245 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Skutt Catholic) 2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Josh Molek enters 2010 with a goal of earning playing time on the Nebraska defensive line, where he will enter fall camp as a reserve tackle. The 6-3, 245-pound Molek will push for action at a position that includes returning All-Big 12 player Jared Crick. A walkon from Omaha, Molek began his career as a defensive end, but moved inside to tackle prior to the 2009 season.

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MOLEK’S HONORS Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008) Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Molek was a reserve defensive tackle, but did not see game action. 2008 REDSHIRT Molek redshirted in his initial season and worked on the scout team defense. BEFORE NEBRASKA SKUTT CATHOLIC HS Molek was a standout defensive end for coaches B.T. Kracl and Matt Turman at Omaha Skutt Catholic, helping the SkyHawks win the 2005 Class B state championship. As a senior, Molek made the 2007 All-Omaha Metro team, the all-conference team and was a first-team Class B all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald. Molek was also honored as part of the 2007 Associated Press All-State team and made honorable-mention all-state according to the Lincoln Journal Star. He played for the South squad in the 2008 Shrine Bowl. PERSONAL Josh is the son of David and Debra Molek, and was born on Sept. 18, 1989. He is a business administration major and a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. He has volunteered his time with the Special Olympics.

TERRENCE MOORE

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2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman Lazarri Middleton brings another talented player to one of the nation’s deepest defensive backfields. After a redshirt season, Middleton spent spring ball working at right cornerback and enters fall camp as a contender for playing time behind returning starters Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard. A California native, Middleton brings good size to the cornerback position at 6-1 and 190 pounds. 2009 REDSHIRT Middleton sat out his first year in the program as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA LONG BEACH POLY HS Middleton was one of six Californians in the 2009 Nebraska recruiting class and came to NU after compiling impressive statistics for high school powerhouse Long Beach Poly. Middleton played for a Poly team that finished the season 14-1, losing only to Sacramento Grant in the state’s Open Division title game. Poly, coached by Raul Lara, finished the season ranked 10th nationally in the final USA Today High School football poll. Middleton starred at cornerback for the Jackrabbits, compiling 68 tackles, including 52 solo stops, and two interceptions. His play helped a defense that allowed 10 or fewer points nine times in 15 games. Middleton was regarded as one of the top 100 overall prospects in California. Middleton chose Nebraska over SMU and Kansas State. PERSONAL Lazzari was born on June 21, 1991, and he is the son of Lazarri Sr. and Tanisha Middleton. He is a business administration major.

Defensive Tackle 6-3 | 285 | Jr.-2L New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35)

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2010 OUTLOOK Defensive tackle Terrence Moore has provided depth in the Nebraska defensive line each of the past two seasons. This fall the 6-3, 285-pound Moore is expected to contend for more significant playing time following the graduation of All-American Ndamukong Suh. The New Orleans native has the strength and quickness to make an impact alongside fellow junior Jared Crick and sophomore Baker Steinkuhler. Moore spent time in both New Orleans and Texas in high school. He and his mother were displaced following Hurricane Katrina, but Moore returned to his hometown for his senior year. 2009 SOPHOMORE Moore played in four games as a sophomore and recorded a pair of tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Moore played in seven games, helping Nebraska nearly triple its sack total from the previous season. He finished with eight tackles, including six in the first three games. Moore had three tackles and two sacks for 11 yards against Western Michigan. He added two tackles against San Jose State.

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2007 REDSHIRT Moore sat out his first season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA MCDONOGH 35 HS Moore was Nebraska’s first signee from the Louisiana prep ranks since 2002. He was an impact performer for McDonogh 35 Senior High School in New Orleans, the same high school as former Husker star and NFL All-Pro defensive lineman Neil Smith. Moore totaled 81 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries as a senior. His performance earned him first-team New Orleans all-metro and first-team all-district honors. Moore helped Coach Wayne Reese and McDonogh 35 to a 7-3 record and a trip to the second round of the Louisiana 4A state playoffs. Moore played in only a handful of games in 2005 after arriving in Texas, but remained on the recruiting radar of numerous schools. Moore only visited Nebraska, but received strong recruiting interest from Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Tulane among others. PERSONAL Terrence is the son of Judy Hunter and was born on Jan. 31, 1989. He is majoring in sociology and has volunteered his time with American Education Week and as part of Nebraska’s numerous hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2007 Redshirt 2008 7/0 3 5 8 2-11 2009 4/0 1 1 2 0-0 Totals 11/0 4 6 10 2-11

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Fum. C-R BK

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0-0 0-0 0-0

QB PBU INT Hry.

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0 0 0

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SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–3 vs. Western Michigan, 2008 Tackles for Loss–2-11 vs. Western Michigan, 2008 Sacks–2-11 vs. Western Michigan, 2008

2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Brent Moravec hopes to continue to push for playing time in a talented and deep Nebraska secondary. The walk-on from Grand Island, Neb., spent the majority of the spring working at the free safety spot, and Moravec could also push for a special teams role in 2010. A second-generation Husker, Moravec carries a 3.351 cumulative grade-point average in biochemistry after his first two years of college.

2010 OUTLOOK NICKENS’ HONORS Redshirt freshman Brodrick Nickens enters 2010 with Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall hopes of pushing for playing time in a veteran Nebraska Academic Honor Roll (2009) offensive line. The 6-5, 285-pound Nickens redshirted in his first season in the program after walking on from Alliance High School. Nickens has excellent size and has made great strides in the NU weight room in his first year on campus. 2009 REDSHIRT Nickens sat out his first season in the program as a walk-on and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA ALLIANCE HS Nickens starred at Alliance High School where he helped Coach Travis Hawk’s team to the 2008 Class B state quarterfinals. Nickens earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and honorable-mention all-state honors (LJS) after paving the way for starting running back Cody Anthony to rush for more than 1,000 yards. Nickens also lined up on defense for Alliance, posting 55 tackles and three sacks during his career. He turned down scholarship offers from UNK and Wayne State and was pursued as a walk-on by Colorado and Colorado State.

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MORAVEC’S HONORS Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Moravec was a reserve in the secondary, but did not appear in a game. 2008 REDSHIRT Moravec redshirted and worked on the Husker scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA GRAND ISLAND CENTRAL CATHOLIC Moravec had a stellar athletic career at Grand Island Central Catholic where he competed in football, basketball and track and field. Moravec also excelled in the classroom, as he was nominated for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He was a three-time academic all-state selection in football, basketball and track. As a senior, Moravec earned honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald after finishing third in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles. PERSONAL Brent is the son of Mark and Judy Moravec and was born on Oct. 19, 1989. He is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection and has volunteered his time with team hospital and elementary school visits. His father, Mark, was a three-year letterman as a fullback for the Huskers from 1980 to 1982. 124

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PERSONAL Brodrick is the son of Kevin and Angela Conley, and he was born on Sept. 2, 1991. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. He was a volunteer at the Northeast Family Center.

BRENT MORAVEC Defensive Back 6-0 | 195 | So. Grand Island, Neb. (Central Catholic)

Offensive Line 6-5 | 285 | RFr. Alliance, Neb. (Alliance)

I-Back 6-1 | 225 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Westside)

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2010 OUTLOOK OKAFOR’S HONORS Omaha native Collins Okafor enters his sophomore Two-Time Big 12 season in the program with hopes of pushing for playing Commissioner’s Fall time in a deep stable of Nebraska I-backs. The 6-1, Academic Honor Roll 225-pound Okafor brings excellent size and good speed (2008, 2009) to the running back spot and is one of six NU I-backs Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring who have seen game action. Okafor is a standout in Academic Honor Roll (2009) the classroom where he carries a 3.515 cumulative grade-point average after his first two years at Nebraska. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Okafor provided depth at I-back and saw action against Louisiana-Lafayette. He had one carry for nine yards in the game. 2008 REDSHIRT Okafor redshirted and worked with the scout team offense. BEFORE NEBRASKA WESTSIDE HS Okafor was one of the first players to join the 2008 Nebraska signing class, committing to the Huskers during his junior season at Omaha Westside High School. He was one of six in-state products in the 2008 Husker class, and was the first scholarship signee from Westside since 2000. Okafor earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and firstteam Super-State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star each of his final two seasons.

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In his final year, Okafor rushed for 1,525 yards on 205 carries and found the end zone 17 times for Coach Marty Kauffman. Okafor’s play helped Westside to a 7-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs. During his junior season in 2006, Okafor was the driving force behind the Warriors’ trip to the Class A state championship game and a 12-1 record. Okafor rushed for 1,850 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, while also compiling 389 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions. Okafor was ranked as one of the top five players in the state by Rivals.com and Scout.com and among the top 25 players in the Midlands Region by SuperPrep Magazine. Okafor also excelled on the track for Westside, qualifying for the state meet as a junior in the 100 meters, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. Okafor chose Nebraska over Stanford, Kansas and Iowa. PERSONAL Collins is the son of Napoleon Okafor and Pat Okon Okafor and was born on June 6, 1989. He is majoring in biological sciences and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.

COURTNEY OSBORNE Safety 6-3 | 200 | So.-1L Garland, Texas (South Garland)

STEVEN OSBORNE Wide Receiver 6-4 | 205 | So. Garland, Texas (South Garland)

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2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Steven Osborne is among a group of young receivers who enter fall camp with hopes of earning playing time behind veteran receiving targets Niles Paul and Mike McNeill. Osborne boasts excellent size at 6-4 and 205 pounds and saw limited action as a redshirt freshman last fall. Osborne and his brother, Courtney, are one of three sets of identical twins on the Nebraska football squad, joining Colin and Conor McDermott and Jake and Spencer Long. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Osborne was a reserve receiver and appeared in wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Colorado.

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2010 OUTLOOK OSBORNE’S HONORS Sophomore Courtney Osborne earned limited Nebraska Scout Team playing time in 2009, both as a reserve safety and on Defensive Co-MVP (2008) Nebraska’s special teams units. The 6-3, 200-pound Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Osborne will look to push for more significant playing Academic Honor Roll (2010) time this spring in a secondary that lost both of its starting safeties to graduation. Osborne and his brother, Steven, are one of three sets of twins on the Nebraska football roster. Steven is a sophomore receiver. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Osborne played in six games, with five of those appearances coming in the second half of the year. He had an unassisted tackle against Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 REDSHIRT Osborne redshirted in 2008, and earned co-MVP honors on the defensive scout team.

2008 REDSHIRT Osborne redshirted in his first year in the program and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTH GARLAND HS Steven Osborne joined his twin brother Courtney in the Huskers’ 2008 signing class. They were just the second set of twins ever to sign letters of intent with the Huskers, joining Josh and Daniel Bullocks who signed with the Huskers in 2001. The Osbornes were two of nine Texas natives in the 2008 class, marking the most players ever signed from the state in one season by Nebraska. Steven Osborne provided a big receiving target for South Garland High and Coach Mickey Moss, helping the school to a district title and a 10-2 record. As a senior, Osborne caught 38 passes for 601 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Dallas Morning News ranked him as the No. 49 prospect on its Area 100 list. In addition to Nebraska, Osborne also visited UNLV, and received scholarship offers from Utah, Kansas and SMU among others. PERSONAL Steven was born on Jan. 15, 1990, and is the son of Sandra Osborne. He is a business administration major. Osborne has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center and with hospital visits.

BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTH GARLAND HS Osborne was one of nine Texas natives in Nebraska’s 2008 signing class, representing the Huskers’ largest ever recruiting harvest from the Lone Star State. Courtney and Steven Osborne marked the second set of twins to sign with Nebraska, joining the Bullocks brothers who signed in 2001. A versatile performer, Osborne made his biggest impact on defense for South Garland High School and Coach Mickey Moss. Osborne also excelled on the special teams units where he utilized his hard-hitting style. The play of the Osbornes helped a talented South Garland squad to a 10-2 record and a district title in 2007. Osborne was listed as the No. 50 prospect on the Dallas Morning News’ Area 100 list. In addition to Nebraska, Osborne received scholarship offers from UNLV and Kansas. PERSONAL Courtney was born on Jan. 15, 1990, and is the son of Sandra Osborne. He is an ethnic studies major, and was named to the 2010 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. Osborne has volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center and with hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–6 in 2009 Tackles–1 UT in 2009

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State to earn Big 12 Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors. The San Jose State game was Paul’s first of four games with at least 100 kickoff return yards, including a season-high 156 yards on five returns at Texas Tech, when he added a 69-yard return. Paul also returned seven punts for 77 yards, including a season-long 28-yarder vs. Western Michigan. Paul played on NU’s coverage units and made eight tackles, including three against Kansas with two fumble recoveries on punt coverage.

NILES PAUL Wide Receiver 6-1 | 220 | Sr.-3L Omaha, Neb. (North)

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2010 OUTLOOK PAUL’S HONORS Niles Paul developed into one of the Big 12’s most » First-Team Preseason explosive and diverse players as a junior in 2009. The All-Big 12 (2010, Phil Steele-WR) Omaha native showed game-breaking ability both as » Second-Team Preseason a receiver and returner, producing five of NU’s eight All-Big 12 (2010, longest plays of 2009. Paul figures to play an even Phil Steele-PR, Athlon-PR) larger role in the NU offense as a senior. » Third-Team Preseason Paul was Nebraska’s leading receiver in 2009, and All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon-WR) ranked among the top two in the Big 12 in yards per » Second-Team All-Big 12 reception, kickoff return average and punt return (2009, Kansas City Star, average. His 40 catches just missed the NU top singleFort Worth Star-Telegram, season top-10 list, and his 796 receiving yards ranked San Antonio News-Express, fifth. Paul is poised to push for a spot in the top five Dallas Morning News) on NU’s career receptions and receiving yardage lists. Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 Paul was equally explosive in the return game. Paul Punt Returner (2009, Coaches, AP) averaged 27.9 yards per kickoff return and 10.7 yards Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP on punt returns. His play earned him second-team (2009) All-Big 12 honors from several outlets and honorableBig 12 Special Teams Player mention accolades from the conference coaches. of the Week (2008 vs. San Jose St.) Paul was the first Husker since 1986 to lead Second-Team Academic Nebraska in receiving, kickoff return yards, punt All-Big 12 (2008) return yards and all-purpose yards in the same Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring season, and just the fifth player in school history to Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010) accomplish the feat. Paul is on track to graduate in May of 2011, completing his undergraduate work in four years. 2009 JUNIOR Paul led NU with 40 receptions, averaging 19.9 yards per catch. That average ranked third in school history among players with at least 20 receptions in a season. He had nine receptions of 35 yards or longer. In the return game his 27.9-yard average on kickoff returns ranked second in the Big 12 and was the best by a Husker in two decades, while his 10.7 yards per punt return also ranked second in the league. The only Husker to reach the end zone by rush, reception and return in 2009, he posted a team-high 121.2 all-purpose yards per game, good for ninth in the Big 12. Paul’s first big game came against Arkansas State when he had six catches for 69 yards, including his first career touchdown catch. He also had his second career rushing TD from 30 yards out, and accounted for 169 all-purpose yards. He tallied 176 all-purpose yards at Virginia Tech, including a 55-yard punt return. Paul produced his first 100-yard receiving game at Missouri, with six catches for 102 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. He produced his third six-catch game against Iowa State, good for 143 yards – the ninth-best receiving day in school history. His effort included a 72-yard reception and Paul totaled 208 all-purpose yards. At Kansas, Paul had a career-high 154 yards on four catches, all covering at least 35 yards. His 154 receiving yards ranked as the sixth-best total in school history. He added 82 yards in returns for a career-high 244 all-purpose yards. He had four catches for 82 yards against Kansas State, and at Colorado, Paul opened the scoring with a 59-yard punt return touchdown. Against Texas, he had a 43-yard punt return and a 42-yard kickoff return. Paul earned Offensive MVP honors in the Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona. He totaled 123 receiving yards on four catches, including a career-long 74-yard touchdown to cap the scoring. He added a 20-yard rush, a season-long 49-yard kickoff return and 45 yards on three punt returns for 237 all-purpose yards. 2008 SOPHOMORE Paul posted 23 catches for 214 yards, while averaging 23.6 yards on 41 kickoff returns, including an 85-yard touchdown against San Jose State. His average ranked 11th in the Big 12 and his 969 kickoff return yards were the third-most in NU history. He had three games with three or more receptions, including four catches for 25 yards at Texas Tech, season highs of five catches for 34 yards against Baylor and three receptions for 31 yards at Kansas State. He returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown against San Jose 126

2007 FRESHMAN Paul played in seven games as a reserve receiver in 2007 and had one catch for six yards against Nevada. He also served on NU’s kickoff coverage unit, and had an eight-yard kickoff return against Kansas State. BEFORE NEBRASKA OMAHA NORTH HS Paul was regarded as the top prospect in Nebraska in 2007, and was NU’s first signee from Omaha North since 1998. As a senior, Paul hauled in 46 passes for 814 yards and 13 touchdowns for Coach Larry Martin. Paul averaged nearly 18 yards per catch, and also averaged better than 18 yards per punt return, helping North to a 9-2 record. He was named a first-team All-Nebraska and first-team All-Metro selection by the Omaha World-Herald and a first-team Super-State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star. He was also one of 58 players who were selected as a Parade All-American. Paul averaged 19.5 yards on 32 receptions and caught 10 touchdown passes as a junior, and also averaged 25.6 yards per kickoff return to earn second-team all-state honors. Paul was regarded as one of the top 20 receiving prospects in the country and led the West team in receiving in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio. In track, Paul won the 110-meter hurdles at the state meet as both a junior and a senior. In 2006 he led the Vikings to the Class A state track title by winning four gold medals, capturing titles in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Paul also won the Class A state title in the 300-meter hurdles as a sophomore. On the basketball court, Paul averaged nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior. PERSONAL Niles is the son of Nick DeCosta-Paul and was born on Aug. 9, 1989. He is majoring in communication studies, and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2008. He is also a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. Paul has volunteered with NU’s hospital visits, at the F Street Recreation Center, Dawes Middle School and the Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football Workshop. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. Yds. 2007 7/0 1 6 2008 13/4 23 214 2009 14/14 40 796 Totals 34/18 64 1,016

Y/R 6.0 9.3 19.9 15.9

Y/G 0.9 16.5 56.9 29.9

Long 6 vs. Nevada 21, twice 74 vs. Arizona 74 vs. Arizona, 2009

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Rushing: 4-42-1 TD total; 1-(-6)-0 in 2008; 3-48-1 TD in 2009, long-30 vs. Arkansas St. in 2009 Punt Returns: 46-487-1 TD total; 8-80-0 in 2008; 38-407-1 TD in 2009 Kickoff Returns: Career: 58 returns- 1,423 yards - 1 TD- 24.5 average- Long of 85 yards 2007: 1 return- 8 yards- 0 TD- 8.0 average- Long of 8 yards vs. Kansas State 2008: 41 returns- 969 yards- 1 TD- 23.6 average- Long of 85 yards vs. San Jose State (TD) 2009: 16 returns- 446 yards- 0 TD- 27.9 average- Long of 49 yards vs. Arizona SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–6 vs. Arkansas State, at Missouri, vs. Iowa State, 2009 Yards–154 at Kansas, 2009 Touchdowns–2 at Missouri, 2009 Punt Return yards–86 at Virginia Tech, 2009 Kickoff Return yards–156 at Texas Tech, 2008 All-Purpose yards–244 yards at Kansas, 2009 2009 GAME‐BY‐GAME OFFENSIVE/RETURN STATISTICS Opponent

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2-49 2-53 3-71 1-21 0-0 0-0 2-54 1-14 0-0 2-72 0-0 1-2 1-42 1-49 16-446

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Pensick also excelled in wrestling and track for the Rockets. On the mat, he finished fifth in Class A at 285 pounds as a junior. In track, Pensick captured the Class A shot put title as a junior with a throw of 57-10 1/4 and finished second as a senior with a throw of 57-11 1/2.

DEVIN PAULSEN Linebacker 6-2 | 215 | RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Christian)

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PERSONAL Cole is the son of Dan and Bev Pensick and was born on Oct. 10, 1990. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

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2010 OUTLOOK PAULSEN’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Devin Paulsen enters his second Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall season in the Nebraska program with hopes of earning Academic Honor Roll (2009) playing time in a young but talented group of Husker linebackers. Sophomores Will Compton and Sean Fisher saw extensive time last season, but Paulsen fits into the group that will add depth at the position. The 6-2, 215-pound Paulsen joined the NU program as a walk-on from Lincoln Christian High School. 2009 REDSHIRT Paulsen redshirted and worked on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN CHRISTIAN HS Paulsen posted impressive numbers for Coach Matt Farup at Lincoln Christian, helping the Crusaders to a Class C-2 state playoff berth. Paulsen accounted for about 120 tackles and two interceptions and also handled the quarterbacking duties. For his efforts, Paulsen was a Class C-2 all-state defender by the Lincoln Journal Star and an honorable-mention all-city pick by the publication. PERSONAL Devin was born on Jan. 16, 1990, and he is the son of Lance and Nicki Paulsen. He has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. Paulsen has volunteered his time with local hospital visits.

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Offensive Line 6-2 | 270 | RFr. Lincoln, Neb. (Northeast)

2010 OUTLOOK PENSICK’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Cole Pensick made a position Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall switch during spring ball and enters the 2010 season Academic Honor Roll (2009) with hopes of earning playing time at center. The 6-2, 270-pound Pensick came to Nebraska as a defensive tackle and spent his first year in the program working on NU’s defensive scout team. Pensick is a second-generation Cornhusker as his father Dan was a three-year letterwinner at defensive tackle from 1977 to 1979. 2009 REDSHIRT Pensick redshirted as a defensive tackle and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA LINCOLN NORTHEAST HS Pensick was the first player to commit to Nebraska’s 2009 class and was one of two in-state prospects in the group, coming to NU from Lincoln Northeast High School. Pensick was a three-year starter for Coach Dave Svehla’s Rockets and dominated the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense. As a senior, he played primarily on offense, but still managed to record nearly 40 tackles and lead his team in tackles for loss. He also averaged about 10 pancakes per game while lining up as the starting right guard on offense. Pensick was honored for his defensive play as a senior, as he was a first-team SuperState pick by the Lincoln Journal Star and a first-team Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska selection. Pensick was a first-team All-Nebraska and second-team Super-State selection during his junior season when he had 39 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. His play helped Northeast to a state playoff berth in 2007. Pensick was a second-team All-Nebraska performer as a sophomore.

Offensive Line 6-7 | 320 | RFr. Williston, N.D. (Williston)

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2010 OUTLOOK QVALE’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Brent Qvale (pronounced Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall kwal-EE) is a key part of a talented group of young Academic Honor Roll (2009) offensive linemen in the Nebraska program. The group Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring complements a core of veteran offensive linemen, Academic Honor Roll (2010) and should help make the unit a strength for the 2010 Huskers. The 6-7, 320-pound Qvale is expected to contend for a starting spot on the line and has the ability to play either guard or tackle. A year ago, Qvale was being prepared to possibly earn playing time as a true freshman before a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery forced him to sit out the year as a redshirt. Qvale has had a productive year in the weight room, building muscle, while also dropping 15 pounds. He is also a standout in the classroom, with a 3.765 cumulative grade-point average after two semesters of college. 2009 REDSHIRT Qvale impressed Nebraska coaches during fall camp, but a shoulder injury forced him to the sideline. BEFORE NEBRASKA WILLISTON HS Qvale came to Nebraska from Williston (N.D.) High School and was the Huskers’ first signee from the North Dakota high school ranks since Darin Duin in 1988. He is the first scholarship football player from North Dakota since Darin Erstad joined the squad as a punter from the NU baseball team in 1994. Qvale was a multi-sport standout at Williston High School throughout his prep career. As a senior, he helped Williston and Coach Todd Matthews to a 7-4 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. Qvale dominated on the offensive line and was named the Gatorade North Dakota Player of the Year and was first-team all-state as an offensive tackle. The all-state honors marked the third straight year Qvale picked up first-team allstate recognition as an offensive lineman. Qvale’s athletic honors did not end on the gridiron. Qvale was a first-team all-state pick in basketball his last two years of high school. As a senior, he averaged more than 21 points and 12 rebounds per game. He also captured the state shot put title his last three years of high school, including a toss of 57-5 as a junior. Qvale only visited Nebraska, but chose the Huskers over offers from numerous schools, including Wisconsin and Iowa. Qvale also carried a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom. PERSONAL Brent was born on March 11, 1991, and is the son of Sanford and Carol Qvale. Qvale is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. Qvale’s older brother, Brian, will be a senior center for the University of Montana basketball team in 2010-11.

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THADDEUS RANDLE Defensive Line 6-1 | 280 | RFr. Galena Park, Texas (North Shore)

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2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Thaddeus Randle is part of a group of players who could play a role in helping fill the shoes of departed senior All-American Ndamukong Suh. Randle heads into fall camp as a player coaches expect to earn playing time alongside veterans Jared Crick, Terrence Moore and Baker Steinkuhler. The 6-1, 280-pound Randle spent his first season in the program as a redshirt and impressed with his work on the scout team. The Houston area product also excelled in the weight room, adding 25 pounds of muscle. 2009 REDSHIRT Randle redshirted and worked on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA NORTH SHORE HS Randle was one of eight signees from Texas in NU’s 2009 recruiting class, coming to NU from North Shore High School in Galena Park. As a senior, Randle made 70 total tackles, including 17 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He also had 11 quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles, recovered two others and had four pass breakups for Coach Steve Aymond. Randle’s play helped the Mustangs to a perfect 8-0 regular season, before a second-round loss to state runner-up FB Hightower in the Class 5A playoffs. North Shore had a history of success, as Randle left a program that had won 78 straight regular-season contests following the 2008 season. Randle was a first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Associated Press and was named to the Houston Chronicle’s Greater Houston first-team squad. Randle was a three-year standout for the Mustangs. As a junior, he earned second-team all-district honors for a 14-1 team that reached the state semifinals. Randle also earned second-team all-district honors when he cracked the starting lineup as a sophomore. Randle took his only recruiting visit to Nebraska.

BEFORE NEBRASKA ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HS Reed showed versatility throughout his prep career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., playing a significant role on both offense and defense. Reed helped Coach Kevin Kopecky’s team to an 8-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals-the third straight year Aquinas reached the state semifinals. Reed rushed for 350 yards out of the backfield, but made his biggest impact as a receiver with 500 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. He also passed for a touchdown, and was a standout safety on defense. Reed’s performance in leading Aquinas earned him first-team 5A all-state honors from the Kansas High School Coaches Association and honorable-mention all-metro honors from the Kansas City Star. Reed played all over the field as a junior, lining up as a wide receiver, fullback and defensive back for a 10-2 Aquinas team. His performance earned him all-area and honorable-mention all-metro accolades in 2006. Rivals.com listed him among the nation’s top “athlete” prospects and Scout.com listed him among the top 20 weakside linebackers in the country. Rivals and Scout also ranked Reed among the top 10 prospects in Kansas. PERSONAL Kyler was born on April 14, 1990, and is the son of Linda Reed and Kenny Reed. He is majoring in business administration and was named to the 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. Reed was also named to the 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for his extensive community outreach, including School is Cool Week and local hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. 2008 2009 11/1 6

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Tight End 6-3 | 230 | So.-1L Shawnee, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

2010 OUTLOOK REED’S HONORS Sophomore Kyler Reed is one of the most explosive Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall athletes on the Nebraska roster and a key part of a Academic Honor Roll (2008) talented group of tight ends. The 6-3, 230-pound Reed Brook Berringer Citizenship is one of five returning letterwinners at tight end. He Team (2010) adds an explosive receiving threat to the Nebraska offense and has the ability to create mismatches for opposing defenses. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Reed played in 11 games with a start against Florida Atlantic and had six receptions for 54 yards. Reed had a season-long 22-yard catch at Baylor, and had single receptions in five other games, with four of his catches coming in Big 12 action. Reed also saw action on Nebraska’s kickoff return unit.

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Defensive Back 5-11 | 195 | RFr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)

2010 OUTLOOK RICHARDS’ HONORS Redshirt freshman Wil Richards enters the 2010 Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall campaign expected to add depth in a veteran and Academic Honor Roll (2009) talented Nebraska secondary. The 5-11, 195-pound Richards, a walk-on to the NU program from the Kansas City area, could also push for special teams action. Richards redshirted last year with the Huskers and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. 2009 REDSHIRT Richards sat out his first season as a redshirt. BEFORE NEBRASKA LEE’S SUMMIT WEST HS Richards came to Nebraska from Lee’s Summit West High School in the Kansas City area, where he had a standout senior season for Coach Royce Boehm. Richards recorded 80 tackles and intercepted nine passes, including two that he returned for touchdowns. His play earned him first-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Missouri Coaches Association, and he was a first-team All-Metro pick by the Kansas City Star. Richards also earned first-team all-state honors from the state coaches association during his junior season. Richards turned down a scholarship offer from Air Force to walkon with Nebraska. PERSONAL Wil is the son of Dan and Sandy Richards, and he was born on Jan. 25, 1991. He has not yet declared a major.

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SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–1, six times in 2009 Yards–22 at Baylor, 2009

PERSONAL Thaddeus is the son of Thaddeus Randle Sr. and Julia Long and was born on Oct. 20, 1990. He has not yet declared a major. Randle has volunteered time at the Malone Center.

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I-Back 6-1 | 230 | So.-1L Euless, Texas (Trinity)

2010 OUTLOOK I-back Dontrayevous Robinson stepped into a big role as a freshman, earning significant playing time at midseason while Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead battled injuries. Robinson was a workhorse for the Huskers in games against Iowa State and Baylor and added depth for the remainder of the season. The 6-1, 230-pound Robinson is the biggest of Nebraska’s options at I-back, and he figures to push for significant action in 2010. The running attack is expected to be a strength for the Huskers as NU returns 100 percent of its rushing yards. 2009 FRESHMAN Robinson did not play in the first five games, but appeared in eight of the season’s final nine games and rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries, while adding four receptions. He rushed for a season-high 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against Iowa State, then had 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries at Baylor. He also caught three passes for 22 yards against the Bears. Robinson added 11 rushing yards against Oklahoma, 10 at Kansas and six vs. Arizona. BEFORE NEBRASKA TRINITY HS Robinson was one of eight players from Texas in NU’s 2009 class. He split time between tailback and fullback as a senior for a 13-1 Euless Trinity team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for part of the year, before being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs. Robinson finished the season with 614 rushing yards on 112 carries, while adding 11 rushing touchdowns for Coach Steve Lineweaver. Robinson also caught 10 passes. Robinson also starred for the Trojans as both a sophomore and junior. During his junior season, Robinson rushed for 885 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaged better than 14 yards on 16 receptions out of the backfield. His efforts helped the Trojans to their second Class 5A state title in three seasons. Robinson first made an impact for Trinity as a sophomore in 2006, when he ran for 448 yards and 12 touchdowns. Robinson was listed among the top 25 prospects in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area by the Dallas Morning News and was ranked among the top 70 running backs in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Robinson committed to the Huskers in the summer of 2008, and only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Utah, New Mexico and Southern Miss to name a few. PERSONAL Dontrayevous is the son of Linda Robinson and was born on Nov. 8, 1990. He is a business administration major and has been a volunteer at Elliott Elementary School. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S Att. Gain Loss Net 2009 8/0 39 176 11 165 Receiving: 4-26-0 in 2009, long-19 at Baylor SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Rushes–15 vs. Iowa State, 2009 Rushing Yards–77 vs. Iowa State, 2009 Long Rush–23 at Baylor, 2009 Touchdowns–1 vs. Iowa State, Baylor, 2009 Receptions–3 at Baylor, 2009 Receiving Yards–22 at Baylor, 2009

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Defensive Tackle 6-3 | 280 | Fr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

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2010 OUTLOOK Missouri prep standout Chase Rome was one of two freshmen defensive linemen to get a jumpstart on their NU career by enrolling at UNL in January. Rome, along with fellow freshman Jay Guy, went through winter conditioning and spring drills with the Huskers. The 6-3, 280-pound Rome used his first semester to get acclimated to the Huskers’ defensive system and also improve his strength and conditioning in the NU weight room. A Columbia, Mo., native, Rome is expected to add depth on the defensive line in his first season in the program. He spent spring practice on the interior but has the versatility to play either tackle or end. BEFORE NEBRASKA ROCK BRIDGE HS Rome was a dominant defensive force for Rock Bridge High School, and his decision to attend NU marked the seventh straight year the Huskers had at least one signee from the state of Missouri. Rome racked up 74 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior in 2009. His play helped Rock Bridge and Coach A.J. Ofodile to a 5-5 record in 2009. As a junior, Rome recorded 77 tackles, including 41 unassisted stops, while adding four sacks and four fumble recoveries. Rome was named a first-team Class 6 all-state pick in both 2008 and 2009. Rome was widely regarded as one of the top five prospects in Missouri. He only visited Nebraska, but he had offers from dozens of schools, including Oklahoma State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Florida. PERSONAL Rome is the son of Wade and Kathleen Rome and was born on Jan. 16, 1992. He has not declared a major.

JEREMIAH SIRLES Offensive Line 6-6 | 310 | RFr. Lakewood, Colo. (Bear Creek)

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2010 OUTLOOK SIRLES’ HONORS Jeremiah Sirles enters fall camp with hopes of Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall competing for a starting job on a Nebraska offensive Academic Honor Roll (2009) line that returns four starters from a year ago. The 6-6, Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring 310-pound redshirt freshman made his presence known Academic Honor Roll (2010) during spring practice by spending the majority of his time working with the top unit at left tackle. Sirles was impressive enough during his first season that NU coaches considered using the Colorado native as a true freshman. However, Sirles suffered an injury that forced him to the sideline at mid-season, ensuring a redshirt year. Sirles is off to a strong start in the classroom, being named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. 2009 REDSHIRT Sirles redshirted in his first season in the program. BEFORE NEBRASKA BEAR CREEK HS Sirles was a standout on the offensive line for Bear Creek High School and Coach Tom Thenell each of his final three seasons. Behind Sirles’ play, Bear Creek finished 2008 with an 8-3 record, before a loss in the second round of the Colorado Class 5A state playoffs. Sirles’ impressive blocking helped Bears’ quarterback Zach Thenell lead the state in passing, while the offense also produced 215 yards per game on the ground. For his efforts as a senior, Sirles was named to the Rocky Mountain News’ All-Colorado squad for the second straight year. Sirles was named first-team All-Colorado and all-conference as a junior, when he helped his team reach the state quarterfinals. As a sophomore, Sirles helped Bear Creek to the state quarterfinals and earned first-team All-South Metro League honors

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and second-team all-state accolades. Sirles also excelled in basketball and track, helping his team to the state basketball tournament as a senior. Sirles received numerous offers, and also visited Arizona State and Oregon before deciding on the Huskers.

P.J. SMITH

PERSONAL Jeremiah was born on Aug. 8, 1991, and is the son of Phil and Nora Sirles. He has not declared a major. He has volunteered his time at the Malone Center.

MIKE SMITH Offensive Line 6-6 | 285 | Sr.-3L Las Vegas, Nev. (Palo Verde)

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2010 OUTLOOK SMITH’S HONORS Senior Mike Smith has been a mainstay on the left Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall side of the Nebraska offensive line for the past two Academic Honor Roll (2006) seasons and figures to play a prominent role again in Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring 2010. The 6-6, 285-pound Smith is one of four returning Academic Honor Roll (2010) starters on the offensive line and one of 10 starters returning to the Nebraska offense. Smith held down the left tackle spot for all 14 games in 2009, one of three lineman to start every game. He has made 26 career starts and his mobility allows him to play multiple positions, and also be effective both in pass protection and as a run blocker. Smith is scheduled to earn his degree in marketing in August and will play his senior season as a graduate student. 2009 JUNIOR Smith played an integral part in helping running back Roy Helu Jr. achieve a 1,000-yard rushing season. In consecutive games to end the Big 12 North season, Smith helped the Huskers to 214 rushing yards at Kansas, three scoring drives versus Kansas State and a 144yard rushing performance at Colorado. He also helped protect the Nebraska quarterbacks, as NU ranked in the top 40 nationally in sacks allowed. 2008 SOPHOMORE Smith won the starting left tackle job during fall camp and started all 12 games. The offensive line powered NU to more than 400 total yards nine times, while NU scored at least 30 points in 10 of 13 games. Nebraska passed for at least 200 yards in every game and ranked in the top 15 nationally in passing offense and total offense. Smith protected the blindside of quarterback Joe Ganz, who threw for a school-record 3,568 yards and 25 touchdowns. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Smith played in all 12 games as a reserve tackle and often blocked on the perimeter. He helped NU rank in the top 10 nationally in both total and passing offense, and he was also utilized as a tight end in power sets. Smith was also on NU’s PAT and field-goal units. 2006 REDSHIRT Smith came to NU as a defensive end, but redshirted in 2006 and moved to offense. BEFORE NEBRASKA PALO VERDE HS Smith was the first Nebraska scholarship recruit from the state of Nevada since Albert Lewis Jr. in 1982. As a senior, Smith recorded 56 tackles and five sacks in earning first-team all-state honors for Coach Darwin Rost and Palo Verde High School. Smith added eight receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown as a tight end. Smith was ranked among the top 30 defensive ends in the country by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. As a junior, Smith recorded 71 tackles and a state-leading 17 sacks in helping Palo Verde to a 14-0 record and the 2004 Southern 4A title. He also logged six catches for 122 yards in earning second-team all-state honors. Smith was a three-sport star for Palo Verde, also playing basketball and baseball. He earned second-team all-state honors as a first baseman as a junior. As a senior, Smith led Class 4A in home runs (10) and runs batted in (54), while ranking third in batting average (.563) to help Palo Verde to a playoff berth. He earned first-team All-Southern Nevada and Northwest Division Player-of-the-Year honors. Smith chose NU over Oregon, Oregon State and UNLV.

2010 OUTLOOK Redshirt freshman P.J. Smith was one of the leaders of Nebraska’s special teams in 2009, helping the Huskers rank among the nation’s best in several areas. He also served as a backup safety, and performed well when called on in the secondary. With the graduation of senior safeties Larry Asante and Matt O’Hanlon, Smith is a leading contender for a starting safety role in 2010, and the Louisiana native excelled during spring practice. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN One of the Huskers’ best special teams players, Smith played in all 14 games and totaled 15 tackles, including eight solo stops. Smith ranked among the team leaders with 10 tackles on coverage units, including seven solo stops. Smith finished the year strong with at least one stop in each of the final six games. Included in that stretch was a four-tackle effort against Oklahoma. He had two tackles each against Arkansas State and Missouri. He had a pass breakup against Arizona, helping secure an NU shutout. 2008 REDSHIRT Smith redshirted the 2008 season. BEFORE NEBRASKA JOHN CURTIS HS Smith joined the Husker program from Louisiana prep powerhouse John Curtis High School in River Ridge. Smith was a four-year starter for Coach J.T. Curtis and helped the school to Class 2A state titles each of his final three seasons of high school. Smith earned first-team all-state honors in 2007 and was a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Louisiana “Super Dozen”. Smith made 85 tackles, added four interceptions and forced a pair of fumbles for a 12-2 state championship team in 2007. Smith also saw action at receiver and caught a pair of touchdown passes. Smith was a two-way standout during his junior season. On defense, Smith made 28 tackles, had three interceptions and broke up 14 passes. Offensively, his 10 receptions covered 124 yards, including three touchdown catches. Smith was regarded as one of the top 15 players in Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 50 safeties in the country. He was also a four-year starter in basketball and led his team in scoring and rebounding. Smith chose Nebraska after also visiting Arkansas, Baylor and Southern Miss. PERSONAL Kentrill (P.J.) Smith is the son of Richard and Darlisa Smith and was born on April 28, 1989. Smith is majoring in family science and has volunteered as an FCA Outreach speaker and the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2008 Redshirt 2009 14/0 8 7 15 0-0 SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Tackles–4 vs. Oklahoma, 2009 Solo Tackles–3 vs. Oklahoma, 2009 Pass Breakups–1- vs. Arizona, 2009

PERSONAL Mike, the son of Michael and Pattie Smith, was born on March 17, 1988. He has twice been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. He has volunteered as part of the Huskers’ local hospital visits and School is Cool Week. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–39 (12 in 2007, 13 in 2008, 14 in 2009) Games Started–26 (12 in 2008, 14 in 2009) 130

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2009 REDSHIRT Starkebaum redshirted and worked on the scout team.

KODY SPANO Quarterback 6-2 | 210 | So. Stephenville, Texas (Stephenville)

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2010 OUTLOOK SPANO’S HONORS Quarterback Kody Spano has battled injuries and Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s hard luck in his quest to earn playing time during his Spring Academic Nebraska career. Spano was poised to contend for Honor Roll (2008, 2010) playing time at quarterback in 2009, before a knee Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall injury ended his spring practice. The Texas native Academic Honor Roll (2009) pushed through the rehabilitation process to return to the practice field for fall camp, only to suffer another knee injury. The 6-2, 210-pound Spano again returned to full strength in time for 2010 spring practice, and he will enter the fall with hopes of being a key part of the battle for playing time at quarterback. Spano originally graduated from high school early and joined the Husker program in January of 2008. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Spano suffered a knee injury during fall camp and underwent subsequent surgery that forced him to miss the season. 2008 REDSHIRT Spano redshirted in his first season at Nebraska and served as the scout team quarterback. BEFORE NEBRASKA STEPHENVILLE HS Spano was one of nine Texans in the 2008 Nebraska recruiting class. During his senior season at Stephenville High School, Spano passed for 2,263 yards and 23 touchdowns, while completing better than 62 percent of his passes. His play helped Coach Chad Morris’ squad to a 10-2 record and a trip to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. Spano rushed for 366 yards and 11 touchdowns. His performance as a senior earned him Offensive MVP honors in Class 4A District 8, and second-team Class 4A all-state honors. Spano also produced big numbers as a junior, throwing for 2,889 yards and 31 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 532 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stephenville finished 10-2 under his direction in 2006. Spano earned second-team all-state honors during his junior season. Spano was ranked as the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com and among the top 50 players in the Lone Star State. Spano also competed for the track team, and won the district title in the discus as a junior. Spano was a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to Nebraska, Spano visited Oklahoma State and received scholarship offers from TCU and Tulsa. PERSONAL Kody is the son of Kyle and Kim Spano, and was born on April 25, 1989. He is majoring in accounting and is a three-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. Spano has volunteered his time with local hospital visits and the Lincoln Public Schools.

COLBY STARKEBAUM Linebacker 6-1 | 215 | RFr. Sterling, Colo. (Sterling)

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2010 OUTLOOK STARKEBAUM’S HONORS Redshirt freshman Colby Starkebaum is among a Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall group of young players at linebacker who hope to push Academic Honor Roll (2009) for playing time this fall. A walk-on from Colorado, Starkebaum redshirted in his first season in the program and spent the spring working at the Mike linebacker spot. The 6-1, 215-pound Starkebaum is a second-generation Husker as his father, John, was a three-year letterwinner at linebacker from 1972 to 1974.

BEFORE NEBRASKA STERLING HS Starkebaum was a standout two-way performer as a running back and linebacker for Coach Mark Bauder. Starkebaum’s play earned him honorable-mention Class 3A all-state honors from the Rocky Mountain News. He was also a member of the wrestling team and a standout track performer in the long and triple jump. As a junior, Starkebaum finished eighth in the triple jump at the state championships and went on to claim fifth as a senior. PERSONAL Colby is the son of John and Julia Starkebaum, and he was born on May 25, 1990. He has not yet declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Fall Academic Honor Roll.

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Defensive Tackle 6-6 | 290 | So.-1L Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

2010 OUTLOOK STEINKUHLER’S HONORS Baker Steinkuhler spent the 2009 season as the Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 top reserve defensive tackle behind All-American Freshman Team Ndamukong Suh and All-Big 12 performer Jared Crick. (2009, ESPN.com) This spring the 6-6, 290-pound Steinkuhler (pronounced stine-cooler) will be expected to step into a more prominent role following Suh’s graduation. The son of 1983 Outland and Lombardi Award winner Dean Steinkuhler, Baker was solid in his 2009 action, racking up 17 tackles and helping NU lead the nation in scoring defense. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Steinkuhler totaled 17 tackles, while seeing action in 13 of 14 games. He had a career-best five-tackle performance against Florida Atlantic and produced one tackle for loss at Virginia Tech. He added four tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette and three each vs. Arkansas State and Baylor. Steinkuhler also had two pass breakups on the year. 2008 REDSHIRT Steinkuhler redshirted in 2008 and worked on defense after being recruited with the possibility of playing on either side of the ball. BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTHWEST HS Steinkuhler had a standout prep career at Lincoln Southwest High School, where he earned Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honors three straight years and Omaha WorldHerald All-Nebraska honors his final two seasons. Steinkuhler was also recognized as the top lineman on the prestigious Parade All-America team, which consisted of the nation’s top 58 players, while earning second-team All-America honors from USA Today. Steinkuhler was a four-year starter and starred on both sides of the ball for Coach Mark King at Southwest. As a senior, he recorded 36 solo stops, and 36 assisted tackles, helping the Southwest defense allow just 190 yards per game. Steinkuhler also anchored the Silverhawk offensive line. During his junior season, Steinkuhler anchored the lines for a 10-1 Southwest team that was ranked No. 1 for much of the season. As a sophomore, Steinkuhler helped the Silverhawks to a state runner-up finish. Steinkuhler was the No. 8 overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com, and the No. 2 offensive tackle by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Steinkuhler played defense at the U.S. Army All-American Game. Steinkuhler committed to Nebraska at the start of his junior season . PERSONAL Baker is the son of Sue Steinkuhler and Dean Steinkuhler and was born on July 12, 1989. Baker’s older brother, Ty, also played for the Huskers from 2005 to 2008. Baker is a business administration major and has assisted with NU’s team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2008 Redshirt 2009 13/0 6 11 17 1-2

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GRAHAM STODDARD Linebacker 6-2 | 235 | So.-1L Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)

RICKEY THENARSE

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2010 OUTLOOK STODDARD’S HONORS Lincoln native Graham Stoddard appeared in every Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring game as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and became one of Academic Honor Roll (2009) Nebraska’s top performers on special teams. Stoddard’s Second-Team Academic play helped Nebraska feature one of the nation’s most All-Big 12 Team (2009) complete group of special teams units. He also served as a reserve linebacker and the 6-2, 235-pound Stoddard could push for playing time on defense as a sophomore in 2010. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Stoddard finished with 10 total tackles, and he ranked among the team leaders in special teams tackles with nine stops on coverage. Stoddard had three tackles in the opener against Florida Atlantic and had two unassisted stops at Kansas. 2008 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Stoddard redshirted in 2008 and made a strong impression on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA SOUTHWEST HS Stoddard earned 2006 all-conference honors and was a two-time honorable-mention all-city pick by the Lincoln Journal Star. He was a member of the 2005 Silverhawk team that was the state runner-up in Class A under Coach Mark King. As a junior, Stoddard made 69 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions from his defensive end position, helping Southwest to a 10-1 record. Stoddard also participated in track and field, and finished on the seventhplace 400-meter relay team at the state track meet. He was also nominated for the 2007 Lead America Youth Leadership Conference and was a 2006 Scholar Athlete Award winner. PERSONAL Graham was born on July 31, 1990, and is the son of Larry and Karen Stoddard. He is a finance major and has volunteered his time as a School is Cool Week speaker. Stoddard was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2009. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–14 in 2009 Tackles–7 UT, 3 AT, 10 TT in 2009

Safety 6-0 | 210 | Sr.-3L Los Angeles, Calif. (Jordan)

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2010 OUTLOOK THENARSE’S HONORS Safety Rickey Thenarse (pronounced tuh-NARSE) Two-Time Nebraska Special heads into his fifth season in the Nebraska program in Teams MVP (2006, 2007) 2010. Thenarse has been a special teams standout for the Huskers throughout his career, while also being a key player in the Nebraska secondary. A year ago, Thenarse was playing a large role for the Huskers before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the season’s fourth game. The 6-0, 210-pound Thenarse received a medical hardship from the Big 12 Conference and has a fifth season of eligibility in 2010. He participated in spring ball and is back to full strength heading into fall camp. Thenarse is expected to push for a starting safety job following the graduation of senior starters Larry Asante and Matt O’Hanlon. Thenarse is on schedule to pick up his degree in sociology in December of 2010. 2009 MEDICAL REDSHIRT Thenarse played in the first four games of the season before being injured against Louisiana-Lafayette. He made 11 tackles before the injury, including three solo stops. Thenarse tied his career-high with eight tackles against Florida Atlantic and had two stops against Arkansas State. He had a two-yard TFL against Florida Atlantic. 2008 JUNIOR Thenarse played in 11 games, including five starts and had 24 total tackles, including 17 solo stops, six tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Thenarse missed two games with a shoulder injury, but returned with three tackles and two tackles for loss against Virginia Tech. He made his first career start against Missouri and had three tackles and a TFL. He made two tackles and forced a key fumble on punt coverage at Iowa State. Thenarse made his second career interception at Oklahoma, then moved into the starting lineup. He had four solo tackles, including a 14-yard sack at Kansas State, and led the team against Colorado with a career-high eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. He was also a major contributor on Nebraska’s special teams in 2008. 2007 SOPHOMORE Thenarse earned Special Teams MVP honors for the second straight year while also playing a reserve role in the secondary. He played in all 12 games and made 28 tackles, including 18 solo stops. Thenarse had four games with at least three tackles, including four tackles and a forced fumble against USC. He had a season-high five tackles in back-to-back road games at Texas and Kansas, and forced a fumble against the Longhorns. 2006 FRESHMAN Thenarse was the only true freshman to play in all 14 games and was named Special Teams MVP. He finished the season with nine tackles, including five solo stops and his play on kickoff coverage helped NU rank among the nation’s best in that category. Thenarse had a season-high four tackles, including three solo, against Colorado, and he also forced a fumble against the Buffs. He grabbed his first career interception at Kansas State, and returned the pick 25 yards. BEFORE NEBRASKA JORDAN HS Thenarse was a standout running back and defensive back for Jordan High School in Los Angeles. As a senior, Thenarse carried the ball 112 times for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns, while catching 19 passes for 628 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned 11 punts for 231 yards and a touchdown and returned 14 kickoffs for 300 yards in earning first-team all-city and all-state honors. Defensively, Thenarse had 153 tackles and one interception as a senior. Thenarse earned Eastern League MVP honors and was rated as the No. 94 overall prospect in the nation on the ESPN 150. As a junior playing for Coach Elijah Asante, Thenarse ran for 1,234 yards on 130 carries, scoring 12 touchdowns and earning first-team all-league honors. Thenarse also had 15 catches for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and added 20 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Thenarse chose Nebraska over USC, UCLA, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon and Washington.

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PERSONAL Rickey is the son of Kathy Thenarse and Ricky Thenarse Sr., and was born on Aug. 2, 1988. He has assisted with National American Education Week, the Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop and numerous team hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2006 14/0 5 4 9 0-0 2007 12/0 18 10 28 0-0 2008 11/5 17 7 24 6-25 2009 4/0 3 8 11 1-2 Totals 41/5 43 29 72 7-27

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BRANDON THOMPSON Offensive Line 6-6 | 290 | So. The Woodlands, Texas (Woodlands)

KEVIN THOMSEN Defensive End 6-2 | 240 | Jr. Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn)

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2010 OUTLOOK THOMSEN’S HONORS Junior Kevin Thomsen has made a pair of position Two-Time Big 12 switches during his Nebraska career, but will enter Commissioner’s Fall Academic fall camp with hopes of earning playing time on the Honor Roll (2007, 2008) Nebraska defensive front. The 6-2, 240-pound Thomsen Two-Time Big 12 worked this spring at defensive end where he is among Commissioner’s Spring a group of players looking to join the playing rotation Academic Honor Roll alongside two-year returning starter Pierre Allen. (2008, 2009) A walk-on from Elkhorn High School, Thomsen spent the 2009 campaign as a reserve linebacker, after spending his first two years in the program at fullback. 2009 SOPHOMORE Thomsen was a reserve linebacker, but did not see game action.

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2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Brandon Thompson could be counted on to play a significant role in the Nebraska offensive line in 2010. The Huskers return four starters to the offensive line, but Thompson is one of several young players who could crack the playing rotation this fall. The 6-6, 290-pound Thompson spent the spring working with the upper units at offensive guard and figures to battle for action along with returning starters Ricky Henry and Keith Williams, and redshirt freshmen Nick Ash and Brent Qvale. The Texas native saw limited action as a reserve last season after redshirting in his first year in the program in 2008. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Thompson was a reserve at guard and saw action in games against Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette and the Holiday Bowl against Arizona.

2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Thomsen was a reserve fullback, but did not see game action in 2008. BEFORE NEBRASKA ELKHORN HS Thomsen was a first-team Class B all-state selection by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star following a standout senior season for Coach Mark Wortman at Elkhorn. Thomsen helped the Antlers to a 12-1 record and Class B state runner-up finish. Thomsen recorded 61 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and four interceptions from his defensive line position, while he also rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns. Thomsen also earned first-team All-Omaha area accolades from the World-Herald. Thomsen threw the discus and shot put for the Elkhorn track team. PERSONAL Kevin is the son of John and Mary Thomsen and was born on Oct. 14, 1988. He is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. He has volunteered his time at Skyline Elementary and the Omaha Heart Walk, as well as team hospital visits.

LANCE THORELL

2008 REDSHIRT Thompson redshirted and worked on the scout team during his first year at Nebraska. BEFORE NEBRASKA THE WOODLANDS HS Thompson was one of nine Texans in the 2008 signing group, the largest group of players from that state to sign with Nebraska in a single season. He was the leader of the Highlanders’ offense in 2007, providing protection for a quarterback who threw for nearly 1,600 yards and paving the way for three running backs to each top 300 yards on the ground. Despite battling injuries during his senior season, Thompson’s play earned him first-team all-district honors in the 5A ranks. Thompson also earned all-district honors as a junior, when he helped Coach Mark Schmid’s squad to a 6-5 record. Thompson was ranked among the top 80 players in the Southwest region according to SuperPrep Magazine. In addition to his talents on the football field, Thompson also excelled for the Highlander track team, throwing the shot put and discus. Thompson chose Nebraska over Purdue, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado. PERSONAL Brandon is the son of Jeff Thompson and Belinda Proctor and his stepfather is Leonard Proctor. Brandon was born on June 10, 1990. He is majoring in business administration.

Defensive Back 6-1 | 200 | Jr.-2L Loomis, Neb. (Loomis) 2010 OUTLOOK Lance Thorell has been an important player in the secondary each of the past two seasons, while also pitching in on the Huskers’ special teams units. Thorell was NU’s starting dime back as a redshirt freshman in 2008, and handled that role for part of the 2009 campaign. The 6-1, 200-pound Thorell brings versatility to the secondary with the ability to play both cornerback and safety and also in specialty defensive packages. Thorell is also a standout in the classroom, earning academic All-Big 12 honors each of the past two seasons.

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THORELL’S HONORS Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009) First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2008) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008) Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2010) Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2009, 2010)

2009 SOPHOMORE Thorell saw action in all 14 games and finished with seven tackles, including four solo stops, while adding a pass breakup. Thorell made his only start of the season at Missouri and had two tackles against the Tigers. He also had two tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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2008 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Thorell had a strong freshman season, as he played in 11 games with five starts as a sixth defensive back. He finished with 24 tackles, including 15 solo stops, and had a career-high eight tackles against New Mexico State. Thorell had a career-high five solo stops at Texas Tech, added five tackles against Missouri and finished the regular season with three tackles against Colorado. He added his first career pass breakup against the Buffs.

PERSONAL The son of Don and Teresa Thorson, Brian was born on Nov. 29, 1989. He is a criminology and criminal justice major and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll three times. Thorson has volunteered his time with the People’s City Mission and team hospital visits.

LESTER WARD

2007 REDSHIRT A walk-on performer, Thorell redshirted in his first season with the Huskers. BEFORE NEBRASKA LOOMIS HS Thorell was a standout on both sides of the ball for Loomis High School, helping the Wolves to the Class D-1 state quarterfinals in 2006. Thorell earned first-team Class D-1 allstate honors at defensive back from the Lincoln Journal Star after totaling 118 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He added more than 1,000 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns while also playing running back for Loomis. Thorell also excelled on the track as a member of Loomis’ Class D state champion track team. He set the state Class D record in the 110-meter hurdles on his way to a gold medal at the state track meet, as well as taking home the gold in the 300-meter hurdles. He also placed in the long jump and 400-meter dash at the 2007 state track meet. PERSONAL Lance is the son of Mike Thorell and Kristi Thorell, and was born on Oct. 16, 1988. He is an agribusiness major and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll four times. Thorell is among Nebraska’s most dedicated volunteers in the community and was named to the 2009 and 2010 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams. His outreach work includes several team hospital visits and speaking at Elliott Elementary in Lincoln. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2007 Redshirt 2008 11/5 15 9 24 0-0 2009 14/1 4 3 7 0-0 Totals 25/6 19 12 31 0-0

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BRIAN THORSON Offensive Line 6-3 | 285 | So. Omaha, Neb. (Millard North) 2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore Brian Thorson enters fall camp with hopes of earning playing time at the center position. The 6-3, 285-pound Thorson is among a group of players who will look to replace the graduated Jacob Hickman, who manned the center position the past two seasons. Thorson and fellow center candidate Mike Caputo, both joined the Nebraska program as walk-on linemen from Millard North High School in Omaha.

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THORSON’S HONORS Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010) Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008)

2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN A reserve center, Thorson saw action against Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 REDSHIRT A walk-on, Thorson redshirted in his first season and worked on the NU scout team.

I-Back 6-3 | 225 | So.-1L Brenham, Texas (Brenham)

2010 OUTLOOK WARD’S HONORS Sophomore Lester Ward enters the 2010 campaign Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall looking to make a push for playing time in a deep stable Academic Honor Roll (2008) of Nebraska running backs. Ward saw reserve action as Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring a redshirt freshman in 2009, with his most prominent Academic Honor Roll (2010) action coming late in the game at Baylor with three Husker I-backs sidelined by injury. The 6-3, 225-pound Ward brings good size and speed to the position giving Nebraska another solid option out of the backfield. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Ward played in five games and rushed 10 times for 38 yards. The majority of his work came at Baylor when he had seven carries for 18 yards. He added two carries for 14 yards in the Holiday Bowl, and had a single carry against Arkansas State. 2008 REDSHIRT Ward redshirted in 2008 and worked with the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA BRENHAM HS Ward was slowed by injury during his senior season, but managed to help Coach Glen West’s team to an 8-3 record and a district title by rushing for 1,200 yards. Ward was a second-team all-district pick. He played a key role for the Cubs in 2006, helping Brenham to a 12-2 record and a trip to the third round of the 4A state playoffs. Ward rushed for 972 yards and had about 200 receiving yards in 2006, despite missing four games. He earned second-team all-district accolades. Ward also saw action for Brenham High School as a freshman and sophomore. Ward was a top-flight track athlete for Brenham. He competed in the hurdles and the triple jump and saw success on the state and national levels. Ward was second in the 110 high hurdles at the state track meet as a freshman and sophomore. He also finished second in the high hurdles and fifth in the triple jump at the Junior Olympics before his sophomore year of high school. Ward earned academic all-district honors in both 2006 and 2007. He was listed on the Houston Chronicle’s Greater Houston Top 100, as well as being a member of the newspaper’s Texas Top 100. Ward visited TCU, Baylor and Missouri before deciding on Nebraska. PERSONAL Lester is the son of Lester Sr. and Belene Ward and was born on Sept. 11, 1989. Lester Sr. played collegiately at Baylor and professionally for the Dallas Cowboys. Ward is a criminology and criminal justice major and has twice been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Ward has been a volunteer at the F Street Recreation Center and worked as a mentor at a local elementary school. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S Att. Gain Loss Net 2008 Redshirt 2009 5/0 10 44 6 38 SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Rushes–7 at Baylor, 2009 Rushing Yards–18 at Baylor, 2009

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DIJON WASHINGTON Cornerback 6-0 | 185 | RFr. Lawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger)

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WASHINGTON’S HONORS 2010 OUTLOOK Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Redshirt freshman Dijon Washington is one of Academic Honor Roll (2010) several young players who will attempt to push for playing time in a Nebraska secondary that is stocked with veteran talent. The 6-0, 185-pound Washington spent the spring working at cornerback where he will add depth behind one of the nation’s top cornerback tandems in senior Prince Amukamara and junior Alfonzo Dennard. The California native used his redshirt season in 2009 to add more than 10 pounds of muscle in the Nebraska strength program. Washington is also off to a strong start in the classroom, carrying a 3.304 cumulative grade-point average. 2009 REDSHIRT Washington redshirted and worked on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA LEUZINGER HS Washington closed out an impressive career with a strong senior season at Leuzinger High School. Washington had about 70 tackles and two interceptions in 2008, helping his team to a 6-4 record. He was an all-league pick and a third-team CIF all-state selection for his efforts as a senior. Washington was a standout on both sides of the ball in 2007. As a wide receiver, he caught 15 passes for approximately 300 yards and five scores. On defense he earned first-team all-league honors after tallying 50 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. Washington also saw significant action as a sophomore. Washington chose Nebraska over Washington State, Oregon State and San Diego State.

2007 FRESHMAN Washington played in six games, both on kickoff coverage and as a reserve linebacker. He had two tackles against Kansas State. BEFORE NEBRASKA BAYSHORE HS Washington was a two-way standout for Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Fla., attracting recruiting interest both as a defender and a quarterback. As a senior, Washington split time on defense between the secondary and defensive end, finishing the year with five sacks, in addition to ranking as one of his team’s top tacklers. Washington also started at quarterback for Coach Raymond Woodie, and accounted for six passing touchdowns and six rushing scores. Washington also had an excellent junior season, in which he threw for 600 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 800 yards and nine scores. Washington also lined up as the starting power forward for Bayshore’s basketball team. Washington attended Nebraska’s Elite Quarterback camp in both 2005 and 2006. He was regarded as one of the top 70 players in the state of Florida by Rivals.com. Washington chose Nebraska over Ohio State and West Virginia. PERSONAL Latravis is the son of Katrina Andrew and Julius Washington Jr., and was born on April 13, 1989. He is an ethnic studies major. Washington is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll pick and was a second-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2008. Washington has volunteered his time at Eastmont Towers, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center and the Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football workshop. Washington is the cousin of former Husker defensive back and first-round NFL Draft pick Fabian Washington, who is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens. CAREER STATISTICS Games Played–20 (6 in 2007, 10 in 2008, 4 in 2009) Rushing–3-17-0 in 2009, long-7 vs. Florida Atlantic Tackles–1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT in 2007

ADAM WATSON

PERSONAL Dijon was born on July 4, 1991, and is the son of Kemba Smith. He has not declared a major, but was a Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll pick.

LATRAVIS WASHINGTON Quarterback 6-3 | 230 | Sr.-3L Bradenton, Fla. (Bayshore)

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2010 OUTLOOK WASHINGTON’S HONORS Latravis Washington made a move from linebacker Second-Team Academic to quarterback before the start of spring practice in All-Big 12 (2008) 2009, and added depth for the Huskers as a junior. Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring This fall, the 6-3, 230-pound Washington hopes to Academic Honor Roll (2008) increase his role at quarterback. The high school Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall quarterback possesses impressive arm strength, and Academic Honor Roll (2007) he saw action in four games behind Zac Lee and Cody Green last season. Washington was a reserve linebacker and special teams performer for the Huskers in 2007 and 2008. Washington is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in May of 2011, despite not having a redshirt season. 2009 JUNIOR Washington played in wins over Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette, Colorado and Arizona. He did not have a pass attempt, but did have three rushes for 17 yards, including two for 10 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 SOPHOMORE Washington was slowed by injury early in the year, but returned to provide depth at Buck linebacker and played in 10 games, primarily on special teams. His play on the punt return unit helped Nebraska rank 21st nationally in that category.

Defensive Back 6-0 | 185 | Sr. Lincoln, Neb. (Niwot [Colo.])

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2010 OUTLOOK Senior Adam Watson enters the 2010 campaign with hopes of earning playing time in the secondary and helping out on special teams. Watson moved back to defense this spring, after spending most of 2009 at receiver. He spent his first three years at Nebraska in the secondary. Watson joined the NU program as a walk-on in 2006, and is the youngest son of Husker offensive coordinator Shawn Watson. The younger Watson attended Niwot (Colo.) High School while his father was an assistant at the University of Colorado. Watson is majoring in c0mmunication studies and is on track to graduate in December of 2010. 2009 JUNIOR Watson played against Louisiana-Lafayette at receiver. 2008 SOPHOMORE Watson appeared in two games as a reserve safety, playing against New Mexico State and Kansas State. He did not record a tackle. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Watson provided depth in the secondary, but did not play in a game. 2006 REDSHIRT Watson sat out the season as a redshirt and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA NIWOT HS Watson graduated from Niwot High School in Colorado, before moving to Lincoln following graduation. The younger Watson played safety, tight end and fullback for Coach Ron Tesone and earned all-conference honors. Watson was part of three state playoff teams. PERSONAL Adam is the son of Shawn and Anita Watson and was born on April 2, 1988. He has assisted with the Huskers’ team hospital visits and YMCA Healthy Kids Day.

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breakups. He had six games with at least three tackles. West had his first career interception against Western Michigan in the opener, returning the pick 26 yards. His second career sack came against San Jose State. West had four tackles at Oklahoma, then had a career day against Kansas with three breakups, six tackles and five solo stops, all career bests. He had two breakups at Kansas State and picked off his second pass against Clemson in the Gator Bowl.

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Tight End 6-4 | 215 | RFr. St. Paul, Neb. (St. Paul)

2010 OUTLOOK WELLS’ HONORS Redshirt freshman Brett Wells is expected to add Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall depth at tight end, one of Nebraska’s deepest and most Academic Honor Roll (2009) experienced positions heading into the 2010 campaign. A walk-on from St. Paul, Neb., Wells made the most of his first year in the program adding 25 pounds of muscle to his 6-4 frame. 2009 REDSHIRT Wells redshirted and worked on the scout team offense. BEFORE NEBRASKA ST. PAUL HS Wells had an outstanding prep career at St. Paul High School, where he earned honorablemention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star for his efforts for the Wildcats and Coach Travis Brouillette. Wells’ play helped St. Paul to the second round of the Class C-1 state playoffs in 2008. Wells was also a member of the basketball team, averaging about 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He was an honorable-mention all-state pick by both papers during his junior season, while earning second-team all-state accolades from LJS as a senior. PERSONAL Brett is the son of Tim and Pam Wells, and he was born on Nov. 16, 1990. Wells has not declared a major, but was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll.

ANTHONY WEST Safety 6-0 | 205 | Sr.-3L San Diego, Calif. (Point Loma)

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2010 OUTLOOK WEST’S HONORS Senior Anthony West has been a valuable contributor Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall in the Nebraska secondary each of the past three Academic Honor Roll (2009) seasons. The 6-0, 205-pound West has started 16 games Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring at cornerback over the past two seasons, and should Academic Honor Roll (2010) play a major role again in 2010. West could compete with returning starters Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard for a cornerback job, but the San Diego native spent the majority of his spring at safety and could also push for a starting spot at that position. West’s play over the past two seasons has helped Nebraska make the biggest improvements in the nation on defense. A year ago, Nebraska finished first nationally in both pass efficiency defense and scoring defense. West earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in May and will play the 2010 season as a graduate student. 2009 JUNIOR West played in 13 games with five starts, starting the first four games and the Kansas State game. Despite not being in the starting lineup, West was considered a first-teamer and was one of seven defensive backs with a Blackshirt. He finished the year with 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, and he added four breakups. West had three tackles against both Virginia Tech and Kansas State, and had a seasonhigh two pass breakups at Baylor. In addition to his work in the secondary, West also started on Nebraska’s punt return unit. 2008 SOPHOMORE West was Nebraska’s starting right corner and played in 12 games with 11 starts. He finished with 29 tackles, including 23 solo stops and tied for the team lead with nine pass 136

2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN West was a reserve cornerback and saw significant special teams action. His most extensive action came when NU went to five and six defensive backs. West finished with six tackles, including four solo stops. He made three tackles at Missouri, before adding two tackles for 11 yards in losses against Texas A&M, including a nine-yard sack. He had two hurries against Kansas State. 2006 REDSHIRT West redshirted in his first season in 2006. BEFORE NEBRASKA POINT LOMA HS West was one of seven Californians in the 2006 class and came to NU from Point Loma High School in San Diego. As a senior, West rushed for 1,320 yards and 14 touchdowns on 174 carries, and had 17 receptions for 341 yards and four touchdowns. He also tallied 36 tackles on defense in helping Coach Mike Hastings’ Point Loma squad finish as runner-up in the 2005 CIF Division III championship to St. Augustine High School and fellow Nebraska recruit Menelik Holt. As a junior, West rushed for 449 yards on 67 carries, scoring seven touchdowns. He added 13 tackles on defense. PrepStar placed West on its All-West region team. West also received recruiting interest from UCLA, Texas Tech, San Diego State and Utah. PERSONAL The son of Robert and Marguerite West, Anthony was born on March 29, 1988. West’s father played three seasons in the NFL, two with the Chiefs and one with the 49ers. Anthony is a two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll selection. West has volunteered with NU’s hospital visits. CAREER STATISTICS (----------Tackles---------) Year G/S UT AT TT TFL 2006 Redshirt 2007 11/0 4 2 6 2-11 2008 12/11 23 6 29 1-2 2009 13/5 9 2 11 0-0 Totals 36/16 36 10 46 3-13

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ALONZO WHALEY Linebacker 6-1 | 225 | So. Madisonville, Texas (Madisonville)

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2010 OUTLOOK WHALEY’S HONORS Sophomore linebacker Alonzo Whaley has served as Nebraska Defensive a reserve during his first two seasons in the program. Scout Team MVP (2008) However, the 6-1, 225-pound Whaley had a strong Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring spring practice and appears poised for significant action Academic Honor Roll (2009) during the 2010 campaign. The Texas native worked primarily at Will linebacker, where Nebraska will replace the graduated Phillip Dillard. Whaley was one of four linebackers to earn the majority of the snaps with the top units during the spring, joining fellow sophomores Will Compton, Sean Fisher and Eric Martin.

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2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Whaley was a reserve linebacker, but did not see game action.

KEITH WILLIAMS

2008 REDSHIRT Whaley redshirted and was Nebraska’s defensive scout team co-MVP. BEFORE NEBRASKA MADISONVILLE HS Whaley was one of nine Texas natives in the 2008 Husker class, and was a standout throughout his career at Madisonville High School. He showcased his ability to find the football as a senior with 162 tackles during the 2007 season, helping Madisonville and Coach Greg Morgan to a 9-2 record. In addition to his huge tackle numbers, Whaley also forced eight fumbles, recovered five and scored on an interception return. Whaley’s play earned him Defensive MVP honors in his district, along with first-team Class 3A all-state honors from the Texas Sportswriters Association. Whaley also earned first-team all-state honors in 2006, helping his team to a 7-4 record, while making 172 tackles. Whaley was ranked among the top 100 players in the state of Texas by Rivals.com and among the top 100 players in the Southwest region by SuperPrep Magazine. Whaley visited Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech and drew strong recruiting interest from Baylor, Missouri, Texas A&M and Arizona State. PERSONAL Alonzo is the son of Annie Whaley, and was born on Jan. 4, 1990. He is a criminology and criminal justice major, and was named to the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. He has volunteered his time at the Village Manor Retirement Center and multiple hospital visits.

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2010 OUTLOOK WILLIAMS’ HONORS Keith Williams is one of four returning starters in » Second-Team Preseason the Nebraska offensive line and joins fellow senior All-Big 12 (2010, Athlon) Mike Smith as a two-year returning starter on the » Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 left side of the line. The 6-5, 310-pound Williams has (2009, AP) brought a physical presence to the left guard spot over Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring the last two seasons and he should once again play a Academic Honor Roll (2007) prominent role in 2010. Williams rebounded from early-season injury to start each of the final 11 games in 2009, helping Nebraska transition to more of a power running attack later in the season. Williams earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors for his performance as a junior. Williams is on track to graduate in May of 2011 with a degree in art. 2009 JUNIOR Williams sat out the season opener, then came off the bench the following two weeks, before regaining his starting job for the remainder of the season. He helped Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr. rush for 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Williams also helped protect Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee, who finished fifth on the Nebraska single-season passing chart.

JOSH WILLIAMS Defensive End 6-4 | 255 | So. Denton, Texas (Ryan)

Offensive Line 6-5 | 310 | Sr.-3L Florissant, Mo. (McClure North)

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2010 OUTLOOK Sophomore defensive end Josh Williams has spent his first two seasons at Nebraska providing depth, but this fall the Texas native could be poised for a bigger role. The 6-4, 255-pound Williams is one of several young players looking to see significant playing time at end, along with two-year returning starter Pierre Allen. Williams has made great strides in Nebraska’s strength and conditioning program since his arrival in Lincoln, adding 30 pounds of muscle in two years time. 2009 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Williams served as a backup behind starters Pierre Allen and Barry Turner at defensive end. Williams played in games against Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State and LouisianaLafayette, and made two solo stops and one assisted tackle. He had two tackles in the opener against FAU and a solo stop against Louisiana-Lafayette. 2008 REDSHIRT Williams redshirted in his first season in Lincoln. BEFORE NEBRASKA RYAN HS Williams was one of nine Texans in Nebraska’s 2008 recruiting class and was a standout for Coach Joey Florence at Denton’s Ryan High School each of his final two years. During his senior season, Williams made 75 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, helping Ryan High School to a 6-5 record. His play earned him first-team all-district honors in the Class 4A ranks. Williams also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior in 2006 when he made 68 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss, and logged six sacks and six pass breakups. Williams was regarded as one of the top 20 defensive ends in the country by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Williams was listed as the No. 19 prospect by the Dallas Morning News on its Area 100, while Rivals.com listed him among the top 50 players in Texas. Williams also visited Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, and received offers from Texas and Texas A&M, among others before choosing Nebraska.

2008 SOPHOMORE Williams started the final nine games and helped Nebraska top 30 points 10 times, while gaining at least 400 yards in nine games. NU finished 12th nationally in total offense at 450.8 yards per game, and made big strides in the run game in the second half of the year. The Huskers averaged better than 210 yards rushing over the final six regular-season games. Williams also provided protection for quarterback Joe Ganz who set NU season records for passing yards, total offense and completion percentage. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Williams played in 10 games as a reserve guard in 2007, and also served on the PAT and field-goal units. The line was the driving force behind NU finishing in the top 10 nationally in passing and total offense. 2006 REDSHIRT Williams redshirted and was impressive on the NU scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA MCCLURE NORTH HS On defense, Williams recorded 24 tackles, including one sack and one fumble recovery, and earned first-team Class 5A All-State honors. He helped lead Coach Jim Schottmueller’s squad to back-to-back Missouri Class 5A championship game appearances. As a junior, Williams recorded 51 total tackles, including five tackles for losses and one sack in earning first-team all-conference honors on defense, and first-team all-metro and all-state honors as an offensive lineman. Williams was ranked among the top 15 players in Missouri by Rivals.com, while PrepStar placed Williams on its All-Midlands region team. Williams also received offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Missouri. PERSONAL Keith is the son of Marnetta Jackson and Keith Williams Sr., and was born on April 8, 1988. He is an art major, and was named to the 2007 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll. Williams has volunteered with hospital visits. CAREER STATS Games Played–36 (10 in 2007; 13 in 2008; 13 in 2009) Games Started–20 (9 in 2008; 11 in 2009)

PERSONAL Josh was born on Sept. 24, 1990, and is the son of Rose Williams. He is majoring in business administration. Williams has volunteered his time with team hospital visits.

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Tight End 6-4 | 255 | Sr.-3L Cozad, Neb. (Cozad)

2010 OUTLOOK YOUNG’S HONORS Tight end Dreu Young has been a key part of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Nebraska offense over each of the past three seasons Academic Honor Roll (2009) and he is a primary component of a talented group of tight ends heading into 2010. The 6-4, 255-pound Young has the ability to stretch the field as a receiver, but also the power to be an effective blocker at the point of attack. Originally a walk-on for the Huskers, Young earned significant playing time as both a redshirt freshman and sophomore, and was placed on scholarship prior to the 2009 season. He enters 2010 having seen action in 34 career games, including 13 starts. A business administration major, Young is on track to pick up his degree in December. 2009 JUNIOR Young underwent back surgery and missed the season opener, but played in each of the final 13 games, including nine starts when NU opened with two tight ends. Young caught five passes for 78 yards, including catches of 27 yards (Arkansas State) and 34 yards (Louisiana-Lafayette). He added single catches against Kansas, Kansas State and Colorado in the final three games of the regular season. 2008 SOPHOMORE Young saw action in all 13 games, including four starts. He caught nine passes for 140 yards, and his 15.6 yards per catch led all NU receivers. He opened the year with a careerlong 55-yard catch against Western Michigan. Young caught a career-best two passes each against Texas Tech and Kansas State, and scored a nine-yard TD against the Red Raiders to tie the score at 24 in the fourth quarter. His blocking skills also helped Nebraska average more than 200 rushing yards over the second half of the year. 2007 REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Young played in eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He had a 14-yard catch against Nevada. 2006 REDSHIRT He redshirted in 2006. BEFORE NEBRASKA COZAD HS Young was a key part of two state playoff qualifying teams for Coach Ron Bubak at Cozad High School. He starred at wide receiver and safety for the Haymakers, earning honorable-mention Class C-1 all-state honors as a senior. Young was a multi-sport standout, also earning honorable-mention all-state accolades in basketball, and lettered in track, baseball, golf and wrestling during high school. He was also the student body president and a member of the National Honor Society.

Fullback 6-0 | 230 | RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Gross)

2010 OUTLOOK ZIMMERER’S HONORS Omaha product C.J. Zimmerer enters 2010 with Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall his sights set on earning playing time at fullback. Academic Honor Roll (2009) The 6-0, 230-pound Zimmerer has the ability to be a Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring threat as both a runner and receiver from the fullback Academic Honor Roll (2010) spot, while having the strength and toughness to be an effective lead blocker from the position. Zimmerer is off to a strong start in the classroom, carrying a 3.593 cumulative grade-point average after two semesters. 2009 REDSHIRT Zimmerer redshirted and worked on the scout team. BEFORE NEBRASKA OMAHA GROSS HS Zimmerer was a two-way standout for Coach Tim Johnk at Omaha Gross High School each of his last three seasons. Zimmerer posted impressive numbers on both sides of the ball in 2008. As a running back, he posted 1,325 yards and 17 touchdowns, while averaging better than 10 yards per carry. Defensively, Zimmerer was a force at linebacker, where he made 90 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, and added a pair of interceptions. His performance as a senior helped Gross to a 9-2 record and a trip to the second round of the Class B state playoffs. Zimmerer was named to the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team as a fullback, while the Omaha World-Herald made him a first-team All-Nebraska pick at linebacker. He was also the honorary captain of the World-Herald’s Class B all-state defense. During his junior season, he ran for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 88 carries, while making 123 tackles, including five sacks on defense. His play as a junior earned him first-team Class B all-state honors from both the state’s largest papers. He also started on the Cougar defense during his sophomore season. Zimmerer also played basketball at Gross prior to his senior season and competed for the Cougars’ track team. He was one of the first players to join the 2009 recruiting class, committing to the Huskers in May 2008. PERSONAL The son of Tim and Jackie Zimmerer, C.J. was born on May 23, 1991. Zimmerer has not declared a major, but has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. He has volunteered his time with team hospital visits and other outreach activities.

PERSONAL Dreu is the son of Marcus and Mindy Young, and was born on April 23, 1988. He has volunteered with several Husker team hospital visits. He was named to the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. CAREER STATISTICS Year G/S No. 2007 8/0 1 2008 13/4 9 2009 13/9 5 Totals 34/13 15

Yds. 14 140 78 232

Y/R 14.0 15.6 15.6 15.5

Y/G 1.8 10.8 6.5 7.0

Long 14 vs. Nevada 55 vs. Western Michigan 34 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 55 vs. Western Michigan

TDs 0 1 0 1

SINGLE‐GAME HIGHS Receptions–2 at Texas Tech, at Kansas State, 2008 Yards–55 vs. Western Michigan, 2008 Touchdowns–1 vs. Western Michigan, 2008

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2010 Nebraska Football Recruiting Class

Name Walker Ashburn Kenny Bell Brion Carnes Corey Cooper Jake Cotton Lavonte David Quincy Enunwa Ciante Evans Tyler Evans Jay Guy* Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick** Braylon Heard Harvey Jackson Bronson Marsh Josh Mitchell Mike Moudy Tobi Okuyemi Andrew Rodriguez Chase Rome* Donovan Vestal *-enrolled at Nebraska in January;

Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School/Junior College DE 6-2 240 Kenner, La. John Curtis HS WR 6-1 175 Boulder, Colo. Fairview HS QB 6-1 190 Bradenton, Fla. Manatee HS DB 6-1 205 Maywood, Ill. Proviso East HS DL 6-6 275 Lincoln, Neb. Southeast HS LB 6-1 210 Miami, Fla. Northwestern HS/Fort Scott (Kan.) CC WR 6-2 205 Moreno Valley, Calif. Rancho Verde HS DB 5-11 185 Arlington, Texas Juan Seguin HS WR 6-1 180 Waverly, Neb. Waverly HS DT 6-1 305 Houston, Texas Eisenhower HS OL 6-7 320 Batesville, Miss. South Panola HS/Fort Scott (Kan.) CC IB 5-11 180 Youngstown, Ohio Cardinal Mooney HS DB 6-2 200 Fresno, Texas Hightower HS DB 5-11 200 Omaha, Neb. Millard South HS DB 5-11 165 Corona, Calif. Eleanor Roosevelt HS OL 6-5 305 Castle Rock, Colo. Douglas County HS DE 6-2 260 Maple Grove, Minn. Wayzata HS OL 6-6 325 Aurora, Neb. Aurora HS DL 6-3 280 Columbia, Mo. Rock Bridge HS DE 6-5 250 Arlington, Texas Bowie HS **-Indicates mid-year signee; full bios for Guy, Hardrick and Rome available in returning player section.

Walk-On Student-Athletes

The following student-athletes have accepted admission to the University of Nebraska and plan to join the Husker football program as walk-ons this season. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School Josh Bart DB 6-1 175 Aurora, Neb. Aurora HS Scott Criss OL 6-3 260 Omaha, Neb. Creighton Prep HS/University of Wyoming Jason Dann PK/P 6-0 175 Richardson, Texas Lake Highlands HS Joey Felici DB 5-9 170 Omaha, Neb. Millard South HS Derek Foster DB 5-11 170 Elm Creek, Neb. Elm Creek HS Andy Gdowski DE 6-3 235 Grand Island, Neb. Grand Island HS Beaux Greenfield OL 6-0 220 Belleville, Ill. West HS Andrew Holt DB 6-0 195 Lee’s Summit, Mo. West HS Keegan Hughes WR 6-0 190 Roswell, Ga. Roswell HS Rob Jensen OL 6-2 295 Omaha, Neb. Creighton Prep HS Stanley Jean-Baptiste WR 6-3 205 Miami, Fla. Central HS/Fort Scott (Kan.) CC Tyson McGill LB 6-0 225 Norfolk, Neb. Norfolk HS J.C. Moore DE 6-3 240 Fremont, Neb. Fremont HS Mark Pelini OL 6-0 285 Youngstown, Ohio Cardinal Mooney HS Trevor Roach LB 6-2 235 Omaha, Neb. Elkhorn HS Dillon Schrodt WR 6-3 185 Lincoln, Neb. North Star HS Jacob Smith WR 5-11 185 Omaha, Neb. Skutt HS Zach Taylor IB 6-0 200 Lincoln, Neb. Southeast HS Jeff Uher DL 6-1 275 Omaha, Neb. Creighton Prep HS Yusef Wade DB 5-10 175 Lincoln, Neb. North Star HS Austin Williams DB 6-0 185 Omaha, Neb. Burke HS Tyler Wullenwaber WR 6-1 180 Utica, Neb. Centennial HS

WALKER ASHBURN Defensive End | 6-2 | 240 | Fr. Kenner, La. (John Curtis HS)

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Walker Ashburn is part of an impressive class of recruits who are expected to begin their Nebraska playing careers on the defensive line. The 6-2, 240-pound Ashburn comes to Nebraska from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., one of the dominant prep programs in the state of Louisiana. Ashburn’s play as a senior helped Coach J.T. Curtis’ team to a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state playoffs. The loss in the state title game prevented John Curtis from winning a sixth straight state title. Ashburn was a key player in the success, racking up 95 tackles and 16 sacks in 2009. His play earned him Louisiana Class 2A Defensive MVP honors. He also earned first-team all-state honors, as well as first-team all-metro and all-district accolades. Ashburn also excelled as a junior, helping his team to a state championship. Asburn made 90 tackles, had 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2008. Ashburn was a four-year starter for John Curtis, and as a sophomore he was named MVP of the state championship game. Ashburn was regarded as one of the top 40 players in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 25 players in the state by SuperPrep Magazine. Ashburn was a high school teammate of Nebraska sophomore safety P.J. Smith. Ashburn also competed for his high school track team and was strong in the classroom, carrying better than a 3.6 grade-point average. He only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Oklahoma State and Stanford. Ashburn is the son of Terry and Desiree Ashburn, and he was born on May 22, 1991. Walker’s father works in the New Orleans Saints organization.

Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 175 | Fr. Boulder, Colo. (Fairview HS)

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Talented athlete Kenny Bell joins Nebraska’s 2010 class after a highly productive career in the Colorado prep ranks. The 6-1, 175-pound Bell played both offense and defense for Coach Tom McCartney at Fairview High School in Boulder. Bell missed much of his senior season with an injury, but scored five touchdowns in his first five games back in action. He helped Fairview High to a 12-1 record and a state semifinal appearance in 2009. Bell caught 18 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, and added an interception and kickoff return for a touchdown. Despite his limited action, Bell’s impact was recognized as he was a first-team All-Colorado selection and first-team Class 5A all-state pick by the Denver Post. As a junior, Bell earned first-team All-Front Range League honors, playing wingback and rushing for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns, while splitting carries. Bell was ranked among the top 10 players in Colorado according to Rivals.com, and the service also ranked him among the top 70 “athlete” prospects in the country. Bell chose Nebraska after also visiting Minnesota and Texas Tech. He also had offers from several other schools including Colorado, California, Arizona and Arizona State. In addition to his football skills, Bell was also a standout athlete in basketball, where he helped the team to the state title game as a senior, and on the track (long jump) for Fairview High. He is the son of Tami Campbell and his stepfather is Dan Campbell. Kenny’s father, Ken Bell, played professionally for the Denver Broncos from 1986 to 1989, excelling as a kickoff return specialist with more than 2,000 yards in kickoff returns. Kenny Bell was born on Feb. 25, 1992.

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BRION CARNES Quarterback | 6-1 | 190 | Fr. Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee HS)

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Quarterback Brion Carnes (pronounced Bree-on) joins the Nebraska program after a highly successful prep career at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla. The 6-1, 180-pound Carnes is the cousin of Nebraska All-America quarterback Tommie Frazier, who also starred at Manatee High before his Husker career from 1992 to 1995. Carnes was the starting quarterback for Coach Jo Kinnan at Manatee since his freshman season and compiled a 39-12 record as a starter. A dual-threat quarterback, Carnes threw for nearly 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, while rushing for another 440 yards and 12 touchdowns. His performance helped Manatee to its first appearance in the state championship game in 16 years. Carnes was a first-team all-area pick by the Bradenton Herald and was selected to play in the FACA North-South All-Star Football Classic in December. During his junior season, Carnes completed 84-of-148 passes for 1,227 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for another 243 yards and five touchdowns. In his career, Carnes threw for better than 6,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 1,100 yards and 23 touchdowns. He quickly excelled when taking over the Manatee High offense, leading his team to a state semifinal appearance as a freshman in 2006. Rivals.com ranked Carnes as the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and among the top 50 players in the state of Florida. Carnes chose Nebraska over Western Kentucky and South Florida. Brion is the son of Lorenzo and Faith Carnes, and was born on May 27, 1991.

COREY COOPER Defensive Back | 6-1 | 205 | Fr. Maywood, Ill. (Proviso East HS)

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Corey Cooper is a talented defensive back prospect who joins the Nebraska program from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill. Cooper was regarded as one of the top overall prospects in Illinois and among the nation’s top safety prospects. He is the first scholarship signee from the Illinois high school ranks since Joe Ganz and Santino Panico in 2004. The 6-1, 205-pound Cooper was a dominant presence in the Proviso East defensive backfield, making about 70 tackles, while breaking up 16 passes and adding two interceptions. Offensively, Cooper was a dangerous receiver, pulling down 43 catches for 852 yards and nine touchdowns for Coach Aaron Peppers. Cooper earned West Suburban all-conference honors and was a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection. As a junior, Cooper helped his team to an 8-3 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. From his defensive back spot, he had 61 tackles, 14 pass breakups, an interception and forced three fumbles. Offensively, he caught 41 passes for 814 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also a two-way starter as a sophomore when he caught 35 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns. Cooper also competed in basketball and track for Proviso East. He is regarded as the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com, which ranks him among the nation’s top 20 safety prospects. Scout.com listed him among the top dozen safeties in the country and the top 125 overall players in the country, while SuperPrep ranked him among the top five players in Illinois and top 20 players in the Midwest region. Cooper chose Nebraska after also visiting Arizona, Illinois and Notre Dame. He is the son of Corey Sr. and Rose Cooper and was born on July 2, 1992.

JAKE COTTON Defensive Line | 6-6 | 275 | Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast HS)

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Lincoln Southeast product Jake Cotton is a second-generation Cornhusker who will join his father and brother in the Nebraska football program. Cotton is the son of Nebraska associate head coach and offensive line coach Barney Cotton, while his older brother, Ben, will be a sophomore tight end for the Huskers in 2010. Barney Cotton also played at 140

Nebraska, earning three letters for the Huskers from 1976 to 1978, as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Jake Cotton has shown similar versatility as his father, excelling on both the offensive and defensive lines at Southeast for Coach John Larsen. As a senior, Cotton helped the Knights to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals. Cotton provided a physical presence at offensive tackle, while on defense he made 58 tackles, including 12 sacks and added a pair of fumble recoveries. Cotton’s play in 2009 earned him first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and first-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star. Both papers selected him to their all-state teams as an offensive lineman. Cotton is the first scholarship signee for Nebraska from Lincoln Southeast since Bo Ruud and Andy Birkel joined the program in 2003. Cotton gained more than 40 pounds between his junior and senior season. As a junior, he played tight end and defensive end for the Knights. Cotton was ranked among the top 50 players in the Midlands Region by Super Prep Magazine. Cotton is the son of Barney and Christine Cotton and was born on July 11, 1991.

LAVONTE DAVID Linebacker | 6-1 | 210 | Jr. Miami, Fla. (Northwestern HS/Fort Scott [Kan.] CC)

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Lavonte David comes to Nebraska as one of the most highly sought-after junior college defenders in the country. The 6-1, 210-pound David spent the last two years as a leader for Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, helping his team rank among the nation’s best each of the past two years. David will have three years to complete two seasons of eligibility at NU, and is one of two members of the 2010 class from Fort Scott, joining offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick. In 2009, Fort Scott went through the regular season undefeated before losing in the JUCO national championship game. David ranked among the Jayhawk Conference leaders in total tackles and tackles for loss in 2009, racking up nearly 10 tackles per game, while recording 19.5 tackles for loss totaling 65 yards. David excelled in the narrow loss to Blinn Junior College in the national championship game and was named Defensive MVP of the contest. During his first season under Coach Jeff Sims at Fort Scott in 2008, David led the Jayhawk Conference with 93 tackles. His play helped the team to a 9-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking. For his strong play the past two seasons, David was a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference pick and was a Region VI All-American in 2009. He was ranked as the No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the country by Rivals.com, which also listed him as the No. 2 linebacker. SuperPrep listed him among the top 40 JUCO prospects in the country. David is originally from Miami, where he played at national prep powerhouse Miami Northwestern. While he was at the school, Northwestern won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, and finished with unbeaten records each year. In 2007, Northwestern was listed as the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today. David also considered South Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Tennessee among others. David is the son of Lynette David and was born on Jan. 23, 1990.

QUINCY ENUNWA Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 205 | Fr. Moreno Valley, Calif. (Rancho Verde HS)

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Quincy Enunwa (pronounced uh-NUN-wa) is one of two members of the 2010 Nebraska class to join the Husker program from the state of California. Enunwa comes to the Huskers from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, marking the second straight year the program has produced a Nebraska recruit. Linebacker Eric Martin joined the Nebraska program last summer from the same high school program. Enunwa was a key offensive weapon for Coach Pete Duffy’s 11-1 Rancho Verde team that advanced to the second round of the California state playoffs. Enunwa caught more than 40 passes for approximately 600 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. His play earned him first-team All-Inland Valley League honors, and he was selected to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Game. Enunwa first exploded as a threat in 2008, when he was also a key part of the Rancho Verde offense. Enunwa was ranked among the nation’s top 70 wide receivers by Rivals.com and among the top 85 players in the state of California by the recruiting service. In addition to his football talents, Enunwa was also an accomplished high jumper, finishing third in the league with a jump of 6-5. Enunwa also visited Washington State. He is the son of Henry and Ngozi Enunwa and was born on May 31, 1992.

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CIANTE EVANS Defensive Back | 5-11 | 185 | Fr. Arlington, Texas (Juan Seguin HS)

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Defensive back Ciante Evans (pronounced SEE-on-tay) is one of five Texans in Nebraska’s 2010 recruiting class, as the Huskers continue to find impressive talent in the Lone Star State. Evans was a standout defender for Coach Carlos Lynn at Juan Seguin High School in Arlington, Texas. As a senior, Evans made 46 tackles, while adding three interceptions and breaking up seven passes to help his team reach the state playoffs. For his efforts, Evans was a first-team all-district pick as a senior, while also being named to the Dallas Morning News’ first-team all-area squad. He was also a second-team Class 4A all-state pick in 2009. Evans also enjoyed a standout junior season when he made 28 tackles and had four interceptions to earn first-team all-district honors. Evans was ranked among the top 50 cornerbacks in the nation by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The Dallas Morning News listed him as the No. 35 overall prospect in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and among the top 70 players in the state of Texas, while SuperPrep and Rivals.com both ranked him among the state’s top 100 overall prospects. Evans was also a standout for the Cougars’ basketball team as he helped the squad to the regional semifinals in Class 5A as a senior after averaging double figures as a junior. Evans only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers including Oklahoma State, Kansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU. Evans is the son of Cedric and Tonia Evans and was born on Oct. 14, 1992.

TYLER EVANS Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 180 | Fr. Waverly, Neb. (Waverly HS)

BRAYLON HEARD I-Back | 5-11 | 180 | Fr. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney HS)

Ohio prep star Braylon Heard adds a talented running back prospect to Nebraska’s 2010 recruiting class. The 5-11, 180-pound Heard was a standout performer for Coach P.J. Fecko at Ohio prep power Cardinal Mooney High School. Heard rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, while he also caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned kickoffs and punts for the Cardinals. His play helped Cardinal Mooney to a perfect 15-0 record and the Division III state championship. In the state title game against St. Francis DeSales, Heard rushed for 178 yards on 28 carries, including touchdown runs of 53 and 26 yards. He also had a touchdown pass and an interception. His play as a senior earned Heard first-team All-Ohio honors as a running back. During his junior season, Heard excelled on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 959 yards and eight touchdowns, while playing a big role in the secondary, including a pair of interceptions. His defensive effort earned Heard Division IV All-Ohio honors as a cornerback. Heard was rated among the top five running backs in the country according to Rivals.com. The service also ranked him among the top five players in Ohio and the top 60 overall recruits nationally. Scout.com also ranked him among the top 35 running backs in the country. Heard’s signing marks the second time in three years NU has signed a player from the school, as NU inked receiver Tim Marlowe in 2008. Heard was also part of a state champion 4x100 meter relay team at Mooney. Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini and running backs coach Tim Beck are all graduates of Cardinal Mooney High. Heard chose Nebraska over offers from numerous schools, including Penn State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia to name a few. Heard is the son of Michelle Sullivan and was born on Oct. 11, 1991.

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Standout athlete Tyler Evans is one of four in-state signees in Nebraska’s 2010 recruiting class and was one of the first players to commit to the Cornhuskers. Evans was a threesport standout at Waverly High School, excelling in football, basketball and track. Evans was the first scholarship signee from Waverly since at least 1973. On the gridiron, Evans starred on both sides of the football, helping Coach Mike Johnson’s Vikings to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class B state quarterfinals. Offensively, Evans guided Waverly from his quarterback spot, rushing for 651 yards and 13 touchdowns, while passing for nearly 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. From his defensive back spot, the 6-1, 180-pound Evans made 25 tackles and had two interceptions. Evans was named a first-team All-Nebraska defender by the Omaha World-Herald and a first-team Super-State defensive back by the Lincoln Journal Star. Evans was also a standout for Waverly as a junior. He accounted for 1,200 yards of total offense, including 900 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, while racking up 61 tackles and eight interceptions on defense. His play earned Evans first-team Class B all-state honors in 2008, and second-team Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star as an athlete. Evans was regarded as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Nebraska by Rivals.com, while SuperPrep listed him among the top 70 players in the Midlands Region. Evans was a first-team all-state pick in basketball as a junior when he averaged 20 points per game, and again as a senior with 20.8 ppg in 2010. On the track, Evans won the Class B 100 meters as a junior and finished third as a senior. In the 200 meters he was second as a senior and sixth as a junior. He also helped Waverly to a runner-up finish in the 400-meter relay in both 2009 and 2010. Evans is a standout in the classroom as well, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average. He also had offers from Ohio and Princeton, but only visited Nebraska. Evans was born on March 28, 1992, and is the son of Doug and Angie Evans.

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Defensive Back | 6-2 | 200 | Fr. Fresno, Texas (Hightower HS)

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Houston area product Harvey Jackson adds to an impressive group of signees from the Lone Star State, as well as a strong collection of defensive backs in Nebraska’s 2010 class. Jackson is one of five signees from Texas in the class and one of at least four players expected to debut with the Huskers in the secondary. The 6-2, 200-pound Jackson starred at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. As a senior, he collected 53 tackles, while intercepting two passes and breaking up another seven passes. His play helped Coach Shane Halmark’s team to a perfect 10-0 regular-season record, before a loss in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Jackson’s play earned him first-team all-district honors as a senior. Jackson also excelled as a junior, when he registered more than 30 tackles, while adding an interception and four pass breakups. His play as a junior helped Hightower to a 13-1 record and a trip to the 5A state title game. Jackson was ranked among the top 60 safeties in the country by Rivals.com, while Scout.com ranked him among the nation’s top 30 safety prospects and one of the top 300 overall players in the nation. SuperPrep Magazine listed him among the top 100 players in the state of Texas. Jackson only visited Nebraska, but had numerous other offers, including Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Utah and Arizona State to name a few. Jackson was born on Oct. 24, 1991.

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Defensive Back | 5-11 | 200 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Millard South HS)

Bronson Marsh is one of four in-state players in Nebraska’s 2010 class of signees. Marsh comes to Nebraska after a record-setting prep career at Omaha’s Millard South High School. He is Nebraska’s first scholarship signee from Millard South since 1974, when the school was Millard High. Marsh capped his high school career by leading the Patriots to a 13-0 record and the Class A state title in 2009. Marsh excelled as a quarterback in high school, and has the ability to play on either side of the football at Nebraska. The 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska, Marsh finished as Nebraska’s 11-man career leader in passing yardage and total offense. He threw for just under 7,000 career yards, breaking former Husker quarterback Scott Frost’s state record. A dual threat as a quarterback, Marsh finished with 2,415 passing yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior, while completing 147-of-254 passes. On the ground, Marsh rushed for 895 yards and 13 touchdowns on 100 carries. He also played in the secondary for the Patriots and intercepted a pass in Millard South’s 45-17 state title victory over Millard West. For his efforts as a senior, Marsh was chosen as a first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald and a Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star. He was the honorary offensive captain on both of those teams. Marsh was also named to the OWH’s All-Decade team. Marsh was on the varsity for Coach Andy Means at Millard South since his freshman season when he served as the second-string quarterback. He took over as the starter during his sophomore year, throwing for more than 2,400 yards. As a junior, Marsh led Millard South to a Class A state runner-up finish, throwing for more than 2,200 yards. He was a second-team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and an honorable-mention all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald. Marsh was also a standout on the track at Millard South. He finished third in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2009 state track meet and was fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, after finishing sixth as a sophomore. Marsh is the son of Frank and Karen Marsh, and was born on April 14, 1991.

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him first-team all-conference and first-team all-state honors from the Denver Post. Moudy was also selected to play in the USA vs. the World all-star game in Miami in January. As a junior, Moudy helped Douglas County High to eight victories and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. Moudy earned first-team honors in the Southern League for his play during the 2008 campaign. Moudy was ranked among the top 10 players in the state of Colorado by Rivals.com, and the service also listed him among the top 35 offensive tackles in the country. Scout.com ranked Moudy among the nation’s top 300 overall prospects and among the top 30 tackles in the nation, while SuperPrep Magazine listed Moudy in the top 60 players in the Midlands Region. Moudy committed to Nebraska early in the recruiting process and did not take any other visits, but he did have offers from several other schools, including Stanford, Kansas and Kansas State. Moudy is the son of David and Shannon Moudy, and he was born on Feb. 4, 1992.

TOBI OKUYEMI Defensive End | 6-2 | 260 | Fr. Maple Grove, Minn. (Wayzata HS)

Defensive end prospect Tobi Okuyemi (pronounced Oh-KU-yem-ee) joins the Nebraska program after an impressive prep career at Wayzata High School in Minnesota. Okuyemi is the first signee from the state of Minnesota since Nate Swift and Lydon Murtha joined the Huskers in 2004. The 6-2, 260-pound Okuyemi had an impressive senior season, recording 61 total tackles, including 32 unassisted stops. A disruptive force in opposing backfields, Okuyemi had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks, helping Coach Brad Anderson’s team to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Okuyemi’s play earned him firstteam all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Minnesota Coaches Association. He was also a first-team all-conference pick and first-team all-metro selection in 2009. During his junior season, Okuyemi had 58 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. For his efforts, he was an honorable-mention all-state selection, while earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-metro accolades. Rivals.com ranked Okuyemi among the top five players in the state of Minnesota, while Scout.com ranked him among the top 40 defensive end prospects in the nation. He was also among the top 70 players in the Midwest region according to SuperPrep Magazine. Okuyemi only visited Nebraska, but had numerous other offers, including Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State. Okuyemi is the son of Kola and Funke Okuyemi and was born on Sept. 23, 1991.

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Josh Mitchell is one of two Nebraska signees from California, continuing a recent trend of players from the West Coast. Over the past three seasons, Nebraska has signed 11 players from the state of California. The 5-11, 165-pound Mitchell had an impressive 2009 campaign, recording 41 tackles and five interceptions from his cornerback position. A versatile performer, Mitchell added a pair of punt returns for touchdowns, helping the Mustangs to an 8-3 record. His play as a senior earned Mitchell first-team All-Big VIII honors. A starter since his freshman season for Coach Bill Stacy at Eleanor Roosevelt High, Mitchell had a big 2008 campaign with 74 tackles and an interception. He finished his career with 14 total interceptions. Mitchell was ranked among the top 55 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals.com and among the top 150 players in the state of California by SuperPrep Magazine. Mitchell also visited Colorado State and UTEP and had several other offers. Mitchell is the son of Gwenn Church and Mario Mitchell, and he was born on Jan. 7, 1993.

Offensive Line | 6-6 | 325 | Fr. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora HS)

Defensive Back | 5-11 | 165 | Fr. Corona, Calif. (Eleanor Roosevelt HS)

MIKE MOUDY Offensive Line | 6-5 | 305 | Fr. Castle Rock, Colo. (Douglas County HS)

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Mike Moudy (pronounced Mouw-dee) was a dominant offensive lineman in the Colorado prep ranks and will bring an excellent combination of size, strength and agility to the Cornhusker offensive line. The 6-5, 305-pound Moudy excelled for Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo. As a senior, Moudy averaged double figures in pancakes per game, helping Coach Jeff Ketron’s team to the Class 5A state playoffs. Moudy’s play earned 142

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Offensive line prospect Andrew Rodriguez is generally regarded as the top prospect in the state of Nebraska in 2010. The 6-6, 325-pound Rodriguez led Aurora High School to backto-back Class B state championships and was one of the most decorated offensive line prospects in the country. Rodriguez is one of four in-state prospects in the class, and was the first commitment to Nebraska’s 2010 class, pledging to join the Cornhusker program in November of 2008. He is the first scholarship signee from Aurora High since Jim Wanek in 1986. As a senior, Rodriguez’s physical presence on both lines helped the Huskies and Coach Randy Huebert to a perfect 13-0 record. Offensively, Rodriguez paved the way for a powerful offense that averaged nearly 40 points a game, and defensively he made 38 tackles. Rodriguez was a first-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald as an offensive lineman, while the Lincoln Journal Star made him a first-team Super-State pick as a defensive lineman. Rodriguez was also honored on the national level, being selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio in January. Rodriguez also excelled as a junior in 2008, helping the Huskies to a 12-1 record and a Class B state title. He was a second-team Super-State selection as a junior after first playing with the Husky varsity in 2007, when Aurora reached the state quarterfinals. Rodriguez was ranked as the top prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com, which also listed him among the nation’s top 25 offensive tackles and top 250 overall prospects. SuperPrep also recognized him as the state’s No. 1 player, among the top 10 offensive linemen in the country and the No. 11 player in the Midlands region, while Scout.com listed him as the nation’s No. 105 overall prospect and among the top 15 offensive tackles. Rodriguez also played basketball for Aurora and excelled in track. As a senior, Rodriguez finished second in Class B in the shot put and third in the discus. As a junior, he finished third in the shot put and was seventh in

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the discus. Rodriguez was born to Myrna Castellar in Harlem, and lived in New York until 2003. He then moved to Nebraska where he lives with guardians Eric and Nicole Collazo. Andrew was born on May 15, 1991.

DONOVAN VESTAL Defensive End | 6-5 | 250 | Fr. Arlington, Texas (Bowie HS)

Place-kicker/Punter | 6-0 | 175 | Fr. Richardson, Texas (Lake Highlands HS)

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Donovan Vestal is one of five Texans in the Cornhuskers’ 2010 recruiting class, and part of an impressive group of defensive linemen to join the Nebraska program. The 6-5, 250-pound Vestal is one of five players expected to begin their Nebraska careers on the defensive line. Vestal comes to the Huskers from Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, where he was a standout the past two seasons for Coach Kenny Perry. Vestal registered 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks and an interception during his senior season. His play helped Bowie to an 11-3 record and a trip to the Class 5A state playoffs, while Vestal earned honorable-mention all-district honors. Vestal played both defensive end and defensive tackle during his prep career and his play as a junior helped Bowie to an 11-2 record. Vestal was regarded as one of the top 30 defensive ends in the country by Rivals.com, which also listed him among the top 100 overall prospects in the Lone Star State. The Dallas Morning News ranked him among the top 50 players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while SuperPrep ranked him among the top 110 prospects in the state. Vestal was also a standout for Bowie’s basketball team. Vestal did not take any other visits, but had numerous offers, including Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Baylor in the Big 12. He is the son of Donald and Sonja Vestal, and was born on Aug. 22, 1991.

Jason Dann is the only kicking recruit in this year’s class. Playing Texas Class 5A football, Dann assumed the role of both kicker and punter for Lake Highlands High his senior season and helped the team to a 9-3 record. As a punter, Dann averaged 40 yards on 18 attempts, while downing two inside the 20-yard line. He also connected on 11 field goals and 46 PAT tries, while booting more than 40 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Dann was named to the All-District 5A-9 team as a punter by MaxPreps, and chose to walk on at NU after receiving interest from several Division I programs.

JOEY FELICI Defensive Back | 5-9 | 170 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Millard South HS)

Defensive Back | 6-1 | 175 | Fr. Aurora, Neb. (Aurora HS)

DEREK FOSTER Defensive Back | 5-11 | 170 | Fr. Elm Creek, Neb. (Elm Creek HS)

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After helping Aurora to two straight Class B Nebraska state high school football championships, Josh Bart will join the Husker program as a defensive back. Bart was named a first-team Class B all-state selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald in both 2008 and 2009. He had a productive 2009 season for the Huskies, corralling 33 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. Bart also carried the ball 11 times for 156 yards. Bart was a teammate of 2010 scholarship signee Andrew Rodriguez.

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After one of the most decorated high school careers in Elm Creek High School history, Derek Foster will join the Husker football program as a defensive back. As a senior, Foster was named a first-team Class-C-2 all-state pick as a running back by the Omaha World-Herald and a defensive back by the Lincoln Journal Star. Foster rushed for about 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns in his senior season. Foster holds multiple school records at Elm Creek, including career rushing yards (3,955), career points scored (324) and career interceptions (17). On the defensive side of the ball, Foster intercepted three passes as a senior and six passes his junior season. Foster also contributed heavily on special teams, where he returned three kickoffs and one punt for scores during his senior season. Foster also starred on the track where he finished first in Class C in the 300-intermediate hurdles after a runner-up finish in 2009. He was second in the 110-meter high hurdles as a senior and third as a junior.

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Offensive Line | 6-3 | 260 | RFr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep HS/Wyoming)

Scott Criss attended the University of Wyoming in 2009 and redshirted as the Cowboys went 7-6 and won the New Mexico Bowl. At Creighton Prep High School, Criss helped lead the Junior Jays to an 11-1 record and a state semifinal appearance in 2008. An all-state selection as a defensive lineman, Criss tallied 37 tackles, three sacks and one interception during his senior season, while also playing on the offensive line for head coach Tom Jaworski. In 2007, Criss earned honorable-mention all-metro honors. In addition to football, Criss also participated in basketball and track and field at Creighton Prep.

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After helping the Millard South Patriots to two straight Class A State Championship appearances, Joey Felici will walk on at Nebraska as a defensive back after starring on both sides of the ball as senior. A 2009 first-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha WorldHerald and a first-team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal Star, Felici produced 57 tackles on defense and also caught 29 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns at wide receiver. Felici was part of an offense that set Class A records for points in a season with 624 and average points per game (48). Felici is the son of former Nebraska defensive end Tony Felici, who lettered from 1980 to 1982, and twice earned All-Big Eight honors.

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Defensive End | 6-3 | 235 | Fr. Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island HS)

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Andy Gdowski will join the Husker program after a dominating senior season at Grand Island High School. Gdowski finished his senior season with 58 tackles, five sacks and one fumble recovery from his defensive tackle position. Named a first-team Class A all-state performer by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, Gdowski helped his team to a 7-3 record and an appearance in the Class A quarterfinals. Gdowski was named second-team All-Nebraska by the Omaha World-Herald and second-team Super-State by the Lincoln Journal Star.

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Offensive Line | 6-0 | 220 | Fr. Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West HS)

An offensive tackle, Beaux Greenfield was a prominent force on the Belleville West front line. Although he was a top lineman on his prep team, he also made a notable impact on special teams as one of the best long snappers in the region. Greenfield was a 2009 thirdteam All-Southwestern Conference selection in his senior season, helping Belleville West to its second straight playoff appearance. A two-year starter, in 2008 Greenfield helped guide the Marrons to the postseason for the first time since 2002.

ANDREW HOLT Defensive Back | 6-0 | 195 | Fr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West HS)

KEEGAN HUGHES

Stanley Jean-Baptiste joins the Huskers with four years of eligibility remaining. The wide receiver continues a strong Nebraska connection to Fort Scott Community College, as he joins Jamarcus Hardrick, Lavonte David and Brandon Kinnie from the Greyhound program. Jean-Baptiste redshirted the 2009 season at Fort Scott CC. In his prep days, JeanBaptiste was a top wide receiver for Miami Central High School in Miami, Fla. As a senior, Jean-Baptiste had 21 catches for 569 yards and seven touchdowns through the first five games of the season. Defensively at safety, he had six interceptions and two touchdowns. Following high school, Jean-Baptiste spent one year at North Carolina Tech Prep, totaling 36 receptions for 580 yards in 2008.

TYSON MCGILL Linebacker | 6-0 | 225 | Fr. Norfolk, Neb. (Norfolk HS)

Keegan Hughes joins the Husker program from Roswell (Ga.) High School. A standout at the wide receiver position, Hughes helped Roswell to a 10-1 record and a berth in the playoffs in Georgia’s largest football class. Hughes caught 25 passes for 750 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior and totaled 75 receptions for more than 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Hughes earned first-team All-North Fulton County honors as a junior and senior. He also started at safety as a freshman. Hughes is also a standout on his high school’s baseball team, starting since his freshman season. Hughes, who was coached by Leo Barker, is one of three wide receivers who are walking on at NU in this year’s class. Hughes turned down a scholarship offer from the Air Force Academy.

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After being named a first-team All-Nebraska performer by the Omaha World-Herald and a first-team Super-State member by the Lincoln Journal Star, Tyson McGill will walk on at NU after starring for Norfolk from his linebacker spot. As a senior, McGill was responsible for causing seven turnovers, including four interceptions. McGill also produced 29 tackles and one quarterback sack, while leading his team to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Nebraska state high school football championships. On offense, McGill rushed for 514 yards and four touchdowns at fullback, while averaging five yards per carry. He also caught 15 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. McGill was receiving interest from several Division II schools before deciding to walk on at NU.

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Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 190 | Fr. Roswell, Ga. (Roswell HS)

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Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS/Ft. Scott [Kan.] CC)

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Andrew Holt was a two-sport standout at Lee’s Summit West High School, earning allconference honors on the football and baseball fields. Holt was a 2009 first-team all-state selection as a kicker and first-team all-conference pick as both a kicker and linebacker. Lee’s Summit West qualified for the playoffs every season in Holt’s career and won the Class 4 state championship during his sophomore season. Following his high school career, he was invited to the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Metro All-Star Challenge game. In the spring, Holt was also an all-conference infielder for the Titan baseball team.He is the son of Mark and Kathryn Holt, and the younger brother of NU linebacker Matt Holt.

Defensive End | 6-3 | 240 | Fr. Fremont, Neb. (Fremont HS)

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Coming out of Fremont High School, J.C. Moore will walk on to the Nebraska program after he put together a solid senior season that saw him produce 45 tackles and one fumble recovery from his defensive end position. Coached by Kevin Meyer at Fremont, Moore was a standout on defense for a team that finished with a 1-8 record. Moore will come in as a defensive end, but has the ability to move inside to the defensive tackle position.

MARK PELINI

ROB JENSEN Offensive Line | 6-2 | 295 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep HS)

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Rob Jensen spent time on both sides of the ball at Creighton Prep High School, playing as a defensive tackle and also on the offensive line. Following his senior season, he was named to the Class A All-District 5 team. Jensen and the Junior Jays qualified for the state playoffs all four years (2006-09), including a semifinal appearance in 2008. In his first three seasons, Jensen played on the line with current NU teammate Scott Criss.

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Offensive Line | 6-0 | 285 | Fr. Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney HS)

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Mark Pelini will walk on to the Husker football program after helping Cardinal Mooney High School to a perfect 15-0 record and a victory in the Ohio Division III state championship game as a senior. At Cardinal Mooney, Pelini helped pave the way for fellow NU recruit Braylon Heard, who rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Mark is the nephew of head coach Bo Pelini and defensive coordinator Carl Pelini.

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TREVOR ROACH Linebacker | 6-2 | 235 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Elkhorn HS)

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After missing the majority of his junior year with a knee injury suffered in the first game of the season, Trevor Roach came back to star for the Class A Elkhorn Antlers on both sides of the football his senior season. Roach comes to Nebraska as a linebacker/running back. He amassed 100 tackles for the Antlers in 2009, and also starred on the offensive side of the ball where he rushed for 1,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. A first-team All-Nebraska (Omaha World-Herald) and second-team Super-State (Lincoln Journal Star) selection, Roach chose to walk on at Nebraska over scholarship offers Northwest Missouri State and Nebraska-Omaha, and a walk-on invitation from Iowa State.

DILLON SCHRODT Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 185 | Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (North Star HS)

Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 185 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Skutt HS)

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I-Back | 6-0 | 200 | Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast HS)

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Zach Taylor joins the Nebraska football program as a running back after a successful prep career at Lincoln Southeast. A second-team Super-State pick at running back by the Lincoln Journal Star, Taylor rushed for 1,205 yards and 12 scores as a senior helping the Knights reach the quarterfinals of the Class A state playoffs. Taylor was also a standout on defense where he was a first-team Class A pick by the Omaha World-Herald as a defensive back. Taylor also returned kickoffs for Southeast and averaged 38 yards per return, including one for a 95-yard score.

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A three-year starter at Class A powerhouse Omaha Creighton Prep, Jeff Uher will join current NU players Colin and Conor McDermott and Matt Manninger as walk ons from Creighton Prep. Uher was a second-team all-state performer on the defensive line according to the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star in 2009. At his defensive tackle spot, Uher produced five sacks to help Creighton Prep to a 7-3 record. Uher also starred in wrestling for the Junior Jays, where he finished fifth in the 285-pound weight division in Class A as a senior.

YUSEF WADE Defensive Back | 5-10 | 175 | Fr. Lincoln, Neb. (North Star HS)

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Yusef Wade was a two-way standout for Lincoln North Star his senior season. Wade rushed for 1,580 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009 to help his team finish with a 7-3 record. On the defensive side of the ball, Wade was a ballhawk for the Gators, as he finished with 59 total tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception. A first-team Class A all-state selection by the Omaha World-Herald and second-team Super-State selection by the Lincoln Journal star at defensive back, Wade will walk on at Nebraska after turning down a scholarship offer from North Dakota.

AUSTIN WILLIAMS Defensive Back | 6-0 | 185 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Burke HS)

Jacob Smith had big-play ability as a wide receiver and kick returner at Omaha Skutt High School. A 2009 Class B all-state pick by the Associated Press, Smith led the Skyhawks to a state runner-up finish behind 37 receptions for 705 yards. He had eight receiving touchdowns on the year, including a 94-yard strike in the first round of the 2009 playoffs. He also took an 82-yard kickoff to the end zone during the regular season. Smith had 11 touchdowns overall in addition to 108 rushing yards. As a senior, Smith was also honorable-mention all-state in basketball.

ZACH TAYLOR

Defensive Line | 6-1 | 275 | Fr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep HS)

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Dillon Schrodt is one of two players to walk on at Nebraska from Lincoln North Star, joining teammate Yusef Wade in this year’s class. Schrodt was named to the Super-State second team by the Lincoln Journal Star and was an honorable-mention Class A all-state selection by the Omaha World-Herald for his production at wide receiver. As a senior, Schrodt caught 21 passes for approximately 520 yards and nine touchdowns, while also rushing for one touchdown. Schrodt was also used on special teams, where he returned both a kickoff and punt for scores. Schrodt has also made a name for himself on the track. He earned three Class A second-place finishes as a senior in the high jump, 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Schrodt chose to walk on at NU over several Division I track scholarship offers and football offers from Drake and South Dakota.

JACOB SMITH

JEFF UHER

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Contributing on both offense and defense for the Omaha Burke Bulldogs, Austin Williams will walk on to the Nebraska football team as a defensive back after a stellar senior season. Williams, who was an honorable-mention Class A all-state selection by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, finished his senior year with 102 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups from his linebacker spot. On the offensive side of the ball, Williams rushed 48 times for 450 yards and seven touchdowns and also caught seven passes for 60 yards and three scores. Williams chose to walk on at Nebraska over several Division II scholarship offers and walk-on invitations from Iowa State and Kansas State.

TYLER WULLENWABER Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 180 | Fr. Utica, Neb. (Centennial HS)

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Tyler Wullenwaber will walk on at Nebraska after a successful career at Centennial High School. He set school records for career receiving yards (1,994), season receiving yards (954), career receptions (101), career touchdowns (26) and touchdowns in a season (13). As a senior, the talented wide receiver had his best season as he caught 41 passes for 954 yards and 13 scores. A first-team Class C-1 all-state selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald, Wullenwaber chose to walk on at NU after being recruited by several Division II schools, including Northwest Missouri State, Nebraska-Omaha and Wayne State. Wullenwaber also starred in track and field. He won Class B long jump crowns in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and won the high jump as a senior and the 200 meters as a junior. He also finished third in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100 meters as a senior.

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2009 HUSKER HONORS NATIONAL AWARDS Heisman Trophy Finalist » Ndamukong Suh, DT Associated Press National Player of the Year » Ndamukong Suh, DT Outland Trophy Winner » Ndamukong Suh, DT Rotary Lombardi Award Winner » Ndamukong Suh, DT Chuck Bednarik Award Winner » Ndamukong Suh, DT Bronko Nagurski Award Winner » Ndamukong Suh, DT Bill Willis Award Winner » Ndamukong Suh, DT Lott Trophy Finalist » Ndamukong Suh, DT Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Finalist » Ndamukong Suh, DT John Mackey Award Mid-Season Watch List » Mike McNeill, TE Rimington Trophy Watch List » Jacob Hickman, C Lou Groza Award Semifinalist (1 of 20) » Alex Henery, PK/P Ray Guy Award Watch List » Alex Henery, PK/P Doak Walker Award Watch List » Roy Helu Jr., IB Maxwell Award Watch List » Roy Helu Jr., IB

ALL‐AMERICA HONORS Unanimous first-team selection: » Ndamukong Suh, DT (AP, Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, Sporting News)

BIG 12 HONORS Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year » Ndamukong Suh (AP, Coaches, Kansas City Star, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, CBSSports.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year » Ndamukong Suh (Coaches) First Team » Prince Amukamara (Coaches, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com, ESPN.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) » Larry Asante (Coaches, Rivals.com) » Jared Crick (Coaches) » Alex Henery (Place-Kicker -- Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com) » Alex Henery (Punter -- Kansas City Star, ESPN.com) » Mike McNeill (Phil Steele) » Ndamukong Suh (Coaches, AP, Kansas City Star, Austin-American Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, CBSSports.com, Rivals.com, ESPN.com) Second Team » Prince Amukamara (AP) » Larry Asante (San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Phil Steele) » Jared Crick (AP, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram) » Phillip Dillard (AP, Coaches, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Rivals.com, Phil Steele) » Roy Helu Jr. (Coaches, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, Rivals.com, Phil Steele) » Alex Henery (Place-Kicker -- AP, Coaches, Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Phil Steele) » Jacob Hickman (AP, Kansas City Star) » Mike McNeill (AP) » Niles Paul (Punt Returner -- Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Phil Steele; All Purpose -- San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News)

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Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week » Ndamukong Suh, DT, vs. MU, ISU, KSU Groza Award Star of the Week: » Alex Henery, PK/P, vs. Virginia Tech, Kansas

Third Team » Prince Amukamara (Phil Steele) » Mike McNeill (Coaches) Fourth Team » Matt O’Hanlon (Phil Steele) » Barry Turner (Phil Steele) » Niles Paul (Wide Receiver --- Phil Steele) Honorable Mention » Larry Asante (AP) » Dejon Gomes (Coaches) » Eric Hagg (Coaches) » Roy Helu Jr. (AP) » Alex Henery (Punter --- AP, Coaches) » Ricky Henry (AP) » Jacob Hickman (Coaches) » Matt O’Hanlon (AP, Coaches) » Niles Paul (AP, Coaches) » Barry Turner (Coaches) » Keith Williams (AP) All-Freshman » Will Compton (ESPN.com, Sporting News) » Ben Cotton (ESPN.com) » Sean Fisher (ESPN.com, Sporting News) Honorable-Mention All-Freshman » Baker Steinkuhler (ESPN.com)

NEBRASKA TEAM SEASON AWARDS » Team MVP: Ndamukong Suh, DT » Offensive MVP: Roy Helu Jr, IB » Defensive MVP: Ndamukong Suh, DT » Special Teams MVP: Alex Henery, PK/P » Walk-On MVP: Tyler Legate, FB » Scout Team Offensive MVPs: Ron Kellogg III, QB; Nick Ash, OL » Scout Team Defensive MVPs: Jim Ebke, S; Kenny Anderson, DE

NEBRASKA SENIOR AWARDS » Novak Trophy: Phillip Dillard, LB » Chamberlin Trophy: Ndamukong Suh, DT » Cletus Fischer Native Son Award: Matt O’Hanlon, S » Bobby Reynolds Award: Matt O’Hanlon, S » Pat Clare Award: Barry Turner, DE

NEBRASKA SCHOLARSHIPS

PLAYER‐OF‐THE‐WEEK HONORS Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week » Ndamukong Suh, DT, vs. Missouri » Jared Crick, DT, vs. Baylor » Matt O’Hanlon, S, vs. Oklahoma » Larry Asante, S, vs. Kansas State Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week » Alex Henery, PK/P, vs. Virginia Tech, Kansas State FWAA/Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week » Ndamukong Suh, DT, vs. Missouri » Jared Crick, DT, vs. Baylor » Matt O’Hanlon, S, vs. Oklahoma Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week » Ndamukong Suh, DT, vs. Missouri » Jared Crick, DT, vs. Baylor

» Brook Berringer Memorial Scholarship: David Harvey » Jake Young Memorial Scholarship: D.J. Jones » George Sullivan Endowed Scholarship: Adi Kunalic

NEBRASKA SEASON CAPTAINS » Offensive Captain: Jacob Hickman, C » Defensive Captain: Ndamukong Suh, DT » Special Teams Captain: Alex Henery, PK/P

2009 HOLIDAY BOWL HONORS » Defensive MVP: Matt O’Hanlon, S » Offensive MVP: Niles Paul, WR

COSIDA ACADEMIC HONORS CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team » Austin Cassidy CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Second Team » Wes Cammack » Marcel Jones » Blake Lawrence

ACADEMIC ALL‐BIG 12 22 First-Team Football Academic All-Big 12 (15): Name Yr. Justin Blatchford Fr. Wes Cammack*** Sr. #Austin Cassidy So. Andy Christensen** Sr. Will Compton Fr. Ben Cotton Fr. #Sean Fisher Fr. Thomas Grove** Jr. Ryan Hill** So. Marcel Jones** So. Colton Koehler Sr. Adi Kunalic** Jr. Zac Lee Jr. Jay Martin So. Matt O’Hanlon*** Sr. Second-Team Football Academic All-Big 12 (7): Name Yr. Jacob Hickman Sr. Tyler Legate So. Brett Maher Fr. Mathew May So. Graham Stoddard Fr. Ndamukong Suh Sr. Lance Thorell** So. * - number of honors

Major Undeclared Agricultural Engineering Psychology Construction Management Undeclared Undeclared Undeclared Biological Sciences Business Administration Construction Management Business Administration Advertising Business Administration Business Administration History

Hometown Ponca, Neb. DeWitt, Neb. Lincoln, Neb. Bennington, Neb. Bonne Terre, Mo. Ames, Iowa Omaha, Neb. Arlington, Neb. Arvada, Colo. Phoenix, Ariz. Harvard, Neb. Fort Worth, Texas San Francisco, Calif. Waverly, Neb. Bellevue, Neb.

Major Construction Management Elementary Education Undeclared Business Administration Nutrition, Exercise & Health Science Construction Management Agribusiness

Hometown Bakersfield, Calif. Neligh, Neb. Kearney, Neb. Imperial, Neb. Lincoln, Neb. Portland, Ore. Loomis, Neb.

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2009 NEBRASKA SCHEDULE AND RESULTS Date Sept. 5, 2009 Sept. 12, 2009 Sept. 19, 2009 Sept. 26, 2009 Oct. 8, 2009 Oct. 17, 2009 Oct. 24, 2009 Oct. 31, 2009 Nov. 7, 2009 Nov. 14, 2009 Nov. 21, 2009 Nov. 27, 2009 Dec. 5, 2009 Dec. 30, 2009

Opponent Florida Atlantic Arkansas State at No. 13 Virginia Tech Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 24 Missouri * Texas Tech * Iowa State * at Baylor * No. 20 Oklahoma * at Kansas * Kansas State * at Colorado * vs. No. 3 Texas (Big 12 Championship) vs. Arizona (Holiday Bowl)

Result W W L W W L L W W W W W L W

Score 49-3 38-9 15-16 55-0 27-12 10-31 7-9 20-10 10-3 31-17 17-3 28-20 12-13 33-0

Record 1-0 2-0 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 4-3 5-3 6-3 7-3 8-3 9-3 9-4 10-4

Conference 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 1-1 1-2 2-2 3-2 4-2 5-2 6-2 6-2 6-2

Time 3:02 2:47 3:20 2:51 3:28 3:19 3:09 3:20 3:23 3:07 3:01 3:13 3:17 3:16

Attend 85,719 85,035 66,233 86,304 (stadium record) 65,826 86,107 85,938 31,702 86,115 51,525 85,998 52,817 76,211 64,607

* Big 12 conference game

SCORE BY QUARTERS Nebraska Opponents

1st 87 27

TEAM STATISTICS

TEAM STATISTICS SCORING Points Per Game FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-Yards PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards INT RETURNS: #-Yards KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-Yards Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards Average Per Punt Net punt average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3RD-DOWN Conversions 3rd-Down Pct 4TH-DOWN Conversions 4th-Down Pct SACKS BY-Yards MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games

NU 352 25.1 226 98 111 17 2059 2363 304 512 4.0 147.1 20 2460 210-364-12 6.8 11.7 175.7 16 4519 876 5.2 322.8 33-795 44-510 20-296 24.1 11.6 14.8 21-11 100-894 63.9 78-3210 41.2 34.7 30:30 77/201 38% 5/8 62% 44-312 34 40 24-28 0-0 38-47 81% 25-47 53% 38-38 100% 601,216 7/85,888

2nd 111 64

OPP 146 10.4 228 84 112 32 1304 1709 405 465 2.8 93.1 7 2504 234-490-20 5.1 10.7 178.9 7 3808 955 4.0 272.0 49-951 31-366 12-128 19.4 11.8 10.7 26-8 84-678 48.4 93-3849 41.4 35.3 29:30 72/223 32% 10/22 45% 19-121 1 16 12-24 0-0 16-25 64% 11-25 44% 12-14 86% 268,103 5/53,621 2/70,409

3rd 58 23

4th 96 32

Total 352 146

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE STATISTICS RUSHING Helu Jr., Roy Burkhead, Rex Lee, Zac

G/GS 14/14 9/0 13/12 Robinson, Dontrayevous 8/0 Green, Cody 9/2 Paul, Niles 14/14 Ward, Lester 5/0 Jones, Austin 5/0 Washington, Latravis 4/0 Mendoza, Marcus 7/0 Okafor, Collins 1/0 Cotton, Ben 14/1 TEAM 10/0 Total.......... 14 Opponents...... 14 PASSING Lee, Zac Green, Cody Total.......... Opponents......

G/GS 13/12 9/2 14 14

RECEIVING Paul, Niles McNeill, Mike Helu Jr., Roy Gilleylen, Curenski Holt, Menelik Kinnie, Brandon Brooks, Chris Burkhead, Rex Cooper, Khiry Mendoza, Marcus Reed, Kyler Young, Dreu Cotton, Ben Robinson, Dontrayevous Legate, Tyler Hill, Ryan Bell, Antonio Cammack, Wes Jones, Austin Henry, Will Total.......... Opponents......

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Att 220 81 103 39 31 3 10 7 3 4 1 0 10 512 465

Effic 126.89 100.37 122.37 87.23 G/GS 14/14 14/14 14/14 11/2 14/5 13/2 12/0 9/0 12/4 7/0 11/1 13/9 14/1 8/0 14/4 13/0 6/0 9/0 5/0 6/0 14 14

Gain 1193 360 315 176 170 50 44 18 17 11 9 0 0 2363 1709

Loss 46 14 144 11 12 2 6 0 0 1 0 0 68 304 405

Comp-Att-Int 177-302-10 33-62-2 210-364-12 234-490-20 No. 40 28 19 17 15 15 14 13 13 7 6 5 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 210 234

Yds 796 259 149 302 175 141 179 90 80 45 54 78 43 26 27 8 3 2 2 1 2460 2504

Net 1147 346 171 165 158 48 38 18 17 10 9 0 -68 2059 1304

Pct 58.6 53.2 57.7 47.8 Avg 19.9 9.2 7.8 17.8 11.7 9.4 12.8 6.9 6.2 6.4 9.0 15.6 8.6 6.5 9.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 11.7 10.7

Avg 5.2 4.3 1.7 4.2 5.1 16.0 3.8 2.6 5.7 2.5 9.0 0.0 -6.8 4.0 2.8

Yds 2143 317 2460 2504 TD 4 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 7

TD 10 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 7

Long 63 34 32 23 49 30 9 8 7 7 9 0 0 63 46

Avg/G 81.9 38.4 13.2 20.6 17.6 3.4 7.6 3.6 4.2 1.4 9.0 0.0 -6.8 147.1 93.1

TD 14 2 16 7

Lng 74 45 74 81

Avg/G 164.8 35.2 175.7 178.9

Long 74 32 27 51 30 16 26 24 17 9 22 34 24 19 13 7 3 2 2 1 74 81

Avg/G 56.9 18.5 10.6 27.5 12.5 10.8 14.9 10.0 6.7 6.4 4.9 6.0 3.1 3.2 1.9 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.4 0.2 175.7 178.9

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No. 38 4 1 1 0 44 31

Yds 407 73 -4 9 25 510 366

Avg 10.7 18.2 -4.0 9.0 0.0 11.6 11.8

TD 1 0 0 0 1 2 0

Long 59 33 0 0 25 59 62

INTERCEPTIONS O’Hanlon, Matt Amukamara, Prince Gomes, Dejon Asante, Larry Dillard, Phillip Suh, Ndamukong Hagg, Eric Total.......... Opponents......

No. 6 5 4 2 1 1 1 20 12

Yds 105 63 45 74 9 0 0 296 128

Avg 17.5 12.6 11.2 37.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 14.8 10.7

TD 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1

Long 37 40 40 74 9 0 0 74 45

KICK RETURNS Paul, Niles Marlowe, Tim Cotton, Ben Dennard, Alfonzo Stoddard, Graham Burkhead, Rex Legate, Tyler Total.......... Opponents......

No. 16 12 1 1 1 1 1 33 49

Yds 446 284 2 25 1 15 22 795 951

Avg 27.9 23.7 2.0 25.0 1.0 15.0 22.0 24.1 19.4

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Long 49 40 2 25 1 15 22 49 76

FUMBLE RETURNS Amukamara, Prince Meredith, Cameron Fisher, Sean Total.......... Opponents......

No. 1 1 1 3 1

Yds 4 4 21 29 82

Avg 4.0 4.0 21.0 9.7 82.0

TD 0 0 0 0 1

Long 4 4 21 21 82

Pct 85.7

01-19 1-1

20-29 8-8

30-39 6-6

FIELD GOALS Henery, Alex

FGM-FGA 24-28

FG SEQUENCE Florida Atlantic Arkansas State Virginia Tech Louisiana Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State Baylor Oklahoma Kansas Kansas State Colorado Texas Arizona

Nebraska (26),54 (40),(27),(19),(38),(38) (39),(46) (21),51 (45),(22) (28),43 (25),(34),(38) (34) 50 (45),(52),(28),(42) (47),(50),(41),(22)

40-49 7-8

50-99 2-5

OPPONENTS 46, (21) (42) (39) 50 43,(33) (32) (52),49 (41),29 46,45,(28),42 (33) (44),51,32 52,37 (39),(46) -

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate field goal was made.

PUNTING Henery, Alex TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

No. 77 1 78 93

Yds 3187 23 3210 3849

Avg 41.4 23.0 41.2 41.4

Long 76 23 76 60

TB 7 0 7 3

FC 8 0 8 13

I20 30 0 30 26

Blkd 1 0 1 2

KICKOFFS Kunalic, Adi Henery, Alex Total.......... Opponents......

No. 78 1 79 38

Yds 5318 50 5368 2371

Avg 68.2 50.0 67.9 62.4

TB 29 0 29 4

OB 1 0 1 1

Retn

Net

YdLn

951 795

48.6 39.4

21 30

148

Lg Blk 52 0

SCORING Henery, Alex Helu Jr., Roy Paul, Niles Burkhead, Rex McNeill, Mike Cotton, Ben Green, Cody

TD 0 10 6 4 4 2 2 Robinson, Dontrayevous 2 Brooks, Chris 1 Blatchford, Justin 1 Hill, Ryan 1 Holt, Menelik 1 Legate, Tyler 1 Cooper, Khiry 1 Asante, Larry 1 O’Hanlon, Matt 1 Lee, Zac 1 Gilleylen, Curenski 1 Total.......... 40 Opponents...... 16

FGs 24-28 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 24-28 12-24

|---------- PATs ----------| Kick Rush Rcv 38-38 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 38-38 0-0 1 12-14 0-0 0

Pass 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-2 0-1

DXP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOTAL OFFENSE Lee, Zac Helu Jr., Roy Green, Cody Burkhead, Rex Robinson, Dontrayevous Paul, Niles Ward, Lester Jones, Austin Washington, Latravis Mendoza, Marcus Okafor, Collins TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

G 13 14 9 9 8 14 5 5 4 7 1 10 14 14

Plays 405 220 93 81 39 3 10 7 3 4 1 10 876 955

Rush 171 1147 158 346 165 48 38 18 17 10 9 -68 2059 1304

Pass 2143 0 317 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2460 2504

Total 2314 1147 475 346 165 48 38 18 17 10 9 -68 4519 3808

Avg/G 178.0 81.9 52.8 38.4 20.6 3.4 7.6 3.6 4.2 1.4 9.0 -6.8 322.8 272.0

ALL PURPOSE Paul, Niles Helu Jr., Roy Burkhead, Rex Gilleylen, Curenski Marlowe, Tim McNeill, Mike Robinson, Dontrayevous Brooks, Chris Holt, Menelik Lee, Zac Green, Cody Kinnie, Brandon O’Hanlon, Matt Cooper, Khiry Young, Dreu Asante, Larry Amukamara, Prince Mendoza, Marcus Reed, Kyler Legate, Tyler Gomes, Dejon Cotton, Ben Ward, Lester Blatchford, Justin Dennard, Alfonzo Jones, Austin Washington, Latravis Okafor, Collins Dillard, Phillip Martin, Eric Hill, Ryan Bell, Antonio Cammack, Wes Stoddard, Graham Henry, Will May, Mathew TEAM Total.......... Opponents......

G 14 14 9 11 13 14 8 12 14 13 9 13 14 12 13 14 14 7 11 14 13 14 5 12 13 5 4 1 12 14 13 6 9 14 6 14 10 14 14

Rush 48 1147 346 0 0 0 165 0 0 171 158 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 38 0 0 18 17 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -68 2059 1304

Rec 796 149 90 302 0 259 26 179 175 0 0 141 0 80 78 0 0 45 54 27 0 43 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 8 3 2 0 1 0 0 2460 2504

PR 407 0 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0 510 366

KOR 446 0 15 0 284 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 2 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 795 951

IR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 105 0 0 74 63 0 0 0 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 296 128

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Saf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Pts 110 60 38 24 24 12 12 12 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 352 146

Tot Avg/G 1697 121.2 1296 92.6 524 58.2 302 27.5 284 21.8 259 18.5 191 23.9 179 14.9 175 12.5 171 13.2 158 17.6 141 10.8 105 7.5 80 6.7 78 6.0 74 5.3 63 4.5 55 7.9 54 4.9 49 3.5 45 3.5 45 3.2 38 7.6 25 2.1 25 1.9 20 4.0 17 4.2 9 9.0 9 0.8 9 0.6 8 0.6 3 0.5 2 0.2 1 0.1 1 0.2 -4 -0.3 -68 -6.8 6120 437.1 5253 375.2


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INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE GAME BY GAME RUSHING Helu Jr., Roy Burkhead, Rex Lee, Zac Robinson, Dontrayevous Green, Cody Paul, Niles Ward, Lester Jones, Austin Washington, Latravis Mendoza, Marcus Okafor, Collins TEAM

No-Yds/TD 220-1147/10 81-346/3 103-171/1 39-165/2 31-158/2 3-48/1 10-38/0 7-18/0 3-17/0 4-10/0 1-9/0 10--68/0

FAU 16-152/3 9-39/1 2-14/0 DNP 2-50/1 DNP 1-7/0 1--1/0 DNP 1--2/0

ASU 14-60/0 3-18/0 7-11/0 DNP 1-7/0 1-30/1 1-8/0 1-2/0 DNP DNP DNP

VT 28-169/0 8-38/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP -

ULL 15-83/2 6-27/0 3--2/0 DNP 3-22/1 2-9/0 2-10/0 1-9/0 2--25/0

MU 18-88/1 5-34/0 8-7/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2--24/0

TTU 16-68/0 DNP 9-0/0 2-1/0 1--2/0 DNP 1-0/0 DNP 1-3/0 DNP DNP

ISU 5-24/0 DNP 6-5/0 15-77/1 DNP DNP DNP DNP 2-8/0 DNP -

BU 7-24/0 DNP DNP 13-61/1 8-43/0 7-16/0 2-4/0 DNP DNP 1--3/0

OU 20-138/0 DNP 10--13/0 6-11/0 6-8/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1--3/0

KU 28-156/3 DNP 9-53/0 4-10/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1--5/0

KSU 26-95/1 6-17/0 11--5/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 2--6/0

CU 14-54/0 18-100/1 6--14/0 DNP 2-4/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

UT 10-28/0 17-22/0 6-12/0 2-5/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP -

UA 3-8/0 17-89/1 18-65/1 1-6/0 5-18/0 1-20/0 2-14/0 1-3/0 DNP DNP DNP

RECEIVING Paul, Niles Gilleylen, Curenski McNeill, Mike Brooks, Chris Holt, Menelik Helu Jr., Roy Kinnie, Brandon Burkhead, Rex Cooper, Khiry Young, Dreu Reed, Kyler Mendoza, Marcus Cotton, Ben Legate, Tyler Robinson, Dontrayevous Hill, Ryan Bell, Antonio Cammack, Wes Jones, Austin Henry, Will

No-Yds/TD 40-796/4 17-302/1 28-259/4 14-179/1 15-175/1 19-149/0 15-141/0 13-90/1 13-80/1 5-78/0 6-54/0 7-45/0 5-43/1 3-27/1 4-26/0 2-8/1 1-3/0 1-2/0 1-2/0 1-1/0

FAU 2-13/0 4-92/1 4-51/0 1-15/0 3-45/1 1-3/0 1-9/0 DNP 1-3/0 DNP DNP -

ASU 6-69/1 1-43/0 4-57/2 2-30/0 5-40/0 4-44/0 1-5/0 1-11/0 1-6/0 1-27/0 1-9/0 1-7/0 1-3/1 DNP 1-7/0 -

VT 1-19/0 1-35/0 1-4/0 2-16/0 1-13/0 4-33/0 DNP 1-16/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP -

ULL 1-9/0 2-85/0 2-26/0 3-50/1 2-11/0 4-26/1 2-26/0 1-34/0 1-16/0 1-11/0 DNP 1-3/0 1-2/0 1-1/0

MU 6-102/2 3-14/0 1-8/1 2-26/0 1-4/0 1-4/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP

TTU 1-4/0 2-12/0 2-14/0 5-66/0 2-34/0 1-27/0 DNP 3-23/1 1-1/0 5-32/0 1-2/0 -

ISU 6-143/0 3-18/0 2-22/0 DNP 2-17/0 3-13/0 3-27/0 DNP DNP DNP 1-8/0 DNP DNP

BU 2-54/0 DNP DNP 1-3/0 1-10/0 DNP 3-12/0 1-22/0 1-5/0 3-22/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP

OU DNP 1-2/0 3-15/0 2-21/0 DNP DNP 1-1/1 DNP DNP DNP DNP

KU 4-154/0 DNP 4-27/0 1-8/0 DNP 3-5/0 1-2/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

KSU 4-82/0 3-26/1 2-20/0 1-9/0 1-8/0 1-8/0 DNP 1-13/0 DNP DNP DNP

CU 2-20/0 1-3/0 1-8/0 1-7/0 1-2/0 DNP 3-33/1 DNP DNP DNP DNP

UT 1-4/0 2-30/0 2-1/0 DNP 1-4/0 DNP DNP DNP DNP

UA 4-123/1 1-3/0 3-19/0 1-2/0 2-12/0 2-14/0 DNP DNP -

PASSING #5 Lee, Zac Florida Atlantic Arkansas State Virginia Tech Louisiana Missouri Texas Tech Iowa State Oklahoma Kansas Kansas State Colorado Texas Arizona TOTALS

Att 22 35 30 18 33 22 37 9 21 19 14 19 23 302

Comp 15 27 11 15 14 16 20 5 13 13 9 6 13 177

Int 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 3 0 10

Pct 68.2 77.1 36.7 83.3 42.4 72.7 54.1 55.6 61.9 68.4 64.3 31.6 56.5 58.6

Yards 213 340 136 238 158 128 248 35 196 166 73 39 173 2143

TD 2 4 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 14

Long 51 43 35 43 56 27 72 16 45 47 24 16 74 74

Sack 0 2 0 1 1 4 1 2 1 2 3 1 0 18

Yds 0 16 0 6 7 19 4 11 8 24 15 8 0 118

Effic 170.4 196.5 61.4 212.7 112.6 121.6 94.1 124.9 140.3 148.7 131.7 17.2 134.1 126.9

#17 Green, Cody Florida Atlantic Arkansas State Louisiana Texas Tech Baylor Oklahoma Colorado Texas Arizona TOTALS

Att 3 6 8 16 21 5 0 1 2 62

Comp 2 3 7 7 12 2 0 0 0 33

Int 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

Pct 66.7 50.0 87.5 43.8 57.1 40.0 00.0 0.0 0.0 53.2

Yards 18 18 62 87 128 4 0 0 0 317

TD 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

Long 15 7 24 30 45 8 0 0 0 45

Sack 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

Yds 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3

Effic 117.1 75.2 193.9 97.6 98.8 46.7 00.0 0.0 0.0 100.4

PUNT RETURNS Paul, Niles Burkhead, Rex Martin, Eric May, Mathew

No-Yds 38-407 4-73 1-9 1--4

FAU -

ASU 3-17 1-14 -

VT 6-86 -

ULL 2-8 2-59 -

MU 2--1 1-0 1--4

TTU 5-64 DNP -

ISU 3-11 DNP -

BU 1-17 DNP 1-9 -

OU 2-19 DNP -

KU 2-18 DNP -

KSU 2-3 -

CU 4-71 -

UT 3-49 -

UA 3-45 -

KICK RETURNS Paul, Niles Marlowe, Tim Dennard, Alfonzo Legate, Tyler Burkhead, Rex Cotton, Ben Stoddard, Graham

No-Yds 16-446 12-284 1-25 1-22 1-15 1-2 1-1

FAU 2-49 -

ASU 2-53 -

VT 3-71 1-15 -

ULL 1-21 -

MU 1-2 -

TTU 3-61 1-25 1-22 DNP -

ISU 2-54 1-26 DNP -

BU 1-14 2-41 DNP -

OU 1-26 DNP 1-1

KU 2-72 1-40 DNP -

KSU 2-53 DNP -

CU 1-21 -

UT 1-42 2-37 -

UA 1-49 DNP -

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INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE STATISTICS DEFENSIVE LEADERS Suh, Ndamukong Dillard, Phillip Asante, Larry Crick, Jared O’Hanlon, Matt Amukamara, Prince Allen, Pierre Turner, Barry Gomes, Dejon Compton, Will Hagg, Eric Fisher, Sean Dennard, Alfonzo Meredith, Cameron Steinkuler, Baker Martin, Eric Smith, P.J. West, Anthony Thenarse, Rickey Lawrence, Blake Stoddard, Graham May, Mathew Cassidy, Austin Thorell, Lance Hays, Mike Koehler, Colton Paul, Niles Dean, Jase Blue, Anthony Grove, Thomas Blatchford, Justin Williams, Josh Klingelhoefer, Faron Henery, Alex Moore, Terrence Hill, Ryan Washington, Latravis Cammack, Wes Burkhead, Rex Jackson, Justin Osborne, Courtney Harvey, David Total.......... Opponents......

GP/GS 14-14 12-9 14-14 14-14 14-14 14-14 14-13 14-14 13-6 14-8 14-10 14-6 13-9 14-0 13-0 14-0 14-0 13-5 4-0 3-2 14-0 14-0 14-0 14-1 14-0 4-0 14-14 5-0 11-0 13-0 12-0 3-0 2-0 14-0 4-0 13-0 4-0 9-0 9-0 2-0 6-0 2-1 14-0 14-0

Solo 52 45 42 31 39 41 19 28 26 17 30 10 21 13 6 8 8 9 3 6 7 1 6 4 2 2 4 3 4 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 . . 1 . 1 1 500 -

|-------Tackles-------| Ast Total 33 85 38 83 37 79 42 73 30 69 23 64 32 51 23 51 20 46 23 40 10 40 25 35 10 31 8 21 11 17 7 15 7 15 2 11 8 11 4 10 3 10 9 10 3 9 3 7 3 5 3 5 . 4 1 4 . 4 2 3 . 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 . 1 1 1 1 1 . 1 1 1 . 1 . 1 427 927 -

TFL/Yds 24-93 11-45 1-2 15-63 2-19 3-13 12-55 16-50 4-7 1-2 7-32 2-5 4-10 5-18 1-2 . . . 1-2 . . . . . . 1-1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *93-419 -

|-Sacks-| No-Yards 12.0-77 3.0-27 . 9.5-57 2.0-19 2.0-11 5.0-43 5.5-39 . 0.5-2 2.0-22 1.0-3 . 1.5-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-312 19-121

|---Pass Def---| Int-Yds BrUp 1-0 10 1-9 3 2-74 7 . 4 6-105 5 5-63 11 . 5 . 5 4-45 5 . 2 1-0 4 . . . 8 . 1 . 2 . . . 1 . 4 . . . . . . . . . 1 . 1 . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-296 80 12-128 41

QBH 26 4 . 17 . . 9 14 3 2 3 3 . 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 25

|-Fumbles-| Rcv-Yds FF . 1 . 1 . 2 2-0 . 2-0 1 1-4 1 . 1 1-0 1 . 3 . . . 1 1-21 . . . 1-4 . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29 14 11-82 10

Blkd Kick 3 . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1

*total team TFL (team stops behind line of scrimmage; not total number of individual TFL)

SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES Martin, Eric Smith, P.J. Stoddard, Graham May, Mathew Cassidy, Austin Gomes, Dejon O’Hanlon, Matt Blue, Anthony Thenarse, Rickey Hays, Mike Blatchford, Justin Grove, Thomas Dennard, Alfonzo Fisher, Sean Henery, Alex Dean, Jase Asante, Larry Cammack, Wes Burkhead, Rex Hill, Ryan Dillard, Phillip Thorell, Lance

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FAU 2-1/3 1-0/1 1-0/1 2-0/2 1-1/2 2-0/2 1-1/2 -

ASU 0-1/1 1-0/1 0-1/1 0-1/1 0-1/1 -

VT 1-0/1 0-1/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 -

ULL 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 DNP -

MU 1-1/2 1-1/2 3-1/4 DNP 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 -

TTU 1-0/1 DNP 0-1/1 DNP 0-1/1 -

ISU 0-1/1 0-1/1 0-1/1 DNP DNP -

BU 0-1/1 1-0/1 DNP 2-0/2 0-1/1 0-1/1 0-1/1 DNP 1-0/1 -

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OU 0-1/1 0-2/2 0-2/2 0-1/1 DNP DNP DNP -

KU 1-1/2 0-1/1 0-2/2 1-0/1 0-1/1 DNP DNP DNP 1-0/1

KSU 1-0/1 1-0/1 1-0/1 3-0/3 DNP DNP 1-0/1 1-0/1 DNP -

CU 0-1/1 0-1/1 0-1/1 1-0/1 0-1/1 1-0/1 DNP 0-1/1 DNP -

UT 0-1/1 0-1/1 -

UA 0-3 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 -

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INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE GAME BY GAME TOTAL TACKLES Suh, Ndamukong Dillard, Phillip Asante, Larry Crick, Jared O’Hanlon, Matt Amukamara, Prince Allen, Pierre Turner, Barry Gomes, Dejon Hagg, Eric Compton, Will Fisher, Sean Dennard, Alfonzo Meredith, Cameron Steinkuhler, Baker Smith, P.J. Martin, Eric Thenarse, Rickey West, Anthony Lawrence, Blake Stoddard, Graham May, Mathew Cassidy, Austin Thorell, Lance Koehler, Colton Hays, Mike Blue, Anthony Dean, Jase Paul, Niles Blatchford, Justin Grove, Thomas Williams, Josh Moore, Terrence Klingelhoefer, Farron Henery, Alex Jackson, Justin Burkhead, Rex Osborne, Courtney Washington, Latravis Hill, Ryan Cammack, Wes Harvey, David

UA-A 52-33 45-38 42-37 31-42 39-30 41-23 19-32 28-23 26-20 30-10 17-23 10-25 21-10 13-8 6-11 8-7 8-7 3-8 9-2 6-4 7-3 1-9 6-3 4-3 2-3 2-3 4-0 3-1 4-0 3-0 1-2 2-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 0-1 1-0

TOT 85 83 79 73 69 64 51 51 46 40 40 35 31 21 17 15 15 11 11 10 10 10 9 7 5 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

FAU 4-3 DNP 3-4 0-3 1-4 3-3 1-3 0-2 1-1 1-0 2-3 2-4 1-2 0-1 1-4 1-3 3-5 2-0 3-3 1-2 0-1 0-1 0-1 DNP 2-1 DNP 1-1 DNP DNP 0-1 DNP DNP

ASU 4-1 DNP 7-1 1-4 2-3 4-3 0-3 2-1 2-0 1-2 0-2 1-0 1-2 1-1 0-2 3-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 DNP DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP

TACKLES FOR LOSS Suh, Ndamukong Turner, Barry Crick, Jared Allen, Pierre Dillard, Phillip Hagg, Eric Meredith, Cameron Gomes, Dejon Dennard, Alfonzo Amukamara, Prince Fisher, Sean O’Hanlon, Matt Koehler, Colton Compton, Will Steinkuhler, Baker Thenarse, Rickey Asante, Larry

UA-A 17-7 8-8 10-5 5-7 10-1 6-1 4-1 2-2 4-0 3-0 2-0 2-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1

Tot 24 16 15 12 11 7 5 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1

FAU 1-1 1-0 1-1 DNP 1-2 -

ASU 3-18 1-1 1-6 DNP 1-8 1-2 -

SACKS Suh, Ndamukong Crick, Jared Turner, Barry Allen, Pierre Dillard, Phillip Hagg, Eric Amukamara, Prince O’Hanlon, Matt Meredith, Cameron Fisher, Sean Compton, Will

UA-A 10-4 8-3 3-5 4-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-0 0-1

Tot 12.0 9.5 5.5 5.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5

FAU DNP -

ASU 1.5-17 0.5-6 DNP 1.0-8 1.0-2 -

VT 1-7 1-4 3-3 2-5 3-2 4-2 3-2 2-4 DNP 1-1 1-6 2-4 0-1 1-0 0-1 0-1 2-1 DNP 1-0 0-1 DNP 0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

ULL 1-5 3-0 2-0 0-1 1-3 1-1 1-3 3-1 1-1 2-4 3-2 1-5 4-1 1-3 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-2 2-1 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-0

MU 5-1 1-2 1-5 2-5 3-2 2-7 3-2 1-2 3-2 1-1 2-4 3-1 0-2 0-1 1-1 1-1 DNP DNP DNP 1-3 1-1 DNP 2-0 DNP 0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-0 DNP

TTU 4-0 8-4 0-3 2-3 2-2 2-2 2-5 1-2 2-4 4-1 0-1 1-1 DNP DNP DNP 1-0 DNP DNP 0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-1 DNP

ISU 6-2 5-7 1-2 5-3 2-2 2-1 1-0 2-2 1-1 0-1 1-3 2-7 3-2 2-1 DNP DNP 1-0 DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

BU 3-2 1-4 3-3 10-3 2-2 4-0 0-2 3-1 1-2 6-0 DNP 1-2 1-0 1-0 2-1 DNP 1-0 DNP 1-0 DNP 0-2 DNP 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

OU 1-3 5-3 5-3 2-6 9-3 2-0 2-2 1-1 3-2 2-0 4-2 3-1 1-0 DNP DNP 2-0 DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

KU 2-1 2-4 2-3 2-1 2-0 4-0 1-3 3-2 5-3 4-0 5-0 2-1 1-0 1-1 DNP DNP 2-0 0-1 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

KSU 4-5 6-2 4-6 1-4 2-3 1-2 0-2 0-3 3-2 3-1 1-1 1-0 DNP 0-1 0-1 DNP 3-0 DNP 0-1 0-1 DNP DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP 0-1 DNP DNP DNP -

CU 5-0 4-4 5-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 2-2 3-0 2-0 1-1 4-1 0-1 2-1 2-0 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP 1-0 0-1 DNP 1-0 DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 0-1 -

UT 10-2 4-2 4-2 1-2 4-1 6-1 0-2 5-2 3-2 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP 3-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

UA 2-1 5-2 2-1 1-2 4-1 2-1 3-1 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 0-1 3-0 DNP DNP 1-0 1-0 DNP 1-0 DNP DNP DNP 1-0 -

VT 1-1 3-4 1-1 1-13 1-1 1-1 DNP 1-2 1-2 1-8 DNP 1-2 -

ULL 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-5 2-10 1-1 -

MU 1-6 1-9 1-5 1-2 1-2 1-4 DNP DNP -

TTU 2-10 2-20 2-12 3-10 4-6 1-1 DNP 1-2 DNP DNP -

ISU 1-6 1-2 1-1 DNP DNP -

BU 3-5 1-1 7-28 2-3 1-3 1-3 DNP DNP DNP 1-2

OU 1-3 1-3 2-18 1-2 1-4 DNP DNP -

KU 2-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 1-9 DNP DNP -

KSU 2-6 1-1 1-9 1-14 DNP DNP DNP -

CU 1-17 DNP DNP -

UT 7-22 4-17 1-4 2-6 1-3 2-2 1-11 DNP DNP -

UA 1-1 2-20 1-2 DNP -

VT 0.5-1 1.0-1 0.5-2 1.0-13 1.0-8 -

ULL 1.0-5 1.0-9 -

MU 1.0-6 1.0-9 -

TTU 1.0-10 1.5-20 2.0-10 0.5-2

ISU 1.0-6 -

BU 1.0-3 5.0-24 1.0-3 DNP

OU 0.5-3 0.5-3 1.0-13 -

KU 1.0-9 -

KSU 1.5-6 0.5-1 1.0-9 1.0-14 -

CU 1.0-17 -

UT 4.5-21 0.5-4 2.5-13 1.0-11 0.5-3 -

UA 2.0-20 -

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2009 STATISTICAL HIGHS AND LOWS NEBRASKA TOTALS Points Scored First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Passes Attempted Passes Completed Had Intercepted Passing Yards Total Plays Total Yards Possession Time Fumbles Fumbles Lost Turnovers Turnover Margin Penalties Yards Penalized Sacks By-Yards Lost Team Tackles for Loss-Yards OPPONENT TOTALS Points Scored First Downs Rushing Attempts Rushing Yards Passes Attempted Passes Completed Had Intercepted Passing Yards Total Plays Total Yards Possession Time Fumbles Fumbles Lost Turnovers Turnover Margin Penalties Yards Penalized Sacks By-Yards Lost Team Tackles for Loss-Yards Lost

HIGHS 55 (Louisiana-Lafayette) 27 (Arkansas State) 48 (Arizona) 259 (Florida Atlantic) 41 (Arkansas State) 30 (Arkansas State) 3 (Iowa State, Texas) 358 (Arkansas State) 73 (Arizona) 494 (Arkansas State) 38:12 (Arizona) 7 (Iowa State) 5 (Iowa State) 8 (Iowa State) +4 (Oklahoma) 12 (at Missouri, Texas Tech) 108 (at Missouri) 9-52 (Texas) 15-65 (Texas) HIGHS 31 (Texas Tech) 23 (Florida Atlantic, Oklahoma) 48 (Iowa State) 143 (Arkansas State) 58 (Oklahoma) 26 (Oklahoma) 5 (Oklahoma) 245 (Oklahoma) 87 (Oklahoma) 403 (at Colorado) 33:40 (Iowa State) 5 (Florida Atlantic) 2 (Louisiana-Lafayette) 5 (Oklahoma) +8 (Iowa State) 11 (Florida Atlantic) 100 (Missouri) 5-22 (Texas Tech) 10-43 (Kansas State)

LOWS 7 (Iowa State) 5 (Texas) 28 (Arkansas State, Iowa State) 67 (Texas) 14 (Oklahoma) 6 (Texas) 0 (Seven times) 39 (Oklahoma, Texas) 54 (at Colorado) 106 (Texas) 26:20 (Iowa State) 0 (Arkansas State, at Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Texas, Arizona) 0 (Eight times) 0 (Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, at Kansas, Arizona) -8 (Iowa State) 3 (Arkansas State, Iowa State, Kansas State) 25 (Iowa State) 0-0 (Florida Atlantic) 1-17 (at Colorado) LOWS 0 (Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona) 6 (Arizona) 20 (Arizona) 18 (Texas) 19 (Iowa State) 9 (Iowa State) 0 (Arkansas State, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas) 46 (Arizona) 51 (Arizona) 109 (Arizona) 21:48 (Arizona) 0 (Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Texas) 0 (Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona) 0 (Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Iowa State) -4 (Oklahoma) 2 (Arizona) 14 (Louisiana-Lafayette) 0-0 (Florida Atlantic, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Arizona) 2-3 (Florida Atlantic)

NEBRASKA INDIVIDUAL HIGHS Most Rushing Attempts...................................................... 28; Roy Helu Jr. at Virginia Tech, at Kansas Most Net Rushing Yards ..................................................... 169; Roy Helu Jr. at Virginia Tech Most Rushing TDs .............................................................. 3; Roy Helu Jr. vs. Florida Atlantic Longest TD Run ................................................................. 44; Roy Helu Jr. vs. Florida Atlantic Longest Run, No TD ........................................................... 63; Roy Helu Jr. vs. Oklahoma Most Pass Attempts ........................................................... 35; Zac Lee vs. Arkansas State Most Completed Passes ..................................................... 27; Zac Lee vs. Arkansas State Most Passing Yards ............................................................ 340; Zac Lee vs. Arkansas State Longest TD Pass................................................................. 74; Zac Lee to Niles Paul vs. Arizona Longest Pass, No TD .......................................................... 72; Zac Lee to Niles Paul vs. Iowa State Most Pass Receptions......................................................... 6; Niles Paul vs. Arkansas State, at Missouri, vs. Iowa State Most Receiving Yards ......................................................... 154; Niles Paul at Kansas Most TD Receptions ........................................................... 2; Mike McNeill vs. Arkansas State; Niles Paul at Missouri Most Total Offense Attempts ............................................. 42; Zac Lee vs. Arkansas State (36 pass, 7 rush) Most Total Offense Yards ................................................... 351; Zac Lee vs. Arkansas State (340 passing, 11 rushing) Most All Purpose Attempts ................................................ 32; Roy Helu Jr. at Virginia Tech (28 rush, 4 rec.) Most All Purpose Yards ...................................................... 244; Niles Paul at Kansas (154 receiving, 72 kickoff return, 18 punt return) Most Touchdowns Scored .................................................. 3; Roy Helu Jr. vs. Florida Atlantic (3 rush), at Kansas (2 rush, 1 fumble recovery) Most Field Goals Attempted............................................... 5; Alex Henery at Virginia Tech Most Field Goals Made ....................................................... 5; Alex Henery at Virginia Tech Longest Field Goal Made .................................................... 50; Alex Henery vs. Arizona Longest Field Goal Attempted ........................................... 54; Alex Henery vs. Arkansas State Most Interceptions ............................................................. 3; Matt O’Hanlon vs. Oklahoma (TIES SCHOOL RECORD) Longest Interception TD Return ......................................... 74; Larry Asante vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Longest Interception Return, No TD ................................... 40; Dejon Gomes at Missouri; Prince Amukamara at Colorado Longest Fumble TD Return ................................................ None (NOTE: Ben Cotton vs. ULL and Roy Helu Jr. at Kansas each had an offensive fumble recovery TD in end zone which were not fumble returns) Longest Fumble Return, No TD .......................................... 4; Cameron Meredith vs. Florida Atlantic; Prince Amukamara vs. Kansas State Longest Punt Return, TD .................................................... 59; Niles Paul at Colorado Longest Punt Return, No TD .............................................. 55; Niles Paul at Virginia Tech Most Punt Return Yardage ................................................. 86; Niles Paul at Virginia Tech Longest Kickoff Return, TD ................................................ None Longest Kickoff Return, No TD ........................................... 49; Niles Paul vs. Arizona Most Kickoff Return Yardage ............................................. 72; Niles Paul at Kansas (2 returns) Most Punts ......................................................................... 11; Alex Henery vs. Oklahoma (43.7 avg.) Highest Punting Average.................................................... 50.7; Alex Henery at Colorado (6 punts) Longest Punt...................................................................... 76; Alex Henery at Virginia Tech

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NEBRASKA INDIVIDUAL HIGHS.... CONTINUED Most Total Tackles ............................................................. 13; Jared Crick at Baylor (10 solo, 3 assist) Most Solo Tackles .......