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Alex Henery heading into rSr season: 2010: Henery ended his career as Nebraska's all-time scoring leader with 397 points. The Omaha native connected on 18-of-19 field goals as a senior, while he was a perfect 54-of-54 on PAT attempts. Henery's accuracy in 2010 improved his career field goal mark to 68-of-76, and his 89.5 percent career accuracy percentage betters the NCAA record of 87.8 percent. This season, Henery scored 108 points, his third straight 100-point season. Henery also averaged 43.2 yards per punt and placed 26 of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He was a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, SI.com, Rivals.com, and CBSSports.com, as well as a first-team All-Big 12 choice by several media outlets, including the AP...2009: Connected on a school-record 24 field goals in 28 tries, including six multiple field goal games, including 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 also handled the puting 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...2008: Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after connecting on 18-of-21 field goals and 56-of-57 extra points on the year. His 110 points were the most by a Husker since 2001, and his 8.5 points per game ranked fifth overall in the Big 12 and second among kickers. His 85.7 percent field goal accuracy was tops in the league and among the top 12 nationally. Henery also ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring and field goals per game...2007: Henery handled the Huskers’ extra-point duties and short and mid-range field goals...2006: Redshirted.
Ndamukong Suh heading into rSr season: 2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 1-2-2-1; 39 Sol-76 TT, 16 TFL, 7.5 SK, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF, 2 BLK; Second team All-Big 12. In 2008. First Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. His 19 tackles for loss were the eighth-best total in school history. His play helped Nebraska finish second in the Big 12 in total defense at 349.8 yards per game, an improvement of 126 yards per game from the 2007 campaign. Intercepted a pair of passes and returned both of them for touchdowns, including a dramatic game-clinching score in the regular-season finale against Colorado. He had a career game against Kansas (12 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks) that earned him Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Became a fixture as a fullback in short-yardage situations late in the season, and against the Jayhawks he showed his athletic ability when he caught a two-yard touchdown pass. Showed no ill effects from knee surgery that kept him out of spring practice. His sack and tackle for loss numbers led the team. His 5.8 tackles per game led all Big 12 defensive linemen. 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; 22 Sol-34 TT, 6 TFL, 1 SK, 2 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 BLK; Had knee surgery in early March will sideline him for the spring season. Played a key role in NU’s 20-17 win at Wake Forest, recording two tackles for loss - one forced Wake to kick a field goal and the other helping result in a game-saving interception in the fourth quarter. 2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; 12 Sol-19 TT, 8 TFL, 3.5 SK, 1 INT, 2 QBH, 1 FF; Among the team leaders in both tackles for loss and sacks. He also saw time on special teams as a blocker on the place-kicking unit. 2005: 2 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-1 TT; Suh was one of a school-record 13 true freshmen to see action in 2005. He played in the first two games and had an assisted tackle against Wake Forest before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery to fix torn meniscus suffered his senior year in high school playing basketball. Personal: Suh’s mother, Bernadette, is from Jamaica, while his father, Michael, hails from Cameroon. In the Ngema tribe in Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."
Prince Amukamara heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...Amukamara was the most recognizable name coming into the season after earning his share of honors last fall and putting his name on many preseason All-America teams. A first-team All-Big 12 pick in 2009, Amukamara is regarded as the cornerstone of a deep and veteran Nebraska secondary. Amukamara showed why he earned the preseason hype, but ironically he is the only player among NU’s top eight defensive backs who has not picked off a pass in 2010. Despite not picking off a pass, his lockdown ability has been a key part of Nebraska defenders recording 19 picks, including four for scores. Amukamara has made 58 tackles, including a career-high 10 tackles at Texas A&M, and eight stops against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game. He has also posted a team-high 13 pass breakups, including a careerhigh tying three PBU against Missouri. Amukamara’s impact cannot be measured only by interceptions, tackles and PBU. Through 13 games opponents had targeted Amukamara just 53 times, and completed only 18 passes against the lock-down corner...2009: 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 gamee. He also contributed 64 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and had at least five tackles in five games...2008: Played in all 13 games in 2008, including starts against Western Michigan, New Mexico State and Virginia Tech. He started the opener with Murillo slowed by injury, then replaced an injured Anthony West against the Aggies. He made 34 tackles, including 21 solo stops, ranking as one of the leading tackles among non-starters...2007: Amukamara did not play in the first three games, but saw action in eight of the season’s final nine games. In addition to providing depth at cornerback, Amukamara was a regular on Nebraska’s kickoff coverage unit.
Lavonte David heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 2/58 - Lavonte David, LB, 6-1, 233, Nebraska...David was a junior college transfer who hit it big immediately for the Cornhuskers and became an all-conference player. He will likely play weak-side linebacker for the Bucs. - The Sports Xchange
Phillip Dillard heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite/Add…2007: Played in all 12 games at the MIKE linebacker spot in 2007, splitting time with senior Corey McKeon...started games against Missouri and Oklahoma State and finished the year with 37 tackles, including 22 solo stops...2006: Appeared ready for a breakthrough in 2006, but he suffered a knee injury in the season opener and was lost for the year...2005: Played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2005, including a start against Missouri, and finished with 11 tackles.
Larry Asante heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; KR: 2-31-15.5-0; 44 Sol-67 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH; Honorable mention All-Big 12. Finished the season as NU’s second-leading tackler with 67 stops. 2007: 12 GP; 10 GS; KR: 1-7-7-0; 40 Sol-78 TT, 4 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF; Won the starting strong safety job in spring practiuce. Second on the team in tackles. Earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches. JC: Played linebacker for Coffeyville CC, using his speed and ball-hawking abilities to register 76 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three blocked kicks and an interception as a redshirt freshman in 2006. Asante's performance earned him All-Jayhawk League honors, and honorable-mention All-America honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Asante was ranked as the No. 9 overall junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, who listed him as a four-star prospect.
Jared Crick heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 4/126 - Jared Crick, DE, 6-4, 279, Nebraska...A steal in the fourth round after missing his last seven games with a torn pectoral muscle. He'll play end in the three-man front, then move inside and become part of the rotation in passing situations. - The Sports Xchange
Eric Hagg heading into Sr season: 2010: Hagg was voted as his teammates as the Team MVP for the 2010 Huskers. The 6-2, 210-pound Hagg one of the leaders of a Blackshirt unit that finished in the top five nationally in passing yards allowing and pass efficiency defense, while also ranking in the top 12 in total defense and scoring defense. Hagg finished the season with a team-high five interceptions and had 49 tackles, including 39 solo stops. He was chosen as a first-team All-Big 12 choice by both the Big 12 coaches and the Associated Press...2009: 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. Hagg also continued to play a role on NU's special teams...2008: Played in all 13 games with 10 starts and was among the select group of defenders to be awarded a Blackshirt late in the season. Hagg finished the year with 39 tackles, including 29 solo stops, and added five tackles for loss, a sack and seven pass breakups...2007: Played in seven games, both on kick coverage and as a reserve in the secondary. He made a pair of assisted tackles in Nebraska’s win over Kansas State.
DeJon Gomes heading into Sr season: 2010: Gomes has been a turnover machine during his NU career...has intercepted seven passes in 23 career games, and has also caused five fumbles. In 2010, Gomes has caused two fumbles and has three interceptions. He picked off an Idaho pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown, added his second pick against Missouri, and then his third pick on Colorado’s first drive of the second half. He also had a 19-yard fumble return against the Buffs. Gomes ranks second on the team with 93 tackles, including a career-high 12 stops at Kansas State and double-figure tackle totals against Texas and Oklahoma State. He has four tackles for loss. He was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 selection...2009: 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...JUNIOR COLLEGE: 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.
Daimion Stafford heading into Sr season: A closeer look at the Titans' picks: Round 7/248 - Daimion Stafford, S, 6-0, 221, Nebraska...A former JUCO player, who had a solid season at Nebraska. Stafford will vie for a spot on special teams and if he sticks, could have a chance to contribute more in 2014 with Bernard Pollard and George Wilson being stop-gap measures. - The Sports Xchange
Keith Williams heading into rSr season: 2010: Williams started all 13 games at left guard. His play helped Nebraska rack up 10 games with 200 rushing yards, including back-to-back 300-yard rushing efforts early in the year vs. Idaho and Washington. NU also posted a 451-yard rushing effort at Kansas State, the most by a Nebraska offense in seven seasons. Nebraska runners have produced 12 100- yard rushing games behind Williams and his crew, including three 100-yard rushers at Washington and a pair of runners over the century mark in two other games...2009: 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...2008: 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: Williams played in 10 games at guard behind starters Mike Huff, Jacob Hickman and Matt Slauson...2006: Redshirted.
Pierre Allen heading into rSr season: 2010: Allen was a first team All-Big 12 selection from his defensive end spot for the Cornhuskers in 2010. He recorded 65 total tackles in 2010 to go along with 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Allen closed out his career with an eight tackle effort against Washington in the Holiday Bowl. Allen was a key member of a Nebraska defense that ranked second in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in total defense (306.8 ypg) this season. The Denver, Colo., native finished his career with 174 total tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in 39 starts...2009: 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...2008: Allen was pushed into a starting role when Barry Turner suffered a season-ending injury in game two. Allen went on to start the final 11 games opposite senior Zach Potter, and Allen finished the year fourth on the team in tackles with 52, including 21 solo stops. He also ranked third in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (5)...2007: Had 16 total tackles, including three tackles for loss, with 15 of his 16 tackles in the final six games...2006: Redshirted.
Alfonzo Dennard heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 7/224 -- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, 5-10, 204, Nebraska...An arrest in April more than likely dropped Dennard's value in the draft. The Patriots are rolling the dice hoping his off-field trouble was just an isolated incident. - The Sports Xchange
Niles Paul heading into Sr season: 2009: Was extremely productive on his 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 was second in the Big 12 and the best by a Husker in two decades, while his 10.7 yards per punt return ranked second in the league. He added 48 yards and a touchdown on three rushes and was the only Husker to reach the end zone by rush, reception and return. He finished with a team-high 121.2 all-purpose yards per game, good for ninth in the Big 12...2008: Played in all 13 games with four starts. He finished with 23 receptions for 214 yards and had six games with multiple catches. He had three games with three or more receptions...2007: Played in seven games as a reserve receiver and on kickoff coverage.
Roy Helu heading into Sr season: 2010: Helu Jr. completed one of the finest careers as a Nebraska running back in 2010. He moved into the top five on the Cornhuskers' career rushing list, while placing his name in the NU record book in several other areas. Helu Jr. rushed for a team-high 1,245 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, including four 100-yard rushing games. The senior had a record-setting day against Missouri, rushing for a school-record 307 yards and three touchdowns. Helu Jr. was honored for his efforts throughout the season, as he was chosen as a second team All-Big 12 choice by the league's coaches...2009: 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...also continued to be a receiving threat with 19 receptions, the third-highest total on the team...2008: Played in all 13 games in 2008, with a pair of starts. He had 803 rushing yards on 125 carries, an average of 6.4 yards per attempt, the best average by a Husker in seven years. He was the first Husker with at least 100 carries to average better than six yards per rush since 2000. He also showed his ability as a receiver, with 25 catches for 266 yards...2007: One of 11 true freshmen to see action, Helu played in just two of the first six games, but was a key performer in a five-game stretch in the second half of the year. He finished as Nebraska’s third-leading rusher with 45 carries for 209 yards, an average of 4.6 yards per tote. Helu also showed the ability to catch the ball, snaring five passes for 40 yards.
Zach Potter heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; 26 Sol-45 TT, 10 TFL, 2.5 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Potter quickly showed his ability to handle a starting role in 2007 and played in all 12 games with 11 starts at base end. Potter finished with 45 tackles, the most among defensive linemen, while his 11 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks were second on the team. His play earned Potter honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference coaches. Potter had five games with five or more tackles in 2007, including a career-high six against both USC and Oklahoma State... 2006: 13 GP; 0 GS; 2 Sol-3 TT; Potter made three tackles while serving as the top reserve at base end. He had one stop each against Nicholls State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Potter was also a regular on both NU's field goal/PAT and field goal/PAT block units...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 0 Sol-1 TT, 2 BLK; Potter saw limited action on the defensive line and had a tackle against Wake Forest. He was a major contributor on special teams, and literally had a hand in a pair of victories.
Mike McNeill heading into rSr season: 2010: 14 games played in 2010/4 starts...4th on the team in receiving...21 catches-346 yards (16.5 YPC), 1 TD receiving...2009: 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...2008: Finished with 32 receptions 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...2007: Missed spring practice following off-season shoulder surgery, but recovered to play in eight games as a redshirt freshman. He served as a reserve behind seniors J.B. Phillips, Josh Mueller and Sean Hill...2006: Redshirted in his first season in Lincoln. He had a leg injury early in fall camp, then underwent shoulder surgery in December of 2006.
Lydon Murtha heading into rSr season: 2007: Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Murtha is one of four returning offensive linemen who made at least eight starts a year ago. Murtha started eight games and has 14 career starts entering his senior campaign. Murtha was a key part of a Husker offensive line that allowed the NU offense to set school passing records in 2007 by averaging better than 323 yards per game through the air. In addition to finishing seventh nationally in passing offense, the Huskers ranked ninth in total offense. The line was also strong in run blocking, allowing Marlon Lucky to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing barrier. Murtha's injury-plagued career continued as a toe injury forced him to miss the season's final four games...2006: Murtha played in all 14 games, and drew starting assignments at left tackle against Missouri, Colorado and Auburn. Murtha helped protect quarterback Zac Taylor, who set Nebraska single-season records with 3,197 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. The offensive line also helped pave the way for four Husker I-backs who gained more than 2,400 yards and ran for 26 touchdowns as a group. In addition to his play at tackle, Murtha also was a member of the Huskers' PAT and field goal units...2005: Murtha played in nine games, including three starts at left tackle. Murtha provided depth behind Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas before moving into the starting lineup against Oklahoma. Late in the season, Murtha split time with Chris Patrick after Fuamatu-Thomas was lost for the year with an injury. The play of the offensive line helped Nebraska post the top two passing efforts in school history in 2005...2004: Murtha was looked at to possibly play as a true freshman, but suffered a leg injury early in fall camp and subsequently redshirted.
Matt Slauson heading into Sr season: 2007: Honorable Mention All--Big 12. Slauson spent the majority of his practice time during the spring and fall camp at guard and went on to play in all 12 games. He made eight starts at three different positions, including right guard and both tackle spots. Slauson and fellow junior Mike Huff rotated as the starter at right guard for the first 10 games of the season...2006: Slauson was entrenched as the Huskers' starting right tackle during the first 11 games of the season. He suffered a leg injury that forced him to miss the final two regular-season games other than extra-point team duty. He returned to action on the line in the Cotton Bowl, but was limited. When healthy, Slauson was one of the driving forces behind an improved and balanced Nebraska offense that ranked among the nation's leaders in both rushing and passing and finished 14th in total offense. Slauson helped clear the way for NU's four-man I-back committee to combine for more than 2,400 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns... 2005: Slauson was a regular on Nebraska's extra-point and field goal units throughout the year, then entered the offensive line rotation late in the season. Slauson started at right tackle against Kansas State, Colorado and Michigan after senior Seppo Evwaraye was slowed by a foot injury. Slauson's performance was a major factor in Nebraska's 3-0 finish to the season, including the second-best passing game in school history with 392 yards at Colorado.
Rex Burkhead heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/190 - Rex Burkhead, RB, 5-10, 214, Nebraska...Finished fifth in school history with 3,329 yards but was limited this past season due to a sprained knee and played in only eight games. He is a running back much like Brian Leonard, who is now with Tampa Bay, in that he can do whatever is asked. He will also have an impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
Ricky Henry heading into rSr season: 2010: Henry started all 13 games at right guard. His play helped Nebraska rack up 10 games with 200 rushing yards, including back-to-back 300-yard rushing efforts early in the year vs. Idaho and Washington. NU also posted a 451-yard rushing effort at Kansas State, the most by a Nebraska offense in seven seasons. Nebraska runners have produced 12 100-yard rushing games behind Henry and his crew, including three 100-yard rushers at Washington and a pair of runners over the century mark in two other games...2009: 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...2008: Henry sat out his first season at Nebraska as a redshirt.
Marlon Lucky heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 206-1019-4.9-9; Pass: 2-1-50-20-1-0; Rec: 75-705-9.4-3; KR: 1-19-19-0; 1 Sol-3 TT, 1 PBU; Hospitalized in February 2007, ended up in intensive-care unit. 2nd team All-Big 12. In addition to posting a 1,000-yard rushing season in 2007, Lucky also had a record-setting season as a receiver. Lucky caught a Nebraska single-season record 75 passes for 705 yards and three touchdowns. Lucky's 75 catches bettered the previous Nebraska season record by 20 and he led the nation in catches by a running back. Overall, Lucky amassed 1,743 all-purpose yards in 2007, seventh in school history and the most by a Husker player in 10 seasons. Lucky's overall success as a junior netted him second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Big 12 Coaches. Lucky finished 31st nationally in all-purpose running and is among the top 15 returning all-purpose runners for the 2008 season. He is also one of the top 25 returning rushers in the nation and the top 20 returning players in receptions per game... 2006: 14 GP; 6 GS; Rush: 144-728-5.1-6; Rec: 32-383-12-0; KR: 8-153-19.1-0; Somewhat slowed by a back injury. Lucky was an integral part of a four-man I-back committee that totaled more than 2,400 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. Lucky finished the year with six rushing touchdowns, and also had at least one reception in 13 of 14 games...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 43-129-3-0; Rec: 2-3-1.5-0; KR: 15-313-20.9-0; Lucky played in all 12 games and was one of 13 true freshmen to see action. He was a backup behind senior Cory Ross and ran for 143 yards, while also playing a key role on Nebraska's kickoff return unit. He averaged 20.9 yards on 15 returns, including a season-long 57-yard return at Kansas.
Marcel Jones heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 7/234 -- Marcel Jones, T, 6-6, 320, Nebraska...Is rated as a polished run blocker from his time in the Nebraska offense, but was also a solid pass protector with his footwork and large frame. - The Sports Xchange
Barry Turner heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; 12 Sol-29 TT, 3.5 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PBU, 7 QBH; Turner missed spring ball after shoulder surgery, but played in all 12 games with 11 starts at the open end spot in 2007. He made 29 total tackles, including five tackles for loss and a team-high three sacks for 33 yards. Turner had five games with three or more tackles and his seven quarterback hurries ranked second on the team...2006: 14 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-18 TT, 4 TFL, 1.5 SK, 2 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 BLK; Turner was featured primarily in pass-rush situations. He finished with 18 tackles, including 11 solo stops, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He registered multiple stops in six games and ranked among the team leaders in quarterback hurries with six, while he also claimed his first career pass breakup and his third career blocked kick...2005: 12 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-14 TT, 7 TFL, 6 SK, 6 QBH, 1 FF, 2 BLK; Turner played in every game and made a huge impact as a pass rush specialist, earning him first-team freshman All-America honors. A key factor in NU ranking first nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss, Turner tied for the national lead among freshmen and set a Husker freshman record with six sacks. His six sacks tied for third on the team, and he made 14 total tackles, with six hurries and two blocked field goals.
Mike Smith heading into rSr season: 2009: Played an integral part in helping running back Roy Helu Jr. achieve a 1,000-yard rushing season. He also helped protect the Nebraska quarterbacks, as Nebraska ranked in the top 40 nationally in sacks allowed...2008: Earned the starting left tackle spot during fall camp and was in the starting lineup for 12 contests. Smith protected the blindside of quarterback Joe Ganz, who threw for a school record 3,568 yards and 25 touchdowns, while also producing a season record in total offense. The line became a strong run-blocking unit in the second half of the year, as NU averaged better than 210 rushing yards per game in the second half of the regular season...2007: Played in all 12 games as a reserve tackle behind starters Lydon Murtha and Carl Nicks...2006: Redshirted.
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