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Nebraska Cornhuskers 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 99
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 7

A mere two years after having one of the worst defenses in the nation, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have turned the team around and have high hopes for 2010. Head coach Bo Pellini has done an amazing job transforming the defensive unit into one of the best in college football. Nebraska won ten games in 2009 and is ready to be back in the national spotlight.

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The ‘Huskers success last season was due to their defense, not the offense. The team was 75th in scoring offense and had a hard time moving the ball through the air. Last year’s starting quarterback, Zac Lee, threw for 2,143 and 14 touchdowns. He missed spring practice because of offseason arm surgery, so backups Cody Green and Taylor Martinez got a lot of reps. If Lee struggles early, look for Green to take over.

The top receiver from last year, Niles Paul, returns after catching almost 800 yards with a 20 yards per catch average. Outside of him though, no other receiver produced much, so someone will need to emerge for Nebraska to compete with the power teams. The running back situation is a good one, with Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead, two strong backs. Helu rushed for over 1,100 yards last season and will likely be the offense’s featured weapon once again.

Losing player of the year defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leaves a big hole in the Cornhuskers’ line. Jared Crick, the other defensive tackle, has All-America talent and should match his 9.5 sacks from a year ago. He is the only one of the top five tacklers from last year that will return. The defense let up only 10.4 points per game though, and does return seven starters, including cornerback Prince Amukamara. He is also quickly becoming known as one of the best cover corners in the nation and is a key piece of this dominant defense. Eric Hagg is a player to watch for, as the safety/linebacker makes plays all over the field in this Peso defensive scheme.

‘Husker fans are ready for big things from their team during their final year in the Big 12. The defense won’t be as good as last year, but should still be very strong. The quarterback spot is the one concern that may hold this team back from a BCS Bowl game.

Nebraska’s odds to win the Big 12: + 200

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