2012 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Tyler Legate-FB, Brandon Kinnie-WR, Jermarcus Hardrick-OT, Mike Caputo-C, Marcel Jones-OT
DEFENSE: Terrence Moore-DT, Jared Crick-DT, Lance Thorell-LB/DB, Lavonte David-WLB, Alfonzo Dennard-CB, Austin Cassidy-FS
RB Rex Burkhead
Running Back / Kicking Game

Rex Burkhead is one of the top two running backs in the run-happy Big Ten (Montee Ball is the other). Hard-nosed Ameer Abdullah has also emerged from a group of talented freshman ball carriers. Fresh legs are not a problem for this ground game. Brett Maher has turned into both a First Team All-Conference kicker and punter.

Passing Game / Defensive Playmakers

Nebraska has utilized a run-first mentality for decades and this fits well in the Big Ten scheme of things. But a 12 touchdown to seven interception ratio that ranks 103rd nationally in passing makes this team way too one-dimensional. The defense is experienced but the losses of Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard leave the Huskers without a star player.

DE Cameron Meredith
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2012 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Taylor Martinez-Jr Brion Carnes-So
FB .. ..
IB Rex Burkhead-Sr Ameer Abdullah-So / Aaron Green-So
WR Kenny Bell-So Tim Marlowe-Sr / Jamal Turner-So
WR Quincy Enunwa-Jr Khiry Cooper-Sr
TE Ben Cotton-Sr Kyler Reed-Sr / Jake Long-Jr
OT .. ..
OG Seung Hoon Choi-Sr Andrew Rodriguez-Jr
C .. ..
OG Spencer Long-Jr ..
OT Tyler Moore-So ..
K Brett Maher-Sr ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Jason Ankrah-Jr Eric Martin-Sr
DT Chase Rome-So ..
DT Baker Steinkuhler-Sr ..
DE Cameron Meredith-Sr Josh Williams-Sr
BUCK Sean Fisher-Sr Alonzo Whaley-Sr / Justin Blatchford-Sr
MLB Will Compton-Sr ..
WLB .. ..
CB Ciante Evans-Jr Corey Cooper-So
CB Andrew Green-Jr Stanley Jean-Baptiste-Jr
SS Daimion Stafford-Sr Courtney Osborne-Sr
FS P.J. Smith-Sr Harvey Jackson-So
P Brett Maher-Jr (6-0, 185) Jon Damkroger-Sr (6-1, 185)
  • For the fifth year in a row head coach Bo Pelini will get nine wins out of his 2012 Husker program. Getting anything more will require a better passer at quarterback. Taylor Martinez is not that guy.
  • The reviews on Taylor Martinez vary depending on who is doing the critiquing. He is undeniably talented, can run with the football and shows genuine promise. Then there are times where he can't hold on to the football, can't convert a fourth down and can't hit the broad side of a barn. His Jekyll & Hyde football field personality has to find some consistency. Youth can longer be an excuse.
  • Redshirt sophomore receiver Kenny Bell has become one of the top receiving targets, which bodes well for the future. In fact, there are several quality receivers back for next year including tight end Ben Cotton.
  • Not only is Rex Burkhead the team’s MVP, he also won both the team’s top weight lifter award and top character award at the December football banquet. This will be the year where Burkhead breaks through on the national level.
  • Defensively, seniors Alfonzo Dennard and Lavonte David again made everyone wonder where this defense would be without them. Now they are without them. Who will be the next defensive playmaker in Lincoln?
  • The defensive line with studs Steinkuhler and Meredith is underachieving (11th in Big Ten sacks, 8th in Big Ten rushing defense). Losing All-American Jared Crick to injury didn't help but this group needs to step up.
  • Kicker/Punter Brett Maher is booming the ball. He is a First Team All-Conference performer doing both. For three straight games he had a punt go over 60 yards.



09/01 - Southern Miss
09/08 - at UCLA
09/15 - Arkansas State
09/29 - Wisconsin
10/06 - at Ohio State
10/20 - at Northwestern
10/27 - Michigan
11/03 - at Michigan State
11/10 - Penn State
11/17 - Minnesota
11/23 - at Iowa