Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Season Preview History
2014 Nebraska Football Preview:
The Taylor Martinez era at Nebraska came to an end after the 2013 season. The Cornhuskers come into 2014 with what feels like a completely new team. Big Red lost 16 contributing players to graduation or the NFL draft. But that is not to say that Bo Pelini and company are not looking forward to the 2014 campaign. The Huskers have an offensive line that will start 5 upper classman. First year starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong will have plenty of help from running back Ameer Abdullah who is one of the Big 10’s most talented ground threats. The biggest question mark coming into the season will be a defensive front 7 that starts 4 sophomores. An out of conference matchup with Miami promises to be one of the most exciting matchup of the early season. Nebraska’s fate in the Big 10 this season will be determined by games at Michigan State, and at Wisconsin.
2013 Nebraska Football Preview:
Bo Pelini and the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been the model of consistency in college football and after another 10-win season, the Cornhuskers look to make a jump in the national conversation in 2013. Dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez returns for his senior season after combining for 33 touchdowns as a junior. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate will continue to be the catalyst on the offensive side of the ball, but running back Ameer Abdullah and receiver Kenny Bell should take pressure off of Martinez and form one of the most prolific offenses in college football. Memorial Stadium, a “Cathedral of College Football” continues to be one of the most feared places to play in college football with a sellout streak of over 320 games. Bo Pelini’s team will host Illinois, Northwestern, and Iowa in 2013 for what should be another exciting season in Lincoln, Nebraska.
2011 Nebraska Football Preview:
This is the first year for Nebraska in the Big Ten, and it would be hard to find fault if Bo Pellini and his crew have a tough transitional year. However, it’s mostly about learning how to deal with new intra-conference foes, but one person’s Oklahoma is another’s Ohio State. The Cornhuskers know this and are ready for the fight.
Sophomore Taylor Martinez wowed the country early in 2010, but injuries slowed down his torrid pace. He’s back, however, and spring practices are looking good for him. Another important returning cog is running back junior Rex Burkhead, who ran for 951 yards and seven scores in 2010.
Defensively, the linebacking corps is being anchored by senior Lavonte David, who was a unanimous All-Big 12 choice. In the secondary, the Cornhuskers are looking to replace NFL defections with returning senior starter Alfonzo Dennard, who led the team in picks in 2010.
2010 Nebraska Football Preview:
Nebraska was seconds away from a Big 12 championship a year ago, and thanks to another stout defense, fans in Lincoln should be treated to a team that may not only compete for a conference championship, but a national title as well.
For a team that is largely focused around defense, offensive output is a secondary concern. The Cornhuskers managed significant success in 2009 despite finishing 101st in the nation in passing offense. Things will not change too much as 1000-yard rusher Roy Helu, Jr. returns to provide the bulk of the offense, and three starters return from the offensive line.
Although Nebraska lost Heisman Trophy candidate nose tackle Ndamukong Suh to the NFL, the Cornhusker defense, which ranked number one in scoring last year, should not suffer any drop off. All-Big 12 defensive tackle junior Jared Crick should provide constant pressure on the quarterback, and will be joined by senior Pierre Allen on a solid line.
In his two years, coach Bo Pelini has gotten Nebraska back to where many of their fans believe they should be - in the top 10 and contending for a national title, and this year's team will go as far as their defense can carry them.
2009 Nebraska Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bo Pelini
The 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers should be one of the top teams in the Big 12 conference, along with Oklahoma and Texas. Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini returns for his second season with the Cornhuskers; this time he is surely setting his sites higher than their 10-4 record from 2008. The Cornhuskers chances to play in a BCS Bowl Game will rely on quarterback Zac Lee and the NU defense. For Nebraska to win games against some of their tough Big 12 South opponents, they will need their defense regain the form of the legendary "Black Shirts";. If there is anyone who can whip the Husker defense into shape it is Pelini, who is starting to get his recruits into the program. Things look promising in Lincoln heading into 2009 and if everything goes to plan, then the "Sea of Red" might be visiting Glendale in January.
2009 Nebraska Football Early Preview:
Head Coach: Bo Pelini
2009 is year two for Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Bo Pelini. The Cornhusker faithful have high hopes that Coach Pelini will be able to build upon a successful first season. Nebraska finished 10-4 in 2008, Pelini's maiden voyage, including a huge Gator Bowl victory over Clemson. Much of the 2009 season will depend on how well Pelini gets Nebraska's famous "Black Shirts" defense playing. If the Husker defense lives up to expectations and projected QB Zac Lee gets the O clicking, then watch out for the 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
2008 Nebraska Football Preview:
Head Coach: Bo Pelini
The Nebraska Cornhusker football team is the most successful program in college football in the last 50 years. While the team has fallen on some hard times in the last few seasons, it appears to be back on track with legendary coach Tom Osborne as Athletic Director and Bo Pelini at coach. The Cornhusker fan base and the winning tradition in Lincoln will make it unlikely that Nebraska's woes will last. Memorial Stadium will be rocking with Husker fans expecting a big turnaround, a shot at the Big 12 Championship, and a bowl bid in 2008.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers welcome back Bo Pelini as head coach for the team, after serving one year at Defensive Coordinator for the team in 2003. From 2005-2007, Pelini served as Defensive Coordinator for the LSU Tigers, helping form their defensive unit to a national championship device. The offensive unit for the Cornhuskers will be bolstered by the return of Marlon Lucky, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2007. Lucky is currently on the watch list as a favorite to win the Maxwell Award. The biggest problem facing the Cornhuskers offense is finding replacements for wide receivers Maurice Purify and Terrence Nunn. Otherwise, the Huskers are going to have a field day moving the ball around on the ground.
The defense is going to need some work this season, hence Bo Pelini returning. He made magic happen for LSU, keeping the defense ranked third or better in the nation for three years. As long as the Husker defense improves, and the offense plays ball as well as they did last year, you can expect a couple of bowl games from this team. Get out and root for this Nebraska football team, and help them to a North division Championship!