Every year there seems to be one or two guys who step up to contribute on every college football team around the country. This year Nebraska has a handful of guys who are underclassmen that could see the field.
Imani Cross, is a true freshman from Gaineville, GA. He is 6-foot-2, 220 lb., and has speed. The lack of depth at running back last season was the sore thumb that stuck out on Nebraska’s offense. Cross is as big of a back as you can want, with shifty feet. Look for him to come in and contribute right away.
Taariq Allen, left the field on a cart on Saturday, but head coach Bo Pelini said that the injury was not that signification. At 6-foot-3, 200 lb., the redshirt wide receiver could be the red zone target Nebraska has been lacking since the departure of Maurice Purify in 2007.
Avery Moss, is a true freshman defensive end from Tempe, AZ. He has had coaches raving about his talents, and with the lack of depth at defensive end, Moss could get on the field early.
Vincent Valentine, is takes up a lot of space at the defensive tackle position. He is 6-foot-3, 320 lb. and brings a combination of speed and size. He has gotten the most praise out of any freshman from Nebraska defensive coordinator, John Papuchis. It sounds like Valentine could see the field early and often this season.
Jared Afalava, could be the most gifted athlete from the 2012 recruiting class. The issue is Afalava has not arrived in Lincoln yet. He just recently was cleared by the NCAA to join fall camp. It will take him a while to learn head coach Bo Pelini’s defense, but if he can translate his talents to the college game, he may be the next great linebacker at Nebraska.
Charles, Jackson, missed last season due to academic clearance from the NCAA. He has been cleared and is in camp. Maybe the most athletically gifted player of the 2011 recruiting class. He should see time this year if the secondary struggles, and as he learns the defense.
By Jimmie Allen
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