There are still a lot of question marks on this Nebraska team. Can they put together four quarters? Can Taylor Martinez actually complete a pass rolling out to his left? Then the big one, can Nebraska win the Big 10? Those are all questions we don’t have the answer to, but here are some things we do know about the 2012 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
This is a second half team. The Huskers gave up, 255 yards in the first half against Penn State. In the second half, after the coaching staff made some adjustments, the Blackshirts only gave up 136 yards. The Husker offense put up just 188 yards in the first half, even though they ran 3 more plays than the Nittany Lions. Nebraska finished the game with 438 yards. It is going to be scary to see what this team can do if they can play 4 quarters of their best football. Nebraska has had to come back from down double digits 3 out of 4 weeks in a row. If they want to finish strong, they can not put themselves in the same situation against Minnesota, or Iowa.
Ameer Abdullah is ready for the spot light. Senior running back Rex Burkhead sprained his left MCL early in the season. Since then sophomore Ameer Abdullah has stepped in, and been nothing shy of brilliant. In the last four games he has rushed for over 100 yards, but just 1 touchdown, and that came against Michigan. With guys like Braylon Heard, Imani Cross and Taylor Martinez helping get the job done on the ground, touchdowns are going to be hard to come by for any back in Nebraska back field.
Jamal Turner is as clutch as any receiver on this team. In the last two weeks the go to guy in tough situations has been sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner. Turner had the game winning catch against Michigan State last week, and then on three 3rd down plays redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez targeted Turner. The Texas native caught 2 of the 3 passes, one for a huge touchdown against Penn State.
Eric Martin is ready for the next level. The senior former linebacker, converted defensive end has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. He was double teamed all day on Saturday, and still finished the day with a sack, and two tackles for a loss against Penn State. He has had either a sack, or a tackle for loss in every Big 10 game this season. Nebraska finished dead last in the country last season in tackles for loss, Martin is making sure that doesn’t happen again this season.
By Jimmie Allen
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