The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated The Southern Miss Golden Eagles 56-13 last night at Memorial Stadium in front of a sell out crowd. The game was a compete 180 from last week’s slim three point victory over Wyoming. Today we look at yesterday’s game and grade the Huskers position by position.
Nebraska vs Southern Miss Report Card:
Quarterbacks: Taylor Martinez turned in his second solid start of the season. Martinez did only what was necessary to get Nebraska into the end zone. Martinez threw for three touchdowns and did not turn the ball over. Ron Kellogg III was also impressive in his backup duties. Nebraska fans should be a little more at ease with him backing Martinez up, since he did not miss a beat while in the game.
Running Backs: This group is quickly becoming one of the premier backfields in college football. All four backs- Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross, Terrell Newby, and King Frazier were all impressive when they played. They are making it difficult to distinguish if they or the teams wide receivers are the most lethal threat this offense has.
Wide Receivers/TE: Last night was another great effort from The B1G Ten’s best receiving core. Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa, and Sam Burtch were great in the win. Dropped passes by Cethan Carter and Jake Long were the only blemishes from the group.
Offensive Line: This group was phenomenal tonight. I can honestly say this is the best I have seen the line work in almost a decade. They cleaned up most of the mistakes and did a good job of wearing down Southern Miss’ defensive line. This might be the most improved unit on the team.
Defensive Backs: It’s hard not to give them top rating. They scored twice and had four interceptions on the night. Stanley Jean Baptiste and Ciante Evans completely changed the Southern Miss game plan.
Linebackers: Outstanding night out of the backers. Josh Banderas established himself as the man in the middle, possibly taking the job permanently from David Santos. Zaire Anderson looked great as a pass rusher. Michael Rose was quiet, but this unit could be something special if they continue to develop.
Defensive Line: Two words can sum it all up, Randy Gregory. He is a beast, might be the best defender Nebraska has. I know those are strong words, but you all saw him last night. Can you say Beast Mode?