Yesterday afternoon the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the South Dakota State Jackrabbits 59-20 at Memorial Stadium. Here are the Studs and Duds, which features players who had both positive and negative impact on the game.
1. Tommy Armstrong Jr – Armstrong was excellent in his first career start going 12 for 15 through the air for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also ran five times for 38 yards. Surprisingly, Tommy had no jitters as a first time starter. He showed poise and it isn’t hard to figure out why Coach Pelini and staff are really high on this kid and say he is an awesome leader.
2. Ron Kellogg III- Kellogg didn’t get the start but he came in and delivered when he was called upon. He was accurate and threw for a score. Kellogg proved that he is a viable option if Taylor Martinez continues to struggle with injuries.
3. Stanley Jean Baptiste- Baptiste is turning into the defensive stud for the Huskers this year. He has been the star on a defense that has struggled mightily this season. Yesterday Stanley recorded his fourth pick of the season and is on pace for 12 interceptions in 2013. He has become the defense’s top play-maker in this young season.
1. Kenny Bell- Bell dropped a touchdown and fumbled once. This was a tough one for him throughout. He didn’t express the energy we normally see out of him after landing on his shoulder getting the wind knocked out of him. Look for Kenny to quickly get off of this list after the bye week.
2. David Santos- Santos played a lot more this week at the middle linebacker position. He missed plenty of assignments against Zach Zenner and the Jackrabbit rushing attack. Because of shose blown assignments, Zenner gained 202 yards on the ground. Santos still has not played up to the potential the coaches say he is capable of.
3. Nate Gerry- Gerry struggled early and found himself on the bench for quite some time after the first two drives in which resulted in over 100 rushing yards surrendered to Zenner and the South Dakota State offense.