Usually our Studs and Duds article will highlight three outstanding performances and three players who might have underachieved. Not this time. Today we will look at six Nebraska Cornhuskers who showcased superb play or coaching in The 2014 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. Let’s get to the Studs from today’s game.
1) WR Quincy Enunwa: What didn’t Quincy do in the Gator Bowl? He scores on a 99 yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. that set a school record. He broke Johnny Rodgers record for touchdowns by a wide receiver in a season. Oh yeah, he was named The 2014 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl M.V.P. Great way to end his career as a Husker. It won’t be easy to fill his shoes next year.
2) QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. : The redshirt freshman quarterback definitely made his case to be The Huskers starting quarterback in 2014. He went 6-14 for 163 yards passing with two scores and an interception. Take into account that two dropped passes probably cost the young signal caller another hundred yards and two touchdowns and his stat line would have been ESPN Sports Center worthy. I’m guessing his 99 yard strike to Quincy Enunwa will be a Top Ten selection. If it’s not, they should cancel that feature on the show.
3) RB Ameer Abdullah: It makes sense that the teams 2013 MVP and Lifter of the Year would start 2014 with another stellar performance. He recorded his 11th hundred yard rushing game of the season and took his place among the greatest single season rushers in school history. Time and again the undersized back pounded the ball through the Bulldogs like a 240 fullback with no fear.
4) The Huskers Offensive Line: Finally operating at almost 100% for the first time in a long time, the big and nasties did their job today. Armstrong had time to throw, and Ameer had lanes to run through. Great effort out of the guys up front.
5) DB Josh Mitchell: First he recovers a muffed punt that turns leads to a Husker touchdown, then he picks a pass from Hudson Mason to kill a Bulldog drive. This kid is exciting to watch. Looking forward to what he brings to the table in 2014.
6) The Nebraska Coaching Staff: This group has taken a ton of criticism from fans and media (including myself). The staff did a fantastic job getting the team ready for Georgia, and they should be recognized for it. Tim Beck stands out. Having the brass to call that pass from the one inch line shows guts, and he was rewarded with that beauty 99 yard score.