Nebraska Cornhuskers Football: Five Big Ten Players To Watch For


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With the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the midst of a bye week we at Husker Corner thought it would be a good idea to look at some upcoming opponents for the Huskers. Here are five players on the schedule that Nebraska fans should watch for during Big Ten play.

Five Big Ten Players To Watch For

1) Kain Coulter, QB, Northwestern: Husker fans should be very familiar with Coulter. He did lead the Wildcats to a victory at Memorial Stadium back in 2011, and he is one of the best duel threat quarterbacks in The Big Ten. Coulter is having a great 2013 season and has helped lead Northwestern to a perfect 4-0 start. Nebraska will have to keep a close eye on Coulter when the Wildcats come to Lincoln on November 2nd.

2) Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan: Gardner and the Wolverines have struggled the past two games, but he is having a great 2013 campaign. Gardner is another duel threat that will deal the Blackshirts fits when they battle on November 9th. Gardner’s scrambling abilities will be his greatest asset against a Husker defense that struggles to stop the run.

3) Fitz Toussaint, RB, Michigan: The combination of Toussaint and Gardner both running the ball is a scary thought. Toussaint is not having a breakout season by any means, but the guy is a tough back who will complicate Nebraska’s gameplan. With Gardner behind center he will only add that second threat for the Huskers defensive line and linebackers.

4) Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois: If the season were to end today, Scheelhaase would be the first team All Big Ten Quarterback. He leads the conference in total offense, first in passing yards per game, and is fifth in passing efficiency. He won’t pose a threat to Nebraska with his feet, but he will attack the Huskers secondary.

5) Mark Weisman, RB, Iowa: The Hawkeyes can run the football this year, and Weisman is proof of it. The junior running back is averaging five yards per carry on the season and ranks second in The Big Ten in rushing yards per game. The Hawkeyes come to Lincoln on Black Friday, so the Huskers have time to fix their defense before Weisman has a chance to make an impact. If they don’t he will run all over them.