A Salute to Nebraska’s Seniors
Saturday's game against Minnesota may not generate a ton of enthusiasm around the state or around the nation but it will be the final home game for the seniors. This group has the chance to be the first to go through a season undefeated at home and to play in a BCS bowl in eleven years, and the first to be conference champions in thirteen. That's worth a tip of the cap.
The seniors include Bo Pelini favorite in safety Daimion Stafford, wideout and return man Tim Marlowe, defensive ends Eric Martin, Joseph Carter and Cameron Meredith, safeties Courtney Osborne and P.J. Smith, receiver Stephen Osborne, running back Rex Burkhead, tight ends Kyler Reed and Ben Cotton, cornerback Jase Dean, defensive back Justin Blatchford, linebackers Sean Fisher (though Fisher could get another season), Alonzo Whaley, and Will Compton, defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler, center Justin Jackson, guard Seung Hoon Choi, long snapper P.J. Mangieri and kicker/punter Brett Maher.
The group is a mix of fifth-year seniors, walk-ons, junior college transfers, and four-year players. Burkhead might be the most beloved but he's one of many that have made important contributions. Every senior has spent their entire NU career under coach Pelini. Nebraska hasn't seen a class of seniors spend their Husker careers under a single head coach since 2003.
They won't go down in history as the best group of seniors we've ever seen at Nebraska, but they could be the best in more than a decade. It's a group that may have finally restored the order by delivering a conference championship.