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2015 Nebraska Football Spring Game: For What Will We Cheer?

What about great linebacker play.... we need great linebacker play....
What about great linebacker play.... we need great linebacker play....
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It's time for the eighth annual "For What Will We Cheer" poll, as CN tries to discover what Husker fans are most interested in at the Red White spring game this weekend.

The previous years covered every year under Bo Pelini. This year we have a new coach, and I was tempted to not provide an option for voting for Mike Riley as our coach, mostly because I think it's too easy a choice, although it might give an indication as to the level of skepticism that may or may not still surround Riley.

We have heard a lot about quarterbacks, and Riley's desire for a high completion percentage. We've heard a lot about Mark Banker's defense, about this unknown player or that making a name for themselves. There are so many questions about this team, I didn't include an option to vote for great wide receiver play - it's one of the strongest positions on the team.

One thing I'd really like to know - are Husker fans are more worried about the offense or the defense?

Maybe this poll will tell.


Last year Husker fans voted for the Newbies: Adam Taylor, Johnny Stanton, Tanner Farmer, Chongo Kondolo, Terrell Newby and Marcus Newby.

In 2013, Husker fans voted for "A linebacker closing on and wrapping up an I-back on a sweep", by quite a large margin. The vote no doubt reflected the frustration of watching Nebraska get destroyed by Wisconsin in the previous season's Big Ten Championship game.

In 2012 Husker fans voted for "Husker wide receivers not dropping any passes, including a nasty block from Quincy Enunwa and signs of progress from Jamal Turner " - the description was specific but adequate given the frustration of dropped passes the previous season.

In 2011, Husker fans wanted to see "Taylor Martinez back to playmaking speed", remembering the Martinez who exploded early in the 2010 season, becoming a Heisman prospect in process. That vote was very close as offensive line blocking was right behind Martinez in popularity.

In 2010, Husker fans were hungry for a quarterback - ANY quarterback - after having gone through the 2009 season with a championship-level defense and one of the most anemic offenses in the nation. The vote was won by "A big play by a quarterback" by a large margin.

In 2009, fans were still worried about the defense. The defense had made a significant jump during Bo Pelini's first season but Husker fans wanted more. "The defense - a big defensive play - a big hit or turnover" won by a small margin over Ndamukong Suh.

It wasn't hard to guess in 2008. Husker fans were just pleased that Bo Pelini was our new head coach.