Here we are playing Maryland as a conference game. I imagine that they are as confused about what it's like to come to Nebraska and Memorial Stadium as it is for us to have them in the Big Ten.
I’m sure as they get off the plane that their players will be looking around and wondering where the hell they are. Where’s the water? Where’s the traffic? Where’s the density of the human population crammed into tiny ticky tack houses?
Doesn’t matter. They’re just coming to Nebraska to lose anyway.
This is a tweet from the Nebraska athletic department’s @huskers account on July 7, before the season started. Sam Foltz looks like a deity. He looks like a young man who knows where he’s going. As the tweet says, “That hair.” What a beautiful young man.
This will be the Sam Foltz that stays with all of us forever.
This group of seniors has turned out to be a fairly resilient bunch. They obviously have their issues with the new coaching staff last season and turn things around to have a pretty decent team so far this year.
They’ll come together for their last game on capital Memorial Stadium turf. It won’t matter if Tommy Armstrong starts and plays or not. They’ll win this game because of their resilience, their togetherness.
Your Nebraska seniors:
|4||Tommy Armstrong Jr.||QB||Cibolo, Texas (Steele)|
|52||Josh Banderas||LB||Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)|
|40||Ty Betka||WR||Superior, Neb. (Drake)|
|11||Cethan Carter||TE||New Orleans, La. (Archbishop Rummel)|
|84||Sam Cotton||TE||Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)|
|88||Ross Dzuris||DE||Plattsmouth, Neb. (Plattsmouth)|
|27||Sam Foltz||P||Greeley, Neb. (Grand Island)|
|42||Trey Foster||TE||Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)|
|17||Ryker Fyfe||QB||Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)|
|25||Nathan Gerry||S||Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)|
|73||Sam Hahn||OL||DeWitt, Neb. (North Dakota State) (Tri-County)|
|21||Charles Jackson||DB||Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)|
|50||Garret Johns||DL||Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)|
|95||Spencer Lindsay||PK||Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)|
|55||Kevin Maurice||DT||Orlando, Fla. (Freedom)|
|44||Mitch McCann||FB||Omaha, Neb. (Burke)|
|82||Alonzo Moore||WR||Winnfield, La. (Winnfield Senior)|
|29||Graham Nabity||IB||Omaha, Neb. (Elkhorn)|
|39||Jordan Nelson||IB||Omaha, Neb. (Burke)|
|34||Terrell Newby||IB||Los Angeles, Calif. (Chaminade)|
|55||Robby Painter||OL||Centennial, Colo. (Grandview)|
|97||Logan Rath||DT||Giltner, Neb. (South Dakota State) (Giltner)|
|87||Brandon Reilly||WR||Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)|
|15||Michael Rose-Ivey||LB||Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)|
|56||Brad Simpson||LB||Omaha, Neb. (Ralston)|
|26||Jamie Sutcliffe||PK||Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Utah/Pierce College) (Thousand Oaks)|
|66||Dylan Utter||OL||Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-LaVista)|
|1||Jordan Westerkamp||WR||Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)|
|58||Corey Whitaker||OL||Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)|
|33||Tanner Zlab||DB||Wilber, Neb. (Doane) (Wilber-Clatonia)|
There’s are certainly other reasons as to why Nebraska will win. Maryland’s rush defense is 113th nationally, giving up 228.7 yards per game. They’re 12th in conference in this category. The Huskers should be capable of running the ball at them while mixing in some sporadic passes to keep them honest.
Maryland’s quarterback has been fighting injuries much like Tommy Armstrong, the Terps have no real deep threat (106th nationally in offensive pass plays over 20+ yards) that might keep the Huskers from stacking the line to stop the run and making them one dimensional. One of their main offensive threats, running back Lorenzo Harrison, is suspended indefinitely due to a BB gun incident at Maryland.
There’s absolutely no reason Nebraska will lose this game. None.