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The Huskers barely made the All Big Ten Conference lists. Blame coaching all you want, but Nebraska really needs talent.

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Nebraska ended up with very few players on the All Big Ten Conference football teams this season. On offense, Jordan Westercamp and Nick Gates earned third team selections from the coaches and media, respectively. Nate Gerry was the only defensive player selected - Gerry was a second team selection by the media and a third team selection by the coaches.

There were a number of Honorable Mention selections on both offense and defense:

Tommy Armstrong Jr., QB (Media, Coaches); Josh Banderas (Media, Coaches); Drew Brown, PK (Media); Cethan Carter, TE (Media, Coaches); Ross Dzuris, DE (Media, Coaches); Nick Gates, OT (Coaches); Chris Jones, CB (Media, Coaches); Kevin Maurice, DT (Media, Coaches); Terrell Newby, IB (Media); De’Mornay Pierson-El, PR (Media, Coaches); Jordan Westerkamp, WR (Media).

Overall it was a disappointing showing for Nebraska football.

Consider that the Big Ten only expanded to three team selections in 2015, and that there are zero Husker football players up for major awards this season it is not a shock that the offense struggled throughout most of the season. The talent level looks about as bad as it’s been in a long time.

Still, the team won nine games.

After every loss, whether it be football or basketball, the “fire that guy” comments come out. Every time I find myself wondering if the person that posts them (not just here at CN) is an idiot, a troll, or is simply too ignorant to understand that while firing a coach and burning his house down and selling his family into slavery might be fun for just a bit, it’s not a way to build a program.

The talent level, especially along the lines, must come up. Our new guy Hoss pointed this out earlier this week - if you didn’t feel compelled that Nebraska’s problems on offense and defense are due to lack of talent because of his analysis, does the fact that Nebraska had so few players selected for All Big Ten Honors do any more to convince you, or are you just going to be that stubborn?

News

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This sounds really, really interesting, honestly. Who gets to take this class?

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Big Ten

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