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The Ultimate Husker Defensive Back Bracket: First Round Voting is Open

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Just imagine the lock down secondary that could be created from this list!

It is time for our final bracket! Brew put together the definitive list of the best safeties and cornerbacks Husker football has to offer.

Some of those that didn’t make the bracket but get an honorable mention include (the first three out): Mike Minter, Eric Hagg, and Alfonzo Dennard. Other honorable mentions: Erwin Swinney, Tyrone Byrd, Tim Jackson, Tyrone Legette, Charles Fryar, Sammy Simms, and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

Some of the abbreviations you will see below:

AA - All-American
cAA - consensus All-American
uAA - unanimous All-American
AC - All conference
PBU - pass break ups
INT - interception

First Round

1) Ralph Brown – cAA, 3X AC. The most PBUs of any Husker in a career (50) and game (7). Was a Blackshirt for his first game of his true freshman year.

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16) Nathan Gerry – Second most tackles and INTs of any Husker DB. No DB had more unassisted tackles.

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Ralph Brown
    (239 votes)
  • 10%
    Nathan Gerry
    (29 votes)
268 votes total Vote Now

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2) Prince Amukamara – cuAA, 2X AC. Nebraska’s most recent, great DB. As a Sophomore, Bo considered him as a potential RB, but Prince was a Blackshirt by the start of conference play.

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15) Fabian Washington – Pick-6 on his first play as a Husker. Top ten in career INTs.

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Prince Amukamara
    (235 votes)
  • 10%
    Fabian Washington
    (28 votes)
263 votes total Vote Now

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3) Mike Brown – AA, AC, AAA. The most tackles of any Husker DB, 287, good for 3rd all time. NFL All-Pro.

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14) Joe Blahek – 2X AC. Had one hell of a ’71 season: threw an essential block for Johnny Rodgers for his “game of the century” punt return and intercepted Alabama in the end zone in the national championship game

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 93%
    Mike Brown
    (243 votes)
  • 6%
    Joe Blahek
    (17 votes)
260 votes total Vote Now

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4) Dana Stephenson – 2X AC. Nebraska’s all time leader in INTs (14). Cocaine? (looks around nervously) What Cocaine?!?

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13) Barron Miles – 2X AC. An injury in the preseason of his first NFL season derailed his NFL career. No biggie, he became a Canadian Football League Hall of Famer.

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Dana Stephenson
    (80 votes)
  • 68%
    Barron Miles
    (175 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now

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5) Dave Butterfield – cAA, 2X AC. Part of a defense that held consecutive Big 8 opponents to 14 and 34 passing yards.

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12) Wonderful Terrific (Wonder) Monds – AA, AC. One of the first big DBs (6-2 & 205 lbs but 6-7 with the fro).

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Dave Butterfield
    (157 votes)
  • 37%
    Wonder Monds
    (95 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now

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6) Bret Clark – AA, 2X AC. Collected 8 takeaways in ’84 (5 INT, 3 FR).

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11) Keyuo Craver – AA, AC. Played in every game from true freshman to senior. Second in career PBUs

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Bret Clark
    (100 votes)
  • 60%
    Keyuo Craver
    (152 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now

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7) Bruce Pickens – 2X AC. Juco transfer who did very well for himself. Was drafted #3 overall in the ‘91 draft.

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10) DeJaun Groce – AA, AC. 17 PBUs in a season is a Husker record, followed it up with 14 the next season.

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Bruce Pickens
    (60 votes)
  • 76%
    DeJuan Groce
    (194 votes)
254 votes total Vote Now

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8) Josh Bullocks – AA, AC. Set a Husker record with 10 INTs in one season

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9) Tyrone Williams – 2X AC. 2X National Champ, Super Bowl Champ. Not bad.

Poll

Who is the ultimate Husker defensive back?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Josh Bullocks
    (127 votes)
  • 49%
    Tyrone Williams
    (126 votes)
253 votes total Vote Now