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Nebraska Football Ultimate Rush End Bracket

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Select from the best of the guys who made quarterbacks miserable

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you are all well and safe and having a good time wherever you may be!

Chaos, mayhem and havoc. These are the guys that cause trouble for the quarterback. Nebraska has an impressive collection of talent - Brew said that every single one of the guys in this bracket was drafted.

Brew’s criteria for inclusion in this bracket:

This should be fun. OK, so what’s a Rush End? It can be a traditional DE or OLB, but not every DE or OLB qualifies. I had to kinda feel it out and go by my gut. They line up outside of the tackle and are responsible for creating chaos in the backfield. If you don’t see your favorite sackmaster, he’ll probably be included in either the LB bracket or the DL bracket.

Here’s the super duper secret decoder ring:

  • Consensus Unanimous All American (cuAA)
  • Consensus All American (cAA)
  • All American (AA)
  • All Conference (AC) – Must be 1st team.

1) Trev Alberts – cuAA, 2X AC. Nebraska’s only Butkus winner, most sacks all time (29.5), 3 sacks in ’94 Orange Bowl

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16) Jay Moore – One heck of a rusher and current co-host of the Hail Varsity Radio show

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 95%
    Trev Alberts
    (361 votes)
  • 4%
    Jay Moore
    (18 votes)
379 votes total Vote Now

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2) Grant Wistrom – 2X cAA, 3X AC. Most TFL all time (58.5), Lombardi Award winner

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15) Chris Kelsay – Edges out big brother Chad for a spot on the list. They were both great.

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 96%
    Grant Wistrom
    (382 votes)
  • 3%
    Chris Kelsay
    (12 votes)
394 votes total Vote Now

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3) Broderick Thomas – cuAA, AA, 3X AC. The baddest man on Earth. The Sandman put running backs to sleep

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14) Bob Martin – AA, 2X AC. Three year starter who produced year after year

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 95%
    Broderick Thomas
    (353 votes)
  • 4%
    Bob Martin
    (18 votes)
371 votes total Vote Now

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4) Willie Harper – 2X cAA, 2X AC. No Husker has cost the opponent more yardage, 268 (!) yards in losses

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13) Kyle Vanden Bosch – Blocked 3 kicks in one season

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 68%
    Willie Harper
    (257 votes)
  • 31%
    Kyle Vanden Bosch
    (117 votes)
374 votes total Vote Now

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5) Jared Tomich – AA, 2X AC. Walk-on becomes one of the best defenders on 2 NC teams

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12) Derrie Nelson – AA, 2X AC. Captain of a defense that allowed 9.1 points/game

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 85%
    Jared Tomich
    (316 votes)
  • 14%
    Derrie Nelson
    (55 votes)
371 votes total Vote Now

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6) Randy Gregory – 2X AC. Makes the top ten all time sack list (17.5) in just 2 seasons

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11) Mike Rucker – Better pro career than college, probably because he had to wait until Tomich and Wistrom graduated to earn a blackshirt

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 47%
    Randy Gregory
    (180 votes)
  • 52%
    Mike Rucker
    (199 votes)
379 votes total Vote Now

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7) Adam Carriker – 2X AC – The biggest Rush End on the list at 295 lbs. Seventh all-time in sacks (20.5)

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10) George Andrews – AA, AC. One of the best defenders of the late 70’s

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 84%
    Adam Carriker
    (313 votes)
  • 15%
    George Andrews
    (56 votes)
369 votes total Vote Now

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8) Jimmy Williams – AA, AC. Dude ran a 4.34!! As a DE!! In the early 80’s!!

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9) Travis Hill – AA, AC. Played in every game for 3 seasons. Started every game for 2

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Who is the ultimate Husker rush end?

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  • 83%
    Jimmy Williams
    (304 votes)
  • 16%
    Travis Hill
    (59 votes)
363 votes total Vote Now