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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes NFL scouts overrate Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, ran for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Though I like Ameer Abdullah, I don’t grade him as high as scouts, many who feel he’s fringe first round material," Pauline wrote. "Abdullah is a creative runner who beats defenders into the open field but at barely 5-feet, 8.5-inches and 200lbs, is he anything more than a situational runner at the next level?" The expert grades Abdullah as a Round 4 prospect. He sounds as low on the program as a whole as Abdullah as a prospect. "I’m surprised Nebraska has not done better in the Big Ten," Pauline wrote. "I really thought they would beat up on the conference upon arrival but it never happened. Of course the question must be ask; what percentage of the blame falls on the shoulders of coach Bo Pellini?"
Aug 10 - 2:40 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory is "a dominant defender," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Gregory is hands down the top prospect on [Nebraska's] roster, news to no one," he wrote. "He’s a dominant defender with outstanding size, athleticism as well as explosion and speed. Gregory needs to refine his game but the junior college transfer caught many by surprise last season and has a bright NFL future ahead of him." The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory, a first-team all-conference selection and a semfinalist for the Hendricks Award last year, could very well become Nebraska's first top-15 pick since Ndamukong Suh went No. 2 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He collected 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a first-year starter last year, was named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list over the summer, and has been clocked at 4.67 seconds in the forty.
Aug 10 - 1:08 PM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore ILB Michael Rose-Ivey suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice earlier this week.

The linebacker wrote on an Instagram post that he "tore my acl possibly mcl and cartilage," but that "I’ll see more tomorrow," referring to an MRI exam. "I’m hurting… I’m not gonna lie," Rose-Ivey wrote. "I’m hurting bad. So much work out in this off season to get my weight down and body fat to prove to people I can be an every down linebacker. A lot of film study critiquing myself and trying to learn techniques from some of the best linebackers to ever play on any level. It’s hard right now for me. I can barely express how I feel right now cause I’m numb to it. It won’t hit me until I see my boys, my brothers, my teammates run out on that field aug 30th against FAU." Rose-Ivey could now apply for an injury hardship waiver. If he wins, he'd retain three seasons of eligibility beginning in 2015.
Aug 9 - 5:37 PM

Nebraska junior CB Charles Jackson will miss the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

According to head coach Bo Pelini, Jackson sustained ligament damage during Thursday's practice. He was supposed to be the team's nickel corner. Pelini added junior Byerson Cockrell and freshmen Josh Kalu and Trai Mosley will compete for the starting gig now.
Source: ESPN
Aug 8 - 9:43 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory is up to 248 lbs and will change his jersey number from 44 to 4.

Gregory previously weighed 240 lbs. The edge rusher broke out last year and is generating plenty of buzz heading into the 2014 season. Development is needed, but he has the makings of an early first-round pick.
Aug 4 - 4:48 PM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore LB Michael Rose is expected to start at ILB this year.

Rose started only seven times last year, but still managed to rank third on the squad with 66 tackles. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Rose a "bright spot on an otherwise inconsistent unit in past years" and added that he "is a name to watch this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 1 - 1:54 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior LB David Santos is a defensive "tone-setter," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The Nebraska defense hasn't been a strength the last few seasons, but players like Santos give the Blackshirts hope for 2014," Brugler wrote. "He finished second on the team last season in tackles (87), including 7.0 for loss, and is the tone-setter on that side of the ball, bringing his aggressive yet disciplined mentality to the field." The 6-foot, 225-pound fourth-year junior runs a 4.64 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 9:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "has the skill-set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level."

Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, scampering for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Abdullah has a leaner-than-ideal upper and lower body build, but is much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field. Abdullah has flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead." For a more topical comparison, the analyst calls Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 7:24 PM

Nebraska senior OG Jake Cotton has NFL tools but must remain healthy, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Nebraska's offensive line is a question mark entering the 2014 season with Cotton as the lone returning starter up front," Brugler wrote. "His career has been mired with various injuries, but when he's on the field, Cotton has the brute power and natural instincts for the position that enable him to be effective as a run blocker and in pass protection." The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Cotton has spent time at both guard and tackle, but he projects better inside at the next level. Cotton started 11 of 13 games at LG last year, missing the Michigan and Michigan State games with a knee injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 7:09 PM

Nebraska senior WR Jamal Turner "has the talent to have a breakout senior season," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

"With Quincy Enunwa off to the NFL, the Huskers need a pass catcher to step up and team with Bell on the outside and Turner has the talent to have a breakout senior season," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Turner played in the first seven games of the season before missing the final five games with a leg injury. Turner had 13 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown before injury, but will look to be an explosive threat for the Husker offense and special teams units this upcoming season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that "one could make the argument that" Nebraska senior S Corey Cooper "is one of the top-10 senior prospects at his position."

"Entering his final season in Lincoln, one could make the argument that he is one of the top-10 senior prospects at his position and potentially more with a productive 2014 campaign," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 215 pound Cooper will be expected to be one of the leaders for the Blackshirt defense in 2014, after a break-out performance as a junior. The Nebraska prospect led the team in tackles last season (91), with 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, adding one interception and one forced fumble. Cooper has the size to provide solid run support from the safety position, but also does a tremendous job in pass coverage.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:36 PM

Dane Brugler notes that Nebraska senior WR Kenny Bell's "average size and speed will limit how highly NFL scouts grade him."

His average size and speed will limit how highly NFL scouts grade him for the next level, but Bell's work ethic, reliability and detailed approach will ensure he makes a living in the pros, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound Bell led the Cornhuskers in receiving the last three seasons and could make it a fourth in 2014. Bell finished the 2013 season with a team-high 51 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. While Bell has the "adequate height," Brugler notes that Bell's "rail-thin" frame won't get "too much bigger," but despite his frame, Bell "is one of the best blockers in all of college football."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:15 PM

CBS Sport's Dane Brugler believes Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory "has the type of potential to hear his name in the first half of round one."

"Nebraska hasn't had a top-15 draft pick since Ndamukong Suh went No. 2 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, but Gregory has the type of potential to hear his name in the first half of round one," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory, was a first-team all-conference selection and a semfinalist for the Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive end. In his first year as a starter, Gregory had 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. This season the Nebraska prospect should be the anchor of the Cornhuskers' defensive front.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 3:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."

"Abdullah reminds me of a better Andre Ellington. Few run harder at his size. Smart, controls his momentum in his cuts. Seems two steps ahead." The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Abdullah was one of college football's most dependable running backs in 2013. The Nebraska prospect carried the rock 281 times and still managed to average 6 yards a carry. Last season, Abdullah only had two games where he rushed for under 100 yards, and finished the season with 1,690 yards rushing and was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Abdullah and the running game to be the focal point of the offense with the graduation of QB Taylor Martinez.
Jul 29 - 3:54 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl calls Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory "a praying mantis on tape."

It's an evocative image, but Weidl notes improvements are still needed in Gregory's game. "Long, agile with an explosive closing burst," the analyst observed. "Just want to see him finish more this fall." The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory, who collected 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a first-year starter last year, was named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list. He has been clocked at 4.67 seconds in the forty.
Jul 26 - 3:56 PM


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