In 2012, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was on a path to greatness until very late in the season, when the high hopes were suddenly crushed for the fans.
The Cornhuskers only suffered two regular season losses, one to UCLA and one to Ohio State, both on the road. The Cornhuskers finished the regular season at 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten conference, before getting crushed by Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and then losing to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
Still, there is a lot to be optimistic about for Nebraska fans as the core of their offense returns for the 2013 Big Ten Football season.
Obviously, the man to watch will be quarterback Taylor Martinez, who is now entering his fourth season as the starting quarterback. Martinez has been somewhat of a hot and cold player all throughout college; you see flashes of an All-American, only to be followed up by a head-scratching play.
Nevertheless, Martinez has a lot of experience under his belt and has been working vigorously on his mechanics to become a legit passing threat to go along with his great speed. Running back Ameer Abdullah returns for the Cornhuskers and was the leading rusher on the team.
At receiver, Kenny Bell also returns after being the leading receiver last season and one of the best receivers in the entire Big Ten conference as well.
The offensive line will also be one of the strong points of the team and should make their dangerous running attack even more effective, especially with the return of guard Spencer Long, who was a second-team All-American in 2012.
The 2013 season could be a good one for the Cornhuskers if they can maintain consistency on offense and avoid serious injuries.