Bo Pelini’s Nebraska Cornhuskers will be playing their final Big Ten game of the 2013 football season this week. A loss to the Michigan State Spartans two weeks ago all but guaranteed that the Huskers would miss out on a trip to Indianapolis to face the winner of the Leaders division in the Ohio State Buckeyes this season. Instead the Big Ten championship game will be played between Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes and Mark Dantonio’s Spartans this season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz will be visiting Lincoln to take on the Huskers in the final home game for the Huskers this season. Memorial Stadium will undoubtedly be a loud and inhospitable environment for Ferentz and his Hawkeyes. As the Husker seniors take to Tom Osborne Field for the Heroes game, they will all be missed for their endearing qualities and the contributions they have made not only to the team this season but also to the legendary Big Red program.
Obviously senior quarterback Taylor Martinez has been missed for nearly the entirety of the 2013 college football season. Unfortunately for the team and Martinez the quarterback has been injured this season. This is another disappointing end to the season for Martinez and the second consecutive season in which Martinez began the season on many preseason Heisman watch lists. Dissatisfaction aside, the contributions Martinez has given the Husker program should never be forgotten. Martinez was a three-year starter, and had it not been for his injuries this season he would have seen a fourth consecutive season as the Huskers signal caller. He will be remembered for his blazing speed and for his developing passing skills. The question of what could have been will be ever present when Martinez’s name is brought up around the state of Nebraska for years to come.
Ron Kellogg III is another senior who will be greatly missed. Kellogg has long been a close friend and valued confidant of Martinez. The two have lived together and Kellogg has helped Martinez through times when Husker fans have been critical. Kellogg, the Omaha, Nebraska native, has always made Martinez the California kid feel welcome. Kellogg is also a product of the legendary Nebraska walk-on program, and he final achieved a scholarship this season. Kellogg will forever be remembered for one play, his Hail Mary pass to defeat the Northwestern Wildcats. The heroics of Kellogg the backup may overshadow the career of Martinez the starter.
The wide receiver corps for Nebraska was supposed to be one of the best in the Big Ten this season. They may have been the most talented, but they also may have been the most often inured. The Huskers will have to say goodbye to Quincy Enunwa at the end of this season. Enunwa is very large of frame standing at 6-foot-2 and 215-pounds. Enunwa’s size and strength may give him an opportunity to continue his playing career at the next level.
Ciante Evans and Stanley Jean-Baptiste started off the season as the two anchors of the Blackshirt defense. The rest of the Huskers defense has managed to catch up with the two defensive backs, but the departure of two will create an ominous void in the Husker defense similar to the void that Pelini had to fill when Prince Amukamura and Alfonzo Dennard left for the NFL.