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Evaluating 7 Second-Year Nebraska Cornhuskers

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A Look at Huskers who have just completed their first year with the Team.

1A Look at Huskers who have just completed their first year with the Team.
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With the conclusion of a recruiting cycle for college football programs, many college football fans are fervently demanding that the coaches tasked with representing their program are on the road securing those vital pieces of the puzzle for winning a conference championship, or even a national championship.

For the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the coaches have not let their fans down and are making the necessary push to end recruiting in a strong fashion. The men sacrificing on the road include but are not limited to: Head Coach B. Pelini, Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck, Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis, running backs' coach and longtime Husker, Ron Brown, wide receivers' coach Rich Fischer, linebackers' coach Ross Els, offensive line coach John Garrison, tight ends' coach Barney Cotton, new secondary coach Charlton Warren, and many more dedicated individuals.

With the recruiting cycle for the class of 2014, an interesting circumstance presents itself to college football coaches, fans, and analysts. The situation that can now be discussed is three freshmen classes at one time. Yes that may sound convoluted but it is absolutely what may be happening in coaches meetings in Lincoln and around the rest of the country.

This previous season’s players are still freshmen, the recruiting class that is about to be filled will be freshmen, and at the end of the recruiting class a new group of incoming freshman will be targeted for next season. Recruiting truly never ends for these dedicated coaches. Here is a look at how some of the freshmen on the 2013 Huskers roster fared.

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Randy Gregory DL

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Gregory had an outstanding first season for the Huskers. Gregory may not be considered a freshman because he is a transfer, but he was a first-year player for the Huskers and must be affiliated with this class. Gregory will definitely be one of the black shirts that opponents will have their eyes on next season.

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Josh Banderas LB

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Banderas is a recruit from the Nebraska who played his high school ball in Lincoln. Banderas played in every game for the Huskers as a freshman recording 28 solo tackles and earning honorable mention all-Big Ten freshman team.

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Terrell Newby RB

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With a talent like Ameer Abdullah receiving the majority of carries in 2013 and returning in 2014, Newby will likely be listed third on the depth chart behind Abdullah and Imani Cross. Though he may lack carries, he is truly the beneficiary of watching a great player and hard worker like Abdullah every day.

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Maliek Collins DT

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Nebraska has truly put an emphasis on creating a dominant defensive line and hopefully maintaining dominance at the position. Recruiting defensive linemen has long been an accent of the offseason for Pelini and his staff. Collins has great size to be a run-stuffer for the huskers at 6-foot-2, 300 pounds. He recorded 11 solo tackles in his first season of play.

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Nathan Gerry LB

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Gerry earned the honor of being named an honorable mention for the Big Ten all freshmen team at linebacker. When Gerry arrived on campus at Nebraska from Sioux Falls South Dakota it was undefined where the exceptional athlete would play. For now he has found a spot at Linebacker. In High School Gerry was a fantastic player doing almost everything he could to help his team win three state championships. Gerry was also an exceptional sprinter in his prep days.

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Kevin Gladney WR

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Gladney red-shirted in 2013, but should be expected to bring his impact play abilities to the field in 2014. Gladney will immediately attempt to compete for playing time at an already deep wide receiver position in Tim Beck’s offense. Gladney could also be a candidate to possibly bolster some of the Huskers' poor return yards on special teams.

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Cethan Carter TE

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At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds Carter could become a very big part of the Huskers offense in the future. Big enough to make a big impact as a run blocker, but secure enough to be a safety outlet as a pass catcher for the young Husker signal callers, Carter will be a Husker to watch in coming years.