The Nebraska Cornhuskers will be looking to make a run at their first Big Ten title in 2014 but will need some young playmakers to step up in a major way. Nebraska fans have grown impatient waiting for the Cornhuskers to make an impact on their new conference and will be chomping at the bit to see improvement this fall. How far Nebraska rises in conference play this season could rest on the shoulder of defensive end Randy Gregory.
Gregory is already one of the Big Ten’s best pass rushers after a strong sophomore season in 2013 where he recorded a team-high 9.5 sacks. Even when he wasn’t taking the quarterback down, Gregory was constantly making plays in the opposing backfield, recorded 16 tackles for loss and 15 additional quarterback pressures. His consistent pressure put him at the top of the Big Ten for sacks last season and will put him in the same position again in 2014.
But while the Big Ten has taken notice of Gregory, the 6-foot-6 defensive end is poised to break out onto the national state in 2014. With another year of experience and development under his belt, Gregory should be a lock for double-digit sacks this fall and could easily challenge for the national lead for sacks. His length and athleticism make him a handful coming off the edge for just about any offensive lineman and he has to constantly be accounted for by quarterbacks before the snap of the ball.
The ability to disrupt an opposing offense with a strong pass rush is key for Nebraska to make a run at the Big Ten Championship in 2014. Randy Gregory has the ability to be the best pass-rusher in the country this fall and could take the Cornhuskers to the top if he delivers on that potential.
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