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Nebraska Football: Cornhuskers All-Decade Team

Ameer Abdullah is second in program history with nearly 4,600 rushing yards

The new year isn't so new anymore, but it's during these times that we can still look back fondly and remember the best of the best who've walked down the Memorial Stadium tunnel.

 

The past decade was a memorable one for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They officially made the transition from the Big 12 to the Big Ten and had three coaches along the way. They are in a three-year bowl drought after eight straight appearances, but that's not to say that there haven't been plenty of talented players come through Lincoln.

 

Here’s a look at the Nebraska players whose stars shone the brightest over the last decade.

 

QB: Taylor Martinez (2010-13)
RB: Ameer Abdullah (2011-14)
RB: Rex Burkhead (2010-12)
AP: Roy Helu Jr. (2007-10)
WR: Stanley Morgan Jr. (2015-18)
WR: JD Spielman (2017-present)
WR: Jordan Westerkamp (2013-16)
TE: Cethan Carter (2013-16)
C: Justin Jackson (2008-12)
OL: Alex Lewis (2014-15)
OL: Ricky Henry (2008-10)
OL: Spencer Long (2010-13)
OL: Jeremiah Sirles (2010-13)

DL: Randy Gregory (2013-14)
DL: Jared Crick (2007-11)
DL: Maliek Collins (2013-15)
DL: Eric Martin (2009-12)
LB: Will Compton (2008-12)
LB: Lavonte David (2010-11)
LB: Zaire Anderson (2012-14)
CB: Prince Amukamara (2007-10)
CB: Alfonzo Dennard (2008-11)
S: Nate Gerry (2013-16)
S: DeJon Gomes (2009-10)

 

K: Alex Henery (2007-10)
P: Sam Foltz (2013-15)
RS: De'Mornay Pierson-El (2014-17)

 

Easiest Choice: Punter

Starting 38 games for the Big Red, Sam Foltz averaged 42.6 yards per punt during his career. He forced 45 fair catches and downed 63 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

 

Deepest Position: Defensive back

Despite the secondary’s coaching spot being a regular revolving door, Nebraska put several defensive backs into the NFL over the course of the past 10 years. Among those who couldn't make the cut are Chris Jones and Joshua Kalu.

 

Weakest Position: Center

Nebraska suffered from a severe lack of development at one of the offense’s most important spots across the decade. Justin Jackson stands out as a reliable, efficient option.

 

Key Stat: 800

Stanley Morgan Jr. and Jordan Westerkamp get two obvious nods for the wide receiver slots, but JD Spielman has produced three seasons of 800 receiving yards or more. He’s the only Nebraska receiver to ever accomplish such a feat.

 

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, FWAA member and part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@eightlaces) and enjoy the Big Red Three and Out Podcast. To contact him, click here.

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