Nebraska Cornhuskers College Football Preview 2021: Top Players
Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Offensive Player
QB Adrian Martinez, Jr.
The expectations were through the roof from the start. He was supposed to be the bright, shiny quarterback who was going to take Nebraska into a whole new era, and it hasn’t happened quite yet.
But he’s been good, and he’s coming off his strongest run yet. He didn’t hit a whole lot of downfield passes, but the absence of playmaking receivers had something to do with that. He’s still a dangerous runner, connected on 71% of his throws, and now in his fourth season he should be even sharper.
2. C Cameron Jurgens, Soph.
3. TE Austin Allen, Jr.
4. OT Bryce Benhart, RFr.
5. RB Markese Stepp, Soph.
Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Defensive Player
LB JoJo Domann, Sr.
A few defensive backs could make an argument for this spot, but Domann continues to be the main man for a defense that keeps improving.
The 6-1, 230-pounder is a beefed up former safety who turned in a strong junior year with 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks with ten tackles for loss, and followed it up with a team-high 58 stops. He needs to get into the backfield a wee bit more as a pass rusher, but he’s got the wherewithal to be a solid pass defender and disruptive force.
2. S Marquel Dismuke, Sr.
3. S Deontai Williams, Sr.
4. DE Ben Stille, Sr.
5. LB Will Honas, Sr.
Top Incoming Nebraska Cornhuskers Transfer
RB Markese Stepp, Soph.
It’s hardly a sure thing that he’s the main man running the ball even when he’s healthy – he suffered a foot injury this offseason but should be ready to go in the fall – but the talent is there to be the lead back.
The 6-0, 235-pound former USC Trojan from for just over 500 yards with six touchdowns in his three years, averaging over five yards per carry. He’s got the power to go along with a nice burst, and he’s not going to have to do it all with all the young talent in the rotation.