In 2011, former Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David completed a short but outstanding career as one of the team's legitimate stars. A JUCO transfer, David amassed an impressive 285 tackles and 11.5 sacks in just two seasons with the Huskers, and he became known for coming up big in crucial moments.
As one of the few bright spots on a surprisingly mediocre 2011 defense, David will be sorely missed this coming season.
But when a star leaves, another must be born—and in 2012, that star might be LB Will Compton. Compton's 82 tackles were second only to David's 133 in 2011, and this year the senior will be stepping into a pivotal role.
Here are four reasons why Compton is Nebraska's next defensive cornerstone.