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Rex Burkhead, RB
The most popular Husker doesn't really have much to improve upon, but you wouldn't know it by his work ethic. This fall will be all about little details, like improving open field reads, for Burkhead. Watching him hone his skills will be like watching a razor blade being sharpened.
Will Compton, MLB
Compton has proven this offseason that he can talk the talk, but will he be able to walk the walk come Sept. 1? His rapid improvement in 2011 suggests he will, but he must build on his momentum this fall.
Kyler Reed, TE
Reed was one of three Huskers to represent Nebraska at Big Ten Media Days, and he said all the right things. If he can get back to his 2010 form and produce touchdowns in bunches this year, it will say a lot for how much the passing game improves.
Kenny Bell, WR
Bell is just a sophomore, but he's considered one of the veteran leaders of the receiving corps. His job isn't in jeopardy, but he'll have to have a good spring to keep younger guys from eating into his snaps.
Spencer Long, OG
The walk-on from Elkhorn, Neb. is widely considered Nebraska's best lineman, and the Huskers will need him to play like it this year. He will likely be put on scholarship sometime during Fall Camp, assuming he has a good showing.
Cameron Meredith, DE
Meredith wasn't much more consistent than the rest of the defense last season, but his occasional flashes of dominance have Husker fans excited. His work with D-line coach Rick Kaczenski this Fall could help him double his five sacks from 2011.
Brett Maher, K/P
Brett Maher stepped into some massive shoes following Alex Henery's fourth-round selection in the NFL Draft, but he didn't miss a beat. The only thing to be concerned about with Maher is possible injury, but he may have an even stronger leg this year.