Nebraska football fans are used to seeing dominant defensive performances. In Nebraska’s glory days from the mid-90s, Nebraska’s fearsome Blackshirt defense led the way to three national titles in four years. Nebraska fans learned how to “throw the bones” as the Blackshirts made another fantastic stop.
So the Children of the Corn have been disturbed, to put it mildly, to see Nebraska’s defensive performance slipping in the last two years under defensive guru Bo Pelini.
Nebraska’s national total defense ranking went from No. 7 in 2009 and No. 11 in 2010 to No. 35 in 2012. Even worse, Nebraska’s defense was humiliated on national television last year, surrendering 653 yards to UCLA, 63 points to Ohio State, and 70 points to Wisconsin in the B1G title game.
That’s nowhere near good enough for Nebraska fans expecting Blackshirt dominance. In 2013, a fully-revamped roster looks to bring a number of new faces to Nebraska’s defense. Here are five of those faces who could restore the order for Nebraska’s defense.