If there is one storyline gripping the Big Red this spring, it is no doubt the crumbling of the Blackshirts. Brought in specifically to inject his defensive prowess into the Cornhuskers after years of doormat-like defensive units under Bill Callahan, Bo Pelini initially delivered.
Impressively pulling the Blackshirts out of the cellar to national prominence, Husker Nation felt that the tides had turned and Nebraska was back on track. But the Husker defense has since fallen on hard times and made many fans yearn for the golden years of Charlie McBride and the consistently stingy defenses of the Big Red.
So let’s forget about the large question marks that now loom around the Cornhusker defense and remind ourselves of the greatness achieved by the most smothering and play-making Blackshirt units of all time.