There’s all kinds of lists about the greatest Nebraska football players ever. But as we await a new season, it might be time to take a little different slant on the list. Rather than asking who the best players were at the end of their Nebraska careers, let’s think back and look at the Nebraska players who had the greatest potential. In other words, who were the players for Nebraska that had the most hype, the most buzz, coming into their careers?
Sometimes, the greatest player and the greatest potential will end up at the same place. Sometimes, not so much, although obviously the player must have some baseline level of talent. But as we look toward the start of a new season with a lot of new faces on the field, it might be helpful to think back and see where we have been.
Keep in mind, if ranking the greatest Nebraska players at the end of their careers is a difficult and subjective task, then ranking the potential greatest players at the beginning of their careers is even more challenging. Historical recruiting information is also very difficult to locate, meaning it is difficult to ascertain or substantiate the recruiting of past Huskers.
So this list is a bit of a leap of faith and my best shot to answer the question put before you. Please share your thoughts, comments, criticisms and suggestions in the comments section below.