“Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth
Make ‘em go ‘oh, oh, oh’
As you shoot across the sky-y-y”
- Katy Perry, “Firework”
Nebraska football fans, like all good Americans, love Independence Day and relish the chance to watch things explode with color and pageantry. They also love watching their Cornhuskers blow up on the field (metaphorically, of course) and make the Sea of Red “ooh” and “aah” with their performances.
Now, keep in mind, when I say "explode," what I'm really talking about are players who I believe will have a significant jump in their production from last season. Spoiler alert, Kenny Bell isn't on this list. Not because I doubt his contributions—I expect him to be Nebraska's primary threat. But I don't expect his production to be demonstrably greater than last year's.
So, in honor of the coming holiday, here are six Cornhuskers you can expect to put on an explosive show once the 2013 football season starts.
(All statistics are courtesy of the great cfbstats.com, which should be in your bookmark list if it isn’t already.)