Well, I finished my All-Decade Nebraska Offensive squad, now it's time to focus on the side of the ball where the Huskers have been more dominant: Defense.
So many great players have come through and worn that Nebraska Blackshirt with pride. Now it's time to honor the best defensive players for the Huskers of the decade.
Kyle Vanden Bosch, who has become a solid player in the NFL, didn't play much in the decade. Nevertheless, he was a force on the D-Line for the Blackshirts, and he was a First Team All-Big XII in 2000. Vanden Bosch was one of the better DE's in Nebraska history.
Who else? Ndamukong Suh was one of the most dominant D-Lineman in the last decade, with athleticism and strength to boot. Has there ever been a better 6'4", 300-pound man before? Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik award winner, Heisman finalist, All-American...the list goes on.
Carriker was a two-time First Team All-Big XII and a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Rams. I listed him as DT because Vanden Bosch and Chris Kelsay were really good DE's, and it's too hard to leave one of these guys off the list. Carriker was a darn good DE, just putting him at DT.
Chris Kelsay, the younger brother of Chad Kelsay, was a First Team All-Big XII in 2001 and a Second Team in 2002. He was a key member up front in the Huskers' National Championship season. He is certainly a blackshirt to remember.
Williams was a First Team All-Big XII in 2003 and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Williams was a great LB while at Nebraska and is one of the few players on this All-Decade team that played most of his career in the decade.
This one was tough, as Carlos Polk also played MLB while at Nebraska. However, Ruud is probably one of the best LB's to ever suit up for the Blackshirts. He won't be remembered only for his name, but for the talent and the legacy he left at Nebraska.
Bradley received only an Honorable Mention in 2006, but his dominance at OLB was a great skill of his. Despite how talented he was, he will likely be remembered for the insane afro.
Craver was one of the better CB's in Nebraska history, recording two First Team All-Big XII titles in 2000 and 2001. He was dependable, and unlike Fabian Washington (whom I decided to leave off the list, because of his inconsistency), didn't get burned very much. Very solid.
In a decade that was plagued with inconsistent DB play, the Bullocks brothers were a bright spot. Josh, in particular, was a First Team All-Big XII in 2003 and Second Team in 2004. The twin Bullocks brothers will be remembered as the best Safety tandem of the decade.
LIke his twin brother Josh, Daniel was a bright spot in the secondary that overall has been unspectacular this decade.
Little Bullocks was a two-time Honorable Mention for All-Big XII in '03 and '04, before finally cracking the fraternity in 2005 with a Second Team appearance. Bullocks is now a safety for the Detroit Lions (I feel for you, man).
Why no Fabian Washington? Well, because Washington, despite his big play ability, was burned so much that his bad outweighs his good a bit too much.
Groce, like Craver, was dependable in the secondary, and didn't make many mistakes. He has bounced around the NFL, but his contribution to the Huskers will be remembered.
Well, there you have it. Sorry that I didn't do any Special Teams. If you really do wish, I say K: Josh Brown and P: Kyle Larson.
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