Overlooked last year because of the disappointing defensive performances, the Nebraska offense will be returning with two of the most explosive offensive players in the Big 12, if not the country.
With Bo Pelini riding into Lincoln on a white horse named "Defense," do NOT get distracted and forget about the offensive powerhouse put together in the 2007 season.
Marlon Lucky's rushing success was spectacular, but Joe Ganz's quarterbacking exploits would have reached Heisman potential if he had been able to get the same type of stats for a whole season of starts, rather than the few games he played.
Lucky's rushing to the tune of 1,000-plus yards and nine touchdowns, while receiving 700-plus yards and three touchdowns, is a good prequel to the 2008 season.
We will see at least 2,000 all-purpose yards and upwards of 15 touchdowns this season from Lucky as the spread option opens up the great running lanes all those Mizzou fans keep cheering about. If there are any legitimate "dark horse" Heisman candidates in the Big 12, Marlon Lucky would definitely be one.
Of course, it doesn't hurt to be returning behind an experienced offensive line. That line will also be part of the reason Joe Ganz should see more of the same numbers he began putting up at the end of the 2007 season. Making plays with his shifty feet and speed will only be necessary when his line breaks down, which shouldn't be too often.
Ganz's 16 touchdowns and 1,400-plus yards in three games are probably going to jump, but if he averaged the same number of touchdowns for a whole season, we'd be talking about how he compares to Brandon Vogel's EA Sport's NCAA Football 09 season.
More than likely, Ganz will be a top 10 quarterback in terms of numbers, probably getting near 40 touchdowns and 3,500 yards. Lucky's numbers should put him in the top 10 as well, but I really think he'll also be the best RB in the Big 12, hands down.
Ganz has more competition for the top QB spot in the Big 12, but he's got a chance to be one of the best in 2008.
Any way you slice it, the offense should excite and entertain the whole year.
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