Nebraska Football Breaking News: Aaron Green, Eric Martin and "The Amicable 12"

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIOctober 27, 2010

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Good news and bad news for the Huskers today.

The good news first.

Just a day after picking up a solid receiver recruit, 6'3", 190 pound Taariq Allen out of Massachusetts, the Huskers hauled in their first big fish of the year.

San Antonio (Madison) running back Aaron Green has picked the Huskers.

A 6.0 4-star recruit according to (6.1 is the highest rating a player can receive), Green has been long sought after by Nebraska and brings an explosive, game-breaking element to the game that the Huskers should be able to utilize. 

With 4.4 speed, Green should instantly make a contribution for the Huskers, whether it be on offense or in the return game.

The Huskers lose their primary kick/punt returner Niles Paul to graduation this year, so Green may get a chance to show his skill in the return game right off the bat.  Green is also talented enough to be a regular contributor on offense in the coming years. 

His older brother, Andrew Green, could also be a starter in a year or two at peso back or cornerback.

Taylor Martinez and Aaron Green in the backfield at the same time?  Whoo.

Now, for the bad news.

Moronic Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has suspended Eric Martin for Nebraska's tilt with Missouri this week after his thunderous hit that left an Oklahoma State player injured was deemed illegal. 

Nebraska's special teams take a big hit with the loss of Martin, a guy who has become known for his electrifying special teams plays, including his highlight-reel hits.

I have two problems with this.  First, after watching the replay, one could clearly see that the hit, although vicious, was legal.  I didn't even see Martin's helmet touch the other player's helmet, and if it did, it wasn't much. 

Second, if that player did not get hurt, and nobody would have given it a second thought other than to comment on how awesome it was.

In light of the NFL's recent crackdown on helmet to helmet hits, it is understandable that college football heads would exercise caution as well.  But the hit was plainly legal, and Martin should be getting ready to lay out some Missouri players.  Instead, he is forced to watch helplessly from the sideline.

The speed of the game is too great to be able to make hits with perfect form every time, and everyone in the game knows there is always a chance of injury. 

How do they expect players to play?  How would a guy like Dick Butkus or Lawrence Taylor survive in today's gutless game?

Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears put it nicely when he said the NFL should change its name to the "National Flag Football League."

Perhaps Beebe should consider changing his conference's name as well. 

How about the Amicable 12?