With each new year of college football, a new group of seniors takes the field in hopes of bringing its program a championship and showcasing individual talents to NFL scouts in hopes of playing pro ball.
In 2010, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were led by one of the program's most talented senior classes in years.
Despite all the talent, the Huskers limped to a 10-4 finish after talks of a national championship in the preseason.
While the seniors of 2010—which included Prince Amukamara, Roy Helu Jr., Dejon Gomes, Eric Hagg and more—will forever be fondly remembered by Husker fans, the 2011 seniors have an opportunity that the previous group, and each before it for 13 years, admittedly failed to accomplish.
Bringing a national championship to Lincoln has been the goal for fourth-year coach Bo Pelini since the day he stepped foot on campus, and although it may be far-fetched to expect that to happen in 2011, Pelini undeniably has enough talent on the team to make a run.
But for that to be the case, a very young and inexperienced offense will have to step up and take some pressure off a defense that will also be experiencing a youth movement. Without good senior leadership, a national championship or even Big Ten championship will be untouchable.
Now we'll look at the five 2011 Nebraska seniors who the team will be riding on most in order to have a successful season.