Unconcerned with convention the Holiday Bowl decided to match Washington and Nebraska again despite having played in September. This could be a much different game  as the two teams have gone through significant changes since Nebraska’s earlier blowout victory. This will officially be the Cornhuskers last game as a member of the Big 12, a marriage that always seemed rocky.

3 Keys from the scouts

1. Can Jake Locker improve upon his performance earlier in the season? In short, yes. Locker will need to improve a great deal though as he was horrid against Nebraska earlier in the year. The key to Locker’s play will be the play of Washington’s offensive line. The Blackshirt defense is talented, and they have previously established an effective template on how to stop Locker.

2. Which Taylor Martinez will show up? Martinez has, at times, looked like a first team All American caliber player. At other times he has looked very ordinary. Reports of his fragile ego have been surfacing all season and one imagines that Nebraska head honcho Bo Pelini is tiring of spending so much time massaging one player’s ego. When Martinez is on, the Cornhuskers are one of the best 6-7 teams in the country. When he’s not, they might not be one of the best 20.

3. How many rushing yards will Nebraska have? It’s not out of the question that the Cornhuskers could finish the season with 3 running backs each rushing for 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Nebraska remains a running team, and Washington has struggled defending against ground attacks all season. If the Huskies are to win they simply must stack the line against the run and force Martinez to beat them through the air.

Bold Prediction: This game just doesn’t look much more competitive than the 56-21 game earlier in the year. Washington will be better offensively, but it won’t prove enough.  Nebraska 48 Washington 24

Pro-Prospects Preview

Nebraska

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1stPrince AmukamaraCB214SrNice sized defensive back with the ball skills and confidence to be a number one cornerback in the NFL.
2-3Lavonte DavidOLB943JrJunior college transfer that made a major impact this season. Aggressive run defender that shows skill in pursuit. Petitioned the advisory committee for a grade.
2-3Niles PaulWR244SrSure handed pass catcher that draws a variety of opinion. Not a blazer but very quick and a terrific downfield blocker.  Has been recently downgraded by NFL scouts into the middle rounds.
2-3Jared CrickDT944JrExplosive player with great first step quickness. Not a large lineman and easily neutralized by blocks.
4-5Alfonzo DennardCB153JrDeveloping corner that’s shown a lot of flashes yet needs more consistency.
4thRoy HeluRB104SrStrong, downhill runner that flashes the ability to take over games.
4thKeith WilliamsG685Sr
5thMarcel JonesG784Jr
5thPierre AllenDE955SrLong, lengthy defensive end who moves well about the field yet shows minimal explosion and strength. Offers and upside and must be watched.
5thMike McNeillTE445SrGood looking prospect that gets downfield and catches the ball well.
5-6Eric HaggS284SrUnderrated defensive back with terrific instincts. Always puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball.
7-FADejon GomesCB74SrSmallish cornerback with good ball skills. Would start on 99% of the teams in the NCAA and a legit dime back for the next level.
7-FAMichael SmithT655Sr
FARichard HenryG745Sr
FADJ JonesG735Sr
FARickey ThenarseS35SrAggressive safety who lays it on the line and sacrifices his body to make the play. Marginal ball skills and limited to a strong safety position or a zone system.
FAZac LeeQB55Sr

Washington

Round Full Name Pos Num YrComments
1stJake LockerQB105SrAthletic signal caller with a huge upside. Needs a lot of work on his overall game and not a sure thing.  Dropping down boards and needs to finish strong.
3rdAlameda Ta’amuDT743JrPowerful, interior nose tackle/defensive tackle prospect coming off a disappointing season.
3-4Mason FosterOLB404SrFast rising weak side prospect who makes a lot of plays sideline-to-sideline.
4-5Jermaine KearseWR153Jr
4-5Chris PolkRB13JrStrong and explosive interior runner.
4-5Nate WilliamsS84SrSolid safety with a nice feel for the position. Works well with cornerbacks, displays a sense of timing and has a physical nature to his game.
FACody HabbenT715SrStrong, small area blocker that makes great use of body positioning and attacks assignments.
FAQuinton RichardsonCB284JrNice sized corner with a lot of potential.
4-5D’Andre GoodwinWR115SrAdequately sized receiver who makes the difficult reception then picks up yardage running after the catch.
FARyan TolarC655Sr

Game Preview: Brent Foshee

Prospect Preview:  Tony Pauline