04.11.2011 / Here come the Huskers.....
Late summer means that Husker Football season is right around the corner - less than 7 weeks and counting. As Nebraska is the heart of Husker Nation, Nebraska football fans are already talking about what we will see in 2009.
The Big 12 announced their Media Preseason Football Poll and has Nebraska predicted to win the North division while Oklahoma and Texas are tied for the top spot in the South. Nebraska received 17 of 32-first-place votes and totaled 172 points. Kansas placed second, followed by Missouri, Colorado, Kansas State and Iowa State.
Huskers Illustrated Magazine released its 2009 pre-season top 25 poll and pre-season All-Big 12 teams. Five Big 12 teams cracked the top 25, while three Big 12 South teams were picked in the top 10. Nebraska is ranked No. 19 after entering the season unranked in 2008.
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Florida was nearly a unanimous No. 1 pick, receiving 11 of the 12 first place votes. Texas (receiving the only other first place vote), Oklahoma, USC and Virginia Tech rounded out the top five. Oklahoma State, despite being picked third in the Big 12 South was ranked ninth and Kansas the Big 12 North favorite, 16th. Huskers Illustrated’s rankings reflect top 10 votes from Huskers Illustrated writers and other media members familiar with college football.
Ndamukong Suh is tabbed as pre-season Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Suh is one of three Nebraska players to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors, joining offensive lineman Jacob Hickman and kicker Alex Henery. 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
1. Florida (11)
2. Texas (1)
5. Virginia Tech
6. Ohio State
7. Ole Miss
9. Oklahoma State
11. Penn State
12. Boise State
22. Florida State
23. Georgia Tech
24. Notre Dame
25. Oregon State
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
POS. PLAYER HT. WT. YR. SCHOOL
WR Dez Bryant 6-2 215 Jr. Oklahoma State
WR Dezmon Briscoe 6-3 200 Jr. Kansas
WR Jordan Shipley 6-0 190 Sr. Texas
TE Jermaine Gresham 6-6 261 Sr. Oklahoma
OL Russell Okung 6-6 305 Sr. Oklahoma State
OL Adam Ulatoski 6-8 320 Sr. Texas
OL Chris Hall 6-4 300 Sr. Texas
OL JACOB HICKMAN 6-4 295 SR. NEBRASKA
OL Trent Williams 6-5 308 Sr. Oklahoma
QB Sam Bradford 6-4 218 Jr. Oklahoma
RB DeMarco Murray 6-1 205 Jr. Oklahoma
RB Kendall Hunter 5-8 190 Jr. Oklahoma State
PK ALEX HENERY 6-2 175 JR. NEBRASKA
KR Perrish Cox 6-0 195 Sr. Oklahoma State
POS. PLAYER HT. WT. YR. SCHOOL
DL Auston English 6-3 253 Sr. Oklahoma
DL NDAMUKONG SUH 6-4 300 SR. NEBRASKA
DL Gerald McCoy 6-4 295 Jr. Oklahoma
DL Sergio Kindle 6-4 239 Sr. Texas
LB Travis Lewis 6-2 232 So. Oklahoma
LB Joe Pawelek 6-2 240 Sr. Baylor
LB Sean Weatherspoon 6-2 245 Sr. Missouri
DB Jordan Lake 6-1 210 Sr. Baylor
DB Darrell Stuckey 6-1 205 Sr. Kansas
DB Dominique Franks 6-0 189 Jr. Oklahoma
DB Cha’pelle Brown 5-7 170 Sr. Colorado
P Derek Epperson 6-3 240 Jr. Baylor
PR Dez Bryant 6-2 215 Jr. Oklahoma State
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: NDAMUKONG SUH, NEBRASKA
Content provided by Huskers Illustrated and The Big 12 Conference News Press Release.