March 21, 2007

NU's secondary will be back at full strength

Words can't describe how devastating the season-ending knee injury cornerback Zackary Bowman suffered last August was for the Nebraska football team.

Bowman was arguably the one player Nebraska's defense could afford not to lose, considering the fact the Huskers faced some of the most talented wide receivers in the country this past season.

The injury to Bowman forced NU defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove to play more conservative with his blitz schemes, as the Husker linebackers were rarely turned loose like they were in 2005.

The Husker secondary was criticized by the national and local media for most of the season because of their inability to match-up with the big time wide receivers.

Unfortunately, senior Cortney Grixby was the scapegoat most Nebraska fans turned their frustrations towards because of his lack of size. Grixby was forced to guard several 6-foot-4 and taller wide receivers throughout the season, which made for some tough match-up.

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