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2010 May 28

30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 2


By HuskerLocker

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Welcome to Husker Locker’s “30 Best Players since 1980” portion of the Summer 30 series. Check throughout May to see our updated rankings; the previous rankings will be housed at the bottom of this blog post.

Like or dislike our pick? Comment on it below.

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Remember, too, to weigh in on the Best Individual Performances and Best Games since 1980. Also stay tuned for our ranking of every team, 1980-2009, at the end of the series!

No. 2 Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (2005-2009)

Say, you know this guy, right? We’re not going to belabor the existence of Suh on this list after we’ve written thousands of words about him in the last two years. The numbers - 215 tackles, 57 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, 15 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns - speak for themselves. The awards - Lombardi, Nagurski, Outland, Bednarik - do, too. The standout plays. The performance vs. Texas in the Big 12 Championship. His mere presence, which opened up Jared Crick and Ty Steinkuhler, in different years, for monster seasons.

The ink isn’t dry on Suh’s career at NU. But you know he’s worthy of No. 2 on our list. We know it. Nebraska football knows it. Suuuuuuuuuh!

Check Out the Entire List!

Honorable Mention, No. 30, No. 29, No. 28, No. 27, No. 26, No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12, No. 11, No. 10, No. 9, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6, No. 5, No. 4, No. 3

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Comments (5)

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To Cheyenne Husker: I understood that Frazier would be #1 on the list and my post noted that,I although respect his talents, he was never my favorite. Rather, that was Gill, who I still think he was the most versatile player at that position ever.

– May 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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But Tommie Frazier also had two National Titles and almost a third...and the most incredible TD run ever(No disrespect to Crouch v. Mizzou). I don't disagree with Frazier at number one but damn Suh was a BEAST and the best DT in the history of Husker Football...if Frazier had won the Heisman like he should have I think there'd be no doubt of his deserving the nod.

– May 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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Hey nothing against Tommy Frazier, but Suh was the best defensive player I have ever seen in College Football... and the best Husker ever in my humble opinion. I would switch one and two on this list.

– May 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

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To, DieHardHusker - considering that Turner Gill was the #7 player on the list it can't be him, but you are right, it will be a QB - he's only the most dominant QB in Husker History,does #15 Tommie Frazier ring a bell ?

– May 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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It's tough to consider Suh as #2 on this list vs. #1 when you consider he is arguably the most publicized and dominant player (in a good way) to ever to wear the red. Perhaps it's just because it's fresh and current that he seems like the most visible and top performer for NU since 1980. That said, it's also hard to argue with the inevitable #1 choice, even though he has never been my favorite player (or even top QB on my list... Gill).

– May 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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