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2010 Dec 28

HOLIDAY BOWL: Five NU Players to Watch


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Five Nebraska players to watch in the Holiday Bowl:

Running back Rex Burkhead:
Clark Kent off the field, Burkhead is finally blossoming into that “Superman” character on the field. He'll get 20 touches – rushing and receiving – in San Diego, possibly taking over that feature back role from Roy Helu one game early.

Linebacker Lavonte David: He'll be asked to make a lot of plays in the box against quarterback Jake Locker's designed runs and running back Chris Polk, who has NFL written all over him. Washington will try to use three wide receivers to spread out NU's Peso defense, then attack a five-or-six-man front, with David being the focal point. You'd like to think the Huskers' most pleasant surprise is up to the challenge.

Peso Eric Hagg: Washington tried to test him in the first game, and came up completely empty. Watch for the Huskies to try to take Hagg deep on slot go routes and wheel routes, much like Oklahoma did. Hagg has the athleticism to adjust.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez: T-Magic no longer is a brand new act wowing and confusing packed houses on the road. Defenses have figured out a few of his tricks. Washington will have a plan to slow him down – which means Martinez will have to adjust. He's had a whole season to learn and grow in the role. The Huskies are hardly a difficult defense to face, but Martinez needs a strong performance for his own momentum heading into the offseason.

Defensive end Cameron Meredith: Look for Nebraska's defensive coaches to get creative with the sophomore in San Diego. Playing relatively close to his home, Meredith is due for a breakout game. He's the next great Husker defensive tackle and his biggest strength is versatility.

Tags: holiday bowl, taylor martinez, eric hagg, rex burkhead, cameron meredith, lavonte david

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