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2010 May 06
30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 25
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No. 25 Barrett Ruud (2001-2004)
Before Suuuh there was Ruuud. The record holder for career tackles (432) and tackles in a season (149), Ruud was one of those rare Huskers who played all four seasons at NU, and played extensively, starting for his last three campaigns. He suffered through two of the Huskers’ tougher years - a 7-7 campaign in 2002 and a 5-6 season in 2004 - but bloomed under a single year of coaching from Bo Pelini in 2003, finishing with 149 tackles and 14 tackles for loss.
Smart, rangy and tough, Ruud's best game came in 2003 vs. Texas A&M, when he returned a pass for a touchdown, caused a fumble, notched a sack and finished with ten tackles. Always consistent, he never missed a game in his time at Nebraska. He’s now a top-flight linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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