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2010 May 18

30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 11

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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.

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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. 11 Running back Ahman Green (1995-1997)

Second on NU’s all-time rushing list with 3,880 yards, Green’s excellent freshman season - in which he stepped in for Lawrence Phillips without much of a drop-off and gained 1,086 yards - is at times forgotten in the overall greatness of that particular team. His sophomore season chopped short by a difficult turf toe injury, Green rebounded with an extraordinary junior campaign, rushing for 1,877 yards.

He finished with 42 career touchdowns and averaged nearly seven yards per carry during his career. Because Green’s playing career happened to coincide with two of the most prolific running backs in college football history - Texas’ Ricky Williams and Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne - he didn’t win as many awards, nor did he appear on a first-team All-American squad. No matter; Green’s effortless style and big-play ability was only marred by his occasional fumble; even still he only lost one game that he played in during his college career. In the NFL, Green was a five-time Pro Bowler for Green Bay, where he may play again in 2010.

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

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Comments (2)

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dotbo

If Lawrence Phillips didn't get into the trouble he did, and stuck around through 1996, you got to think NU would have been much better.

Calvin Jones, Lawrence Phillips, Ahman Green. NU really got their pick of the liter when it came to RBs.

Ahman, without injury, most likely would have eclipsed Rozier's yardage, and would have increased his draft stock through popularity. NU's 1998 season would have been special, not just 9-4.

He probably did the right thing for himself, securing the income.

Green was one of the fastest players ever at NU, and scored an all-time high on the athletic testing performance testing (jumping, shuttle drills, 10 yd dash, etc) I'm pretty sure.

– May 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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HuskerBoPower

If Green had stuck around for his senior year, would he have jumped out to the #1 career rusher at NU? Would that vault him over Rozier as the best RB at NU and won him additional awards? Would NU have won a National Championship in 98 for a total of 4 NC's in 5 years? Green seemed to get better as he got older and stronger, as evidenced by his NFL career. It's all a big what if, but, WHAT IF? Or does Rozier remain the best regardless? Did Rozier have more power and more shake-n-bake? LP certainly had his gifts as well, but let's limit the conversation to Rozier and Green for the time being...

– May 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

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