Lavonte David – Where would the Nebraska defense rank without David? The senior All-American had 17 tackles on Saturday, 2.5 for loss, and a half of a sack. Often he was the difference between a Dennard Robinson tackle and a touchdown run. While David is now playing for pride, he's also trying impress NFL scouts in these last two games.
Will Compton – Quietly, Compton has been solid since the Michigan State game, tallying 31 tackles over those four games, including a team best 13 tackles against Penn State. Compton had six tackles including a tackle for loss against Michigan.
Brett Maher – How can someone who had a 51-yard field goal against the wind and six punts for a 46 yard average see their stock drop? It's because Maher has been that good this season, and the blocked punt in the 3rd quarter falls on him. Maher fumbled the snap and tried to get a late kick off, with Michigan already in the Husker backfield.
The rest of the special teams – Two fumbled kickoff returns, a roughing the kicker penalty in the 4th quarter, a fake field goal given up for a first down and score, the Nebraska special teams unit would get a "F" for a grade on Saturday. For a unit that has been so good all season long, it was clear they were not ready to play on Saturday.
The Nebraska offensive line – It wasn't just the fact that running lanes weren't there for the Huskers much of the game, the front five struggled to also pick up the blitz and extra pressure when Michigan dialed it up. The Michigan defense is solid, giving up about 15 points a game this season coming in, but the Nebraska offense is not just mediocre squad.
Kenny Bell – The redshirt-freshman dropped at least one pass against Michigan, but also fumbled on a kickoff return giving the ball back to Michigan – resulting in a score to start the second half.
*** Josh Harvey and Bryan Munson contributed to this report ***