Capital One Bowl: Stock Up/Stock Down

Nebraska fell to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl on Monday afternoon, 30-13. It was a disappointing loss for the Huskers, but for individuals on the team it was a big stage to show coaches and scouts what they are capable of.

OFFENSE

Rex Burkhead – Stock: EVEN
The junior running back didn't have a great game, but then again it would have been difficult for him to surpass his record breaking performance against Iowa the day after Thanksgiving. Burkhead did run hard, and led the Huskers in catches, but once Nebraska fell behind he got lost in the shuffle.

Kenny Bell – Stock: UP
The redshirt freshman had a solid game, including touchdown catch on Nebraska's opening drive, a couple other tough catches and an impressive run on a reverse where he only gained 14 yards, but showed great moves in the process. He's a rising star, and will be looked at as a leader in the receiver corps next season.

Ameer Abdullah – DOWN
The true freshman did rush for a touchdown, but finished with minus-one yards rushing, fumbled in the red zone (on 3rd down no less) and was held in check in the return game. He received the most playing time of any of the freshmen running backs this season, and it would have been nice to see him break through after extended practice time leading up to the bowl, but overall he took a step back today.

DEFENSE

Alfonzo Dennard – Stock: DOWN
Dennard started great today, holding South Carolina star receiver Alshon Jeffery in check through most of the first half. But then he gave up some big plays – Jeffery finished the game with 148 yards receiving – and in the 3rd quarter was ejected from the game (as was Jeffery) for throwing punches. The senior cornerback may have hurt his draft stock today, although he still showed early on why he is one of the top corners in the nation.

Daimion Stafford – Stock: UP
Stafford had a nice day overall, despite a personal foul late in the game. He made a number of nice hits, and he seemed to be improved in his pass coverage. He still needs to work on being more consistent before his upcoming senior season.

Ciante Evans – Stock: UP
Evans showed good upside today, especially before Dennard was ejected. Nebraska had a number of coverage sacks and Evans was an underrated part of that. He was beat a couple of times, and he had a questionable pass interference called on him, but overall he looked better than he has for most of the season. He'll need to improve even more with the loss of Dennard to the NFL in the spring.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Brett Maher – Stock: DOWN The all-conference punter and kicker struggled in all areas of the game today, getting an extra point blocked – and returned for two points – missing a field goal, and averaging less than 40 yards per punt. On the bright side, the junior did have a stellar season replacing Alex Henery and should still be a weapon next season despite his poor performance today.


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