Chicago, IL - In 2010 former Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David set the single season tackle record for the Huskers, recording 154 stops -not bad for a player who wasn't even projected to start.
A junior college transfer, the plan was to take things slow with David, as the Florida native got his feet wet. But after a season ending injury to Sean Fisher (leg) and Will Compton went down for five games, David was thrown into the lineup day one.
Nebraska hopes it won't be the same situation for incoming junior college transfer linebacker Zaire Anderson in 2012.
"Lavonte got thrusted into the lineup pretty quick, but fortunately for Zaire it's not as a dire of a need as it was for Lavonte when he stepped in there," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini at Big Ten Media Days. "You saw Lavonte, he got steadily better and I think the same thing will happen with Zaire, it's just a matter of how much playing time he will get early on."
Anderson is projected to be on the second team at the moment, with a senior heavy group of Will Compton, Sean Fisher, and Alonzo Whaley on the first team.
"He's an athletic kid, he's fast, and explosive athlete. We will see how it goes. Everyone picks it up at a different pace, so we will see how it goes," said Pelini. "We put a decent amount on our linebackers, obviously the linebacker position is involved with a lot of things. But we could say that about a lot of positions."
In 2011, Anderson registered 95 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery for Riverside Community College in California.