Top 10 Countdown: No. 5

Over the next 20 days, Big Red Report’s Josh Harvey and Bryan Munson will countdown their most important 10 players to Nebraska success in 2014.

Harvey’s pick:
RB – Ameer Abdullah
Senior / 5-9 /195-pounds

It almost seems wrong – a potential Heisman trophy finalist running back, at a school like Nebraska none the less, only making the No. 5 spot on my list?

I think by putting Abdullah at No. 5 overall, it shows how high I am on backup running back Imani Cross, who would be a 1,000 yard rusher at most schools in the Big Ten. Nebraska’s depth at running back is really astonishing. But, if they want to keep that depth, they will have to try to get everyone involved. That means not only carries for Cross, but game reps for former four-star running backs Adam Taylor and Terrell Newby.

Abdullah will be a workhorse once again in 2014, but I don’t see a spike in the amount of carries he had last season. If anything, less carries might help him later in the season.

Munson’s pick:
OL – Alex Lewis
Senior / 6-foot-6 /290-pounds

For really the first time since coming to Nebraska things are going right in the world for Alex Lewis. The offensive tackle announced his intentions to leave Colorado for Nebraska and shortly after trouble ensued. It lasted for over a year and Lewis is finally able to get on with his career at Nebraska.

Lewis looked good through the spring game. What’s more are the stories that emerged out of the spring practices with the one on one battles between Lewis and Randy Gregory. Lewis has a mean streak and has the athleticism that Nebraska needs at the left tackle spot.

Lewis, paired up with Jake Cotton, will anchor the left side of the offensive line and should be the strength of the group. More than just the strength, Nebraska will be dependent on both Lewis and Cotton to push the group as a whole for constant improvement and cohesiveness.

Lewis is a second generation Husker. His father was an All-American center at Nebraska in 1985. Lewis actually transferred to Nebraska in 2013 and after having to sit out for a year, and putting other issues behind him, Nebraska fans should be excited to see what he can do on the field in Lincoln.

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