Top 10 Countdown: No. 4

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.

No. 10 - Harvey: Vincent Valentine / Munson: Jake Cotton

No. 9 - Harvey: Jake Cotton / Munson: Corey Cooper

No. 8 - Harvey: Corey Cooper / Munson: Tommy Armstrong

No. 7 - Harvey: Zaire Anderson / Munson: Michael Rose

No. 6 - Harvey: Alex Lewis / Munson: Joshua Mitchell

No. 5 - Harvey: Ameer Abdullah / Munson: Alex Lewis

No. 4:

Harvey’s pick:
CB – Josh Mitchell
Senior / 5-11 /160-pounds

If the Gator Bowl was any indication, Mitchell has the game to be a NFL corner one day. This is the senior’s money year and Nebraska needs him more than ever.

Charles Jackson’s injury means junior college transfer Byerson Cockrell is headed to NICKEL. Thought to be a guy in the cornerback rotation – Mitchell might see more game reps than he thought this season, although it wasn’t likely he would be off the field much.

While the California native might be one of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten, his off the field contributions could be just as important. Take in a Nebraska practice and you will often see Mitchell mentoring freshman corners Trai Mosely and Chris Jones.

Quarterbacks have tried to pick on Mitchell over the years. Nebraska fans should hope they do it again. Judging by the way he looked in spring practices and so far in fall camp, the 5-foot-11 corner will make them think otherwise in a hurry.

Munson’s pick:
WR – Kenny Bell
Senior / 6-foot-1 /185-pounds

Whether it’s one handed catches for touchdowns or crack back blocks that de-cleat a would-be tackler, Kenny Bell is important to the success of the Nebraska football team. It’s a leadership by example role that Bell plays with this team that will be so critical to the on the field success.

Bell has led the team in receptions the first three years of his career and goes after year number four to become the only player in Husker history to ever accomplish that feat. I know that Nebraska isn’t wide receiver U, but do that anywhere and you have had a heck of a career.

After averaging a little over 43 catches each of his first three seasons Bell needs only 32 to displace Nate Swift. Bell has also averaged nearly 670 yards receiving during that span leaving him 578 yards short of Johnny Rodgers for the school record.

Bell has an impact in how the team plays overall. He’s an emotional leader, a fan favorite, makes plays catching the ball, running with the ball or throwing a block. He also has an impact in the return game which adds to his overall value on the team.

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