2015 Husker profile: Imani Cross

Big Red Report previews the impact senior running back Imani Cross might have in 2015 for the Huskers.

Imani Cross

Position: RB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/240-pounds

High School: North Hall HS (GA)

Year: Senior

2014 review:
While Cross probably would have preferred quite a few more touches, the Georgia native finished with 75 carries for 384 yards and five scores – finding work around the end zone.

Twice during the season, Cross received 20+ carries in a game, rushing 22 times for 109 yards against Illinois. Against Purdue, a game Abdullah was knocked out, he carried 20 times for two touchdowns.

His 5.1 yards per carry was down from his first two seasons in Lincoln.

2015 preview:
Cross once again comes into the season fighting to be the guy. After taking carries behind Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah the last three seasons, now the senior will have competition from guys younger than him.

“I feel like I can do everything (the coaches) ask me to do,” Cross said. “I feel like I can do screens, can do inside, outside zones, do powers, do pass protections, catching. When I say I want to get better every single day, those are the things I’m talking about.”

The running back looked heavier this spring, at the same time not hitting the hole quite as fast as he had in the past. With very little live scrimmaging, we weren’t able to see his signature bruiser style bounce off will be tacklers.

BRR projection: Judging by what we have seen in practices, Cross won’t likely factor into the screen game, which is a strong need in a Danny Langsdorf running back. If the Huskers gravitate to a running back by committee, Cross will likely get some solid carries. He’s got a proven track record and a lot of experience – especially around the goal line. If one guy separates himself, Cross might have a hard time being that guy.

Want to hear how many touches, yards, and times Cross finds the end zone in 2015? Watch the video above. A little hint, we think it's more of the same - Cross being a valuable piece of the bigger puzzle.

How he ended up in Lincoln:
The nation's No. 34 running back in the 2012 class, Cross registered nearly 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season in 2011 His play earned him a spot in the International Bowl.

Jumping into his recruitment late after he decommitted from Tennessee, Nebraska edged out the Vols, Kentucky, and East Carolina for Cross’ services. If he had ended up at any of those three schools, it’s very likely he would have been starting by now after reviewing their depth charts.

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