2015 Husker profile: Greg McMullen

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Greg McMullen

Position: DE

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/283-pounds

High School: Hoban high school (OH)

Year: Junior

2014 review:
McMullen started all 13 games opposite of Randy Gregory, totaling 47 tackles and four sacks for the Huskers last season.

His best game of the season was likely against Michigan State in a prime time affair, where the Ohio native recorded nine stops.

2015 preview:
After becoming a staple on the Nebraska front four last season, Greg McMullen will once again be a starter for Nebraska this season. The only difference is he might not benefit from the extra attention Randy Gregory received off the edge last season.

If the spring was any indication, McMullen’s game has taken a step forward since last season. It could be the scheme, it could be because the DE looks heavier, it could be he’s just an upperclassman finally, but whatever the reason why McMullen had a solid spring.

BRR projection: McMullen has already played in 24 contests during his career and has 13 starts. He will be one of the guys off the edge barring injury. The depth is just there at the position for anyone to challenge the veteran.

Look for McMullen to take a leadership role in 2016, despite not being voted a captain.

“That is one of the things about being a returning starter,” said McMullen. “Those are my brothers, you want to help them go out and get prepared. You never know when they might be called upon. It’s another added task of being a veteran.”

How he ended up in Lincoln:
It took quite a few unofficial visits to convince him he was making the right decison, but McMullen finally pledged to the Huskers in June of 2011, just two months before the start of his senior season. He told Scout.com’s Beth Long, he always knew he was meant to be a Husker. A projected defensive end by the Nebraska staff all the way, McMullen would have made a nice offensive lineman as well at the next level.

A Semper-Fi All-American coming out of high school, McMullen finished his senior year with 78 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. His played earned him North Coast Blue Division Player-of-the-Year honors.

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