K.) Drew Brown – Remember when Nebraska kicker Drew Brown missed two field goals against BYU to open the season? Or what about his two second half misses against Southern Mississippi after nailing five in the first half? We almost don’t either. The sophomore is 6 for 6 in his last four games – all coming from 40+ yards.
RB.) Imani Cross – The senior has been a backup running back almost his entire career, but the last two weeks has received starter like carries. Cross had 188 yards on 38 touches against Rutgers and Michigan State, good for nearly a five yards a carry. While his 98-yard performance against the Spartans wasn’t a career high, it was likely the best game of his career considering the opponent. Cross is running hard with the clock ticking on his career.
TE.) Cethan Carter – Carter didn’t register a catch against Michigan State, but if you go back to the film the junior had some enormous blocks. Against Rutgers, Carter had four catches for 57-yards and a touchdown, but it was his touchdown run in the first quarter that had everyone talking.
S.) Nathan Gerry – After what he likely considered one of the worse games of his career against Purdue, Nebraska safety Nate Gerry has been the Huskers’ leading tackler the last two weeks with 22 total. He’s also recorded four pass breakups and an interception. He’s looking more like the DB we expected to see coming into the year.
LB.) Josh Banderas – A groin injury really derailed his season, but the last five games Banderas is averaging nearly nine tackles a game and filling holes at the line of scrimmage. The junior will need to be big against Iowa.
NOT UP OR DOWN
QB.) Tommy Armstrong – A quarterback wins back-to-back weeks and isn’t going up? Throw in the fact he threw a game winning touchdown against Sparty and I must be nuts? Right? I’m not a fan of his six interceptions in his last three contests and he’s only run for 34 yards on 26 carries in those three games. It’s why I’m not moving him.
RB.) Terrell Newby – With the emergence of Imani Cross, someone’s touches had to go down. It was Newby, who has been battling an ankle injury. The California product has only five carries for 12 yards in the last two contests.
DE.) Freedom Akinmoladun – After emerging at the defensive end spot when Jack Gangwish went down with an early season injury, a knee injury to the redshirt freshman appears to have slowed his game. The former tight end is back to his backup role behind Greg McMullen and Gangwish and only has recorded one tackle the last two weeks. He did provide some solid pressure against Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook on the Huskers last play of the game.