WR.) Brandon Reilly – Scout.com projected Brandon Reilly to be the Huskers’ third receiver coming into the year. He might have been if De’Mornay Pierson-El had not got hurt, but 754 yards came out of nowhere. Reilly has the fourth most yards by a Nebraska receiver since joining the Big Ten. A favorite target of Tommy Armstrong, Reilly definitely was better than we first thought.
OL.) Nick Gates – Coming into the season Scout.com projected Gates to win the starting job, but didn’t know he would be the Huskers’ best and most consistent offensive lineman. The redshirt freshman has a bright future and could leave Nebraska a four-year starter. Gates was a honorable all-mention All-American by CampusInsiders.com, a partner of Scout.com.
DE.) Alex Davis – The frosh redshirted, so how can be on the overachiever list? The Florida native won the Scout.com Team Defensive MVP, not an easy task for someone who hasn’t been playing the game long. When Nebraska signed the two-star prospect he was considered a long-term project with a high celling. It sounds like he might be a little closer to playing than first thought.
RB.) Devine Ozigbo – The running back showed flashes that will be the talk of the offseason. The Texas native finished with just over 200 yards, but had a 5.5 yards per carry average and a solid bowl performance. He likely did enough against UCLA to be the No. 1 running back going into the spring. Not a bad season for a running back projected to redshirt in a crowded backfield.
FB.) Andy Janovich – Everyone knew the Gretna product had talent, but under the previous Nebraska coaching staff Janovich just wasn’t used to his fullest. Janovich finished the year with 265 yards and three touchdowns. Nobody predicted this type of production. He also brought it on special teams.
OLB.) Dedrick Young – The freshman linebacker was always projected to play, but he was fifth on the team in tackles and didn’t have as many growing pains as projected coming into the year. Nebraska lineback coach Trent Bray said Young exceeded his expectations. He exceeded Scout.com’s as well.