Roundtable: Nebraska's Senior Class Rank

Big Red Report is breaking down the top four in each class. Today we start with the seniors.

Nebraska will enter the 2016 class with 18 scholarship seniors, unless a player or two decides to hang it up this summer.

Nebraska on Scout’s Josh Harvey, contributor Matt Svoboda, AM 590 OSI’s Joe Quinn, KLKN-TV’s Brett Edwards, and the Huskers Sports Network’s Ben McLaughlin rank the group’s top four.

HARVEY:

1.) Jordan Westerkamp, WR - The Chicago native doesn’t get the respect he deserves when it comes the best wide receivers in the Big Ten. While the wide receiver group is deep he’s going to get plenty of touches.

2.) Cethan Carter, TE - If it wasn’t for the way he ended the season in 2015, Carter would be Nebraska’s secret weapon this year. I think the tight end is in store for a huge season and has NFL potential.

3.) Josh Banderas, LB - If the senior can stay healthy look for Banderas to be in line for a monster year. We think this is the year he puts it all together. 100 plus tackles is not out of the question.

4.) Sam Foltz, P - There might not be a guy on the roster that could have a longer NFL career. Foltz's leg is a real game-changer. It's not just his power, but his ability to pin teams deep. 

QUINN:

1.) Jordan Westerkamp, WR - Is this the year Nebraska finally has a 1,000 yard receiver? It feels like Westerkamp has continually flown under the radar in his time as Husker, but he's one of the surest bets on the Nebraska offense.

2.) Nate Gerry, S - Gerry is a better player than what he showed in 2015, and I think he'll be eager to put the struggles of last season behind him. The CB's for Nebraska caught a lot of flack for their play a year ago, but Gerry struggled in the new defensive scheme as well. I'm looking for him to have a big bounce back campaign.

3.) Sam Foltz, P - Surprised to see a punter on this list? You shouldn't be. Fotlz was a huge weapon on special teams last year, continually putting Nebraska in good situations when their offense was sputtering. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the conversation for the Ray Guy Award this season. 

4.) Tommy Armstrong, QB - It was a tough call for my final slot, but I'll give the slight edge to Armstrong. Even with the turnover and decision making issues, Armstrong is one of Nebraska's best offensive players and most explosive options.

EDWARDS:

1.) Tommy Armstrong, QB - Tommy is the most valuable player on the entire team, as a senior captain, he is the leader of the offense and I believe is poised for a big season with plenty of talented targets to throw the ball to.

2.) Nate Gerry, S - Four-year starter and true leader of the defense, he has great ball instincts and always seems to be around the ball. He is a great athlete.

3.) Jordan Westerkamp, WR - Westerkamp is the most reliable option for TA to throw the ball to, best hands, possession receiver, four year starter poised to set records.

4.) Josh Banderas, LB - An off and on four starter, Banderas has been hampered by injuries but has ability to be great when healthy. He’s also very athletic.

SVOBODA:

1.) Tommy Armstrong, QB - Call me crazy, but Armstrong is going to be a much better quarterback and the most important senior on the team this year. It is his second year in the new offense, he has more trust for his coaches and the game plans, and he has had a lot more time to get comfortable with all the changes

2.) Jordan Westerkamp, WR - A lot of other wide receivers get the hype, but Westerkamp keeps making the plays. He will reach the 1,000 yard mark this year and be even more consistent from one game to the next.

3.) Kevin Maurice, DT - His impact will be quieter than the other seniors on this list, but it will be key nonetheless. He will serve as the anchor of the defense and make sure no teams are running up the middle on Nebraska.

4.) Nate Gerry, S - After a disastrous start to his junior year, Gerry started turning things around in a big way at the end. He is the most talented defender Nebraska has, he has great instincts.

MCLAUGHLIN:

1.) Tommy Armstrong, QB - Is this the year he can break out to be an All-Conference type quarterback? Husker fans are hoping so while future QBs grow.

2.) Cethan Carter, TE - He’s an NFL ready tight end. Carter is one of Nebraska’s biggest threats in the passing game and he maybe be the team’s best run blocker as well.

3.) Nate Gerry, S - Gerry was a victim of the targeting rule too many times last season, but when he’s on the field he will be one of the most feared safeties in the league; his teammates don’t call him Bane for no reason.

4.) Jordan Westerkamp, WR - If Westy can stay healthy, he will be Nebraska’s first 1,000-yard receiver in a season.


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