Roundtable: Nebraska Soph. Class Rank

A look at Nebraska's strong sophomore class.

Nebraska will enter the fall with a strong sophomore class with at least ten players fighting for a starting spot in the fall to start. 

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


1.) Nick Gates, OL – A legit NFL Draft day one talent, Gates was the most consistent offensive lineman last year despite being just a redshirt freshman.

2.) Stanley Morgan, WR – The wide receiver’s game grew every week last season. His numbers might not drastically go up this season with the amount of talent at the position, but there will be an increased focus on the sophomore. 

3.) Dedrick Young, LB – As a freshman Young proved to be ready for big lights and should only be better in year two.

4.) Aaron Williams, S – This could have easily been Devine Ozigbo, but Williams’ potential can’t be ignored.


1.) Nick Gates, OL -Started as a redshirt freshman and will protect Tommy Armstrong from the left tackle spot this season. He’s a valuable piece to the line. 

2.) Stanley Morgan Jr, WR - Tremendous talent and potential, we saw it last season as a true freshman.

3.) Freedom Akinmoladun, DE - Freak of nature talent wise, great speed rusher off the edge, hasn't reached potential yet.

4. Devine Ozigbo, RB - To play and get amount of reps and success he had as true freshman was unique.


1. Nick Gates, OL - Gates looks the part of a future All-Big Ten offensive lineman, but Nebraska needs to find a few more just like him to solidify the front. Gates makes the switch to left tackle this season, and should easily be the Huskers best offensive lineman. 

2. Stanley Morgan, WR - Morgan and Jordan Westerkamp give the Huskers a great one-two punch at wide receiver in an offense that could once again feature more passing. Fans are already salivating thinking about what the receiving corps could look like down the road with Morgan as the elder statesman. 

3. Dedrick Young, LB - There was a lot of conversation about the linebacking group last year, mostly due to the massive attrition from injuries throughout the year. Absent from that talk was Young, who played about as well as a true freshman could be asked. He may not have been Nebraska’s flashiest asset at linebacker in 2015, but he was the most consistent. 

4. Freedom Akinmoladun, DE - Freedom will be critical to Nebraska’s pass rush in 2016. With question marks along the defensive line, the Huskers needs him to continue to build on the flashes he showed a year ago. He could easily account for a large chunk of Nebraska’a sack total this season. 


1.) Freedom Akinmoladun, DE - Still new to the position after switching from tight end, he will be Nebraska’s best pass rusher off the edge.

2.) Nick Gates, OT - By far Nebraska’s best offensive lineman. Husker fans hoping the transition to the left side is an easy one.

3.) Aaron Williams, S - Started 3 games at tough position, safety, as a freshman. He will have to contribute to a thin secondary all year. Small in stature but packs some punch.

4.) Dedrick Young, LB - He was Mr. Consistent as a freshman, and will be rock solid his whole Husker career.


1)  Nick Gates, OT - He proved his stock last year and now he will anchor the offensive line as the new left tackle. It is his first year on the left side for the Huskers, but he will be even better than last year and end up as the best left tackle Nebraska has had in a long time.

2)  Freedom Akinmoladun, DE - All of Husker Nation will soon be yelling FREEDOM William Wallace style. He flashed moments of being very disruptive last year and now with better coaching and some experience you should see a lot more consistency.

3)  Tanner Farmer, OG - When you read his name you should read, “Old School Husker Mauler.” He is going to be nasty on the offensive line and clear plenty of paths for the running game.

4)  Stanley Morgan/Devine Ozigbo, WR/RB - I know, I am cheating here. But, both of these sophomore playmakers are going to make plays and have an impact. The problem is they play loaded positions so neither one will be the premier guy.

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