Nebraska will honor 30 indivduals on Saturday for 2017 senior day. The list includes 28 active players, defensive back Charles Jackson and the late Sam Foltz.
The group, which includes 18 native players from the state of Nebraska, has been through a lot - a coaching transition, a sub .500 year in 2016 and the death of Foltz.
We took on the task of ranking the top six seniors in the group. It wasn't easy. The senior class has seen its fair share of players step up in 2016. We based our rankings on the course of the group's entire career - judging their play at the position and what they meant to the program.
2016 captain, 28 starts, 200+ tackles
49 appearances, 2,000+ yards
?38 starts, 42.6 avg. / Eddelman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year (2015)
2015/16 captain, 250+ tackles, 11 INTs / Bednarik Award Semifinalist
?2015/16 captain, 150+ catches, 2,300+ yards, 17 TDs / 1st-team all-Big Ten (Phil Steele, 2015)
43 starts, 90 total TDs, 10,000+ total offense / 6 Nebraska career records
"There are so many fine people in this older group. I wish I had more time with them, because it’ll have gone too fast," said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. " We come in and you know, there’s a lot of doubt there. All the people that they’ve been close to, recruited them, coached them, that they liked, they’re gone. And so the transitioning thing for the players is not easy and then you’re trying to develop that culture that you’ve been so used to for 14 years, and then all of a sudden, you’re not in a comfort zone anymore.
"I think that one of the hard things for players is if they don’t know who you are when they come up every day. And so establishing that is a key, key factor, but you have to have good people to do that, and that’s what this older group has done here, you know. I could go through name by name and basically tell them I appreciate them because they allowed that to happen. They could’ve put up a wall, especially after the year we had, so that part of it’s been good.”