Eight Huskers into Nebraska Football HOF

Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Bednarik award winner Ndamukong Suh headlines a distinguished class of eight Huskers who will be joining the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

In addition to Suh, a 2009 All-American who became the first defensive player in history to be named the AP National Player of the Year, the 2010 Hall of Fame class includes former Huskers Dan Alexander, Steve Lindquist, Todd Millikan, Ed Periard, Bob Pickens, Carlos Polk and Chris Spachman.

Former Husker Mike Minter, who was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 but unable to attend formal induction ceremonies because of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, will also be honored. The new class of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame members will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 3, before being honored on the field during Nebraska's game with Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4.

From the state college ranks, Doane College's Mike Sallier and Nebraska Wesleyan's Noland Urban will join the former Husker inductees in 2010. The Hall will also recognize former Nebraska Chancellor Clifford Hardin with its Presidents Award, while David and Peggy Sokol will receive its Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award. Jon and Joyanne Van Bloom will be honored with the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Ind., in 1995.

The 2010 Inductees

Dan Alexander - A Doak Walker Award semifinalist as a senior in 2000, Dan Alexander ranks 14th on Nebraska's all-time rushing list with 2,456 career yards, including the 15th-best season with 1,154 yards in 2000. The Wentzville, Mo., native capped a strong Husker career by earning first-team All-Big 12 honors as an I-back, before erupting for the best bowl game rushing performance in school history. Alexander rolled for 240 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries to claim MVP honors in NU's 66-17 Alamo Bowl win over Northwestern. He amassed seven 100-yard efforts as a senior, including 208 yards in a win over San Jose State. He finished with 13 100-yard rushing games in his career. A four-year letterman from 1997 to 2000 and a two-time Nebraska Lifter of the Year, Alexander was a team captain as a senior. Alexander was also a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 1997, a five-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and chosen to the 1999 AFCA Good Works Team. He was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent the 2001 season with the Titans and the 2002 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Steve Lindquist - A second-team All-American as a right guard in 1978, Steve Lindquist also earned first-team All-Big Eight honors as a senior. The Minneapolis, Minn., native earned four letters for the Huskers from 1975 to 1978 and helped Nebraska lead the nation in total offense with 501.4 yards per game as a senior. With the 6-6, 250-pound Lindquist on the right side, the Huskers ranked second nationally with 337.7 yards per game on the ground while averaging 38.2 points per game. Lindquist was also a starter for the Huskers as a junior in 1977, when he claimed second-team All-Big Eight accolades. He was a sixth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1979 NFL Draft

Todd Millikan - A part of Nebraska's rich tradition of big play tight ends, Todd Millikan hauled in a school position record 14 touchdown passes among his 40 career catches as a Husker. He also had a touchdown catch in the 1987 Sugar Bowl. The 6-3, 235-pounder from Shenandoah, Iowa, averaged 20.6 yards per reception in his career, totaling 825 yards. As a senior in 1988, Millikan earned first-team All-Big Eight honors after catching 16 passes for 308 yards, while tying NU's tight end record with seven touchdowns. Millikan's 82-yard touchdown catch against Missouri in 1988 also ranks as the longest reception by a tight end in the Husker record book. A four-year letterman (1985-88), Millikan added 13 catches for 287 yards with three scores as a junior, after hauling in 11 catches for 230 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore, including a 73-yarder. Millikan was a 10th-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1989 NFL Draft

Ed Periard (posthumously) - At just 5-9, 200 pounds, Ed Periard was not a prototypical middle guard during his playing days. However, the quickness of "Fast Eddie" and his toughness and determination helped the native of Birch Run, Mich., earn first-team All-Big Eight honors as a senior on Coach Bob Devaney's 1970 national championship team. As a senior starter, Periard amassed 79 total tackles, including 48 solos and a team-best 15 tackles for 89 yards lost. His 79 total stops and 48 solos were second on the team, trailing only middle linebacker Jerry Murtaugh's 142 among the Blackshirts. The NU coaching staff named Periard the defensive player of the week after wins over Army, Missouri and Oklahoma. He also had nine tackles, including seven solos, in NU's national championship game win over LSU. Periard earned three letters from 1968 to 1970, recording 10 total tackles as a junior and 12 tackles a sophomore.

Bob Pickens - A world-class athlete, Bob Pickens earned All-Big Eight honors in his lone season as an offensive tackle for the Huskers in 1966. The 6-5, 275-pounder from Evanston, Ill., sat out the 1965 season after transferring from the University of Wisconsin. An outstanding heavyweight wrestler, Pickens was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Team in Tokyo, Japan, and took third place at the 1966 AAU Greco-Roman national championships before focusing his senior season on football. Pickens helped pave the way for a Husker squad that led the Big Eight in total offense with 318.8 yards per game, including a league-high 192.4 rushing yards per game in 1966. Coach Bob Devaney's Huskers also ranked second nationally with 32.1 points per game. Pickens was a third-round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 1966 NFL Draft (future pick) and spent three seasons with the Bears from 1967 to 1969. He closed his professional career by competing for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL in 1971.

Carlos Polk - A first-team All-American and Butkus Award semifinalist as a senior middle linebacker for the Huskers in 2000, Carlos Polk provided a dominant physical presence as a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. Polk led the Huskers with 90 tackles as a senior, including a team-best 40 solo stops. He added nine tackles for loss and five breakups to go along with one interception. As a junior, he contributed 83 total tackles, including 32 solos, while notching 12 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks. A four-year letterman from 1997 to 2000, Polk ranks 16th in NU history with 227 career tackles, including 32 TFLs and 10 sacks. The native of Rockford, Ill., was a team captain for the Huskers as a senior and was a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Following his NU career, Polk was a fourth-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Chargers from 2001 through 2007, before closing his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.

Chris Spachman - A three-year starter at defensive tackle, Chris Spachman claimed first-team All-Big Eight honors as a senior in 1986, after claiming second-team all-conference accolades in 1985. The 6-4, 265-pound Spachman earned honorable-mention All-America honors as a senior. The Kansas City, Mo., native finished his career with 105 total tackles, including 21 tackles for loss with 10 sacks. He added a pair of interceptions and a trio of fumble recoveries. Spachman, who led the Huskers with seven sacks as a sophomore in 1984, earned recognition as a team captain and the Co-Lifter of the Year in 1986. He was also a first-team academic All-Big Eight selection in 1986.

Ndamukong Suh - One of the most decorated defensive players in college football history, Ndamukong Suh earned automatic induction into the Hall of Fame by winning the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 2009, while also becoming the first Husker in history to win the Nagurski and Bednarik awards. The first defensive player in history to be named the Associated Press National Player of the Year, Suh finished fourth in 2009 Heisman Trophy voting. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Suh was a unanimous All-American in 2009, before being chosen by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. As a senior, Suh led Nebraska to 10 wins while helping the Huskers lead the nation in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. The 6-4, 300-pounder from Portland, Ore., finished his dominant career ranked second on NU's career tackle for loss list with 57, trailing only College Football Hall of Famer Grant Wistrom (58.5). As a senior, Suh led NU in tackles for the second straight season, while leading NU with 24 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks. He also led all defensive linemen in the nation with a school position record 10 pass breakups. In the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, Suh tied a school record with seven tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks.

Mike Minter - A defensive leader on Coach Tom Osborne's national championship teams in 1994 and 1995, Mike Minter earned a spot in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2006. A first-team All-Big 12 selection in 1996, the Lawton, Okla., native was also a second-team All-Big Eight pick while helping the Huskers to an unbeaten national championship season in 1995. Minter, who missed all but two games of NU's 1994 campaign with an injury, was also a second-team All-Big Eight pick as a redshirt freshman in 1993. As a junior in 1995, Minter notched 54 tackles to go along with two interceptions and six pass breakups. He was even better as a senior, grabbing five interceptions along with six breakups, while registering 51 total tackles. He finished his career with 134 total tackles and seven career interceptions. Minter was a second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 1997 NFL Draft. He spent 10 professional seasons with the Panthers, closing his career as the club's all-time leading tackler with 890 stops from 1997 through 2006.

New Hall of Famers from the State College ranks include:

Mike Sallier (Doane) - A four-year star and two-time NAIA All-American (1968, 1969) for Coach Al Papik's Doane Tigers from 1967 to 1970, Mike Sallier ranks as the school's all-time scoring leader with 354 points, including 59 career touchdowns. No other Tiger in history has come within 100 points of Sallier's mark, and his 59 TDs are 22 more than anyone else on that Doane College list. The 5-6, 150-pound halfback from Port Arthur, Texas, led the NAIA ranks in scoring as a sophomore in 1968, when he scored a school-record 23 touchdowns in just nine games to average a nation-leading 15.3 points per game (school-record 138 points). His season included a school-record five-touchdown performance against Nebraska Wesleyan. Sallier averaged 135.7 yards per game rushing as a sophomore, which ranked as a school record for 30 years. He finished his sophomore season with 1,252 yards. Sallier starred for the Tigers during their most successful stretch in school history, as the Tigers went unbeaten in 1967, 1968 and 1969. As a senior in 1970, Sallier produced a then-school-record 257-yard rushing effort against Missouri Western. Also an outstanding track athlete, Sallier was inducted into the Doane College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

Noland Urban (Nebraska Wesleyan) - A two-time All-American and four-time All-GPAC linebacker for Nebraska Wesleyan, Noland Urban shattered the Prairie Wolves' career tackles record with 557 from 1997 to 2000. The 6-2, 255-pound linebacker from Osceola, Neb., was named the Football Gazette's NAIA Linebacker of the Year in 2000. A four-year letterman for NWU after transferring from Nebraska following his true freshman campaign, Urban produced three of the top 10 seasons for tackles in school history. As a senior in 2000, Urban amassed 170 total tackles, including 84 solo stops for the second-highest tackle total in NWU history. As a junior in 1999, he produced the No. 3 mark in the record book with 162 tackles, following a sophomore season when he notched 120 tackles. Also a standout in the classroom, Urban was a two-time Daktronics/NAIA Scholar-Athlete (1999, 2000).

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