Nebraska Stock Report: Post Minnesota

After five straight wins, things are looking pretty good for the Huskers.

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Kenny Bell - The sophomore wide receiver told reporters before this season his goal was to get to a 1,000 yards. Right now he's at 789 on the year. No Nebraska receiver ever has collected over a 1,000 yards in a season, and Bell only needs 211 more to get it done – a number that seems possible with likely three more games left on the schedule. Right now Bell is third in the Big Ten in receiving yards and second in touchdown catches. His play might earn him a spot as an All-Big Ten receiver. It's been frequently debated whether Nebraska can attract top wide receiver talent across the country to Lincoln – Bell could help the cause.

Imani Cross - The freshman running back continues to capitalize around the goal line. He might be only averaging 2.1 yards per carry in the last five games, but he's pretty reliable to get those yards every time. He now has six touchdowns on the year. It's not surprising to Big Red Report. We predicted he would play as a freshman the day he committed to the program.

Daimion Stafford - Once considered somewhat of a liability in pass coverage, the senior has three interceptions in the last four games. Much was made regarding his heated conversation with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini against Penn State, but since the exchange, Stafford has arguably played his best football in a Husker uniform.

The Nebraska defense - The Huskers defensive group might have started off the season shaky at times, but statistically has been on the climb the last five weeks. Currently the Huskers rank 19th in total yards on defense and 2nd in the country in passing yards per game. Opposing quarterbacks have a completion rate less than 47 percent against Nebraska.

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Taylor Martinez's place in the history of Nebraska quarterbacks - Some will say Martinez can't do anymore to improve his standing in the all-time Nebraska quarterback talk until he wins a conference championship game or a BCS bowl game. But statistically, he has hit some major milestones in the last few contests. Last week, he became the program's all-time passing leader with likely at least 15 more games to go in his career.


The punt return game - Nebraska wide receiver Jamal Turner got his shot on Saturday to show what he could in the punt return game, it ended with about the same results as the previous weeks. Turner bobbled a ball that ultimately went out of bounds. When he did have a chance, he also tended to dance too much, instead of getting up field. In the last five games, Nebraska has had 10 returns for only 23 total yards.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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