QB Jammal Lord

2002 Statistics

Coach: Frank Solich
49-16, 5 years
2002 Record: 7-7
at Penn State LOST 7-40
at Iowa State LOST 14-36
at Oklahoma State LOST 21-24
at Texas A&M WON 38-31
at Kansas State LOST 13-49
Mississippi LOST 23-27

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

Much is riding on Solich's sixth year at the helm. After losing nearly as many games (seven) in one season as he had in the previous four (nine), pressure is at an all-time high to return the program to conference and national title contention. After 2002, there were wholesale changes on Solich's staff, and a repeat could mean the dismissal of the head honcho himself. Working in Solich's favor is a wealth of young talent, but because NU doesn't have much time for development, it could turn into a negative.

The new coaches are young and turned some heads with a better-than-expected recruiting class. They will relate to players better than the previous staff, and this energy will rub off and be transparent with any positive results. A more diverse offense will aid NU's cause, something the world has waited for since the dawn of time. Nebraska became too predictable in the past few seasons and passing on first down won't be ruled out of Cotton's bag of tricks as well. The speed of the defense has come into question again - much like before the championship runs of the 1994 and 1995 squads. Nebraska's latest edition will be faster, but also must be smarter for any speed to be noticeable on the field. Youth and speed combined tends to equal over-pursuit. But, like with any successful Cornhusker crew, it all starts and revolves around stopping the run. If accomplished, everything else seems to fall in place. Struggling 2000 and 2001 NU teams prove this run-stuffing element can be ridden upon for their team's success.

From many perspectives, winning as many games as it lost is a learning tool that Nebraska is biding. Much like Tom Osborne did in the early '90s, Solich recognizes the changing times and what needs to be done. His new staff shows as much, but the Huskers will have to deal with the fact their conference foes have caught up. It will take time to climb back to any prominent forefront. Nebraska should find its way into the Top 25 and have no more than two losses entering its final four games, but road battles at Texas and Colorado, including hosting Kansas State in between, will bring the Big Red back down to earth. Their half of the conference is up for grabs, regardless, with no clearly superior team - so, it may not take as much as many may think for Solich to keep his job, either. Regardless, we believe nothing short of a Top 10 finish can save Solich. Even money here.

Projected 2003 record: 8-4
IB David Horne
DE Trevor Johnson
DE Adam Carriker
QB - 3.5 DL - 4
RB - 4 LB - 3.5
WR - 1.5 DB - 3
OL - 4 ..

Passing: Jammal Lord, 204-95-12, 1362 yds., 12 TD's

Rushing: Jammal Lord, 251 att., 1412 yds., 8 TD's

Receiving: Ross Pilkington, 14 rec., 301 yds., 1 TD

Scoring: Jammal Lord, 8 TD's, 48 pts.

Punting: Kyle Larson, 73 punts, 43.2 avg.

Kicking: Dale Endorf, 2-2 FG, 1-1 PAT, 7 pts.

Tackles: Demorrio Williams, 92 tot., 38 solo

Sacks: Trevor Johnson, 3.5 sacks

Interceptions: Fabian Washington, 4 for 35 yds.

Kickoff returns: Josh Davis, 42 ret., 23.7 avg.

Punt returns: Cory Ross, 1 ret., 25.0 avg.


CB Fabian Washington


OFFENSE: Dahrran Diedrick-IB, Troy Hassebroek-WB, Ben Cornelsen-WB, Wilson Thomas-SE, Aaron Golliday-TE, John Garrison-C, Wes Cody-OG, Josh Brown-K
DEFENSE: Chris Kelsay-DE, Demoine Adams-DE, Justin Smith-DE, Jon Clanton-NT, Scott Shanle-SLB, DeJuan Groce-CB

written by Joshua Buechler

Nebraska's offensive success, as long as we can remember, begins and ends with the quarterback position. Jammal Lord comes back after one of the best statistical years in school history. The problem for Lord is his first year as the starter resulted in the program's worst season since 1961. The 7-7 campaign forced Head Coach Frank Solich to fire three defensive and two offensive assistants. Lord accounted for nearly 200 yards of total offense per game, but the senior's job isn't safe as true freshman Joe Dailey is expected to push for playing time, as should junior Mike Stuntz.

Four other starters return for new offensive coordinator Barney Cotton. The Huskers bring back three offensive linemen from 2002's oft-criticized group. They will operate without Milt Tenopir, the line coach for the past 29 years. Whoever fills the center and right guard positions will need to refine their pass-blocking skills for Cotton's new offense, which will be aided by new passing-game coordinator Tim Albin. Finding people to throw the ball to will be the toughest assignment for whoever lines up behind center. Three of the top four tight ends were lost to graduation, putting pressure on 215-pound sophomore Matt Herian to gain weight as he refines his blocking skills to go with his average of 43 yards per catch. NU also graduated four of its top five receivers, leaving behind sophomores Ross Pilkington and Mark LeFlore to shoulder the load.

But Cotton is a Nebraska grad and won't totally abandon the run, although the option will no longer be the main attack. Sophomore David Horne returns to lead a stable of running backs five-deep. Horne showed much-needed game-breaking ability after coming out of his redshirt. He earned the bulk of the carries towards the end of the year. When Horne tires, senior Josh Davis and sophomore Cory Ross will provide relief. Both could start on many other teams, and are just itching for their chance. Senior Judd Davies and junior Steve Kriewald return at fullback. Davies averaged 4.6 yards per carry, but his ability to block effectively has been questioned.

Unlike 2002, Nebraska won't have time to find its groove offensively with a tough Oklahoma State squad coming to Lincoln on August 30th. With that in mind, look for the dual-threat Lord to retain his starting role. If Lord's 46 percent completion rate doesn't improve, and the team falters early, a change at QB will be imminent.


FB Judd Davies


Returning Starters in bold
QB Jammal Lord-Sr (6-2, 220) Mike Stuntz-Jr (6-1, 200) / Joe Daily-Fr
FB Judd Davies-Sr (6-0, 250) DeAntae Grixby-Sr (5-8, 215)
IB David Horne-So (6-0, 190) Josh Davis-Sr (5-11, 205) / Cory Ross-So
WR Jack O'Holleran-Jr (5-10, 205) Mark LeFlore-So (5-11, 185)
WR Ross Pilkington-So (6-0, 190) Tim Liley-Sr (6-2, 205)
TE Matt Herian-So (6-5, 240) Phil Peetz-Sr (6-2, 270)
OT Richie Incognito-So (6-3, 300) Nick Povendo-Jr (6-3, 300)
OG Mike Erickson-Jr (6-4, 305) Jake Andersen-Jr (6-1, 300)
C Josh Sewell-Sr (6-2, 300) Kurt Mann-Fr (6-3, 290)
OG Junior Tagoa'i-Sr (6-2, 300) Brandon Koch-So (6-3, 310)
OT Dan Vili Waldrop-Sr (6-5, 350) Chris Loos-Sr (6-3, 290)
K Sandro DeAngelis-Jr (5-8, 190) Dale Endorf-Sr (6-0, 210)



written by Joshua Buechler

Eight starters return in all, but Pelini has made it clear no job is safe as he starts to evaluate his inherited talent. Nebraska's defense also has a new leader, Bo Pelini, and two in new defensive assistants Marvin Sanders and Jimmy Williams. Their job(s) will be to revamp a defense (ir)responsible for 24 points and 362 yards per game. NU's top three tacklers - linebackers Demorrio Williams and Barrett Ruud and rover Philip Bland - return, but the absence of rush-end Chris Kelsay and cornerback DeJuan Groce will show on and off the field. Younger players earned field time late in 2002, which should ease some growing pains at a few positions. Even minus Kelsay, NU's strong point should be its defensive line. Senior Ryon Bingham wreaks havoc at nose tackle. Sophomores LeKevin Smith and Titus Adams played major roles as redshirt freshman. Trevor Johnson, a senior, comes back at right rush-end, but the X-factor will be Benard Thomas. The junior took a redshirt after contributing his first two seasons and is raring to go after watching from the sidelines. Thomas' impact will mean pressure - something the defense has recently lacked.

The corps of linebackers will be better under Pelini's tutelage. Ruud is good against the run, and Williams flies around with the best, but the strength for each is the other's weakness. Junior Ira Cooper is the favorite to start at strongside linebacker.

Nebraska's secondary is young and contains big-play ability. Fabian Washington started opposite Groce as a true freshman, learning along the way. Juniors Willie Amos and Lornell McPherson, along with several confident newcomers, will contend to start at right corner. If his injured shoulder heals properly, Bland will again play like an undersized linebacker at rover. Senior Jerrell Pippens, junior Lannie Hopkins and sophomores Josh and Daniel Bullocks provide the speed Nebraska desperately needs, but the real challenge will be finding playing time for all four.

NU's frustration from its struggles in 2002 will provide the motivation, but its success will greatly hinge on how quickly Pelini's system is digested amongst the young talent. A unit that allowed nearly 150 rushing yards-per-game is ripe for revamping. Solich's other main concern is the turnover department, where the Huskers forced only 21 in 2002, but Pelini promises to teach a ball-hawking style.


NT Ryon Bingham


Returning Starters in bold
DE Bernard Thomas-Sr (6-4, 265) Titus Adams-So (6-3, 290)
NT Ryon Bingham-Sr (6-3, 290) Jason Lohr-Sr (6-2, 285)
DT Patrick Kabongo-Sr (6-6, 320) Le Kevin Smith-So (6-2, 305)
DE Trevor Johnson-Sr (6-4, 255) Adam Carriker-Fr (6-6, 260)
SLB T.J. Hollowell-Sr (6-0, 230) Ira Cooper-Jr (6-2, 230)
MLB Barrett Ruud-Jr (6-2, 240) Steve Safranek-Sr (6-1, 240)
WLB Demorrio Williams-Sr (6-1, 210) Lannie Hopkins-Jr (6-2, 220)
CB Fabian Washington-So (5-11, 175) Willie Amos-Jr (6-0, 185)
CB Lornell McPherson-Jr (5-9, 175) Pat Ricketts-Sr (5-11, 180)
SS Philip Bland-Jr (5-11, 205) Daniel Bullocks-So (6-1, 200)
FS Josh Bullocks-So (6-1, 195) Jerrell Pippens-Sr (6-2, 195)
P Kyle Larson-Sr (6-0, 205) Sam Koch-So (6-1, 230)




Special teams will again be a strong suit for the Huskers, even with Josh Brown's departure at kicker. Competing for the starting job will be senior walk-on Dale Endorf and junior Sandro DeAngelis, who started four games in 2001. Senior Kyle Larson is back at punter, where he averaged 43.2 yards per kick to pace the 5th best net punting team in all I-A. Josh Davis will be one of the best kickoff return men in the nation after falling just six yards short of 1,000. Groce and his four TDs are gone at punt returner, so that is a need.


The offense lost a few playmakers, as QBs Garth Glissman (JUCO) and Curt Dukes (Duke), and RB Marques Simmons (Iowa) have all decided to transfer… The NU passing game suffered their share of struggles this season, leaving new offensive coordinator Barney Cotton still in search of an aerial threat. Of the passes they did complete, most went to WR Ross Pilkington. Pilkington may be the best offensive threat the Huskers have- if only they could get him the ball! … RB Josh Davis proved he can be a real threat when he's between the sidelines. His incredible burst and powerful legs have made him one of the top kick returners in the conference, but we should also expect him to make countable contributions as a running back this season. Cory Ross, too, had a fine spring and gives the Huskers some depth at I-back… The status of OG Junior Tagoa'i is uncertain, as he was suspended this off-season due to legal problems. If he is unable to play, junior Jake Anderson will take the starting spot at RG, and rsf Jemayel Phillips will back him up.

DC Bo Pelini says he is happy with the progress the Husker D made this spring, but claims they have a long ways to go before the opener against Oklahoma State… MIKE linebacker Stewart Bradley showed a LOT of improvement this spring, culminating it with a great spring game, in which he led all tacklers with 9 and had 1.5 TFLs. Look for him to be more involved this fall. Junior DE Tyler Toline was another pleasant surprise, creating turmoil in the opposing backfield. The top newcomer this spring has been DE Adam Carriker. Displaying that needed combination of strength and quickness called for at defensive end, Carriker gives the Huskers a great backup, helping keep the front line fresh without a (significant) drop in talent… A newcomer to note on defense is sophomore CB Donald DeFrand. He was an All-American at the JUCO ranks and has great cover skills. Look for him to make his way onto the field early in regular fashion this season as an extra DB.

The placekickers seemed a bit inconsistent this spring, and the top spot will remain open heading into fall drills (though Endorf seems to have a slight edge). Punter Kyle Larson may be the best punter the Big 12 has to offer this year. His booming kicks caught the attention of Husker followers this spring, capped by a 51-yard average in the spring game. Josh Davis will be the return man of choice, likely handling both kicks and punts.