2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004–
Music City Bowl, L 24–38 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2016 record 9–4 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Mike Riley (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker (2nd season)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 86,047)[1]
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by second-year head coach Mike Riley and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Previous season and offseason[edit]

In the 2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football season, the team finished 5-7 in the regular season, their 39-38 win over playoff team Michigan State being the most notable. Though not bowl eligible based on their regular-season record, the Cornhuskers went to the Foster Farms Bowl (as a result of a lack of bowl-eligible teams and their high Academic Progress Rate) and beat UCLA 37-29. The team finished 4th in the Big Ten West division at the end of the season.

On July 23, 2016, senior punter and returning starter Sam Foltz was killed in a single-car crash in Waukesha County, Wisconsin following serving as staff for a training camp for high school kickers and punters. Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed; LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was also in the accident but sustained only non-life-threatening injuries.[2]

Departures[edit]

The offensive line had 7 departures, prompting heavy recruiting of offensive line players out of high school. Departures included:

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Maliek Collins #7 DT 6'2 300 Junior Kansas City, MO Left early for NFL Draft
Greg McMullen #90 DT 6'3 300 Junior Akron, OH Retired from football
Vincent Valentine #98 DT 6'3 320 Junior Edwardsville, IL Left early for NFL Draft
Taariq Allen #7 WR 6'3 200 Senior Weston, MA Graduated
Tyson Broekemeier #9 QB/P 6'1 200 Senior Aurora, NE Graduated
Sam Burtch #9 WR 6'3 200 Senior Murdock, NE Graduated
Jamal Turner #10 WR 6'0 190 Senior Arlington, TX Graduated
Johnathan Rose #14 CB 6'2 195 Senior Leeds, AL Dismissed from team
Joe Keels #19 DE 6'3 265 Senior Kenosha, WI Graduated
Anthony Ridder #22 DB 6'2 205 Senior West Point, NE Graduated
Daniel Davie #23 CB 6'1 190 Senior Beatrice, NE Graduated
Byerson Cockrell #28 DB 6'0 185 Senior Columbus, MS Graduated
Imani Cross #32 IB 6'1 240 Senior Gainesville, GA Graduated
Andy Janovich #35 FB 6'1 230 Senior Gretna, NE Graduated
Zach Sterup #57 OL 6'8 320 Senior Hastings, NE Graduated
Matt Finnin #59 OL 6'7 305 Senior Crete, IL Graduated
Ryne Reeves #65 OL 6'3 300 Senior Crete, NE Graduated
Chongo Kondolo #70 OL 6'5 300 Senior Carrollton, TX Graduated
Alex Lewis #71 OL 6'6 290 Senior Tempe, AZ Graduated
Chris Long #75 OL 6'4 300 Senior Blair, NE Graduated
Givens Price #78 OL 6'4 310 Senior Houston, TX Graduated
David Sutton #86 TE 6'3 255 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Jack Gangwish #95 DE 6'2 265 Senior Wood River, NE Graduated

Transfers[edit]

Outgoing[edit]

Name Number Pos. Destination
Derrion Grim #7 WR San Joaquin Delta
Blake Holtmeier #25 WR Nebraska-Kearney[3]
Lane Hovey #13 WR Montana[4]
Garrett McKay #33 LB Santa Ana College
Trai Mosley #2 CB Central Arkansas
Garrett Poppen #54 LB Nebraska–Kearney
Jordan Stevenson #2 RB Navarro JC[5]
Adrienne Talan #13 LB Navarro JC
Kevin Williams #92 DT Michigan State[6] (Grad. transfer)
Paul Thurston #55 C Colorado State[7] (Grad. transfer)
AJ Bush, Jr. #6 QB Iowa Western CC[8]

Incoming[edit]

Name Number Pos. Previous School Year
Tanner Lee* #13 QB Tulane Junior
Donovan McDonald† #39 WR Fork Union Military RS Freshman
Keyan Williams** #9 WR Fresno State Sophomore
Matt Watts† #51 OL Nevada
Butte CC
Junior
Tanner Zlab† #33 DB Doane Senior

*Player is not eligible to play in 2016 season due to transfer regulations
**Son of Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams[9]

†Walk-on transfer

Coaching departures[edit]

Name Pos. Destination Replacement
Hank Hughes DL Coach unknown John Parrella

2016 recruiting class[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Nebraska Football 2016 Recruiting Class[10]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Quayshon Alexander
LB
Wayne, NJ De Paul Catholic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) - Jun 19, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
DiCaprio Bootle
CB
Miami, FL Miami Killian HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Jun 16, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Bryan Brokop
OT
New Lenox, IL Lincoln Way West 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 273 lb (124 kg) - Sep 27, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Tre Bryant
RB
Saint Louis, MO Christian Brothers College HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 4.53 Nov 8, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Tony Butler
CB
Lakewood, OH St. Edward 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) - Jan 20, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Marquel Dismuke
S
Calabasas, CA Calabasas 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) - Jun 15, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
JoJo Domann
DB
Colorado Springs, CO Pine Creek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) - Jun 26, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
David Engelhaupt
TE
Norfolk, NE Norfolk Catholic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Feb 2, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: N/A
Matt Farniok
OT
Sioux Falls, SD Washington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 297 lb (135 kg) - Jan 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Lamar Jackson
DB
Elk Grove, CA Franklin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205.5 lb (93.2 kg) - Feb 2, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Pernell Jefferson
LB
New Orleans, LA Warren Easton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Jan 23, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Caleb Lightbourn
P/PK
Camas, WA Camas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 214 lb (97 kg) - Nov 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Collin Miller
LB
Fishers, IN Hamilton Southeastern 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jan 24, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 72
Patrick O'Brien
QB
San Juan Capistrano, CA San Juan Hills 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - May 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
John Raridon
OG
West Des Moines, IA Valley 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 258 lb (117 kg) - Sep 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
Greg Simmons
LB
Fort Pierce, FL Fort Pierce 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jun 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
JD Spielman
WR
Eden Prairie, MN Eden Prairie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Aug 15, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Ben Stille
DL
Ashland, NE Ashland-Greenwood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Jun 13, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 76
Jack Stoll
TE
Aurora, CO Regis Jesuit 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jun 24, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Boe Wilson
OG
Lee's Summit, MO Lee's Summit 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 290 lb (130 kg) - Jul 6, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 28   Rivals: 25  247Sports: 24  ESPN: 26
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Walk-on recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chafin, Ty
WR
Burwell, NE Burwell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Hamik, Creighton
LB
Kearney, NE Kearney Catholic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Hass, Tanner
ATH
West Point, NE Guardian Angels 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Hohenstein, Branden
LB
Jackson, NE Bishop Heelan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Honas, Todd
WR
Aurora, NE Aurora 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Hunt, Tavlin
LB
Lincoln, NE North Star 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Jordan, Grant
LB
Omaha, NE Westside 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Jordan, Spencer
FB
Omaha, NE Westside 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Kitten, Jake
OL
Santee, CA Santana 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 290 lb (130 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Lambert, Sean
RB
Fremont, NE Fremont 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Smith, Ne'Land
WR
Blue Springs, MO Blue Springs 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Sullivan, Eli
DB
Longmont, CO Longmont 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Watts, Matt
OL
Stockton, CA St. Mary's HS
Butte CC
Nevada
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 270 lb (120 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

National signing day was on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Tryout walk-ons[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kasun, Kyle
DB
Papillion, NE Papillion-La Vista South 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Returning starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

Player Class Position
Tommy Armstrong Jr. Senior Quarterback
Terrell Newby Senior Running back
Jordan Westerkamp Senior Wide receiver
Brandon Reilly Senior Wide receiver
Cethan Carter Senior Tight end
Dylan Utter Senior Guard
Nick Gates Sophomore Offensive tackle
Ryker Fyfe Senior Quarterback
Devine Ozigbo Sophomore Running back
De'Mornay Pierson-El Junior Wide receiver
Stanley Morgan Jr. Sophomore Wide receiver
Sam Cotton Senior Tight end
Reference:[11]

Defense[edit]

Player Class Position
Mick Stoltenberg Sophomore Defensive tackle
Kevin Maurice Senior Defensive tackle
Freedom Akinmoladun Sophomore Defensive end
Dedrick Young Sophomore Linebacker
Josh Banderas Senior Linebacker
Marcus Newby Junior Linebacker
Joshua Kalu Junior Cornerback
Chris Jones Junior Cornerback
Aaron Williams Sophomore Strong safety
Nathan Gerry Senior Free safety
Ross Dzuris Senior Defensive end
Michael Rose-Ivey Senior Linebacker
Chris Weber Junior Linebacker
Tyrin Ferguson Sophomore Linebacker
Luke Gifford Sophomore Linebacker
Boaz Joseph Junior Cornerback
Kieron Williams Junior Free safety
Antonio Reed Sophomore Free safety
Reference:[11]

Special teams[edit]

Player Class Position
Drew Brown Junior Kicker
Jordan Ober Sophomore Long Snapper
Reference:[11]

Spring practice[edit]

2016 Red—White Spring Game
1 2 3 4 Total
• White 8 8 5 25 46
Red 11 12 10 8 41
  • Date: April 16, 2016
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game start: 1:06 P.M.
  • Elapsed time: 2h 22m
  • Game attendance: 72,992
  • Game weather: Cloudy w/ 73% humidity, 67°F; wind 11 mph SSE
  • Television network: BTN2Go

72,992 fans attended the Nebraska spring game, continuing the streak of 60,000+ in attendance for Nebraska spring games since 2008. Unlike previous spring games, the teams did not trade the ball but Team Red was the offense and Team White was the defense for the entire game. Additionally, the scrimmage used a unique scoring system that allowed the defense (White) to score and rewarded plays that would otherwise be non-scoring in a normal football game. At the end of the game, Kyle Kasun intercepted the ball as the time expired, allowing the white team to win. The final score was White 46–41. Tommy Armstrong Jr., Ryker Fyfe and Patrick O'Brien all played at quarterback for team Red.

Schedule[edit]

Nebraska announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Cornhuskers will host Big Ten opponents Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Purdue, and will travel to Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.[14]

The team will host all three of the non–conference games which are against the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Wyoming Cowboys both from the Mountain West Conference, and the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 Conference (PAC-12). This will be Nebraska's 7th game against Oregon, and head coach Mike Riley's 13th overall game against Oregon, as he previously coached for Oregon rival Oregon State.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 p.m. Fresno State* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN W 43–10   90,013
September 10 11:00 a.m. Wyoming* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPN2 W 52–17   89,895
September 17 2:30 p.m. No. 22 Oregon* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC W 35–32   90,414
September 24 6:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 20 Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 24–13   40,284
October 1 2:30 p.m. Illinoisdagger No. 15 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPN2 W 31–16   90,374
October 15 2:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 10 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC/ESPN2 W 27–22   48,254
October 22 2:30 p.m. Purdue No. 8 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC/ESPN2 W 27–14   90,546
October 29 6:00 p.m. at No. 11 Wisconsin No. 7 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Freedom Trophy) ESPN L 17–23 OT  80,833
November 5 7:00 p.m. at No. 6 Ohio State No. 9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC L 3–62   108,750
November 12 6:30 p.m. Minnesota No. 21 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) BTN W 24–17   90,456
November 19 11:00 a.m. Maryland No. 19 Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPNews W 28–7   89,704
November 25 2:30 p.m. at Iowa No. 17 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Heroes Game) ABC L 10–40   69,814
December 30 2:30 p.m. vs. Tennessee* No. 24 Nissan StadiumNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN L 24–38   68,496
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[15]

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 3 Alston Jr., LavanLavan Alston Jr. RFr
QB 4 Armstrong Jr., TommyTommy Armstrong Jr. Sr
WR 33 Bailey, ChristianChristian Bailey Jr
OL 74 Barnett, JalinJalin Barnett RFr
WR 40 Betka, TyTy Betka Sr
OL 61 Brokop, BryanBryan Brokop Fr
RB 18 Bryant, TreTre Bryant Fr
TE 11 Carter, CethanCethan Carter Sr
WR 45 Chaffin, TyTy Chaffin Fr
WR 80 Classen, BrettBrett Classen Jr
OL 62 Conrad, ColeCole Conrad So
TE 84 Cotton, SamSam Cotton Sr
WR 2 Darlington, ZackZack Darlington So
OL 79 Decker, MichaelMichael Decker RFr
TE 83 Engelhaupt, DavidDavid Engelhaupt Fr
OL 63 Farmer, TannerTanner Farmer So
OL 71 Farniok, MattMatt Farniok Fr
OL 67 Foster, JeraldJerald Foster So
TE 42 Foster, TreyTrey Foster Sr
OL 51 Freudenburg, RyanRyan Freudenburg So
QB 17 Fyfe, RykerRyker Fyfe Sr
OL 68 Gates, NickNick Gates So
OL 65 Gaylord, ChristianChristian Gaylord RFr
OL 73 Hahn, SamSam Hahn Sr
OL 72 Hannon, ZachZach Hannon Jr
RB 32 Hass, TannerTanner Hass Fr
FB 49 Hemphill, AustinAustin Hemphill RFr
TE 47 Hohenstein, BrandenBranden Hohenstein Fr
WR 43 Honas, ToddTodd Honas Fr
TE 88 Hoppes, TylerTyler Hoppes Jr
RB 41 Johnson, NoahNoah Johnson RFr
OL 76 Johnson Jr., DwayneDwayne Johnson Jr. Jr
FB 38 Jordan, HarrisonHarrison Jordan Jr
FB 36 Jordan, SpencerSpencer Jordan Fr
TE 89 Ketter, ConnorConnor Ketter Jr
FB 30 Kitrell, BoBo Kitrell So
OL 59 Kitten, JakeJake Kitten Fr
OL 77 Knevel, DavidDavid Knevel Jr
RB 24 Lambert, SeanSean Lambert Fr
QB 13 Lee, TannerTanner Lee Jr
RB 37 Mazour, WyattWyatt Mazour RFr
FB 44 McCann, MitchMitch McCann Sr
WR 39 McDonald, DonovanDonovan McDonald RFr
FB 41 McNitt, LukeLuke McNitt Jr
WR 82 Moore, AlonzoAlonzo Moore Sr
WR 8 Morgan Jr., StanleyStanley Morgan Jr. So
RB 29 Nabity, GrahamGraham Nabity Sr
RB 39 Nelson, JordanJordan Nelson Sr
RB 34 Newby, TerrellTerrell Newby Sr
QB 12 O'Brien, PatrickPatrick O'Brien Fr
RB 22 Ozigbo, DevineDevine Ozigbo So
OL 54 Painter, RobbyRobby Painter Sr
WR 26 Pelzer, BradyBrady Pelzer So
WR 15 Pierson-El, De'MornayDe'Mornay Pierson-El Jr
WR 81 Rahn, GabeGabe Rahn Jr
OL 50 Raridon, JohnJohn Raridon Fr
WR 87 Reilly, BrandonBrandon Reilly Sr
WR 83 Reimers, BryanBryan Reimers So
RB 23 Rose, AustinAustin Rose So
WR 48 Smith, Ne'LandNe'Land Smith Fr
TE 85 Snyder, MattMatt Snyder RFr
WR 10 Spielman, JDJD Spielman Fr
TE 86 Stoll, JackJack Stoll Fr
RB 28 Taylor, AdamAdam Taylor Jr
OL 66 Utter, DylanDylan Utter (C) Sr
OL -- Watts, MattMatt Watts Jr
WR 1 Westerkamp, JordanJordan Westerkamp (C) Sr
OL 58 Whitaker, CoreyCorey Whitaker Sr
RB 21 Wilbon, MikaleMikale Wilbon So
WR 9 Williams, KeyanKeyan Williams So
OL 56 Wilson, BoeBoe Wilson Fr
WR 31 Young, ConorConor Young RFr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 91 Akinmoladun, FreedomFreedom Akinmoladun So
LB 30 Alexander, QuayshonQuayshon Alexander Fr
S 4 Anderson, AveryAvery Anderson RFr
DL 75 Anderson, FynFyn Anderson RFr
LB 52 Banderas, JoshJosh Banderas (C) Sr
LB 7 Barry, MohamedMohamed Barry RFr
DB 23 Bootle, DicaprioDicaprio Bootle Fr
LB 53 Boryca, AlexAlex Boryca So
LB 51 Brugmann, JaredJared Brugmann RFr
DB 2 Butler, TonyTony Butler Fr
LB 59 Cleveland, BrodyBrody Cleveland RFr
LB 26 Connely, ThomasThomas Connely So
DE 22 Davis, AlexAlex Davis RFr
DT 96 Davis, CarlosCarlos Davis So
DT 94 Davis, KhalilKhalil Davis So
DB 19 Dismuke, MarquelMarquel Dismuke Fr
DB 13 Domann, JoJoJoJo Domann Fr
DE 88 Dzuris, RossRoss Dzuris Sr
DE 48 Evans, ErikErik Evans Jr
LB 43 Ferguson, TyrinTyrin Ferguson So
S 25 Gerry, NathanNathan Gerry (C) Sr
LB 12 Gifford, LukeLuke Gifford So
DB 29 Graham, NolanNolan Graham So
LB 54 Hamik, CreightonCreighton Hamik Fr
DB 21 Jackson, CharlesCharles Jackson Sr
DB 1 Jackson, LamarLamar Jackson Fr
DE 47 Jarzynka, MattMatt Jarzynka So
LB 32 Jefferson, PernellPernell Jefferson Fr
DL 50 Johns, GarretGarret Johns Sr
CB 8 Jones, ChrisChris Jones Jr
LB 40 Jordan, GrantGrant Jordan Fr
CB 11 Joseph, BoazBoaz Joseph Jr
CB 10 Kalu, JoshuaJoshua Kalu Jr
DB 36 Karel, ReidReid Karel RFr
DB 14 Kasun, KyleKyle Kasun RFr
DE 17 King, SedrickSedrick King So
CB 6 Lee Jr., EricEric Lee Jr. RFr
DL 58 Lopez, JoelJoel Lopez Jr
DT 55 Maurice, KevinKevin Maurice Sr
DE 98 Miller, CollinCollin Miller Fr
DE 45 Natter, A.J.A.J. Natter Jr
DE 9 Neal, DaiShonDaiShon Neal RFr
LB 3 Newby, MarcusMarcus Newby Jr
DT 99 Newell, PeytonPeyton Newell So
DL 76 Owen, DylanDylan Owen So
DT 97 Rath, LoganLogan Rath Sr
S 16 Reed, AntonioAntonio Reed So
LB 15 Rose-Ivey, MichaelMichael Rose-Ivey Sr
LB 31 Simmons, GregGreg Simmons Fr
LB 56 Simpson, BradBrad Simpson Sr
DE 95 Stille, BenBen Stille Fr
DL 44 Stoltenberg, MickMick Stoltenberg So
DB 35 Stovall, JeremiahJeremiah Stovall RFr
DB 28 Sullivan, EliEli Sullivan Fr
LB 49 Weber, ChrisChris Weber Jr
LB 57 Weinmaster, JacobJacob Weinmaster RFr
S 24 Williams, AaronAaron Williams So
S 26 Williams, KieronKieron Williams Jr
LB 5 Young II, DedrickDedrick Young II So
DB 33 Zlab, TannerTanner Zlab Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 98 Armstrong, IsaacIsaac Armstrong RFr
PK 34 Brown, DrewDrew Brown Jr
P/PK 35 Lightbourn, CalebCaleb Lightbourn Fr
PK 95 Lindsay, SpencerSpencer Lindsay Sr
LS 54 Ober, JordanJordan Ober So
PK 26 Sutcliffe, JamieJamie Sutcliffe Sr
LS 92 Urbach, ChaseChase Urbach RFr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Danny Langsdorf
       11th season as OC/QB coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Linfield
  • Mark Banker
       27th season as DC coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Springfield
  • Bruce Read
       8th season as STC coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Portland State
  • Trent Bray
       7th season as LB coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Oregon State
  • Mike Cavanaugh
       28th season as OL coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: S Conn St
  • Reggie Davis
       8th season as RB coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Washington
  • John Parrella
       4th season as DL coach
       1st year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Nebraska
  • Brian Stewart
       12th season as DB coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: Northern Arizona
  • Keith Williams
       17th season as WR coach
       2nd year at Nebraska
       Alma mater: San Diego State

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 12, 2016

Game summaries[edit]

Fresno State[edit]

Fresno State at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
Fresno State 0 10 0 0 10
Nebraska 7 7 7 22 43
  • Sources:*Sources:[16]
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 September 13, 2014 Nebraska, 55–19

Nebraska opened the 2016 season with a non-conference matchup against Fresno State at Memorial Stadium. The game marked the start of the second season for head coach Mike Riley. The game marked the completion of a three-game series with Fresno State. The Huskers defeated Fresno State in Lincoln 42-29 in 2011 before winning on the road in Fresno 55-19 in 2014. These three games are the only meetings between the Huskers and Bulldogs in program history. Before the game, there was a tribute to the late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car crash in July. Before their first punt, the Huskers observed a moment of silence for Foltz by sending only 10 players onto the field with no punter waiting for the snap. A delay of game penalty was called on the Huskers, which the Bulldogs declined.

Wyoming[edit]

Wyoming at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
Wyoming 0 7 10 0 17
Nebraska 7 10 7 28 52
  • Sources:*Sources:[17]
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
7–0 August 31, 2013 Nebraska, 37–34

The 2016 edition of the Nebraska–Wyoming series marked the 8th meeting between the two neighboring state programs. Nebraska entered the game with a perfect 7–0 all-time record against the Wyoming Cowboys. Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw three touchdown passes during this matchup, in which he set the record for most career touchdown passes in the Nebraska program history, surpassing Taylor Martinez's previous record of 56. The Cornhuskers defeated the Cowboys 52–17 in front of a crowd of 89,895, the stadium's 349th consecutive sellout.

Oregon[edit]

Oregon at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Oregon 8 12 6 6 32
Nebraska 7 7 14 7 35
  • Sources:*Sources:[18]
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
5–1 September 27, 1986 Nebraska, 48–14

Nebraska and Oregon played for the 7th time between the two programs on September 17, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Ducks went for the two point conversion after every touchdown, only succeeding once, early in the game. Nebraska went on to win the game 35-32, giving Oregon their first loss of the season, and Nebraska their third win to improve their record to 3–0. Nebraska had 428 total offensive yards the whole game, and the Ducks had 482. The Cornhuskers will travel to Eugene, Oregon in the 2017 season to face the Ducks at Autzen Stadium, game 2 of the home-and-home series between the two programs.

Northwestern[edit]

Nebraska at Northwestern
1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Nebraska 0 10 14 0 24
Northwestern 0 7 6 0 13
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–3 October 24, 2015 Northwestern, 30–28

Nebraska opened conference play with their first road game of the season in Evanston, Illinois against Northwestern. The Cornhuskers won the contest by a score of 24-13. Early in the game, I-back Terrell Newby fumbled the ball at the sideline near the end zone, resulting in a touchback, giving Northwestern the ball. In the second quarter, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson ran the ball 42 yards for a touchdown. Thorson also had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Austin Carr in the 3rd quarter. Nebraska will play the Wildcats at home in 2017 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Illinois[edit]

Illinois at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 13 3 0 16
#15 Nebraska 7 3 0 21 31
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
9–3–1 October 3, 2015 Illinois, 14–13

Nebraska played its second conference game at home against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 1, 2016. Nebraska beat the Illini by a score of 31-16, claiming their 5th win on the season to make the Cornhuskers 5-0.

Indiana[edit]

Nebraska at Indiana
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Nebraska 17 0 0 10 27
Indiana 0 8 7 7 22
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
7–9–3 September 30, 1978 Nebraska, 69–17

Purdue[edit]

Purdue at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 7 7 0 0 14
#8 Nebraska 10 0 7 10 27
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–2 October 31, 2015 Purdue, 55–45

Wisconsin[edit]

Nebraska at Wisconsin
Freedom Trophy
1 2 3 4 OT Total
#7 Nebraska 0 7 0 10 0 17
#11 Wisconsin 7 3 7 0 6 23
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–6 October 10, 2015 Wisconsin, 23–21

Nebraska played the Wisconsin Badgers on October 29, 2016 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The Cornhuskers entered the game ranked at #7 in the AP Poll, while Wisconsin sat not far behind at #11. The game was the 11th game in the series, Wisconsin winning the previous matchup, 23-21 in Lincoln on October 10, 2015. Wisconsin won the game 23-17 in overtime. Wisconsin scored first in overtime, but missed the extra point attempt. Nebraska failed to score after, allowing Wisconsin to win the game. The all-time series record is now 7-4 in Wisconsin's favor.

Ohio State[edit]

Nebraska at Ohio State
1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Nebraska 3 0 0 0 3
#6 Ohio State 14 17 24 7 62
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–3 October 6, 2012 Ohio State, 63–38

Minnesota[edit]

Minnesota at Nebraska
$5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 10 0 0 17
#21 Nebraska 3 7 7 7 24
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
23–31–2 October 17, 2015 Nebraska, 48–25

Maryland[edit]

Maryland at Nebraska
1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 0 0 0 7 7
#19 Nebraska 14 7 7 0 28
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

Nebraska went undefeated at home for the first time in 4 years thanks to their win over Maryland.

Iowa[edit]

Nebraska at Iowa
Heroes Trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Nebraska 0 3 7 0 10
Iowa 13 7 6 14 40
Series Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
29–14–3 November 27, 2015 Iowa, 28–20

Music City Bowl[edit]

Nebraska vs. Tennessee
Music City Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Nebraska 0 7 7 10 24
Tennessee 0 21 3 14 38
  • Date: December 30
  • Location: Nissan Stadium
    Nashville, TN
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:44
  • Game attendance: 68,496
  • Game weather: Clear, 46 degrees, Wind SW @ 5 mph
  • Referee: M. Mothershed
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 January 2, 2000 Nebraska, 31–21

Big Ten awards[edit]

Player of the Week Honors[edit]

Weekly Awards
Player Award Week Awarded Ref.
Nathan Gerry Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Week 2 [29]
Caleb Lightbourn Big Ten Freshman of the Week Week 3 [30]
Tommy Armstrong Jr. Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Week 4 [31]
Tommy Armstrong Jr. Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Week 11 [32]

All-Conference Awards[edit]

2016 Big Ten All-Conference Honors[33]

National awards[edit]

All-America Teams[edit]

All-America Teams
Position Player Team Selector
DB Nathan Gerry First Team Pro Football Focus[34]
DB Nathan Gerry Second Team USA Today[35]
DB Nathan Gerry Third Team AP[36]
DB Nathan Gerry Third Team FOX[37]
DB Nathan Gerry Fourth Team Athlon[38]

Team awards[edit]

2016 Nebraska Football Team Awards [39]

Annual Program Awards
Award Player
Scout Team Defensive MVP Pernell Jefferson, Collin Miller
Scout Team Offensive MVP Tanner Lee, JD Spielman
Scout Team Special Teams MVP Conor Young
Walk-On of the Year Sam Hahn
Most Improved Player Carlos Davis
Newcomer of the Year Tre Bryant
Pat Clare Award De'Mornay Pierson-El
Tom Novak Trophy Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Guy Chamberlin Trophy Jordan Westerkamp
Cletus Fischer Native Son Award Josh Banderas, Sam Foltz
Lunch Bucket Award Brad Simpson
Lifter of the Year Luke McNitt
Husker Pride Award Sam Cotton

NFL Draft[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV 20 15 12 10 8 7 9 21 19 17 23 24 RV 
Coaches RV RV RV 20 15 12 9 9 6 10 20 17 15 22 21 RV 
CFP Not released 10 19 18 16 NR NR Not released


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