College Preview: September 18 Early

Nebraska at Washington, Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wa. 2:30 p.m. ABC




(1st-round) #21 CB Prince Amukamara (left), 6-0, 200 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior.

Enrolled in Lincoln as a running back, but was switched to the secondary. He struggled early with the change, but eventually became a solid cornerback, and then a top of the line coverage guy. He’s considered the number one CB in the 2011 Draft class. In his junior season in ’09, he had five interceptions and broke up 11 passes. He also produced 64 total tackles and 2 sacks. He had an interception and seven tackles in the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas and that earned him a lot of attention. Career numbers are 112 total tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles in 37 games. He has learned to work hard in the weight room and looking at tape, showing a growing maturity level. Last name pronounced ah-MOO-kuh-MAR-ah.

(1st-round) #94 DT Jared Crick, 6-5 ¾, 285 pounds, 4.94 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

Big 12 Conference coaches honored Crick with a spot on the ’09 all-conference first team. Playing next to Ndamukong Suh, he racked up 73 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Last season at Baylor, he had five sacks and was named conference and national player of the week honors. In ’08 he did a lot of backup work on the defensive line playing in nine games. So far this year, he has 12 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries. On his career in 23 games he has 87 total tackles and 12 sacks.

(3rd-round) #24 WR Niles Paul, 6-1, 220 pounds, 4.5 seconds, Senior.

Maturity comes into question as he has been arrested twice on alcohol related charges, from minor in possession, public urinations and suspicion of drunken driving. He ended up being suspended for most of spring practice. In the ’09 season, he had a team high 121.2 all-purpose yards per game. That included 40 catches that averaged 19.9 yards per catch. He also had a 27.9-yard average on kickoff returns and 10.7 yards per punt return. Paul scored touchdowns by rushing, receiving and on a return. In two games this season, he’s caught nine passes for 123 yards and a TD. He’s averaged 19.3 yards on punt returns. Overall in 36 games for the Huskers, he’s caught 73 passes for 1,139 yards and five TDs. He has TD returns on punt and kickoffs, averaging 11.1 yards on punt returns and 24.5 yards on kickoff returns.

(3rd-round) #44 TE/WR Mike McNeill, 6-3 ¾, 234 pounds, 4.7 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Last year as a junior, McNeill caught 28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. He has 61 career catches, just four shy of the school tight end receiving record of 65. But he’s been moved to wide receiver this season; that’s where he spent most of spring practice. He’s played tight end, wide receiver and fullback, showing versatility that most NFL coaches love. In two games this year, he’s caught two passes for 17 yards. Over his 36-game career in Lincoln, he’s caught 63 passes for 743 yards and 10 TDs.

(4th-round) #95 DE Pierre Allen, 6-4, 264 pounds, 4.78 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Started all 14 games in the ’09 season, and finished with 51 tackles and five sacks, despite dealing with several injuries that cost him practice time. Over the last three seasons, Allen has 119 total tackles, with 10 sacks. He’s married with a four-year old son and has matured a great deal in four years with the Huskers. In two games this year, he has a total of 10 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. Over his career he’s played in 40 games with 128 total tackles, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles.


(1st-Round) #10 QB Jake Locker, 6-2 ½, 230 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

One of the biggest upsets at the end of the 2009 college football season is when Locker decided he would stay at the University of Washington for his final year of eligibility and not enter the NFL Draft. Whether the decision cost him millions of dollars, or just put that pay day on hold won’t be known until next spring. But Locker likely would have been the second QB selected if he entered the NFL Draft. He’s got all the tools that NFL teams search for in their quarterbacks. He’s athletic, smart, has shown good leadership skills and does not seem too impressed with himself. In two games this year he’s thrown for 555 yards and five TD passes. Locker posted big numbers last year with 230 of 394 for 2,800 yards and 21 TD passes. In 30 games for the Huskies, he has completed 477 of 886 passes for 5,929 yards, 41 TDs and 26 INTs. He’s also run for 1,595 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. He signed a six-year rights agreement with the Los Angeles Angels.

(4th-Round) #40 OLB Mason Foster, 6-2, 240 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Senior.

A two-year starter at outside linebacker, Foster was second on the team in 2009 with 85 total tackles. He also had three interceptions and set a school record with six fumbles forced. In two games this season, Foster has 24 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Over his 39-game career at Washington, he has 239 total tackles, four interceptions and seven forced fumbles. He has the quickness and speed to make plays on both sides of the field.

(6th-Round) #71 OT Cody Habben, 6-6, 290 pounds, 5.32 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

Habben has played in 39 games and started the last 24 games at right tackle. He also spent time playing left tackle as well. His ability to play both tackles and the reliability that he’s going to show up every game make him an interesting late-round prospect.

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