One of the surprises to come out of fall camp is the emergence of four freshmen defensive lineman. Defensive ends Avery Moss and Greg McCullen show great promise. The 6-3, 280-pound McMullen racked up more than 40 sacks during his high school career for Akron’s Hoban High School. Moss, at 260 pounds, uses his speed to harass quarterbacks and shed blockers. Last year Moss had 59 tackles, including 26 solo stops, at Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ.
Inside, the Huskers have Vincent Valentine, the second biggest guy on the team at 320 pounds, who was ranked among the nation’s top 50 defensive tackles by both Rivals.com when he played in Edwardsville, IL. Finally, Aaron Curry, had 59 tackles and three sacks his senior season in Keller, TX. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis likes them all and while Papuchis was vague and complimentary of all four freshman, Bo Pelini didn’t hold back in his evaluation of Aaron Curry.
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Continuing on the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Sean Fisher is back and better than ever. While he played in ten games last season, there were times he may have been reluctant to go all out or he possibly just couldn’t as he came back from a horrific injury in 2010 that forced him to miss all of that year with a broken left fibula and torn ankle ligament. Pelini says Fish looks the best he has in a long time.