Nebraska seniors Prince Amukamara and Alex Henery were honored on Tuesday as first-team Associated Press All-Americans. Defensive linemen Jared Crick and linebacker Lavonte David were named second team All-Americans and defensive back Eric Hagg named third team.
NU’s Niles Paul remains hopeful that the left foot he broke three days before Nebraska’s regular-season finale last month will be healed in time for him to play in the Holiday Bowl. Trainers told him he has better than a 50 percent chance of being ready to play in the Dec. 30 game against Washington. Paul has 39 catches for a team-best 516 yards, and has the top averages on punt and kickoff returns. He also was the offensive MVP of last year’s 33-0 Holiday Bowl win against Arizona after catching four passes for 123 yards (including a 74-yard touchdown). His receiving teammate Brandon Kinnie is ready for Paul to get back.
As far as the Huskers opponent, one guy looking for redemption is Washington senior quarterback Jake Locker after he was just 4-of-20 passing in the September game, Locker dropped on some NFL Draft boards after that embarrassing loss on their home field. PJ Smith was asked if he thinks they could do even better against Locker this time.