Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis announced after practice that seven Husker defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirts before practice.
On the line, seniors Jason Ankrah and Thad Randle were selected. Ankrah has started 18 games over the past two seasons, including the final seven games of 2012 and Randle has fought through multiple injuries in his career, but was a bright spot for NU during 2012, playing in 13 games, including six starts. Randle recorded 21 total tackles, 10 of which were unassisted with two quarterback hurries.
Sophomore David Santos was the only linebacker selected. Santos, the likely starter at Mike linebacker, recorded 24 total tackles last season as a freshman, 11 of which were unassisted, with two tackles for loss.
Three cornerbacks were selected to be Blackshirts, seniors Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans, as well as junior Josh Mitchell. Lastly, Corey Cooper, who recorded 17 total tackles last season, but will likely see his production levels come up during 2013 as he is expected to start for NU.
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