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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Greatest Huskers By Number Continued

#6 – Keith “End Zone” Jones. Another addition to the prolific running backs from Omaha Central, Keith Jones ran his way into the record books in 1986 when Doug DuBose tore his knee in a pre-season scrimmage. That year as a junior, he lead the Big 8 in rushing and scored the only rushing TD that Oklahoma allowed all year. In 1987, Jones reached 2,488 yards in his career and became Nebraska’s 3rd leading rusher of all time behind Mike Rozier and I.M. Hipp. Jones’ nickname definitely comes from the fact that he liked to score. He ended his career at Nebraska with 31 touchdowns and averaged over 123 yards/game when he started. Also, if you need any of Keith's BBQ sauce, you can go here.

#7 – Eric Crouch. We have spent much more time ripping Eric Crouch here than giving him any credit besides his paddle ball accomplishments. But, the fact of the matter is that his statistics were almost unbelievable.
These are his records (via huskerpedia):
• NCAA record for career rushing TD's by a QB (59)
• 13th player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season (1,115 rushing, 1,510 passing)
• One of three quarterbacks in NCAA Division 1-A history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for 4,000 yards in a career
• Tied an NCAA scoring record by scoring a TD via run, pass, reception in the same game (vs. Cal, 1999)
• Longest run in NU history (95 yards) at Missouri, Sept. 29, 2001
• Owns Nebraska career record for total-offense yards with 7,915, including a school and Big 12 record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (3,434), while ranking third in career passing (4,481)
• School record holder with 88 total-offense touchdowns
• Regular-season school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game (191 yards) at Missouri, Sept. 29, 2001
• Tied school records for most TD passes in a game (5 vs. Iowa, 2000); most rushing TD's in a game by a quarterback (4 vs. Kansas and Iowa State, 2001); and set a QB record for most rushing TDs in a season (20, 2000)
• Set school records for most rushing attempts in a season for a QB (203, 2001); most total-offense yards by a sophomore (2,158); tied school record for most rushing attempts in a game for a quarterback (27 vs. KSU, 1999)
Crouch won the Heisman Trophy in 2001.

#8 – Tyrone Williams. In his 3 years when he started, Nebraska was 36-1 with Tyrone. Without doubt, he is one of the best lock-down cornerbacks we have ever had. With him, we won two national championships and three Big 8 championships. Tyrone was also a two-time first-team All Big 8 selection. He has a Super Bowl ring that he won with Green Bay where he played for 7 seasons before retiring in 2004 with the Dallas Cowboys.

#9- Steve Taylor. Taylor became a First-Team All-American in 1987 and all Big 8 in 1987 and 1988. He will forever be best remembered as the quarterback who broke Oklahoma’s 31 Big 8 game winning streak in 1988 and got Nebraska back to the Orange Bowl for the first time in 5 years. Although his career was played out in the Canadian Football League with virtually every team imaginable, Taylor is now a Real Estate Professional in Lincoln and quite successful. Check out his website.

#10 – Mike Minter. Even if he was terrible, Minter might have still made this list based on his website alone. If you ever want to a create a website about yourself, that is what you make it look like. Minter was surrounded by All-American talent everywhere which made him a little underappreciated at the time. He tore his ACL two games into his sophomore season which cut his college career a little short. He would win two national championships in 1994 and 1995. He earned All-Big 12 first-team honors his senior year. Interestingly, he played his final two games at Nebraska at linebacker after playing all the previous at strong safety. He was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers and along with helping them to Super Bowl XXXVIII, Minter retired as the team’s all time leading tackler with 700 stops in 132 games.

For Numbers 1-5 you can go here.

1-Dale Klein/Lawrence Phillips
2-Von Sheppard
3-Eric Warfield
4-Dengelo Evans
5-Dejuan Groce