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    Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    #42 Sean Fisher LB
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    Linebacker Sean Fisher saw extensive playing time in his first season of action with the Nebraska defense in 2009. Fisher won the starting Sam linebacker job during fall camp and went on to play in all 14 games, including six starts. The 6-6, 235-pound Fisher has good quickness and the ability to play against both the run and the pass and is part of a talented young linebacking corps for 2010.

    Fisher finished the season with 35 tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. His play earned Fisher first-team freshman All-Big 12 honors. In addition to his work on defense, Fisher also played on several special teams units. A leader in the classroom, he maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and was one of just three players to earn first-team academic All-Big 12 honors with a perfect GPA.


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    Senior Mike Smith has been a mainstay on the left side of the Nebraska offensive line for the past two seasons and figures to play a prominent role again in 2010. The 6-6, 285-pound Smith is one of four returning starters on the offensive line and one of 10 starters returning to the Nebraska offense.

    Smith held down the left tackle spot for all 14 games in 2009, one of three lineman to start every game. He has made 26 career starts and his mobility allows him to play multiple positions, and also be effective both in pass protection and as a run blocker. Smith is scheduled to earn his degree in marketing in August and will play his senior season as a graduate student.


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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    National championship here we come!



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Where is Wing Nuts? He only updates bashing on the Big 12. I don't much about Fisher, Smith is a HUGE loss, could have been an All-American candidate.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    Where is Wing Nuts? He only updates bashing on the Big 12. I don't much about Fisher, Smith is a HUGE loss, could have been an All-American candidate.
    That's a stretch on the Smith evaluation. He caught a lot of flack for the sub-par play of the OL last year and was not expected to be in the top 5 this year. He was expected to be able to fill in at serveral positions, however, so he was looked at as valuable in terms of providing depth. Still a long ways from being considered for All-American.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    That's a stretch on the Smith evaluation. He caught a lot of flack for the sub-par play of the OL last year and was not expected to be in the top 5 this year. He was expected to be able to fill in at serveral positions, however, so he was looked at as valuable in terms of providing depth. Still a long ways from being considered for All-American.
    You can't be expecting offensive linemen to get better under the guidance and wisom of Barney Cotton now


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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today



    Ruh-roh!



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by UNIGuy4Cy View Post
    Where is Wing Nuts? He only updates bashing on the Big 12. I don't much about Fisher, Smith is a HUGE loss, could have been an All-American candidate.
    Whoa there...Smith was a 1.5 year starter who was demoted to 2nd team this spring and fall. Don't get me wrong, it's a significant loss because he was probably the top back up lineman, but it's not the end of the world.

    Similar with Fisher. He got a decent amout of PT last year as a rsFR and was considered a starter even though he didn't start a game the last half of the year because Nebraska played mostly Nickle and Dime. It hurts the depth, but they have other guys there including one of the top JUCO LB's, Lavonte David, from last year.

    It's always bad news when this happens, but it's not the end of the world.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    NU is also still having issues with determining their starting QB. If no one can beat out Zac Lee at this point, their QB issues from last season will persist.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by cykadelic2 View Post
    NU is also still having issues with determining their starting QB. If no one can beat out Zac Lee at this point, their QB issues from last season will persist.
    QB play will be much improved this year.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by MrReality View Post
    QB play will be much improved this year.
    I will believe that when I see it, they have not even named a starter, neither Green nor Lee must be doing too hot.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by MrReality View Post
    QB play will be much improved this year.
    If you consider absolutely horrible to just horrible being a vast improvement.



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Fisher is a stud. I remember how much I was hoping ISU could land him. Big body for a LB and he moves well



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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    That's a stretch on the Smith evaluation. He caught a lot of flack for the sub-par play of the OL last year and was not expected to be in the top 5 this year. He was expected to be able to fill in at serveral positions, however, so he was looked at as valuable in terms of providing depth. Still a long ways from being considered for All-American.
    That's Nebraska for you...they can replace returning starters with unproven juco's and highly ranked incoming freshman.....I'm guessing if Suh could have come back, he would have just added depth to their already awesome DL........

    what a bunch of fuskers.......


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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    Before you bash Lee, compare his numbers with Arnaud's. They're virtually the same, except AA had more picks. I think most of us on here expect AA to improve, and there are very good reasons to expect that, so I don't see why it is outlandish to expect Lee to improve as well.

    Basically, think before you speak and know a little about what you're talking about. Lee will be playing behind an experienced OL with good RBs and an okay WR core. Their offense won't average 30 points and put up 400 yards every game, but they will be better.


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    Re: Huskers lose second starter to season-ending leg injury today

    So, because they haven't publicly named a starter means their QB play is going to be terrible? I guess it's okay for the ISU fans to think their QB play will be much better than last year, but it's not okay for Nebraska fans to think the same of their team. Both teams had lack luster QB play. I've posted before and someone else did on this thread that Lee and Arnaud had virtually identical stats. One QB was working in a new offense and the other was starting for the first time. Both battled through injuries they probably shouldn't have played with, but they sucked it up for the betterment of the team.

    On the injuries. Fisher is a stud on paper (6'6, 240) but he was way too soft last year. He was having a good camp this year, and his loss does hurt. It's not like he was going to be an all-conference player though. Mike Smith has starting experience but was demoted to second string (he was the "swing" back up for basically every line position). His loss mainly hurts because of the depth and versatility he brought to the table, not because he was a great all-conference caliber guy.



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