Editor's note: Periodically from now until the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30th, we will break down Nebraska, position by position, as the two teams head for its collision-course rematch in San Diego.
** Starters: Receivers Brandon Kinnie, Niles Paul and Mike McNeill, and tight ends Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed.
** Top reserves: WRs Joe Broekemeier, Curenski Gilleylen and Will Henry.
** Key statistics in 2010: Kinnie had a team-leading 42 receptions for 473 yards and five touchdowns. … Paul had a Nebraska-best 516 receiving yards despite missing two games because of a foot injury. … Reed has a team-high seven touchdown catches, and the longest reception of the season – a 79-yarder for a score.
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** Scouting report: No receiving corps that the Huskies have faced this season boast the size and strength of Nebraska’s, led by the 6-foot-3 Kinnie, the 6-1 Paul and the 6-4 McNeill, who moved from tight end this season to run the inside slot position. And as the season has progressed, the Cornhuskers have steadily gotten Reed more involved in the passing attack. The knock? Nebraska leads the country with 42 fumbles – many coming from this group.
** Quoteworthy: "Kinnie was the one who hurt us (in September). Both (Kinnie and Paul) are big, athletic and can run really good routes." - UW safeties coach Jeff Mills