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: The defensive tackles are Jared Crick and Terrence Moore. The defensive ends are Cameron Meredith and Pierre Allen.
** Top reserves: DE Josh Williams and Jason Ankrah; DT Thaddeus Randle.
** Key statistics in 2010: Crick had 63 tackles, including team-best 16 stops for loss (91/2 sacks) and 10 quarterback hurries; Meredith had 60 tackles and 10 quarterback hurries; Allen had 57 tackles, 10 for loss and team-best 12 quarterback hurries; Moore had three tackles for loss.
** Scouting report: Talk to any offensive coordinator, or line coach, and they’ll tell you the same thing about the Cornhuskers’ defensive line – relentless to the ball. Crick, the highest-motor guy of all, picked up where former Nebraska star Ndamukong Suh left off inside as a pass rusher. Perhaps Meredith and Allen – different body types and with unique styles – work under the radar a bit. In fact, Meredith will play standing up when Nebraska goes to a 3-4 scheme. The Cornhuskers will have to fill the void left by defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler, who was suspended earlier this month after a DUI arrest.
** Quoteworthy: "(Nebraska’s defensive ends) are as good as we’ve faced all year around. We’re going to have to play better than what we did the last time we played them. They caused havoc on the edges with us, and we might have been a little uptight playing them." – Dan Cozzetto, UW offensive line coach.