Best of the Decade: Claims to fame
Hall of Fame material? The Huskers had some during the 2010s.
It became more and more rare as the decade went on, but three dozen Huskers earned honors that someday could land them in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame. The threshold for HOF consideration: All-America or first/second team All-Big 12/Big Ten status.
Ten of the 36 players earned first-, second- or third-team placement on at least one of the five NCAA-recognized All-America teams (Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, AP, Sporting News).
For the 26 additional HOF-eligible players, the top honor was first- or second-team all-conference (selected by conference coaches or conference media panel).
Absent from the list is Nebraska’s career leader in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. holds those records and more, but the requisite conference accolades eluded him.
The decade ended with a four-year dry spell: Just three of the 36 players received HOF-eligible honors in 2016 or later.
- The three first-team All-Americans will be potential candidates for the national College Football Hall of Fame. Three is the lowest first-team total for the Huskers since the decade of the 1950s, and the current eight-season drought without a first-teamer is the longest since 1953-62. | Honors scorecard
- The current streak of being shut out on first-team all-conference honors is the longest in program history.
- Three Huskers were named to the FWAA Freshman All-America team: De’Mornay Pierson-El in 2014, JD Spielman in 2017 and Adrian Martinez in 2018.
- Seven Huskers were first- or second-team Academic All-Americans. First team: Austin Cassidy (2010-11), Rex Burkhead (2011-12), Spencer Long (2013), Chris Weber (2017). Second team: Sean Fisher (2011-12), Jake Long (2013), C.J. Zimmerer (2013).