April 17, 2006

The final 'Hot 11'

The final spring HuskersIllustrated.com "Hot 11" is assembled and completed. NU closed out spring practice on Saturday with their annual Red-White game in front of nearly 58,000 people. Get a final look at who the top performers in spring football were for the Huskers in this exclusive analysis breakdown of Nebraska's top playmakers. Which player took home the top spot?

1. Steve Octavien, LB, 6-0, 240

When you add together the entire body of work of spring football, junior linebacker Steve Octavien takes home the prize. Octavien's only down moment of spring ball was when he knocked out Grant Mulkey with a punch in week one of practice after Mulkey threw a football at his back. However, after this took place Octavien became a determined player on the practice field and he made big time plays every day. Octavien is going to be fun to watch this fall.

2. Zac Taylor, QB, 6-2, 210

Offensive coordinator Jay Norvell endorsed senior quarterback Zac Taylor as much as I've seen him talk up a player during the final week of practice. Norvell said Taylor is the player that makes this offense go and he literally dreams about the West Coast offense in his sleep at night. Without a doubt, Taylor is the most valuable piece to this team if the Huskers want to have a breakout year in 2006.

3. Adam Carriker, DE, 6-6, 295

You have to love what senior defensive end Adam Carriker showed through four weeks of spring practice. Earlier this week on the Husker Beat radio show, Olin Buchanan of Rivals.com said Carriker is a legit candidate for the Big 12 defensive player of the year award. If Carriker increases Big 12 best 9.5 sacks this season, there's a very good chance he could contend for that honor.

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