Huskers Place 3 On Preseason Team

DALLASThree members of the Nebraska football team were named preseason All-Big 12 by a select panel of media, the conference office announced Friday. Senior Adam Carriker and junior Corey McKeon each were placed on the All-Big 12 defensive team, while junior Terrence Nunn garnered the most votes for top punt returner.

Carriker returns for his final season as a Husker one year after earning first-team all-conference recognition by the Associated Press and Dallas Morning News. The Kennewick, Wash., native also earned Nebraska Defensive MVP honors in 2005 after helping lead the NU defense to the nation's top totals in both sacks (50) and tackles for loss (124).

Individually, Carriker tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks (9.5), while ranking second among all Huskers with 17 tackles for loss. He has gained strong preseason attention this summer, as he has been tabbed a favorite for All-America honors by several publications, including Athlon and Lindy's. Carriker also has been named to the Lombardi Award Watch List for the second straight year.

McKeon is poised for a strong junior season after playing a lead role in Nebraska's lofty defensive rankings in 2005. In his first season as a starter at the MIKE linebacker position, McKeon led the Huskers with 98 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and three interceptions.

The Naperville, Ill., native set both Nebraska's single-game (five) and season team records for tackles for loss for the linebacker position, while his season mark was the second-best total ever for any Husker defender. He rounded out the year with second-team All-Big 12 mention from the AP, Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star, while also claiming sophomore All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com.

Nunn also earned sophomore All-America mention from CollegeFootballNews.com in 2005 after leading the Big 12 Conference in punt returns and ranking third nationally with an 18.3 average. In addition to the national attention, the Houston, Texas, native also was named an All-Big 12 selection by the Austin American-Statesman and Kansas City Star. Nunn proved to be a serious double threat in 2005, as he also ranked second among all NU receivers with 43 receptions and 495 yards. His seven touchdown receptions tied for the team lead.

Big 12 teams will be in Kansas City Monday, July 24, through Wednesday, July 26, for the annual Big 12 Football Media Day. Nebraska will appear in Kansas City during the Monday session.


2006 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote)
Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (RB, 6-2, 210, Jr., Palestine, Texas)
Defensive Player of the Year: Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma (LB, 6-1, 231, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.)
Newcomer of the Year: Sergio Kindle, Texas (LB, 6-4, 225, Fr., Dallas, Texas)

Offense

Pos                                                 Name                     School               Ht            Wt       Class     Hometown

WR  Todd Blythe                          Iowa State             6-5      210         Jr.            Indianola, Iowa

TE    Martin Rucker                      Missouri                6-5      245         Jr.            St. Joseph, Mo.

OL   Justin Blalock                      Texas                     6-4      329         Sr.           Plano, Texas

OL   Manuel Ramirez                  Texas Tech           6-4      339         Sr.           Houston, Texas

C      Mark Fenton                         Colorado               6-4      295         Sr.           Inglewood, Calif.

OL   Kasey Studdard                  Texas                     6-3      305         Sr.           Lone Tree, Colo.

OL   Corey Hilliard                       Oklahoma State   6-5      310         Sr.           New Orleans, La.

WR  Jarrett Hicks                         Texas Tech           6-3      210         Sr.           Houston, Texas

QB   Bret Meyer                            Iowa State             6-3      208         Jr.            Atlantic, Iowa

RB   Adrian Peterson                  Oklahoma             6-2      218         Jr.            Palestine, Texas

RB   Jamaal Charles                  Texas                     6-1      190         So.          Port Arthur, Texas

PK   Mason Crosby                     Colorado               6-2      210         Sr.           Georgetown, Texas

KR   DeAndre Jackson               Iowa State             6-0      192         Sr.           Garland, Texas

Defense

DL   Adam Carriker                     Nebraska              6-6      280         Sr.           Kennewick, Wash.

DL   Tim Crowder                        Texas                     6-4      270         Sr.           Tyler, Texas

DL   Frank Okam                         Texas                     6-5      315         Jr.            Dallas, Texas

DL   Brent Curvey                        Iowa State             6-0      295         Sr.           Houston, Texas

LB    Rufus Alexander                 Oklahoma             6-1      231         Sr.           Baton Rouge, La.

LB    Thaddaeus Washington   Colorado               5-11    240         Sr.           Marrero, La.

LB    Corey McKeon                     Nebraska              6-1      225         Jr.            Naperville, Ill.

DB   Michael Griffin                      Texas                     6-0      205         Sr.           Austin, Texas

DB   DeAndre Jackson               Iowa State             6-0      192         Sr.           Garland, Texas

DB   David Overstreet                 Missouri                6-0      210         Sr.           Dallas, Texas

DB   Aqib Talib                             Kansas                  6-2      180         So.          Richardson, Texas

P      Daniel Sepulveda               Baylor                     6-3      227         Sr.           Dallas, Texas

PR   Terrence Nunn                    Nebraska              6-0      185         Jr.            Houston, Texas