Honors & Awards
Cross played in all 14 games and was one of four I-backs to top 300 rushing yards and average better than 5.0 yards per carry. Cross finished with 55 carries for 324 yards, an average of 5.9 yards per carry, and his role grew in the second half of the season as Rex Burkhead sat out with a knee injury.
Cross was third on the team in rushing touchdowns with seven, including five touchdowns in Big Ten play. He had at least seven carries five times. Cross was impressive in his debut against Southern Miss, rushing 11 times for 62 yards. Against Arkansas State, Cross scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 66 yards against the Red Wolves, including a season-long 44-yard run. Cross helped Nebraska roll up 385 rushing yards against Idaho State, by rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
With Burkhead sidelined for the majority of five straight games, Cross grew into the short-yardage back role. He helped Nebraska grind out the final seven minutes of the clock in the win over Michigan. Then against Penn State, Cross rushed for 22 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Both of his scores came in the third quarter, turning a 14-point halftime deficit into a tie game. He added a pair of touchdowns a week later against Minnesota and finished that game with 19 rushing yards. Cross rushed three times for 35 yards in the Big Ten title game, including a 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Before Nebraska (North Hall HS)
Cross was Nebraska’s first signee from Georgia since 2008. He piled up 1,698 rushing yards as a senior at North Hall High School, including 24 rushing touchdowns. He averaged nearly nine yards per carry, and also excelled on defense for Coach Robert Christmas, making 88 tackles as a linebacker. Cross’ play earned him second-team Class AAA all-state honors in Georgia.
As a junior, Cross rushed for 600 yards and nine touchdowns, despite being limited to five games because of an injury. As a sophomore, he helped Flowery Branch High School to a 10-4 record and a playoff berth by rushing for 1,417 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Cross also competed in track and field, earning a seventh-place medal in shot put his senior season. Cross was ranked among the top 35 running backs in the country and the top 50 overall prospects in Georgia by several recruiting outlets. Cross also visited Kentucky and East Carolina, and had numerous other offers including Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.Personal
Cross was born on Sept. 23, 1993, and he is the son of Tim and Sharon Cross. Cross is an ethnic studies major.
Cross has been one of the most active Huskers in community outreach efforts. He is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and also a 2014 member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. Cross has volunteered his time with numerous organizations and events, including Uplifting Athletes, Make-a-Wish, School is Cool Week, Husker Hotline, FCA, and many school, hospital and community center outreach events. Cross was also presented a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013.
Cross’ brother, Izaan, played defensive end at Georgia Tech, completing his career in 2012.
Cross' Career Statistics
» Rushes – 16 at Purdue (2013)
» Rushing Yards – 105 vs. Wyoming (2013)
» Rushing Touchdowns – 2 five times (twice in 2012, three times in 2013)