Nebraska All-Century Football Team Announced
The members will be formally introduced during a special dinner next Sunday, June 25, at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in conjunction with the Husker Legends Golf Classic. Tickets for the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., are just $25 dollars each and can be purchased by calling the Athletic Development Office at (402) 472-2367.
All proceeds will go towards endowing athletics scholarships. The team will be introduced in a special ceremony following dinner with a live auction to conclude the evening?s festivities. Only 300 tickets remain for the dinner and auction.
Of the 30 team members selected, 18 have committed to attend and more committments expected during the week.
All team members were selected through an on-line poll at www.huskers.com during the 1999 football season and through the spring game in April. Almost 10,000 Husker fans took part in selecting the team, which is dominated by players on the five Husker national championship teams. Linebacker Tom Novak, Nebraska?s only four-time all-conference selection, was the lone player chosen who played prior to the Devaney era.
The overall top vote getter was Johnny Rodgers, who received a total of 14,467 votes at two positions (receiver and kick returner). The 1972 Heisman Trophy winner, Rodgers is also Nebraska?s most recent College Football Hall of Fame honoree, as he will be inducted later this year in New York City. He is joined by a star-studded offensive unit featuring I-backs Mike Rozier and Roger Craig, fullbacks Joel Makovicka and Tom Rathman, wingback Irving Fryar and tight end Junior Miller. The offense is guided by quarterback Tommie Frazier, who led the Huskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995. The school record holder for total offense, Frazier won the Johnny Unitas Award as the nation?s top quarterback as a senior and had a career record of 33-3 as Nebraska?s starting QB. The offensive line features five Outland Trophy winners, including two-time recipient Dave Rimington. Fellow Outland winners Will Shields, Aaron Taylor, Zach Wiegert and Dean Steinkuhler, along with All-American Bob Newton, join Rimington on the offensive front. Wiegert was the top vote-getter on offense, receiving almost 8,000 votes.
The defense is led by a talent-laden front line, all of who were first-round NFL Draft picks. Defensive tackles Jason Peter and Neil Smith and middle guard Rich Glover comprise the interior of the all-time Husker defense while pass rushing specialists Grant Wistrom, Trev Alberts and Broderick Thomas man the outside positions of the defensive line. A pair of run-stoppers join Novak on the linebacker corps, as Marc Munford and Ed Stewart were selected by Husker fans. Munford led Nebraska in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1984-86), while Stewart was a finalist for the Butkus Award in 1994. NU?s most recent All-Americans headline the defensive backfield, as 1999 All-Americans Mike Brown and Ralph Brown were the top vote getters at safety and cornerback, respectively. The duo is joined by cornerback Michael Booker and rover Mike Minter, a pair of defensive standouts on Nebraska?s 1994 and 1995 national title teams. Wistrom was the top vote getter among defensive players with almost 7,000 votes cast.
Kris Brown was chosen as the starting place-kicker after he set the school record with 388 points from 1995 to 1998, converting 217-of-222 PATs in the process. Jesse Kosch earned the nod as Nebraska?s top punter, as he finished his career as NU?s single-season (44.7 average in 1996) and career (41.90) punting leader. The final member of the team is kick return specialist Tyrone Hughes, who holds NU?s single-season and career kick return records before moving on to a successful career in the NFL.
Offensive Player Capsules
Tommie Frazier (Quarterback, 1992-1995)
Tommie Frazier ended his college football career as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Nebraska history. The Bradenton, Fla., native won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and finished second in the 1995 Heisman Trophy race to Ohio State?s Eddie George. Frazier led the Huskers to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995 despite battling problems with blood clots as a junior. Frazier is Nebraska?s all-time leader in total-offense yardage with 5,476 yards in his career, including 3,521 yards passing, which ranks third on the Husker career charts. Frazier finished his career with a 33-3 record as a Husker starting quarterback. He continued his career in 1996 with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He is entering his second season as an assistant coach for running backs under Coach Kevin Steele at Baylor.
Mike Rozier (I-Back, 1981-1983)
Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier finished a masterful career at Nebraska with school records in yards rushing, total offense and touchdowns. Rozier was a one-man wrecking crew in his senior season, rushing for a school-best 2,148 yards and 29 touchdowns on his way to becoming the second player in Husker history to win the Heisman Trophy. Rozier rushed for a school-record 4,780 yards in his three-year career and scored 49 touchdowns. He twice earned first-team All-America honors and was a three-time All-Big Eight selection. Following his Nebraska career, he played two seasons in the United States Football League for the Pittsburgh Maulers and Jacksonville Bulls. He played six years for the Houston Oilers in the NFL and concluded his career by playing two years with the Atlanta Falcons. He now makes his home in Willingboro, N.J.
Roger Craig (I-Back, 1979-1982)
One of the most versatile running backs in recent memory, Roger Craig played both I-back and fullback in the early 1980s, rushing for 2,446 yards to rank ninth on NU?s all-time charts. A two-year starter and three-year letterwinner, Craig rushed for 1,060 yards, including a career-high 234 in a 34-14 victory over Florida State, during his junior season, earning first-team All-Big Eight honors by the Omaha World-Herald. In 1982, he moved to fullback, where he rushed for 586 yards and helped lead the way for Mike Rozier, who rushed for almost 1,700 yards and 15 TDs. A second-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, Craig starred in the NFL with the 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and Minnesota Vikings until his retirement in 1994. Craig became the first player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving, rushing for 1,050 yards and catching 92 passes for 1,016 yards in 1985, helping the 49ers to a Super Bowl title.
Tom Rathman (Fullback, 1983-1985)
One of the top fullbacks in Nebraska history, Tom Rathman went on to play nine seasons in the NFL, where he played an important role on two Super Bowl champion teams in San Francisco. Now the 49ers? running backs coach, Rathman still holds the Husker record for most yards rushing in one season by a fullback, set in 1985. As a senior at Nebraska that year, Rathman ran for 881 yards on 118 attempts, boosting his career total to 1,425 yards on 220 carries (6.48 yards-per carry). He earned all-conference honors for his efforts.
Joel Makovicka (Fullback, 1995-1998)
One of the most decorated fullbacks in Husker history, Joel Makovicka owns the school record with 13 career touchdowns as a fullback for Nebraska from 1995 to 1998. During his stay at Nebraska, Makovicka was a two-time first-team academic All-American and three-time first-team academic All-Big 12 performer. He also was a member of three national championship teams. The younger brother of another Husker walk-on fullback from Brainard, Neb., Jeff Makovicka, Joel finished his career with 1,447 yards rushing on an average of 5.9 yards per carry while making 22 starts for the red and white. As a junior he produced the fourth-highest rushing total by a fullback in school history with 685 yards. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft and started 10 games at fullback for the Cardinals as a rookie.
Irving Fryar (Wingback, 1981-1983)
One of the greatest receivers in NFL history, Irving Fryar ranks among the top 10 receivers in NFL history in career receptions, yardage and touchdowns. The Mount Holly, N.J., native completed his 16th season in pro football with the Washington Redskins in 1999, after spending time with the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. As a pro, Fryar has caught 810 passes for 12,237 yards and 79 touchdowns. Fryar was Nebraska?s first No. 1 overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft after an All-America season with the Huskers in 1983. Fryar played alongside Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier and quarterback Turner Gill in the Huskers? ?Scoring Explosion.? Fryar?s 1,196 career receiving yards at Nebraska still rank second all-time.
Johnny Rodgers (Wingback/Punt Returner, 1970-1972)
Best known for his electrifying punt returns, Johnny Rodgers captured Nebraska?s first Heisman Trophy as an All-America wingback in 1972. Rodgers is Nebraska?s all-time leading pass receiver with 143 catches for 2,479 yards in his career. Rodgers is tied for third in career points with 270 on 45 touchdowns. Rodgers capped his senior season with an unbelievable Orange Bowl performance against Notre Dame. In the 40-6 NU victory, Rodgers scored four touchdowns and passed for a fifth. In the 1972 Heisman race, Rodgers defeated Oklahoma?s Greg Pruitt and Nebraska?s Rich Glover. Nebraska?s 1-3 finish was the best teammate finish since Glen Davis and Doc Blanchard of Army went 2-3 in 1944, 1-2 in 1945 and 1-4 in 1946. In addition to Rodgers? individual honors, he was also a member of Nebraska?s first two national championship teams in 1970 and 1971. He currently lives in Omaha.
Junior Miller (Tight End, 1977-1979)
A consensus All-American in 1979, Junior Miller was one of the first in a long line of great Nebraska tight ends. The Midland, Texas, native was a first-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1980 NFL Draft and went on to a fine pro career with the Falcons (1980-84) and the New Orleans Saints (1984-85). A two-time All-Big Eight selection, Miller capped his career with 23 receptions for 435 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. Miller?s 61 career receptions are tied for ninth all-time at Nebraska, while his 1,123 receiving yards rank fourth. Miller now makes his home in Lincoln and is the founder of Miller Mailing.
Bob Newton (Offensive Tackle, 1969-70)
Bob Newton stepped in as a transfer star in 1969 and earned consensus All-America and unanimous All-Big Eight honors in 1970. Newton was rated as a sure-fire pro prospect after the post-season games. He set a Big Eight record by being nominated four times for Lineman-of-the-Week laurels. After having a successful career at Nebraska, Newton played for the Chicago Bears from 1971 until 1975 when he joined the Seattle Seahawks until he retired in 1982.
Dave Rimington (Offensive Center, 1979-82)
One of the most decorated linemen in college football history, Dave Rimington starred for the Huskers during the early 1980s. A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, Rimington was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and was chosen as Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year in both 1981 and 1982. The Omaha native was a two-time All-American and was a two-time Outland Trophy winner, winning the honor in 1981 and 1982. As a senior, he became Nebraska?s second Lombardi Award winner, as well as repeating as Outland Trophy winner. A two-time Academic All-American, Rimington was a first-round draft selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983 and played seven seasons with the Bengals and Philadelphia before retiring in 1989. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Will Shields (Offensive Guard, 1989-1992)
Will Shields, a dominating offensive lineman at Nebraska from 1989 through 1992 is now a seven-year veteran with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. Shields was a first-team All-American in 1992 as an offensive guard and won the Outland Award. A three-time all-conference selection in 1990, 1991 and 1992, Shields started the final 36 games of his Nebraska career. In his senior season, Shields ran the final ?fumblerooski? in Nebraska history when he rumbled 16 yards against Colorado on Oct. 31, 1992. Following his senior season, Shields was drafted in the third round by the Chiefs and has appeared in five straight Pro Bowls for the Chiefs.
Dean Steinkuhler (Offensive Guard, 1981-83)
A three-year letterwinner, Dean Steinkuhler enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in school history as a senior in 1983, earning All-America honors and sweeping the Outland and Lombardi Awards as a senior. A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at offensive guard, Steinkuhler created many holes for Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, helping NU average 401.7 rushing yards and a school-record 52.0 points per game in 1983. Following his senior season, Steinkuhler became the highest-drafted Husker lineman ever, when the Houston Oilers selected him as the second pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons with the Oilers before retiring following the 1991 season.
Aaron Taylor (Center/Offensive Guard, 1994-1997)
The latest addition to Nebraska?s long list of dominant offensive linemen, Aaron Taylor helped lead the Huskers to three national titles and a 49-2 record during his stay on Nebraska?s O-Line. Taylor won NU?s eighth Outland Award and was a two-time first-team All-American, becoming the first player in Husker history to win All-America honors at two different positions. Taylor was an All-America center as a junior in 1996, before claiming national honors at left guard in 1997. The native of Wichita Falls, Texas, finished his career with 377 pancake (knock-down) blocks after starting 37 games. He led the Huskers to national rushing titles in 1994 (340 ypg), 1995 (399.8 ypg) and 1997 (392.6 ypg). He was drafted in the seventh round by the Indianapolis Colts.
Zach Wiegert (Offensive Tackle, 1991-94)
The anchor of the 1994 Husker ?Pipeline,? Zach Wiegert was one of the finest offensive tackles in NU history, leading the Huskers to their third national title in 1994. A consensus All-American as a senior, Wiegert became Nebraska?s seventh Outland Trophy winner in 1994, leading NU with 113 pancake (knock down) blocks. A finalist for the Lombardi Award, he helped the Huskers average 340 yards per game on the ground during his senior season. In his 46-game career, Wiegert, a three-year starter at right tackle, gave up just one sack en route to earning All-Big Eight honors in 1992, 1993 and 1994. He was a second-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played with the Rams until he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 1999 season.
Defensive Player Capsules
Rich Glover (Middle Guard, 1970-72)
Rich Glover controlled the line of scrimmage en route to becoming one of the greatest middle guards in college football history. The Jersey City, N.J., native was the anchor of the Blackshirts that helped NU win back-to-back national titles in 1970 and 1971. A 1995 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Glover was a two-time consensus All-American and finished third in the 1972 Heisman Trophy balloting. One of only nine players in college football history to win both the Lombardi and Outland Trophies in the same season, Glover won both honors following the 1972 season when he was named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year. An All-Big Eight and All-America selection in 1971, he is best remembered for his performance against Oklahoma in the ?Game of the Century? when he made 21 stops in the Huskers? 35-31 win over the No. 2 Sooners. Following his Husker carer, he was drafted in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played with the Giants for one season before joining the Shreveport Steamers of the World Football League in 1974. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975 and 1976. Currently, he is an assistant coach at New Mexico State under former Husker Tony Samuel.
Jason Peter (Defensive Tackle, 1994-1997)
Jason Peter dominated offensive linemen and punished opposing quarterbacks during his four-year stint as a defensive tackle with the Huskers. The inspirational leader and co-captain of the 1997 Blackshirt defense that helped the Huskers to their third national title in the four years, Peter recorded 156 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss and 11 sacks during his career. He was a finalist for the 1997 Outland Trophy and the 1997 Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player-of-the-Year Award. He was a 1997 All-American and a two-time first-team All-Big 12 pick. Peter was drafted with the 14th overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 1998 NFL Draft. He has started 20 games for the Panthers in his first two seasons in the league, recording 72 total tackles with 5.5 sacks. His older brother, Christian, has been a member of the New York Giants for the past three seasons.
Neil Smith (Defensive Tackle, 1985-1987)
One of the most dominant defensive linemen in Husker history, Neil Smith earned All-America honors as a defensive tackle in 1987. Smith finished his Nebraska career with 133 total tackles, including 14.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. The New Orleans, La., native was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL Draft. The seven-time NFL All-Pro defensive end spent nine seasons in Kansas City, but moved to Denver to join the AFC Western Division rival Broncos in 1997. He helped lead the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998.
Grant Wistrom (Rush End, 1994-1997)
Grant Wistrom closed his career as one of the most decorated defensive linemen in Husker history. The right rush end from Webb City, Mo., led the Huskers to three national titles and a 49-2 record during his four years in Lincoln. He is Nebraska?s all-time leader with 58.5 career tackles for loss. He won the 1997 Lombardi Award and was a two-time first-team All-American. Wistrom was nearly as dominant in the classroom. He earned first-team academic All-America honors in 1996 and 1997 and claimed the NCAA?s most prestigious academic award in 1997, winning the Today?s Top Eight Award. He was a three-time all-conference selection, a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year after his senior season. He was drafted as the No. 6 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and helped the Rams to the Super Bowl title, starting 16 games with 39 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Trev Alberts (Rush End, 1990-1993)
Without a doubt, All-American Trev Alberts is one of the greatest defensive players in Nebraska football history. The native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, became Nebraska?s first and only Butkus Award winner in 1993 after finishing his career with 248 tackles, including 29.5 sacks among his 45 tackles for loss. Along with his dominance on the field, Alberts was also a first-team GTE Academic All-American and earned the NCAA Today?s Top Six Award ? the highest honor given to student-athletes by the NCAA. Alberts was a first-round draft pick of Indianapolis in 1994 and played three seasons with the Colts. He now works as a football analyst for CNNSI in Atlanta and makes his home in Marietta, Ga.
Broderick Thomas (Outside Linebacker, 1985-1988)
A two-time All-American and three-time All-Big Eight outside linebacker, Broderick Thomas has gone on to one of the longest and most accomplished professional careers in Nebraska history. Thomas finished his career as a Blackshirt with 242 total tackles, 39 tackles for loss, including 22.5 quarterback sacks. He also set a Nebraska single-season school record with six fumble recoveries as a sophomore in 1986. He was a four-time letterman for Nebraska. Thomas was taken as the sixth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent five seasons with the Buccaneers before spending the 1994 season with the Detroit Lions. He played the 1995 season with the Minnesota Vikings, before spending four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Originally from Houston, Texas, Thomas is a nephew of NFL great Mike Singletary.
Marc Munford (Linebacker, 1984-1986)
A three-time All-Big Eight selection, Marc Munford led the Huskers in tackles in each of his final three seasons to finish his career with 256. One of the best linebackers in Nebraska history, Munford?s career tackle total still ranks seventh on NU?s all-time chart. He helped the Huskers to two conference titles and a 41-8 record through his four-year career. Following a 10-2 season in 1986, Munford was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
Tom Novak (Linebacker, 1946-1949)
One of the most feared players in Nebraska football history, Tom Novak was a standout two-way performer for the Huskers in the late 1940s. The only four-time all-conference performer in school history, Novak?s 11 interceptions ranks third on school interception charts over 50 years following his final game as a Husker. An All-America selection as a senior, Novak?s No. 60 jersey was retired by the Nebraska N-Club following the 1949 season and is the only Husker jersey permanently retired. A native of Omaha, Novak also played baseball, helping the Huskers to Big Seven titles in 1948 and 1950. He passed away in 1997.
Ed Stewart (Linebacker, 1991-1994)
As a senior in 1994, Ed Stewart led the Husker Blackshirts to top 10 rankings in all four defensive categories as Nebraska won its first national championship in more than 20 years. Stewart finished his senior season with a team-leading 96 tackles, posting double figures in five games. A 1994 All-American and Butkus Award finalist, Stewart finished his career with 257 tackles, which still ranks sixth on NU?s all-time chart. Stewart, who started the final 37 games of his career, also recorded 18 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups, 31 quarterback hurries and three interceptions through his four-year career. Stewart is now an athletic administrator at the University of Missouri.
Michael Booker (Cornerback, 1994-1996)
A member of two national championship teams, Michael Booker was one of the finest cornerbacks to play for Nebraska. A two-year starter, he earned All-Big 12 honors as a senior, making 25 tackles, breaking up eight passes and pulling down an interception. Booker shined in the Huskers? 62-24 rout of Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, earning Defensive MVP honors after making four tackles, breaking up three passes and returning an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. He totaled 62 tackles and 14 pass breakups during his Husker career. A native of Oceanside, Calif., Booker was selected in the first round (No. 11 overall) by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1997 NFL Draft.
Mike Brown (Rover, 1996-1999)
A three-year starter at rover, Mike Brown earned a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in school history. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brown became only the second NU defensive back to lead the team in tackles for three straight seasons, and finished his career second all-time in tackles with 287. He holds the school record for most tackles by a defensive back with 102 stops during the 1998 season. As a senior, Brown led NU with 96 tackles and added six forced fumbles and five interceptions en route to earning first-team All-America and All-Big 12 honors. He became just the third player in Husker history to earn first-team GTE/CoSIDA All-America honors in the same year, joining Grant Wistrom (1997) and Dave Rimington (1981-82). He capped his Husker career by being selected as the 2000 Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP. Brown was picked by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Ralph Brown (Cornerback, 1996-99)
Ralph Brown became the first Husker position player since World War II to start every game of his collegiate career. A four-year starter at cornerback, Brown tied for second in NCAA history with 52 starts, helping Nebraska to three conference titles and a national title during his career. A first-team All-America selection as a senior, Brown set the school record for most pass breakups in a career with 50 and is tied for third on NU?s career interception chart with 11. A three-time All-Big 12 selection, Brown finished his senior season with 40 tackles, a school record 15 pass breakups, a pair of interceptions and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation?s top defensive back. Following his Husker career, Brown was chosen in the fifth round by the New York Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Mike Minter (Rover, 1993-1996)
A two-year starter in the Husker defensive backfield, Mike Minter was one of the headiest defensive backs in school history. A versatile athlete who played rover and will linebacker during his senior season, Minter was a member of the Huskers? back-to-back national title teams. After suffering a knee injury two games into the 1994 season, he returned to the lineup in 1995, earning second-team All-Big Eight honors after finishing the season with 53 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions. As a senior, the Lawton, Okla., native was a first-team All-Big 12 honoree, finishing with 51 tackles, including four for losses, five interceptions and six pass breakups. Following his collegiate career, he was a second-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 1997 NFL Draft. He is entering his third season as a starter for the Panthers.
Special Teams Capsules
Kris Brown (Place-kicker, 1995-1998)
Place-kicker Kris Brown finished his career as NU?s leading scorer, the Big Eight record holder in scoring and seventh in career NCAA scoring history. Brown made 217 point-after touchdown attempts in his career, breaking the NCAA record held by Fresno State?s Derek Mahoney (216 from 1990-1993) and had 222 PAT attempts to tie the record also held by Mahoney. Brown scored 388 points in his career at Nebraska. Brown?s career-long field goal was a 51-yarder vs. Texas in the 1996 Big 12 Championship game. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Brown tied the NFL record for consecutive field goals made to open a career and finished the season by hitting 25-of-29 field goals and a team-high 105 points. Brown was equally skilled in the classroom as a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Jesse Kosch (Punter, 1994-1997)
A member of three national championship teams in 1994, 1995 and 1997, Jesse Kosch owns the highest career punting average of any past player in school history with 41.92 yards per punt as a three-year starter for the Huskers. Kosch was a third-team All-Big 12 punter as a senior in 1997, and he produced a then-Nebraska season record of 44.7 yards per punt in 1996. Kosch buried opponents inside their own 20-yard line on 24 of his 44 punts in 1996. As a sophomore in 1995, Kosch connected on a 74-yard punt against Arizona State. A graduate of Columbus Scotus High School, Kosch lives with his wife Nicole in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the son of former Husker standout Bill Kosch, who was a starting defensive back on Nebraska?s national championship teams in 1970 and 1971.
Tyrone Hughes (Returns, 1989-1992)
One of the most dangerous return men in Husker history, Tyrone Hughes played offense, defense and special teams while at Nebraska from 1989 to 1992. Nebraska?s top kickoff returner during his career, he finished his career as the school record holder in kickoff return yards with 1,443 and ranked second with 817 career punt returns. Hughes, who led the Big Eight in kickoff return three times, earned honorable-mention All-Big Eight honors in 1992. As a senior, he became the first Nebraska player since 1966 to play both offense and defense in the same game, playing cornerback and split end against Missouri. He also set a single-season record for most kickoff return yards with 523 in 1990 and currently holds three of the top 10 marks in school history. He finished his Nebraska career with 31 receptions for 451 yards and totalled 2,791 all-purpose yards at NU. Hughes was selected in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played with the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys during his six-year career and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. He finished his career holding or sharing eight NFL return records.