Jordan Burroughs became Nebraska's first two-time NCAA wrestling champion in 2011.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Close Book on Big 12 with Solid Season

By NU Athletic Communications

University of Nebraska athletic programs concluded their final season of play in the Big 12 Conference with strong performances at both the team and individual levels in 2010-11.

Nebraska continued to increase its individual talent level across all sports, with 40 Nebraska student-athletes capturing 51 All-America awards in their respective sports. Those numbers were up from the 29 Huskers who earned 33 All-America awards in 2009-10.

NCAA 165-pound national wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs led Nebraska's individual hardware haul in 2010-11. The senior from Sicklerville, N.J., became NU's first-ever two-time national champion, while capturing the Hodge Trophy as the country's most outstanding wrestler.

A testament of NU's national recruiting power, the Huskers' 40 All-Americans came to Nebraska from 14 states and five foreign countries. The state of Nebraska produced 15 All-Americans, while three each came from California and Missouri. New Jersey and North Dakota each produced a pair of All-America Huskers. Across the board, the future looks bright for Nebraska's athletic programs. Among NU's 40 All-Americans in 2010-11, 24 are expected to return in 2011-12, including six freshmen.

Nebraska's competitive success included eight top-20 national finishes across its 23 varsity sport programs, led by the Husker women's gymnastics team, which matched the best season in school history by finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships. Big 12 Coach of the Year Dan Kendig guided nine Husker gymnasts to 11 All-America honors, as Nebraska advanced to the NCAA Super Six for the 10th time in Kendig's tenure as NU's head coach. The women's gymnasts also captured one of three conference team titles for Nebraska in its final season of Big 12 competition.

Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year John Cook brought home another conference title with the Nebraska volleyball team, as his Huskers finished seventh in the final AVCA poll after advancing to the regional semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament. The volleyball team, powered by All-Americans Brooke Delano, Hannah Werth and Lindsey Licht, along with Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Lauren Cook, finished with a 29-3 overall record and a 19-1 Big 12 mark.

Coach Bill Straub's bowling team actually earned Nebraska's top national finish by taking third at the NCAA Championships, while Coach Chuck Chmelka's men's gymnastics team gave the Huskers four top-10 national team finishes on the season by closing 10th at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Burroughs fueled Coach Mark Manning's wrestling team to a second straight 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Burroughs went undefeated in both 2008-09 and 2010-11 to win a pair of national championships.

The Nebraska football team earned its third consecutive Big 12 North division title under Coach Bo Pelini, before finishing 17th in the final Associated Press Top 25. All-Americans Prince Amukamara, Alex Henery, Jared Crick and Lavonte David led a tough collection of Cornhuskers in 2010. Amukamara, who was a first-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2011 NFL Draft, earned Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Year accolades. David added Big 12 Newcomer-of-the-Year honors, while Taylor Martinez was named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year for his record-setting rushing performance as NU's first-year quarterback. Overall, seven Huskers were chosen in the 2011 NFL Draft, including Amukamara (No. 19 overall pick, New York Giants), Roy Helu Jr. (4th round, Washington), Henery (4th round, Philadelphia), DeJon Gomes (5th round, Washington), Niles Paul (6th round, Washington), Keith Williams (6th round, Pittsburgh) and Eric Hagg (7th round, Cleveland).

The NU women's indoor track and field team captured the Huskers' third Big 12 title of the year, while finishing 17th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The men's indoor track and field squad added a tie for 20th at the NCAA Championships. At the outdoor championships, the women managed a tie for 32nd, while the men added a tie for 38th. Overall, the track and field programs produced 18 individuals who claimed 27 first- or second-team All-America awards.

Coach Rhonda Revelle's softball team continued its rise on the national level by finishing No. 21 nationally in the final NFCA Poll after winning two games in the NCAA Tournament. Behind the powerful bats of freshmen twins Taylor and Tatum Edwards, who shattered home run records throughout the season, and the right arm of junior All-Big 12 pitcher Ashley Hagemann, the Huskers finished with a 41-14 overall record.

The Nebraska men's and women's tennis teams also continued their postseason streaks by advancing to the NCAA Championships together for the second straight year. Coach Scott Jacobson's women's team finished with a 20-8 overall record, while Coach Kerry McDermott led the men's team to a 15-13 overall mark.

The Husker men's basketball team produced a postseason trip of its own by advancing to the 2011 Postseason NIT. Coach Doc Sadler's squad finished with a 19-13 overall record that included a 7-9 Big 12 mark.

Overall, Nebraska had 15 teams advance to postseason action in 2010-11, including the Husker football team's second straight Holiday Bowl appearance.

Individual All-Americans (40 Athletes/51 Total Awards/21 First-Team Awards)

  • David Adams, Senior, York, Neb. Men's Track & Field (2nd Team, Indoor 5,000)
  • Prince Amukamara, Senior, Glendale, Ariz., Football (1st Team)
  • Cody Asche, Junior, O'Fallon, Mo., Baseball (2nd Team)
  • Bjorn Barrefors, Junior, Stockholm, Sweden, Men's Track & Field (2nd Team, Indoor Heptathlon; 2nd Team, Outdoor Decathlon)
  • Jordan Burroughs, Senior, Sicklerville, N.J., Wrestling (1st Team - NCAA 165-Pound Champion)
  • Jared Crick, Junior, Cozad, Neb., Football (2nd Team)
  • Adam Dailey, Senior, Wahoo, Neb., Track & Field (2nd Team, Outdoor 400 Hurdles)
  • Lavonte David, Junior, Miami, Fla., Football (2nd Team)
  • Erin Davis, Senior, Round Rock, Texas, Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Vault, Floor)
  • Brooke Delano, Junior, Bellevue, Neb., Volleyball (1st Team)
  • Janine Dutton, Sophomore, Eagle River, Alaska, Rifle (Honorable Mention)
  • Taylor Edwards, Freshman, Murrieta, Calif., Softball (3rd Team)
  • Lora Evenstad, Junior, Grand Forks, N.D., Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Floor)
  • Janelle Giblin, Sophomore, San Ramon, Calif., Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Vault; 2nd Team, All-Around)
  • Nicholas Gordon, Senior, Kingston, Jamaica, Men's Track & Field (2nd Team, Indoor Long Jump; 2nd Team Outdoor Long Jump)
  • Mara Griva, Freshman, Ventspils, Latvia, Women's Track & Field
  • (2nd Team, Indoor Long Jump, Triple Jump; 1st Team Outdoor Triple Jump; 2nd Team Outdoor Long Jump)
  • Brittnee Habbib, Senior, North York, Ontario, Canada, Women's Gymnastics (2nd Team, Beam)
  • Paul Hamilton, Senior, Sidney, Neb., Men's Track & Field (2nd Team, Indoor High Jump; 1st Team, Outdoor High Jump)
  • Alex Henery, Senior, Omaha, Neb., Football (1st Team)
  • Tyler Hitchler, Junior, Fremont, Neb., Track & Field (1st Team, Discus)
  • Tara Korshoj, Junior, Omaha, Neb., Women's Track & Field (2nd Team, Outdoor Triple Jump)
  • Lindsey Licht, Senior, Aurora, Colo., Volleyball (2nd Team)
  • Morgan Marlborough, Sophomore, Lee's Summit, Mo., Soccer (2nd Team)
  • Chantae McMillan, Senior, Rolla, Mo., Women's Track & Field (1st Team, Indoor Pentathlon; 2nd Team Indoor Long Jump)
  • Ashley Miller, Junior, Tipton, Iowa, Women's Track & Field (2nd Team, Outdoor 1,500)
  • Samantha Musil, Senior, DuBois, Neb., Women's Track & Field (2nd Team, Hammer Throw)
  • Chris Phipps, Junior, Patterson, N.J., Men's Track & Field (1st Team, Indoor Long Jump; 2nd Team Indoor Triple Jump)
  • Luke Pinkelman, Junior, Cozad, Neb., Men's Track & Field (1st Team, Indoor Shot Put)
  • Nate Polacek, Junior, Kearney, Neb., Men's Track & Field (1st Team, Indoor Pole Vault)
  • Maria Scaffidi, Senior, Hartland, Wis., Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Bars)
  • Jamie Schleppenbach, Freshman, Lincoln, Neb., Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Vault)
  • Brittany Skinner, Sophomore, Los Altos, Calif., Women's Gymnastics (2nd Team, Beam)
  • Maddie Steinauer, Senior, Omaha, Neb., Women's Gymnastics (2nd Team, Beam)
  • Miles Ukaoma, Freshman, Maize, Kan., Track & Field (2nd Team, Outdoor 400 Hurdles)
  • Danielle van der Meer, Senior, Hilversum, Netherlands, Bowling (Honorable Mention)
  • Hannah Werth, Sophomore, Springfield, Ill., Volleyball (2nd Team)
  • Morgen Wilken, Sophomore, Crofton, Neb., Women's Track & Field (2nd Team, Discus)
  • Natalie Willer, Senior, Elkhorn, Neb., Women's Track & Field (1st Team, Indoor Pole Vault; 1st Team, Outdoor Pole Vault)
  • Emily Wong, Freshman, Grand Forks, N.D., Women's Gymnastics (1st Team, Bars)
  • Chad Wright, Freshman, Kingston, Jamaica, Men's Track & Field (1st Team, Discus)

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