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July 14, 2014

HuskerOnline.com's 2014 Top 40 players: 21-25

Voting Criteria: Player's importance to the team in 2014, talent and potential for the upcoming season. A player's long term/NFL potential was not taken into consideration.

Voting Panel: HuskerOnline.com publisher Sean Callahan, HuskerOnline.com senior writer Robin Washut, HuskerOnline.com staff writer Dan Hoppen, HuskerOnline.com recruiting expert Nate Clouse and HuskerOnline.com video producer Gregg Peterson.

No. 25 WR Jamal Turner Analysis
Sam Houston HS
Arlington, Texas

Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: Backup wide receiver

2013 Stats: Played in only eight games, had 13 catches for 102 yards and touchdown

Recent Update:
Spring grade out: Wide receiver

Nebraska fans have been waiting the past three years for Turner to finally become the player everyone thought he could be when he broke onto the scene as a true freshman, and this season will be his final chance to do it. There's no denying that 2013 was an absolute disappointment for Turner, and he was only targeted one time in the final six games (which was a dropped touchdown). Still, Turner remains one of the most dynamic playmakers on the offense when he's on his game, and the hope is he can finally live up to his potential in his last year as a Husker.
Voting Rundown: Sean Callahan: 23 / Dan Hoppen: 28 / Robin Washut: 26 / Nate Clouse: 18 / Gregg Peterson: 22

No. 24 LB David Santos Analysis
Klein Collins HS
Spring, Texas

Height: 6-0
Weight: 225
Year: Junior

Depth Chart Projection: Starting BUCK linebacker

2013 Stats: Played in 13 games and started 10, made 87 tackles with two sacks

Recent Update:
Spring grade out: Linebacker

It's taken Santos a few years to finally find his home in Nebraska's linebacker rotation, but it looks like he's finally settled in at the BUCK position coming out of spring practice. With solid blend of strength and speed, Santos gives the Huskers a much more versatile weapon at the BUCK than in years past and could also work in with NU's nickel package. Though he struggled at times trying to fully grasp the mental side of the MIKE spot and the coverage responsibilities of the WILL, Santos should come into his own even more this season.
Voting Rundown: Sean Callahan: 27 / Dan Hoppen: 20 / Robin Washut: 17 / Nate Clouse: 25 / Gregg Peterson: 25

No. 23 RB Terrell Newby Analysis
Chaminade HS
Los Angeles, Calif.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: Backup running back

2013 Stats: Played in all 13 games, carried 54 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns

Recent Update:
Spring grade out: Running back

Newby made the most out of his decision to pass up a redshirt season last year and play right away as a true freshman, as he finished third on the team in rushing while also emerging as one of Nebraska's top kickoff returners. The Huskers' backfield will be even more crowded in 2014 with Newby, Imani Cross and Adam Taylor all competing for time behind Ameer Abdullah. But Newby showed he was much more than just a speed back over the course of last season and on through spring practice, and he should get plenty more opportunities to make his case in NU's offense.
Voting Rundown: Sean Callahan: 19 / Dan Hoppen: 26 / Robin Washut: 16 / Nate Clouse: 22 / Gregg Peterson: 27

No. 21 (tie) OL Mike Moudy Analysis
Douglas County HS
Castle Rock, Colo.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 305
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: Starting right guard

2013 Stats: Played in nine games with three starts before missing the final four games of the season with a shoulder injury

Recent Update:
Spring grade out: Offensive line

One of the top backups up at guard to begin 2013, Moudy was thrust into the starting lineup when Spencer Long was lost for the season to injury. His season was cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury in mid-November and missed the final four games of the year, including the bowl game. Moudy was then held out of contact drills during spring ball, but assuming he makes a full recovery, he should be a top contender for the starting right guard spot come fall camp.
Voting Rundown: Sean Callahan: 30 / Dan Hoppen: 14 / Robin Washut: 25 / Nate Clouse: 24 / Gregg Peterson: 14

No. 21 (tie) CB Jonathan Rose Analysis
Leeds HS
Leeds, Ala.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Year: Junior

Depth Chart Projection: Starting cornerback

2013 Stats: Played in 10 games at reserve cornerback and special teams, had a fumble recovery against South Dakota State

Recent Update:
Spring grade out: Cornerback

When Rose announced his decision to transfer to Nebraska from Auburn prior to the 2012 season, many heralded the former four-star Rivals100 prospect as the Huskers' shutdown cornerback of the future. After redshirting his first year in Lincoln, Rose was never able to establish himself in NU's corner rotation and only saw spot playing time on defense. Based on his play this spring, though, it looks to be a completely different story this season. Rose should be in the starting lineup come the season opener, and he has an excellent chance to stay there for the next two years if he can live up to his potential.
Voting Rundown: Sean Callahan: 21 / Dan Hoppen: 25 / Robin Washut: 18 / Nate Clouse: 19 / Gregg Peterson: 24

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