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Top 40 Huskers for 2018: 30-34

Voting Criteria: Player's importance to the team in 2018, overall talent, and future potential for the upcoming season. A player's long-term/NFL prospects were not taken into consideration.

Voting Panel: Publisher Sean Callahan, HuskerOnline.com staff Robin Washut, Nate Clouse, Mike Matya, and Gregg Peterson.

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34. Jaron Woodyard, WR, Jr.

Revamping the wide receiver position was a top priority for head coach Scott Frost and his staff, and Woodyard should be able to come in and be an instant impact player.

Woodyard possesses the elite speed Frost and Co. are looking for at the position. The Maryland native ran a 10.68 in the 100-meters and a 21.50 in the 200-meters in high school. He's a home run threat nearly every time he touches the ball with that kind of speed.

Ranking breakdown
Sean Robin Nate Mike Gregg

38th

24th

36th

NR

27th

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33. Tre Bryant, RB, Jr.

When healthy, Bryant has proven to be one of the top running backs in the Big Ten Conference. The problem is his chronic knee injury continue to make him an unclear concern entering fall camp.

Bryant shined in his first two starts last season, rushing for 299 yards in a game and a half before being sidelined for the season in Week 2 at Oregon. He didn't do much at all during spring ball, and until he actually is full-go, it's hard to know what his role will be in 2018.

Ranking breakdown
Sean Robin Nate Mike Gregg

28th

37th

29th

33rd

37th

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32. Caleb Lightbourn, P, Jr.

Lightbourn is poised to make a big jump this season after his consistency improved dramatically as a sophomore in 2017.

Already boasting one of the stronger legs in the conference, if Lightbourn can improve his consistency the next two seasons, he could kick on Sunday's according to the new Husker coaching staff. They are very excited about his potential.

Ranking breakdown
Sean Robin Nate Mike Gregg

33rd

28th

35th

29th

34th

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31. Jaevon McQuitty, WR, RFr.

After his first season as a Husker was derailed by an offseason knee injury, McQuitty bounced back in his return this spring and capped it off with three catches for 33 yards and a 25-yard touchdown grab in the Red-White game.

McQuitty’s strength and physicality make him unique compared to smaller wideouts like J.D. Spielman and Tyjon Lindsey, giving him the ability to line up both on the perimeter and in the slot.

Ranking breakdown
Sean Robin Nate Mike Gregg

31st

26th

30th

27th

36th

30. Will Jackson, CB, Jr.

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Due to a shortage of depth at cornerback, Nebraska had been scouring the country well after the 2018 signing day for prospects who could provide immediate help at the position.

When Jackson committed to NU out of Mesa (Ariz.) Community in June, he immediately vaulted towards the top of the cornerback depth chart. The former Kentucky signee will have every opportunity this fall to see instant playing time in 2018, and could potentially push for a starting job.

Ranking breakdown
Sean Robin Nate Mike Gregg

27th

36th

33rd

35th

13th