The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska football players you need to know heading into the season.
50. Eteva Mauga-Clements
Nebraska needs Eteva Mauga-Clements’ seasoned-leadership on special teams. But it could probably use him on the Husker defense, too.
6-1, 220 • Senior • Inside linebacker
Mauga-Clements plays behind two studs in Nick Henrich and Luke Reimer, but both have struggled with injuries at Nebraska, and Reimer missed the spring with a groin injury. That puts Mauga-Clements, mostly a special teams standout since arriving in Lincoln, one tweak or sprain away from playing meaningful snaps.
Special teams will be a focus this season, too.
NU needs Mauga-Clements’ seasoned leadership on its third unit. But it could probably use him on defense, too, even if Reimer and Henrich are healthy. Those two rarely missed a snap last season. Rest gives them a better chance to stay healthy.
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No. 50 Eteva Mauga-Clements
Nebraska needs Eteva Mauga-Clements’ seasoned-leadership on special teams. But it could probably use him on the Husker defense, too. Read more
No. 49 Noa Pola-Gates
This season will be Noa Pola-Gates’ fourth at Nebraska, which means it’s time to produce. The Huskers added two juco safeties this offseason, but Pola-Gates has experience in NU’s defense. Read more
No. 48 Brant Banks
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No. 47 Mosai Newsom
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No. 46 Gabe Ervin
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No. 45 Nate Boerkircher
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No. 44 Logan Smothers
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No. 43 Marcus Washington
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No. 42 Jimari Butler
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No. 41 Janiran Bonner
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No. 40 DeShon Singleton
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No. 39 Blaise Gunnerson
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No. 38 Ethan Piper
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