Time to pass out the Blackshirts

Bo Pelini is breaking out the Blackshirts early this year.

“We thought it was the right time,” Pelini told reporters on Wednesday. “It is a tradition, it's one that I believe in. You pick the time you think is right.”

Blackshirts, an honor for defensive excellence at Nebraska, don't usually come out this early in the season. But after coaches called last week's win at Washington one of the most complete games the team has played under Pelini, the honor shouldn't be too surprising.

The Huskers held Jake Locker to 4 of 20 passing for 71 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, including a pick on Locker's first pass of the day.

Here are the 12 players who'll be suiting up with black practice jerseys moving forward as first-team defenders:

  • Pierre Allen, DE

  • Baker Steinkuhler, DT

  • Jared Crick, DT

  • Cameron Meredith, DE

  • Eric Martin, LB

  • Lavonte David, LB

  • Eric Hagg, LB/S

  • Prince Amukamara, CB

  • Alfonzo Dennard, CB

  • DeJon Gomes, S

  • Rickey Thenarse, S

  • P.J. Smith, S