Nebraska's defense has yet to feature its big three -- Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard -- on the field this season.
The good news is Dennard, sidelined since mid-August with a quad injury, will make his season debut for the Blackshirts against the Cowboys. Coach Bo Pelini didn't say Thursday whether the All-Big 12 cornerback will start the game, although it's a pretty good bet he will.
While Dennard returns, Crick is questionable, Pelini said. The senior defensive tackle got "dinged" in last week's win against Washington and hasn't practiced this week.
Pelini has gushed about Dennard, calling him the nation's best cornerback, so it'll be interesting to see if he can spark a defense that hasn't looked as dominant as many of us thought it'd be entering the season.
Terrence Moore has been listed as Crick's backup at defensive tackle, and Thaddeus Randle and Chase Rome also will be in the rotation there. Nebraska's defensive line boasts very good depth.
Regardless of whether Crick plays, it's important for the Blackshirts to deliver a strong performance in Laramie before going up against Russell Wilson and the powerful Wisconsin offense next week in Madison.