The newest crop of college football players are starting to arrive on campuses all over the country. Freshmen and transfers will make their first impressions at summer classes and workouts with their new, veteran teammates in the next couple of weeks. Most will be hoping to lay the groundwork for an immediate impact this season. This week on the Big Ten blog, we will be identifying the player from each of the league’s teams who has the best chance to become a well-known name by the end of the fall.
Up next: Nebraska
Top newcomer: DB Lamar Jackson
Jackson was the Cornhuskers' most decorated recruit, so he becomes pretty obvious here. But it's about more than just the talent. It's also about the opportunity.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Jackson should push for playing time as a backup, at the very least. And with his size and skill, he could help at several different spots in the secondary. Pass defense, you may recall, wasn't exactly a strength for the Huskers last year, as they gave up more than 290 yards per game through the air, second-most in the Big Ten.
Jackson could offer some relief.
“Physically, Lamar is ready,” Nebraska coach Mike Riley said this spring. “With his size right now and his development, he’s got that opportunity.”