Adam Taylor

Nebraska's Adam Taylor runs a play during football practice last spring.

Starting experience: Terrell Newby, sr., RB (eight starts).

Know their names: Devine Ozigbo, so., RB; Mikale Wilbon, so., RB; Adam Taylor, jr., RB; Jordan Nelson, sr., RB; Graham Nabity, sr., RB; Harrison Jordan, jr., FB.

Leader in the room: Taylor. Although he hasn't shown up as a leader on the stat sheet, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder evidently maintains a good attitude even though he's a ways down the depth chart.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley appreciates that.

"He's one of those guys that, as the (2015) season went on — even though he wasn't playing at running back — he found other niches," said Riley, referring to Taylor's work on special teams. "And I like guys like that — those guys who redirect their energy when it's not working out exactly as they want.

"You'll see some guys who go in the tank and don't do anything. But Adam played a really important role on our team."

Taylor made five tackles on special teams, including one in the bowl win against UCLA. He is still awaiting his first carry in a game.

In August 2014, he seemed ready for a significant role at running back before suffering a season-ending leg injury. Don't rule out Taylor making a push up the running back depth chart. Remember, he ran for 2,754 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior at Katy High School in the Houston area.

"You know what? I'm looking to see where Adam goes with it," Riley said.

Ringing endorsement: Jordan could be the lead candidate to replace Andy Janovich at fullback. "You won't find a kid who likes to hit harder than him," Janovich said. "He runs in there with a full head of steam, and he doesn't care how big you are. It doesn't matter if you're a D-lineman, safety, linebacker — he's going to hit you, and you're going to know who hit you."

— Steven M. Sipple

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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