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Michigan State vs. Nebraska, 11.16.13

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) and Taylor Martines watch the big screen as Michigan State defeated the Husker 41-28 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

What would define success this coming season for the Nebraska football team?

Eric Crouch was posed that question in this Campus Insiders interview.

"I think a conference championship really would define success," said Crouch, the Nebraska starting quarterback in 1999 when Big Red last won a league title with a 22-6 throttling of Texas in the Big 12 championship game in San Antonio.

"It's kind of unacceptable to go this long at Nebraska without winning the conference title. You know, the national title would be icing on the cake. But I think the people of Nebraska, (and) the nation, would know that Nebraska would be right back on top" if it wins the Big Ten crown.

Can NU prevail with a relatively young group of quarterbacks?

Of the current crop, sophomore Tommy Armstrong Jr. is best-suited to lead the squad, Crouch said. Armstrong obviously has the experience factor on his side, with a 7-1 record as a starter last season after Taylor Martinez was injured.

"But really, the job is not solidified," Crouch said. "It's a lot different when you have the starting quarterback name-tag on your back and you have to go out and perform well."

Crouch, who started 38 games at Nebraska, said it'll be interesting to see how Armstrong responds to that sort of pressure.

Crouch typically responded well in clutch situations, hence his status as 2001 Heisman Trophy recipient. He ended his Husker career holding 32 school records.

He keeps the trophy at his home.

"I don't take it out too much. It's just a way to really protect it and make sure it doesn't get damaged."

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