The Top Husker DBs of All-Time
Prince Amukamara (Getty Images)
Prince Amukamara (Getty Images)
Big Red Report Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2012


Big Red Report looks at the top players by position in Nebraska football history. This week we list the top Husker defensive backs of all-time.



#1 Mike Brown


Mike Brown
(NU Media Rleations)


Rover
(1996-1999)
5-10 / 205
Scottsdale, Arizona

Not only the best defensive back on this list, but one of the all-time greats in Husker football history. Brown could play any position in the secondary and did so at Nebraska. He played cornerback as a freshman, and then started 38 straight games over his next three years at rover and free safety. As a senior, Brown was a first-team All-American and All-Big 12 pick leading the Husker defense and the team to a No. 2/3 national ranking. Brown was a second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2000 NFL Draft.



#2 Ralph Brown


Ralph Brown
(NU Media Relations)


Cornerback
(1996-1999)
5-10 / 180
Hacienda Heights, CA

Brown started every game (52) in his four years for the Huskers, breaking a school record. He holds the NU record for pass breakups in a game, season and career. A three-time first-team All-Big 12 and a first-team All-American as a senior, Brown with fellow Mike Brown gave Nebraska one of its best secondary units of all-time. Brown was picked in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.



#3 Prince Amukamara


Prince Amukamara
(USPRESSWIRE)


Cornerback
(2007-2010)
6-1 / 205
Glendale, AZ

Amukamara came to Nebraska as an all-state running back rushing for over 2,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns. But at NU he was sloted to play cornerback which later proved to be a smart move. A first-team All-American as a senior, Amukamara was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Known for being a lock-down corner, he was a first round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2011.



#4 Keyuo Craver


Keyuo Craver
(Getty Images)


Cornerback
(1998-2001)
5-11 / 190
Harleton, TX

Like Amukamara, Craver was an all-state running back in high school. But at Nebraska he became one of the best defensive backs in Husker history. He was one of only three true freshmen to play in 1998 and eventually gained the starting job. He ended his career ranked second all-time next to Ralph Brown in pass breakups and first among cornerbacks in tackles. He was named a first-team All-American and All-Big 12 selection. Craver was a fourth-round NFL Draft pick by the New Orleans Saints.



#5 Mike Minter


Mike Minter
(Getty Images)


Rover
(1992-1996)
5-10 / 190
Lawton, OK

Another Husker recruit who was an all-state running back in high school, Minter used his running and ball skills to translate to a ball-hawking defensive back in college. Minter was a key component of the championship teams at Nebraska in the 1990s. Even after a knee injury sidelined him during most of his sophomore season, he came back strong the following two years gaining All-Big 12 honors. He later went on to have a great NFL career for the Carolina Panthers who drafted him in the second round in 1997.



#6 Barron Miles


Barron Miles
(NU Media Relations)


Cornerback
(1992-1994)
5-8 / 165
Roselle, NY

As a Prop 48 casualty, Miles only played three years at Nebraska. Not the biggest player, standing only 5-foot-8, Miles had heart along with great athletic ability to earn first-team All-Big Eight honors as a junior and senior and a third-team All-American in 1994. He also was a dangerous special teams player, as he set the Nebraska career record with seven blocked kicks. The Pittsburgh Steelers took a chance on Miles with a sixth-round draft pick in 1995 but later starred in the CFL.



#7 Josh Bullocks


Josh Bullucks
(NU Media Relations)


Free Safety
(2001-2004)
6-0 / 205
Chattanooga, TN

Bullocks redshirted his first year at NU and then became a fixture in the NU secondary, becoming a first-team All-American and All-Big 12 performer. He had one of the best seasons in Nebraska history when he had 10 interceptions as a sophomore, which set school and Big 12 conference records. He also is second all-time on the NU career interception chart. Bullocks bypassed his senior year and went to the Saints in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.



#8 Bret Clark


Brent Clark
(NU Media Relations)


Safety
(1982-1984)
6-3 / 200
Nebraska City, NE

Clark, a two-time All-Big 8 pick, also gained first-team All-American honors as a senior. In his final year, he tied school records for passes broken up in a season and set a new defensive back record in career unassisted tackles. Clark’s teams were close to winning the national championship in the three years in which he started at safety. He went to the USFL, signing with the Tampa Bay Bandits but was also drafted in the seventh-round of the NFL Draft by the Raiders.



#9 Tyrone Williams


Tyrone Williams
(NU Media Relations)


Cornerback
(1993-95)
6-0 / 180
Palmetto, FL

Like Miles, Williams was a Prop 48 player who played only three years for the Huskers. And like Miles, Williams made an immediate impact and went on to establish himself as one of the great defensive backs in NU history. A three-year starter, he was the 1993 Big Eight Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year and a two-time first-team All-Big Eight pick. Williams had a long and successful career in the NFL and played for the 1996 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers who drafted him in the third-round.



#10 Fabian Washington


Fabian Washington
(Getty Images)


Cornerback
(2002-2004)
5-11 / 180
Bradenton, FL

Washington was a very highly recruited player and one of the top defensive backs to come out of the state of Florida in 2001. He didn’t disappoint when he arrived at Nebraska, starting eleven games and set NU freshman records for pass breakups and interceptions. Washington didn’t stick around after his junior season, as he was projected as a first-round NFL Draft prospect which turned out to be the case as the Oakland Raiders nabbed him with the 23rd overall pick.


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Shane Gilster is the Editor of Big Red Report Magazine. His stories focus mainly on catching up with former Huskers and examining Nebraska athletic history.
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