A weekly stock report has become somewhat of a tradition after games here on Big Red Report, but after a 55-7 win, they are somewhat hard to construct. Too many players shined to mention everybody.
Here are a few of the standouts that we maybe didn’t necessarily know what to expect from. Sure, Ameer Abdullah was great, Alex Lewis was opening big holes, and Zaire Anderson looked like a senior. These guys were some of the other standouts.
QB.) Tommy Armstrong - His completion percentage could have been better, but the sophomore made smart decisions and made FAU pay a few times with his feet. He won’t get as much time in the pocket when the opponents get better, but showed future teams his deep ball is something they have to respect.
WR.) Jordan Westerkamp - His behind the back catch took all the headlines, but the Illinois product logged 125 yards on seven catches – a team high. The chemistry between Armstrong and him appears to at a good level right now and Westerkamp is poised for a big season.
RB.) Terrell Newby - The California native went over the century mark for the first time in his career, carrying the ball 16 times. He showed he’s bigger this season, with really no speed drop off. If Abdullah was to ever go down, Newby would likely give the Huskers more flexibility than just turning to junior running back Imani Cross.
CB.) Daniel Davie - The junior recorded five stops and FAU only completed 11-of-30 attempts, which means the corner did his job on Saturday. That said, the battle between him and Jonathan Rose to play opposite of Josh Mitchell will likely continue.
K.) Drew Brown - The true freshman didn’t let his nerves get the best of him, drilling all six extra-point attempts and a 44-yard field goal. It was FAU and the pressure-filled kicks will come later this season, but it was a good start.
DE.) Greg McMullen - McMullen showed no drop-off from what the Huskers were getting out of Avery Moss last season. He recorded four tackles, two of which were for loss, and a half of a sack. He also showed he’s probably a little faster than what he’s given credit for.
DE.) Randy Gregory - The potential junior All-American was hurt early in the first quarter, bringing back painful memories of Rex Burkhead in 2012 and Taylor Martinez last season. Gregory should be fine and back on the field in the very near future, but his knee is least a concern for a few weeks. Getting hurt is about the only way he would show up on this list – ever.
QB.) Johnny Stanton - Nebraska gave Stanton the last drive, but we really didn’t see much from the redshirt freshman. The third-stringer didn’t receive nearly as much time as back-up Ryker Fyfe. On the last play of the game, it also appeared head coach Bo Pelini questioned why Stanton threw the ball on a bootleg instead of running the football.
RB.) Imani Cross - We are really grasping for straws here, because the Huskers didn’t need Cross’ services on Saturday. Taking a chance to get an extended look at Newby, Imani only carried the ball three times. Nebraska knows what they have in the Georgia product, they decided to keep him fresh. This is a guy who will likely be back on the stock up list in the near future.