The All-RSS Team: Linebacker

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the linebackers.


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1. Lavonte David - 1,174 votes (38.7%)

No linebacker did more in two years at Nebraska than junior college transfer Lavonte David.

The Miami native had 285 tackles in just two seasons, and was a first-team All-American in 2011 and a first-team all-conference selection in 2010.

David also took home Big Ten Linebacker of the Year honors in the Huskers' first year in the conference.

David's 152 tackles in 2010 are also an NU single season record, which included a 19-tackle game against South Dakota State.

He was a second-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL Draft and is now considered one of the best young linebackers in the league.


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2. Terrell Farley - 737 votes (24.3%)

Another junior college transfer who burst onto the scene in 1995, Farley quickly established himself as one of the most electric playmakers at linebacker in all of college football.

Nebraska's lone juco recruit in the '95 class, Farley led the Huskers with 62 tackles, three interceptions (two pick-six's), two blocked punts, and added nine tackles for loss, five sacks , five breakups and 12 quarterback hurries.

He earned second-team All-Big Eight and was named the conference's Defensive Newcomer of the Year while helping NU cruise to its second straight national title.

Farley was suspended for the first two games of his senior season in 1996 due to off-the-field issues, but returned to start seven of the next eight games and racked up 43 tackles, recovered a fumble, blocked a punt, and added two pass breakups and 12 quarterback hurries.

More off-the-field trouble cut his final season short, though, as he was dismissed from the team 10 games into the year. Despite playing in just eight games, Farley was still named third-team All-Big 12.


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3. Barrett Ruud - 432 votes (14.2%)

Nebraska's all-time tackle leader, Lincoln native Barrett Ruud is part of one of the greatest NU football families in school history dating back to his legendary great grandfather Clarence Swanson.

Ruud finished his career with 432 total tackles, including 149 tackles in 2003 and 143 tackles in 2004.

Ruud went on to have an eight-year career in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Seattle, New Orleans and Houston.

Next up: Cornerbacks


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