The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2017 season.

Lamar Jackson

6-3 | 210 | Sophomore | CB

How confident is Nebraska that the sophomore from California can be a standout cornerback? Enough so that coaches tried accomplished senior Joshua Kalu at safety this spring in an effort to get Jackson on the field. The top-rated recruit from Nebraska’s 2016 class played in all 13 games last season as a backup corner to Chris Jones and Kalu before making his first start in the Music City Bowl.

He finished his first college campaign with 17 tackles, including one sack. Ability has never been the question for Jackson, who said during the spring he’s refocused and remotivated after some moments proved to be too big for him as a freshman. In light of Jones’ knee injury and with no corners on campus from the 2017 recruiting class, Jackson’s health and performance loom even larger in how the secondary will fare this fall.

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Evan Bland covers Nebraska football, baseball and other sports for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @EvanBlandOWH.

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