Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.
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6-3 | 320 | Jr. | DT
He had 45 tackles and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage for the Huskers last year, proving that he could be a consistent force on the interior. The size, the strength, the skills — he’s basically a human barricade at the point of attack. But Valentine wants to do more.
He spoke this offseason about becoming more active on first and second downs, particularly when the opponent drops back to throw. He’s hobbled to begin camp, but he’ll be on a mission when healthy.
50-41: No. 50 Stanley Morgan, No. 49 Aaron Williams, No. 48 Andy Janovich, No. 47 Tanner Farmer, No. 46 Zach Hannon, No. 45 Kevin Maurice, No. 44 Carlos Davis, No. 43 Imani Cross, No. 42 AJ Bush, No. 41 Zack Darlington
40-31: No. 40 Kieron Williams, No. 39 Alonzo Moore, No. 38 Josh Kalu, No. 37 Freedom Akinmoladun, No. 36 Mikale Wilbon, No. 35 Sam Cotton, No. 34 Jerald Foster, No. 33 Kevin Williams, No. 32 Givens Price, No. 31 Chris Jones
30-21: No. 30 Drew Brown, No. 29 Dylan Utter, No. 28 Paul Thurston, No. 27 Dedrick Young, No. 26 Jonathan Rose, No. 25 Marcus Newby, No. 24 Trai Mosley, No. 23 Jamal Turner, No. 22 Sam Foltz, No. 21 Ryne Reeves
20-11: No. 20 Charles Jackson, No. 19 Adam Taylor, No. 18 Zach Sterup, No. 17 Byerson Cockrell, No. 16 Chongo Kondolo, No. 15 Brandon Reilly, No. 14 Jack Gangwish, No. 13 Michael Rose-Ivey, No. 12 Terrell Newby, No. 11 Josh Banderas