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Big Ten Football Preview 2015: Three Key Players For Nebraska

Taking a look at the guys who will make a difference for the Cornhuskers this upcoming season.

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska went through a coaching change this offseason with Mike Riley coming over from Oregon State. Expectations are still fairly high for the Cornhuskers with the talent to win the Big Ten West still in Lincoln.

Here are the three guys that will make the biggest difference for them this year.

De'Mornay Pierson-El, Sophomore Wide Receiver

Pierson-El flashed the ability to be a gamebreaker for Nebraska last season as a true freshman, taking three punts for touchdowns. Jordan Westerkamp is still there at wide receiver, but there is a very realistic chance he can emerge as the top target on offense this season.

Maliek Collins, Junior Defensive Tackle

Collins was Nebraska's co-defensive MVP last season and led the team in tackles for loss and was second in sacks and quarterback hurries. He is a versatile talent that can play just about any position along the front of a defense.

Nate Gerry, Junior Safety

Gerry was the other co-defensive MVP on the team and led the way with 88 tackles and was third in the conference with five interceptions.