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1981 Nebraska Cornhuskers Roster

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Record: 9-3, .750 W-L% (19th of 137) ▪ Rank: 11th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big 8  ▪ Conference Record: 7-0 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Tom Osborne (9-3)

PS/G: 30.3 (11th of 137) ▪ PA/G: 10.4 (4th of 137)
SRS: 21.79 (3rd of 137) ▪ SOS: 8.88 (4th of 137)

Bowl Game: Lost Orange Bowl 22-15 versus Clemson


  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Turner Gill* QB 47 Cmp, 91 Att, 619 Yds, 9 TD
Nate Mason QB 5 Cmp, 14 Att, 91 Yds, 0 TD
Bruce Mathison QB 1 Cmp, 4 Att, 7 Yds, 0 TD
Mark Mauer QB 35 Cmp, 69 Att, 460 Yds, 5 TD
Phil Bates* RB 94 Att, 555 Yds, 5.9 Avg
Roger Craig* RB 173 Att, 1060 Yds, 6.1 Avg
Anthony Steels* RB 19 Att, 118 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Tim Brungardt RB 29 Att, 153 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Pete Hill RB 3 Att, 16 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Mark Moravec RB 15 Att, 90 Yds, 6.0 Avg
Bill Patterson RB 2 Att, 16 Yds, 8.0 Avg
Tom Rathman RB 4 Att, 20 Yds, 5.0 Avg
Dennis Rogan RB 2 Att, 6 Yds, 3.0 Avg
Mike Rozier RB 151 Att, 943 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Paul Smith RB 4 Att, 18 Yds, 4.5 Avg
Doug Wilkening RB 14 Att, 92 Yds, 6.6 Avg
Todd Brown* WR 14 Rec, 277 Yds, 19.8 Avg
Irving Fryar WR 3 Rec, 70 Yds, 23.3 Avg
Scott Woodard WR 5 Rec, 60 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Jamie Williams* TE 22 Rec, 282 Yds, 12.8 Avg
Mitch Krenk TE 9 Rec, 126 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Tom Carlstrom* OL
Dan Hurley* OL
Mike Mandelko* OL
Dave Rimington* OL
Randy Theiss* OL
Tony Felici* DL
Jeff Merrell* DL
Henry Waechter* DL
Jimmy Williams* DL
Toby Williams* DL
Steve Damkroger* LB
Brent Evans* LB
Jeff Krejci* DB
Rodney Lewis* DB
Ric Lindquist* DB
Sammy Sims* DB