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1986 Nebraska Cornhuskers Roster

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Record: 10-2, .833 W-L% (6th of 105) ▪ Rank: 5th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big 8  ▪ Conference Record: 5-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Tom Osborne (10-2)

PS/G: 37.2 (2nd of 105) ▪ PA/G: 13.8 (7th of 105)
SRS: 18.05 (6th of 105) ▪ SOS: 2.80 (36th of 105)

Bowl Game: Won Sugar Bowl 30-15 versus Louisiana State


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

Player Class Pos Summary
Steve Taylor* QB 52 Cmp, 124 Att, 808 Yds, 6 TD
Clete Blakeman QB 19 Cmp, 37 Att, 242 Yds, 4 TD
McCathorn Clayton QB 2 Cmp, 6 Att, 24 Yds, 1 TD
Jerry Mlinar QB
Wendell Wooten QB
Dana Brinson* RB 37 Att, 286 Yds, 7.7 Avg
Keith Jones* RB 161 Att, 830 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Ken Kaelin* RB 68 Att, 380 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Micah Heibel RB 54 Att, 302 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Jon Kelley RB 22 Att, 133 Yds, 6.0 Avg
Tyreese Knox RB 70 Att, 419 Yds, 6.0 Avg
Terry Rodgers RB 27 Att, 135 Yds, 5.0 Avg
Jeff Wheeler RB 16 Att, 74 Yds, 4.6 Avg
Rod Smith* WR 12 Rec, 190 Yds, 15.8 Avg
Jason Gamble WR 8 Rec, 111 Yds, 13.9 Avg
Hendley Hawkins WR 1 Rec, 5 Yds, 5.0 Avg
Robb Schnitzler WR 8 Rec, 122 Yds, 15.3 Avg
Von Sheppard WR 3 Rec, 61 Yds, 20.3 Avg
Todd Millikan* TE 11 Rec, 230 Yds, 20.9 Avg
Tom Banderas TE 6 Rec, 70 Yds, 11.7 Avg
Mark Diaz TE 1 Rec, 11 Yds, 11.0 Avg
Willie Griffin TE 3 Rec, 42 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Mark Cooper* OL
Rob Maggard* OL
John McCormick* OL
Stan Parker* OL
Tom Welter* OL
Tony Holloway* DL
Lee Jones* DL
Danny Noonan* DL
Chris Spachman* DL
Broderick Thomas* DL
Neil Smith DL
Marc Munford* LB
Kevin Parsons* LB
Brian Davis* DB
Charles Fryar* DB
Bryan Siebler* DB
Brian Washington* DB
Jeff Tomjack DB
Doug Dalton KR