44 days : Best #44 in Husker history

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  1. rrthusker

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    CJ was the first that came to mind as well.
     
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    So many to pick from...

    IB Clavin Jones. First that came to mind for me as well. One in a string of successful IBs who left entered the NFL draft before exhausting their eligibility.
    LB Jay Foreman (version 2; he wore #56 early in his career).
    DE Jay Moore. Talk about a guy who put on a TON of muscle his first year in the program. I think he went from 210 to 260 during his redshirt year.

    Honorable Mention...
    NT Mick Stoltenberg: It's a shame the injuries he had to battle.
    TE Mike McNeil: Getting shifted around late in his career really hurt his production, I think Shawn Watson was overthinking.
    MLB Jon Hesse: Academic All-American. Favorite memory of him was a blocked punt at Texas Tech in 1996.
    LB Mike Knox: Tackling machine in 1983 before suffering a knee injury. Still had a productive senior season after sitting out a year. His Huskers.com profile says he went 27-1 in Big Eight games and was one game short of becoming the first player in Big Eight history to letter four times on teams that never lost a league game.

    Futures consideration: OLB Garrett Nelson Winking
     
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    I honestly don't think of Calvin Jones without thinking of Derek Brown.

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    Good names above. Jones was a really good IB, Foreman an excellent LB and Knox was an absolute beast before blowing out his knee.

    But I'm going with Bill Olds - the forgotten man in the Tagge, Kinney, Rodgers backfield. Hardly ever saw the ball, but the Colts still grabbed him in Round 3.
     
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    Going with Calvin Jones on O and Jon Hesse on D. Loved to watch Hesse run down on kickoffs. He would kill someone on every kick.
     
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    Calvin Jones on Offense and Mike Knox on Defense...

    Jay Foreman and Jon Hesse also very good choices..And I can’t forget Bill Olds of the 71 National title team..
     
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    I agree, this number deserves both an offensive and defensive player.
     
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    Not usually thought of as a kicker's number, but Greg Barrios had a nice career wearing 44.
     
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    Garrett Nelson and it isn't close
     
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    Great list!
     
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    Sure enough..
     
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    Olds was a terrific blocker.
     
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    He has a long way to go to top the guys listed.
     
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    I'm joking, feelin like a smart ass today.
     
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    Yes it is difficult to discern sarcasm on a message board. Thanks for clarifying. :)
     
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    Jay Foreman was the first who came to mind for me, but can't remember if he kept the number or ended up changing later in his career?
     
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    Not sure, but I think he was #56 and then changed to 44 when it became available.
     
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    You would be correct.
     
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    Lots of good ones but my first thought was Bill Olds.
     
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    44 was Chuck Foreman’s Vikings number- believe Jay switched after Hesse graduated.

    Mike Knox gets the nod for me.
     
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    Thanks for posting this each day I have enjoyed it
     
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    It’s crazy how you see certain numbers and a million players pop in your head while you see others and it’s crickets
     
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    Agree. Especially when you hit the ones who are your all-time favorites. I loved Calvin Jones as a kid and he was my first jersey I got outside of Memorial stadium.
     
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    Seen him at Tiger Tom’s a few weeks ago after playing Golf at Benson..Winking
     
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    my initial thought was Calvin but I think Jay Foreman is the best player at NU to wear 44. Two titles, 3 conference championships, and decent career in the NFL. Then went to Harvard Business school. Dude is complete
     
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    You are very welcome.
     
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    Tomorrow should be pretty easy. :)
     
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    Calvin Jones...but I'm biased...I had been recently married and me and a buddy went to see the Iowa State game and we bought a bottle of Grog and we managed to stay gone for a couple days, not 100% what we did, but to this day we both remember Jones scoring a TD right in front of us....one of several if memory serves. This was long before cell phones so nobody could find us....I had just taken a job working night shift at Super Store on 80th and Harrison, when the owner wouldn't give me the day off to see the game I quit and away we went.

    Jones, Calvin. Bam. Winner.
     
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