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The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Team was the representative of the University of Nebraska-Lincolnmarker in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadiummarker in Lincoln, Nebraskamarker. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

Before the season

There was much anticipation for the 1994 season. 1993 saw the Cornhuskers fall just short of their first National Title under Tom Osborne with a controversial loss to the Florida State Seminoles 18-16. The 1994 offseason was dubbed "Unfinished Business" by the Huskers, in their quest to secure a national championship for the coming season.

Junior Tommie Frazier returned as the signal caller under Tom Osborne's vaunted triple-option offense. Also returning were several key starters on defense that would prove to be a vaunted unit during the 1994 season.



Aden, Matt #11 (Fr.) ROV

Alderman, Dave (So.) ROV

Alexander, Leonard #36 (Sr.) MLB

Alford, Eric #88 (Sr.) TE

Allen, Jacques #31 (Jr.) WB

Anderson, Eric #70 (Fr.) OT

Arnold, Larry #23 (So.) OLB

Bailey, Dennis (So.) FS

Baul, Reggie #7 (Jr.) SE

Benning, Damon #21 (So.) IB

Berringer, Brook #18 (Jr.) QB

Blahak, Chad (So.) LCB

Booker, Michael #5 (So.) DB

Brouse, Chad (So.) FS

Brown, Clint #45 (Sr.) SLB

Brown, Lance (Fr.) WB

Brummond, Darren (Fr.) LB

Butler, Ted #62 (Fr.) OL

Carpenter, Tim #90 (Fr.) TE

Caskey, Brady #61 (Sr.) OT

Cheatham, Kenny #16 (Fr.) SE

Childs, Clinton #26 (Jr.) IB

Christo, Monte (Fr.) QB

Cobb, Josh (Fr.) FB

Collins, Sedric #17 (Sr.) FS

Colman, Doug #46 (Jr.) MLB

Connealy, Terry #99 (Sr.) DT

Crayton, Tray #3 (Fr.) DB

Davenport, Scott #17 (Sr.) IB

Davis, Aaron #83 (So.) SE

Dennis, Leslie #2 (Fr.) LCB

Dishman, Chris #75 (So.) OT

Dumas, Troy #4 (Sr.) SLB

Dumitrescu, Constantine #63 (Fr.) OL

Ellis, Phil #41 (Jr.) MLB

Erstad, Darin #6 (So.) P/PK

Fisher, Jason #24 (Sr.) SLB

Ford, Greg (Fr.) FB

Foreman, Jay #7 (Fr.) DB

Frazier, Tommie #15 (Jr.) QB

Gard, Sean (Fr.) OLB

Gessford, Ben (Fr.) OL

Gilman, Mark #87 (Jr.) TE

Graham, Aaron #54 (Jr.) C

Haafke, Billy (Fr.) SE

Hardin, Luther #58 (Jr.) OLB

Harris, Dwayne #86 (Sr.) OLB

Held, Ryan (Fr.) SE

Herron, Chris (Fr.) DB

Heskew, Josh (Fr.) C

Hesse, Jon #44 (So.) MLB

Higman, Jerad #92 (Sr.) OLB

Hoffman, Michael (Fr.) DT

Hogrefe, Quint (Fr.) LB

  Hohl, Erich #89 (Sr.) TE

Holbein, Brendan #5 (So.) SE

Horst, Joe (Fr.) TE

Hoskinson, Matt (Fr.) OG

Humphrey, Bill #51 (Sr.) C

Hunting, Matt (Fr.) WLB

Jackson, Jai (Fr.) DB

Jackson, Sheldon #84 (Fr.) TE

Jackson, Vershan (Fr.) FB

Jenkins, Jason #96 (Jr.) DT

Jensen, Jeremy (Jr.) ROV

Johnson, Clester #33 (Jr.) WB

Jones, Donta #84 (Sr.) OLB

Knuckles, Brian #24 (Jr.) FB

Kosch, Jesse #19 (Fr.) P

Lafleur, Bill (Fr.) P/PK

Lake, Jeff (Robert) (Fr.) SE

Leece, Charlie (Fr.) LB

Lesser, Mike (Fr.) OG

Livingston, John #81 (Jr.) SE

Luhr, Jason (Fr.) OL

Macken, Casey (Fr.) LB

Makovicka, Jeff #22 (Jr.) FB

Makovicka, Joel (Fr.) FB

Martin, John #49 (Sr.) OLB

McFarlin, Octavious #12 (Fr.) DB

McGrane, Josh (Fr.) TE

Mikos, Kory (So.) OT

Miles, Barron #14 (Sr.) LCB

Miller, Andy (Fr.) SE

Miller, Bryce (So.) OLB

Minter, Mike #10 (So.) ROV

Mitchell, Ian (So.) WLB

Morro, Brian (Fr.) P/PK

Morrow, Ed #42 (So.) OLB

Moss, Kareem #29 (Sr.) ROV

Muhammad, Abdul #27 (Sr.) WB

Nelson, Erik #80 (Fr.) DL

Norris, Chris #38 (Jr.) FB

Noster, Sean #43 (Fr.) SLB

Nunns, Brian (Jr.) OT

Ogard, Jeff #97 (So.) DT

Olsen, Jeff #98 (So.) OLB

Ott, Steve #69 (Jr.) OG

Penland, Aaron #52 (Jr.) WLB

Pesterfield, Jason #57 (Sr.) DT

Peter, Christian #55 (Jr.) DT

Peter, Jason #95 (Fr.) DT

Phillips, Lawrence #1 (So.) IB

Pollack, Fred #73 (Fr.) OT

Popplewell, Brett #80 (Jr.) SE

Pruitt, Bryan #65 (Jr.) OG

Reddick, David #34 (Fr.) WB

Retzlaff, Ted #13 (Fr.) PK

  Roberts, Mike #39 (So.) ROV

Roy, Dorrick #86 (Fr.) TE

Rucker, Mike #82 (Fr.) LB

Sakalosky, Jeff #35 (Fr.) MLB

Saltsman, Scott #74 (So.) DT

Schlesinger, Cory #40 (Sr.) FB

Schmadeke, Darren #37 (Jr.) RCB

Schmode, Anthony (Fr.) OL

Schuster, Brian #28 (So.) FB

Shadrick, Jeremy (Fr.) OL

Shaw, Matt #85 (Sr.) TE

Sieler, Tom #12 (Sr.) PK

Sims, Marvin #47 (So.) IB

Skoda, Adam (Fr.) MLB

Smith, Larry (Fr.) SE

Smith, Mike (So.) FB

Staehr, Jay (Fr.) QB

Stai, Brenden #66 (Sr.) OG

Stanley, Chad (Jr.) FB

Stephens, Justin #31 (Fr.) MLB

Stewart, Ed #32 (Sr.) WLB

Stokes, Eric #16 (So.) RCB

Stramel, Dave (Fr.) OG

Taylor, Aaron #67 (Fr.) OG

Terwilliger, Ryan #91 (So.) WLB

Tessendorf, Ross (Fr.) OL

Thompson, Andy (Fr.) DB

Toline, Travis #83 (Fr.) LB

Tomich, Jared #93 (Jr.) DT

Townsend, Larry #94 (So.) DT

Treu, Adam #77 (So.) OT

Tully, Kyle (Fr.) OL

Turman, Matt #77 (So.) QB

Uhlir, Todd #23 (Fr.) IB

Van Cleave, Mike #59 (Fr.) OG

Vedral, Jon #25 (So.) WB

Veland, Tony #9 (Jr.) FS

Volin, Steve #68 (Jr.) OG

Vrzal, Matt #53 (So.) C

Wade, Brandt #74 (Fr.) OG

Walther, Eric (Fr.) DB

Washington, Riley #3 (So.) SE

Wiegert, Zach #72 (Sr.) OT

Wieting, Sean (Fr.) WB

Wilks, Joel #76 (Sr.) OG

Williams, Jamel #28 (So.) ROV

Williams, Tyrone #8 (Jr.) RCB

Wiltz, Jason #68 (Fr.) DT

Winder, Shalis (Fr.) OLB

Wistrom, Grant #85 (Fr.) OLB

Wrice, Trampis #22 (So.) RCB

Young, Chad (Jr.) FS

Zatechka, Jon #64 (Fr.) OG

Zatechka, Rob #56 (Sr.) OT


Coaching staff

Name Title First year
in this position
Years at Nebraska Alma Mater
Tom Osborne Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator
1973 1964-1997 Hastings College
Charlie McBride Defensive Coordinator 1981 1977-1999 Coloradomarker
Turner Gill Assistant Head Coach
1992 1989, 1992-2004 North Texasmarker
Kevin Steele Linebackers 1989 1989-1994 University of Tennesseemarker
Ron Brown Receivers
Tight Ends
1987 1987-2003, 2008- Brown Universitymarker
Dan Young Offensive Line
1983 1983-2002 Reed Collegemarker
Milt Tenopir Offensive Line 1974 1974-2002 Sterling
Tony Samuel Outside Linebackers 1986 1986-1996 Nebraskamarker
George Darlington Defensive Backs 1973-2002 Rutgersmarker
Frank Solich Running Backs 1983 1979-2003 Nebraskamarker
Boyd Epley Head Strength Coach 1969 1969-2003 Nebraskamarker

Game notes

West Virginia

Nebraska was #1 in the nation, and found themselves pitted against #3 Miami in the Orange Bowl, a setting very familiar for Tom Osborne and his Husker players. Osborne had been in this very stadium on two separate occasions playing for a national championship, and came away emptied handed each time, losing the previous year against Bobby Bowden's Seminoles of Florida State, and to the Miami Hurricanes in legendary 1983 Orange Bowl by the score of 31-30.

But it would be much different this year. Frazier had returned from his injury, and Nebraska would not back down, even after trailing 10-7 at halftime and 17-7 with less than two minutes to go in the third quarter. It is important to note that during his halftime speech, Coach Osborne had predicted the eventual meltdown of Miami late in the game. He told his players that if they maintained their composure, that Miami would slip up and earn a costly penalty. Osborne's prediction rang true, and the physically dominate Huskers scored 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to earn Tom Osborne his first national title, by the score of 24-17.


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After the season

The successful season saw Nebraska lead the nation in rushing, with talented but troubled sophomore Lawrence Phillips rushing for 1,722 yards and finishing 8th in Heisman voting. The offensive line, which was arguably the best in the country as well, was affectionately known as "The Pipeline" and included Outland Trophy winner and All-American Zach Wiegert at tackle, fellow All-American Brendan Stai at guard, along with Rob Zatechka, Joel Wilks, and Aaron Graham. The vaunted 4-3 defense, led by All-American linebacker Ed Stewart, limited conference opponents to a mere 55 points.

The Huskers were treated to a warm welcome, despite the freezing temperatures, when they returned to Lincoln as National Champions. An estimated 15,000 fans were on hand at the Lincoln Airport to welcome home their Big Red heroes.


Award Name(s)
Outland Trophy Zach Wiegert
UPI Lineman of the Year Zach Wiegert
All-America 1st team Terry Connealy, Donta Jones, Brenden Stai, Ed Stewart, Zach Wiegert, Rob Zatechka
All-America 2nd team Lawrence Phillips
All-America 3rd team Barron Miles
Big 8 Coach of the Year Tom Osborne
Big 8 Defensive Player of the Year Ed Stewart
Big 8 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Grant Wistrom
Big 8 Male Athlete of the Year Rob Zatechka
All-Big 8 1st team Troy Dumas, Aaron Graham, Donta Jones, Lawrence Phillips, Barron Miles, Brenden Stai, Ed Stewart, Zach Wiegert, Tyrone Williams
All-Big 8 2nd team Brook Berringer, Terry Connealy, Dwayne Harris, Kareem Moss, Christian Peter, Rob Zatechka
All-Big 8 honorable mention Eric Alford, Reggie Baul, Darin Erstad, Abdul Muhammad, Cory Schlesinger

NFL and Pro Players

The following Nebraska players who participated in the 1994 season later moved on to the next level and joined a professional or semi-pro team as draftees or free agents.

Name Team
Eric Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Mike Anderson Amsterdam Admirals
Michael Booker Atlanta Falcons
Doug Colman New York Giants
Chris Dishman Arizona Cardinals
Troy Dumas Kansas City Chiefs
Jay Foreman Buffalo Bills
Tommie Frazier Montreal Alouettes
Aaron Graham Arizona Cardinals
Jon Hesse Green Bay Packers
Sheldon Jackson Buffalo Bills
Vershan Jackson Kansas City Chiefs
Donta Jones Pittsburgh Steelers
Bill Lafleur Barcelona Dragons
Joel Makovicka Arizona Cardinals
Barron Miles Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Minter Carolina Panthers
Kareem Moss BC Lions
Christian Peter New York Jets
Jason Peter Carolina Panthers
Lawrence Phillips St. Louis Rams
Mike Rucker Carolina Panthers
Cory Schlesinger Detroit Lions
Brenden Stai Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Stokes Seattle Seahawks
Jared Tomich New Orleans Saints
Larry Townsend Berlin Thunder
Adam Treu Oakland Raiders
Tony Veland Denver Broncos
Zach Wiegert St. Louis Rams
Jamel Williams Washington Redskins
Tyrone Williams Green Bay Packers
Jason Wiltz New York Jets
Grant Wistrom St. Louis Rams
Jon Zatechka Berlin Thunder
Rob Zatechka New York Giants


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