Music City Bowl: Five Cornhuskers to Watch for Against the Tennessee Vols

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Sep 3, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley laughs with cornerback Chris Jones (8) prior to the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee faces off against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl on Friday. Here are five Cornhuskers to watch for against the Volunteers.

This year’s Music City Bowl is a game featuring two of the most historic programs in college football history.

Tennessee faces off with Nebraska this Friday in Nashville. However, the star power in this game is really lacking due to multiple injuries and suspensions for both the Vols and the Cornhuskers.

This is especially true for Nebraska, as they will seemingly be without the services of their three best players come Friday.

Longtime starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who is like Nebraska’s Josh Dobbs in many ways, is all but 100 percent ruled out for the bowl game due to a nagging hamstring injury. He may only come into the game in an “emergency” situation according to Nebraska head coach Mike Riley.

The Huskers’ leading receiver, Jordan Westerkamp, will be out due to a recent knee surgery. That is another huge blow to their offense.

On defense, the news doesn’t get much better for Nebraska. Senior safety Nate Gerry was ruled ineligible for the Music City Bowl due to a violation of team rules.

So that’s three seniors crucial to Nebraska who will most likely not see the field this Friday.

Who, then, should Vol fans be looking out for when scouting their final opponent of the season? Especially if the biggest threats that Nebraska has on their roster won’t be seen?

Nebraska had a pretty good season this year at 9-3, even starting 7-0 and reaching as high as No. 7 in the process. This was due to the contributions of more than just three players.

So the Huksers still have enough bodies to get the job done on Friday.

Here are five Nebraska players that Vols fans should watch for when the Music City Bowl kicks off Friday.

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