This is my countdown of the greatest Nebraska Cornhuskers to wear each jersey number, 1-99. For background on the project, click here
. We're going to start at #99 and work our way down to #1. For each number, I'll list the best player to wear that number, some of the other memorable Huskers to don that jersey, as well as a personal favorite of mine.
As we move on to numbers 49 through 40, we get a mixed bag of players. While there are lots of linebackers and fullbacks, the forties also offer defensive linemen, kickers, defensive ends, I-Backs, tight ends, and even a couple of defensive backs.
Kevin Seibel, Kicker, 1980 - 1982
Adam Ickes, Linebacker, 2002 - 2005
Not a very good start as we've hit the third number never to have an all conference or All America pick. And let's be honest - the pickings are rather slim. My finalists were Ken Kaelin and Ickes, which should tell you all you need to know about the rich history of #49.
But not to dog too much on Seibel, a pretty good kicker in the early 80s. He had a big, big leg and his 52 yard FG against Colorado is still in the top 10 for longest kicks. He would have a second top 10 kick (50 yards) if not for Alex Henery rewriting that chart.
Adam Ickes was a small town Nebraska kid (Page, NE) who didn't see the field too much after walking on. And after Bill Callahan became head coach, one might have assumed that Ickes would be bypassed again. Instead, he became a fixture on defense and special teams during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Ickes didn't make every play, but he had a knack for making big plays (a blocked kick, tackle for loss, or forcing a fumble) when the defense needed it.
Scott Livingston, Kicker/Punter, 1983 - 1984
Tyler Legate, Fullback, 2008 - 2011
Scott Livingston played as both punter and kicker during his two seasons, earning All Big 8 honors in 1984. I love the split in workload from his 1983 season: He only punted 34 times over the course of the season, yet he was rather busy kicking PATs for the Scoring Explosion (a duty he shared with Dave Schneider). And yet, Livingston's most famous kick is the one he never made - a