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Nebraska football's NFL Draft streak is over

Nebraska football is becoming a distant memory to us in the Southwest. It’s been 8-1/2 years since the Cornhuskers shared a football field with either the Sooners or the Cowboys. The Year of our Lord 2010.

Or heck, any Big 12 or former Big 12 opponent, other than Colorado, which skipped town, too, after that 2010 season. NU and CU played last September in Lincoln. Didn’t seem like old times.

But for many of us, it’s not natural to ignore Nebraska. Not natural to think of Nebraska as some kind of Big Ten also-ran in the vein of Northwestern or Purdue. Not natural to think of Nebraska football as mediocre.

Even if it is.

Since leaving the Big 12, the Huskers in eight seasons are 60-43 (though just 23-27 the last four years) and 37-30 in the Big Ten.

The Huskers haven’t finished in the final AP poll since 2012, when they were 25th. NU was 24th the year before.

Nebraska’s slide started well before the departure for the Big Ten. The Huskers haven’t finished in the top 10 since 2001.

And here’s the latest indignity. No Cornhusker was selected in the NFL Draft last week, for the first time since 1962. A 56-year streak is over.

The Omaha World Herald pointed out that Nebraska’s streak has been in jeopardy in recent years. Just one Husker was taken in each of 2017 and 2018, and the ’18 pick, Tanner Lee, was selected 203rd overall.

Nebraska’s streak was not the most impressive in college football, but still, 56 years is a long time.

Notre Dame last went without a draft pick in 1937. Michigan last went without an NFL Draft pick in 1938. Michigan State in 1940.

Here are the Power 5 schools and how long since they didn’t have a player selected:

1937: Notre Dame

1938: Michigan, Southern Cal

1940: Michigan State

1951: Florida

1974: Miami

1977: Iowa

1978: Wisconsin

1983: Florida State

1992: Georgia

1993: Kansas State, LSU

1995: Oklahoma, Arkansas

1998: Ohio State

2002: Clemson

2003: Auburn

2004: Missouri

2005: Penn State

2007: West Virginia, Texas A&M

2008: Oklahoma State, Alabama, TCU

2009: Mississippi State, Stanford, Washington

2011: Utah

2012: UCLA, Washington State

2013: Ole Miss, Indiana, Louisville, Pitt, Boston College, Arizona State

2014: Texas, Northwestern

2015: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, California

2016: North Carolina, Wake Forest, Colorado

2017: South Carolina, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Syracuse, Arizona, Oregon

2018: Iowa State, Baylor, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Duke

2019: Kansas, Tennessee, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Oregon State

Related Photos
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: University of Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier (15) runs to inside the one yard line during the first quarter as Kansas defensive tackle Dewey Houston (83) tries to stop his progress Saturday, Nov. 11, 1995, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: University of Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier (15) runs to inside the one yard line during the first quarter as Kansas defensive tackle Dewey Houston (83) tries to stop his progress Saturday, Nov. 11, 1995, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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