5 to Watch: Nebraska Defense

Husker linebacker Will Compton

BigRedReport.com presents five players on defense that Michigan State fans should keep an eye on when the teams square off on Saturday afternoon.

Note: BigRedReport.com publisher Josh Harvey offers five key players to watch for Spartans fans as Michigan State gets ready to host Nebraska for a Saturday afternoon battle.

#1 – LB: Will Compton (6-2, 230) Sr.

The undeniable captain of the Blackshirts in 2012, Compton leads the team with 62 tackles and has also registered 3.0 sacks. Compton has the speed to make plays behind them line of scrimmage, but plays bigger than his current frame.

#2 – DE: Eric Martin (6-2, 250) Sr.

His senior season might not have started off the way he wanted, but the senior has solidified himself as Nebraska's biggest rushing threat on defense – registering 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Martin is a speed guy, who has the ability to beat anyone in the country when he's playing well. This year, he's also become a lot more effective in run stopping situations. He has also recorded eight quarterback hurries in 2012.

#3 – S: P.J. Smith (6-2, 210) Sr.

He's third on the team in tackles (48) and has recorded two interceptions, finally P.J. Smith is having a season he would likely deem solid. The past two seasons were marked with inconsistency reported the coaching staff. He also is third on the team in pass breakups (5).

#4 – CB: Ciante Evans (5-11, 185) Jr.

Evans is the Huskers true nickel, but against teams like Michigan State, he should transfer to a regular cornerback spot on non-passing down situations. This year, Evans has been the Huskers most consistent piece to the secondary, registering an interception and six pass-breakups. He's also a player that come blitz from the secondary.

#5 – CB: Stanley Jean-Baptiste (6-3, 215) Jr.

In just his second year playing the position (switched from wide receiver), Jean-Baptiste has become the Huskers best 1-on-1 corner, with his size and athletic ability giving receivers trouble. Tested his fair share this season, Baptiste, has recorded eight pass breakups and one amazing interception against Michigan.

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