Huskers’ Bootle & Barry Receive Big Ten Honors

Huskers’ Bootle & Barry Receive Big Ten Honors
Nebraska needs more players like linebacker Mohamed Barry, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said. “We need 11 guys out there who love football. We need 22 guys out there who love football,” Chinander said. “Eventually we need 105 guys who love to play football, period.” (KAYLA WOLF/THE WORLD-HERALD)

Nebraska defenders Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry led a group of Husker defensive and special teams standout honored by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday.

A sophomore cornerback, Bootle was a third-team all-conference selection by both the Coaches and the Big Ten Media. Bootle registered 15 pass breakups on the season, tying for the second-most PBU in Nebraska history and the most since 2004. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in passes defended per game.

Barry had a standout junior season at linebacker and earned third-team recognition by the Big Ten Media and honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Barry had seven double-figure tackles games, becoming the fifth Husker to have seven games with 10 or more tackles in a season.

The Big Ten will announce all-conference offensive teams on Wednesday.