Stafford transferred to Lincoln from Southern California's Chaffey College in 2011 and started all but one game last year. His 80 tackles led the team's defensive backs, and he had a team-high 10 pass breakups.
DE CAMERON MEREDITH SENIOR
The 6' 4" 265-pounder has started 27 straight games. Last season he had five sacks and led the team in QB hurries (nine), and he will be trusted to shore up the hole left by departed All-America tackle Jared Crick.
LB ALONZO WHALEY SENIOR
Coming into his own after a whale of a spring
The Madisonville, Texas, native played in all 13 games last year (with one start) but finished with only 11 tackles, including three on special teams. Given Whaley's performance in off-season workouts, however, Bo Pelini has reason to expect an increased role for the 6' 1" 230-pounder this fall. "He showed in the spring that he's ready for it," says Pelini.