Published Friday, July 26, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 6:32 PM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 8 Jason Ankrah
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Jason Ankrah | 6-foot-4 | 265 pounds | Sr. | Defensive end

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

It’s the last chance for Ankrah. And boy, do the Huskers need a breakout year from their veteran defensive end.

The dude who’s looked the part physically for three years now has played in 36 career games, starting 18. Ankrah’s overflowing with upside — but he’s never quite found the balance between aggression and hesitancy. Ankrah had the best spring of his career this offseason, said defensive coordinator John Papuchis.

But even in the final scrimmage at Memorial Stadium in April, he appeared a tad over-assertive, forcing the issue just a bit too much. Ankrah seems to have progressed to the point where he can uphold the standard — often overlooked — responsibilities for a D-end in this system. To have success, though, the NU defense likely needs him to be more than that.

Previous entries (and honorable mentions):

>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston
>> No. 44: Mauro Bondi
>> No. 43: Sam Cotton
>> No. 42: Michael Rose
>> No. 41: Jordan Westerkamp
>> No. 40: Tommy Armstrong
>> No. 39: Trevor Roach
>> No. 38: Andy Janovich
>> No. 37: Mo Seisay
>> No. 36: Alonzo Moore
>> No. 35: Harvey Jackson
>> No. 34: Charles Jackson
>> No. 33: Avery Moss
>> No. 32: Terrell Newby
>> No. 31: Matt Finnin
>> No. 30: Aaron Curry
>> No. 29: Jared Afalava
>> No. 28: Vacated
>> No. 27: Adam Taylor
>> No. 26: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
>> No. 25: Andrew Rodriguez
>> No. 24: Andrew Green
>> No. 23: Randy Gregory
>> No. 22: Kevin Williams
>> No. 21: Greg McMullen
>> No. 20: Imani Cross
>> No. 19: Brent Qvale
>> No. 18: C.J. Zimmerer
>> No. 17: Jake Cotton
>> No. 16: Thad Randle
>> No. 15: Jake Long
>> No. 14: Jeremiah Sirles
>> No. 13: Josh Mitchell
>> No. 12: Corey Cooper
>> No. 11: David Santos
>> No. 10: Zaire Anderson
>> No. 9: Cole Pensick

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.