Stewart Bradley was supposed to break out last year.
The star middle linebacker from Nebraska had shown flashes of greatness, giving fans a glimmer of hope that a position seemingly marginalized by the conservative Eagles would be manned by a star.
And in the wake of the team’s ill-concieved decision to part ways with Brian Dawkins, Bradley was slated to be the commanding presence on a defense that would desperately need it.
All that changed on Flight Night last August, when Bradley tore his ACL.
Now, as Training Camp rolls around again, Bradley says he’s ready. “(Rehab is) done. It went well. I feel great,” Bradley told HuskersGameday.com.
As far as leadership, Bradley says, “[T]hose roles are developed by your play on the field. The guys on the team are around. We see each other playing more than anyone else. We practice with each other every day.
“(The leadership) is a role I’m comfortable with and the guys are comfortable with.”
Last season, the leadership role fell to Quintin Mikell, who regularly conducted news conferences each week and after games.
It’s still to be determined who will serve in that capacity this season, but it’s a good bet that Stewart Bradley will step into the leader’s spotlight.
Hopefully he’s able to dominate in press conferences as well as on the field.