Imani Cross, who rushed for more than 1,500 career yards and scored 28 touchdowns in four years at the University of Nebraska, is the latest signing by the Green Bay Blizzard and first-year head coach Corey Roberson.
Cross, who played for the Cornhuskers from 2012-2015, is a powerfully built 6-foot-1, 225-pound native of Georgia. His best season at Nebraska was 2013, when, as a featured short-yardage and goal-line back, he scored 10 touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. For his career in the rugged Big Ten, Cross averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
"Imani is a tough, hard-nosed player who has the strength and determination to move the chains for us, especially in those critical short-yardage situations that can determine the outcome of games," said Roberson, who has now signed eight players since being named head coach in August. "He played regularly for four straight years in front of more than 90,000 people at the highest level of college football, so he understands the work ethic and commitment it takes to succeed in this sport."
In his final season at Nebraska, Cross had back-to-back 90-plus-yard rushing games, first gashing Michigan State for 98 yards on 18 carries, then adding 90 yards on 20 carries against Rutgers the following week. In his collegiate career, Cross had three 100-yard games.
Roberson said he will build a roster of up to 40 players prior to training camp in February. The roster will be cut down to 25 for the season opener.