This week in Husker history
The week of April 22-28, looking back in five-year intervals:
«1907: As Western Conference reforms cause havoc with scheduling, there is talk that newly independent Michigan will replace Minnesota on NU's 1907 slate. The "Big Nine" wants all opponents to abide by the league's new eligibility rules, which prohibit, among other things, freshman and postgraduate players. For this reason, Nebraska already has dropped games against Wisconsin and Iowa. The Minnesota game, however, ultimately would stand. (The Gophers won, 8-5.)
1962: New coach Bob Devaney sets the goals for spring drills, which are set to start April 2.
1967: Bob Devaney is tapped to coach in an NFL rookie preseason game in West Germany. But plans for the June 25 game, dubbed the Stars and Stripes All-Star Game, would fall through.
1982: Former Husker walk-on Jimmy Williams goes in the first round of the NFL draft to the Lions. | Husker NFL draftees
1987: The Dallas Cowboys select Danny Noonan in the first round of the NFL draft.
1992: Tight end Johnny Mitchell, the first Husker to leave school early for the NFL, is selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets.
1997: The Red squad almost blows a 31-7 halftime lead but hangs on to win the spring game. Also, a flap arises over the use of booster-club donations for non-coach staff bonuses.
2002: Sam Francis, a two-sport All-American at Nebraska and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1936, dies at age 88* at his home in Springfield, Mo. | Hall of Fame page
2007: The Rams choose Husker defensive end Adam Carriker in the first round of the NFL draft.
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