This week in Husker history
The week of Aug. 12-18, looking back in stretches of years divisible by five:
«1937: George Sauer's presence on the Green Bay roster for the Packers' game against the college all-stars draws objections from the all-stars' coaches. (The former Cornhusker would indeed play in the game despite having quit the Packers to become New Hampshire's coach.) | Bios: 1, 2
1942: Nebraska guard George Abel performs well in workouts for an Aug. 28 game pitting the college all-stars against the Chicago Bears. Also on the stars' roster are NU's Fred Preston and Clarence Herndon. (The Abel residence hall at 17th and Vine streets on the Lincoln campus is named after Abel's father.)
1972: The top of the preseason FWAA poll looks a lot like the final 1971 AP poll, with Nebraska first, Colorado second and Oklahoma third.
1987: Oklahoma and Nebraska are Nos. 1 and 2 in the UPI preseason coaches poll.
1997: In a column headlined "Osborne Era Ending Soon?" the Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel suggests that Tom Osborne has retirement on his mind. The column is based on the coach's unsolicited remark that he'd like to see a "Nebraska guy" become his eventual successor. (Osborne's retirement announcement in December nonetheless would come as a surprise to many.)
2007: The competition at quarterback between Sam Keller and Joe Ganz gets some national attention.
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