Articles by Husker Dan

Husker Dan: Dawn or darker days ahead?

9/17/18 | Husker Dan
Husker head football coach Scott Frost said in his postgame press conference Saturday just after the Huskers lost to Troy that it's always darkest before the dawn. And before the season even began, he said teams had better get us (the Huskers) early because we are going to be tough to beat later. And at least through the first two…

Husker Dan: Bowling for Lincoln

9/12/18 | Husker Dan
By losing to Colorado Saturday and having the Akron game canceled the week before, the Huskers find themselves right behind the eight ball especially when it comes to being bowl eligible this year. And losing Husker freshman QB Adrian Martinez late in Saturday's game with Colorado and potentially for parts of the season, could put a further damper on Nebraska's…

Husker Dan: The game that wasn’t

9/3/18 | Husker Dan
For fellow Nebraska football fans, Saturday night's cancellation of the Husker-Akron game was like Christmas morning-only the gift you'd been shaking for weeks, was snatched away just as you were getting ready to untie the ribbon on the box. It was Lucy Van Pelt grabbing the football just as Charlie Brown was getting ready to kick it. You get my…

Husker Dan: Gebbia Bolts, Jolts Husker QB Picture

8/29/18 | Husker Dan
I've been mulling over this subject ever since the story broke on Monday.  Of course I'm talking about the departure of back-up quarterback Tristan Gebbia. In case you've been living on the Planet Gorga the past week, you might not know that Sunday, Husker head football coach Scott Frost announced that true freshman Adrian Martinez will be the starting quarterback…

Husker Dan: A true Husker story for the ages

7/30/18 | Husker Dan
Fellow Omahan and longtime friend Jerry Kohll recently told me a story about a friend of his (we'll call him Jacob) who had an experience he won't soon forget. Jacob is not only a big Husker fan, but he is also a well known scientist who has worked for years at a medical center in Omaha.  A few years ago…

Husker Dan: Three pivotal games for NU in 2018

7/25/18 | Husker Dan
Conventional wisdom (i.e. preseason sports commentators) seem to think Nebraska will win about six regular season games.  Husker hopefuls, however, are dreaming of bigger and better things.  Maybe even eight or nine wins. Whatever. Suffice it to say that in this rebuilding year, with so many uncertainties every game is going to be critical for the Huskers this fall. And…

Husker Dan: Ryan Held, a man of many moves

7/18/18 | Husker Dan
I've been everywhere, man I've been everywhere, man Crossed the deserts bare, man I've breathed the mountain air, man Travel, I've had my share, man I've been everywhere  "I've Been Everywhere"  Johnny Cash   Ryan Held, the peripatetic Husker running backs coach, would do well to adopt Johnny Cash's recording as his new theme song. And you wouldn't get any…

HUSKER DAN’S BIG RED NOTEBOOK

5/30/18 | Husker Dan
CARRIKER CARE I just pulled up Adam Carriker's current "Carriker Cronicles" post and to my surprise, #90 was sporting a Husker Fans Salute The Troops tee shirt!  Thanks for the plug, Adam! And speaking of Husker Salute, we will be hosting our Fifth Annual Husker Fans Salute The Troops Golf Scramble in June. GOLF SCRAMBLE Salute is an all volunteer…

HUSKER DAN’S BIG RED UPDATE

5/23/18 | Husker Dan
ERIC AND JOHNNY AND ROZIER, OH MY! I know we haven't seen Scott Frost's "Duck" offense at Nebraska just yet, but if his offense becomes close to what he ran when he was the OC at Oregon and what UCF ran last year, you have to wonder how the likes of Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, Eric Crouch, Tommie Frazier, Turner…

Husker Dan: More on the Tunnel Walk

5/16/18 | Husker Dan
Several of you (and you know who you are) responded to my recent column about the idea of changing the longtime Husker Tunnel Walk music (some contend the music is outdated) to something brand new-something to start the Scott Frost Era on the right foot. Although there are many who want to keep the music as it is, there are…

Husker Dan: Could Two Plays Have Kept Frost From Coming to NU?

4/30/18 | Husker Dan
Recently, a good friend of mine offered a theory that he believes may have kept Scott Frost from being hired last December as the new Husker head football coach. A KEYSTONE THEORY Bill Moran, who is a Husker Super Fan from the Keystone state of Pennsylvania, says that had two plays gone differently for Nebraska last season, there is a…

Husker Dan: Huskers to spring forward?

4/24/18 | Husker Dan
SPRING GAME REWIND If there is a quarterback other than Adrian Martinez starting the 2018 season, I will be stunned (injuries not withstanding). Tristan Gebbia looked good, too, but AM seems to be a cut above him as well as walk-on Andrew Bunch.  (Noah Vedral will likely have to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules.) To be sure,…

Husker Dan’s Big Red Notebook

4/17/18 | Husker Dan
Okay, Husker fans.  I'm young, tan, rested and I'm back!!  (Okay, one out of four ain't bad.) THE HUSKER SPRING GAME I was thinking last Saturday that new Husker head coach Scott Frost was some kind of genius because had he not decided to move the annual spring game from its original date of Saturday, April 14th, the game likely…

Husker Dan: Frost’s “Peachy” Husker start

1/15/18 | Husker Dan
It would be hard to imagine a better start to Scott Frost's first year as the Husker head football coach. Before he left for Nebraska, Frost took a program at Central Florida that was in shambles and turned them in to winners in just two seasons. Let's look at what Frost accomplished in his two years as the Knights' head…

Husker Dan: 2018 Schedule Not So Bad

12/17/17 | Husker Dan
The first year of the Scott Frost Era at Nebraska will be challenging, no doubt, with games at Wisconsin and at Ohio State, but the schedule might not be as daunting as some might think. I understand there is much we don't know about next year's Husker football team, but I'm going to go out on a limb and make…

Husker Dan: “May The Frost Be With You”

12/4/17 | Husker Dan
December 3, 2017 will be remembered as the day the Nebraska football program started to climb out of the morass it has been stuck in for the past 16 years.  Here are some inspirational moments to get us all fired up. CELEBRATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M OH HAPPY DAY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzj3pOdCOqU TUNNEL WALK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mBBQpC7X7 THEME FROM ROCKY  (THEME FROM SCOTTY?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE_O7Lm0I4 AL PACINO'S FAMOUS…

Husker Dan: A “Frosty” Christmas Song

11/30/17 | Husker Dan
I know it's not official yet, but it soon will be.   SCOTTY FROST IS COMIN' TO TOWN You better not doubt, You better just shout! You might wanna scream, For the Scarlet and Cream! Scotty Frost is comin' to town! He'll be coaching Big Red, To the top of the charts, Winning the games, And winning our hearts! Scotty…

Husker Dan: Moos Lets Riley Loose

11/26/17 | Husker Dan
In a season most Husker fans back in June couldn't wait to begin, were relieved Friday evening when at last the Nebraska 2017 football season came to a merciful end. The Huskers' 4-8 record was full of shameful and embarrassing football and ended with a 56-14 loss to Nebraska's cross state rival, the Iowa Hawkeyes. There is no need to…

Husker Dan: Lions Roar, Soar and Score, Down NU 56-44

11/19/17 | Husker Dan
First of all, yesterday's Penn State-Nebraska game wasn't as close as the score might indicate.  Years from now, people looking at that score may think Nebraska just fell short in a see-saw battle at Penn State. Sorry, but no cigar. With the exception of a brief first quarter 10-7 Husker lead, Nebraska was out classed, out hustled, out performed and…

Husker Dan: Two More Nails in the Coffin?

11/13/17 | Husker Dan
I spent the first 14 years of my life living in a house in a blue collar neighborhood in north Omaha.  And many years later after Mrs. Husker Dan and I started our own family, the City of Omaha let it be known that my little house was soon going to be razed and if any of us wanted to…

Husker Dan: Is this the beginning of the end?

11/5/17 | Husker Dan
  The sad part of last night's 31-24 OT loss to Northwestern was that this was a game Nebraska could have and should have won. The play selection late in regulation was absurd. And in the OT?  More of the same.  In short, Nebraska deserved to lose the game.  It's that simple. It's a shame, because the players were trying…

Husker Dan: It Was a Win, Right?

10/30/17 | Husker Dan
There were two good things to come out of Nebraska's game Saturday night at Purdue: 1.)  It was a win and 2.)  It wasn't a loss. Well duh, Husker Dan. It's true, that for the better part of the game, the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers looked liked two bear cubs trying to romance a football. Forty yards rushing by Nebraska?  Husker…

Husker Dan: Have the Huskers Reached the Bottom?

10/23/17 | Husker Dan
Tell me it ain't so.  Tell me I'm having a really, really bad dream. What am I talking about?  The odds makers have established Nebraska as a (are you ready for this?) 6 point dog going into this Saturday's game with Purdue.  That's not Minnesota, Iowa or Northwestern, but PURDUE!!!!  That's right-the same 3-4 Purdue team that last week lost…

Husker Dan: NU Goes “Moos” Hunting: What’s Next?

10/15/17 | Husker Dan
Okay, so the search for a new Husker A.D. is over with news today of the hiring of Bill Moos.  Moos, (pronounced "moose") has been holding a similar position at his alma mater, Washington State for the past seven years.,  He succeeds Shawn Eichorst who was fired last month from his role as AD at Nebraska. SO WHO'S MOOS? Bill…

Husker Dan: Are the Huskers Closer Than We Think?

10/9/17 | Husker Dan
WISCONSIN AFTERTHOUGHTS After six games, the Huskers stand at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in B1G conference play.  And as we all know, NU suffered yet another blowout loss to a ranked team Saturday night, losing at home to divisional leader, Wisconsin 38-17.  The Badgers dominated the second half allowing Nebraska only 68 yards of Total Offense and outscoring Nebraska 21-7.…

Husker Dan: WU @NU: “Old” Red vs The “New” Red?

10/2/17 | Husker Dan
THE "REAL" BIG RED? Don't look now, but the "Old" Nebraska is coming to Lincoln this Saturday to play the "New" Nebraska team. Let me explain. For years, the secret to Nebraska's dominance during the 60s through the 90s was its commitment to strong offensive and defensive lines.  Throw in steady, reliable quarterback play and a running game that would…

Husker Dan: Time for a gut check

9/16/17 | Husker Dan
No. Illinois 21, Nebraska 17 Let that sink in for a while. Nebraska finished the non-con season going 1-2 against three unranked teams. And the lone win was against Arkansas State in a game that came down to the last play. And with that scare, Nebraska could very easily be 0-3. And what is going to happen once conference play…