Articles by Jeremy Pernell

Pernell: Previewing the Special Teams

8/30/19 | Jeremy Pernell
It's not just on defense where Nebraska needs to vastly improve to become a Big Ten contender. The special teams units for the Huskers have bounced between below-average and atrocious for the last four seasons. Jovan Dewitt's unit struggled for the first half of the 2018 season but started seeing some improvements as the season wore on. A big bugaboo…

Pernell: Previewing the Secondary

8/29/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Travis Fisher did a remarkable job with this secondary last season. It's hard to remember now, but a year ago the lack of proven depth at defensive back was one of the biggest concerns on the team heading into Scott Frost's first season. Fisher said last years game against Northwestern was the most difficult for him. The Wildcats threw it 64…

Pernell: Previewing the Linebackers

8/28/19 | Jeremy Pernell
The heart and soul of the Blackshirt defense is senior team captain Mohamed Barry. The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder out of Loganville, Georgia, was named to the Butkus Award Watch List as well as the preseason Watch List for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to "college football’s Defensive Impact Player of the Year." After redshirting as a freshman, Barry played…

Pernell: Previewing the Defensive Line

8/27/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Stopping the run has been a popular talking point among defensive players this offseason. They know they have to get better. Last year they got pushed around too often, rarely stuffed their opponents in short-yardage situations and gave up 195.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked 96th nationally. Nebraska's defense finished 107th in rushing yards per carry allowed (5.0) and…

Pernell: Previewing the Offensive Line

8/26/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska has all the makings of an elite offense. Scott Frost's system is dynamic, it's multiple, it's dangerous, it's explosive, it's proven. They have one of the best quarterbacks in college football, and the skill positions are deep and full of potential game-breakers. Guys are familiar with the scheme, and after another offseason, they're comfortable and playing with confidence. The…

Pernell: Previewing the Tight Ends

8/25/19 | Jeremy Pernell
The tight end room didn't lose a single player from last year and won't after this upcoming season, either. Sean Beckton's group is deep and talented. It's full of big-bodied guys who move well and present tough matchups for linebackers in coverage. The longevity of the room has helped Beckton groom his guys over the past two offseasons. Guys have…

Pernell: Previewing the Wide Receivers

8/24/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Stanley Morgan was the most productive receiver in Nebraska football history, breaking six school records and becoming the program's first-ever 1,000-yard receiver last season (1,004). He and JD Spielman formed one of the best duo's in the Big Ten over the last two seasons. But production outside of those two was minimal. Between Morgan and Spielman, you're looking at 77…

Pernell: Previewing the Running Backs

8/23/19 | Jeremy Pernell
This staff was very high on incoming juco standout Dedrick Mills during the recruiting process. It was a bit of a nail-biter getting him to campus. After failing to meet the initial junior college academic qualification standards in January, Mills took three courses in the spring in order to replace previous grades to meet the 2.5 GPA required for juco…

Pernell: Previewing the Quarterbacks

8/22/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Last season, Adrian Martinez became the first true freshman in program history to start an opener at quarterback. In doing so, he became the first freshman and just the seventh player ever to accumulate 3,000 yards of offense in a season. Martinez played in 11 games, missing the Troy loss on Sept. 15 - thanks to a knee injury he…

Pernell: Frost continues fusion of ‘Oregon Speed and Husker Power’

7/18/19 | Jeremy Pernell
When Scott Frost was hired, one of the most impressive things about him was how prepared he was for the Nebraska job. Sure, his time at Oregon laid the groundwork of the offense he has taken and evolved into his own. One of the most innovative and dangerous systems in college football. And without question, his two-years at Central Florida…

Pernell: Top 100 Prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft

4/22/19 | Jeremy Pernell
1. DT Quinnen Williams (Alabama) 2. DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State) 3. DT Ed Oliver (Houston) 4. ILB Devin White (LSU) 5. OLB Josh Allen (Kentucky) 6. DT Christian Wilkins (Clemson) 7. CB Andraez "Greedy" Williams (LSU) 8. DT Rashan Gary (Michigan) 9. QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) 10. G/T Jonah Williams (Alabama) 11. DE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) 12. DT…

Pernell: Optimism is high with spring ball starting tomorrow

3/3/19 | Jeremy Pernell
This time of year hope springs eternal throughout the college football landscape, and Nebraska is no different. Despite back-to-back 4-8 seasons that resulted in missing consecutive bowl games for the first time since 1967-68, the Huskers have been singled out by several publications as a potential dark horse team heading into 2019. In fact, they've appeared on numerous "Way-Too-Early" Top…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Back

2/12/19 | Jeremy Pernell
After Scott Frost's first season in Lincoln, we learned a few things. First and foremost being that this upcoming season and for the foreseeable future, the Huskers are going to have one of the best offenses in the country. The other thing we know is that the defense needs work, and it starts on the recruiting trail. This staff hasn't…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Linebacker

2/11/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Nick Henrich is the most sought-after Nebraska prep player since Baker Steinkuhler in 2008. He garnered more scholarship offers (21) than any in-state recruit in the modern recruiting era, and was the first in-state prospect to earn an invitation to play in the All-American Bowl since Josh Banderas in 2013. Watching his film, you can see why it's no surprise…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Defensive Line

2/10/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Last January, the Huskers offered Ty Robinson, who was among the first 25 players from the Class of 2019 to get an offer from Frost. The staff quickly made him a priority target. Robinson made several visits to Lincoln during his recruitment, including an unofficial visit February 16, a return trip for the spring game April 21 and then for…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Offensive Line

2/9/19 | Jeremy Pernell
A determining factor of whether or not Scott Frost can get Nebraska to a point where they are competing for conference championships on a semi-regular basis boils down to how well he rebuilds the pipeline. His offense will have no problem attracting skill position players as we have already seen. But for Nebraska to ultimately rejoin the nations elite programs…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Wide Receiver and Tight End

2/8/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Blanchard (OK) High School standout Jamie Nance graduated early and enrolled in January, giving him a leg-up towards playing this fall. The 6-foot, 160-pound Nance was named first-team All-Oklahoma as a defensive back by USA Today and first-team all-state by The Oklahoman as a return specialist. He brings the kind of speed the staff covets. In fact, the moment he…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Running Back

2/7/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Rahmir Johnson was one of the first 2019 recruits this staff targeted. Scott Frost personally offered Johnson on December 20, 2017, the first day of the early signing period last year - two weeks after being hired, showing how much Nebraska prioritized him. Johnson then visited Lincoln on March 31 for the first Junior Day event and subsequently committed on…

Pernell: 2019 Recruiting Class Position Spotlight: Quarterback

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost signed wide receiver De'Mariyon Houston today, finishing off his first full recruiting class at Nebraska. It's the largest class the Huskers have signed since 2008. I peg the 26-man class No. 17 nationally, while the Huskers ended up ranked No. 16 (Rivals), No. 17 (247 Sports) and No. 19 (ESPN) by the national recruiting sites. In his short…

Pernell: Ranking the 2019 Nebraska Class

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
The Huskers signed 26 players to their 2019 class. The 26 recruits hail from 15 different states: Nebraska (5), Georgia (4), Arizona (3), Colorado (2), Oklahoma (2), Alabama (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (1), Washington (1)   1. Wandale Robinson (Duck-R) Frankfort, KY 2. Bryce Benhart (Offensive…

Pernell: Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2019

2/6/19 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. Texas A&M 4. Texas 5. LSU 6. Michigan 7. Oklahoma 8. Oregon 9. Florida 10. Penn State 11. Tennessee 12. Clemson 13. Auburn 14. Notre Dame 15. Washington 16. Ohio State 17. Nebraska 18. Florida State 19. USC 20. South Carolina 21. Arkansas 22. Ole Miss 23. Stanford 24. Mississippi State…

Pernell: 2018 All-Big Ten Team

11/28/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Offense QB: Dwayne Haskins (Soph.) Ohio State RB: Jonathan Taylor (Soph.) Wisconsin (2x) RB: Devine Ozigbo (Sr.) Nebraska WR: Rondale Moore (Fr.) Purdue WR: Stanley Morgan (Sr.) Nebraska (2x) TE: T.J. Hockenson (Soph.) Iowa OT: Isaiah Prince (Sr.) Ohio State OT: Jon Runyan Jr. (Sr.) Michigan OG: Michael Deiter (Sr.) Wisconsin (2x) OG: Beau Benzschawel (Sr.) Wisconsin (2x) C: Tyler…

Pernell: Previewing the Special Teams

8/31/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska has the unenviable task of replacing placekicker Drew Brown. The four-year starter leaves Lincoln ranked second in program history in field goals made (59) and fourth in points scored (355). True freshman Barret Pickering and redshirt freshman walk-on Cole Frahm went head-to-head this offseason. Special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt revealed Pickering won the job coming out of fall camp. The Alabama native will…

Pernell: Previewing the Secondary

8/30/18 | Jeremy Pernell
The Husker secondary was tough to watch last season. Cornerbacks consistently played 10-12 yards off the ball while allowing anything to be caught in front of them. Former coordinator Bob Diaco's strategy of trying to avoid the big play forced fans to watch their teams death by a thousand cuts. The secondary - and defense as a whole, seemed to…

Pernell: Previewing the Linebackers

8/29/18 | Jeremy Pernell
If Nebraska wants to field a defense that pays respect to the Blackshirt tradition, they will need the front-seven to become a strength. Erik Chinander, Barrett Ruud and Jovan Dewitt have commented all offseason about needing depth throughout the defense. Because of the offense Frost runs, this defense will typically play 10-15 or more snaps a game than most teams.…

Pernell: Previewing the Defensive Line

8/28/18 | Jeremy Pernell
The defensive line is a fascinating position group. On paper, it looks as deep as any position on the roster, yet it seems odd to label it a strength until it proves it can be leaps and bounds better than a season ago. You all remember last year, right? With all of the optimism going around, it might feel like…

Pernell: Previewing the Offensive Line

8/27/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska's offensive line was one of the more criticized position groups on the team last season, and for good reason. It was a leading reason for the program's downfall under Mike Riley. The 2017 Husker line paved the way for only 107.5 rushing yards per game, ranking 120th nationally. On a per-carry basis, the line only gained 3.5 yards per…

Pernell: Previewing the Receivers and Tight Ends

8/26/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Frost and his staff inherited a talented quartet of receivers and supplemented the group with a strong recruiting class. Heading into the season, it appears the Huskers have the best receiving corps in the Big Ten. The room is definitely talented, experienced and loaded with speed. Frost has repeatedly stated his inaugural Husker team has the potential to be dangerous…

Pernell: Previewing the Running Backs

8/25/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska has work to do at running back. The team didn't rush the ball well last year, to put it nicely. The Huskers are coming off a season in which it ranked 120th nationally in rushing yards per game (107.5) and 112th on a per-carry basis (3.5). Nebraska had just one run by a back that covered more than 30…

Pernell: Previewing the Quarterbacks

8/24/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Following spring, I did an extensive write-up about the impending quarterback competition. If you missed it or would like to browse it again, you can do so here. Really, not much has changed since then. We have long suspected it would be a two-horse race between redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia and true freshman Adrian Martinez. Halfway through fall camp, Scott…

Pernell: Frost continues to build championship culture

8/2/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Tomorrow morning, Scott Frost will open his first fall camp as the head coach at Nebraska. Fans are undoubtedly hoping it will be the first of twenty more to come. Bright and early (8:45 a.m.) Frost and his staff will continue to lay the groundwork for this program. It's simply the next step in what has been an incredible beginning…

Pernell: Frost with a big decision at QB

4/26/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska set a spring game attendance record when an announced crowd of 86,818 fans spent last Saturday in Memorial Stadium getting their first glimpse of new coach Scott Frost's program. It was the largest crowd in Nebraska history for spring games, and the eighth highest-attended spring game nationally in modern history. Most anticipated was the first look at Frost's pace-and-space…

Pernell: Top 100 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft

4/18/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Saquon Barkley carries the ball against Nebraska on Nov 18, 2017. (Chris Dunn/York Daily Record via USA TODAY Sports)   1. RB Saquon Barkley Penn State 2. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama 3. DE Bradley Chubb N.C. State 4. OG Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 5. LB Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech 6. CB Denzel Ward Ohio State 7. QB Josh Rosen UCLA…

Pernell: Frost the complete package for Nebraska

3/9/18 | Jeremy Pernell
During the last 20 years, Nebraska has explored just about every avenue when hiring a football coach. Legendary coach Tom Osborne won his third National Championship in a four-year span, following the Huskers' 42-17 dismantling of Peyton Manning-led Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl. Osborne rode off into the sunset and Nebraska football for all intents and purposes has never…

Pernell: 2018 Recruiting Class Summary

2/9/18 | Jeremy Pernell
Top 40 Recruiting Classes 1. Georgia 2. Ohio State 3. USC 4. Texas 5. Penn State 6. Clemson 7. Miami 8. Oklahoma 9. Alabama 10. Florida State 11. Washington 12. Notre Dame 13. Auburn 14. LSU 15. Oregon 16. Florida 17. Texas A&M 18. Tennessee 19. South Carolina 20. UCLA 21. Nebraska 22. Michigan 23. Virginia Tech 24. North Carolina…

Pernell: 2017 All-Big Ten Team

11/29/17 | Jeremy Pernell
2017 All-Big Ten Team Offense QB: J.T. Barrett (Sr.) Ohio State (3x) RB: Saquon Barkley (Jr.) Penn State (2x) RB: Jonathan Taylor (Fr.) Wisconsin WR: D.J. Moore (Jr.) Maryland WR: Stanley Morgan (Jr.) Nebraska TE: Mike Gesicki (Sr.) Penn State OT: Jamarco Jones (Sr.) Ohio State OT: Michael Deiter (Jr.) Wisconsin OG: Beau Benzschawel (Jr.) Wisconsin OG: Michael Jordan (Soph.)…

Pernell: Coaches Worth Vetting

11/22/17 | Jeremy Pernell
  We are only a few days away from the end of the Mike Riley era at Nebraska. I think the majority of fans liked Riley. He embraced the history, expectations and traditions of this program in a way Bill Callahan and Bo Pelini never did. He was genuinely grateful for the opportunity to coach at Nebraska. He was open…

Pernell: Riley’s dismissal a mere formality

11/18/17 | Jeremy Pernell
There are only three certainties in this world: Death, Taxes and Mike Riley is going to be fired shortly after Nebraska's Black Friday game against Iowa. The Huskers are now 4-7 after their most recent trip behind the woodshed. The latest haymaker to the chin of Riley's tenure came today at the hands of Penn State, who embarrassed the Huskers…

Pernell: Moos has a decision to make regarding Husker football

10/18/17 | Jeremy Pernell
On Sunday afternoon, the University of Nebraska introduced Bill Moos as its new athletic director. The Huskers hired him away from his alma mater, Washington State, where he’d overseen the Cougars’ athletic department since 2010. Before that he was Oregon’s athletic director for 13 years and Montana’s for five. The move came as a surprise, with nobody at Washington State…

Pernell: How hot should Mike Riley’s seat be?

9/20/17 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska essentially paid Northern Illinois $820k to put its head coach on the hot seat. Following an inexcusable 21-17 loss to the Huskies, Nebraska is now sitting at 1-2 - and could very easily be 0-3 - heading into conference play. Mike Riley is in year 3 and losing to MAC teams coming off a 5-7 season should not be…