Articles by Jeremy Pernell

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…