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Pernell: Tyreke Johnson a Big Get for the Secondary

6/14/21 | Jeremy Pernell
The Ohio State transfer's lack of playing time for the Buckeyes doesn't mean he's short on talent and potential. Nebraska came out of spring ball with two scholarships still available to fulfill the Huskers' their 25 initial counters for 2021. Of the positions the staff wanted to address, defensive back was top priority. One of the top targets when he…

Husker Dan: Red Flags No. 4 & 5

6/8/21 | Husker Dan
This is the last of a series about what I consider to be the five Big Red Flags that, if not addressed by the time the season begins August 28th, could pose big problems for the Huskers this fall. Earlier in this series, we examined what I believe to be the biggest problems with the quarterback (Adrian Martinez, not withstanding),…

Baseball Huskers Reap Major Big Ten Honors

5/30/21 | HuskerMax
Nebraska took three major honors Sunday and placed four players on the first team of the all-conference squad as the Big Ten released its baseball awards for the 2021 season. Junior infielder/pitcher Spencer Schwellenbach became the first Husker baseball player to be named Big Ten Player of the Year, Max Anderson was named Freshman of the Year, and Will Bolt…

99 days until Huskers open at Illinois

5/21/21 | HuskerMax
By Kaleb Henry. There are 99 days until the start of the 2021 Nebraska football season. As we flip the countdown from triple to double digits, here is what we know and don't know. We know the schedule The Huskers open the season at Illinois August 28. The non-conference schedule features Fordham (September 4) and Buffalo (September 11) before a…

Transfer portal could be key to season

5/21/21 | HuskerMax
By Marc Sarchet. Nebraska enters the fourth year of the Scott Frost era looking for its first winning record. Several factors look to be key to accomplishing not only a winning record but the school’s first bowl game since 2016. An offensive philosophy change for the upcoming season will see a shift to a more downhill running game with a…

Husker Dan: Post Spring Game Red Flags

5/17/21 | Husker Dan
This is the first in a series that will address Five Big Red Flags that if not addressed by the time of the Husker football opener August 28th, could limit the success of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team this season. QUESTION 1.) QB Adrian Martinez will likely be the starter come fall, but will he have improved enough to reverse…

Pre-spring testing results

5/11/21 | HuskerMax
The Athletic Department this week is releasing the results of top performances achieved at the end of the Huskers' eight-week winter strength and conditioning program, starting Tuesday with the vertical jump. Boyd Epley sheds light on the process in the video below.   RESULTS Sunday: Record platform Six Huskers — Damian Jackson, Chris Kolarevic, Deontai Williams, Cameron Jurgens, Cam Taylor-Britt…

Pernell: Should Frost Look to Add a Transfer QB?

5/6/21 | Jeremy Pernell
It's been a hot-button topic during the young offseason. With two scholarships still available to maximize Nebraska's 25 initial counters in 2021, should Frost look to add a quarterback? During his postgame press conference following Saturday's spring game, Frost indicated he would likely look elsewhere to use those last two scholarships. I think it would be wise for him to…

Through Our Eyes: Cam Taylor-Britt

5/5/21 | HuskerMax
"He's got a big-time energy about him": Cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt is the subject of the fourth installment of the Athletic Department's "Through Our Eyes" series. EPISODE 1 EPISODE 2 EPISODE 3 EPISODE 4     Highlights  

Stryker: Spring game not exactly a day for the quarterbacks

5/1/21 | Tad Stryker
There were signs. Interstate 80 traffic heading southwest from Omaha was busy. As you got into Lincoln, there were more signs. Lots of signs. Approaching Memorial Stadium, something seemed familiar, almost comforting. The signs said things like, “Game Parking $25.” Or, “Lot Full.” After a year of pandemic-induced isolation, it appeared that life was returning to the Haymarket. At least,…

Nebraska football facility groundbreaking ceremony

4/30/21 | HuskerMax
Watch the groundbreaking ceremony for the new football facility beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and check back for coverage.     Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Nebraska finally breaks ground with new $155 million football facility Lincoln Journal Star | Photos: The shovels are out as Nebraska breaks ground on 'Go Big' facilities project HuskerOnline | Photo Gallery: Nebraska GO BIG…

HuskerMax joins Sports Illustrated and Fan Nation

4/29/21 | David Max
We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Sports Illustrated's FanNation to be their University of Nebraska athletics content provider. In the near future all of our writer articles and video content will reside on Sports Illustrated's Nebraska FanNation page. HuskerMax.com will remain in its current form with all our historical content, game pages and…

Wednesday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #14

4/28/21 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost confirmed that freshman tight end Thomas Fidone will be sidelined for an extended time by a knee injury. In an effort to avoid further injuries, there will be no to-the-ground tackling in the first half of Saturday's spring game. Refresh this page for the latest from Wednesday morning's practice. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.30 HuskerMax Practice…

Pernell: Top 100 Prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft

4/27/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Embed from Getty Images Rank-Name-Position-School 1. Trevor Lawrence, QB (Clemson) 2. Kyle Pitts, TE (Florida) 3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR (LSU) 4. Justin Fields, QB (Ohio State) 5. Penei Sewell, OT (Oregon) 6. Zach Wilson, QB (BYU) 7. Micah Parsons, LB (Penn State) 8. DeVonta Smith, WR (Alabama) 9. Patrick Surtain II, CB (Alabama) 10. Jaylen Waddle, WR (Alabama) 11. Trey…

Through Our Eyes: Defensive line

4/25/21 | HuskerMax
Defensive linemen Ty Robinson and Damion Daniels are the focus of the fourth installment of the Athletic Department's "Through Our Eyes" series. Robinson says he wants "to be remembered as one of the guys that came in to help bring back what the program was." EPISODE 1 EPISODE 2 EPISODE 3  

Wednesday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #11

4/21/21 | HuskerMax
Coaches Greg Austin and Sean Beckton said the defense had the upper hand in Wednesday morning's scrimmage. There was also news about the progress of a highly touted true freshman and a fifth-year O-lineman. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.22 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.23 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity…

Monday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #10

4/19/21 | HuskerMax
There were updates from the defense as players and coaches from that side of the ball fielded reporters' questions after Monday's practice. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates and discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.19 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.20 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Hail Varsity | A ‘Freak’ at Inside Linebacker, Up-and-Comers in the Secondary and More…

Through Our Eyes: The offensive line

4/19/21 | HuskerMax
The 1990s offensive lines and their "brand of gritty, nasty football" are on the minds of Husker linemen a generation later. Watch the third installment of the Athletic Department's "Through Our Eyes" series below. EPISODE 1 EPISODE 2     

Stryker: Stability would be a step up for Frost, Huskers

4/18/21 | Tad Stryker
So now, entering Year 4, does the favorite son finally feel at home? That’s not a question I anticipated asking about Scott Frost in 2021, but the answer has profound implications as he tries to shape his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers into a Big Ten contender. The first half of spring football has provided some big-picture optimism, as it often does,…

2021 Nebraska football spring practice #9

4/17/21 | HuskerMax
The Huskers held an open practice Saturday in front of an estimated 3,200 fans at Memorial Stadium, and the wide receivers garnered praise from the media members present. Refresh this page for the latest additions, and check out the updates & discussion for images, video and more. Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Camp Chatter: Sights and sounds from Husker practice Omaha…

Wednesday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #8

4/14/21 | HuskerMax
Erik Chinander, Matt Lubick and a few players met with the press after Wednesday morning's practice. Lubick said he's seeing better accuracy and timing in Adrian Martinez's passes this spring. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.14 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.15 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report:…

Monday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #7

4/12/21 | HuskerMax
The offense's performance in Friday's closed scrimmage got good reviews during Monday's post-practice presser. Refresh this page for the latest additions to the coverage. | Updates & discussion | ICYMI: Scrimmage video HuskerMax · 2021.04.12 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.13 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Which Huskers impressed Scott Frost during last week's scrimmage? Lincoln Journal Star…

Through Our Eyes: Deontai Williams & Marquel Dismuke

4/10/21 | HuskerMax
"This is not lollipop football to us. This is grown-man football." Husker senior safeties Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke shed light on their motivation and goals in the second installment of the Athletic Department's "Through Our Eyes" series. Watch it below. EPISODE 1     

2021 Nebraska football spring practice #5

4/7/21 | HuskerMax
Coaches and players on defense fielded reporters' questions after Wednesday's practice, which was open to the media for the first half-hour. Scott Frost announced that Markese Stepp, Ben Stille and Marques Buford are not practicing as they rehab from injuries/surgeries. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.07 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.08…

Monday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #4

4/5/21 | HuskerMax
Coaches and players on offense met with the press after Monday's practice. A trimmed-down Adrian Martinez said the departure of Luke McCaffrey won't change his competitive mindset. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.04.05 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.06 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Husker247 | Quick Hits: 'Take care of the (dang)…

Through Our Eyes: Adrian Martinez

4/3/21 | HuskerMax
"I've gotten to the point in my career where I'm going to leave it all out there and let the rest take care of itself," Husker quarterback Adrian Martinez says in the initial installment of the Athletic Department's "Through Our Eyes" series. Watch it below. | "Make or break-it year"       

Husker Dan: From the Email Bag

3/31/21 | Husker Dan
You may be wondering why I've not written anything for HuskerMax lately. Well, if you really want to know the truth, I was captured by forces from the planet Gorgo. It is an orb run by really beautiful women. And it just so happens that they have a fondness for old, chubby men. So what was I supposed to do?…

Wednesday presser: 2021 Nebraska football spring practice #2

3/31/21 | HuskerMax
There were insights from both sides of the ball as four Husker assistant coaches fielded reporters’ questions after Wednesday’s practice. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.03.31 HuskerMax Practice Report HuskerMax · 2021.04.01 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Husker assistants engage in first in-person interviews in more than a year Husker247…

Spring kickoff press conference

3/29/21 | HuskerMax
Special teams, winter testing, talent at receiver, the Oklahoma game and more were discussed as the Huskers met the press to kick off spring drills for 2021. Refresh this page for the latest coverage. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2021.03.29a HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage KMTV | Frost clarifies desire to play Oklahoma game this year Lincoln Journal Star |…

2021 Nebraska football spring football schedule

3/25/21 | HuskerMax
Practices are scheduled for mornings, mostly ending between 10:30 and 11 a.m. There will be a press conference via Zoom on Monday, March 29th. Click on dates for coverage of practices.   Practices & media availability TUE 3/30: No media access WED 3/31: Coaches Austin, Beckton, Dawson, Fisher FRI 4/02: No media access MON 4/05: Coaches Verduzco, Held, 3-4 offensive…

2021 spring game tickets available

3/24/21 | HuskerMax
Source: Nebraska Athletics Nebraska Athletics announced plans for its May 1 Husker spring football game on Wednesday evening. The Huskers will welcome fans back to Memorial Stadium for the first time since the fall of 2019. Mobile tickets for the spring game will go on sale on April 1, with stadium capacity set at approximately 50 percent. All fans in…

Stryker: Moos flirts with disaster by messing with OU game

3/12/21 | Tad Stryker
It looks as though an army of Husker Nation first responders have talked Bill Moos down from the ledge. In perhaps the quickest mobilization in more than 130 years of Nebraska football, the army formed and took action when word spread that Moos was pondering something that orthodox Big Red fans would consider the unforgivable sin: refusing to play Oklahoma.…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Who do you think will have the higher win percentage over the next 2 years – Frost or Hoiberg?

3/9/21 | SquareOffs
Two coaches charged with delivering the Huskers to the Power Five upper echelon. Two coaches who bring high-profile pedigrees, and of whom much is expected. Two coaches under pressure to get it done. Scott Frost and Fred Hoiberg have other similarities. Both have begun their Nebraska careers with disappointing records. Maybe not surprising - but definitely disappointing. Both coaches have…

Stryker: A rising running game lifts all Husker boats

2/20/21 | Tad Stryker
The rising frustration and widening divide among Nebraska football fans is real. My inbox is evidence that three consecutive losing seasons under favorite son Scott Frost are reopening fault lines that have plagued the program for two decades. Frost returned in December 2017 to near-unanimous support, which has quickly eroded. I’ve been hearing regularly from someone I’ll call Frost Is…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 DB Class

2/11/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska signed a very promising defensive back class in 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 and other factors caused three of the four members of that group to enter the transfer portal before the 2020 season had ended. Thankfully, the NCAA's eligibility freeze will essentially give Nebraska a mulligan in their efforts to build that room. Seniors Deontai Williams and Marquel Dismuke decided…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 LB Class

2/10/21 | Jeremy Pernell
I wrote of Nebraska's difficulties bringing in outside linebacker talent in my recap of the early signing period. You can find that write-up here if you missed it. Despite that, the staff was able to sign an impressive quartet of linebackers. There is position flexibility with each of them, however they were all initially recruited to play on the inside.…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 D-Line Class

2/9/21 | Jeremy Pernell
The rebuilding of the defensive line is going to benefit a lot from the eligibility freeze. With Ben Stille opting to return for a sixth year, every major contributor along the D-line will be returning in 2021. This gives promising youngsters Ty Robinson, Casey Rogers, Nash Hutmacher and Mosai Newsom an additional year of development without counting against their eligibility.…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 O-Line Class

2/8/21 | Jeremy Pernell
After several impressive offensive line hauls by Greg Austin, you're starting to see some of the younger pieces take over prominent roles. Cam Jurgens, Bryce Benhart, Turner Corcoran and Ethan Piper are underclassmen expected to be fixtures for years to come. That allows Austin to continue stacking players behind them with time to develop. Elkhorn South's Teddy Prochazka was the…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 TE Class

2/7/21 | Jeremy Pernell
One of the goals of this recruiting class was to replenish a tight end room that is graduating Jack Stoll and is full of upperclassmen. The Huskers did not sign a tight end in the 2020 class and the lone tight end they signed in the 2019 class (Chris Hickman) made the transition to wide receiver last season. The Huskers…

Pernell: Nebraska’s 2021 WR Class

2/6/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Nebraska continues to try and build up their wide receiver room. I covered how difficult that process has been for Frost in my recap of the early signing period, if you'd like to review that. Now you lose Wan'Dale Robinson, which is a body blow of massive proportions on so many levels. Yet, the staff keeps plugging away valiantly. They…

Pernell: 2021 Class RB Gabe Ervin

2/5/21 | Jeremy Pernell
For the first time under Scott Frost, the Huskers only took one running back in the class. Gabe Ervin Jr. enrolled early at Nebraska and will throw his hat into the ring to replace Dedrick Mills this fall. Ervin played for Buford High School, a powerhouse program in Georgia. The Wolves, who moved up to Georgia’s largest classification this season,…

2021 post-signing day Scott Frost presser

2/4/21 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost met with reporters Thursday to discuss the Huskers' recruiting class and the outlook heading into spring ball. Refresh this page for the latest additions. | Updates & discussion Coverage HuskerOnline | Frost excited for 2022 class Hail Varsity | Frost on Adding a Transfer Quarterback, Getting Omar Manning Healthy and More Omaha World-Herald | Frost talks recruiting, QBs,…

Pernell: 2021 Class QB Heinrich Haarberg

2/4/21 | Jeremy Pernell
Heinrich Haarberg wasn't atop the Husker QB board for most of the 2021 cycle. That honor fell on a pair of four-stars, Dematrius Davis and Peter Costelli. Nebraska had their class of 2020 quarterback, Logan Smothers, committed back in July of 2018, giving Verduzco plenty of time to identify targets for 2021. Davis and Costelli were the proverbial cream that…

Pernell: N2FL Ranks the Husker Signees

2/3/21 | Jeremy Pernell
With only one winning season in the last six years, Nebraska football is currently mired in a level of futility not experienced in sixty years. Despite that, Scott Frost has the program recruiting at a consistent level not seen in over two decades. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, the Huskers' 2021 recruiting haul ranks as the nation's No. 20…

Pernell: N2FL’s Top 40 Recruiting Classes of 2021

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

FEIT: Nebraska Should Leave the Big Ten

2/2/21 | Dave Feit
A lot has changed since the Nebraska Cornhuskers played their last college baseball game. On March 11, 2020, the Huskers beat Northern Colorado 8-1, their third straight win. However, it would be the final game the Huskers played in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season, the Big Ten tournament, and the College World Series. Even though…
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Stryker: Entering year 4, time for Frost to conduct the orchestra

1/23/21 | Tad Stryker
Scott Frost came back to Nebraska fresh off his 2017 national Coach of the Year season at UCF, which in retrospect, raised expectations in Lincoln higher than it should have. Cornhusker fans who thought they were getting someone ready to transform the team into a contender in a couple of seasons (I was one of those people) quickly learned their…

Hear, Hear: Sounds of 1970

1/9/21 | HuskerMax
"A Big Red Golden Anniversary" is a series that aired on NRG Media radio stations in Nebraska from late summer of 2020 to early January of 2021. Produced and narrated by John Bishop of 1620 The Zone, it commemorates Cornhusker football's 1970 national championship season, the first in program history. Included are original radio play-by-play calls from the legendary Lyell…

1970 Day by Day: Final thoughts

1/8/21 | J. Hudson
Closing thoughts: The memories endure. How did the Cornhuskers' first national championship feel to a 16-year-old fan? Fifty years later, what I remember is a sense of absolute amazement and unbridled joy as Nebraska finished off its Orange Bowl win. We watched on TV at my grandparents' house in Omaha. Was it a black-and-white set, or color? I don't remember.…

1970 Day by Day: Mid-January

1/7/21 | J. Hudson
Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com Mid-January: Paying tribute. As this series winds down, we're taking the liberty of fast-forwarding to the middle of the month, when thousands of fans got their chance to salute the national champion Huskers. The events of Jan. 14 and 18 helped make up for the scaled-back welcome the Huskers received on their return from Miami…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 6

1/6/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 6: Room for debate. The day after the season's final AP poll was released, the debate over who deserved the No. 1 spot wasn't finished. Nebraska had wrapped up the No. 1 ranking by a comfortable margin, but the newspaper commentary reflected the fact that one-fourth of the first-place votes went to other teams. Below is a sampling of…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 5

1/5/21 | J. Hudson
The News-Messenger (Fremont, Ohio) · Newspapers.com Jan. 5: Huskers land the big prize. It was finally official Tuesday: The 1970 Huskers owned the coveted No. 1 spot in the final Associated Press college football poll. Nebraska's claim to the national championship was affirmed, and it wasn't close — the Huskers drew three-fourths of the first-place votes from the 52-member panel…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 4

1/4/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 4: Another round of Bob vs. Ara. A second bonus day in Miami fell into the Cornhuskers' laps Monday as the blizzard in Nebraska again made the team's flight home a no-go. The ETA in Lincoln was now set for noontime Tuesday, but the big celebration that had been planned at the airport was called off on account of…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 3

1/3/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 3: What about us, Parseghian asks. Life was good Sunday for the Huskers in Miami, even though it was far from ideal back home. A Midwest blizzard forced the postponement of their flight to Lincoln by a day, so an extra afternoon at the pool or the beach was theirs for the taking. Meanwhile came word that the Football…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 2

1/2/21 | J. Hudson
Jan. 2: R&R in Miami on day after win. Saturday was a time for deep-sea fishing and poll-politicking as the Huskers rested up from their Orange Bowl win Friday and the ensuring celebration into the wee hours. Coach Bob Devaney reiterated his case for a No. 1 ranking but said he was leery of Associated Press pollsters' sentiment for Notre…

1970 Day by Day: Jan. 1

1/1/21 | J. Hudson
The anticipation, the odds-defying upsets and the crowning victory — the Huskers make program history by staking their claim to college football's national championship. The big day is revisited here in three segments. A.M. DAY NIGHT Jan. 1: Dawn of a long day. As columnist Wally Provost told Omaha World-Herald readers Friday morning, "This is the day of the fidgets,…

Something new from long ago

12/31/20 | HuskerMax
Thanks to the efforts of Brian Niemann, Husker fans now have some new resources at their fingertips when looking back at the 1971 Orange Bowl, the clincher for Nebraska's first football national championship. For the first time, a log of every play is available, from the opening kickoff to the final kneel-down. Brian studied the game video to fill in…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 31

12/31/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 31: Final practice for 1970 Huskers. A brief afternoon drill Thursday in the Orange Bowl capped Nebraska's practices for Friday night's clash with LSU. Earlier in the day, coaches Bob Devaney of Nebraska and Charlie McClendon of LSU spoke to the press one last time. McClendon tried to soft-pedal his team's stellar defensive reputation: "Nobody else has stopped Nebraska's…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 30

12/30/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 30: Huskers practice under the lights. Roughly 48 hours before the big game, the Huskers went through a light practice Wednesday night under the Orange Bowl lights and planned to wrap up preparations for LSU with a brief daytime session Thursday. Coach Bob Devaney spoke of what it might mean if No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 29

12/29/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 29: Best practice yet, says Kiffin. Defensive line coach Monte Kiffin described it as "the best practice we've had" after the Huskers went through a 90-minute session Tuesday afternoon in the Orange Bowl stadium. Quarterback Jerry Tagge welcomed the move to artificial turf after five days on the grass field at Miami-Dade Junior College North. "I felt faster out…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 28

12/28/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 28: Huskers lighten up; Tigers go hard. Nebraska went through a light practice Monday while LSU did heavy hitting in a two-hour scrimmage. It was the Huskers' final practice at Miami-Dade Junior College North before operations moved to the Orange Bowl stadium in preparation for Friday night's game. Cornerback Joe Blahak was practicing again after leaving Sunday's practice with…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 27

12/27/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 27: Ingles and Blahak gimpy. Leg issues kept senior receiver Guy Ingles and sophomore cornerback Joe Blahak from participating fully in Sunday's practice in Miami, but both were expected to be ready for Friday night's showdown against LSU in the Orange Bowl. Woody Cox filled in for Ingles, and John Decker did likewise for Blahak. Head coach Bob Devaney…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 26

12/26/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 26: Huskers do more scrimmaging. The Huskers' practice Saturday in Miami included scrimmaging for the second day in a row. The heavy contact work was a departure from coach Bob Devaney's usual routine. It was also something that Charlie McClendon's LSU Tigers wouldn't be doing in Miami. The Bayou Bengals arrived in Florida on Saturday, and McClendon said the…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 25

12/25/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 25: A scrimmage in the Florida heat. Coach Bob Devaney sent his Huskers through a two-hour scrimmage Friday, one week before the New Year's showdown with LSU. Devaney had said earlier in the month that he didn't know how much full-contact work, if any, he would give the team in preparation for the Orange Bowl. On Friday he explained,…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 24

12/24/20 | J. Hudson
Boarding the plane in Lincon (from top to bottom): Ken Kontos, Johnny Rodgers, Ralph Powell, Doug Johnson, John Pitts and Willie Harper.   Dec. 24: Huskers arrive in Sunshine State. It was a whirlwind day for the Cornhuskers as they made the trip from frigid Lincoln to balmy Miami on the day before Christmas and then held their first Florida…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 23

12/23/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 23: Mascot gets a ticket to Miami. A minor crisis was averted Wednesday: The big-head Nebraska mascot would be traveling to Miami for the Orange Bowl after all. Finding a plane that would transport the unwieldy, cowboy-hatted caricature had been a problem, but unidentified boosters came through with a solution. Although Nebraska was a five-point favorite, the Football News'…

Husker Dan: Huskers Say Bye-Bye to 2020

12/22/20 | Husker Dan
Right after the final Husker schedule of 2020 was announced in September, I thought the Huskers were looking at a 4-2-2 season. FOUR It looked as if there were 4 winnable games: Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern. TWO AND TWO I also thought there were 2 toss-up games: Iowa and Wisconsin. (The Wisconsin game was canceled by the Badgers due…

Monday Morning Quarterback: How would you grade Husker progress this year toward returning to a top-level football program?

12/22/20 | SquareOffs
The best news is that there was Husker football in 2020. And Scott Frost and crew deserves credit for being a big part of the Big Ten's decision to play a season in the first place. The bad news is the season itself. Signs and flashes of real improvement, and then frustrating stretches of bad play, self-immolation, questionable decision-making on…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 22

12/22/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 22: Underdog role welcomed in Louisiana. With both teams taking a pre-holiday break, Tuesday was a day for Louisiana columnists to weigh in on the Nebraska-LSU matchup in the Orange Bowl. Bill McIntyre of the Shreveport Times said LSU's underdog status was a good thing and nothing new for the often-underestimated Tigers in big games. The Tigers' stingy defense…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 21

12/21/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 21: Little fanfare from Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated's Dec. 21 issue previewed the bowl games, and the Nebraska-LSU matchup was treated as little more than a sideshow by the U.S. sports world's most influential voice. Unlike the Rose and Cotton bowls, the Orange "will not be endowed with major personalities," SI's Dan Jenkins wrote. He did acknowledge that upsets…

Pernell: Recapping the Early Signing Period

12/20/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Overview: By 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, all 19 of Nebraska's High School commitments had signed and faxed their National Letters of Intent. At least a dozen of those signees will enroll early and be in Lincoln in January. The class is currently ranked No. 25 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 20

12/20/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 20: Sizing up the opposition. Sunday's Shreveport newspaper gave fans in Louisiana a healthy dose of info about the Nebraska squad that LSU would be facing in the Orange Bowl in 12 days. Scroll down for columnist Bill McIntyre's synopsis of the Huskers (preceded by a brief stroll through Husker history) and an Associated Press recap of Nebraska's season.…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 19

12/19/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 19: New look for Huskers. The team was starting a five-day break from practices Saturday, so there wasn't much happening on the Nebraska football front. However, fans were about to get their first glimpse of the Huskers' bowl uniforms. If that sounds less than noteworthy, consider this: The red jerseys featured something never seen before in 81 seasons of…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Rutgers

12/18/20 | HuskerMax
Here are highlights from Nebraska's game Friday night against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. The Huskers rolled up 620 yards of total offense and put together their strongest second half of the season to secure a 28-21 win. | Game page               "We had to define this team's story with this last game...We're not perfect,…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 18

12/18/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 18: Huskers, LSU start holiday break. Two weeks before their Orange Bowl date, Nebraska and LSU wrapped up their on-campus practices Friday. Players now had several days off before the teams' flights to Miami — Nebraska's on Dec. 24 and LSU's on Dec. 26. The Huskers were ready for the extra day or two of Florida weather after being…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 17

12/17/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 17: A quandary over practice intensity. The Huskers on Thursday held their next-to-last Lincoln practice for their Orange Bowl game against LSU, and coach Bob Devaney said it was hard to decide how much heavy hitting, if any, to allow. "You'd sort of like to have contact, but the kids are more injury-prone in this cooler weather," he said.…

2021 early signing day

12/16/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost's signing-day press conference doubled as his final session with the media before Friday's game at Rutgers. This page includes coverage of both topics. Videos and player-specific articles about the scholarship signees can be found via our 2021 recruiting page. | Bios Refresh this page for the latest updates.     Recruiting coverage Nebraska Athletics | Huskers Announce December…

Pernell: N2FL’s 2020 All-Big Ten Team

12/16/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Offense: QB: Justin Fields (Jr.) Ohio State (2x); RB: Mohamed Ibrahim (Jr.) Minnesota; RB: Tyler Goodson (Soph.) Iowa; WR: David Bell (Soph.) Purdue; (2x) WR: Ty Fryfogle (Sr.) Indiana; TE: Pat Freiermuth (Jr.) Penn State; OT: Alaric Jackson (Sr.) Iowa; OT: Thayer Munford (Sr.) Ohio State; OG: Wyatt Davis (Jr.) Ohio State (2x); OG: Kendrick Green (Soph.) Illinois (2x); C:…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 16

12/16/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 16: Two senior starters miss practice. All-America offensive tackle Bob Newton missed Wednesday's practice with the flu, and a pulled leg muscle kept split end Guy Ingles on the sideline. Coach Bob Devaney said he wasn't concerned that his Huskers would peak too early in their preparations for the Orange Bowl game against LSU. "At the rate we're progressing,"…

Husker Dan: Is It Logan Time?

12/15/20 | Husker Dan
HUSKER THROW-AWAY GAME? Nebraska (2-5) and Rutgers (3-5) will square off this Friday night at Piscataway, New Jersey in what likely will be the final game of the Husker football season. For Nebraska, there isn't much to play for. Gone are the hopes of a winning season, a bowl game or even a signature win. The game for the Huskers…

Tuesday presser, 2020 Rutgers week

12/15/20 | HuskerMax
Linebacker and co-captain Collin Miller said he's "probably hanging up my cleats for good" on doctors' advice. Refresh this page for the latest coverage of Tuesday's press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.15 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Huskers set to start three freshmen on the offensive line at Rutgers Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report:…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 15

12/15/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 15: Passing game a bit rusty. Nebraska and LSU both practiced outdoors Tuesday, although the Tigers' session in Baton Route was cut short by rain. In Lincoln, coach Bob Devaney said the Huskers' passing game had suffered somewhat because the first three bowl practices had been held indoors. He said controlled scrimmaging might take place before the Huskers wrapped…

Monday presser, 2020 Rutgers week

12/14/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost and players took reporters' questions after Monday's practice. Refresh this page for the latest coverage. | Updates & discussion   Video • Austin Allen • Ty Robinson • Casey Rogers • Scott Frost • Garrett Nelson   Coverage Hail Varsity | A Monday That Was More Like a Tuesday as Nebraska Faces Short Week Ahead of Rutgers Matchup Omaha World-Herald | Frost and Huskers talk second-half…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 14

12/14/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 14: Rodgers injures finger in practice. Better weather Monday allowed the Huskers to practice outdoors for the first time in their preparations for the Orange Bowl. Sophomore flanker Johnny Rodgers suffered a dislocated finger while trying to catch a pass but was expected to return Tuesday. Coach Bob Devaney said there were no big surprises in the staff's first…

2020 Nebraska-Rutgers stats matchup

12/13/20 | HuskerMax
Here's how the Cornhuskers and Scarlet Knights match up statistically entering their Dec. 18th game in Piscataway. Average national ranking in categories listed: Nebraska 80.1, Rutgers 71.9. NEBRASKA 2-5 (2-5) RUTGERS 3-5 (3-5) Avg. Rank Avg. Rank Rushing offense 178.0 52 139.2 90 Passing offense 180.9 106 210.8 82 Pass efficiency 118.18 100 122.05 89 Total offense 358.9 96 350.0…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 13

12/13/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 13: A quick look ahead to 1971. Nineteen days before the Orange Bowl, Sunday's sports pages in Nebraska were largely devoid of buildup for the game. College basketball was under way, and NFL playoff spots were being decided. Down in Oklahoma, however, there was a look ahead to the 1971 Big Eight football race. Columnist Bob Hurt used his…

Stryker: Depleted Minnesota shuts down Martinez, Huskers

12/12/20 | Tad Stryker
Many years from now, when archaeologists sift through the rubble of Nebraska’s 2020 football season, maybe they’ll find evidence of improvement in what is commonly known as Scott Frost’s Nebraska offense. If those future scientists are determined and dig deep enough, they’ll find some. Just a week ago, there seemed to be a growing body of evidence. There are reports…

Highlights: 2020 Nebraska vs. Minnesota

12/12/20 | HuskerMax
Highlights from Nebraska's 24-17 loss to Minnesota. The Husker offense sputtered against the Gophers, who entered the game with the Big Ten's worst total-defense average. | Game page           .@_MoIbrahim called GAME. ✅The star @GopherFootball RB seals a 24-17 win at Nebraska with two huge runs and an unselfish finish: pic.twitter.com/VrL0zN4Jir— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 12

12/12/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 12: Huskers forced indoors again. The Huskers practiced in the Field House for a third consecutive day Saturday, but there was hope for better weather and outside drills in the coming week. On the newly unveiled travel roster for the Orange Bowl, most positions were stocked at least three deep. Sixty-eight players were on the list for the trip…

1970 Day by Day: Dec. 11

12/11/20 | J. Hudson
Dec. 11: Pondering an "unlikely" bowl scenario. There was no news from Nebraska's practice Friday, but from Louisiana came a newspaper column making it clear that the Huskers weren't the only team with an outside chance of a national championship come January. If No. 1 Texas and No. 2 Ohio State were to stumble in their bowl games, a Husker…

Thursday presser, 2020 Minnesota week

12/10/20 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said the Huskers' preparation this week has been "way better" than it was following the win over Penn State. Refresh this page for the latest from Thursday's post-practice press conference. | Updates & discussion HuskerMax · 2020.12.10 HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Lincoln Journal Star | Red Report: False positives a part of the deal this year…
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