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Stryker: The 50 most significant Husker plays, Part One

7/14/19 | Tad Stryker
Of all the biggest, most significant plays in Nebraska football history, it’s amazing how few of them have come in Memorial Stadium. Or so I thought, until I started digging into the research for this column (or rather two columns; the second will come next weekend), which give my list of the 50 most significant Husker football plays in the…

“Stranger Things”: 2019 Nebraska football

7/3/19 | HuskerMax
The Huskers released a "Stranger Things"-themed trailer Wednesday on Twitter for coach Scott Frost's second season. View it at this link if it's not showing up below.   Something about this place is different...Season 2 with @coach_frost coming this fall.#GBR @Stranger_Things pic.twitter.com/wZt704dAIQ— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) July 3, 2019  

Monday Morning Quarterback: Does the Scott Frost training video tweet disrespect Navy SEALs?

6/24/19 | SquareOffs
There is an internet kerfuffle brewing about a training video that Scott Frost tweeted last week. The video shows Nebraska football players going though military-type workouts on the beach and in the water, with voiceover about not cutting corners. Evidently, the video (link below) in part was the idea of Damian Jackson, Husker walk on and former Navy SEAL. pic.twitter.com/2BR8slArsW…

Single-Game Football Tickets to be Available Monday

6/20/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska fans wishing to become a season ticket holder are encouraged to do so before Monday, June 24, by visiting Huskers.com. Currently, a limited number of season tickets for Nebraska’s 2019 home schedule remain, but those sales will close at 8 a.m. Monday. The remaining ticket inventory will be sold on a single-game basis for games with tickets available. Purchasing…

Stryker: Building a team-first mentality doesn’t happen easily

6/16/19 | Tad Stryker
Scott Frost was baptized by fire in Year One. He is getting another baptism — by leisure — as he approaches Year Two. The events of this June are one reason why hardcore college football fans hate the off-season. Maurice Washington and Wan’Dale Robinson — two highly touted athletes who have the ability to make Frost’s offense explode — instead, made…

HUSKER DAN: FRED FROST AND SCOTT HOIBERG: CLONES?

6/10/19 | Husker Dan
Two of Bill Moos' Husker head coach hires over the past year and a half (IMHO) are grand slam home runs.  I'm talking about, of course, Fred Frost and Scott Hoiberg. What's that you say?  I have the names wrong?  Am I losing it?  Nah.  But it can be confusing keeping track of the two of them. Scott Frost (football)…

Monday Morning Quarterback – Who’s the #1 Husker volleyball coach – Terry Pettit or John Cook?

6/10/19 | SquareOffs
Cornhusker women's volleyball has one of the most illustrious histories in all of college sports with more wins than any other program and five NCAA national championships. Two superb coaches have been responsible for building and maintaining a national powerhouse volleyball program - Terry Pettit, coach from 1977-1999, and John Cook, who took over from Pettit 2000 to the present…

Monday Morning Quarterback: 4th Quarter, down by 4, 3rd and 5 – which #30 are you gonna call?

5/27/19 | SquareOffs
The Huskers' all-time leading rusher, Mike Rozier, won the Heisman Trophy in 1983 with an incredible senior season of 2,148 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns, after a consensus All-American junior season. He averaged a mind-boggling 7.8 yards per carry during that 1983 season Ahman Green is in second place of all-time Husker leading rushers, even though he passed up his…

Stryker: Upcoming season will pivot on home games against West foes

5/23/19 | Tad Stryker
I recently watched BTN’s “Big Ten Elite” football retrospective honoring the 1997 Nebraska team. The director did a good job playing up the strongest story lines — Tom Osborne’s final season, the Blackshirt dominance of Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter, the rise of linebacker-mentality quarterback Scott Frost. It was at least as good as the network’s piece on the 1997…

Scott Frost on the Jim Rome Show: 2019-05-13

5/13/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost was on the Jim Rome Show on Monday talking about the progress he sees in Lincoln and his commitment to rebuilding the walk-on program. He believes the results on the field should come shortly. See coverage links below the video.   Scott Frost sees the same progress in Nebraska as he did at UCF…

Big Red Blitz Tickets to be Distributed in Fremont and Norfolk

5/6/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska fans in Norfolk and Fremont should mark their calendars for Thursday, May 16 for their opportunity to get tickets for the 2019 Big Red Blitz presented by First National Bank. Members of the Husker Spirit Squad will be distributing tickets in both communities on May 16 for the upcoming Big Red Blitz events. The Big Red Blitz will make…

Stryker: Put Martinez under center as an occasional changeup

5/5/19 | Tad Stryker
On the road to creating a high-force offense with Oregon speed and Husker power, Scott Frost needs to find a way through a boggy valley. It’s not a long valley. On the contrary, in 2018, the problems often came on third-and-short. In general, with freshman Adrian Martinez running the offense, the Cornhuskers showed signs they’re on the way to becoming…

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…

Stryker report: Family rituals mark end of spring game

4/19/19 | Tad Stryker
It was a day for family April 13 at the annual Red-White spring game in Lincoln. Coach Scott Frost had an unexpected Husker family reunion with a former teammate, defensive back Michael Booker. Meanwhile, young Husker fans lined up under the North Stadium hoping for a handshake or a high five as they honored their heroes on the way to…

Frost, Hoiberg, Moos to Lead Big Red Blitz

4/18/19 | HuskerMax
Head football coach Scott Frost, new men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg and Athletic Director Bill Moos will headline Nebraska coaches and staff on the May 30 Big Red Blitz presented by First National Bank. The tour will visit regions of the state directly impacted by the devastating March floods in Nebraska, with stops in Norfolk, Fremont and at the Strategic…

100 yards with Adrian & Ameer

4/16/19 | HuskerMax
Here's a 100-yard walk and talk by Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez and former Husker Ameer Abdullah, who was part of the Big Ten Network's broadcast team for Nebraska's 2019 Red-White Spring game. | Game page 100 yards with Adrian & Ameer #GBR pic.twitter.com/xW6Ijm4bGY— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 16, 2019      

Reds win spring finale

4/14/19 | HuskerMax
Five quarterbacks played, with sophomores Adrian Martinez and Noah Vedral each topping 100 yards passing. Jaylin Bradley and Brody Belt were the leading rushers, with 57 and 53 yards respectively. Miles Jones, Todd Honas, Wyatt Mazour and Bradley each caught three passes, and Kade Warner led all receivers with 58 yards. Get all the details on the game page.

Stryker: Spring football is family time in Nebraska

4/13/19 | Tad Stryker
Cornhusker fans are knowledgeable, and when the stakes are high, they are as intense as any in college football. But spring football is not one of those times. Spring football in Nebraska is a family reunion, a glorious picnic. It’s the time to see who the new sons, grandsons, nephews look like and what they can do. It’s the time…

2019 spring postgame presser

4/13/19 | HuskerMax
Comments from head coach Scott Frost and numerous players after the 2019 Nebraska football spring game. | Game page   Scott Frost     Adrian Martinez     Darrion Daniels     Mohamed Barry     Austin Allen     Matt Farniok     Wyatt Mazour     Cameron Jurgens     Trent Hixson     Brody Belt    …

Spring game: Highlights & features

4/13/19 | HuskerMax
Highlights and BTN features from the 2019 Nebraska football spring game. Refresh this page for the latest updates.         Saturday in :60 ⏯#GBR pic.twitter.com/4jHmfDqnz6— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 13, 2019     "This state's been through a lot with the flooding...To fill this place for a spring game makes this worthwhile." It's been a good day for…

Stryker Pregame Perspective: Recent hirings raise Husker fans’ optimism

4/13/19 | Tad Stryker
With a brutally cold and snowy winter finally in the rearview mirror, Cornhusker fans filled the streets, restaurants, bars and tailgate sites of Lincoln on a sunny but cool and windy morning before the annual Red-White football game. If today’s pregame survey is any indication, most share the sentiment, “It’s a good time to be a Nebraska fan.” Despite no…

Frost & Martinez on BTN

4/11/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost and quarterback Adrian Martinez spoke with the Big Ten Network about their relationship, the team's progress and more in these videos released Thursday.        

Spring game fan info

4/11/19 | HuskerMax
Nebraska’s annual Red-White Spring Game will take place Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The game will be carried live on the Learfield/IMG Husker Sports Network and televised live to a national audience on BTN. The spring game sold out in less than a week in February. With a capacity crowd expected, fans are encouraged to…

Spring practice No. 14

4/10/19 | HuskerMax
The Huskers practiced Wednesday morning for the final time before Saturday's Red-White Spring Game. Head coach Scott Frost said a number of players will likely be held out, including Wan'Dale Robinson, Maurice Washington, Chris Hickman and Nick Henrich. Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Red-White rosters • Spring schedule • 2019 roster   Coverage • Husker247 |…

Pitch in for flood relief

4/8/19 | HuskerMax
The recent unprecedented flooding has impacted thousands of families across Nebraska and in Southwest Iowa. To date, 74 cities and 65 counties have been declared a State of Emergency. Nebraska Athletics would like to encourage all Nebraskans to help in the relief efforts. At the Nebraska Red-White football game on Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Red Cross, Nebraska Athletics, N…

Spring practice No. 13

4/8/19 | HuskerMax
The Huskers on Monday held their next-to-last practice before Saturday's Red-White spring game. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said the quarterbacks will wear non-contact jerseys, as they have all spring. Two playmakers on offense, JD Spielman and Wan'Dale Robinson, remain limited because of injuries. Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Spring schedule • 2019 roster   Coverage •…

Stryker video: Husker baseball pounds Purdue in series opener

4/6/19 | Tad Stryker
Military Appreciation Weekend and a Big Ten series against Purdue got underway Friday night, April 5, at Haymarket Park. Carter Cross got things going with a two-run single, and the Husker offense scored six in the first, never looking back on the way to a 17-0 victory over the Boilermakers. Cam Chick had a first-inning RBi single. Starting pitcher Mike…

Spring practice No. 11

4/3/19 | HuskerMax
The first half-hour of Wednesday's practice was open to the media, the last such opportunity until the April 13th spring game. Head coach Scott Frost called it "probably the best day of practice since I've been at Nebraska." Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Updates & discussion • Spring schedule • 2019 roster   Coverage • Lincoln…

Spring practice No. 10

4/1/19 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters and running backs coach Ryan Held had good things to say after Monday's practice about the defense's play. "If we don't bring our 'A' game, they're embarrassing us," Walters said. Walters mentioned walk-on Brody Belt as someone who's been impressing as a running back and receiver. Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Spring…

Stryker: Better depth means upturn in chronically weak defensive line

3/29/19 | Tad Stryker
For most of a decade, the defensive line has been the Nebraska football program’s major on-field weakness. Those of us who saw Rich Glover, Larry Jacobson and Broderick Thomas terrorize opponents during the Devaney-Osborne era still have trouble coming to terms with that. Like a persistent cancer, perpetual unsoundness in the trenches has plagued the Huskers ever since Ndamukong Suh…

Spring practice No. 8

3/27/19 | HuskerMax
Reporters were able to observe the first half-hour or so of Wednesday morning's practice. In addition to the links below, dozens of tweeted images and video clips can be found on our discussion thread. Head coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander were among those available for questions afterward. Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Spring…

Spring practice No. 7

3/25/19 | HuskerMax
The Huskers returned to practice Monday after nine days off for spring break. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said afterward that he liked the players' energy level. "We had a great day," he said. "There was no hangover, so to speak." Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Spring schedule • Spring media guide • 2019 roster    …

The lost spring games: 1922-29

3/21/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown started with the 1940s…

The lost spring games: 1930-39

3/20/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown started with the 1940s.…

The lost spring games: 1940-49

3/19/19 | J. Hudson
We now know the first Nebraska football spring game probably occurred in 1922. But what about the subsequent years leading up to 1950, when the university's official recognition of spring games begins? Depending on one's criteria, there were spring games in as many as 22 of the 28 seasons from 1922 to 1949. Our year-by-year rundown starts with the 1940s.…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/LOVE & PROVIDENCE

3/18/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/LOVE & PROVIDENCE   WHY the Great 60 & 3 Success was achieved:  LOVE “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels… and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE NEBRASKA SYSTEM

3/17/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE NEBRASKA SYSTEM THE SYSTEM/SUMMARIES Wrapping up this “how it all happened” portion of this concluding chapter, we’ll end with a few thoughts, theories, summaries, and short statements about the “system” that comprised Nebraska Football during…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE INTENSITY/COMPETITION

3/16/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE INTENSITY/COMPETITION   PRACTICE INTENSITY/COMPETITION We’re now keenly informed and quite aware of: 1) the coaching staff’s diversity, fairness, preparation skills, methods of feedback and personal attention, 2) the three equally important modes of play…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/HUSKER POWER & PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

3/15/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/HUSKER POWER & PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT   THE HUSKER POWER PROGRAM/PLAYER DEVELOPMENT It appears that peer leadership played its most primary role not on the field of play, but instead in the preparation for those practices and…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS

3/14/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS   LEADERSHIP ELEMENTS (Author's note: Today's segment of the final chapter is quite large. That in itself should be a good indicator of the vast leadership roles played by so many during the 90's…

Spring practice No. 5

3/13/19 | HuskerMax
After Nebraska's fifth football practice of spring 2019, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said he was pleased with improvements he was seeing in the Huskers' pass rush. Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt spoke about his battle with cancer. He said he has missed just one practice and has lost more than 40 pounds. "My cure rate is supposed to be really…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PLAYER SKILL & TALENT

3/13/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PLAYER SKILL & TALENT PLAYER SKILL/TALENT What made this gathering of young men different? Unique? What kind of dynamic existed among them? Was it a smorgasbord of individuals or one, big, amorphous congregation? Was it merely…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DEDICATION & DEVOTION

3/12/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued…. Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DEDICATION & DEVOTION DEDICATION/DEVOTION Along with those goals mentioned yesterday -or “vows”, per se-  among the coaches, staffers and student-athletes came the dedication and devotion fueled by the multitude of those motivations. This is another key point…

Spring practice No. 4

3/11/19 | HuskerMax
The Huskers' fourth practice of spring 2019 was the first with any sort of media access. Reporters observed the first half-hour of Monday's session, and they got comments afterward from head coach Scott Frost, assistant coaches on offense, and selected players. Frost said the energy level was down somewhat from last week, perhaps due to the clock change over the…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/GOAL SETTING

3/11/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/GOAL SETTING   GOAL SETTING Branching off of the whole spectre of motivations listed just previous, the team’s next logical step was to annually set their sights on some goals. They went about it by arriving…

1906 spring game? Yes and no

3/10/19 | J. Hudson
There’s no denying that Doane and Nebraska tangled on the gridiron in Lincoln on April 28, 1906, but this game had a purpose unlike any of the others we now call spring games. A sea change in football was just getting under way. The game had come under siege because of frequent deaths and gruesome injuries. In late 1905, Theodore Roosevelt…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/MOTIVATIONS

3/10/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/MOTIVATIONS   MOTIVATIONS Now that we’ve exhausted the most tangible, measurable items telling us how that era came to be, we now move from the physical to the abstract to find what motivated them, moved them,…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/UNITY COUNCIL & TEAM BONDING

3/9/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/UNITY COUNCIL & TEAM BONDING UNITY COUNCIL/TEAM BONDING Drawing on the community-minded and rugged, undying individual spirit of the Nebraska scholarship and walk-on players, what at first began as small position-based cliques among the linebackers, the…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/IN-STATE PLAYERS & THE WALK-ON TRADITION

3/8/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/IN-STATE PLAYERS & THE WALK-ON TRADITION   IN-STATE PLAYERS/THE WALK-ON TRADITION Anyone familiar with college football has surely heard of the famed Nebraska Walk-on Program. If one were lucky he received a scholarship offer, but for others…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/TELEVISION & BOWL GAMES

3/7/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/TELEVISION & BOWL GAMES TELEVISION & BOWL GAMES Expanding a bit more on the concept of tradition, there were also the recurring nemeses’ and what they did for Cornhusker Football. Three schools throughout the years fielded…

Spring practice #2

3/6/19 | HuskerMax
Wednesday's practice had no media access, but here are a couple of photos and a video tweeted out by the Athletic Department. | Discuss | Spring schedule   🤜 Bridge Walk | Bridge Talk 🤛Spring Practice Week 1:» @CoachBeckton & @StollJack #GBR pic.twitter.com/AQTvCfZu7w— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 6, 2019   #WallpaperWednesday// wideouts \\#GBR 👐📲 pic.twitter.com/VBCf6EoBpY— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 6,…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/TRADITION & LEGACY

3/6/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/TRADITION & LEGACY   TRADITION/LEGACY Part and parcel to the fan base, there was also the proud tradition of past Husker players and their personal & team accomplishments to measure up to. No one dared disappoint…

Spring press conference

3/5/19 | HuskerMax
Several players and head coach Scott Frost spoke to reporters Tuesday, one day after the start of Nebraska football spring drills. Frost said running back Maurice Washington will be a limited participant in spring practices as his legal proceedings play out.   • Tuesday transcripts • Spring schedule • Spring media guide • Updated 2019 roster   Coverage • KLKN…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FANS

3/5/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FANS   THE CORNHUSKER FOOTBALL FANS On the opposite end of the spectrum, an age-old component always remained fixed in the players’ consciousness: The Cornhusker Football Fans themselves. What impact did the so-called “Greatest Fans…

Spring practice #1

3/4/19 | HuskerMax
Here are photos from the first practice of Nebraska football's 2019 spring drills. There was no media access during or after the session. | Spring schedule   Spring Practice #1 ☑️ pic.twitter.com/8dqmA0iG0w— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 4, 2019   Center of attention. 😏📷: @HuskerFBNation pic.twitter.com/g5mY1jn76W— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) March 4, 2019      

Spring football schedule

3/4/19 | HuskerMax
Spring football drills will kick off with the Huskers’ first practice on Monday, March 4. Second-year head coach Scott Frost will hold a spring press conference the following day. It begins with players at 11:30 a.m., followed by Frost at 12:30 p.m. and then assistant coaches in a roundtable setting. Also of note is Nebraska’s Pro Day, which will take place Thursday, March…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

3/4/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY   It may not sound very sexy, but TECHNOLOGY played a part: Then something groundbreaking occurred in 1992. It was a perfect commingling of football smarts with high-tech, having finally arrived via Dave Finn,…

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…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DAVE ELLIS

3/3/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DAVE ELLIS   Eminence Outlier #2, the Team Performance Nutritionist and Body Composition guru, Dave Ellis (Omaha’s addendum): I hired Dave Ellis to be the nutritionist. I think he did a tremendous job giving Nebraska an…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DR. JACK STARK

3/2/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DR. JACK STARK   THE EMINENCE OUTLIERS Then there were the last additions to the staff, the two native Nebraskans who –I firmly believe- put the finishing touches on the organization’s getting over the hump, who…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/KEITH ZIMMER & DENNIS LEBLANC

3/1/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/KEITH ZIMMER & DENNIS LEBLANC Reversing course in the bowels of Memorial Stadium, we head back to the West Stadium’s Hewit Center and Boekel Academic Center to find the Number 3 Eminence Inlier in Academic…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/GEORGE SULLIVAN & JERRY WEBER

2/28/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/GEORGE SULLIVAN & JERRY WEBER   Along with Doak Ostergard were the other, key athletic trainers who played a large part and had a daily hand in the student-athletes’ lives. Here we read about the special…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DOAK OSTERGARD

2/27/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/DOAK OSTERGARD Moving from the West Stadium Strength Complex to the South Stadium Training room there was the Number 2 Eminence Inlier in Athletic Trainer/Top Secret Reconnaissance Man, Gothenburg native Doak Ostergard: …the training room…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/BRYAN BAILEY

2/26/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/BRYAN BAILEY Then there were the BIG THREE of the support staff (all native Nebraskans), those individuals who seemed to hold a certain something extra, something special, some extraordinary method of inuring themselves to the kids…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/BOYD EPLEY

2/25/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/BOYD EPLEY Focusing now on a few of those key, individual support people, you had the Godfather of Collegiate Strength Training himself: Boyd Epley. A visionary with big dreams and a knack for motivating, goal setting…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/Support Staff

2/24/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/Support Staff SUPPORT STAFF Alongside and supplementing the Football Coaching Staff’s various modes of feedback, instruction, and mentoring came help from the shadows, if you will. Perhaps the upcoming names may not ring a bell to…

Stryker: Looking outside the box to fill NU coaching vacancy

2/23/19 | Tad Stryker
It’s been about two weeks since defensive line coach Mike Dawson announced his resignation Feb. 11, a transaction that both creates a problem and opened new possibilities for the Nebraska football program. When Scott Frost was hired, it was widely expected that offense would be the strength of his team. That turned out to be true in Year One, and…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ ATTENTION/FEEDBACK/PERSONAL TOUCHES

2/23/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ ATTENTION/FEEDBACK/PERSONAL TOUCHES   Speaking of communication flowing up and down the hierarchy of the organization, what cemented player/coach relationships and bonded them as one were the various instances and ways the staff showed caring &…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FAIRNESS FACTOR

2/22/19 | Paul Koch
    Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE FAIRNESS FACTOR THE FAIRNESS FACTOR During recruitment a young athlete was never promised anything more than a reasonable opportunity to prove themselves and contribute, what’s often known as “getting a fair shake.” That’s…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PREPARATION

2/21/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued…. Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/PREPARATION PREPARATION Knowing what we know about the practice session efficiency, even more telling was the way in which the staff prepared not only the team, but also themselves in advance of a contest. From the…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE ORGANIZATION

2/20/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/ PRACTICE ORGANIZATION   PRACTICE ORGANIZATION You think Saturday afternoon Husker game days were full of action? That was nothing compared to Monday through Thursday inside Memorial Stadium, at the grass infields of the Ed Weir…

Spring games: Busting a myth

2/20/19 | J. Hudson
Yes, Virginia, there were Nebraska football spring games before 1950. Long before. The university's official records list the 1950 Varsity-Alumni tilt as the first spring game. But the truth is that Husker spring games were being played before those midcentury Varsity men were even born. As far back as the early 1920s, spring practices ended with an intra-squad game that…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The ‘Coaches’ Behind the Scenes

2/19/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The ‘Coaches’ Behind the Scenes   THE FORGOTTEN COACHES: ANOTHER SPECIAL TEAM We wouldn’t be doing this summary justice without emphasizing the young coaches toiling behind the full-time staff. I’m talking about the Graduate Assistants and…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/SPECIAL TEAMS

2/18/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/SPECIAL TEAMS   THE NEBRASKA SPECIAL TEAMS It’s amazing how often the concept of special teams is overlooked when one thinks about football success. But for a coaching staff who didn’t have the benefits of a…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The Blackshirt Defense

2/17/19 | Paul Koch
  Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/The Blackshirt Defense   THE NEBRASKA DEFENSE DEFENSE: a word whose Latin root means “a forbidding,” is an apt description for the Nebraska Blackshirts unit. Built around a front line and rush ends who were…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE HUSKER OFFENSE

2/16/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Continued….   Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE HUSKER OFFENSE   THE NEBRASKA OFFENSE Focusing now on the offensive scheme employed, Nebraska differentiated itself from many pro-style offenses by employing a multi-faceted run game, which in turn led to play-action passing culled from…

Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE COACHING STAFF

2/15/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 104, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter/THE COACHING STAFF   There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion;…

Husker Dan: Recruiting by the numbers

2/14/19 | Husker Dan
150, 50, 27, 23, 20, 5 and 0 In a minute, we'll take a look at what these numbers mean. But first, it's official.  The 2019 Husker Recruiting Class came to an end last week during the anticlimactic February signing day.  Frost's first "real" recruiting class has been ranked in the Top 20 by several rating bureaus.  Not bad.  And…

Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 2

2/13/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 103, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Do you recall the very first Nebraska game you attended? KP: No, I don’t. It was pre-Devaney, though. It was the Jennings era. I remember watching Pat Fischer play quarterback and defensive back…

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…

Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka, Part 1

2/12/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 103, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   I’ve just gotta tell you: If Nebraska is the “offense of the 50’s”, they must be referring to the average score… -Kent Pavelka, Nebraska Radio Play-by-Play Announcer, 1996 Fiesta Bowl   Arriving at our final interview, my affinity for the work of…

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…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 3

2/10/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 3 Continued…. Q: We were pretty much ahead of the curve with the quality of technology in comparison to other schools, weren’t we? BC: Oh, yeah. At Nebraska we were. There was an NFL team along…

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…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 2

2/9/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Did you guys also do the pre-game psych-up videos the players began seeing? BC: Yeah, we did. We did those all the way up until when HuskerVision came in, and they were a…

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…

Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter, Part 1

2/8/19 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 102, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 2 by Paul Koch   The real good time to learn was both by watching yourself and watching other guys in the film review session after every game and every practice. Everything you did the day before, you really learned a lot by watching. You’d find out…