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1970 Day by Day: Oct. 4

10/4/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 4: Showdown with nemesis Mizzou is next. There was no practice Sunday for the Huskers, but players' and coaches' focus no doubt had turned to the showdown at the end of the week with Missouri, defending Big Eight co-champions with Nebraska. The Tigers were looking for their fourth consecutive win in the series, and they were sporting a 3-1…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 3

10/3/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 3: Huskers' fast start buries Gophers. Operating against a stiff wind, Nebraska racked up 21 points and 200-plus yards in the first quarter en route to a 35-10 victory Saturday at Minnesota. Johnny Rodgers got things going with a six-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, but Ernie Cook's 45-yard TD jaunt pulled Minnesota even, 7-7, midway into…

10/2/2020 presser: Friday practice

10/2/20 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost talked with the media Friday after the Huskers' practice. He said cornerback Braxton Clark has a shoulder injury that will probably force him to miss the season.   HuskerMax · 2020.10.02 KLIN HuskerMax Practice Report Coverage Omaha World-Herald | Frost talks testing, depth and a key injury in the secondary Husker247 | Husker defensive…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 2

10/2/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 2: Gophers seen as no pushover. In their final pregame wrap-ups, the Nebraska newspapers set the stage for a tough battle between the Huskers and Minnesota despite the Gophers' status as 9½-point underdogs and Nebraska's recent mastery in the series. The Lincoln Journal noted that the Gophers had yet to be scored upon in the first half and said…

10/1/2020 presser: Thursday practice

10/1/20 | HuskerMax
Players and coaches from the offense talked with the media after Thursday's practice. Offensive coordinator Matt Lubik said Adrian Martinez is the starter at quarterback but that competition is ongoing between him and Luke McCaffrey. Assistant coach Greg Austin outlined where things stand in the competition at all five spots on the offensive line. Refresh this page for the latest…

1970 Day by Day: Oct. 1

10/1/20 | J. Hudson
Oct. 1: Huskers look healthy for trip north. The game of musical chairs envisioned earlier in the week for Nebraska's offensive line was deemed unnecessary Thursday. Coach Bob Devaney said starting right guard Donnie McGhee appeared good to go for Saturday's game at Minnesota. The senior had been dealing with a shoulder problem. Health at quarterback had improved to the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 30

9/30/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 30: Quarterbacks rounding into form. Coach Bob Devaney declared quarterbacks Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson to be almost completely healthy Wednesday, three days before Nebraska's clash with Minnesota. After weeks of elbow soreness, Brownson was throwing long passes again, but with some pain. Offensive guard Donnie McGhee remained questionable because of a sore shoulder. Devaney said Nebraska would test…

Husker Dan: 2020 Buckeyes: NU’s Toughest Opener?

9/29/20 | Husker Dan
As everyone in Huskerland knows, Big Ten football has been given the green light to begin the 2020 season in about three weeks.  After two earlier schedules were scrapped by the BT this summer, new nine-game schedules were revealed September 19th.  IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME! And when Husker fans found out who their opener was this year, they weren't too…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Who will be the Huskers’ starting quarterback in the last game?

9/29/20 | SquareOffs
There's a lot of attention on the competition for Husker starting quarterback this year. Twenty-one game starter Adrian Martinez is coming off a challenging sophomore season that was definitely a step back. Freshman Luke McCaffrey, in limited playing time in a redshirt season last year, got fans excited with his playmaking both running and throwing. Martinez is the clear favorite…

9/29/2020 presser: Tuesday practice

9/29/20 | HuskerMax
Defensive players and coaches talked with the press after Tuesday's practice. Replay the video below, peruse the Twitter updates, and check back as more coverage comes in. Refresh this page for the latest updates. Coverage Hail Varsity | Husker Defense Ready to Be Back in Pads: 'That’s When the Fun Comes' Omaha World-Herald | Huskers not backing down from tough…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 29

9/29/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 29: Shuffle on O-line a possibility. Nebraska faced a possible shift of duties on the offensive line Tuesday as the Huskers prepared for their game at Minnesota. Starting right guard Donnie McGhee's status for Saturday was uncertain because of a sore shoulder. Keith Wortman, the starter at left guard, was preparing to slide over to McGhee's spot, in which…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 28

9/28/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 28: Girding for Gophers' ground game. The Huskers went through a 90-minute workout Monday and then viewed films of their next opponent, Minnesota. Nursing a knee injury, defensive end John Pitts was considered doubtful for Saturday. The Huskers otherwise appeared to be at full strength for their trip to Minneapolis. Nebraska was preparing for a heavy dose of the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 27

9/27/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 27: Fans got their film fix on Sundays. With no organized practice going on, all was quiet on the Nebraska football front on the day after the win over Army. As usual, fans across the state could pore over the Sunday newspapers' game coverage and then tune in to the hourlong "Bob Devaney Show." The program each week would…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 26

9/26/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 26: Sputtering start no problem vs. Army. Despite a slow start on offense, Nebraska had little trouble Saturday putting away Army, 28-0. The heavily favored Huskers didn't score until less than five minutes remained in the first half. A 43-yard touchdown pass from Jerry Tagge to Johnny Rodgers broke the ice. Early in the third quarter, Joe Orduna added…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 25

9/25/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 25: Guarding against a letdown. With Nebraska going up against heavy underdog Army, there was little suspense to drum up in the newspapers' final previews. Army coach Tom Cahill was declaring it "rededication week" after the Cadets' upset loss to Baylor. The Cadets were going to need rededication and a whole lot more as they entered a brutal five-game…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 24

9/24/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 24: Cox gets the call at split end. Senior split end Guy Ingles practiced Thursday for the first time since the Southern Cal game, but his painful rib injury meant his status for Saturday's game against Army remained iffy. It was announced that Woody Cox would start in his place. Cox, a 5-foot-9 junior, transferred to Nebraska over the…

Husker Dan: Now Is the Time for the Fans

9/23/20 | Husker Dan
Now that Big Ten football might actually happen this fall, it might be time to thank those whose collective efforts made it all happen.  I'm thinking about Husker head football coach Scott Frost, AD Bill Moos, UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green and University President Ted Carter.  These people were steadfast in their efforts to get the Big Ten Conference to reconsider…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 23

9/23/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 23: Tooth trouble for Brownson. Wet weather forced the Huskers indoors for parts of Wednesday's practice, but the offense got in a good deal of work on Memorial Stadium's artificial surface once the rain subsided. There was hope that Guy Ingles might play Saturday against Army. For a third consecutive practice, the senior split end was sidelined by the…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 22

9/22/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 22: Fatigue factor fades as Army awaits. Nebraska's tie with Southern Cal brought individual honors Tuesday to Huskers on both sides of the ball. Linebacker Jerry Murtaugh (14 unassisted tackles, 11 assists) was named Big Eight lineman of the week, and I-back Joe Orduna (135 yards rushing) earned a spot in the four-man national backfield of the week chosen…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 21

9/21/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 21: Three starters not in pads. Quarterback Jerry Tagge, offensive guard Donnie McGhee and split end Guy Ingles were not in pads Monday as Nebraska began preparations for its game against Army. Coach Bob Devaney said the plan was to rest Tagge as much as possible during the coming week to let his thigh injury clear up. Ingles suffered…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 20

9/20/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 20: A welcome home for Huskers. A crowd of 1,000 cheered the Huskers as the team arrived Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Municipal Airport after the 21-21 tie with Southern Cal the night before. Few fans voiced disappointment with the deadlock in L.A., even if the players were in no mood to treat the result as a moral victory against…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 19

9/19/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 19: A tie with the touted Trojans. An 11-point underdog against third-ranked Southern Cal, Nebraska never trailed. The No. 9 Huskers might have won if not for a botched chip-shot field goal in the fourth quarter. Instead, a 21-21 tie was what they had to show for their toils Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Afterward, the Huskers…

Husker Dan: Let’s Play Fall Ball!

9/18/20 | Husker Dan
FROST PASSING First of all, my condolences go to Scott Frost and his family for the recent passing of his father, Larry.  If you're a long time Husker fan, you remember Larry as a halfback for Nebraska from 1967-1969. As a starter his senior year, Larry was the NU Back of the Week for his play in the season opener…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 18

9/18/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 18: Sports scribes not on same page. On the day before the big game against Southern Cal, what exactly was Nebraska's quarterback situation? Take your pick: Business as usual, or completely unsettled. It depended on which newspaper's final preview you were reading. In Lincoln, both the Star and the Journal treated quarterback Jerry Tagge's leg problem as a non-issue.…

Stryker: 2020 the year Frost, Huskers forge road to redemption

9/17/20 | Tad Stryker
It’s an opening. It’s an opportunity. That’s all that any self-respecting independent cuss would want, isn’t it? The belated but welcome decision by Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors to reinstate football for 2020 — even under unnecessarily rigid conditions that could be considered a poke at schools like Nebraska who clamored for football through the whole convoluted process — will…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 17

9/17/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 17: Thursday night lights and QB questions. Quarterback Jerry Tagge missed a second consecutive practice as the Huskers went through their plays under the lights Thursday night on the grass turf of Seacrest Field. Van Brownson, recovering from a prolonged stretch of elbow soreness, was said to be on target with his throws during the closed session in east…

Big Ten football is back

9/16/20 | HuskerMax
The conference's Aug. 11th decision has been reversed. Watch a replay of BTN's coverage of the return of Big Ten football as well as Nebraska's press conference featuring Athletic Director Bill Moos and Chancellor Ronnie Green. (Transcript here.) Scroll down for all the coverage and commentary. Schedules have yet to be released, but play will start the weekend of Oct.…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 16

9/16/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 16: Twists and turns at quarterback. There was good and bad news at quarterback as Nebraska practiced in the rain Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Van Brownson, severely limited for two weeks by an ailing elbow, resumed throwing a day earlier than expected. Jerry Tagge, however, did not practice after suffering a burst blood vessel in his leg Tuesday night.…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 15

9/15/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 15: Roster moves made on defense. Three previously unsettled positions on defense firmed up Tuesday, with two sophomores and a junior tagged as probable starters for Saturday night's game at Southern Cal. Coach Bob Devaney announced the first-team assignments for sophomore right end Willie Harper, junior tackle Larry Jacobson and sophomore cornerback Joe Blahak. Left defensive end John Adkins…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 14

9/14/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 14: Too much surf on the natural turf. Nebraska's grass practice fields were soggy Monday from rain, so the Huskers practiced on Memorial Stadium's AstroTurf. It wasn't an ideal situation given that Saturday's big game at Southern Cal would be played on natural turf. USC's 485 yards rushing against Alabama had Nebraska's attention. "We'll have to wait and see…

If the Big Ten plays with a late start in 2020, should the CFP wait for them?

9/13/20 | SquareOffs
News reports are saying the Big Ten is putting together 2020 season plans that the presidents and chancellors will vote on soon. This could mean a late October start date. If the season can start sooner than later, then Big Ten teams could potentially play enough games to qualify for a College Football Playoff bid. Even a November start date…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 13

9/13/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 13: Trojans looking impressive. Southern California loomed as a formidable opponent for Nebraska long before the season began. Now, six days before the West Coast showdown, the Huskers' task appeared even tougher. On Saturday, USC got everyone's attention by whipping Alabama on the road by three touchdowns. On Sunday, there was concern the Huskers would have to rely on…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 12

9/12/20 | J. Hudson
Joe Orduna eludes Wake Forest’s Frank Fussell en route to a 20-yard touchdown. Sept. 12: Tagge delivers vs. Deacons. A week filled with worries about the Nebraska quarterbacks’ health seemed like a distant memory by the time the Huskers were finished with Wake Forest, 36-12, in Saturday’s season opener. Jerry Tagge hit 9 of 12 passes for 168 yards, including…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 11

9/11/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 11: A tall task for Deacons. One thing hasn’t changed in 50 years: Little or no news typically comes out of Friday in-season practices. With that in mind, this series on Fridays will consist mainly of final pregame wrap-ups that appeared in the Friday evening or Saturday morning newspapers. The North Carolina press oozed pessimism about Wake Forest’s chances…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 10

9/10/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 10: Starting lineups firmed up. Likely starters were named at all positions but one after Thursday’s light workout. To nobody's surprise, Jerry Tagge got the nod at quarterback even though he was running at only two-thirds speed by coach Bob Devaney's estimation. Van Brownson’s ailing right elbow finally showed some improvement, and Devaney said the junior signal-caller might suit…

NU president: B1G vote coming soon

9/9/20 | HuskerMax
NU system president Ted Carter tells KLIN radio that the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force is "putting together some plans that the presidents and chancellors will vote on very soon." .@UofNE_President Ted Carter talked disinformation with @Kellan_Heavican and threw in this nugget.The Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force is "putting together some plans that the presidents and…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 9

9/9/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 9: Huskers ease up as game nears. With Jerry Tagge appearing more and more certain to start at quarterback against Wake Forest, there was growing concern Wednesday about Van Brownson's ailing right elbow. “We’re not even sure what the problem is," coach Bob Devaney said, adding: “I’m concerned about it even beyond Saturday.” Devaney said Tagge’s sore leg was…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 8

9/8/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 8: Tagge’s status brightens QB picture. The quarterback situation remained worrisome after Tuesday’s practice, but there was hope that Jerry Tagge could answer the bell Saturday against Wake Forest. “We got a full day of practice from Tagge, but Van looks more doubtful than ever,” coach Bob Devaney said. A leg bruise continued to slow Tagge. As for Van…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 7

9/7/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 7: Quarterbacks still on the mend. With Nebraska’s top two quarterbacks dinged up, sophomore Bob Jones was running the No. 1 offense during Monday’s practice. Coach Bob Devaney held out hope that Van Brownson and Jerry Tagge would be ready to play in Saturday’s opener against Wake Forest. Brownson was nursing a sore elbow, as he had been for…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 6

9/6/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 6: Huskers 9th in preseason poll. The Huskers learned they would start the season with a No. 9 national ranking as the Associated Press released its preseason Top Twenty poll Sunday. Ohio State and Texas claimed the top two spots, just ahead of No. 3 Southern Cal, Nebraska’s second opponent. The other ranked teams on the Huskers’ schedule were…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 5

9/5/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 5: Scrimmage fails to satisfy Devaney. The heavy work of fall camp ended as the Huskers played a game-like scrimmage Saturday in front of about 2,000 fans. The Red team, with the top offensive and defensive units, dominated the Whites, 47-3. Coach Bob Devaney wasn’t impressed, however, saying consistency was lacking with a week to go before the opener…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 4

9/4/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 4: Here are the captains. Dan Schneiss and Jerry Murtaugh were announced as Nebraska’s co-captains for 1970 after Friday’s practice. Fullback Schneiss was the team’s second-leading rusher in 1969, a year that saw linebacker Murtaugh set the school record for tackles in a single season. The two seniors were elected by their teammates. “Both are outstanding players and will…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 3

9/3/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 3: Hurtin’ Huskers wrap up two-a-days. It was the last of the two-a-days Thursday, and a few more banged-up Huskers joined the list of those who might sit out Saturday’s scrimmage. Things were so thin at center that coach Bob Devaney called up Dan Anderson in Fremont and had him rejoin the squad. Anderson had not been invited to…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 2

9/2/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 2: Snakebit at the center position. The Huskers took another hit at center as sophomore Doug Jamail suffered a badly sprained ankle during scrimmaging Wednesday. Sophomore Doug Dumler now appeared to be a shoo-in to start in the Sept. 12 opener against Wake Forest. Dumler, who began fall camp at No. 3, took over the No. 1 spot after…

1970 Day by Day: Sept. 1

9/1/20 | J. Hudson
Sept. 1: Still looking for a pass rush. An ineffective pass rush continued to concern coach Bob Devaney after a pair of practices on a hot and humid Tuesday, 11 days before the season opener against Wake Forest. With three starters from last season gone, the defensive secondary can ill afford the extra burden of an opposing quarterback with ample…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 31

8/31/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 31: From the mouth of Murtaugh. Little if anything remarkable happened on the practice field Monday as the Cornhuskers resumed two-a-days. What occurred afterward, though, has become ingrained in the lore surrounding the 1970 season. More than two dozen sports journalists observed the Huskers’ afternoon practice as the Big Eight Skywriters tour hit Lincoln. When the workout was finished,…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 30

8/30/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 30: One week down, two to go. In a break from two-a-days, the Huskers held a single practice Sunday and installed the final batch of offensive plays for the Sept. 12 season opener against Wake Forest. Coaches weren’t finished evaluating the four reels of film from Saturday’s scrimmage, so any lineup changes were yet to be announced. One exception…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 29

8/29/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 29: Offense steps up in scrimmage. Six touchdowns were rung up as the offense ruled the first major scrimmage of fall camp, but coach Bob Devaney wasn't hitting the panic button with his inexperienced defense. The two juniors vying for the top quarterback job put up similarly solid numbers. Jerry Tagge, playing mainly with the first team, completed 11…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 28

8/28/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 28: Tuning up for major scrimmage. On the eve of the first major scrimmage of fall, Bob Devaney said offensive consistency wasn’t what it needed to be. “We’re certainly not ready to play a game, but it’s coming along,” the Huskers’ head coach remarked after two-a-days Friday, the fifth day of fall practice. The Omaha World-Herald had a more…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 27

8/27/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 27: Pads go on, and the hitting begins. The Huskers strapped on full gear Thursday for the first time of fall camp, and coach Bob Devaney was pleased to say afterward that “those defensive guys haven’t forgotten how to hit.” The No. 1 defense, returning just three starters from 1969, stymied the No. 1 offense for the first several…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 26

8/26/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 26: A second Husker in sick bay. One day after moving up to the No. 1 spot at flanker, Johnny Rodgers was sidelined by pain in his side. The sophomore from Omaha missed Wednesday afternoon’s practice, joining senior right guard Donnie McGhee on the sick list and undergoing tests at the Student Health Center. “The doctors aren’t sure what…

Stryker: Big Ten cancellation stinks worse 2 weeks later

8/25/20 | Tad Stryker
Two weeks after Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren announced the cancellation of all his conference’s fall sports, I have a hard time understanding the critical thinking skills (or lack thereof) shown by the leaders of the Big Ten Conference. I know I’m not alone. An army of hot-blooded Husker fans immediately called for Warren’s firing. They criticized the Big Ten…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Should college football have a commissioner or other governing body?

8/25/20 | SquareOffs
Speaking at a news conference Monday, Nick Saban was asked what his thoughts were on whether college football needed a commissioner. The Alabama coach said he thinks it's important "that we have something or someone, some organizational body that can bring everyone together." Saban went on to say “And I don’t know if that’s a commissioner, if it’s some council,…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 25

8/25/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 25: Offense coming along. A sore elbow kept Van Brownson from throwing much, but Jerry Tagge’s passing was sharp Tuesday, the Huskers’ second day of fall practice. Coach Bob Devaney said the installation of the offense was going quickly, a byproduct of the NCAA’s three-year-old no-pads rule covering the first three days of fall practices. Much of Tuesday was…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 24

8/24/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 24: Huskers hit the ground running. Coaches sent the Huskers on a 12-minute run as 1970’s fall practices began with two no-pads sessions Monday. Linemen were expected to cover at least 1½ miles in that time; backs and ends, 1¾ to 2 miles. Those targets were met “almost without exception,” said coach Bob Devaney, who declared the team was…

1970 Day by Day: Aug. 23

8/23/20 | J. Hudson
Aug. 23: Players report for fall camp. Fifty years ago today, more than 80 Cornhusker players reported for fall camp and posed for photos on Memorial Stadium’s new AstroTurf. It was the official start of a 132-day march to something special: the Nebraska football program’s first national championship. But on this summer Sunday, no one could have known that. How…

Feit: Digesting a B1G, Wild Week

8/13/20 | Dave Feit
This week has seen a month's worth of drama after the Big Ten announced they are postponing the fall sports season until the spring.  Here is a quick - and by no means complete - timeline of events:   Wednesday, August 5:  The Big Ten releases the 2020 conference football schedule, along with a five page "executive summary" of COVID-19…

B1G plug is pulled

8/11/20 | HuskerMax
The Big Ten on Tuesday postponed football and all other fall sports until spring due to COVID-19 concerns. Nebraska brass expressed disappointment and said they still hoped Husker players could compete somehow, though Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren shot down that notion Tuesday evening.  Click the video below for Warren's earlier response to questions about Nebraska's stance, and jump down…

Stryker: With adults in charge in Lincoln, hope for football persists

8/10/20 | Tad Stryker
Nebraska administrators, football coaches and players have been remarkably steady, effective and responsible throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and the concurrent racial unrest, one of the most volatile and confounding stretches in American history, and it culminated in an admirable media showing by coach Scott Frost and three of his players on Aug. 10. The Cornhuskers are galvanizing into a stronger,…

Frost: Let them play

8/10/20 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost met with the news media Monday afternoon and said Nebraska is prepared to look into scheduling games outside the conference structure if the Big Ten nixes football this fall. Dicaprio Bootle, Adrian Martinez and Matt Farniok also spoke of their desire to play this fall one way or another. Full video below.   Coverage HuskerMax · 2020.08.10 KLIN…

2020 fall camp, Day 2

8/8/20 | HuskerMax
Here's a brief video from Saturday's practice, the second official session of fall camp.   08.08.20#GBR x #TheGoodLife pic.twitter.com/S53aeDrzPo— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 8, 2020

2020 fall camp, Day 1

8/7/20 | HuskerMax
Here are some moments from Friday's practice, the first official session of fall camp.   08.07.20#GBR x #TheGoodLife pic.twitter.com/7ZSvtgVHxS— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) August 8, 2020

Husker Dan: ’Tis the Season to Be Jolly?

8/6/20 | Husker Dan
Hallelujah! Joy! Awesome! Fantastic! Far Out! Rad! Cool! Groovy! Super! Sensational! (It's amazing what you can find in a thesaurus.) I know, we can't be giddy for too long considering there is a possibility the 2020 football season won't be played in its entirety or even at all. But for now, any news that points in the direction of having…

Keven Lightner could use your help

8/4/20 | HuskerMax
Keven Lightner, all-conference offensive tackle for the Huskers in 1987, is in a fight for his life against COVID-19. A GoFundMe drive is underway to cover some of his expenses. Keven Lightner, all-conference offensive tackle for the Huskers in 1987, is in a fight for his life against COVID-19. Keven is an assistant coach with the Fujitsu Frontiers of Japan's…

Pernell: Nebraska adds elite JUCO Defensive Back

7/28/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Scott Frost and his staff leave no stone unturned when it comes to looking for talent to add to the roster. He has reignited the storied walk-on program and this offseason has added several transfers from FBS programs. Most notable among them are offensive linemen Nouredin Nouili, who as a true freshman last season started seven games at guard for…

Husker Dan: What the Husker Season May Look Like

7/22/20 | Husker Dan
What the Husker football season is going to look like this fall has not been officially announced, but one of the scenarios allows for a full 12 game season for all of the B1G Ten Conference members. How is that possible when the B1G has eliminated all non-conference games?  Good question. WARREN PEACE? B1G Ten first-year commissioner Kevin Warren might…

Do you see the Huskers getting to 6-4 in the new Big Ten season?

7/13/20 | SquareOffs
Not a surprising announcement last week from the Big Ten that the 2020 is going to be shortened to conference play only. This enables the conference to perhaps push the start back a couple weeks and build in more open weekends. We should know more in a few weeks about whether the season will even happen. For now it's on.…

Stryker: If facts override fear, college stadiums should fill

7/1/20 | Tad Stryker
Fear certainly sells, and the Covid-19 pandemic has given the national media plenty of fuel to ramp up its fearmongering efforts. Unfortunately, the upcoming college athletic seasons, including football, could be disproportionately affected, unless decision-makers see through the one-sided narrative. I’m not surprised that the media report sensational-sounding raw numbers without context, but I’m disappointed in the scientific community for…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Who is your pick for the top Husker guard?

6/24/20 | SquareOffs
The Nebraska tradition for outstanding lineman is well known, with the Outland going to Huskers nine times, way more than any other school. A long line of Husker lineman have excelled on both sides of the ball. So many, that you can do things like compare greats at a single position - such as offensive guard, where two of the…

Husker Dan: Will There Be a College Football Season This Fall?

6/9/20 | Husker Dan
It's June and already the preseason college football magazines are appearing on shelves throughout the country.  And now that COVID 19 restrictions are being relaxed, amateur athletes from all over the nation have been resuming workouts at their respective colleges, universities and high schools.  Yes, social distancing measures are still being required, but the idea of college football games taking…

Nebraska: Kordell’s Kryptonite

6/3/20 | J. Hudson
Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart was a dual-threat dynamo — except when he faced Nebraska. The Big Red had a way of making "Slash" look like an under-prepared third-stringer. The Big Eight’s all-time total offense leader with 7,770 yards, Stewart earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior in 1994. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the second round of the 1995…

Stryker: Tom Novak stood tall amid Nebraska football depression

5/25/20 | Tad Stryker
It’s not often that a football team returns to the field early and watches the marching band wrap up its halftime show. They’ve usually got more urgent things on their mind. But even with a rare victory in sight, at the end of the worst decade in Nebraska football history, coach Bill Glassford and most of his team were fixated…

Monday Morning Quarterback: Do you think there will be college football this year?

5/4/20 | SquareOffs
On Friday the NCAA released a three-phase plan for resuming college sports. The three phases are based on the federal guidelines for easing social distancing and other limitations imposed such as prohibiting large gatherings. The NCAA is taking the position that in order for college sports to be resumed, "resocialization of collegiate sports must be grounded in resocialization of college…

Stryker: Are Cheeseheads as spoiled as Husker fans of yesteryear?

5/1/20 | Tad Stryker
Nationally, the NFL Draft was a timely, agreeable oasis for a nation starved of meaningful sports news. At my house, it was equally welcome; I watched most of the first round, and about half of rounds 2 and 3, which means I tuned in for more of the draft this year than the past five years combined. Despite its socially-distanced,…

Degrees of Separation for Husker Fans

4/29/20 | David Max
I have always said that the six degrees of separation for Husker Fans is only three. I will start by sharing one experience I have had recently. Donna and I were sitting at the bar in our favorite restaurant in Elk Grove last year waiting for our dinner table with our daughter Crystal and son in law Andy. Andy was…

70 Huskers Named to Berringer Citizenship Team

4/27/20 | HuskerMax
Seventy Nebraska football players have been recognized for their work in the community by being named to the 23rd annual Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. The group includes 40 repeat honorees and 30 first-time selections. Mohamed Barry, Pernell Jefferson, Reid Karel and Wyatt Mazour highlighted the group as each made his fifth appearance on the Berringer Citizenship Team, while Avery Anderson,…

Twin picks: Davises drafted

4/25/20 | HuskerMax
More than six years after committing to the Huskers, Khalil and Carlos Davis are bound for the NFL. The twin defensive linemen from Blue Springs, Mo., weathered multiple coaching changes on their way to becoming NFL draft material. After being selected Saturday, they're going their separate ways for the first time — Khalil to Tampa Bay and Carlos to Pittsburgh.…

Husker Dan: September Song for Nebraska?

4/23/20 | Husker Dan
But it's a long, long while From May to December And the days grow short When you reach September   –Lyrics from Kurt Weill's "September Song" This was to have been the week I was going to write about the Husker Spring Game, how 85,000 people came out on a beautiful, cool spring day to see what this year's crop of…

Pernell: Top 100 Prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft

4/22/20 | Jeremy Pernell
Rank-Name-Position-School 1. Chase Young, DE (Ohio State) 2. Isaiah Simmons, OLB/SS (Clemson) 3. Jeffrey Okudah, CB (Ohio State) 4. Joe Burrow, QB (LSU) 5. Derrick Brown, DT (Auburn) 6. Tua Tagovailoa, QB (Alabama) 7. Jedrick Wills, OT (Alabama) 8. Justin Herbert, QB (Oregon) 9. Jerry Jeudy, WR (Alabama) 10. Mekhi Becton, OT (Louisville) 11. Tristan Wirfs, OT (Iowa) 12. CeeDee…

Watch: Virtual Spring Game 2020

4/18/20 | HuskerMax
You can watch or rewatch the 2020 Nebraska football virtual spring game and associated features below, plus check out coverage of the online event.   • Omaha World Herald | Eric Crouch leads fourth-quarter comeback for White team in Nebraska's virtual spring game • Hail Varsity | Five Thoughts on a Dramatic, Entertaining (Virtual) Husker Spring Game • Hail Varsity…

Sam Francis Named to Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame

4/14/20 | HuskerMax
Sam Francis, a two-sport star for the Huskers in the 1930s, was announced as the fifth member of the 2020 University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame class on Tuesday, April 14. Francis is being inducted posthumously, as he passed away on April 23, 2002, at the age of 88. Francis was a decorated member of Nebraska’s football and track and…

Husker Dan: The Huskers need to get to Carnegie Hall

4/8/20 | Husker Dan
Dear Readers: I hope all of you are coping as best as you can with the COVID-19 pandemic that now has reached over 180 countries.  Many people have died and more will, so I urge everyone to heed the basics in trying to limit the spread of the disease. To date, I don't know any one either in my family…

Stryker: All-Underrated team deserves renewed esteem

4/5/20 | Tad Stryker
Underrated does not necessarily mean underappreciated, at least when it comes to Nebraska football. Most Cornhusker fans know the two-deep lineup like the back of their hand, so it stands to reason they never let a solid performer escape their notice, even if he doesn’t get high postseason honors. This is my Husker All-Underrated Team, starting with 1962, the beginning…

Telling the story of Husker football in five games. Or 18.

4/3/20 | HuskerMax
The Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel listed five games that tell the story of Husker football, and he invited five other longtime observers of the program (Kent Pavelka, Mike Babcock, Lee Barfknecht, Eric Olson and Chuck Sinclair) to do the same. Here are the games they listed, with links to our game pages. The Omaha World-Herald's Tom Shatel listed five games…