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“Big Ten Elite”: ’97 Huskers

9/29/18 | HuskerMax
Here are several clips from BTN's "Big Ten Elite" program on the 1997 Huskers. The show airs Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. CDT. December 1⃣1⃣th, 1997 marked the end of an important era for @HuskerFBNation.Coach Tom Osborne announced his intention to retire following the 1997 season.Big Ten Elite x Physicians Mutual Debuts TOMORROW at 7 ET on BTN. pic.twitter.com/DCTW4rpUWy— Nebraska…

Stryker Pregame Perspective: Fans give tips on keeping the faith

9/29/18 | Tad Stryker
The sun came up Saturday morning, although you couldn’t tell it for sure in Lincoln, where overcast skies and rain predominated. Yet despite the Cornhuskers’ current dismal seven-game losing streak, Nebraska fans continued their pilgrimage to Memorial Stadium to cheer for the Big Red as they have for decades. That’s the point in this week’s Pregame Perspective. I decided to…

BTN Tailgate show segments: 2018 Purdue @ Nebraska

9/29/18 | HuskerMax
    .@coach_frost gave a big postgame speech long before he was @HuskerFBNation's coach.@Johnubacon looks back at it, plus Frost's path to becoming @Huskers QB, in this week's Instant Legend, presented by @TIAA. pic.twitter.com/GzUF2z6BGM — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 29, 2018                 • Omaha World-Herald* | Tom Osborne on BTN: Scott Frost's…

BTN Tailgate show in Lincoln

9/28/18 | HuskerMax
The BTN Tailgate show is airing Saturday morning from Lincoln before the Purdue-Nebraska game. Here's what they've got planned: Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles will appear live on set. Jason Peter, a consensus All-American at defensive end for the 1997 national champion Huskers, will also visit the set. “Spice versus” will feature Spice Adams pitted against Nebraska women’s golfer,…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 3

9/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Did you have a favorite site you liked playing? AT: I’ve got a couple. I liked playing in Missouri because the fans were so damn passionate and that was always a good game.…

Thursday practice, Purdue week

9/27/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said Thursday's practice “was a lot better than last week. We’re practicing well. Sooner or later it’s going to lead to results." He said running back Maurice Washington could play Saturday despite being sick this week. Refresh this page for the latest updates. • Depth charts: NEB | PUR | Flip sheet • Game notes:…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 2

9/27/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Tell me a little about Coach Milt Tenopir. His techniques, his demeanor, his methods? Aaron Taylor: Oh, simplicity. Simplicity. We had a pretty technical offense even though it all kind of looked the…

Wednesday practice, Purdue week

9/26/18 | HuskerMax
Offensive coaches and players provided updates Nebraska's preparations for its game Saturday against Purdue. Running back Maurice Washington is battling an illness, and Wyatt Mazour has earned more reps. The staff is looking for more production from the backup wide receivers. Refresh this page for the latest updates. • Depth charts: NEB | PUR | Flip sheet • Game notes:…

Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Taylor, Part 1

9/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 56, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Each of us has an inner voice that speaks of the gold in our shadow. It is the voice of our secret, hidden self- our most authentic self in many ways… -John R. O’Neil, The Paradox of Success   As Nebraska was hitting…

Tuesday practice: Purdue week

9/25/18 | HuskerMax
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spoke Tuesday about the need for carrying a week of practice all the way through and for having "105 guys who love to play football, period." With senior co-captain Mick Stoltenberg on crutches, Carlos Davis is getting more work at nose tackle. Coach Jovan Dewitt said personnel changes are coming on special teams. Refresh this page for…

Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 2

9/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 55, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What do you think got everybody focused in that same direction? Vershan Jackson: Not only the coaches, who were of one mind as far as being physical and all that, but as players…

Husker Dan: Second Thoughts by Frost?

9/24/18 | Husker Dan
BUYER'S REMORSE? In the aftermath of Saturday's "Meltdown at Michigan," some Husker fans may have wondered if Scott Frost had any second thoughts about his decision to leave the UCF football program that he and his current Husker assistants had restored to national prominence in Orlando.  (He took over a program that was 0-12 the year before he got there…

Monday presser: Purdue week

9/24/18 | HuskerMax
There was talk about Blackshirts (they haven't been taken away), the team's mind-set and more Monday as head coach Scott Frost and several players spoke about the lopsided loss to Michigan and the upcoming game against Purdue. Refresh this page for the latest updates. • Monday transcripts • Depth charts: NEB | PUR | Flip sheet • Game notes: NEB…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #228: Buy In

9/24/18 | Patrick Janssen
It's time for all of you to buy in. Buy in to the Scott Frost Era. Buy in to the long-term plan. Buy in to knowing this year is probably going to be a slog. Sure, all of that. But most importantly, buy in to watching these videos every Monday. They've become therapy for us after the games. Maybe they…

Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 1

9/24/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 55, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   “Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell.” -Vincent ‘Bo’ Jackson   Taxonomically speaking, football players are positioned among a unique species of the genus known as humankind. The naked eye’s understanding of them is often belied by a kinetic inertia, whereas…

2018 Nebraska-Purdue stats matchup

9/23/18 | HuskerMax
How do the Cornhuskers and Boilermakers match up statistically entering their Sept. 29th game in Lincoln? Here are the numbers. • Advantage Purdue in 26 of 35 categories • Average FBS rank: Purdue 68, Nebraska 87  NebraskaPurdue   AvgRankAvgRank+ Scoring Margin-18.67122+2.2578Pur Total Offense353.67106483.5031Pur Total Defense379.6774413.5095Neb Turnover Margin-1.67126-0.5095Pur Time of Possession29:038930:2968Pur Yds Per Play4.701196.9719Pur Opp. Yds Per Play5.24605.4975Neb Pass Yds Per Att6.321058.3238Pur…

Stryker: Husker line play disappointing, disturbing at Michigan

9/22/18 | Tad Stryker
If the football gods smiled on Nebraska when Scott Frost returned, the start of the 2018 season shows they’ve also ordained he will be tested by fire to begin his career in Lincoln. The first two losses of the season could be considered a fluke. Not so Nebraska’s 56-10 loss at Michigan Saturday, which was a thorough beatdown in every…

Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 2

9/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 5, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I have to be honest.. I have watched that ’94 Florida State national championship game in its entirety more times than a sane person should admit, and I think that was one of…

Thursday practice: Michigan week

9/20/18 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said after Thursday's practice that quarterback Adrian Martinez will make the trip to Michigan, but no decision has been made on whether he will play. "It isn't just 'is he ready to go?'" Frost said. "It's 'is he ready to go physically and mentally to a point where he can protect himself physically during a game?' He's really…

Anatomy of an Era: Corey Dixon, Part 1

9/20/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 54, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. -H. Ross Perot   History is engorged with fatal lapses: Lapses of judgement, of character, of vision, of clarity of foresight; of action, inaction, even overreaction. Any reasonable and objective individual…

Buying in: Tanner Farmer’s remarks spark a BTN discussion

9/19/18 | HuskerMax
Big Ten Network analysts discussed the importance of buying in -- and what it actually means -- after Nebraska offensive lineman Tanner Farmer's remarks on the topic at Monday's press conference went viral. There's been a lot of buy-in talk since @TRFarmer73 took the podium this week.Our former players on Inside the Game (@HowardGriffith, @JLeman47, @Jacksonville8 and Dave Wannstedt) added…

Nebraska-Michigan stats matchup

9/19/18 | HuskerMax
How do the Cornhuskers and Wolverines match up statistically entering their Sept. 22 game in Ann Arbor? Here are the numbers. • Advantage Michigan in 27 of 35 categories • Average FBS rank: Michigan 49, Nebraska 73  NebraskaMichigan   AvgRankAvgRank+ Scoring Margin-5.0098+21.3332Mich Total Offense464.5043397.3385Neb Total Defense324.0037276.3312Mich Turnover Margin-2.001270.0064Mich Time of Possession31:204530:1071Neb Yds Per Play5.83716.7731Mich Opp. Yds Per Play4.62344.039Mich Pass Yds Per…

Wednesday practice: Michigan week

9/19/18 | HuskerMax
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said Adrian Martinez participated fully in Wednesday's practice. As for Martinez's availability against Michigan, offensive coordinator Troy Walters said, "We want to make sure he's close to 100 percent. We're going against a good defense -- they fly around, they're physical -- so we're not going to put him in any harm or any danger. He's…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 3

9/19/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 3 Continued… Q: Any memorable practice stories? CD: I remember (laughs) the most memorable was late in the season and I think Aaron Graham made All-American. And Christian (Peter) was just getting in his grill about…

Tuesday practice: Michigan week

9/18/18 | HuskerMax
Senior defensive back Aaron Williams has joined the Blackshirt ranks, Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said after Tuesday's practice. Seven other players earned their black practice jerseys after the Colorado game. Chinander said Michigan's pro-style offense will be a challenge that's different from the spread offenses the Huskers faced in their first two games. "The DBs got to have their…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 2

9/18/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 2 Continued… Chris Dishman: We would run a practice and that was 120-some plays. Basically two games. I think we would have 30 plays at each station, so it was like almost 150-ish plays each practice.…

Big Red Cobcast Ep. 227: What Now?

9/18/18 | Patrick Janssen
I've had two conflicting pieces of wisdom kicking around in my brain since the weekend. Back in the mid 90s, after I grounded out to lose a baseball championship game in junior high, my dad told me that I'd learn more from that defeat than I would have if I had hit a game-winning double. Years later, I broadcasted games…

Husker Dan: Dawn or darker days ahead?

9/17/18 | Husker Dan
Husker head football coach Scott Frost said in his postgame press conference Saturday just after the Huskers lost to Troy that it's always darkest before the dawn. And before the season even began, he said teams had better get us (the Huskers) early because we are going to be tough to beat later. And at least through the first two…

Monday presser: Michigan week

9/17/18 | HuskerMax
Accountability, buy-in and attention to detail were recurring themes as several Nebraska football players and head coach Scott Frost met with reporters Monday after the team began preparations for its game Saturday at Michigan. Quarterback Adrian Martinez practiced, but his status for Saturday has yet to be determined. "Nobody's going to panic. We're just going to work," Frost said of…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #227: I Guess We Have to Hate Troy Now

9/17/18 | Patrick Janssen
Well, the Scott Frost era isn't off to the start we thought it would be. Adrian Martinez is hurt. Andrew Bunch is like Matt Turman but without Lawrence Phillips, Aaron Graham and Rob Zatechka. And we've lost to friggin' Colorado and Troy. But Colorado and Iowa (and other non-championship team) fans should relish this while they can because this is…

Anatomy of an Era: Chris Dishman, Part 1

9/17/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 53, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs In his ’99 travel tome The Distance to the Moon, James Morgan writes, “The Nebraska plains pack a cumulative power… and I knew that…

Stryker: Husker fans keep rooting for self-destructive team to break addictions

9/15/18 | Tad Stryker
When Scott Frost played football at Nebraska, losing home games was unthinkable. When Frost graduated, NU had a 42-game home winning streak. A generation later, when Frost returned to the Cornhusker family, he and his coaching staff confronted a discouraging array of negative thought patterns, which today are playing havoc with Nebraska’s on-field performance. Frost inherited a four-game overall losing…

Stryker Pregame Perspective: Fans Found a Lot to Like in Opening Loss

9/15/18 | Tad Stryker
A last-minute season-opening loss to Colorado was not the result of choice in Husker Nation, to be sure, but it showed a lot of promise. This week’s Pregame Perspective question attempts to discover what Cornhusker fans took away from the first game of the season, after the scheduled season opener against Akron was wiped out by a lightning storm. Early…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 3

9/15/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 3 Continued…. Q: Were you ever (Coach Osborne’s) fail-safe so he didn’t forget wedding anniversaries, birthdays, things like that? MLW: I kept a calendar. (laughs) We’ll put it that way: we had a calendar. Say…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 2

9/14/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What time did you usually begin your workday? MLW: It was usually 8 o’clock in the morning and sometimes we had summer hours, 7:30-ish or whatever. And then it always wasn’t a…

Thursday practice: Troy week

9/13/18 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost said after Thursday's practice that Adrian Martinez has been improving all week but that a decision on Saturday's quarterback might not come until minutes before kickoff against Troy. He also spoke about the Huskers' efforts to schedule a 12th game. Refresh this page for the latest updates.   • Troy week reports: MON | TUE |…

Honor for Akinmoladun

9/13/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska football defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun was recognized Thursday for his work in the community as he was named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Akinmoladun was one of the 11 football student-athletes from the FBS ranks, as a total of 22 players were selected from the FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA ranks from 169…

Anatomy of an Era: Mary Lyn Wininger, Part 1

9/13/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 52, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Sharing the limelight may mean working behind the scenes – in effect, not getting any “light” at all. Team players… handle a myriad of other things required for accomplishment of a team’s task. -Glenn M. Parker, Team Players and Teamwork, 2008     …

Submitted video: Martinez injury

9/12/18 | HuskerMax
This is the multiple-angle video Nebraska submitted to Big Ten and Pac-12 officials after the Sept. 8 Colorado-Nebraska game. Husker freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez was helped off the field after the fourth-quarter play and did not return. Colorado officials said there would be no player suspensions as a result of the play.   • Coverage: OWH, LJS, HV, H247 •…

Husker Dan: Bowling for Lincoln

9/12/18 | Husker Dan
By losing to Colorado Saturday and having the Akron game canceled the week before, the Huskers find themselves right behind the eight ball especially when it comes to being bowl eligible this year. And losing Husker freshman QB Adrian Martinez late in Saturday's game with Colorado and potentially for parts of the season, could put a further damper on Nebraska's…

Wednesday practice: Troy week

9/12/18 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said after Wednesday's practice that it's still looking like a game-day decision as to whether quarterback Adrian Martinez will play Saturday against Troy. QBs coach Mario Verduzco said he doesn’t expect Nebraska to call the game any differently if Andrew Bunch is the starter. Refresh this page for the latest updates. • Troy week reports: MON…

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 3

9/12/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 3 Continued… Q: Any memorable off-field occasions worth sharing? TC: (laughs) The ‘worth sharing‘ is the tough part there. All kinds of great off-field memories. Gosh, you didn’t just spend your days on the practice field.…

Tuesday practice: Troy week

9/11/18 | HuskerMax
Assistant coaches said after Tuesday's practice that Nebraska's defense needs to do a better job creating turnovers. There were zero against Colorado. "Fifty passes, we should have some takeaways," said defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. Quarterback Adrian Martinez didn't practice and was seen wearing a compression sleeve on his right knee. Head coach Scott Frost said on the Big Ten…

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 2

9/11/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 2 Continued... Q: Speaking of goals, it seems earlier on there wasn’t as much of a focus on winning the national championship than there was in later years. Does that ring a bell? Do you recall…

Monday presser: Troy week

9/10/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said at Monday's game-week press conference that Adrian Martinez might play Saturday against Troy, but no decision is likely before game day. The play on which the quarterback was injured is being reviewed by conference officials. Also, Blackshirts have been issued to a number of players on the Husker defense. Refresh this page for the…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #226: Moving On

9/10/18 | Patrick Janssen
I hate Colorado. For so many reasons. I don't care if it affects our status as "college football's greatest fans." They deserve every bit of hate. They would've deserved all the hate, even if they hadn't stolen a victory that Scott Frost & the Huskers rightfully earned. They would've deserved the hate if they hadn't tried to blatantly hurt Adrian…

Anatomy of an Era: Terry Connealy, Part 1

9/10/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 51, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch    It is in games that many men discover their paradise. -Robert Lynd   As you wend your way through a vast sea of wildflowers, switchgrass & big bluestem, past the windmills and scattered clusters of Black Angus on the gently undulating plains…

Stryker: Will fluky start be prelude to better days ahead?

9/8/18 | Tad Stryker
And so the Scott Frost era begins with an unlikely double false start. Nebraska showed tremendous potential and made some absolutely killer first-game mistakes, while Frost became the second man in more than a half century to lose his first game as Cornhusker coach. CU came from behind in the final two minutes Saturday to edge the Big Red, 33-28,…

Postgame presser: 2018 Colorado @ Nebraska

9/8/18 | HuskerMax
          Additional interviews • Tanner Farmer • Khalil Davis • Tre Neal • Ben Stille • Dedrick Young • Dicaprio Bootle • Boe Wilson • Mo Barry • Carlos Davis • Deontai Williams • Mike Williams    

Halftime notes: Colorado @ Nebraska

9/8/18 | HuskerMax
Stanley Morgan Jr. had three receptions for 45 yards in the first half. This marks his 27th consecutive game with at least one reception. Morgan moved into fifth place on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list in the first half, passing Terrence Nunn (1,762 yards) on the list. Adrian Martinez’s 41-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest…

Stryker Pregame Perspective: Old rivals reappear

9/8/18 | Tad Stryker
This week’s Pregame Perspective looks back at some Big Eight and Big 12 nostalgia and forward to future Cornhusker football schedules, which include Colorado (2018, 2019, 2023, 2024) and Oklahoma (2021, 2022, 2029, 2030). I surveyed 100 Husker fans Saturday morning before the Colorado game, mainly north and west of Memorial Stadium and in the Haymarket. I asked them this…

Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 2

9/7/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 50, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 2 Continued…. Q: Any particular visiting press box location other than that game stand out to you?  I know you’re supposed to be neutral in the press box, but was there ever any occasion where that…

Thursday practice: Colorado week

9/6/18 | HuskerMax
Scott Frost said after Thursday's practice that "these guys are as ready as they can be, and as prepared as we can make them" for Saturday's game against Colorado. He said he was "a little antsy last Saturday going through that Tunnel Walk and everything for the first time. It's good we got that out of our way, because it's…

Anatomy of an Era: Lee Barfknecht, Part 1

9/6/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 50, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   I don’t agree with everything they report, but in general find (reporters) to be people who do their homework and try to be fair. I can honestly say that there are very few sports reporters, local or national, that I don’t like…

Wednesday practice: Colorado week

9/5/18 | HuskerMax
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said a successful running game will be important in Saturday's matchup against Colorado. He and other offensive coaches and players spoke with the media after Wednesday's practice. So did Athletic Director Bill Moos, who said Nebraska is continuing to explore its options for playing a 12th game after the cancellation of the opener against Akron. Refresh…

Big Red Cobcast Preview #225: Still Game Week

9/4/18 | Patrick Janssen
Talk about a hangover. We were all drunk on the emotions of Nebraska football, only to wake up with a hangover that included no football. I might be mixing metaphors just a bit because the Cobcast crew had to find a way to cope with Saturday's game being cancelled, and that included actually getting drunk. So that's why everything is…

Tuesday practice: Colorado week

9/4/18 | HuskerMax
Defensive players and coaches talked with reporters after Tuesday's Nebraska football practice as preparations for the Colorado game continued. Defensive players not on the scout team were wearing yellow mesh "Killer Bees" tops in a return to what was done during Charlie McBride's time as defensive coordinator. Blackshirts for the top defense will be issued next week. Refresh this page…

Colorado week presser

9/3/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost and several players met with reporters Monday to preview the Huskers' game Saturday against former in-conference rival Colorado. Frost said the team had an excellent practice Monday morning after the disappointment of having the Sept. 1 game against Akron canceled due to severe weather. Refresh this page for the latest additions. • Depth chart •…

Husker Dan: The game that wasn’t

9/3/18 | Husker Dan
For fellow Nebraska football fans, Saturday night's cancellation of the Husker-Akron game was like Christmas morning-only the gift you'd been shaking for weeks, was snatched away just as you were getting ready to untie the ribbon on the box. It was Lucy Van Pelt grabbing the football just as Charlie Brown was getting ready to kick it. You get my…

Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 2

9/3/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 45, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 2 Continued…. Milt Tenopir: The (offensive line) were aggressive football players and our whole offense was built around them. It didn’t center around the receiver or center around the quarterback, necessarily (even though it’s nice to…

Anatomy of an Era: Milt Tenopir, Part 1

9/2/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 49, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   Our entry song started playing, our fans erupted and the stage was set. Miami’s players looked around in a daze. After all, this was their home stadium.”You aren’t supposed to upstage our entrance.” The 60 minutes of football that followed was a…

Stryker: The season opener that provided no closure

9/2/18 | Tad Stryker
The long wait for the start of the Scott Frost era seemed to have ended — and then it didn’t. The Akron game will be remembered as the night the football team put in a lot less work than the event management staff. Frost led his team onto the field with the crowd at a fever pitch, the Cornhuskers won…

Akron vs. Huskers canceled

9/1/18 | HuskerMax
After Akron's opening kickoff went through the end zone, lightning caused a halt to the game and conditions only got worse. After more than two and a half hours, the game was called off. Then came a report from Fox TV that the game would be replayed Sunday morning. That turned out to be premature. The Huskers' season opener will…

Stryker Pregame perspective: Bowl game would satisfy most Husker fans this year

9/1/18 | Tad Stryker
I walked through Lincoln Saturday afternoon, talking to Cornhusker football fans several hours before Scott Frost coached his first Nebraska football game, and one thing immediately became clear: they’re virtually unanimous in their belief that Frost has started to do exactly what he said he would do — rebuild the culture of Nebraska football. Something else immediately became clear: Nebraska…

POW/MIA chair: “You are not forgotten”

8/31/18 | HuskerMax
At 11 a.m. on November 11th, 2018, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the hostilities of World War I. To commemorate this event, Memorial Stadium has designated a special POW/MIA chair. Each game this season, a veteran of U.S. military service will take his or her post next to this unoccupied chair in honor…

Pernell: Previewing the Special Teams

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

Feit: Rejected Tunnel Walk Songs

8/30/18 | Dave Feit
Change is coming to Nebraska's beloved Tunnel Walk. It appears that "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project (by way of the Chicago Bulls) is on its way out and something new will be pumped over the speakers Saturday night. But what is that new song?  Athletic Director Bill Moos wouldn't say, only hinting that it goes with NU's theme of  "Honor…

Thursday practice: Akron week

8/30/18 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost and Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos met with reporters after Thursday's practice for the Huskers' game Saturday against Akron. Frost said Adrian Martinez's confidence has grown since he learned Saturday that he would be the starter at quarterback. Frost also said team captains are likely to be decided game by game. Refresh this page for the…

Pernell: Previewing the Secondary

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

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 3

8/30/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 3 Continued…. Q: What drove you and motivated you in the weight room? CS: I never even dreamt of getting that (Lifter of the Year) award. I guess my teammates saw me differently…they saw how hard…

Martinez: “It’s a surreal feeling”

8/29/18 | HuskerMax
In a Big Ten Network interview, Adrian Martinez describes his emotions ahead of his historic start under center for Nebraska against Akron on Sept. 1. After winning the quarterback competition against Tristan Gebbia, Martinez on Saturday night will become the first true freshman to start a season opener at QB for the Huskers.              …

Husker Dan: Gebbia Bolts, Jolts Husker QB Picture

8/29/18 | Husker Dan
I've been mulling over this subject ever since the story broke on Monday.  Of course I'm talking about the departure of back-up quarterback Tristan Gebbia. In case you've been living on the Planet Gorga the past week, you might not know that Sunday, Husker head football coach Scott Frost announced that true freshman Adrian Martinez will be the starting quarterback…

2022-25 conference schedules unveiled

8/29/18 | HuskerMax
A matchup of two of college football’s winningest programs for four straight years and a return of Iowa as the opponent in the regular-season finale are among the highlights of Nebraska’s 2022-25 Big Ten football schedules. The conference office announced schedules for upcoming seasons on Wednesday afternoon. Nebraska and Michigan will square off each season from 2022 to 2025, with…

2018 game-day upgrades

8/29/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska fans attending Saturday night’s season opener against Akron will see several new features and game-day enhancements.New features at Memorial Stadium this fall include new stadium lights, enhanced lighting and video screens in the tunnel walk area, additional concession stands and restrooms in the North Stadium, and improved historical displays in the lobby of the Osborne Athletic Complex.Below is a…

Wednesday practice: Akron week

8/29/18 | HuskerMax
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said after Wednesday's practice that Tristan Gebbia's decision Sunday to transfer was a reversal from what the player had told him the day before. “He answered me when we talked on Saturday (about his second-team status) like the champion and the great teammate I thought he was. That was it. Then he called me Sunday and…

Pernell: Previewing the Linebackers

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

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 2

8/29/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 2 Continued…. Q: What could you tell me about Coach Solich? CS: Well, what I liked about him? For being a smaller in stature he was very intense. He could definitely get very intense. That’s one…

Previewing the opener: Huskers vs. Akron

8/28/18 | HuskerMax
A brand-new season of Cornhusker football is just a few days away. It’s not just a new year, but also a new era with native-son coach Scott Frost at the helm. Expectations outside the program are tempered, but Nebraska players believe they have a legitimate shot to challenge for the Big Ten West title -- if not more -- in…

Tuesday practice: 2018 Akron week

8/28/18 | HuskerMax
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander said after Tuesday's practice that no Blackshirts will be issued before Saturday's season opener against Akron. He said there are currently too many "ands" and "ors" on the depth chart and that the defense's finish to the 2017 season warranted a go-slow approach to the Nebraska defensive tradition. Head coach Scott Frost also commented after practice…

Pernell: Previewing the Defensive Line

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

Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger, Part 1

8/28/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 48, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. -Dan Birdwell   When most folks hear the name ‘Cory Schlesinger’ they recall the vision of a muscled, dirtied and grass-stained number 40 tumbling for six points…

Stryker: Gebbia votes with his feet, hits the road

8/27/18 | Tad Stryker
Mario Verduzco provided vital input. Troy Walters gave his opinion. In the end, though, the only vote that counted belonged to Scott Frost, and he cast his ballot over the weekend. In the campaign that grabbed the attention of Nebraska fans all summer long — the battle for No. 1 quarterback — the margin apparently was narrow, but decisive. Adrian…

Akron week presser

8/27/18 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost and several players met the press Monday in the Huskers' first game-week press conference of the 2018 season. Frost said redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia, recently named No. 2 in the competition for the starting job at quarterback, was not at Monday morning's practice. Gebbia reportedly plans to transfer and is no longer enrolled at UNL. The…

Pernell: Previewing the Offensive Line

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

Big Red Cobcast Preview #224: Game Week

8/27/18 | Patrick Janssen
Game. Week. And there it is, everybody. It's no longer a question of how many weeks until the Frost Era begins at Nebraska. It's matter of days. And soon, it will be a matter of hours, minutes and eventually seconds. Tweedy and I got into a whole bunch of things in this week's podcast, including surprises on the depth chart,…

Pernell: Previewing the Receivers and Tight Ends

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

Week 1 depth chart

8/26/18 | HuskerMax
The depth chart for Nebraska's game against Akron was released Sunday, and Adrian Martinez will make history Sept. 1 as the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Huskers in a season opener. At running back, junior Greg Bell and senior Devine Ozigbo share the No. 1 spot, backed by freshmen Maurice Washington and Miles Jones. Get more…

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 2

8/26/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 47, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 2 Continued…. Q: I talked to Al Papik recently and he talked about coaching against you when you were a college player. I told him I would love to see some of that game film. (laughs)…

Pernell: Previewing the Running Backs

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

Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne, Part 1

8/25/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 47, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   In addition to all the engineering and business courses, I also studied four years of psychology and abnormal psychology ….I’m not being facetious when I say that these were probably the most valuable courses of my college career. -Lee Iacocca, Iacocca: An…

Pernell: Previewing the Quarterbacks

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

Preseason practice No. 19

8/24/18 | HuskerMax
Head coach Scott Frost didn't have the quarterback announcement that fans were hoping for Friday, but there was news that running back Tre Bryant is retiring from football because of chronic knee issues, and three walk-ons have been placed on scholarship. Also, 2018 wide receiver signee Dominick Watt will have to go the juco route. Be sure to refresh this…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 3

8/23/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 3 Continued…. Mike Babcock: And this was the worst moment for me: I was two weeks into my working at the paper… and about two weeks into it Nebraska had a scrimmage, the last major scrimmage…

Preseason practice No. 17

8/22/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska football offensive coordinator Troy Walters and other assistants and players provided updates on the progress of the Husker offense after Wednesday morning's practice. Walters said the offense wasn't up to standard Wednesday and that no decision has been made on who will start quarterback in the season opener. A situational scrimmage Thursday may help clarify the situation. He said…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 2

8/22/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 2 Continued…. Q: As a sportswriter, what was your main aim? Was it to inform, to entertain, to set policy? How did you envision the main gist of your role as writer? Mike Babcock: My aim…

The Story Behind “Hail Varsity” and the “Band Song”

8/21/18 | David Max
with contributions from the Wolf and Tollefsen families Everyone is familiar with the NU fight song “Hail Varsity” that is played by the Cornhusker Marching Band at every Huskers game. “Hail Varsity” was composed in 1936. The lyrics were written by Joyce Ayres, a 1930 Nebraska graduate, and the music was composed by Wilbur Chenoweth. However, “Hail Varsity” was not…

Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock, Part 1

8/21/18 | Paul Koch
Excerpted from Chapter 46, No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era, Vol. 1 by Paul Koch   On the trail of another man, the biographer must put up with finding himself at every turn; any biography uneasily shelters an autobiography within it. -Paul Murray Kendall   For any journey other than the usual neighborhood streets and thoroughfares of daily…

Big Red Cobcast: So Close!

8/21/18 | Ryan Tweedy
(This week we have guest blogger Joe Canale again) SOCLOSESOCLOSESOCLOSESOCLOSESOCLOSE!!!! I know I did the whole Christmas eve thing last week , I should have saved it for this week, or actually next week come to think about it.  But I was wrong about Christmas.  Because Christmas (or birthday or anniversary or whatever) comes once a year.  What we are…
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Preseason practice No. 15

8/20/18 | HuskerMax
Nebraska football defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and other defensive assistants and players provided updates on the progress of the Husker defense after Monday morning's practice. Chinander said starting spots remain up for grabs in the final two weeks before the Sept. 1 season opening against Akron. Monday also marked the start of fall semester classes and the inclusion of players…
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