April 18, 2009 — 1 p.m. CDT
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Winter conditioning begins: Jan. 18
Spring practice begins: March 25
Red-White game: April 18
Stories on winter conditioning and spring drills are listed here in reverse chronological order.
It's only a scrimmage, but it's our only Husker football fix in a span of 246 days. So enjoy it, and get ready by reading Sam McKewon's five keys plus pregame coverage from the usual places: LJS (1, 2, 3, 4), OWH (1, 2) | Live chat | Fan reminders
The 1998 Spring Game gave a backup receiver an unforgettable moment.
Today is also a big one for Ron Brown and Mission Nebraska.
Jake Wesch becomes the first five-time honoree on the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team as the 2009 members are announced.
Will the defense dominate on Saturday? There are signs that it might.
Saturday could prove to be an influential day on the recruiting front.
Keith Williams tries to grow into a leadership role on the O-line.
There are a few Spring Game tickets left in our block.
Here's some shuttle and road-construction for those going to the game.
Even though several key players will sit out, the Spring Game still offers much worth watching, including the contenders at quarterback. Wednesday notes: 1, 2, 3, 4
With Roy Helu sidelined, the younger running backs get a chance to shine.
Converted safety Mathew May continues to impress at linebacker.
QB Kody Spano will need surgery on a knee he injured in practice Monday.
If history is any indication, the offense will struggle this year, Tad Stryker writes.
The cornerbacks hope their added confidence means more interceptions this season. | Monday notes: 1, 2
Zac Lee isn't approaching the Spring Game as a do-or-die moment.
Six-foot-six Will Henry tries to grow into a regular role in the receiving corps. And P.J. Smith is making a case for playing time at safety.
This spring is a "restart" for cornerback Anthony Blue after he sat out 2008 injured. Niles Paul moves closer to a No. 1 WR spot. Hobbled Roy Helu may have to sit out the Spring Game. Saturday notes: 1, 2, 3
For Ricky Thenarse, staying focused is a mission. For the tight ends, improved blocking can pay dividends. Friday notes: 1, 2, 3
Quarterback Zac Lee's diligence is helping him blossom in the offense.
The O-linemen strive to become "the most powerful we possibly can be."
Jacob Hickman works at right guard as the O-line looks for its best five.
Tad Stryker expects the redshirt freshmen to make a difference on defense.
Defensive end Pierre Allen has turned bad weight into good.
Matt O'Hanlon's up-and-down year taught him that nothing's set in stone.
A pair of Joneses — Marcel and D.J. — work at nailing down starting spots on the right side of the offensive line.
Some tickets remain available for the Spring Game.
Ndamukong Suh is determined to improve, ESPN.com's Tim Griffin writes.
A silver lining to Barry Turner's injury is that there's experience at defensive end.
The sharing of captain's duty in 2008 could pay leadership dividends in 2009.
He's just beginning, but Ricky Henry is already known as The Finisher.
Shawn Watson keeps the offense evolving and moving forward. On defense, the improved depth is noticeable. Saturday notes: 1, 2 | Video: Pelini, Watson
Colton Koehler: The "farm dog" is in the hunt for a starting spot at linebacker.
At linebacker, sophomore Mathew May vies with teammates whose redshirts he helped preserve last season. At defensive tackle, Jared Crick embraces his chance to step up. Friday notes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Prince Amukamara turns up the intensity and raises his expectations.
The battle at safety between Matt O'Hanlon and Rickey Thenarse continues.
Steve Warren says Ndamukong Suh made the right decision in staying.
Ted Gilmore needs to have his green receiving corps grow up fast.
Steve Warren's DREAM organization has several Spring Game events.
Improved depth should make defensive tackle less of a two-man show in '09.
The Spring Game media guide/program is available in PDF form.
Offseason training has turned Helu & Castille into near-bookends at I-back.
Tight end Mike McNeill works on improving his blocking and his routes.
Several former Huskers & the Sidetrack Band will do a benefit event on the 17th.
Marcus Mendoza's switch to WR may let him help the team and get on the field.
Tad Stryker finds a fan base that may be even more fanatical than Husker fans.
The defense comes up with a strategy to counter the no-huddle offense.
Much is expected this season from the young linebackers. Saturday notes: Turner's return, New-look Helu, Huskers.com
K-State transfer Derek Meyer intends to make the most of his one season as he tries to "beat the clock."
Linebacker Will Compton was prepared to play last season but is glad he didn't.
Alfonzo Dennard hopes to step into a bigger role in 2009.
Latravis Washington, the newcomer to the QB competition, shows a strong arm during the first practice of spring. And Kody Spano intends to stay in the hunt. Notes: Dillard's downgrade, Mendoza's switch, Sipple's impressions
Lots of talk revolves around the quarterbacks (1, 2, 3) as Tuesday's press conference kicks off the spring season. More: Helu & Castille | Defense | Pelini (1, 2) | Huskers.com | Notes | Commentary: Shatel | Video: Pelini, Suh, Helu, Castille, Hickman, Lawrence
Spring Game ticket sales have now topped 60,000.
Spring Game tickets show up on Internet sites with hefty price mark-ups.
Tickets for the spring game go on sale on Feb. 4th.
• Winter is prime time for is strengh and conditioning coach James Dobson.
James Dobson aims to keep players' competitive fires burning during winter.