August 2018 fresh links
AUGUST 31, 2018
Omaha Burke’s highly recruited Chris Hickman* has scheduled an official visit for the Colorado-Nebraska game.
As the sun sets on Lee Barfknecht’s 39 years with the OWH, here are some memorable moments* in print.
UCF transfer Tre Neal has become the “cheat sheet” for Husker defensive backs.
Take a look at Memorial Stadium’s new POW/MIA chair and plaque.
AUGUST 30, 2018
Running back commit Ronald Thompkins has been assured his Nebraska scholarship offer still stands despite his season-ending knee injury.
Take advantage of the 2 for 1 special to join the BBS and participate in the game thread on Saturday.
From Dave Feit, a rundown of rejected Tunnel Walk songs.
In case you missed it: The Scott Frost tribute music video Long Road Home.
Jeremy Pernell previews the overhauled Husker secondary.
Printable rosters and 2-deeps for Saturday’s game are now available.
Scott Frost says he likes the team’s progress and Adrian Martinez’s confidence heading into Saturday’s opener. Also, Bill Moos discusses Tunnel Walk changes, alternate uniforms and more. Get all the coverage from Thursday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion. | Practice schedule
Anatomy of an Era: Fullback Cory Schlesinger on his work in the weight room: “It was almost like a drug of wanting to improve and get better.”
Throwback Thursday: 15 years ago today, linebacker Barrett Ruud scored the Huskers’ go-ahead TD in the opener against Oklahoma State.
The Zips have an experienced secondary to test the Huskers’ inexperienced quarterback.
Husker players will have area codes on their helmets this season.
AUGUST 29, 2018
ICYMI: An ESPN segment on Scott Frost and Nebraska.
Husker Dan weighs in on the quarterback situation.
“It’s a surreal feeling”: In a BTN interview, Adrian Martinez describes his emotions ahead of his historic start under center.
The game in Lincoln will be a $1.17 million payday for Akron, according to this USA Today report.
A number of game-day upgrades await fans at Saturday night’s opener.
Jeremy Pernell’s position previews continue with a breakdown of the linebackers.
Don’t miss the Long Road Home tribute video to Scott Frost.
Anatomy of an Era: Cory Schlesinger explains why he “knew it was going to be a touchdown” when the play was called in the huddle on the first of his two TDs in the ’95 Orange Bowl.
He’s a firefighter, drummer and coach, and now former walk-on Bob Sledge* is entering the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
AUGUST 28, 2018
The Big Red Cobcast guys discuss how the season plays out, go over the depth chart and make their Akron predictions.
The defensive line gets a B-minus in Jeremy Pernell’s preseason analysis.
Nebraska will look once again into getting an NCAA waiver that would make transfer quarterback Noah Vedral immediately eligible.
Adam Carriker predicts the outcome of the Akron game — and the 11 others on the Huskers’ schedule.
Husker Doc Talk: Does Tristan Gebbia’s exit add to or ease the pressure on Adrian Martinez?
Here’s a look at performances by notable true-freshman quarterbacks in season openers over the past several seasons.
Tristan Gebbia’s departure is now official as Scott Frost confirms the quarterback has been granted a release from his scholarship.
Anatomy of an Era: There were 11 fullbacks when Cory Schlesinger arrived in 1990, and he wondered, “How in the world am I going to get up there and start playing?”
AUGUST 27, 2018
Bobby Bowden won’t be in Lincoln to watch his son coach against Nebraska on Saturday.
Scott Frost makes the top five in this list of best college football offensive masterminds.
Oregon State is reportedly the transfer destination of linebacker Avery Roberts.
The Akron game could be a confidence-builder with the Huskers favored by more than three touchdowns.
No. 2 quarterback Tristan Gebbia missed practice Monday and is no longer enrolled at the university. Get the details and more news and commentary from Monday’s game-week press conference here. | Updates | Gebbia discussion | Practice schedule
Jeremy Pernell previews the improving offensive line.
Athlon looks at what sort of run-pass ratio to expect from Scott Frost.
The Athletic Department’s fundraising program is getting a makeover that will be launched this week.
Poll question: Will you be watching Thursday night’s games?
AUGUST 26, 2018
The Huskers’ 2018 season is likely to rise or fall with Erik Chinander’s defense,* Sam McKewon writes.
The depth chart has been released, and Adrian Martinez will make history as the Huskers’ first true-freshman starter at quarterback in a season opener. Chart, coverage and analyis here. | Carriker gut reaction | Discuss
Jeremy Pernell gives the Husker receiving corps an A-minus grade.
Sean Callahan writes about Scott Frost’s unique connection to small-town Nebraska.
From Hail Varsity, a conversation with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.
Anatomy of an Era: Tom Osborne on in-game adjustments, players’ ownership of the program, and how his coaching philosophy evolved.
This week in Husker history: A pair of Kickoff Classic victories (1983 & ’88) and Bo Pelini debuts (2003 & ’08).
With the arrival of game week, here are six storylines* to watch.
AUGUST 25, 2018
Saturday night’s practice was open to students. Look for “Boneyard Bash” updates here.
Jeremy Pernell previews the Huskers’ promising stable of running backs.
Sophomore left tackle Brenden Jaimes is taking his big role on the O-line in stride.
Sam McKewon says it’s been eight years since Nebraska football has been this fun.*
Anatomy of an Era — Tom Osborne: “If a player felt that I at least tried to understand him, understood where he was coming from, it made a difference. It seemed to fire them up to play to the best of their ability.”
AUGUST 24, 2018
Running back Tre Bryant is retiring from football because of his chronic knee issues, Scott Frost announces after Friday’s practice. Word on the quarterback job may come this weekend. | Video & coverage | Updates & discussion
Jeremy Pernell previews the Husker quarterbacks.
UCF transfer Tre Neal is already a leader in the Husker secondary.
Rivals has Adrian Martinez on its list of 10 true freshmen likely to make the biggest impact this season.
AUGUST 23, 2018
Tim Riley had a mouse problem at his Omaha screen-printing shop in the mid-1980s. Here’s the story of how that led to the birth of the Blackshirts logo.
Hail Varsity takes a crack at putting together a depth chart for the season opener.
The Huskers’ options at the Duck-R position are still being sorted out.
Defensive lineman Peyton Newell is finding balance on and off the practice field.
Get up to speed on the 2018 rule changes affecting kickoffs, blocks below the waist and more.
Anatomy of an Era: Sportswriter Mike Babcock caught heat for unknowingly breaking protocol before the 1978 opener against Alabama.
AUGUST 22, 2018
Here’s a look at why “fast blinkers” are in demand* in Scott Frost’s system.
There’s been no decision on who will start at QB, but a situational scrimmage Thursday may help settle the matter. Also, offensive lineman Jalin Barnett has retired from football. More from Wednesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion | Practice schedule
Tom Fornelli says Nebraska won’t win its division in 2018 but will be the team to watch in the Big Ten.
Mike Devaney sees similarities between his father and Scott Frost, as well as the initial circumstances they faced when becoming Nebraska’s head coach.
A suspect in the burglary of Scott Frost’s home is arrested again.
Here’s an X’s-and-O’s look at Scott Frost’s use of overloaded formations.
Anatomy of an Era: Sportswriter Mike Babcock says there’s always somebody out there “who knows more about what you’re writing about than you do. … So there’s a certain humility you have to have.”
AUGUST 21, 2018
Nobody will be immune from being selected for special-teams duty.
Two high-profile recruits will be among the official visitors for the Akron game.
Taking full advantage of the relaxed redshirt rules won’t be a simple task.
Here’s the story of one family’s connections to the “Band Song,” which has endured despite being hastily composed during the train trip to the 1941 Rose Bowl.
Anatomy of an Era: Mike Babcock landed a sportswriting job in Lincoln in 1978 and now “just can’t imagine” leaving the state.
In this week’s Big Red Cobcast, Pat, Joe and Tweedy talk about balloons, Maryland vs. Rhabdo, expectations and the occasional tangent.
AUGUST 20, 2018
Starting spots on defense are still being sorted out, and newcomer Braxton Clark is on the rise at cornerback. Get those details and more Monday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion. | Practice schedule
Four Nebraska opponents are in the top 15 and three others receive votes in the preseason AP poll.
AUGUST 19, 2018
Wisconsin starting wide receiver Quintez Cephus takes a leave of absence to fight criminal charges he expects to be filed against him.
Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman thinks Nebraska “can make it happen again, because Nebraska is a special place.”
This week in Husker history: Coach Ewald “Jumbo” Stiehm, whose teams lost just twice in his five seasons at Nebraska, dies at age 37.
AUGUST 18, 2018
The LJS looks at how things are shaking out by position with the opening kickoff just two weeks away.
The energy and organization of Saturday’s practice impressed the BTN Bus Tour crew during its stop in Lincoln, and Gerry DiNardo noticed an uptick in athleticism. | Video & coverage | Discussion & updates | Fall camp schedule
Husker Doc Talk explains why more is more when it comes to the number of players at Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era: Doug Colman says coaching with Tom Osborne’s approach in mind has allowed him to “stay calm in tough situations and … make the right decisions a lot of the time.”
AUGUST 17, 2018
Former Husker Chris Jones is impressing the Detroit Lions in training camp, but with a heavy heart.
Scott Frost confirms it’s now a two-man battle for the starting QB job and says both Adrian Martinez and Tristan Gebbia would deserve to play if there were a game this weekend. Get all the coverage from Friday’s scrimmage here. | Updates & discussion | Video | Fall camp schedule
As Ryan Held demands toughness from his running backs, Mike Rozier’s example comes to mind.
A nine-win Husker season is among Athlon’s outrageous predictions for the Big Ten in 2018.
Brian Brown’s printable 2018 schedule is now available for downloading.
Last chance: Enter to win a hotel and ticket package for the Colorado-Nebraska game. Proceeds benefit Californians for Nebraska’s scholarship fund. Drawing is Saturday.
Anatomy of an Era: Linebacker Doug Colman initially saw Nebraska as his ticket to the NFL, but his focus soon turned from “What can this place do for me?” to “What can I do to help this team?”
AUGUST 16, 2018
Ole Miss transfer Breon Dixon says the team’s goals are paramount and he’ll give 100 percent to whatever role he’s assigned, whether it’s at linebacker or on special teams.
Hail Varsity looks at why tackles for loss are important in Erik Chinander’s defense.
See video from last week’s much-discussed talk to the team by Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter.
Deontai Williams brings an edge to the safety position as he battles for a starting spot.
Poll question: What do you think of the new redshirt rule?
Jovan Dewitt says the Huskers have the personnel to be aggressive rather than play it safe on special teams.
The weekly Husker Hour Radio Show with Damon Benning and Gary Sharp begins August 23rd.
AUGUST 15, 2018
The Pipeline can’t be restored overnight, but Tad Stryker does see immediate improvement coming for the offensive line under Greg Austin.
Tom Osborne says the sellout streak likely would’ve ended had Scott Frost not been hired.
Athlon writers assess each game and see Nebraska finishing 6-6 or 7-5.
Ndamukong Suh says he recommended the hiring of Scott Frost three years ago, but Shawn Eichorst “made his own decisions that put us back.”
Running back Maurice Washington makes an Associated Press list of 14 true freshmen who could have a major impact this fall.
Anatomy of an Era: Clayton Carlin on the locker room after the 1995 Orange Bowl win over Miami: “Just the release of emotions was something special. It was crazy in there for a long time.”
AUGUST 14, 2018
Scott Frost talks on the Jim Rome Show about the state of the program and how his coaching style draws from Tom Osborne.
Here’s a map and what else you need to know about Fan Day.
Erik Chinander says the defensive depth chart is starting to firm up after Sunday’s scrimmage. Get video and coverage from Tuesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion | SSO’s Fall Practice Primer | Fall camp schedule
The TeamMates mentoring program featured in a Power of Sports TV segment.
Tickets are available for the Husker Nation Kickoff Luncheons next week in Lincoln and Omaha.
Anatomy of an Era: Grad assistant Clayton Carlin coached quarterback Frank Costa in high school, then coached against him in the 1995 Orange Bowl.
AUGUST 13, 2018
It’s called “stretch,” but it’s actually a demanding and dynamic warm-up* that sets the tone for the fast-paced action of practices under Scott Frost.
Sophomore offensive tackles Matt Farniok and Brenden Jaimes enter their sophomore seasons with strong résumés but plenty to prove.
Police make two more arrests in the burglary at Scott Frost’s home.
ESPN.com looks at Scott Frost’s life in a fishbowl at Nebraska.
Nebraska vs. Michigan ranks among the five most important games as ESPN previews the Big Ten.
Anatomy of an Era: Trainer Jerry Weber remembers “great guys who worked their butts off and never took a day off or a play off, you know? A lot of kids nowadays don’t get that concept.”
The Tennessee Titans release former Husker defensive back Joshua Kalu.
AUGUST 12, 2018
It’s like “going from being broke to being a millionaire.” That’s how Erik Chinander sees the move by players like Will Honas from the juco level to Division I.
Anatomy of an Era: Longtime athletic trainer Jerry Weber: “You get close to kids when they get injured because you spend more time with them, sometimes three hours a day.”
This week in Husker history: World War I brings a coaching change.
AUGUST 11, 2018
AUGUST 10, 2018
Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss a couple of positions that Husker fans will have their eyes on — running back and quarterback — in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
O-line coach Greg Austin makes ESPN’s list of top 40 under 40 college football coaches and staffers.
Tom Osborne* talks about his 180-man rosters, how he pursued local players and more. It’s part of the OWH’s “Homegrown Huskers” series,* which examines Nebraska’s in-state recruiting* collapse. | Connecting with high schools*
Anatomy of an Era: Trainer Jack Nickolite says Tom Osborne didn’t give many rah-rah pregame speeches, but he instilled confidence by telling the players how they were going to play and what to expect.
AUGUST 9, 2018
Nebraska’s young quarterbacks are picking up leadership skills on the fly.
Lamar Jackson says he welcomes being pushed by the abundant young talent at cornerback.
Athlon has Nebraska vs. Michigan State on its list of 10 potential Big Ten upsets.
Anatomy of an Era: Superstars or obscure walk-ons, they were all treated the same by trainer Jack Nickolite.
AUGUST 8, 2018
AUGUST 7, 2018
Questions at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive line have expectations for Minnesota tempered in 2018.
Anatomy of an Era: Damon Schmadeke recalls midweek practices where “it was full contact, full pads. We’d be hitting those people like it was game day.”
AUGUST 6, 2018
Red is still avoided* in Colorado’s football facilities as the Buffs and Huskers get set to renew their rivalry.
Scott Frost is No. 6 on Pat Forde’s list of most intriguing coaches for 2018.
Former Husker Mike Brown gets kudos in Brian Urlacher’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech.
Check out the newly unveiled uniforms for 2018.
Adam Carriker lists a handful of players who could have a surprising impact on offense.
Anatomy of an Era: An injury steered reserve I-back Damon Schmadeke into a demanding coaching role in the championship seasons of 1994 and ’95.
AUGUST 5, 2018
Nebraska’s academic support complex is set for a $1.3 million renovation.
Matt Davison says his friendship with Scott Frost won’t be a problem in his continued role as radio color analyst.
Wisconsin appears loaded for a run at No. 1.*
Wide receiver Dominick Watt is awaiting NCAA clearance to join the Huskers.
Game-by-game computer projections have the Huskers on the bubble for a .500 season.
With Maurice Washington and Tre Bryant practicing, Ryan Held is flush with options at running back.
Excerpts from the OWH’s book “Frost: A Husker’s Journey Home” are viewable online.*
Hail Varsity looks at Scott Frost’s blending of the old and the new in his formula to right Nebraska’s ship.
Anatomy of an Era: When Darren Schmadeke arrived in ’91, “I think we were satisfied with those nine-win seasons,” but then guys like Christian Peter and Tommie Frazier “decided we were going to take it to the next level.”
This week in Husker history: NFL jobs don’t interest Bob Devaney.
AUGUST 4, 2018
A focus on better food choices is helping players add good weight.
The team gets an inspirational talk from former Husker Mike Rucker.
Anatomy of an Era: “The thing is, you’ve got hands like feet.” Receiver Darren Schmadeke’s reaction to those words from his position coach might surprise you.
Luke Gifford finally has the body to fit in with most Big Ten linebackers, and he credits strength coach Zach Duval and the training staff.
AUGUST 3, 2018
Kieron Williams agrees to a contract with the Phoenix franchise of the new American Alliance for Football.
Multi-sport athlete Emil Radik,* who played for the Huskers in 1952 before finishing his college career at Omaha University, has died at age 84.
Cole Conrad and Tanner Farmer are aiming to move offensive line forward as they wage their position battle.
Akron opens fall camp with an eye on Nebraska.
These five Huskers may be on the cusp of a breakout season.
Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice kick off the preseason with a Husker Doc Talk session discussing Urban Meyer, the return of Dave Ellis and Ron Brown, and more.
AUGUST 2, 2018
Hail Varsity previews the defensive line by the numbers.
Basketball came first for Mark Gilman in high school, so he’s still amazed to have become a key cog on Nebraska’s 1994-95 championship teams.
Tom Osborne says he “really didn’t understand the culture” the last three seasons but expects that to change, even though it won’t be “a reincarnation of 1995, 1996 or 1997.”
Jeremy Pernell looks at Scott Frost’s effort to build a championship culture.
Husker Dan has a true Husker story for the ages.
Steve Sipple wonders how much of the playbook Scott Frost will be able to throw at his young QBs.
Anatomy of an Era: Chad Stanley says his friend and roommate Brook Berringer was “kind of like Clark Kent back then. He was larger than life.”
Scott Frost is among the 65 coaches with a vote in this season’s Amway Coaches’ Poll.
AUGUST 1, 2018
Ohio State places coach Urban Meyer on administrative leave as the school investigates his response to domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant. | Commentary: Lesmerises, Barfknecht,* Briggs, Shatel* | Timeline | Discuss
Classmates in grade school ridiculed him as a big, “dumb,” stuttering kid. Here’s the story of how Matt Slauson found his voice and made it in the NFL.
Hail Varsity looks at what can be learned from UCF’s quarterback battle in Scott Frost’s first year there.
Kirk Ferentz’s staying power at Iowa gets a tip of the cap from Steve Sipple.
Anatomy of an Era: Which assistant coach “could look at the greaseboard and really dissect a defense … and beat them”? Chad Stanley dishes on the 1990s staff.