August 2021 fresh links
AUGUST 31, 2021
At least 19 former Huskers, including rookies Matt Farniok, Brenden Jaimes and Jack Stoll, have made the final cut to appear on opening-day NFL rosters.
The sellout streak continues as the remaining Fordham game tickets are bought by donors for use in the Red Carpet Experience for underserved youth.* | Discuss
The coordinators discussed the offense’s playbook and the defense’s performance in comments after Tuesday’s practice. Go here for coverage and video. | Updates & discussion
With a roster of former Huskers, Nebraska is one of 10 teams you can play as in the new “Campus Legends” edition of the Madden football video game.*
Nebraska has unveiled the special uniforms that will be worn on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
See how Husker commits fared in games over the weekend.
A look at the football history of Fordham, which was a power before World War II.
Dave Feit is reminded of the challenges of parenting as he looks back at the loss at Illinois.
AUGUST 30, 2021
Former Husker cornerback Lamar Jackson has reportedly been released by the New York Jets.
Two perspectives (video) on Scott Frost and fixing the Huskers: Adam Carriker and 247Sports’ Josh Pate. | Herbstreit weights in (Text, Audio)
Monday Flashback: Jerry Murtaugh talks about the 1970 NC season, the Sooners and more.
Scott Frost and players resolved to turn things around as they spoke after Monday’s practice. Go here for all the video, coverage and commentary. | Updates & discussion | Pregame notes
Hail Varsity looks at five standout plays you might not have noticed Saturday.
Twenty Huskers are among more than 1,900 FBS players this season who have already earned undergraduate degrees.
AUGUST 29, 2021
Passion alone won’t fix* the chaos that defines the offense, Sam McKewon writes. More commentary: Peterson, Gabriel,* Sipple,* Finebaum, Washut, Fiutak, Callahan.
Husker Dan: Loss to Illinois does not bode well for the rest of the season.
Will the games against Fordham and Buffalo build the team confidence* Scott Frost yearns for?
Blake Miller from eight-man Lourdes Central Catholic has committed to walking on at Nebraska.
Dr. Rob Zatechka offers a diagnosis of some of the Huskers’ ills.
Here are the Pro Football Focus snap counts and grades from Saturday for Nebraska’s offense and defense.
This week in Husker history: In 1916, it’s believed to be a first as a female Nebraska alum becomes a college football coach.
AUGUST 28, 2021
Illinois 30, Nebraska 22. Costly miscues and sloppy special-teams play doom the Huskers in Champaign. Go to the game page for coverage and commentary. | Stryker: No cohesion | Carriker’s gut reaction
Trev Alberts explains how the small things are what matter.
Pregame updates: No Casey Rogers, and Brendan Franke appears to be the kickoff man.
AUGUST 27, 2021
Nebraska and Illinois kick off the major-college football season Saturday, and it’s the first chance for the 2021 Huskers to change the narrative of the past few years. Here are scene-setters from Lincoln (1, 2) and Omaha and Champaign.* Commentary: Shatel,* Keeler, Daniels,* Sipple,* Greenberg, Christopherson, Callahan, Brew. | Hype video
Dave Feit has five questions and some possible answers as the Huskers start their new seasson.
There’s no depth chart, but Kaleb Henry has a rundown of the Huskers’ projected starters in this video.
Larry Naviaux, former Husker halfback who served as head coach at Boston University and UConn, has died at age 84.
A national recruiting reporter says missteps in Florida have been costly to Scott Frost.
What’s in a name? In Cam Taylor-Britt’s case, something meaningful.*
An Illinois site previews the game, and its writers are split 3-2 on who will win. | More predictions
AUGUST 26, 2021
Husker quarterback commit Richard Torres* throws eight TD passes — seven of them in the first half — in his San Antonio school’s season opener.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander* declines to identify a starter at the contested cornerback spot but says Quinton Newsome, Braxton Clark and Tyreek Johnson will play this year. | More* | Video
Here’s an analysis of five plays the Huskers are likely to run Saturday in Champaign.
Not everyone is a fan of digital tickets.
Scott Frost’s mission statement* gets a thumbs-up from Steven M. Sipple.
Tom Shatel says Nebraska’s season won’t be defined* at Illinois.
Athlon previews the game and picks the Huskers to win by three points. | More predictions | McKewon’s three keys
Scott Frost says the team has prepared well for Illinois, and he’ll be glad to see fans in the stands Saturday. Go here for everything that was said after Thursday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
The Athletic Department issues new policies for face coverings at Husker sports events.
Nebraska volleyball’s season opener has been cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols, but the rest of the Huskers’ weekend slate remains intact.
Neither team is releasing a depth chart, but here’s a projected one for Illinois.
The most compelling constituency in the Nebraska fan base? Dirk Chatelain* is fascinated by “Generation Hex.”
AUGUST 25, 2021
There are signs that heightened player-led accountability* is enhancing the team culture.
Jack Stark, current NU regent and former psychologist for Husker football, is charged with witness tampering in a Douglas County case.
Trev Alberts says the football team’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is 90 percent, which is “right there with the top schools” in the Big Ten. | Work to do on ticket sales | Strategic plan
Dave Feit has advice to help Scott Frost, the fans and the media coexist.
Illinois has a newly designed offense, but what it looks like won’t be known until Saturday. | Opponent previews: OWH,* LJS*
Adam Carriker gives his game-by-game picks for the 2021 season.
Some changes are coming to the game-day radio broadcasts, including the elimination of a popular streaming option. | Discuss
Kaleb Henry has posted the first week’s TV Depth Chart.
The rivalry between Johnny Rodgers and Greg Pruitt never ends.
The Nebraska-Illinois game predictions thus far are solidly in favor of the Huskers.
AUGUST 24, 2021
Reserve defensive lineman Jamin Graham has entered the transfer portal.*
The three-conference alliance is now official, even though there’s nothing in writing. | Commentary: Dodd, Shatel*, Thamel
The Huskers appear to have a starter at running back, but Matt Lubick isn’t saying who it is. Go here for that and more from Tuesday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
An Illinois writer “would be shocked” if the Illini don’t score at least 40 points against Nebraska on Saturday. | Dodd: Must-win game?
A leadership role is former Husker Randy Gregory’s latest step up in his rocky tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.
AUGUST 23, 2021
An alliance involving the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC that could alter future football scheduling is expected to be announced Tuesday. | Discuss
Husker Dan lists some goals for year four of the Frost era.
Former Husker assistant George Darlington will teach a Football Facts class this fall at Metropolitan Community College in Fremont.
The Titans have picked up Freedom Akinmoladun after the former Husker was waived by the Bengals.
A dozen Blackshirts were issued Monday morning in a ceremony involving former Huskers. Go here for that and more coverage and commentary from the game-week press conference. | Updates & discussion | Game notes: NEB, ILL
Tommie Frazier talks about what actually makes a team good, and it might not be what you think.
Adam Carriker says the Huskers need to win “now more than ever.”
Three Athlon writers see Nebraska doing no better than 6-6 as they go through the schedule game by game.
New Big Ten policy: If a team can’t play because of COVID-19, it will forfeit the game. | Discuss
AUGUST 22, 2021
Tad Stryker sees a pathetic assault on Nebraska football morale happening as the Huskers head into a high-stakes season. More Sunday commentary: McKewon’s hidden stats* | Peterson’s defensive predictions | Sipple on pressure management* | Christopherson game by game | Callahan’s rundown
Husker Doc Talk looks at the sabotage question and more.
Discipline off the field made Damion Daniels’ rise to captain possible.
From the LJS, Memorial Stadium’s 12 loudest games.*
From Hail Varsity, a look at what the odds are saying about the Illinois game.
The starting kickoff specialist has yet to be announced as Nebraska seeks to improve a unit that ranked last in the Big Ten last season.
Nebraska’s flaws have been on full display* in the last two games against Illinois.
Sam McKewon runs down the knowns and unknowns* after preseason camp. | Shatel: Changing the narrative*
This week in Husker history: When you were captain in 1901, your duties included raising funds to cover the $150 cost of conducting fall camp.
AUGUST 21, 2021
Walk-on wide receiver Austin Jablonski has entered the transfer portal.
The 2021 team captains: Adrian Martinez, Austin Allen, Damion Daniels and Cam Taylor-Britt. | Discuss
Brian Christopherson predicts a third-place finish in the Big Ten West for the Huskers. | Sipple says 7-5*
Why they came, where they’ll contribute: Jeremy Pernell goes in depth on Nebraska’s four transfer portal additions.
AUGUST 20, 2021
Former Husker football chief of staff Gerrod Lambrecht is now in the NIL business, and his first clients are Adrian Martinez and Cam Taylor-Britt.
Sam McKewon takes stock of Nebraska’s recent success or lack thereof in recruiting* lockdown cornerbacks and elite pass rushers.
Adam Carriker delves into the mental side of excelling as a defensive lineman and names some Huskers to watch in the trenches.
The LJS has a projected depth chart* in the last section of this season-preview item. | Position battles*
Dirk Chatelain rates the last 20 seasons by preseason hype* and has 2021 at the bottom.
AUGUST 19, 2021
Scrimmaging took place in the stadium Thursday. Here’s a short video. | Fall camp schedule
Scott Frost discusses the team position by position and more in a Thursday night* appearance on the radio.* | Video
Scott Frost’s contract is No. 10 in college football, according to this ranking system.
Adrian Martinez has been named to the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. | Watch-list Huskers
Local and national commentary on the NCAA case is continuing to come in here. | Michigan too?
Coach Mike Dawson has players fired up about special teams.
AUGUST 18, 2021
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick wasn’t ready to name a starting running back after Wednesday’s practice. Go here for coverage and video. | Updates & discussion | Fall camp schedule
The OWH fills in some blanks about the brouhaha earlier this year over the Oklahoma game,* and Scott Frost* says he’s never made a single phone call about the schedule.
Ten days before the first kickoff, an NCAA investigation of Nebraska football surfaces regarding how the Huskers have used analysts and consultants. Go here for coverage and commentary. | Discuss
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jimmy Fritzsche is entering the transfer portal.
The Saints have waived former Husker kicker Brett Maher with an injury designation.
AUGUST 17, 2021
Trev Alberts says he’s confident the sellout streak will continue this season despite “a couple of games” that were looking iffy. | COVID, NIL & more
Cam Taylor-Britt is No. 11 in a countdown of top Big Ten players, and JoJo Domann is No. 26.
Nebraska and Michigan are now the lone Big Ten holdouts on alcohol sales in their football stadiums on game days.
AUGUST 16, 2021
Frank Solich discusses Husker memories, his adjustment to retirement and more in a talk with Adam Carriker.
Husker Dan shares players’ postgame memories in Part 3 of his series on the 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma game.
Here’s a look at why an alliance involving the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC might make sense.
A sure sign that the season is near: Brian Brown’s printable schedule is available for downloading.
Position battles are continuing at cornerback and at a few key specialist positions, coaches said after Monday’s practice. Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion. | Fall camp schedule
Is there an A.D. out there who’s tougher than Trev Alberts?
AP previews the Huskers with a focus on quarterback Adrian Martinez.
Athlon ranks the Huskers’ games by difficulty.
Adam Carriker breaks down the top contenders in the battle for the starting job at running back.
AUGUST 15, 2021
Sam McKewon says the Huskers now have the size and strength needed to win in the Big Ten & but do they have the discipline? More commentary: Shatel on Chinander & McBride | Sipple on A.D./coach dynamics | Peterson’s offensive predictions | Callahan’s weekly rundown
The Saints reportedly have released former Husker cornerback Prince Amukamara.
The marching band will warm up for the season with its annual exhibition concert Friday night in Memorial Stadium.
Ben Stille’s decision to return for one more year afforded him an opportunity to see things a little differently. | Taylor-Britt’s motivation
He has yet to experience game-day glory, but walk-on quarterback Matt Masker is a key contributor in other ways.
This week in Husker history: In 1906, Nebraska’s chancellor promises a closer watch on players’ off-field behavior. Some members of the previous year’s team had “ceased studying” and spent their evenings “playing poker and drinking.”
AUGUST 14, 2021
Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti is grateful for the stability he and his family have found in Lincoln.
Talk of getting gritty on offense must be music to the ears of a lot of Nebraska fans, Steven M. Sipple writes.
Deontre Thomas has a degree in hand and re-established good health as he works for a breakout season on the defensive line.
Samori Toure on his move to Nebraska from FCS school Montana: “I just really wanted to bet on myself.”
Tight end Austin Allen discusses leadership, the wide receivers and more in the latest “Through Our Eyes” installment.
Last year’s newcomers have been catching up after being thrown a curve in 2020.
USA Today previews the Big Ten and has the Huskers seventh in the conference’s power rankings.
AUGUST 13, 2021
Jeff Kinney shares memories of the Nebraska-Oklahoma Game of the Century with Adam Carriker.
Nebraska for the first time will host on-campus student tailgates this season featuring food, music and dozens of tents.
The LJS summarizes some notable season openers away from Lincoln.
Several current and former Huskers are receiving their diplomas this weekend.
Scott Frost indicated after Friday’s practice that tight end Travis Vokolek’s injury isn’t major, and he reported progress in the team’s vaccination rate. Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion
Enter to win a ticket & lodging package for the Northwestern game in Californians for Nebraska’s fundraising drawing.
Sam McKewon ranks Nebraska’s games from easiest to hardest.
AUGUST 12, 2021
ESPN analytics guru Bill Connelly has the Huskers at No. 32 in his preseason power index — same as a year ago.
Recruiting will pick up in earnest when the calendar flips to September.
Midway through preseason camp, Sam McKewon has five questions that need answering.
An NIL deal covering walk-ons’ tuition is in place at BYU. Could it happen at Nebraska?
Ten Huskers are named to the Senior Bowl watch list.
Trev Alberts explains what made Tom Osborne’s staff great.
Steven M. Sipple wonders whether substantial improvement is in store for Erik Chinander’s Blackshirts.
AUGUST 11, 2021
Bo Pelini reflects on his Nebraska years in a lengthy conversation with former Husker Will Compton. | Discuss | OWH summary
Trev Alberts clears the air after some people fall for a Twitter hoax claiming that Lil’ Red-themed uniforms will be worn in the Oklahoma game.
Tight ends Travis Vokolek and Austin Allen were among those missing practice Wednesday. Afterward, much of the talk revolved around the competition at running back. Go here for all the coverage and video. | Updates & discussion | Fall camp schedule
AUGUST 10, 2021
Two Nebraska opponents are in the top four in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Check out BTN’s Husker fall camp show that resulted from the network’s recent Lincoln visit.
Quality depth and healthy competition on defense were recurring themes Tuesday as coaches and players spoke after practice. Go here for coverage and video. | Updates & discussion
Fifteen Husker volleyball matches are slated for national telecasts.
A running game that’s less QB-centric has potential benefits beyond not forcing the backups into the fray.
Husker fans get a sneak peek at the alternate uniforms to be worn Sept. 11. | Video: Recent alts
AUGUST 9, 2021
After spending time at practice, Tom Osborne says, “My guess is that some of the prognosticators and pundits are probably underrating us a little more than they should.”
Former Nebraska placekicker Brett Maher signs with the New Orleans Saints.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s most likely to land in the top six of the wide receiver corps. | More position musings
Players, coaches and fans look back on a most memorable Thanksgiving Day in part two of Husker Dan’s Game of the Century series.
Cam Jurgens is raising the bar for the offensive line both on and off the field.
Adrian Martinez is No. 6 in Athlon’s ranking of Big Ten quarterbacks.
Johnny Rodgers says he was just part of what made special teams something special.
The OWH’s player countdown concludes with JoJo Domann at No. 1.
AUGUST 8, 2021
Despite skepticism nationally, Nebraska may have the ingredients for a more explosive passing game, Derek Peterson writes. | Sipple on gauging progress | McKewon’s rewind and mailbag | Callahan’s weekly rundown
The Huskers scrimmaged Sunday, and here’s a video that shows a little of what went on. | Fall camp schedule
Dialing up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks is a primary goal of the defense this season.
Are games and attendance at risk? Husker Doc Talk takes up vaccinations and the Delta variant.
Jordan Larson delivers match point as she and fellow former Huskers Justine Wong-Orantes and Kelsey Robinson win gold with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.
Bobby Bowden, whose Florida State teams battled Nebraska eight times in the 1980s and ’90s, has died at age 91. | Sportsmanship note
This week in Husker history: A century ago, preseason camp in Beatrice is canceled for fear it will violate Missouri Valley Conference rules.
AUGUST 7, 2021
Here’s some footage from Saturday’s practice. | Fall camp schedule
JoJo Domann talks football, leadership and life in the season’s first “Through Our Eyes” installment. | KETV interview | Discuss
Walk-on punter Tyler Crawford is entering the transfer portal.
AUGUST 6, 2021
Husker volleyball All-American Lauren Stivrins confirms she is returning this season.
Direct flights catering to college football fans are being added at the Lincoln Airport.
The depth chart is firming up quickly, Scott Frost said after Friday’s practice. Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion | Fall camp schedule
Adam Carriker says this might be Scott Frost’s most talented offense yet at Nebraska.
AUGUST 5, 2021
Coach Tony Tuioti provides a rundown of his deep group of defensive linemen.
Former Husker O-lineman Brent Qvale has signed with the Tennessee Titans.
The BTN crew had mostly complimentary things to say after attending Thursday’s practice, which was otherwise closed to the media. Updates & discussion | Fall camp schedule
Adam Carriker explains three keys to becoming a productive pass rusher.
JoJo Domann and Ben Stille make the preseason watch list for the Lombardi Award. | Watch-list Huskers
AUGUST 4, 2021
Monday Morning Quarterback: Should the Big Ten add more members?
There was encouraging news for the offensive backfield at Wednesday’s practice, part of which was open to the media. Go here for coaches’ and players’ comments, and here for scenes from practice. | Updates & discussion
AUGUST 3, 2021
Tom Shatel says it’s time to bring Frank Solich back for a Memorial Stadium salute.
Coach Ryan Held says on the radio that his running backs know they have much to prove this season.
“Something isn’t matching up inside this program”: Big Ten coaches speak anonymously about Nebraska and other conference schools.
AUGUST 2, 2021
On an O-line in need of a lead dog, Cam Jurgens needs to show this fall that Scott Frost’s gamble on him was the right move, Tad Stryker writes.
Former Husker cornerback Prince Amukamara signs with the Saints.
The defense’s knowledge of the system is shaping up as a big plus, if the comments after Monday’s practice are any indication. Go here for all the coverage. | Updates & discussion | Fall camp schedule
Husker Dan takes a look back at the Game of the Century. Here’s part one of three.
Watch what Trev Alberts had to say about Scott Frost and his staff a year ago. | Discuss
Adam Carriker breaks down the key position battles.
AUGUST 1, 2021
Sam McKewon says the Huskers’ fortunes in 2021 will hinge largely on the offensive line. More commentary: Sipple, Peterson, Callahan
Nebraska used its early camp start to host some in-state and Iowa recruits.
The Huskers’ depth at linebacker appears to be the strongest yet under Scott Frost.
Cam Jurgens is well aware that dominating up front is the best form of branding.
David Max shares memories of his father Carl on what would have been his 100th birthday.
A few photos and a brief video from Sunday’s practice can be viewed here.
Husker Doc Talk kicks off August with talk of fall camp, conference realignment and more.
This week in Husker history: Bitterness from Bobby Newcombe.
The offense will need the largely untested talent at receiver and running back to produce in short order.
Tom Shatel and Dirk Chatelain offer up their plans for saving college football.