December 2018 fresh links
DECEMBER 31, 2018
It was something special for former Husker Toby Wright when he introduced his son Javin, now a Nebraska signee, to Tom Osborne earlier this year.
At least two NFL teams in search of head coaches have requested interviews with former Husker Zac Taylor, quarterbacks coach with the Rams.
Anatomy of an Era: Jon Pedersen on the Huskers’ toughness: “I don’t know how many times I saw the guy standing next to you pull a finger back in that was dislocated so they could stay in.”
DECEMBER 30, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Center Jon Pedersen lived the Nebraska kid’s dream: “You go from high school and all of a sudden you’re playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.”
This week in Husker history: A bunch of memorable bowls, a coach’s nervous breakdown, and a “no” from Houston Nutt.
Scott Frost becomes the 10th former Husker player to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.
DECEMBER 29, 2018
Dave Rimington says player development under Scott Frost has the potential to return star power to the offensive line.
Anatomy of an Era: Professor Ken Dewey theorizes that the extremes of Nebraska’s weather, like athletics, can “make a person stronger.”
DECEMBER 28, 2018
His status is uncertain, but there’s still plenty of time for the Huskers to add juco running back Dedrick Mills for the spring semester.
Three of the top five Orange Bowl games in this Athlon Sports ranking involve Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era: “Football and weather: Those are the two national pastimes in the state of Nebraska,” says professor and weather guru Ken Dewey.
DECEMBER 27, 2018
Former Husker player and assistant John Garrison joins the staff at North Carolina State as offensive line coach.
Kearney kicker Gabe Heins accepts a walk-on* offer from Nebraska.
Athlon looks at some depth chart scenarios for the 2019 offensive line.
DECEMBER 26, 2018
Omaha Creighton Prep’s John Bullock announces he’ll walk on at Nebraska and likely start out as a safety.
Former Husker kicker Brett Maher earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Adam Carriker says the Huskers won’t improve in the trenches without pushing themselves in the weight room.*
DECEMBER 25, 2018
Tre Neal’s Nebraska career lasted just 127 days, but he’ll be a Husker much longer.
Anatomy of an Era: Linebacker Mike Anderson says it was no fun going against hard-hitting fullback Cory Schlesinger in practice.
The OWH ponders what Nebraska would be without Husker football.*
DECEMBER 24, 2018
Lincoln Pius X quarterback Austin Jablonski will walk on at Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era: Mike Anderson and other linebackers almost left early because of their position coach’s ways.
DECEMBER 23, 2018
The 2019 season has youth-movement potential for the Huskers.
Former Husker Alfonzo Dennard is arrested after another run-in with Lincoln police.
Anatomy of an Era: Linebacker Mike Anderson wanted to play for Wyoming — until his family moved to Nebraska.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska hires Dana X. Bible, who would become the program’s first 50-win coach en route to college football’s Hall of Fame.
Scott Frost expects the players to be ready for Zach Duval’s winter conditioning program this time around.
DECEMBER 22, 2018
The LJS looks at how the 2019 roster stacks up after the early signing period.
Running back signee Ronald Thompkins says his rehab is on schedule after Nebraska stuck with him following his ACL injury.
DECEMBER 21, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Sonya Varnell had her run-ins with Lawrence Phillips, but she felt that keeping him on the team was the right move “because of all the demons he had inside of him.”
DECEMBER 20, 2018
Nick Henrich expects his injured knee to be rehabbed in time for spring bill.
A Lincoln man pleads guilty in the July burglary at Scott Frost’s home.
Iowa Western O-lineman Joshua Wegener will walk on at Nebraska.
A Lincoln woman is charged in a scam involving hundreds of fraudulently purchased Nebraska football tickets.
Anatomy of an Era: Sonya Varnell is a Southerner who helped minority athletes with the transition to life in Lincoln.
DECEMBER 19, 2018
Nebraska announces an early-signing class of 23 as defensive end Ty Robinson, O-lineman Jimmy Fritzsche and defensive end Brant Banks pick the Huskers. Scott Frost indicates there are a couple more coming. | 2019 signees | Frost presser & more
DECEMBER 18, 2018
Future Husker Luke McCaffrey has some old-school blood in him.
Adam Carriker could’ve been a college quarterback,* but that would’ve meant giving up his dream of playing for Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman says that “if your goal is for team success and not for personal accolades, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.”
DECEMBER 17, 2018
Poll question: Will Nebraska play in a bowl next season?
Anatomy of an Era: David Alderman says the upperclassmen “didn’t view the younger people as a threat, but actually acted as coaches.”
DECEMBER 16, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Texas, not Nebraska, is where walk-on cornerback David Alderman almost ended up.
This week in Husker history: Bob Devaney says no to Miami.
DECEMBER 15, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Gary Fouraker noticed diminishing camaraderie toward the end of his two decades with the Athletic Department.
DECEMBER 14, 2018
The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived former Husker Niles Paul.*
Former Husker assistant Mike Ekeler joins the staff at Kansas.
Anatomy of an Era: Gary Fouraker was the man holding the purse strings during the 60 & 3 era.
DECEMBER 13, 2018
“This was a different kind of 4-8”: ESPN’s Mitch Sherman recaps the Huskers’ 0-6 start and subsequent rebound.
With a stressful month behind him, Wandale Robinson* is set to be a Husker.
DECEMBER 12, 2018
Husker Dan recaps the best moments of the 2018 season.
Adrian Martinez grades out as Pro Football Focus’s No. 5 true-freshman quarterback of 2018.
Athlon looks at five Huskers who appear ready to step forward as team leaders in 2019.
Anatomy of an Era: Student manager Brandon Hamer recalls the 1990s teams’ “inner accountability” and says their intensity “all started on the offensive and defensive lines.”
DECEMBER 11, 2018
Check out this 12-minute highlight reel from the Huskers’ 2018 season.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers behind the Huskers’ vastly improved run game in 2018.
Athlon places Devine Ozigbo, JD Spielman and Stanley Morgan on its second-team All-Big Ten squad, while Dicaprio Bootle is a third-teamer.
Anatomy of an Era: Student managers like Brandon Hamer were counted on to keep practices running smoothly — and to keep coaches from getting clotheslined by their own headsets on gameday.
DECEMBER 10, 2018
Poll question: Should the Big Ten eliminate its football divisions?
Sam McKewon says the need for depth stands out in evaluating the Huskers’ lineup of younger players.
DECEMBER 9, 2018
Linebacker Tyrin Ferguson’s patience is paying off as he is in position to be a key figure in 2019.
Anatomy of an Era: Coach Dan Young says having ones vs. ones in practice “helped us prepare better. … We just played hard and didn’t worry about getting hurt.
This week in Husker history: The Devaney era at Nebraska is in danger of being a mere two-year blip as the coach entertains an overture from Miami.
DECEMBER 8, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Dan Young was part of a rare two-coach tandem for the offensive line.
DECEMBER 7, 2018
Former Husker cornerback Ralph Brown reviews the 2018 Blackshirts.
Anatomy of an Era: Football and school were like “two full-time jobs” for Academic All-American Matt Shaw.
Running backs coach Ryan Held gets Steve Sipple’s vote for Husker assistant coach of the year.
DECEMBER 6, 2018
Akron and Nebraska have reached a financial settlement regarding their canceled Sept. 1 game, but details haven’t been disclosed.
Season ticket prices are rising $3 per game, and the renewal process begins next week. Also, the spring game is set for April 13.
Flipping recruits from other programs has produced notable hits and misses* for the Huskers.
Lincoln Southwest athlete Caden McCormack and York offensive lineman Noah Stafursky announce they are walking on at Nebraska.
Husker Dan unveils his Top Ten Honor Roll for 2018.
Poll question: Did Stanley Morgan deserve better than second-team All-Big Ten?
Anatomy of an Era: Matt Shaw on the success of the 1990s Huskers: “Obviously you need guys with some talent out there, but it’s about getting guys to give themselves up for the betterment of the team.”
DECEMBER 5, 2018
Thirty-six Huskers earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
Stanley Morgan is named to AP’s second-team All-Big Ten squad.
Anatomy of an Era: Tight end Matt Shaw made the “ultimate pancake under the ultimate pressure conditions” in the 1995 Orange Bowl.
The Wandale Robinson recruiting saga takes a new turn as the coveted athlete is now expected to flip from Kentucky to Nebraska.
DECEMBER 4, 2018
He was “barely on the cusp of getting a scholarship,” and now Husker offensive lineman Aaron Taylor is officially in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Three senior team awards go to Stanley Morgan Jr., Devine Ozigbo and Mick Stoltenberg.
Former Husker Randy Gregory opens up about his struggles with depression, drugs and other issues.
Athlon issues its team awards for the 2018 Huskers.
Anatomy of an Era: Tom Seiler recalls how a Daily Nebraskan article got his lather up.
DECEMBER 3, 2018
Stanley Morgan leaves some big shoes to fill next season at wide receiver.
Not many quarterbacks ran the ball* more often this season than Adrian Martinez.
Running back Devine Ozigbo and safety Deontai Williams make the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten team, while receiver JD Spielman is a second-team selection.
Tom Osborne says the rebuilding of the walk-on program will pay off but will take time.
Anatomy of an Era: Walk-on Tom Seiler knew he faced long odds when he started out as the fourth-string kicker: “You need a fourth kicker like you need hemorrhoids.”
DECEMBER 2, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Darin Erstad says a team’s success “starts from the top. When you have good leadership, good things happen.”
This week in Husker history: Jim Thorpe and Carlisle schooled the Cornhuskers to the tune of 37-6 on a chilly Wednesday afternoon in 1908.
The Huskers’ November performance says a lot about the direction of the program, Steve Sipple writes.
DECEMBER 1, 2018
Anatomy of an Era: Baseball’s Darin Erstad on joining the football team in 1994: “From the second you got there, you could tell there were some boys on a mission.”