December 2019 fresh links
DECEMBER 31, 2019
Check out our composite Husker all-2010s team, a combination of five publications’ all-decade squads. | The decade that was | Athlon: 5 best wins
Steven M. Sipple says Bob Diaco’s resolve is something to be admired.
The New York Jets have signed former Husker kicker Brett Maher to a reserve/future deal.
From Hail Varsity, a photographic look at the 2019 season.
DECEMBER 30, 2019
Purdue reportedly is hiring former Nebraska assistant Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator. | Discuss
Linebacker Keyshawn Greene surprised a lot of people by choosing Nebraska, but he says he “went and saw it for myself and I fell in love.”
The building blocks for an effective offensive line appear to be in place. | 2019 unit review
Monday Morning Quarterback: Is a bowl game in the cards for the 2020 Huskers?
Nebraska’s scout team MVPs – Travis Vokolek and Garrett Snodgrass – are aiming for bigger roles in 2020.
Adam Carriker says the Huskers could learn a lesson or two from watching how LSU and Clemson operate.
DECEMBER 29, 2019
See how former Huskers fared in the final week of the NFL’s regular season.
This week in Husker history: Bowl games galore, including the 1994 national title clincher.
DECEMBER 28, 2019
Taylor Martinez is the quarterback of the OWH’s Nebraska all-decade team.* | Captains and more*
Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg could put himself in the mix for a 2021 scholarship offer from the Huskers.
Getting better production from the tight ends will be a goal next year after an underwhelming season for the unit.
Tad Stryker reflects on the Huskers’ Decade of Instability and says consistency will be a must in the quest for a turning point.
Beating the point spread* was a rarity for the 2019 Huskers.
DECEMBER 27, 2019
Former Husker Lavonte David earns a spot on NFL.com’s All-Decade Team.
A few players in the transfer portal might be of interest to the Huskers.
DECEMBER 26, 2019
Here are a couple of looks ahead (1, 2) and a look back at the Nebraska running backs. | The inside linebackers
Johnny Rodgers is a first-teamer on ESPN’s 150th anniversary All-Time All-America Team, and on the second team are Dave Rimington and Dean Steinkuhler. (The CBS Sports team released in August has a bigger Nebraska presence.)
Penn State has hired away Minnesota’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kirk Ciarrocca.
Best of the Decade: New team statistical records were a rarity for the Huskers in the 2010s, but a few all-time bests were indeed posted.
After hitting rock bottom, former Husker Willie Miller is excited again for life’s next play.
DECEMBER 25, 2019
The LJS looks at 13 Husker recruiting targets for 2021 within the 500-mile radius.
Making Good: Darrion Daniels owed his brother a season.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden likes what he’s seeing so far from former Husker linebacker Will Compton.
DECEMBER 24, 2019
There’s inspiration to be found in former Husker Ricky Simmons’ story of redemption.
Husker247 previews the new-look 2020 defensive line and reviews the unit’s 2019 performance.
Best of the Decade: NCAA and/or school records were posted by more than two dozen Huskers during the 2010s.
DECEMBER 23, 2019
Monday Morning Quarterback: How are you feeling about the early recruiting signees for 2020? | A-minus from Rivals
HuskerOnline looks at how Scott Frost’s contract compares with recent deals received by his coaching peers.
DECEMBER 22, 2019
Former Husker Niles Paul is “fighting some demons” as he adjusts to retirement from the NFL.
Dave Rimington says Cam Jurgens can be “a great one” at center if he gets “a little stronger and a little more consistent with his snaps.”
The year’s final Husker Doc Talk takes up the Huskers’ recruiting class and more.
This week in Husker history: Eight days before the Orange Bowl, Tommie Frazier takes full contact for the first time since early fall as the Huskers scrimmage in preparation for Miami. Who will start at QB, however, remains up in the air.
DECEMBER 21, 2019
Four-star defensive back Henry Gray was both a recruit and recruiter during the past three months.
Former Husker Dominic Raiola says Nebraska needs a few guys “who can play football and are just downright nasty.”
Watch Rex Burkhead’s game-winning touchdown for the Patriots against the Bills. | More NFL Huskers
Tune in Saturday at 9 a.m. Central to Rob Zatechka and Neil Nelkin’s tribute to Gerry Gray.
DECEMBER 20, 2019
Former Husker Will Shields has been named to the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame.
Forty Husker athletes, including 11 in football, will receive their diplomas Saturday.
Former Nebraska assistant John Papuchis is reportedly joining the new staff at Florida State as defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator.
Zavier Betts says at his Friday morning signing ceremony that he’s “so happy to be able to do this.”
An official visit to Lincoln has translated into a letter-of-intent signature more than 55% of the time under Scott Frost.
DECEMBER 19, 2019
Scott Frost talks on “Sports Nightly” about the Huskers’ good fortune in landing Keyshawn Greene, and more about the recruiting class. | Audio
Four-star receiver Zavier Betts of Bellevue West signed his letter of intent Thursday with Nebraska after Scott Frost was updated on his academic progress.
Former Huskers Roger Craig and Verne Lewellen are among 20 “senior” player finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The LJS looks at who might fill the few remaining spots in the recruiting class. Follow-up coverage from Wednesday’s signings is continuing to arrive here.
DECEMBER 18, 2019
Scott Frost says the new crop of recruits gives the Huskers “a chance to win a lot of games,” and several national analysts place Nebraska among the top winners on signing day. More coverage here. | 2020 class
Three four-star players’ signing-day decisions go Nebraska’s way, but two others go to Wisconsin and Arkansas. Follow it right here as recruits make it official. | Impressive finish: 1, 2 | Reinforcements at WR* & RB | Christopherson commentary | Decision schedule: 1, 2, 3 | Florida connection | OWH primer* | Discuss
DECEMBER 17, 2019
Hayden Fry, who revived Iowa football during his 20 seasons as head coach of the Hawkeyes, has died at age 90.
Wide receiver Ty Hahn from eight-man Johnson-Brock commits to the Huskers as a walk-on.
Husker Dan mourns the loss of radio host Gerry Gray. | More
The Huskers land a commitment from three-star juco defensive lineman Jordon Riley. | Coverage & highlights | Class of 2020 | Discuss
DECEMBER 16, 2019
It’s been a strong stretch run for Nebraska in recruiting, with a fair amount of drama still to come Wednesday. | Best-case scenario
Give the gift of Ireland this holiday season.
Lincoln Southeast safety Isaac Gifford accepts a blueshirt offer from Nebraska and will enroll next month.
Jimari Butler, a three-star defensive end/outside linebacker from Alabama, announces his commitment to the Huskers. | Coverage & highlights | 2020 class | Discuss
Monday Morning Quarterback: What was the biggest surprise in the Big Ten West this season?
Blaise Gunnerson talks about why he chose Nebraska over the Iowa schools, his likely role as an outside linebacker and more with Adam Carriker.
Best of the Decade: Three dozen Huskers emerged from the 2010s as possible Nebraska Football Hall-of-Famers.
DECEMBER 15, 2019
Nebraska gets its second commitment of the day: three-star juco linebacker/defensive end Niko Cooper. Coverage & highlights | 2020 class | Discuss
The Huskers announce the recipients of the annual team awards, including Lamar Jackson for the Guy Chamberlin Trophy and Mohamed Barry for the Tom Novak Award.
Linebacker Jimari Butler will announce his choice between TCU and Nebraska on Monday.
See Rex Burkhead’s 33-yard touchdown run for the Patriots against the Bengals, plus Cethan Carter’s first NFL catch and TD. | More NFL Huskers
The Huskers get another big commitment, this one from four-star outside linebacker Keyshawn Greene from Florida. | 2020 class | Discuss
This week in Husker history: A rout of Georgia in the 1969 Sun Bowl, and a quarterback question in the 1995 Orange Bowl.
DECEMBER 14, 2019
Running back commit Sevion Morrison rebounded from a rough start at his Oklahoma high school to be in position to play at Nebraska.
Offensive lineman Nouredin Nouili will bring big ambitions with him as he returns to the state. | “Blueshirt” offer for Gifford | Early-enrolling trio
Scott Frost and Erik Chinander travel to Minnesota in the Huskers’ quest to land four-star outside linebacker Kaden Johnson. | Saturday ticker
The Athletic Department is continuing to explore ways to improve the fan atmosphere inside and outside the stadium.
DECEMBER 13, 2019
It’s a major score for Husker recruiting as Omar Manning, the nation’s top-ranked juco receiver, commits to Nebraska. | Coverage & highlights | 2020 class | Discuss
Offensive lineman Nouredin Nouili, a graduate of Norris High in Nebraska, announces he’s transferring from Colorado State to Lincoln as a walk-on. | Walk-on overview
Scott Frost is making a high-stakes visit Friday to Texas in hopes of landing four-star juco receiver Omar Manning.
DECEMBER 12, 2019
Lincoln police reports link more cases to Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone.
Thursday’s recruiting ticker includes a top three for in-state 2021 prospect Avante Dickerson. | Pieces on the board | Slusher still in play* | Betts’ signing to wait* | Greene* & more Florida targets
Former Husker running back Correll Buckhalter is one of 10 ex-NFL players charged with scamming a program that helps retired NFL players pay for medical expenses.
Wan’Dale Robinson has been named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.
The decade of the comeback was also the decade of the blown lead for the Huskers.
DECEMBER 11, 2019
Lamar Jackson earns second-team honors on the AP All-Big Ten team.
Juco inside linebacker Eteva Mauga-Clements announces his commitment to the Huskers. | Discuss | 2020 class | Wednesday ticker
Four dozen football Huskers earn Academic All-Big Ten honors, including four-time honoree Mohamed Barry.
DECEMBER 10, 2019
Nebraska’s top target at wide receiver, Omar Manning, isn’t expected to sign a letter of intent until February. | Kaden Johnson’s athleticism | Notes
Bill Moos says he expects Scott Frost to stick with his blueprint on offense despite this year’s dip in production.
Katerian Legrone and Andre Hunt now face possible criminal charges in addition to university suspensions.
Husker Dan sees more tough sledding for the Huskers in 2020.
Scott Frost’s contract extension is now official.
The 46th Annual Nebraska Classic Golf Tournament in Palm Springs will be on Feb. 17th, 2020. Sign up here.
Tom Osborne is No. 4 and Bob Devaney is No. 26 in ESPN’s all-time ranking of college football coaches. Also ranked: Fielding Yost (18) and Dana X. Bible (104). | Nick vs. Tom
Tuesday’s recruiting ticker includes a recent Nebraska visitor’s decommitment from Tennessee.
DECEMBER 9, 2019
Walk-on defensive back Isaiah Stalbird has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, and so has reserve quarterback Andrew Bunch.
Husker commit Will Nixon aims to make an impact with a skill set similar to Wan’Dale Robinson’s.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Was Bill Moos right to call out Tommie Frazier?
Monday’s recruiting ticker includes a transfer offensive lineman to watch.
The Dallas Cowboys have cut former Husker Brett Maher, who set records with his long-distance field goals but struggled with accuracy.
Joe Burrow says he’s motivated by being snubbed by Nebraska and others.
Adam Carriker says the Huskers don’t need to change their base defense to have an effective pass rush.*
Best of the 2010s: It was the decade of the come-from-behind win for Nebraska football.
DECEMBER 8, 2019
Beatrice lineman Bladen Bayless commits to walking on at Nebraska. | Recruiting roundup & Sunday ticker
Greg Smith says player development, not new recruits, will be the key to a better 2020 for Nebraska. | McKewon’s “Future Report“*
Bill Moos expresses disappointment in Tommie Frazier’s tweet after the Iowa game. | Zatechka’s take
Little-used receiver Jaron Woodyard is expected to transfer.
This week in Husker history: Bring on Harvard, says the unbeaten 1914 team.
The LJS examines six key offseason questions facing the Huskers.
DECEMBER 7, 2019
Wisconsin owns the first half, but Ohio State dominates the final 30 minutes for a 34-21 win in the Big Ten championship game.
The 2020 schedule is backloaded, but the September nonconference will also be no cakewalk.
DECEMBER 6, 2019
Wan’Dale Robinson is a first-teamer on the Pro Football Focus national All-Freshman team.
Julius Coates, a juco defensive end who visited Nebraska last weekend, announces his decommitment from Colorado. | Friday ticker | Official visitors*
Casey Doernemann, a lineman from West Point, Neb., announces his commitment to the Huskers as a 2020 walk-on.
Andre Hunt and Katerian LeGrone, facing possible 2½-year university suspensions, have entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Athlon looks at 10 positives for the Huskers heading into 2020.
An effective pass rush* is No. 1 on Adam Carriker’s wish list.
Despite the losing season, Athletic Director Bill Moos says his “scoreboard for the progression of the program is looking good” as the Huskers build a sustainable culture.*
DECEMBER 5, 2019
Nebraska appears to be in prime position to land 6-foot-4 juco receiver Omar Manning.
Two-way star Keagan Johnson of Bellevue West receives a Nebraska offer for 2021.
Wide receiver Andre Hunt and tight end Katerian LeGrone, suspended from the team in late August, face a possible 2½-year suspension from the university for allegedly violating the school’s sexual misconduct policies.
Linebacker Jaomi Hodge announces he’s decommitting after less than 10 days as a Husker pledge. | Problem position | 2020 class
Three-star defensive end Tanoa Togiai from Idaho joins the list of official visitors expected to be in Lincoln this weekend. | Thursday ticker
Best of the 2010s: Our review of the last 10 seasons begins with a stroll through the Huskers’ wins against AP-ranked teams — moments that became more scarce as the decade went on.
Jason Peter* talks with Adam Carriker about Nebraska’s season, what the Huskers need to do in the future, Adrian Martinez and what he sees when he’s around the program.
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt weighs in on Nebraska’s disappointing season, saying the Huskers’ main problem is “they’re not good enough at the line of scrimmage. Period.”
Scanned-ticket numbers for Nebraska home games rose slightly in 2019.
In a first for Nebraska since joining the Big Ten, no players on offense earn first-, second- or third-team all-conference honors from the coaches or media. Four Huskers — JD Spielman, Brenden Jaimes, Dedrick Mills and Wan’Dale Robinson — do get honorable mention. | The honorees
Darrion Daniels has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Pasadena on Jan. 18.
Lamar Jackson and JD Spielman earn spots on Jeremy Pernell’s All-Big Ten team.
The 1995 Huskers are No. 2 and 1971 Nebraska is No. 9 in Sporting News’ ranking of best teams in 150 years of college football.
Husker Dan says Nebraska heads into the winter with more questions than a year ago.
Adam Carriker says it’s too soon* for Scott Frost to let any of his assistant coaches go.
DECEMBER 3, 2019
Travis Fisher, coach of Nebraska’s defensive secondary, is Steven M. Sipple’s pick for top Husker assistant this past season.
Shuffling of lineups reflected the struggles of the Huskers’ special teams in 2019.
Grand Island receiver Broc Douglass is the latest to commit to walking on at Nebraska. | Latest offers
Lamar Jackson earns second-team All-Big Ten honors as the conference coaches’ and media’s picks on defense are announced. Khalil Davis is a third-teamer, and four other Blackshirts earn honorable mention. | Three Huskers on PFF teams
Jeremy Pernell takes a look at how the staff would like to fill out the Huskers’ recruiting class and names to keep an eye on. | Tuesday ticker
Greg Schiano’s return as head coach is now official at Rutgers, the seventh Nebraska opponent in 2020.
Adam Carriker says an open competition* at quarterback is what’s best for the Huskers/
These five on-field moments changed the Huskers’ 2019 season.
DECEMBER 2, 2019
Iowa Western kicker Chase Contreraz has committed to the Huskers as a walk-on. | Recruits to watch*
Steven M. Sipple says the defense improved in 2019 but remained substantially short of where it needs to be.
Lamar Jackson and Carlos and Khalil Davis have accepted invitations to play the East-West Shrine Bowl on Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Should Luke McCaffrey been given more reps at QB against Iowa?
Athlon says keeping JD Spielman for a fourth season is a top “recruiting” priority for Scott Frost. | Gifford waiting* | Monday ticker
DECEMBER 1, 2019
Steven M. Sipple says three years of sub-.500 football and a rugged 2020 schedule should keep Nebraska fans and media grounded. | McKewon’s rewind* | Christopherson on Martinez | Peterson on edge blocking
Here’s a rundown of who redshirted despite playing in games this year.
Husker coaches hit the recruiting trail Sunday as a 14-day contact period began. | What to expect
Former Husker Zac Taylor finally gets his first win as an NFL head coach. | NFL Huskers, Week 13
The season is over and there’s no game to preview, but our stats matchup isn’t taking Sunday off. See how the 2019 and 2018 teams compare against each other.
This week in Husker history: It’s out with Pelini and in with Riley, plus a win and a loss in Big 12 championship games.