February 2018 fresh links
FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Norfolk Catholic defensive lineman Ethan Piper receives a Nebraska offer, the fifth to an in-state player for 2019. | Recruiting notes: 1, 2 | To-do list
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton uprooted himself from Florida because Scott Frost is the “real deal.”
Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn still has faith in Ameer Abdullah despite the former Husker’s lackluster 2017 season.
Adam Carriker talks to Boyd Epley about Zach Duval bringing back Husker Power, the return of Scott Frost and more.
Take a Wayback Wednesday look at the Huskers’ 1987 win at Colorado, a bounce-back performance starring Keith Jones and Neil Smith. Full video and game page here.
FEBRUARY 27, 2018
Twenty former Huskers say why they’re optimistic* about the program under Scott Frost.
Five former Huskers are about to experience the sometimes strange demands of the NFL Combine. | Draft prospects
Could the FBI’s investigation affect the Huskers? The latest Big Red Cobcast addresses that and much more.
Tom Rathman is reportedly joining the staff of the Indanapolis Colts.
Khalil Davis suffers a thumb injury in the weight room.
Nebraska is No. 10 in this ranking of Big Ten quarterback groups.
Eric Crouch is joining Jeff Jamrog’s Midland University football staff in Fremont as an assistant coach.
FEBRUARY 26, 2018
Nebraska’s 2018 schedule is the nation’s toughest in this ranking. | Poll: Agree or disagree?
Scottsbluff’s Garrett Nelson is following his father’s footsteps to Lincoln. | Local prospects | D-line offers
Former Husker graduate assistant Tavita Thompson is named tight ends coach at Central Michigan.
FEBRUARY 25, 2018
Bill Moos and former Huskers help the cause at the fifth annual Team Jack Gala.
This week in Husker history: Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Craig Bohl accepts the head coaching job at North Dakota State.
FEBRUARY 24, 2018
Scott Frost is envisioning a modern version of the Husker powerhouses of old. | “Nebraska formula“*
FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Omaha Burke’s Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman present an unusual challenge for Husker recruiting. | Notes
Tyjon Lindsey is listed as one of nine players expected to benefit most from coaching changes.
Thinking fast is part of the new regimen on the offensive line.
Title IX presents challenges to the goal of increasing the football roster.
Adam Carriker analyzes Patrick O’Brien, Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez as they prepare to compete for the QB job.
FEBRUARY 22, 2018
Tyjon Lindsey is getting back to full speed after his hospitalization, but Dylan Owen has left the program. More from Scott Frost: No quick fixes,* Osborne’s input | Q&A
FEBRUARY 21, 2018
Husker assistants give local football coaches an early look at Nebraska’s new offensive scheme.
Take a Wayback Wednesday look at the Huskers’ 1980 bowl win over Mississippi State: Video | Game page
Scott Frost’s exit from Florida hasn’t diminished his recruiting clout there. | Beating the cold | Recruiting notes
In a Through These Gates outtake, Johnny Rodgers explains why the kick-return teams he was a part of were truly special.
Adam Carriker talks to assistant coach Greg Austin about returning to the Huskers, renewing the O-line Pipeline and more.
FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Mario Verduzco knows what he wants* from his quarterbacks. | Masker’s mission
Development, not recruiting, appears to be where Nebraska has fallen behind Wisconsin and Iowa in the trenches,* Sam McKewon writes.
Tom Dienhart previews Nebraska spring football and lists the quarterbacks, O-line and defensive secondary as the position groups to watch.
The in-state possibilities appear strong in the next two recruiting years. | Black Panther pitch
FEBRUARY 19, 2018
Scanned-ticket totals* shed light on the extent of Husker fan apathy last season.
Coach Jim Dickey, whose Kansas State teams faced Nebraska seven times in the 1970s and ’80s, has died at age 83.
Bill Moos’ active role in the recruiting process signals he’ll do what it takes to help revitalize the football program. | People skills
Adam Carriker breaks down what Erik Chinander’s defense will look like in 2018.
Adrian Martinez is one of Athlon’s 15 true freshman quarterbacks most likely to make an impact in 2018.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tommie Frazier talks about the important roles of less-noticed team members.
FEBRUARY 18, 2018
The football staff’s inner workings are rooted in trust and efficiency.*
Dave Rimington says there’s “no reason we can’t be as good as we used to be,” and “No. 1, we’ve got to beat Wisconsin.”
Former Husker Curt Tomasevicz says football players have the tools to be bobsledders and just need to be trained for the sport.
This week in Husker history: George “Potsy” Clark is named head football coach for a second time at Nebraska.
Scottsbluff’s Garrett Nelson, a 2019 Nebraska football commit, wins the state Class B heavyweight wrestling championship.
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Bill Moos is weighing ideas about enhancing the fan experience at Memorial Stadium.
Steve Sipple sees the new staff’s Iowa Western connection as a potential difference-maker.
Transfer quarterback Noah Vedral is serving as valuable resource for Nebraska’s QBs.
Northern Iowa is where the chemistry of some of the Husker staff began to form.
Scott Frost and his assistants intend to keep capitalizing on their familiarity with players and coaches in Florida.*
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Finding positional fits across the roster will be a key part of the new coaching staff’s work this spring.
Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove will serve as New Mexico’s acting head coach during Bob Davie’s 30-day suspension.
Nebraska in No. 4 in Athlon’s Big Ten roster rankings.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tom Osborne reflects on the hard work required of student athletes in a major college program.
FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Assistant coach Jovan Dewitt discusses some of the talent at outside linebacker and on special teams.
Husker coaches say the 2018 additions in the defensive secondary are the beginning of a trend* in Lincoln. | C.J. Smith profile*
ESPN.com tells the story behind Zack Darlington heeding the call to serve.
FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Matt Davison says the culture rejuvenation* in the football program has already begun, with accountability at the top of the list.
Santino Panico — self-proclaimed ‘worst punt returner in Nebraska history’ — is now an advocate for a vegan diet.*
Tom Osborne* will be inducted in June into the National High School Hall of Fame.
It was 127 years ago that Nebraska played its only Valentine’s Day* football game. | Game page
Nebraska is No. 50 in ESPN’s initial preseason FPI rankings.
See what Husker coaches have to say about the recruits at quarterback and more. | The decision: Tannor, Hunt, Jones
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tommie Frazier talks about how the team policed itself and kept each other in check.
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Greg Austin sees potential for rapid improvement in the offensive linemen.
The Big Ten bucked the trend of declining attendance in FBS college football last season.
Several 2018 walk-ons are slated to play in the Shrine Bowl on June 2.
The new staff checks off all the boxes for former Blackshirt Ralph Brown.
Nebraska’s signees at running back get a No. 7 national ranking from Rivals. | No fear on recruiting trail
FEBRUARY 12, 2018
A phone call from Chip Kelly five years ago put the career of defensive line coach Mike Dawson* back on track.
Improved recruiting in the Big Ten West could loosen Wisconsin’s grip on the division.
See what Husker coaches have to say about the recruits on the O-line and at running back and wide receiver.
It’s now official that the spring game will be televised live on BTN.
Adam Carriker discusses what to expect the offense to look like in the first year under Scott Frost.
Scott Frost’s performance in recruiting foreshadows bigger wins in player and program development, Tad Stryker writes. | Sherman: Fever pitch
In a Through These Gates outtake, former Husker fullback Tom Rathman speaks about the academic standards while he was at Nebraska.
FEBRUARY 11, 2018
Troy Walters has high expectations for the offense but is realistic about what 2018 might bring. | Rebuilding the Blackshirts
Husker sports seem to be riding the wave of the Moos effect, Sean Keeler writes. | Reality check*
Former players can sell their jerseys,* but the practice has its detractors.
Thirty-four years after winning the Heisman, Mike Rozier is focusing on charitable causes.
This week in Husker history: With Nebraska’s playing field about to be overtaken by a new engineering building, the team wonders where its home games will take place.
Ryan Held had a big hand in the staff’s recruiting turnaround.* | 2019 targets*
FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Jaylin Bradley and Moses Bryant have a chance to end the Huskers’ Omaha-area I-back drought*
Husker coaches provide insights on the recruits in the defensive secondary, at linebacker and on the D-line.
Troy Walters sees an even bigger role for Stanley Morgan in 2018 after the receiver’s record-setting junior season.
Dozens of spring game tickets have already been sold on the secondary market for $100 or more.
Scott Frost got off on the right foot with Caleb Tannor’s mother when he did this. | More from Travis Fisher*
Jeremy Pernell analyzes each of the Huskers’ 2018 recruits and ranks the class No. 21. | Carriker’s favorites | Recruiting maps | Super Six
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander wants the Blackshirts to be more than a slogan again.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Johnny Rodgers reflects on what college fans bring to the table.
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
It took some doing to persuade tight ends coach Sean Beckton* to leave the Sunshine State.
Nebraska must re-establish what’s been missing* in order to beat its Big Ten West rivals in more than recruiting, Sam McKewon writes.
The Huskers face tough battles for the top local talent in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Nebraska is Athlon’s top surprise team in 2018 recruiting.
Poll question: Do you approve of how spring game ticket sales were handled? | Dueling perspectives
Former Husker assistant Bill Busch joins the LSU staff as safeties coach.
FEBRUARY 7, 2018
See Scott Frost’s press conference and get much more signing day coverage and commentary here. | Class of 2018
Andre Hunt, a three-star receiver from California, has signed with the Huskers. | Highlights & coverage | Analysis: McKewon,* Clouse | Announcement video
Maurice Washington, a four-star running back from Texas, is the latest to join the Huskers’ recruiting class. | Highlights & coverage | Analysis: McKewon,* Clouse
The Huskers lost out on Javontae Jean-Baptiste* when the four-star pass-rusher made a last-second flip to Ohio State. | Other misses*
The spring game is officially sold out in a little over 24 hours, and the scalping begins.
“I’m excited about these kids”: Scott Frost discusses the recruiting class on BTN. | Video & coverage
Willie Canty, a three-star offensive tackle from Florida, has become the Huskers’ third addition of the day. | Highlights & coverage | Analysis: McKewon,* Cassidy
Cameron Taylor, a three-star athlete from Alabama, announces he’s signing with the Huskers. | Highlights & coverage | McKewon analysis*
Nebraska’s recruiting class gets its first addition of the day as Caleb Tannor, a four-star defensive end from Georgia, picks the Huskers. | Highlights & coverage | Analysis: Clouse, McKewon,* Christopherson
The first signatures are arriving on a drama-filled signing day as Scott Frost and his staff finish their rapid rebuild* of the Huskers’ 2018 recruiting class. Follow the developments here. | Announcement times | Trending up, down | Ticker | Discuss
In a Through These Gates outtake, former Husker fullback Tom Rathman considers on what would happen if Nebraska football ceased to exist.
Adam Carriker tells his recruiting story, including his signing-day decision between quarterback and defensive end.
FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Spring game ticket sales are already approaching 60,000.
Lane McCallum of Norfolk is joining the program as a walk-on transfer safety from Air Force, and Gretna’s Cade Mueller* is walking on as a long snapper.
Frost Fever: There’s nothing quite like a high school hallway* when the coach makes a recruiting visit.
Chris Weber receives the Big Ten’s Wayne Duke Award, becoming the sixth Husker student athlete so honored.
Five Huskers have received NFL Scouting Combine invitations: Drew Brown, Nick Gates, Tanner Lee, Chris Jones and Joshua Kalu. | Complete list
Setting the stage for signing day: Projected class | Cobcast | Carriker | Discuss
FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Elkhorn South running back Moses Bryant* is the latest to accept a Husker walk-on spot.
Sam McKewon sees Maurice Washington* as a must-get difference-maker for Nebraska. | Jean-Baptiste predictions | Taylor down to wire* | Past signing-day drama*
Jordan Westerkamp has signed with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.
Who’ll be a Husker and who’ll go elsewhere? Here’s a set of recruiting predictions. | Past hits & misses* | Juco history*
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tommie Frazier talks about the extra loyalty it takes to be a fan from western Nebraska.
Scott Frost’s first recruits from a decade ago at Northern Iowa remember being impressed by his authenticity.
FEBRUARY 4, 2018
Rex Burkhead had an active Super Bowl for the Patriots, but Nate Gerry’s Eagles came out on top. | Burkhead video & photos | Carriker gut reaction | Super Bowl Huskers
Scott Frost calls unrestricted transfers a “terrible idea,” but he likes the proposed loosening of redshirt rules.
York athlete Simon Otte* and Gothenburg receiver Bennett Folkers will walk on at Nebraska.
Here’s a recap of the weekend’s official visits and an overview of where the Huskers stand in recruiting. | 2018 class
Coach, mentor, mad scientist: That’s quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.
Danny Woodhead* discusses the Husker what-ifs as he reflects on his NFL success, which includes a Super Bowl touchdown.
After closing the football chapter of his life, Zack Darlington prepares to pursue another dream.
Vince Ferragamo* can relate to going from backup quarterback to Super Bowl starter.
This week in Husker history: Two-time captain John Westover’s eligibility at Nebraska was used up, but that didn’t stop a Western Conference school from trying to lure the star tackle for an additional season of play in 1903.
FEBRUARY 3, 2018
California athlete Matthew Tago, a Nebraska target at quarterback,* opts for Oregon State. | Who’s announcing when
Former Huskers Ron McDole and Pat Fischer are among those paying the price 45 years after the Washington Redskins’ first Super Bowl appearance.
It’s been a wild ride from practice squad to the Super Bowl for Nate Gerry. | Burkhead’s patience pays* | Poll: Who’ll win?
Friday’s visit to Iowa Western by Scott Frost and Erik Chinander mended a major bridge in the junior college recruiting ranks for Nebraska.
FEBRUARY 2, 2018
Because of academic issues, York defensive tackle Masry Mapieu* won’t sign with Nebraska next week, his high school coach says. | Final visitors | Recruiting notes
Husker coaches will appear at signing day events in several Nebraska cities Wednesday and Thursday.
Scott Frost says a unity of purpose* has been missing from the football program but is being restored.
Nebraska is No. 51 in this five-year performance ranking of FBS teams.
In a Through These Gates outtake, Tom Osborne describes a Nebraska Cornhusker fan in his own words.
FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander says playing it safe isn’t his style.
Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman, Omaha Burke juniors with Nebraska offers, land in the top 115 of 247Sports’ updated class of 2019 rankings. | Thursday recruiting updates: 1, 2, 3* | DB commitment?*
Spring game tickets go on sale next week.
A former Iowa player who suffered rhabdomyolysis in 2011 expects Tyjon Lindsey and Dylan Owen to rebound from it.
You can help HuskerMax’s Huskermedic raise money to assist the families of fallen firefighters.
With an A+ grade, Scott Frost tops Athlon’s ranking of 2018 coaching hires.
Selfless* on and off the field, Rex Burkhead gets set for the Super Bowl.