February 2019 fresh links
FEBRUARY 28, 2019
The spring previews just keep on coming: Defensive backs | Offensive line | Inside linebackers | Special teams | Seniors to watch
It’s a big weekend for Stanley Morgan Jr.* as the record-setting Husker receiver tries to improve his draft stock at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Nebraska’s revenue was No. 6 in the Big Ten in the 2017-18 academic year.
Hail Varsity looks at the defense’s potential and question marks, while the LJS previews the outside linebackers.
Poll question: Will Adrian Martinez be one of Nebraska’s great quarterbacks?
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Athletic trainers George Sullivan and Jerry Weber.
Scott Frost has reason to hope quarterback Adrian Martinez will become “the greatest to ever play at Nebraska at that position.” | More on Tuioti* | Washington’s case
FEBRUARY 27, 2019
Jovan Dewitt, coach of the Huskers’ outside linebackers, is battling a form of cancer in his throat, and Scott Frost says there’s a “high percent chance” it’s curable.
The final monthly severance payment* of $128,009 has been issued to Bo Pelini.
Scott Frost talks about his new assistant coach, strength & conditioning and more in a luncheon address in Lincoln.* | Video
Another set of Heisman Trophy odds has Adrian Martinez near the top.
Despite a returning starter at QB, there are questions for the offense. More spring previews: receivers, linebackers, defensive line, running backs, tight ends, juniors to watch, special teams.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Doak Ostergard was part athletic trainer, part reconnaissance man.
FEBRUARY 26, 2019
Lineman Nash Hutmacher, one of the nation’s top wrestlers, is a recruiting priority for the Huskers. | Walk-on influx*
Former Husker Randy Gregory is suspended a fourth time for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and the terms of his conditional reinstatement.
Spring drills start in six days. See the full schedule here.
The hiring of Tony Tuioti as defensive line coach is now official. | McKewon’s three takes* | D-line preview
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Bryan Bailey was the mad scientist and motivator in the weight room.
FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Tony Tuioti of Cal is reportedly Nebraska’s pick to replace Mike Dawson as coach of the defensive line.* | Bio | Discuss
Previewing the defensive and offensive lines. | The QBs | More battles to watch*
Jerry Murtaugh* talks with Adam Carriker about the Husker Greats Foundation, his rocky relationship with Bob Devaney and more.
Tommie Frazier preaches patience with Scott Frost’s rebuilding of the program.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Boyd Epley provided a pivotal moment by laying down the law during a team meeting in early 1991.
FEBRUARY 24, 2019
Former Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong makes a splash in his Indoor Football League debut in Grand Island.
Hail Varsity sees factors that point to a more efficient offense for the Huskers in 2019.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Behind the scenes, the support staff kept the machine humming.
This week in Husker history: NU loses its captain for 1914 as quarterback Max Towle is declared ineligible by the Missouri Valley Conference.
FEBRUARY 23, 2019
The LJS previews the spring competition at receiver and running back. | 5 sophs to watch
Tad Stryker says there’s reason to believe that Scott Frost is thinking outside the box in regard to replacing defensive line coach Mike Dawson.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Personal attention and feedback bolstered the players’ trust in the coaches and the system.
FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Former Husker defensive back Mohammed Seisay has signed a free-agent deal with the Memphis Express of the AAF.
Hall of Famer Bob Brown reflects on what it was like to be a black student-athlete at Nebraska in the early 1960s.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Fairness and equality of opportunity meant everything to the players, much as it does in any workplace environment.
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
Barrett Ruud has high hopes for junior linebackers Will Honas and Collin Miller.
Athlon previews the competition on the offensive line. | LJS on the QBs
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: The will to prepare to win might have been just as important as the will to win.
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Barrett Ruud talks fundamentals with local high school coaches.
Join around 30 former Huskers at the second Alumni Cap event May 3rd.
Husker247 looks at several juniors and seniors looking to break through this season.
An Adidas-sponsored national linemen’s camp* has been added to Nebraska’s June camp schedule.
Nebraska is No. 2 in this ranking of Big Ten quarterback rooms.
Here’s a look at how Stanley Morgan Jr. can help his cause at the NFL Scouting Combine.
New NFL head coach Zac Taylor* discusses Husker memories and more with his former Nebraska teammate Adam Carriker.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Practice organization and the large rosters ensured that one learned by doing, not merely observing.
With the spring game less than eight weeks away, it’s time to straighten out a matter of history.
FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Mike Riley says he remains grateful* that he got to coach at “such a special place” as Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era, the Final Chapter: Graduate assistants got a hands-on apprenticeship while filling key roles — sometimes at the risk of getting kicked out the opponent’s stadium.
FEBRUARY 18, 2019
Rahmir Johnson brings track speed to Nebraska’s corps of mostly unproven* running backs.
An oddsmaker has Adrian Martinez’s Heisman odds at 12/1, tied for fourth-best in the nation. | McMurphy’s favorites
Rex Burkhead* talks with Adam Carriker about being a Super Bowl winner, Scott Frost’s offense and more. | “Just scratching the surface”
With two major mathematical rankings now released, Hail Varsity projects the Huskers to be favored in seven or eight of its 2019 games.
Safety Kieron Williams* sees the AAF as an opportunity to disprove his doubters, including a 2016 member of the Nebraska coaching staff.
Former Husker Andrew Shanle is named head coach at a Houston-area high school.
Athlon previews the Huskers at receiver, running back and quarterback.
Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter: Insights into the Huskers’ special teams.
Poll question: Who is your favorite Nebraska coach of all time?
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter: What we learned about the Blackshirt defense.
This week in Husker history: Four Southwest Conference schools – Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor – are invited to join the Big Eight.
FEBRUARY 16, 2019
The Huskers’ quarterback recruiting doesn’t seem to have been hurt by the presence of a young “franchise” QB on the roster. | Smothers “all in”*
Jason Ankrah will try to instill his passion for the game in his players at Schuyler Central High.
Anatomy of an Era: Final Chapter: The Husker offense bullied and bludgeoned top-caliber defenders into submission, resignation and sometimes even surrender.
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
Devine Ozigbo sees it as a plus that he played in two different offensive systems at Nebraska.
Adam Carriker weighs in on the possibility of scheduling former Big Eight* rivals.
Anatomy of an Era enters its final chapter with reflections on what can be gleaned about the 1990s championship era. First topic: the diverse but cohesive coaching staff.
FEBRUARY 14, 2019
A warrant* is signed in California for the arrest of Maurice Washington, and university officials give further details about their contact with investigators. | Timeline*
Bill Moos says lump-sum payouts like the one to Mike Riley might not be part of the university’s policies going forward.
Husker Dan takes a look at recruiting by the numbers.
FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Former Husker quarterback Gerry Gdowski is promoted to offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt.
A former attorney for Maurice Washington says he didn’t tell anyone at the university last season about the nature of the potential case against the player, and Bill Moos says the school has nothing to hide.*
Two Huskers have been cited by Lincoln police for allegedly using stolen credit card information to buy a pizza.
Scott Frost says he’d like to see Colorado and other former Big Eight rivals* make frequent appearances on the Huskers’ schedules.
The S&P+ metrics have the 2019 Huskers at No. 45. | Ranking the B1G rosters | Talent gap*
Anatomy of an Era: Kent Pavelka says a football can’t succeed without “all these people behind the scenes who aren’t even a glimmer to the fans.”
The Huskers have an attractive job to fill after Mike Dawson’s departure. | Stoltenberg’s thoughts
FEBRUARY 12, 2019
From KLKN and the OWH, more about the Maurice Washington* case. | Moos comments
Scott Frost speaks optimistically about the team’s progress during a stop in Kansas City.
Jeremy Pernell reviews the Huskers’ new crop of defensive backs.
The Buffalo Bills sign former Nebraska O-lineman Spencer Long to a three-year deal.
Former Nebraska linebacker Clint Brown is the new defensive coordinator at Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Anatomy of an Era: As a grade-schooler, Kent Pavelka was “smitten with the magic of hearing those games on the radio and, in retrospect, I knew then that I wanted to do that.”
FEBRUARY 11, 2019
The new Huskers at linebacker get a grade of B from Jeremy Pernell.
Sutton lineman Garrett Nuss announces he is walking on at Nebraska.
Schuyler Central High School has hired former Husker co-captain Jason Ankrah as head football coach. | Bio
Running back Maurice Washington is facing criminal charges in California under the state’s “revenge porn” law.*
Defensive line coach Mike Dawson is returning to the NFL to coach outside linebackers for the New York Giants.* | Bio | Discuss
The Huskers’ assistant coaches have received contract extensions through the end of 2020.
The spring game gets a 1 p.m. start and BTN telecast.
Punter William Przystup has announced he’s transferring from Michigan State to Nebraska.
Alonzo Moore had the biggest impact of the four former Huskers who played in the AAF’s inaugural games.
Adam Carrier looks at four Huskers who could step up as pass rushers* in 2019.
FEBRUARY 10, 2019
This projection of the top offenses of 2019 has Nebraska at No. 9.
Jeremy Pernell assesses the Huskers’ four D-line recruits. | Rising rankings
In this episode of the Foreman and Vrz Podcast, the boys talk about the Super Bowl and Signing Day.
Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Carpenter says a change in Nebraska’s pre-bowl practice routine is an overlooked factor in the Huskers’ success of the 1990s.
This week in Husker history: More than 30 years after he last played, Bobby Reynolds is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Josh Banderas is glad to be playing again as he gets set for Sunday’s debut of the Salt Lake Stallions of the new Alliance of American Football. | Familiar names*
FEBRUARY 9, 2019
Black History Month brings the retelling of the story of trailblazing Nebraska football player George Flippin.
Scott Frost tells a Denver-area crowd that there’s no talk of playing Luke McCaffrey anywhere but quarterback.* | Roster flexibility
The spring game is officially sold out for the second consecutive year.
The Huskers’ recruiting of offensive linemen gets a C-plus grade from Jeremy Pernell.
Anatomy of an Era: It took time for Bryan Carpenter to understand Frank Solich’s perfectionism as a position coach. “If you let a guy just get by on his ability, you’ve let him down. You didn’t make him better.”
Rivals places Nebraska’ Ryan Held in its top 25 recruiters for the 2019 class.
FEBRUARY 8, 2019
Jeremy Pernell gives the Huskers an A grade for the recruiting haul at receiver and tight end.
Justin Fields, the Georgia quarterback who transferred to Ohio State, is granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
Athlon projects who’ll be at the top of the depth chart on defense for spring ball.
A media poll has Wandale Robinson as Nebraska’s top recruit. See who else is in the Huskers’ Super Six. | Signing day coverage | 2019 class
Poll question: Will you attend the 2019 spring game?
Anatomy of an Era: Fullback Bryan Carpenter was a two-year starter in the ’80s who aided the success of the ’90s with his film work.
The OWH* recounts the wild story of Gale Sayers’ recruitment in 1961.
FEBRUARY 7, 2019
Stanley Morgan Jr. is the only Husker invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, and Devine Ozigbo is seen as one of the most glaring snubs.
Jeremy Pernell gives the Nebraska recruiting class a B-plus at running back.
Anatomy of an Era: “Tom Osborne Show” host Bill Doleman remembers the time the coach laughed so hard that he cried. “He couldn’t speak!”
FEBRUARY 6, 2019
Here’s video, coverage and analysis of Scott Frost’s signing-day press conference, plus a three-pack from Jeremy Pernell: Top 40 classes | Ranking NU’s class | Position spotlight: QB
Former Husker Matt Slauson announces his retirement after 10 seasons* in the NFL.
Wide receiver Demariyon Houston from Oklahoma has committed to the Huskers, and Scott Frost says he’s pleased with the potential game-changers on defense. For more of the latest on signing day, go to our recruiting page and discussion thread. | Wednesday timetable
A reminder that spring game tickets go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. CST.
Riley Kinney* talks with Adam Carriker about why he’s walking on at Nebraska, his famous grandpa and more.
Anatomy of an Era: “Tom Osborne Show” host Bill Doleman got inside perspectives on the team but sat outside in a most unusual seat during games.
FEBRUARY 5, 2019
With most of the hay already in the barn, it figures to be a quiet* signing day Wednesday for the Huskers. | Past follies with WRs | The development factor* | 2019 class
Former Husker offensive lineman Spencer Long is released by the New York Jets.*
Former Husker Jimmy Burrow, longtime defensive coordinator for Frank Solich at Ohio, announces his retirement from coaching.
On the eve of signing day, Sports Illustrated examines the rise in uncommitable offers.
Here’s a rundown of former Husker players and coaches in the new Alliance of American Football.
Transfer defensive tackle Darrion Daniels says there’s more to what drew him to Nebraska than his brother Damion’s presence on the team.
FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Defensive end Steven Parker opts for Kansas over Nebraska and Texas Tech. | Discuss
Sign up for next month’s Hunt with the Huskers featuring Scott Frost and benefiting Teammates Mentoring.
It’s now official: Former Husker Zac Taylor is the Cincinnati Bengals’ new head coach. | Highlights & more
Nebraska Athletics ended the 2018 fiscal year $6.6 million in the black.
Athlon forecasts this spring’s starting 11 on offense.
Four Huskers have been cited by Lincoln police for hosting a disorderly party.
FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Check out Burkhead and Suh images and more from Super Bowl LIII, won by the Patriots 13-3. | Carriker gut reaction*
Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is joining the Fresno State staff as quarterbacks coach.
Anatomy of an Era: What sets Nebraska apart? To John Livingston, “it was those fans! … They’re a family who accept you once you come into the program and it stays with you for life.”
This week in Husker history: Staying or going? Coach William “King” Cole keeps Nebraska in suspense.
Former Husker Zac Taylor, coaching today in the Super Bowl, had coolness and toughness epitomized the drive in 2006 at Texas A&M.*
FEBRUARY 2, 2019
Lincoln High tight end John Goodwin* will walk on at Nebraska.
Jack Hoffman contines to provide inspiration to Rex Burkhead.
Receiver Demariyon Houston appears to be the most likely recruit to join the Huskers’ 2019 class come Wednesday, but things get fuzzy beyond that.
Anatomy of an Era: Receiver John Livingston turned down Nebraska for Arizona State but got a second chance.
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
A few perspectives on this year’s Super Bowl Huskers: Suh: SI, Newsday, OWH* | Burkhead: Cincy Enquirer, Newsday, OWH*
About 40 recruits are expected to turn out for this weekend’s junior day.* | Local prospects*
Ed McCaffrey says of his four football-playing sons, including new Husker quarterback Luke: “We didn’t sign them up for football. You’ve got to fall in love with the game on your own.”
Carlos Polk is replacing another former Husker, Doug Colman, as assistant special teams coach with the Dallas Cowboys.*
The Big Ten passed the SEC in per-school revenue payout for 2018, according to a USA Today report.
Sports Illustrated assesses the attractiveness of 17 teams’ national championship odds, including Nebraska’s at 100-1.
Foreman and Vrzal talk Super Bowl and recruiting in podcast episode 4.