February 2020 fresh links
FEBRUARY 29, 2020
Husker football signee Nash Hutmacher wins his fourth South Dakota state wrestling title with his 73rd consecutive pin.
Khalil Davis turns heads at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.75-second time in the 40-yard dash, third-fastest since 2003 for any participant over 300 pounds. | Huskers’ results
Tad Stryker weighs on in expanded gambling and amateur athlete compensation.
FEBRUARY 28, 2020
There are shoes to fill on the defensive line, and a key will be Darrion Daniels’ successor. | The new front seven* | Wildeman’s opportunity
It’s deeply competitive group of tight ends this spring for coach Sean Beckton.
Athlon previews the offensive line and sees left guard as the biggest question mark.
FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Placekicker Barret Pickering, who was injured most of last season, is leaving the team for health reasons, and walk-on Matt Waldoch will not return in 2020. | Carriker commentary | Discuss
Nebraska returns ample experience in the defensive secondary, but this spring also brings eight freshmen into the fray who weren’t here a year ago.
The Davis twins are ready to go their separate ways as potential NFL opportunities await.
Athlon lists Cincinnati at Nebraska as one of the Big Ten’s 10 most intriguing nonconference games of 2020.
FEBRUARY 26, 2020
Spring game ticket sales are approaching the 60,000 mark.
This spring is receiver Jaevon McQuitty’s chance to make a strong first impression on his new position coach. | Walk-ons to watch
Adrian Martinez is No. 5 in a ranking of Big Ten quarterbacks.
College Football News expects a big rebound year by Nebraska.
FEBRUARY 25, 2020
A slimmed-down Darrion Daniels is preparing to make his case at the NFL Scouting Combine. | Lamar Jackson profile
Barret Pickering faces competition at placekicker after the Huskers’ woeful year at the position.
Former Husker assistants Ross Els and Ted Gilmore are part of the new staff under Mel Tucker at Michigan State.
Commentary on the NCAA’s immediate-eligibility transfer proposal: Greg Smith, Sam McKewon*
Scott Frost tops a list of coaches facing pivotal seasons.
It’s looking like a high-stakes opener against Purdue, which began spring practices this week.
FEBRUARY 24, 2020
Monday Morning Quarterback: Thumbs up or down on the NCAA’s proposed one-time transfer rule?
It’s shaping up as a crucial spring for linebacker Caleb Tannor.
Newcomers have a chance to make an impact at wide receiver and tight end.
The bigger-than-before plans for the track stadium could serve as a catalyst for economic development around the Innovation Campus.
Adam Carriker outlines the steps to success Nebraska must take.
FEBRUARY 23, 2020
Fan sentiment seems to have shifted Adrian Martinez’s way during the offseason, Steven M. Sipple writes.
From Hail Varsity, some redshirt freshmen who might be ready to step up.
FEBRUARY 22, 2020
Greg Austin says center Cam Jurgens “made big-time strides” throughout last season and should continue to improve with a healthy offseason and more reps.
FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Offensive line coach Greg Austin says early enrollee Turner Corcoran is off to a good start and can play multiple spots on the O-line.
The Chicago Bears have released former Husker cornerback Prince Amukamara.
New offensive coordinator Matt Lubick says in this video that he’ll “give everything I’ve got” to get Husker football “back to the standard Nebraska fans expect.”
Athlon surveys the competition at running back heading into spring.
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
“Yeah, it’s real,” former Husker Ahman Green says of his new role as head coach of esports at a Wisconsin university.
The 1983 “Scoring Explosion” of Gill, Rozier & Fryar reunite for an Omaha-area fundraising event and talk about their time as Nebraska’s “triplets.” | ’83 games
FEBRUARY 19, 2020
It’s a dead period in recruiting, but there are still updates to catch up on. | Greg’s guys
Athlon begins its Nebraska spring position previews with the quarterbacks.
FEBRUARY 18, 2020
The spring game will have a 1 p.m. start and a BTN telecast.
The hiring of Jonathan Rutledge as senior special teams analyst is now official.
FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Monday Morning Quarterback: Should the NCAA be exempted from antitrust laws?
The season’s first ESPN Football Power Index rankings have the Huskers at No. 22. | Win projections | Shatel: Too much hype?*
Athlon lists five newcomers who could be factors for the Huskers in 2020.
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
Scott Frost says its best for a coach to ignore both praise and blame.
week fortnight in Husker history: A February start for 1950 spring drills.
Six months after his wife’s death, former Husker Chris Dishman is focused on “being an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide awareness.”
FEBRUARY 15, 2020
An examination of at the 2016 recruiting class finds a success rate of a shade under 50 percent.
FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Nebraska reportedly is hiring Jonathan Rutledge of Auburn as special teams analyst.
Freshman wide receiver Darien Chase has decided to transfer, saying he needs to be closer to home in Washington state for personal reasons. | Discuss
O-lineman Christian Gaylord announces he’s been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Nebraska and Oklahoma State will play in 2034 and ’35, and several other schedule spots have been filled for 2024-2030 seasons.
A number of last year’s redshirts could become key contributors in 2020.
ESPN’s Bill Connelly has Nebaska at No. 25 in his preseason SP+ rankings. | McKewon commentary*
It will be a Lincoln reunion for former housemates Ashton Hausmann and Nouredin Nouili, walk-ons from Norris who took different paths to becoming Huskers.
FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Sporting News sees Cincinnati at Nebraska as college football’s best under-the-radar September game and a “huge” one for Scott Frost.
Mel Tucker will become Michigan State’s head coach after one season at Colorado.
Adam Carriker talks to Grant Wistrom about the culture change in the first two years under Scott Frost , his favorite Nebraska memories and more.
FEBRUARY 11, 2020
Monday Morning Quarterback: Should Nebraska legalize sports betting?
Elkhorn South offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka, a Nebraska commit for 2021, is among the nation’s top 60 recruits in the latest Rivals rankings. | Player info
FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Tom Osborne testifies against a proposal in the Nebraska legislature to legalize sports betting.
Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Troy Walters has landed with the Cincinnati Bengals as assistant wide receivers coach.
Athlon’s roster rankings have Nebraska fourth in the Big Ten.
See how former Huskers fared in the XFL’s debut weekend.
Scott Frost is bullish about the incoming receivers and linebackers in his recruiting recap show.
FEBRUARY 9, 2020
The transfer market could be used to bolster the 2020 Huskers at these positions. | Quiet period*
This week in Husker history: Lawrence “Biff” Jones, the hall-of-fame coach who led the 1940 Huskers to the Rose Bowl, dies at age 84.
Rosters for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl in June include a dozen Husker walk-ons.
FEBRUARY 8, 2020
Dicaprio Bootle says players are working hard at improving themselves in the weight room.
Retiring Big Ten official Dan Capron says Bo Pelini* is the worst coach he ever worked with, and it’s “not even close, no one within 10 miles.”
FEBRUARY 7, 2020
A ranking of teams’ returning production for 2020 has Nebraska at No. 2 on offense, No. 82 on defense and No. 17 overall.
Four Blackshirts — Lamar Jackson, Darrion Daniels, and Carlos and Khalil Davis — receive invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Experience is thin at running back, so newcomers will have a chance to contend for early playing time.
Brandon Reilly, one of five former Huskers set to make their XFL debuts, says he’s excited about his opportunity in St. Louis.
FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Longtime Kansas State assistant Sean Snyder, believed to be a candidate for a special-teams role at Nebraska, has reportedly been hired by Southern California.
Spring game ticket sales trail last year’s pace but are still strong.
Details of Matt Lubick’s contract have been released,* and other assistants have received extensions through 2021.
It’s all A’s and B’s as Athlon grades Nebraska’s recruiting class by position.
FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Bill Moos supports a Big Ten proposal to allow a one-time transfer without penalty, but he does have reservations.
Scott Frost discusses recruiting, his changes to the staff and more in interviews with Rivals and Sports Nightly. | Video | 2020 class | Top 20 finish likely | Pernell’s rankings: Husker signees & national | “Super Six” voting | Togiai to Utah: 1, 2
The additions of Tyler Crawford, Beau Psencik and Isaiah Harris as 2020 preferred walk-ons are now official.
A reminder: Spring game tickets are on sale now.
FEBRUARY 4, 2020
Lamar Jackson is projected as a third-rounder in April in an NFL.com mock draft.
Signing day is shaping up as a non-event* Wednesday in Lincoln, with the 2020 class essentially completed during December’s early signing period. | Togiai a longshot | Walk-on from Texas | 2022 offer: 1, 2
Mark Dantonio has retired after 13 seasons at Michigan State, and Luke Fickell of Cincinnati, a 2020 Nebraska opponent, is seen as a possible replacement. | McKewon commentary | Discuss
FEBRUARY 3, 2020
Former Husker Jeremiah Sirles testifies in favor of a bill in the Nebraska legislature that would allow players to profit from their names, images and likenesses.
Placekicker Dylan Jorgensen has entered his name in the transfer portal.
The Huskers have no shortage of talent at quarterback, and it might be a prove-it season for Adrian Martinez.
Adam Carriker takes a look at who’s likely to step up into key roles on the defensive line.
A quiet signing day is coming Wednesday, with defensive lineman Tanoa Togiai* the only known potential addition to Nebraska’s scholarship class. | Depth by position
FEBRUARY 2, 2020
Placekicker/punter Tyler Crawford from Oklahoma announces his commitment to the Huskers for 2020 as a preferred walk-on.
Alante Brown gets an early start to contribute.
This week in Husker history: Big decision for Bill Glassford, heart surgery for Tom Osborne and a green light for I-back Derek Brown.
FEBRUARY 1, 2020
Husker center Cam Jurgens attracts a cheering section at his first collegiate track and field meet.
A medical marijuana business is the new passion of former Husker Grant Wistrom.
Logan Smothers takes a 13-hour road trip to Lincoln.