January 2019 fresh links
JANUARY 31, 2019
An ESPN segment looks at the benevolent side of Ndamukong Suh.
Rivals’ national recruiting chief sees Nebraska’s class as the nation’s most surprising, and 247Sports has the Huskers among 10 teams that could make a splash on signing day. | Wooing WR Houston* | Remaining targets
The 2018 Huskers showed progress in this measure of success on offense, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Athlon Sports has Nebraska among its top 20 teams on the rise for 2019.
Anatomy of an Era: “We were little linemen,” Riley Washington says of the receivers’ main role in the 1990s offense.
JANUARY 30, 2019
Bill Moos says on Sports Nightly that he’s not going to change his outgoing style. | Audio
New Husker defensive lineman Darrion Daniels is No. 9 in a ranking of transfer players for 2019.
A new statistical analysis finds that bad luck had a big hand in Nebraska’s narrow loss to Texas in 2006. | Game page
Former Husker teammates Ndamukong Suh and Rex Burkhead field questions about facing each other in the Super Bowl. | Rex in scholarly trio
The NCAA is considering ways to make marathon overtime games a thing of the past. | Poll on format
Three thousand free spring game tickets will be made available to military members and veterans.
Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington feels he was let down by his coaches after he was vindicated in the legal system.
JANUARY 29, 2019
Athletic Director Bill Moos says the rumors about him are disgusting and have no merit,* and he has received the full support of the university president and chancellor* in a joint statement. | McKewon video | Timeline*
Wandale Robinson and Rondale Moore: Their first names are just the start of the playmakers’ similarities.
Husker Doc Talk discusses medical marijuana after Tom Osborne took a public stand on the issue.
Anatomy of an Era: Riley Washington’s recruiting trip from San Diego sold him on Nebraska even though it was December and he “had to get a jacket from the equipment room.”
JANUARY 28, 2019
Ndamukong Suh’s masterpiece is remembered as the former Husker gets set for football’s biggest stage. | 2009 Texas game page
Nebraska’s quest for pass-rushing help continues as outside linebacker Dylan Jordan* opts for TCU.
JANUARY 27, 2019
Steve Sipple says he’s going to miss Mr. Stiff-arm, Stanley Morgan Jr.
It’s either Nebraska or TCU for linebacker Dylan Jordan, who plans to announce his decision Monday. | Frost’s flights* | Carriker on top targets*
Jay Foreman and Matt Vrzal talk NFL playoffs, Devine Ozigbo and more Husker talk in episodes two and three of their 2019 podcasts.
Anatomy of an Era: Ahman Green says that when you respect “every person on the team, you’ll go far. And that’s what Coach Osborne made us realize: Everyone was important.”
This week in Husker history: Nebraska hires Bill Glassford as head coach, and Bob Brown is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
JANUARY 26, 2019
Ndamukong Suh is glad to finally be not just a Super Bowl spectator.
Anatomy of an Era: For Ahman Green, a behind-the-scenes difference-maker was a “short, red-haired dude” who “looks like a little leprechaun.”
JANUARY 25, 2019
Receiver prospect Charles Njoku opts for UCLA.* | Remaining targets | Weekend visitor Jordan: 1, 2*
After keeping his distance for a few years, Ndamukong Suh says leadership changes* have made him happy to be around Husker football again.
SB Nation outlines six factors that make the 2019 Huskers hype-worthy. | Fornelli: “Perfect storm”
Hard work has given Javin Wright the chance to continue the family legacy at Nebraska. | Carriker on walk-ons
Anatomy of an Era: Omaha blue-chipper Ahman Green was “on the fence between Nebraska and Arizona” until a family matter tipped the scale.
JANUARY 24, 2019
Don’t miss the video feature on Husker walk-on Damian Jackson that the Navy has produced.
A couple of looming commitment decisions, including wide receiver Charles Njoku’s on Friday, will shape the 2019 recruiting home stretch. | Pola-Gates “stuck to the plan”* | Reconnecting in Texas*
Louisiana Tech has hired Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator.
Spring game tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 6.
Athlon Sports gives Scott Frost a B+ grade for his first year at Nebraska.
To play or not to play? Husker Dan gets four opinions on skipping bowl games.
Juco center Josh Wegener’s decision to walk on with the Huskers could help open up an Iowa Western-to-Nebraska connection.
JANUARY 23, 2019
Contract extensions* are in the works for Scott Frost and his assistant coaches.
“I think I’ve been able to … prove I belong,” undrafted O-lineman Brent Qvale says after five seasons in the NFL.
Anatomy of an Era: Calvin Jones’ biggest regret? Leaving a year early. “That’s one of those decisions you wish you could have back.”
JANUARY 22, 2019
Former Husker quarterback Ryker Fyfe has signed with the Omaha Beef.
The Lincoln man who burglarized Scott Frost’s home last summer is sentenced to three to five years in prison.
Kearney High quarterback Brayden Miller is the latest to commit to walking on at Nebraska.* | Riley Kinney’s decision*
Anatomy of an Era: I-back Calvin Jones on Frank Solich: “A lot of us were raw, and he was the one who shaped and molded us … into those All-Americans and All-Big Eight running backs for so many years.”
JANUARY 21, 2019
Here’s a look at the numbers that determine how much room remains in the Huskers’ 2019 recruiting class. | Seeking the right mix*
Garrett Hustedt, a linebacker from Elkhorn Mount Michael, and Grand Island Central Catholic athlete Jacob Herbek have accepted Nebraska walk-on offers.
Poll question: What’s your opinion of the recruiting class?
Tad Stryker says Dedrick Mills’ signing bodes well for Scott Frost’s plan to combine Oregon speed with Husker power in the running game.
Anatomy of an Era: I-back Calvin Jones took his lumps on the scout team 1990 against guys who “didn’t really care for me because I was a young kid that came in with a lot of hype.”
JANUARY 20, 2019
Rex Burkhead scores the game-winning touchdown as the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl to face Ndamukong Suh and the Rams. | Why Zuerlein wasn’t a Husker | Super Bowl Huskers
Walk-on kicker Cole Frahm* is transferring to South Dakota State.
Nebraska is 15th in a Wall Street Journal tabulation of most valuable college football programs.
This week in Husker history: Assistant coach Mike Corgan of Bob Devaney’s staff interviews for the Oklahoma job vacated by Bud Wilkinson, but the position goes to Gomer Jones.
JANUARY 19, 2019
Noa Pola-Gates, four-star defensive back from Arizona, has signed with the Huskers and made his decision known at Saturday night’s Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. | Highlights & coverage | 2019 class | Discuss
Societal forces make it difficult to bolster the walk-on program, but it’s worth the effort, Steve Sipple writes. | Riley Kinney commits
Former Husker quarterback Joe Dailey is reportedly joining Bob Davie’s staff at New Mexico as offensive coordinator and QBs coach.
Take a look at Devine Ozigbo’s short touchdown run in the East-West Shrine Game. | Dedrick Young in Collegiate Bowl
Anatomy of an Era: Gerald Armstrong says the Unity Council “had a lot more to do with the team coming together than some guys might like to admit.”
JANUARY 18, 2019
Joe Moglia, former volunteer assistant to Bo Pelini at Nebraska, has resigned as head coach at Coastal Carolina.
Trev Alberts* is named to the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.
Former Husker player and assistant John Parrella joins the Cleveland Browns as assistant defensive line coach.
Six former Huskers are on Alliance of American Football rosters, five of them with the Salt Lake Stallions.
Anatomy of an Era: Walk-on tight end Gerald Armstrong will never forget the confidence boost he got from a “little 30-second conversation” with Tom Osborne during practice.
JANUARY 17, 2019
Walk-on O-lineman Riley Moses* is blazing a trail as the first Husker from Fillmore Central.
Here’s a look at the two prospects known to be taking official visits to Lincoln* this weekend. | Recruiting notes
Former Nebraska assistant John Papuchis has joined the Maryland staff as special-teams coordinator.
Maurice Washington makes Athlon’s list of 30 players poised for a breakout season.
JANUARY 16, 2019
Count Luke Gifford among those who are bullish about the 2019 Huskers.
Devine Ozigbo has been impressing scouts* this week at East-West Shrine Game practices.
Husker signees Ty Robinson and Wandale Robinson have risen in Rivals’ class of 2019 rankings* to the No. 91 and 61 players overall. | Roster maximization | Recruiting ticker
Tristan Gebbia says his decision in August to transfer might have come earlier if not for “my love for my teammates and my love for Nebraska.”
Anatomy of an Era: Mark Gilman was a strength coach for a Rose Bowl team and saw night-and-day differences between that program and Nebraska’s.
JANUARY 15, 2019
Former Husker Rod Yates buys Tom Brady’s “My Cause My Cleats” shoes for more than $30,000.
Nebraska has emerged as the heavy favorite to land four-star defensive back Noa Pola-Gates, who’s set to announce* his decision Saturday. | Recruiting ticker
Anatomy of an Era: He scored three career touchdowns, but Mark Gilman says the one in the Orange Bowl against Miami “counts for twenty.”
JANUARY 14, 2019
Juco running back Dedrick Mills has signed with the Huskers and will join the team this summer. | Coverage & highlights | 2019 class
Wandale Robinson adds a third state player of the year award to his collection.
Stanley Morgan is working to improve his 40 time and other measurables as he sets his sights on the NFL.
The recruiting trail takes Scott Frost and Erik Chinander to Alabama to start the week. | Transfer WR Cager interested*
Anatomy of an Era: Tight end Mark Gilman on coach Ron Brown: “It didn’t matter if it was Monday practice or sixty minutes before the national championship game versus Miami or Florida, he was intense.”
JANUARY 13, 2019
Steve Sipple says winter conditioning is a time for team leaders like Mohamed Barry to step up.
Juco outside linebacker prospect Soni Fonua says his weekend visit gave him an understanding of how he could fit in the Husker defense.
Ohio State at Nebraska is one of 15 games nationally seen as having an impact on the 2019 College Football Playoff.
Rex Burkhead gets his first NFL postseason touchdown, a six-yard run for the Patriots against the Chargers. | Huskers in playoffs
Zac Taylor’s former Husker teammates explain the traits that have helped his rapid rise in the NFL coaching ranks.
This week in Husker history: Coach Bill Glassford weathers a player revolt, and Ndamukong Suh makes it official that he’s returning for his senior year.
JANUARY 12, 2019
Steve Sipple says the Huskers aren’t likely to be top-25 material without significant improvement on defense.
Assistant coach Sean Beckton’s connections aid the Huskers’ hunt for talent in Georgia* and elsewhere in the SEC footprint.
Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham says that “statistically, the ’95 line was really better than the ’94 line, but I also know that ’94 line were the pioneers.”
JANUARY 11, 2019
“Guys have to give it their all in the weight room” this winter, Adrian Martinez says on Sports Nightly. | “Evolved” as freshman
By walking on with the Huskers, Sam Shurtleff is following a dream that’s common in Nebraska – but he’s from Georgia.
Here’s a look at the four prospects known to be taking official visits to Lincoln this weekend. | Frost in Columbus*
Sam McKewon has the Huskers at No. 20* in his early 2019 rankings.
Matt Vrzal & Jay Foreman post their first 2019 podcast
Athlon looks at 10 Huskers who could use a strong offseason in the weight room.
Frank Solich* talks about his playing and coaching days at Nebraska, moving on from his 2003 firing and more in an interview with Adam Carriker.
Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham marvels at what the O-line accomplished. “I’m telling you, that group that I played with? It may never be duplicated again.”
JANUARY 10, 2019
Dedrick Young is slated to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 19.*
Former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor is reportedly the Cincinnati Bengals’ choice as the team’s next head coach.
Stanley Morgan says the Huskers have talent at receiver even if experience is in short supply. | Prospects to visit
Here’s a look at how Nebraska’s national championship teams stack up against Clemson of 2018.
Husker Doc Talk returns after its December hiatus.
Coaches are proposing a two-tiered targeting rule that would result in fewer player ejections. | Discuss
Recruiting returns to full swing Thursday as the dead period is lifted. | Calendar
Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Graham remembers that he “didn’t even make the top 100 players in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area. To me that was a real driving force.”
JANUARY 9, 2019
It’s an emotional night for Frank Solich as he receives a hero’s welcome* at the Outland Trophy award dinner in Omaha. | Photos: 1, 2,* 3* | Video | Notes | Carriker’s memories
Mick Stoltenberg says he won’t try to play pro ball after a Nebraska career that took a physical toll.
Nebraska releases the schedule for its spring clinics and camps, including Friday Night Lights.*
Athlon predicts a third-place finish in the Big Ten West for the 2019 Huskers.
Anatomy of an Era: Christian Peter led by example and also with his locker-room speeches: “I just always said what was on my mind and what I thought was right.”
JANUARY 8, 2019
Frank Solich, in Omaha to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award on Wednesday night, doesn’t dwell on his 2003 firing* and says the honor “is special for me.” | Video
Adrian Martinez wins the FWAA’s first Shaun Alexander Inspirational Freshman of the Year Award.
The Dallas Cowboys add former Husker receiver Brandon Reilly to their practice squad.
Anatomy of an Era: He had played just one year of high school football, and only Temple and Nebraska were interested in Christian Peter.
The Huskers land in several more early top-25 rankings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) for 2019, and only seven teams have better national title odds according to one Las Vegas sports book. | McKewon commentary* | Carriker: Closing the gap*
JANUARY 7, 2019
Greg Schiano is out as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, replaced by Greg Mattison and Jeff Hafley.
Adrian Martinez is named to the FWAA freshman All-America team. | Previous Husker honorees
The new Husker Air Fleet donor program gives a boost to coaches’ recruiting-related travel.
JANUARY 6, 2019
Nebraska has plenty of company in the Big Ten when it comes to having young quarterback talent that seems ready for the big stage.
A list of the 10 most-hyped teams for 2019 includes Nebraska. | Carriker on ranking*
This week in Husker history: Forty-one days after the firing of Frank Solich, Bill Callahan is introduced as Nebraska’s new head football coach.
Anatomy of an Era: It was bittersweet for Troy Branch when the 1994 team won the national championship.
JANUARY 5, 2019
Frank Solich’s appearance Wednesday at the Outland Trophy banquet in Omaha will be a step toward healing for the former Husker coach. | Shatel commentary*
Omaha Westside athlete Tyson Guzman announces he is walking on at Nebraska.
Sam McKewon says the Big Ten West is on the rise,* but the East still has the upper hand.
Wandale Robinson shows his big-play ability and toughness in the All-American Bowl.*
Anatomy of an Era: Troy Branch says one of Tom Osborne’s strengths was his ability “to get people to focus in the moment.”
JANUARY 4, 2019
Saturday’s All-American Bowl in San Antonio is just part of a whirlwind week for Wandale Robinson.*
Athlon makes an argument for a preseason top-25 ranking for the 2019 Huskers.
Anatomy of an Era: Linebacker Troy Branch talks about playing for the position coach they called Sybil.
JANUARY 3, 2019
Tonight and Friday will be a time to share memories of George Sullivan as services are held for the longtime Nebraska athletic trainer.
Anatomy of an Era: Toby Wright had a bitter rivalry with teammate Mike Minter — until he found out they were cousins.
JANUARY 2, 2019
Nebraska is lining up January visits as the dead period in recruiting continues.
Former Husker QB Tommy Armstrong signs with the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League.
Nebraska is No. 19 in Athlon’s early top 25 for the 2019 season. | Big Ten’s big games
The inaugural Andra Franklin Service Award will be presented at the Nebraska Greats Foundation’s Celebrity Sports Night, which will include talks by Bill Moos and Trev Alberts.
Greg Austin is fighting hard* to get the O-linemen he needs.
Anatomy of an Era: Toby Wright was legendary for “bringing the wood.”
JANUARY 1, 2019
Make your picks here for the New Year’s Day bowls and national championship game.
Tad Stryker espouses a shorter regular season in exchange for an expanded playoff.
Anatomy of an Era: An injury had ended his playing career, but Jon Pedersen had a role in the 1994 championship season as an undergraduate assistant.