June 2018 fresh links
JUNE 30, 2018
Former Husker Bobby Newcombe sees coaching as a good fit for his life’s purpose: “To make someone else better.”
Anatomy of an Era: Barron Miles discusses Husker fans’ loyalty, his crucial penalty against Florida State, and the time Tommie Frazier and Tyrone Williams became impromptu firefighters.
JUNE 29, 2018
Scott Frost is getting more speed into the lineup as he transforms the offense, Sean Keeler writes.
Anatomy of an Era: New Jersey transplant Barron Miles went through “big growing pains” as he adapted to a different culture in Lincoln.
JUNE 28, 2018
Former Husker linebacker Andrew Ward* has transferred to Central Michigan.
The new LED stadium lighting system is on track for completion in late July.
His dad played for Iowa, but Tate Wildeman’s heart became set on Nebraska.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry has two big reasons to hope for a better 2018.
The Scott Frost feature in Athlon’s preseason magazine is now available online.
Anatomy of an Era: A 5-9, 150-pound cornerback? When Barron Miles first arrived on campus, his new teammates “were looking at me like, ‘Oh man, you don’t stand a chance.’ ”
JUNE 27, 2018
Hall-of-Famer Aaron Taylor will take part in the Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago on July 24.
BTN’s Gerry DiNardo says Nebraska needs to re-establish its niche* in recruiting.
Not so long ago, he was painting the stadium at Panhandle State. Former scout-teamer and current assistant coach Ryan Held* looks at his journey back to Lincoln.
Sam McKewon looks at the Huskers’ 2020 quarterback recruiting* and more from the second Friday Night Lights camp.
JUNE 26, 2018
Luke McCaffrey senses the 2019 recruiting class bonding quickly.
In this week’s Big Red Cobcast, the fellas talk about whether Scott Frost’s recruiting is as good as the perception of it is, and more.
Matthew Anderson hopes to “hit people and get praise for it” as a future Husker offensive lineman.
A mobile quarterback gives opening opponent Akron a chance to revive its running game.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Al Papik on what made Tom Osborne’s system click
JUNE 25, 2018
Former Husker Nate Gerry talks about winning the Super Bowl, the Eagles’ White House controversy, and going back to school.
Scott Frost is No. 23 in Athlon’s ranking of college football coaches.
Running back signee Maurice Washington* has cleared a key academic hurdle, and another one is coming in late July.
Anatomy of an Era: Al Papik was “a critical part of keeping the program at the high level and yet being within the rules and regulations.”
JUNE 24, 2018
Strength coach Zach Duval’s philosophy helped sell offensive tackle Matthew Anderson on Nebraska.
Communicating on the field and building personal connections off the field go hand in hand, says secondary coach Travis Fisher.
This week in Husker history: Iowa and Minnesota are said to favor Nebraska’s 1913 bid to join the Western Conference, but the distance factor is giving other schools pause.
Anatomy of an Era: Al Papik coached against Tom Osborne the player before assisting the efforts of Tom Osborne the coach.
JUNE 23, 2018
Former Marine Eric Kapitulik helps Nebraska football get with The Program
JUNE 22, 2018
Bigger doesn’t always turn out to be better when it comes to O-line recruits’ weight.
SB Nation’s Bill Connelly previews the 2018 Huskers and sees the makings of “a Year Zero season” for Scott Frost.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Kevin Ramaekers, including controversial calls in the narrow loss to Florida State.
JUNE 21, 2018
Here are some Throwback Thursday highlights of Nebraska’s 1963 win at Minnesota, starring Dennis Claridge and Tony Jeter.
Breon Dixon is adamant that he’s not afraid to hit* even though he packs less weight than most linebackers.
Anatomy of an Era: For Kevin Ramaekers, it was “the absolute, ultimate wake-up call” — having his scholarship taken away.
JUNE 20, 2018
Players say Zach Duval’s workouts* are “a good kind of brutal.”
Scott Frost issues a challenge to kids at Nebraska’s free youth camp.
Former Husker Bobby Newcombe is taking on a new challenge as head coach at a Phoenix-area high school.
Anatomy of an Era: Kevin Ramaekers was an “extremely selfish, immature kid” when he arrived in Lincoln — and he paid a price for it.
Former Husker player and assistant Warren Powers, who coached Washington State and Missouri to victories over Nebraska, is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
JUNE 19, 2018
The Huskers’ quarterbacks are making strides physically and mentally this offseason.
The Big Red Cobcast crew discusses the new NCAA rules and the latest recruits, and Tweedy counts how many times Pat is wrong in one episode (spoiler alert: it’s a lot).
JUNE 18, 2018
Can strength coach Zach Duval’s system help the Huskers stay healthy throughout the season?
Omaha Burke’s Nick Henrich says his unofficial Lincoln visit Monday was “fantastic,” and he has trimmed the list of schools he’s still considering.
Graduate transfer Vaha Vainuku has arrived on campus and will take part in summer conditioning with his new teammates.
Fan Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, midway through fall camp.
Adam Carriker speaks about the history of the Blackshirt tradition, the importance of throwing the bones and why the black practice jersey means so much to him.
The OWH begins its camp countdown* of key Husker players for 2018.
Anatomy of an Era: The games and plays aren’t what stick in Brett Popplewell’s memory, but rather the “blokes” who were his teammates.
JUNE 17, 2018
The Husker staff hopes to continue tapping the talent lode at Grayson High in Loganville, Ga.
A 3-4 defense? Perhaps, but intensity matters more than labels to defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.
Anatomy of an Era: Receiver Brett Popplewell was one of the unlikeliest of Huskers, hailing from south of the equator in Melbourne, Australia.
North Platte Husker football enthusiast and columnist Butch Rasmussen has died at age 79.
This week in Husker history: Plans for Nebraska Field move forward. It would serve as the Cornhuskers’ home turf for 14 seasons.
JUNE 16, 2018
JUNE 15, 2018
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg says Scott Frost has the toughest road schedule of any new coach in 2018.
Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Bailey worked in the weight room, but he also had memorable moments on the sideline — including a tongue-lashing from Charlie McBride.
JUNE 14, 2018
It looks like another rebuilding season for Colorado, the Huskers’ second 2018 opponent.
View the video of the “Marty Smith’s America” segment with Scott Frost in the Grand Canyon that airs Thursday at 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN.
Athlon ranks Nebraska’s schedule as the nation’s second-toughest in 2018.
JD Spielman is No. 18 in this ranking of returning Big Ten players.
A Las Vegas sports book has Nebraska’s win total at six.
Anatomy of an Era: Strength coach Bryan Bailey says the Pipeline O-linemen “were like my sons, and they trusted me and I trusted them.”
JUNE 13, 2018
Adrian Martinez has added strength and weight this spring and is now well above his listed 205 pounds, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco says.
Anatomy of an Era: Strength coach Bryan Bailey found ways to push players to new levels. “I didn’t want to be loved by everybody.”
JUNE 12, 2018
The Big Red Cobcast crew tackles recruiting, the Tunnel Walk and Nebrasketball.
Here’s what fans need to know if they plan to attend the Friday Night Lights camps.
Nebraska is No. 10 in this ranking of college football receiving corps.
Athlon ranks Scott Frost seventh among Big Ten coaches.
More pieces are in place than usual for coach Pat Fitzgerald to go for a second consecutive high-end season at Northwestern.*
JUNE 11, 2018
Phil Steele sees Adrian Martinez starting at QB and the Huskers finishing fourth in the Big Ten West.
Spencer Long and Brent Qvale give the Huskers a mini alumni group on the New York Jets’ offensive line.
Adam Carriker talks to Nebraska QB commit Luke McCaffrey about picking the Huskers, Scott Frost’s offense, the influence of his dad and brothers, and more.
Anatomy of an Era: Matt Vrzal says fights in practice “always brought everyone together. Remember, for a fight to happen you have to have two people who deeply care about the situation.”
JUNE 10, 2018
This week in Husker history: The 49ers sign their top draft pick, running back Roger Craig, to a series of one-year contracts.
Anatomy of an Era: A center with the speed of I-back Ahman Green? It happened on one memorable play for Matt Vrzal.
JUNE 9, 2018
Linebacker Luke Gifford says he gained some bigger-picture insights about accountability and leadership during his injury layoff.
Anatomy of an Era: “We had a bunch of guys who bought in, and we were dumb enough to be dangerous,” says walk-on center Matt Vrzal.
He plays several positions, but Husker commit Luke McCaffrey has always seen himself as a quarterback.
JUNE 8, 2018
Running back Tre Bryant is taking part in summer workouts and says he’s full-go but employing “portion control” on his right knee.
Athlon previews the Huskers and sees a team that will be “up-tempo, aggressive, physical and competitive” — but outside the top 50.
JUNE 7, 2018
Two weeks after being placed in mental hospital, former Husker Richie Incognito says he wants to continue playing in the NFL.
Anatomy of an Era: Kareem Moss recalls the sobering sight of Tommie Frazier immobilized in his hospital bed.
Steve Sipple says it might be time for linebacker Dedrick Young to make some noise.
JUNE 6, 2018
Walk-ons AJ Forbes, Moses Bryant and Colton Feist got a boost this spring from three months of work with Gibbie Duval, brother of the Huskers’ strength coach.
Nebraska’s first individual camp under Scott Frost gets a thumbs-up from players’ parents.
Transformed physiques and new jersey numbers are among the behind-the-scenes nuggets from Hail Varsity’s photo shoot of Husker players.
Anatomy of an Era: Everyone remembers the “Unfinished Business” mantra, but Kareem Moss recalls another one: “Tired of being stepped on.”
JUNE 5, 2018
Big Red Cobcast: The guys discuss the recent roster additions as well as good ol’ vitamin S.
Anatomy of an Era: Future Blackshirt Kareem Moss got off to a rough start with his position coach after arriving from South Carolina by way of Garden City, Kan.
JUNE 4, 2018
Nebraska had the Big Ten’s second-highest total of reported fan ejections in 2017 at 141.
Adam Carriker picks his favorite all-time Husker at each position.
Steve Sipple sees Scott Frost building toward a big 2019 season with his pursuit of transfer players.
JUNE 3, 2018
Tad Stryker applauds Scott Frost’s risk-embracing move of increasing full-speed contact in practices.
Anatomy of an Era: Keith Zimmer: “When your playing days are over, Nebraska doesn’t just discard you” but “pledges that ongoing support forever.”
This week in Husker history: Word begins leaking out in 1913 that Nebraska is seeking entry into the Western Conference, today’s Big Ten.
Carlos Davis hopes for more clutch performances at the discus nationals.
JUNE 2, 2018
Tyjon Lindsey’s creative streak helps expand his horizons far beyond the gridiron.
JD Spielman is playing catch-up after missing most of spring ball with pneumonia.
Nebraska is intent on remaking the linebacker position* for Erik Chinander’s 3-4 attacking defense.
The incoming walk-ons are quickly building a bond.
Anatomy of an Era: Keith Zimmer helped players from scout-teamers to All-Americans prepare for life after football.
JUNE 1, 2018
Greg Bell is just the sixth juco running back at Nebraska since 1971. Here’s a look at the five others.
Poll question: Is Scott Frost’s incentive package sufficient?
Scott Frost’s strength and conditioning program appears to be paying off for Carlos Davis in the discus.
Today’s installment of Anatomy of an Era is in memory of the recently departed, one-of-a-kind Brian Nunns.