March 2018 fresh links
MARCH 31, 2018
Marcus Hicks and other recruits take unofficial visits on junior day Lincoln. | In-state visitors*
Scott Frost calls the plays on game day while offensive coordinator Troy Walters serves as his second set of eyes upstairs.
“I’m just a guy who wants to make his family proud.” Cornerback Chris Jones is eager for his shot at the NFL.
The defensive coaches provide updates as Saturday’s practice caps the first full week of spring drills. | Discuss
Patrick O’Brien’s mobility is something to watch as the quarterback competition unfolds.
Anatomy of an Era: Boyd Epley reminisces about how his $2-an-hour job as an injured pole vaulter morphed into the groundbreaking Husker Power program.
MARCH 30, 2018
Former teammates remember Travis Hill as a gifted athlete with a fun-loving streak. | Missing “Hummer”
Juco transfer Greg Bell is making a good early impression at running back. | Wanted: Full toolboxes
Scott Frost’s approach of not making football an all-the-time deal can be appealing to both staff and players. | QBs’ learning curve: 1, 2, 3
Here are the jersey numbers of the newest Huskers.
Two speedy backs — Rahmir Johnson and Thomas Grayson– have unofficial visits* to Lincoln planned over the next two weekends. | Logjam at QB?
A point system and the Unity Council: Boyd Epley provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the program culture grew stronger in the early 1990s.
MARCH 29, 2018
Another Husker great is gone too soon as All-America outside linebacker Travis Hill has passed away at age 48.* | Bio | Pivotal play | Discuss
Spring curiosities: Special teams | Jucos Bell & Williams
Zach Duval on weight-room motivation: “It’s my job to make you better than what the coaches are going to bring in.”
Council Bluffs QB prospect Max Duggan is unsure whether he’ll visit Nebraska again before his planned April decision.
The Huskers’ third spring practice was the first in pads, and the defense had the upper hand. | Video & coverage | Updates & discussion
Anatomy of an Era: Boyd Epley recalls the program-changing winter of 1991 and what “absolutely destroyed” the Husker Power program more than a decade later.
MARCH 28, 2018
Ndamukong Suh could help give the L.A. Rams a pro version of Nebraska’s dominant 2009 defense, Bill Connelly writes.
Dave Humm, the record-setting Husker quarterback* from the 1970s, has died at age 65 after a decades-long battle with MS. | Discuss | 2004 interview | 2009 profile* | Nebraska Greats Foundation | Kantowski commentary
The fast pace* for the Huskers this spring isn’t for the timid or unmotivated.
Kick back for a Wayback Wednesday rewind of the 1996 Huskers’ Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech. Big games from Damon Benning and Scott Frost.
MARCH 27, 2018
Tad Stryker says Scott Frost’s penchant for player versatility bodes well for the Huskers.
Barron Miles, bound for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, says his knack for blocking kicks boiled down to want-to.
Northern Arizona hires former Husker assistant Bruce Read as special teams coach.
Scott Frost says the spring-break layoff made the second practice of spring a little sloppier than the first, and he confirms Chris Walker’s move to the defensive line.
Big Red Cobcast: Nebrasketball, Iowa Hate Week and more.
Denver-area quarterback Luke McCaffrey gets a 2019 Nebraska offer.
Linda Ybarra was the “Weight Room Mom” and has insights to share about Boyd Epley, Steve Pederson and more in the latest Anatomy of an Era installment.
MARCH 26, 2018
Linebacker Mohamed Barry has his sights set on “making the plays that change the game.”
Ndamukong Suh signs a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.
It’s back to business Tuesday morning as the Huskers return to spring practice. | Schedule | 5 things to watch
Arizona graduate transfer QB Brandon Dawkins intends to settle on a school by the time he gets his degree on May 11.
Quarterback mentor Steve Calhoun goes over the strengths of Patrick O’Brien and Tristan Gebbia.
Nebraska was No. 3 in the Big Ten in ticket revenue but No. 7 in overall revenue in 2016-17, the last year before the full conference share kicked in.
Erik Chinander is focusing on the Blackshirts’ next step, not their recent struggles. | Hope in Honas
Adam Carriker looks at the Huskers’ personnel on offense and where Nebraska can improve in Scott Frost’s first season.
Here are five redshirts poised to make a move up the depth chart.
Anatomy of an Era: Lessons in teamwork carry over for Bryan Pruitt in his SWAT team duties.
MARCH 25, 2018
Steve Sipple says the quarterback competition at Ohio State bears watching for more reasons than one.
The New York Jets rescind their offer to Ndamukong Suh.
Sam McKewon previews the Huskers by position.* | 3 areas of focus
This week in Husker history: The Falcons opt for Auburn’s Aundray Bruce over Nebraska’s Neil Smith as their selection with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Bryan Pruitt, including details on the O-line’s nasty reputation.
MARCH 24, 2018
Scott Frost has borrowed from both Tom Osborne and Chip Kelly in structuring his practices.
A bulkier Ben Stille could be a key in helping the defensive line develop.
Spring five-packs: The-time-is-now guys | Position battles to watch
The Huskers intend to lean heavily on senior receiver Stanley Morgan for production and leadership.
Anatomy of an Era: Bryan Pruitt, a walk-on from Illinois, was a second-string grinder on the Pipeline.
Strength coach Zach Duval discusses how metrics help determine where a player needs to add lean muscle mass.
Former Husker O-lineman Jeremiah Sirles signs with the Carolina Panthers.*
MARCH 23, 2018
Nebraska is reportedly showing interest in Arizona graduate transfer quarterback Brandon Dawkins.* | Discuss
“Tough equals championships”: The staff has a formula for getting players’ passion back.
Player versatility will be a sought-after attribute in the defensive secondary and on offense.
Nebraska volleyball’s Annika Albrecht and Kelly Hunter are two of the seven finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.
Adam Carriker assesses the Huskers’ gains during winter conditioning.
Jovan Dewitt has vacancies to fill on special teams.
MARCH 22, 2018
The competition appears wide open at two interior spots on the offensive line.
Compare your skills against NFL Players in this test
Anatomy of an Era: More inside stories from The Turmanator.
MARCH 21, 2018
Former Husker Barron Miles is elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Nebraska has the nation’s second-toughest 2018 schedule in this ranking.
“Give them everything early.” That’s the staff’s approach* to teaching players the new system.
Nebraska’s total of 260-plus scholarship offers for the 2019 recruiting cycle is tops in the Big Ten. | Quest for return men | Texas targets | Notes
How the team handles Scott Frost’s fast pace is something to watch this spring. | “Quick blinkers” at QB
A new painting of Brook Berringer and Sam Foltz will be displayed inside Memorial Stadium.
This week’s Wayback Wednesday game: Nine quarterback sacks help the 1995 Huskers throttle No. 8 Kansas State.
Anatomy of an Era: Matt Turman discusses how walk-ons were treated, how practice reps were maximized and why he became an exception to Tom Osborne’s “no running out of bounds” rule.
MARCH 20, 2018
Travis Fisher expects his defensive backs to play with a physical edge.
Huskers to watch: Adrian Martinez, 5 newcomers
Former Husker O-lineman Matt Slauson signs with the Colts* after two seasons with the Chargers.
Nebraska is making an aggressive effort* to pull elite recruiting prospects from the Southeast. | Selling the blueprint
Fans in Omaha got a preview of the “Scoring Explosion” on Halloween of 1980 when the Husker freshmen played UNO’s jayvees.
Quarterback Patrick O’Brien gets in some spring break work with an NFL receiver.
Anatomy of an Era: Nebraska turned to walk-on QB Matt Turman as the starter in Nebraska’s showdown at Kansas State during the ’94 championship season.
Defensive line coach Mike Dawson says his players are hungry to learn the new scheme.
Huskers to watch: Will Honas, Greg Bell, Patrick O’Brien.
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters likes what’s there at the skill positions.
MARCH 19, 2018
Mick Stoltenberg and Ben Stille are setting the tone as team leaders.
In-state recruiting for 2019 is off to a good start, but two more commitments would make it something special.
Floyd Herman, Nebraska athletics’ oldest living letter winner, has died at age 105.
Adam Carriker looks at Nebraska’s defensive personnel and where the Blackshirts can improve.
MARCH 18, 2018
Mario Verduzco says leadership in a quarterback ultimately boils down to performing when it counts. | McKewon on the QBs*
Greg Austin envisions a Nebraska offensive line that’s dominant once again.
Spencer Long’s move to the Jets is now official. | Suh still shopping
The new staff’s approach to teaching tackling could be a difference-maker.
Spring curiosities: 2-deeps at cornerback | Pecking order at tight end
Anatomy of an Era: More inside stories from David Seizys.
This week in Husker history: UConn hires a former Nebraska halfback as coach.
The new staff has a task of restoring Nebraska’s tradition of strong production* from its running backs.
Seniors Mick Stoltenberg and Jerald Foster aim to be cornerstones, both on the 2018 team and for beginning a new period of program history.
MARCH 17, 2018
More than 1.3 million calories worth of fat gone. That’s one of the numbers from winter conditioning.
Huskers to watch: Tre Bryant, JD Spielman, Lamar Jackson
Businesses are already feeling the “Frost effect.”
Anatomy of an Era: David Seizys was the holder on a fateful kick, but there’s much more to this walk-on’s story, including a big moment against Oklahoma.
MARCH 16, 2018
Mario Verduzco is looking for quick answers from the contenders at quarterback.
Here are five walk-ons who could make an impact in 2018.
A new era brings a new aura to Nebraska football, the Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff writes.
Nebraska’s first spring practice of 2018 is in the books, and Scott Frost says the Huskers are off to a good start. | Coverage and video | Discuss
HuskerMax is pleased to present excerpts from Paul Koch’s “No Place Like Nebraska: Anatomy of an Era” starting today. Here’s some background about the author.
MARCH 15, 2018
Let the “fun” begin: The Huskers hit the practice field at 6 a.m. Friday.
An animated playbook is one of the new wrinkles for the offensive line.
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters values versatility in his skill-position players. | High bar for Morgan | Notes
The returning running backs face new competition for spots in the rotation.
Jovan Dewitt will be asking his outside linebackers to do a little bit of everything.
Friday Night Lights* will continue to be part of the Huskers’ lineup of football camps.
Winter conditioning under Zach Duval had the players making gains both physically and mentally.*
Former stadium announcer Patrick Combs is found guilty on three felony counts in a retrial of his theft case.
Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is reportedly joining the Oklahoma staff as an analyst.
Athlon and Land of 10 preview Nebraska’s spring drills with storylines to watch. | Emerging contributors*
MARCH 14, 2018
Here are some numbers and quotes from pro day* in Lincoln. | Lee’s script* | McNitt’s strong showing | Seisay’s return: 1,* 2 | Knevel’s goal* | Notes: 1, 2* | Photos
The Patriots agree to a three-year contract with former Husker running back Rex Burkhead. | Niles Paul to Jags
Several former Huskers are set to be inducted into the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Hall of Fame.
Former Nebraska O-lineman Spencer Long is expected to sign today with the New York Jets after four seasons with the Redskins.
Scott Frost has injury updates and more as he and several assistants and players meet the press to preview the Huskers’ first spring drills under his watch. | Transcript
These five Huskers* are potential team leaders in 2018.
Eight sacks, two 100-yard rushers and a resounding road win over a top-10 opponent. Take a Wayback Wednesday look at 1984 Nebraska at UCLA.
Huskers to watch: Will Honas, Stanley Morgan, Brenden Jaimes.
MARCH 13, 2018
Former Husker Prince Amukamara is staying with the Chicago Bears.
Quarterback guru Steve Calhoun says Patrick O’Brien and Tristan Gebbia have what it takes to handle the running component of Scott Frost’s offense. | Martinez’s maturity
The defense faces another steep learning curve, but some of the classroom work has already taken place.
Part Two of Hail Varsity’s series: 100 days of yesses.
It’s becoming prove-it time* for these eight players.
Tom Osborne, Scott Frost and Matt Davison will be part of next month’s Hunt with the Huskers. More info here.
Zach Duval’s strength and conditioning staff has the Huskers moving more weight and understanding the nutritional side of things.
MARCH 12, 2018
Former Nebraska reserve quarterback A.J. Bush is joining Illinois as a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech.
The spring game can be a hard habit to break for longtime fans, regardless of the ticket cost.
Four Husker wrestlers are set for this week’s NCAA championships.
Hail Varsity begins with recruiting as it looks this week at the first 100 days under Scott Frost.
The OWH examines five key position battles* that will play out this spring.
The Miami Dolphins reportedly plan to release Ndamukong Suh.
Rivals looks at the QB battle at Nebraska and four other Big Ten schools. | Scheme changes
A Georgia high school that has already produced one Husker is a key part of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting efforts.
Eric Crouch sizes up the quarterback’s role in Scott Frost’s offense.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry likes the aggressive and fearless culture being instilled by the new staff.
MARCH 11, 2018
This week in Husker history: He was a quarterback at Nebraska, a fullback at Northwestern and a cowboy on the silver screen. Forty years ago, Lafayette Russell died at age 72.
MARCH 10, 2018
The QB battle is just one of the things to watch as spring ball draws near.
Huskers to watch: Jaylin Bradley, Guy Thomas, Boe Wilson
MARCH 9, 2018
Ben Stille has moved back to the defensive line from outside linebacker. | Emerging leader
Bill Moos has restructured the senior staff in the Athletic Department.
Improvements in accountability have Mick Stoltenberg encouraged.
Nebraska is No. 2 on Sporting News’ list of must-see spring games.
Athlon Sports lists five things to look for on defense during spring practice.
Jeremy Pernell sees Scott Frost as the complete package for Nebraska.
MARCH 8, 2018
Former Husker receiver Quincy Enunwa gets some off-season business training.
Senior guard Jerald Foster says winter conditioning was demanding, but “we all kept pushing,” and “going through the fire with anybody brings you closer.”
The impact of the regime change at Nebraska is one of Dennis Dodd’s 25 spring storylines to watch.
Wrestling has helped Casey Rogers prepare mentally and physically for college football.
Grant Wistrom talks with Adam Carriker about Scott Frost’s return to Nebraska, Erik Chinander rebuilding the Blackshirts and more.
MARCH 7, 2018
Scott Frost talks spring ball, winter conditioning and more on “Sports Nightly.” | Audio & coverage
Former Husker Dejon Gomes joins the Bowling Green staff as cornerbacks coach, and the NFL’s Titans have hired former Nebraska assistant Scott Booker.
Former Nebraska commit Masry Mapieu of York is signing with Louisiana-Lafayette. | Recruiting notes
It’s Wayback Wednesday, time to relive the Huskers’ 1986 season-opening win over Florida State in Memorial Stadium’s first night game.
Huskers to watch: Damion Daniels, Matt Farniok, Dedrick Young.
MARCH 6, 2018
Check out this footage from winter conditioning.
Adam Carriker evaluates Huskers’ performances at the NFL Combine. | Final numbers: 1, 2
Jack Hoffman’s spring game run of five years ago continues to inspire. | Team Jack
Do the Huskers make the NCAA men’s tourney? Does Tim Miles keep his job? What if Palmer and Copeland leave? This and more are in this week’s Big Red Cobcast.
MARCH 5, 2018
Joshua Kalu fares well in drills Monday at the NFL Combine.
Sporting News predicts eight wins in Scott Frost’s first season at Nebraska.
Norfolk Catholic defensive lineman Ethan Piper has committed to the Huskers for 2019. | Highlights & coverage | McKewon analysis* | Class of 2019 | Discuss
Relationships are key as Nebraska tries to tap the talent at Iowa Western.
Fans may face steeper ticket prices for Husker road games this season.
At the NFL Combine, Joshua Kalu reflects on his time at Nebraska and the program’s future.
MARCH 4, 2018
Steve Sipple cautions against reading too much into “cotton candy” season.
Huskers to watch: Collin Miller, Deontre Thomas, Deontai Williams,
This week in Husker history: George Kelly, a key figure in the origin of Nebraska’s Blackshirts tradition, dies at age 75.
MARCH 3, 2018
From the NFL Combine: Drew Brown on Sam Foltz | Tanner Lee on Nebraska’s QBs | Talent vs. turnovers: 1, 2* | Huskers’ numbers
MARCH 2, 2018
Boyd Epley tells Adam Carriker the behind-the-scenes story about starting Nebraska football’s strength and conditioning program.
Former Husker Lydon Murtha’s 2009 performance lands him on this All-NFL Combine team.
MARCH 1, 2018
Workouts begin Friday for two of the five Huskers at the NFL Combine. | Gates comments
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