May 2018 fresh links
MAY 31, 2018
There’s been attrition at inside linebacker, but coach Barrett Ruud says “we have three or four guys that are ready to play.”
Notre Dame graduate transfer cornerback Nick Watkins* says he’s strongly considering Nebraska as a destination.
Six kickoff times are announced, including the opener against Akron at 7 p.m. on Fox.
Husker247’s countdown of indispensable Huskers starts with safety Antonio Reed, quarterback Tristan Gebbia, receiver Tyjon Lindsey, tight end Jack Stoll and cornerback Lamar Jackson.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Trev Alberts — his rough indoctrination as a freshman, the plays he remembers most, and more.
MAY 30, 2018
Luke Gifford and Mick Stoltenberg* are taking part in summer workouts after missing spring ball with injuries.
Ryan Held says the pecking order at running back* continues to evolve, and a summer of conditioning and learning will be key.
Here’s a rundown of how the preseason magazines see the 2018 Huskers.
Recruiting note: Camp season is about to begin. | Pass-rushing options
Sales of the last few hundred available season tickets are under way.
It was game over for other schools once defensive end Casey Rogers got a Nebraska offer.
Anatomy of an Era: “We weren’t a very tough football team. … Early in my career I don’t believe the football team wanted it enough,” Trev Alberts says.
MAY 29, 2018
Husker walk-ons preparing for the Shrine Bowl have stories to tell about their first few days on campus: H247, HOL (1, 2), LJS, OWH.*
Linebacker Willie Hampton, who redshirted last season, announces* he’s transferring.
Juco newcomers are pushing the competition, and several redshirt freshmen appear ready to contribute.
Members of the coaching staff will visit 26 towns throughout Nebraska on June 11th and 12th.
Retailers of Husker merchandise are still enjoying the Frost effect.
Former Husker receiver Keyan Williams announces his transfer destination will be Ball State.
Big Red Cobcast: Pat and Tweedy yell at each other about who was better, Ahman Green or Lawrence Phillips. They also talk about recruiting and Nebrasketball.
Anatomy of an Era: A lightly recruited and “rather gangly” linebacker, Trev Alberts was an Iowa fan but found Nebraska to be a “natural fit.”
MAY 28, 2018
Breon Dixon’s versatility has the former Ole Miss defensive back in the mix at field-side outside linebacker. | Poll: Impact player?
Hail Varsity looks at what the Blackshirt tradition has meant over the last 50-plus years.
MAY 27, 2018
Opponent previews: Minnesota, Northwestern.
This week in Husker history: Future Hall-of-Famer Fielding Yost gets set for a brief stint as Nebraska’s coach.
Sunday columns: Sipple on rivalries | Shatel on scheduling*
Tony Fair, a big juco defensive tackle, will announce his decision between Nebraska and Indiana as soon as this weekend.
MAY 26, 2018
Mario Verduzco is focusing on four domains of learning as he gathers data to evaluate his quarterbacks’ progress.*
Nebraska is in the middle of the pack in a ranking of what teams get out of the talent they recruit.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Doak Ostergard on connecting with players and more.
Husker defensive lineman Carlos Davis qualifies for the NCAA championships in the discus.
MAY 25, 2018
Bill Mallory, Colorado’s head coach from 1974 to ’78, has died at age 82.
Minnesota officials say the Black Friday games with Nebraska in 2020 and ’21 aren’t yet a done deal.
Frank Solich will return to Nebraska in January to accept the Tom Osborne Legacy Award at the Outland Trophy dinner in Omaha. | Discuss
About 600 remaining season tickets will go on sale Wednesday.
Anatomy of an Era: Doak Ostergard on the stark difference between Tom Osborne and Bill Callahan.
A new NCAA rule is helping with Nebraska’s attrition situation.
Football has always been No. 1 in the heart of two-sport star Casey Rogers.
MAY 24, 2018
Kansas State’s athletic director says he’s open to scheduling Nebraska in football. | McKewon: No, thanks
Assistant coach Mario Verduzco explains why he’ll often recruit “athletes” as quarterbacks.*
Nebraska is the underdog in three games that appear on an oddsmaker’s list of games of the year.
Cory Schlesinger is No. 2 on this list of players who gave Miami fans nightmares. | ’95 Orange Bowl
News about future schedules could be coming soon.
A family’s love smoothed the way for Husker running back commit Rahmir Johnson. | Film breakdown
Anatomy of an Era: Trainer Doak Ostergard says walk-ons were the mortar of the program because of their Nebraska values and work ethic.
Receiver Andre Hunt will arrive on campus with big goals.
MAY 23, 2018
Richie Incognito is placed on involuntary psychiatric hold after an incident at a Florida gym.
It will take time, but “you’re going to see a different product on the field,” says 1990s O-lineman Fred Pollack, former teammate to Scott Frost.
Stanley Morgan and JD Spielman are first string on Athlon’s preseason All-Big Ten team.
In-state prospects are taking notice of the Huskers’ rebuilding efforts. | Recruiting notes
Incoming safety Cam’ron Jones approaches his work with confidence that can be mistaken for cockiness.
MAY 22, 2018
Scott Frost hikes the Grand Canyon for an ESPN “Marty Smith’s America” episode.
Bill Moos has sent the message the wins and losses matter more nowadays, Steve Sipple writes.
Budget constraints have put some facility improvements on hold.
Poll question: Is Iowa your top choice as a permanent Black Friday opponent?
Walk-on Moses Bryant is aiming to make an early impact, be it on offense or defense.
Big Red Cobcast: The roster attrition and what it means, Frost vs. Saban, and the recruiting vibe so far this offseason.
Anatomy of an Era: Tony Samuel recalls Charlie McBride the motivator, the satisfaction of beating Miami “Nebraska-style,” and being a part of “the ultimate system.”
MAY 21, 2018
Meet Husker media collector Paul Jacobsen, whose Lyell Bremser transcripts have been part of this website since the 1990s.
Scott Frost talks on Lincoln TV about the football program, challenges, priorities for the coaching staff and more.
Bill Moos says the 2020 and 2021 Nebraska-Minnesota games will be played on Black Friday, and Nebraska-Iowa will be back in that slot thereafter. | Keeler commentary
Adam Carriker discusses Scott Frost continuing to change the culture at Nebraska and bringing back the Unity Council.
Scott Frost speaks from experience when he tells local recruits the grass isn’t always greener* elsewhere.
Anatomy of an Era: Tony Samuel looks back on the low of the Georgia Tech bowl loss and the “full-blown war” against Florida State just three seasons later.
MAY 20, 2018
Adrian Martinez tops Hail Varsity’s list of most intriguing Huskers.
Opponent preview: Most of Michigan’s question marks are on the offensive side of the ball.
Receiver Jaron Woodyard has no regrets about the longer road he took to Nebraska.
Former Husker Christian Peter is helping other people stay sober: “I’ve got a disease, and I have to take care of it with no drugs, no drinking and by doing service.”
This week in Husker history: A schedule change moves Nebraska’s game against Alabama from the end of the 1978 season to the beginning.
Anatomy of an Era: Tony Samuel dreamed of national championships as a Husker player and finally reached that goal as an assistant coach.
MAY 19, 2018
A push is on to create an active and robust football lettermen’s club.
Center Michael Decker announces he’s leaving* the team and retiring from football, and linebacker Andrew Ward, who redshirted in 2017, is transferring.*
It wouldn’t be surprising to see a newcomer become a significant contributor at cornerback this season.
MAY 18, 2018
The Huskers are well stocked with young quarterbacks, but Mario Verduzco says that shouldn’t hinder the pursuit of a signal-caller for the 2019 recruiting cycle. | Burrow to LSU
An argument is made against making Oklahoma an every-year opponent.
Scott Frost says he’ll encourage Cameron Jurgens to compete in the shot and discus at Nebraska. | Another state title: 1, 2
Anatomy of an Era — Troy Dumas: “Most people don’t understand how close-knit we were as a team, almost freakish. There was something there that was truly unique.”
MAY 17, 2018
Breon Dixon might be the sort of speedy and disruptive difference-maker the Blackshirts have been lacking lately, Tad Stryker writes.
An evening with Frank Solich, Tom Osborne and Scott Frost in Omaha? It might happen* in 2019. | Shatel commentary*
Former Husker Randy Stella is in serious condition but is expected to recover after being shot* outside a bar in northwest Omaha.
Scott Frost on Maurice Washington: “We’re going to stand beside him and stick with him.” More from a round of interviews: Unity Council* & captains | Tide’s titles | Scholarship for Vedral | Osborne & Solich
Athlon ranks Nebraska’s schedule as toughest in the Big Ten.
Anatomy of an Era: Troy Dumas recalls the rumble with local gangbangers that bonded the ’91 freshmen.
MAY 16, 2018
Scott Frost says Nebraska will be improved this season but “really dangerous” in 2019. More: OWH,* H247 | Audio
Searches are under way for new leadership for sports nutrition and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory.
USA Today has a wish list of 10 college football nonconference matchups, and two of them involve Nebraska.
Nebraska is continuing its push into the juco ranks for 2019. | Recruiting notes
Wayback Wednesday replay: The 1993 Huskers leaned on true freshman Lawrence Phillips and overcame a turnover binge to beat UCLA on the road.
It’s the truest competition at quarterback for the Huskers since 2010, and it will continue into fall camp.
Steve Sipple says Breon Dixon’s enthusiasm could be contagious for the Huskers’ defense.
MAY 15, 2018
Tom Osborne says the 1982 and 1993* Huskers were the best of his non-national championship teams.
An academic redshirt may be in the cards* for incoming running back Maurice Washington. | Woodyard finishes strong
The LJS presents arguments for and against legalizing sports betting in Nebraska.
Running back Rahmir Johnson wasn’t about to forget his Harlem roots when committing to Nebraska. | Highlights
Nebraska’s opening opponent, Akron, appears solid on defense but has holes to fill on offense. | Schedule rundown
Four-star QB Michael Johnson has a family connection to Nebraska and plans to visit soon. | Recruiting notes
MAY 14, 2018
Former Memorial Stadium announcer Patrick Combs gets jail time, probation and faces a $45,000 fine in his theft case.*
Husker receiver Keyan Williams announces he will transfer.
Receiver Jaevon McQuitty discusses his recovery from a torn ACL and more in a TV interview.
Anatomy of an Era: Joel Wilks provides a peek behind the curtain at high-profile teammates Tommie Frazier, Lawrence Phillips and Zach Wiegert.
MAY 13, 2018
There will be plenty of competition at safety, but will there be stability that was missing in 2017?
An Iowa blogger says Scott Frost’s approach to coaching provides a reason to cheer for Nebraska.
Mother’s Day isn’t just a once-a-year thing for Adrian Martinez, who lost his mom when he was 10.
This week in Husker history: Turner Gill considers going pro in baseball instead of returning for his senior year as the Huskers’ quarterback.
Anatomy of an Era: Offensive lineman Joel Wilks on silencing the ‘Canes, pancaking “The Rock” and more.
MAY 12, 2018
Eric Crouch’s foray into college coaching isn’t something he’s doing on a whim.
Meet the freshmen: Miles Jones, Casey Rogers, Cam’ron Jones
Anatomy of an Era: Joel Wilks entered the program as a walk-on with a chip on his shoulder. He ended up as the king of “pancake” blocks.
MAY 11, 2018
Former All-Nebraska player Alec Cromer is leaving South Dakota State to walk on for the Huskers as a punter.
Bob Welton, the director of recruiting operations for Scott Frost, takes a job at Alabama. | Discuss
Former Husker Maliek Collins will miss part of the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp after breaking a bone in his left foot.
Husker fans respond to Berry Tramel’s column on Nebraska’s lengthy absence from college football’s elite.
The Huskers get some late-night TV publicity courtesy of Gabrielle Union.
Newcomers are in the mix for key roles on special teams.
Adam Carriker gives his thoughts on the Huskers likely eliminating the fullback position and the effect it could have on the roster.
Outside linebacker Caleb Tannor intends to make his mark early at Nebraska, his high school coach says. | The competition
MAY 10, 2018
BTN’s Gerry DiNardo says Scott Frost has a plan while Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh seems to be “all over the map.”
Breon Dixon, the transfer outside linebacker from Ole Miss,* has been granted immediate eligibility at Nebraska by the NCAA. | McKewon commentary* | Discuss
Quarterback Tanner Lee signs a rookie contract* with the Jaguars.
Nebraska is continuing to look west to Colorado for talent. | Juco pass-rusher visiting*
Chris Weber and soccer’s Alli Peterson will receive Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships.
Scott Frost talks UCF’s title claim, an eight-team playoff and fatherhood with Orlando’s Mike Bianchi.
CBS Sports’ Barton Simmons explains why he has Scott Frost ranked as the nation’s No. 6 coach.
Jordan Westerkamp likes Stanley Morgan’s chances of breaking the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards this season.
Anatomy of an Era: Adam Treu talks about team motivation, bowl-trip shenanigans and his unheeded advice to Bill Callahan.
MAY 9, 2018
Intriguing 2018 Huskers: Will Honas, Michael Decker, Alex Davis.
Adrian Martinez is No. 68 in Athlon’s quarterback rankings. | Big Ten rankings
The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel sizes up the Nebraska slump that Scott Frost is trying to end.
Take in a Wayback Wednesday replay of the 1996 Blackshirts’ taming of the Wildcats (zero net yards at halftime) in a 39-3 road win over Kansas State.
Anatomy of an Era: Hometown lineman Adam Treu walked on and made it all the way to the NFL’s biggest stage, the Super Bowl. “Giving everybody a chance to succeed was big.”
MAY 8, 2018
Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman previews the Huskers and sees the receiving corps as a strong suit.
Let the speculation heat up: Quarterback Joe Burrow makes it official that he’s leaving Ohio State. | Commentary: McKewon,* Callahan | Notes | Discuss
Former Husker wingback Lance Brown* chases off a would-be robber in Omaha.
The likelihood of heavy rotation means a half-dozen players could see significant action at inside linebacker.
Nebraska’s satellite camp schedule consists of stops in Florida, Georgia, Texas and several other states. | Running backs’ big plans
MAY 7, 2018
Tom Shatel has some ideas for adding pizzazz to the Iowa game* in the non-Black Friday years of 2020 and ’21.
“The hardest day was when they booed him,” Tanner Lee’s mom says. “As a parent … you just want to run and cry.”
Former Husker and current Carolina Panther Jeremiah Sirles feels optimistic about the O-line’s direction under the new staff.
From Sam McKewon, a grab bag on attendance padding, Michigan’s trip to Paris and more.
Anatomy of an Era: George Darlington on his relationship with Lawrence Phillips, plus how fumbles and flu might have kept the Huskers from winning two more titles in the ’90s.
MAY 6, 2018
New Husker commit Rahmir Johnson is hoping for multiple roles in the offense in the style of De’Anthony Thomas at Oregon.
Steve Sipple sees this as a possible breakthrough year in Buffalo for former Husker receiver Brandon Reilly.
Stanley Morgan is No. 30 on an NFL.com list of 2019 draft-eligible players to watch.
The tight ends’ combination of talent and inexperience makes the position group a wild card for 2018.
Incoming defensive back Cam Taylor keeps the memory of some special people close as he looks to make an immediate impact. | More on the newcomers
This week in Husker history: Penn State’s Mike McCloskey admits he was out of bounds on his crucial catch in the waning seconds of the 1982 PSU-Nebraska game.
He was “the yeller” that Tom Osborne wasn’t. George Darlington looks back on the staff’s contrasting styles, what it was like to get fired, and much more.
From Steve Sipple, an ode to a vanishing breed — the Nebraska fullback.
MAY 5, 2018
Offensive lineman Bryan Brokop has apparently left the program.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes and Huskers are returning to the Black Friday slot in 2022, but Bill Moos says it’s not yet* a done deal. | Discuss
Running back Rahmir Johnson from New Jersey has committed to the Huskers for 2019. | Highlights & coverage | Class of 2019 | Discuss
Anatomy of an Era: Always-frank George Darlington talks about bad officiating, good teams and the Huskers’ change of defensive schemes in the early 1990s.
MAY 4, 2018
Cornerback Javin Wright, son of NFL veteran and former Blackshirt Toby Wright,* gets a Nebraska offer for 2019.
Fans can help longtime trainer George Sullivan celebrate his 91st birthday Sunday. | Book excerpts: 1, 2
Eight football Huskers are among the 62 Nebraska student-athletes receiving their diplomas Saturday.
Nebraska has added a second Friday Night Lights* camp in June, plus an Inside Husker Football event. | Details
Scott Frost isn’t totally on board with UCF’s national championship claim. | McKewon commentary*
Adam Carriker’s advice to trash-talking Iowa fans: Enjoy it while you can.
Husker walk-ons are being allowed to play in the June 2 Shrine Bowl even though it conflicts with summer workouts for early enrollees.
MAY 3, 2018
David Knevel is drafted by the B.C. Lions with the 21st pick in the CFL draft.
Bill Moss defends his tenure at Washington State* after an internal audit finds mismanagement in the athletic department during his time there. | Discuss
Receiver Mike Williams believes his move from slot to the outside can allow him to be more of that deep-ball threat.
Kenny Wilhite’s rapport with high school coaches and his St. Louis connections are important parts of the Huskers’ recruiting operation.
Focusing on the defensive secondary: Opportunity for Bootle | Add a grad transfer?
Anatomy of an Era: Former QB Gerry Gdowski witnessed a change in mindset on the team in the early ’90s as a graduate assistant.
MAY 2, 2018
Dennis Claridge, who quarterbacked* Nebraska to the program’s first two bowl wins, has died at age 76 after a battle with cancer. | Orange Bowl run | Interviews: 2004, 2012 | York commentary
Freshman fullback Ben Miles announces he’s transferring from Nebraska, saying the program is “no longer the right fit for me schematically.” | Discuss
Juco receiver Jaron Woodyard says he’s cleared to enroll and will arrive in Lincoln on May 22. | Highlights | Recruiting notes
Adrian Martinez is No. 10 in an Athlon ranking of Big Ten quarterbacks.
The 1994 Huskers took control in the second half with a dominant ground game in this Wayback Wednesday game at Texas Tech.
MAY 1, 2018
Former receivers coach Keith Williams says his son Keyan is in good hands with the new staff.
An early start for some incoming freshmen should help with the newcomers’ learning curve.
Nebraska is the target of jabs* at an I-Club event attended by Iowa coaches in Council Bluffs.
It’s shaping up as an important year in O-line recruiting for the Huskers. | Badgers’ specialty*
Nebraska is reportedly working to get the Iowa game returned to the Black Friday slot.
Thirteen questions: Get to know quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.
Anatomy of an Era: More from Dr. Jack Stark, including the dreaded “9th Week Syndrome,” the coaches’ pregame speeches, and the extraordinary pressures student-athletes sometimes face.