November 2018 fresh links
NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Lincoln North Star’s Luke Reimer decommits from South Dakota State to walk on at Nebraska.
Here are some Friday recruiting updates. | Weekend visitors
A division title is among Athlon’s five realistic goals for the 2019 Huskers.
Anatomy of an Era: Jason Peter says the games were the easy part. “If you could get through Tuesday or Wednesday practice, that was the real accomplishment of the week.”
NOVEMBER 29, 2018
Steve Sipple says coaching talent is making the Big Ten West an intriguing place.
Bill Moos reviews the season and says Scott Frost’s staff never panicked during the 0-6 start. | Facilities outlook: 1, 2*
The number of scanned tickets* at Nebraska home games dropped with the temperatures in November.
Outside linebacker Guy Thomas becomes the latest 2017 recruit to leave the program.
The OWH reviews the performance of the 2018 defense.*
Poll question: Did Adrian Martinez deserve better than honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team?
Anatomy of an Era: Jason Peter says he and Grant Wistrom returned for their senior season to deliver Tom Osborne another national title. “I can’t definitely say we would have done that for anyone else.”
NOVEMBER 28, 2018
Sam McKewon reviews the 2018 offense* and looks at how things are trending for 2019.
Devine Ozigbo and Stanley Morgan Jr. make Jeremy Pernell’s All-Big Ten team.
Scott Frost gets a B as Barrett Sallee grades the first-year coaches.
Coach Jeff Brohm has turned down an offer from his alma mater, Louisville, and will stay at Purdue.
Stanley Morgan Jr. earns second-team honors as the All-Big Ten teams on offense are announced, while JD Spielman and Devine Ozigbo get third-team recognition.
Wednesday’s recruiting updates: Looking for size on the defensive line.* | No Wandale
Adam Carriker gives his final thoughts on the 2018 defense* and offense,* and the keys to improving in 2019. | Offensive success rate up
Anatomy of an Era: Theologian and Husker fan R. Scott Clark notes that football is often said to be “a kind of religion in Nebraska, a kind of idolatry, and I think there is actually some truth to that.”
NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry earn third-team recognition as the All-Big Ten honorees on defense are announced, and several other Huskers are honorable mention. | PDF | Discuss
Devine Ozigbo has accepted an East-West Shrine Game invitation after his stellar senior season.
See where the coaches are focusing their recruiting efforts Tuesday: 1, 2.* | Hunt for juco defenders* | The Wandale watch
Husker Dan looks back at the 2018 season.
Here’s the story behind the “GBR” sign* seen Friday in a Children’s Hospital window during The Wave at Kinnick Stadium.
NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Here are some Monday updates from the recruiting trail.*
What’s your grade for Scott Frost’s first season? | Carriker’s take* | Hail Varsity analysis: 1, 2 | Penalty reduction*
The new man in charge of Tunnel Walk says it’s “hard to please everyone, especially in the area of music.”
Anatomy of an Era: When moved from defensive back to linebacker, Ed Stewart “went kicking and screaming to say the least. … ‘Hey, no. This ain’t gonna work!’ ”
Brian Christopherson and Sam McKewon* see the 2019 Huskers as potential contenders to win the Big Ten West, but shoring up the defense will be essential.
NOVEMBER 25, 2018
Film study: Adrian Martinez’s debut season, and big plays at Iowa. | Next steps for Martinez
Scott Frost shares his “no fear of failure” message with the Nebraska volleyball team.
Anatomy of an Era: Linebacker Ed Stewart played through a hamstring pull in the 1995 Orange Bowl. “I wasn’t going to miss that game.”
Eighty-five years ago, Nebraska botched a field-goal try against Iowa but turned it into the game-winning play. It’s part of this week in Husker history.
NOVEMBER 24, 2018
Now comes a recruiting blitz for Scott Frost’s staff as attention turns to the December early signing period.
Nebraska’s seniors see a promising future* for the Huskers with the young talent and leadership returning. | Close isn’t enough | Shatel: Foundation set* | Sipple: Hope for O-line
The LJS breaks down the Husker offense’s receiving targets, chunk plays and 20-plus-yard rushes.
Adam Carriker says the Iowa game showed that Huskers must improve this offseason in the trenches.*
Anatomy of an Era: Chicagoan Ed Stewart was a homesick freshman when his “moment of all-buy-in” came courtesy of Tom Osborne’s understanding.
NOVEMBER 23, 2018
Iowa 31, Nebraska 28. The Huskers show no quit, but a field goal on the final play puts the Hawkeyes on top. Details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser | Record-setters | Postgame notes
The Huskers will look to carry their momentum into the offseason with a win today against recent nemesis Iowa. Get the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2, 3), Omaha,* Grand Island (1, 2)* and Quad Cities (1, 2, 3). Commentary: Christopherson, Sipple, Shatel,* Hamar,* Rosenthal, Hlas,* Callahan.
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Anatomy of an Era: Assistant equipment manager Mike Mason said the coaches “weren’t thinking they were better than you or anyone else, until you got the Callahan regime and that was destroyed.”
NOVEMBER 22, 2018
Tom Osborne offers insights into the pressures of chasing a rival
Dave Ellis is making nutrition another coachable element for Husker players.
A long-held belief about the first Iowa-Nebraska game has turned out to be incorrect. | Game page
Anatomy of an Era: Mike Mason says two-a-days were a grind even for the equipment managers.
NOVEMBER 21, 2018
The Blackshirts know that Iowa’s NFL-caliber talent at tight end* will be tough to contain. | Scouting the Hawkeyes: LJS, OWH*
The Huskers made the rounds at Lincoln hospitals* Wednesday. | Photos: 1, 2 | Video
One more Blackshirt has been awarded ahead of the Iowa game.
What’s your prediction for the Iowa game? | Carriker’s call* | More picks
Scott Frost has his “fingers crossed” on JD Spielman’s availability Friday and says the Huskers are “as ready as they have been for any game” despite the short week. More from Wednesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Sophomore defensive lineman Deontre Thomas sees the benefit of making this a redshirt year. | Mo Barry’s passion
Here’s a breakdown of the status of every recruit who made an official visit* to Lincoln this season.
Iowa knows it must be assignment-sound against Adrian Martinez.
NOVEMBER 20, 2018
The Hawkeyes are vying once again to lead the nation in interceptions. | Five incentives for Iowa | Pivotal third downs
Husker Dan sizes up the Iowa-Nebraska game.
Nebraska’s coordinators have differing opinions on having a short week of game preparation. More from Tuesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Iowa has dominated Nebraska lately, but are things about to change? Husker Doc Talk takes up that and more.
Based on missed starts, Nebraska is enjoying improved health this year. | 2 seasons in 1
Athlon previews the game and picks the Huskers by 3.
Adam Carriker wants to see the Huskers put together a complete game* at Iowa.
Anatomy of an Era: Walk-on Aaron Penland says he would get accused of going too hard while on the scout team and “being a practice-squad All-American, but I was just trying to do my best.”
NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Husker commit Nick Henrich of Omaha Burke leaves Monday night’s Class A state championship game after aggravating his left-knee injury.*
Trash talk doesn’t make Nebraska-Iowa a rivalry,* Tom Shatel writes.
Antonio Reed has earned a Blackshirt before his final game as a Husker, and JD Spielman’s status remains iffy. Get all the coverage and videos from Monday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
Barret Pickering is named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten.
Poll question: Has the Huskers’ 4-1 stretch boosted your trust in Scott Frost?
A Kentucky player’s complaint about poor attendance* could provide recruiting fodder for Nebraska.
Anatomy of an Era: Being the wedge-buster on kickoffs got walk-on Aaron Penland early playing time.
NOVEMBER 18, 2018
Myles Farmer, a three-star defensive back from Atlanta, has committed to the Huskers fresh off his official visit. | Highlights & coverage | 2019 class | Discuss
Cashing in on good field position in crunch time made all the difference Saturday for the Huskers. More day-after analysis and commentary: Big-play seniors | BC’s Breakdown | McKewon’s rewind* | Selfless star | 5 burning questions | Carriker: 1, 2*
Running back Zach Weinmaster* from Colorado has accepted a Nebraska walk-on offer.
The Nebraska game is personal for the Hawkeyes’ Noah Fant and Keegan Render. | Iowa favored by 7.5
The firing of Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is now official.
See how the Huskers and Hawkeyes match up statistically.
Anatomy of an Era: Charlie McBride’s most satisfying accomplishment in coaching had nothing to do with the three national championships he had a hand in.
The Iowa Hawkeyes came to Lincoln averaging a gaudy 50 points per game, but Nebraska shut them out to cap a perfect 1913 season. It’s part of this week in Husker history.
NOVEMBER 17, 2018
Up next is Iowa, 63-0 winners Saturday at Illinois.
Nebraska 9, Michigan State 6. Barret Pickering’s three-fourth-quarter field goals and some key stops by Antonio Reed and the Blackshirts give the Huskers their first victory without a scoring touchdown since 1937. Get details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser
Here are images and video from the pregame tribute to Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler.
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco gets the nod for top-performing Husker assistant in Tad Stryker’s pregame fan survey.
Anatomy of an Era: Charlie McBride’s pregame speeches were legendary, but “I never planned on what I was gonna say. I just went in and said it.”
Can Nebraska continue its run of success on offense against Michigan State’s salty defense Saturday? Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2),* Detroit and Grand Rapids (1, 2). Commentary: Vogel, Rosenthal, Sipple, Shatel,* Hamar,* Callahan, Christopherson.
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NOVEMBER 16, 2018
Brandon Reilly’s game-winning catch against MSU in 2015 came on a route that was really supposed to be Stanley Morgan’s.
Lump sums have been paid to Mike Riley and Shawn Eichorst, but Bo Pelini* remains on Nebraska’s payroll for a few more months.
A Husker balloon* turned up this week on a New York beach.
Sparty’s defensive coordinator wants his players to feel disrespected by Nebraska fans’ friendliness.
Athlon Sports says these five Husker seniors will be missed the most. | Unheralded but admired
The MSU defense is well aware that Adrian Martinez is “not playing like a freshman.”
Anatomy of an Era: “Some kids it takes two years to really learn the stuff you’re trying to teach,” coach Charlie McBride says, “and some kids pick it up in two seconds.”
Steve Sipple marvels at Devine Ozigbo’s surprising rise.
Hail Varsity looks back at the 1995 Huskers’ 552-yard rushing performance at Michigan State. | Game page
NOVEMBER 15, 2018
Game-opening drives have been the Huskers’ strong suit since some early-season failures.
The early kickoff isn’t ideal for recruiting, but several uncommitted prospects will make official visits* Saturday.
Austin Rose says it was worth the five-year wait for his first carry as a Husker.
Scott Frost says the Spartans’ defense poses a stiff challenge: “We run it well, but this is going to be one of our biggest tests.” More from Thursday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
College Football News and Adam Carriker see Nebraska winning this one. | More predictions | Make your pick
Nebraska is looking for difference-makers, not depth, in recruiting the junior college* ranks.
Anatomy of an Era: Larry Townsend on the 1994 team’s national championship: “You couldn’t even explain the satisfaction, because of all those years losing to the Florida schools and then to finally be the team.”
NOVEMBER 14, 2018
The Blackshirts hope to keep their turnover trend going despite a change of pace in offenses.
Adrian Martinez has had an incredibly hot hand in game-opening drives.
The Spartans’ defense has confidence that stems from having already curtailed some potent offenses. | Vulnerable vs. spread?* | WR’s return a plus | Scouting MSU: 1, 2*
Nebraska athletics’ Graduation Success Rate reaches an all-time high of 90 percent.
JD Spielman has been limited in practice this week, and his status is day to day. More from Wednesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Mike Rozier will make an appearance Saturday at the Husker Nation Pavilion as part of ESPN’s Heisman House Tour.
Athlon Sports previews the game and sees the Huskers winning by a touchdown. | More predictions
Here’s the story of how a late Husker fan’s hat landed in the hands of Scott Frost.
Tanner Farmer* talks with Adam Carriker about what it means to be a Husker, the strongest players on the team, laying the foundation for future Nebraska success and more.
Anatomy of an Era: Defensive tackle Larry Townsend says of Charlie McBride, “If you were on any kind of high horse you’d get knocked off pretty quick.”
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Coach Mark Dantonio isn’t tipping his hand on who will be the Spartans’ starter at quarterback. | MSU notes
Husker Dan says winning the next two games would be something to get excited about.
Rob Zatechka says on Husker Doc Talk that the momentum is shifting in the Big Ten West.
Tre Neal says he has no regrets about leaving unbeaten UCF for Nebraska.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander expects the Blackshirts to be tested by Michigan State’s ground game after last week’s leaky outing against Illinois. More from Tuesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Colorado is reportedly parting ways with coach Mike MacIntyre, but the school’s AD says no decision has been made.
Ken Fischer, the second of four brothers to play at Nebraska in a 16-season span after World War II, has died at age 92.
Anatomy of an Era: Rush end Jared Tomich says practicing full-bore against the O-line was sometimes “half football and half boxing, but that’s what got us ready for Saturday.”
Tom Shatel says the Spartans and Huskers should play for a trophy honoring Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler.*
NOVEMBER 12, 2018
More than 350 veterans and guests packed the entrance at the stadium’s Gate 20 for the dedication of a new memorial commemorating Nebraskans’ World War I service. | Photos
Special glasses enable a legally blind fan to see the Huskers play for the first time.
Scott Frost says creating big plays against Michigan State’s defense will be a challenge. More from Monday’s presser here. | Updates & discussion
Devine Ozigbo is named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and Adrian Martinez is Freshman of the Week. | All-B1G for ’Zig?
Anatomy of an Era: Jared Tomich recalls that “Coach Osborne was happy for me when I got drafted, but Coach Osborne was proud of me when I got my degree.”
NOVEMBER 11, 2018
The day-after commentary and analysis focuses on the Huskers’ potent offense: Gabriel, McKewon,* Sipple, Heady,* Washut, Carriker.*
Michigan State has an uncertain situation at quarterback* heading into the Nebraska game. | Spartans slight favorites
Faith has helped JoJo Domann persevere through injuries and doubts.
The Michigan State game will have an 11 a.m. CST start and a Fox telecast. | Stats matchup
Anatomy of an Era: Charlie McBride gave him a chance as a Proposition 48 walk-on, and Jared Tomich ran with it.
In the game voted the most memorable of the home sellout streak, the 1978 Huskers upset Oklahoma, 17-14. It’s part of this week in Husker history.
NOVEMBER 10, 2018
Nebraska 54, Illinois 35. Points off turnovers are the big difference and Devine Ozigbo has a big day as the Huskers outscore the Illini. Details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Larabee photos | Postgame presser
Fans share their warm memories of bad-weather games in Tad Stryker’s pregame perspective.
Scott Frost discusses Adrian Martinez’s recruitment and development in this BTN feature.
On a wintry Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it’ll be a clash of teams that are clicking on offense but have had their struggles on defense. Get the Illinois-Nebraska pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2, 3), Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Grand Island (1, 2),* Peoria, Champaign (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6),* and Decatur. Commentary: Christopherson, Sipple, Shatel,* Callahan.
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NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Dave Feit gives the alternative uniforms a wholehearted thumbs up.
A Denver TV station looks back at Andy Janovich’s prowess as a high school wrestler.
Lamar Jackson is a big part of the defense’s turnaround in turnovers.
Adam Carriker weighs in on the alternate uniforms.*
Anatomy of an Era: “We just knew we were tough customers,” says defensive tackle Jason Scott Jenkins. “We got after them and sacrificed our body, truly got after people.”
NOVEMBER 8, 2018
True freshman Adrian Martinez’s growth in the leadership department has his older teammates’ attention.
Erik Chinander sees signs of progress in his defense that might not be evident to the untrained eye. | Special teams’ struggles | Tight ends’ strides
The Blackshirts are aiming to end the feel-good vibes about AJ Bush’s return to Lincoln soon after kickoff. | Know the foe
Kearney Catholic lineman Eli Richter announces he as accepted a Nebraska walk-on offer.
Here’s a look back at Memorial Stadium’s 1923 debut, when the Huskers wore blue. | Game page
Here are the Veterans Day activities and observances that will take place in and around Memorial Stadium.
Scott Frost says the Illini are “playing for a lot” and will come to Lincoln motivated and expecting to win. He says Saturday’s cold temperatures shouldn’t be a factor, but the wind might be. More from Thursday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Adam Carriker* previews the game and sees the Huskers winning by 13. | More predictions | Make your pick
Brandon Cavanaugh says the alternate uniforms that will be worn Saturday should be embraced, even though they’re not. | Mixed reviews
Anatomy of an Era: “In a million years I’d never think I’d be doing what I’m doing now,” says defensive tackle Jason Scott Jenkins, now a model and actor.
NOVEMBER 7, 2018
It’s a team effort* on Sunday and Monday nights when new plays are concocted by Scott Frost and his staff.
Scouting the Illini: An explosive offense is offset by a leaky defense.
Athlon expects a comfortable Nebraska win over Illinois, while College Football News sees a much tighter result.
The Vikings pick up Ameer Abdullah one day after the former Husker was waived by the Lions.
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is one of 53 nominees for the 2018 Broyles Award, which honors college football’s top assistant coach.
Husker offensive coordinator Troy Walters says Illinois is using “a whole different defense” after the recent resignation of its defensive coordinator. More from Wednesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen never got a scholarship but was never going to quit. “You are part of a whole. And the thing is, you do affect the whole when you drop off.”
NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Husker Dan tips his hat to the Huskers’ performance against Ohio State, but he also suspects something isn’t right in Columbus.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry speaks from experience when he encourages young teammates yearning for playing time to buy in and keep pushing.
The Detroit Lions waive former Husker running back Ameer Abdullah, a second-round draftee in 2015.
Illinois quarterback AJ Bush is trying to treat his return to Nebraska as “just another game.”
Is there value in moral victories? Dave Feit and Husker Doc Talk tackle the topic.
Erik Chinander says turnover drills are paying off, but the defense overall is still “not even close” to where it needs to be. More from Tuesday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
Adrian Martinez makes the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week.
Anatomy of an Era: Jacques Allen says the “renegades” and “knuckleheads” in his 1991 freshman class “really stepped it up and helped take it to the next level that Coach Osborne had always dreamed about.”
NOVEMBER 5, 2018
It’s highly unlikely* that a five-win Nebraska team could go to a bowl like in 2015.
Scott Frost says the offense and defense played well enough to beat Ohio State, but special teams were a different story. More from Monday’s press conference here. | Updates & discussion
The numbers show that the Husker offense is gaining efficiency as the season progresses. | Year Two ceiling
Adrian Martinez earns a share of Big Ten freshman of the week honors, and he’s 247Sports’ national true freshman of the week.
Time and TV for the Michigan State game won’t be set until this weekend.
Anatomy of an Era: Walk-on receiver Jacques Allen was a scout-team warrior with a considerable comedic streak.
NOVEMBER 4, 2018
The Huskers are making more and more plays on both sides of the ball, Jacob Padilla writes. More day-after commentary and analysis: Christopherson, Washut, McKewon,* Gabriel, Sipple, Heady,* Carriker (1,* 2).
The Illinois game will have an 11 a.m. start and a BTN telecast. | Stats matchup | Huskers favored
This week in Husker history: A narrow escape at Kansas in ’93; winless on TV in the 1950s; just four first downs in a 1938 victory.
NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Up next is Illinois, 55-31 winners Saturday over Minnesota.
Ohio State 36, Nebraska 31. The Buckeyes use a strong second half to hold off the Huskers after trailing by five points at halftime. Get details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser
See who did and didn’t make the roster for the Columbus trip. | Pregame observations
The Huskers are aiming to take down the Buckeyes on Saturday and reverse the overwhelming one-sidedness of the series’ recent history. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2),* Dayton, Cleveland, Columbus (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)* and Mansfield. Commentary: Vogel, Christopherson, Sipple, Shatel,* Lesmerises,* Oller,* Naveau, Callahan.
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NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Devine Ozigbo tops an AP list of most-improved Big Ten players.
Huskers over the Buckeyes? Athlon Sports outlines how it could happen.
Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray marvels that the program was “instilling leadership values in us and we didn’t even know it.”
NOVEMBER 1, 2018
Nebraska’s big-play* abilities have Ohio State’s attention. | Offensive prowess | Gains on ground* | Leaning on Martinez
Four-star all-purpose back Wandale Robinson, thought to be a future Husker until yesterday, commits instead to Kentucky. | What’s next: 1, 2
Scott Frost says the Huskers will go to Columbus believing they can win, which he said wasn’t the case at Ann Arbor in September. More from Thursday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion
What’s your prediction for Huskers vs. Buckeyes? | Athlon & Carriker* previews | More picks
Anatomy of an Era: Lance Gray was a missile on special teams. “You unscrew your head and take your brain out and just run as fast as you can and hit something. I had no sense back then.”