October 2018 fresh links
OCTOBER 31, 2018
Mobile Sports Report looks at what makes Memorial Stadium’s Wi-Fi network a success despite some architectural challenges.
Nebraska’s one-two punch at running back is working even if it didn’t happen by design.
Larry Culpepper* talks Husker football, his lost Dr Pepper job and more with Adam Carriker.
Anatomy of an Era: They called him Bullethead — walk-on fullback Lance Gray.
OCTOBER 30, 2018
With their hopes for a College Football Playoff berth still alive, the Buckeyes are aiming to rev up their disappointing run game.
Sam McKewon sees the Huskers as potential spoilers* in the race for the Big Ten title game.
An Ohio State site says Scott Frost could disrupt the Big Ten recruiting landscape.
Defensive coaches and players, including Ben Stille in a Blackshirt, talked after Tuesday’s practice about the challenge of facing Ohio State’s potent offense. Get all the coverage here. | Updates & discussion
Anatomy of an Era: “Particularly when teams came into Lincoln, they were already 21 points down,” Eric Stokes says. “You could really see it in their body language.”
OCTOBER 29, 2018
The O-line isn’t getting much attention lately, and that’s a good thing, Derek Peterson writes.
Anatomy of an Era: An injury and a benching made Eric Stokes’ time at Nebraska anything but smooth sailing, but “it challenged me for the better. Definitely for the better.”
OCTOBER 28, 2018
Nebraska’s special teams are making strides* after a dismal start to the season.
Former Husker QB Joe Ganz is impressed by what he’s seen from Adrian Martinez.
Pro Football Focus names Husker defensive back Deontai Williams to its national team of the week.
Anatomy of an Era: As an NFL scout, Eric Stokes has seen the dynamics of college practices change, and not for the better.
This week in Husker history: A game nobody could attend, a streak stopped by Texas, the death of “Train Wreck” Novak, and a Hail Mary win in Lincoln.
OCTOBER 27, 2018
Nebraska 45, Bethune-Cookman 9: The Huskers put the game away early and give plenty of action to substitutes in the second half. Get the details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Larabee photos | Postgame presser
Fans would like to see Noah Vedral get some playing time today, Tad Stryker’s pregame survey finds.
A traffic accident has claimed the life of a Cornhusker Marching Band member.
The Huskers are aiming to take care of business Saturday against FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island and Daytona Beach (1, 2). Commentary: Sipple, Vogel, Christopherson, Shatel,* Callahan.
OCTOBER 26, 2018
Ohio State will wear black uniforms against Nebraska on Nov. 3.
The “interim” tag is removed as former Husker Bobby Newcombe is named head coach at a Phoenix-area high school.
Nebraska’s seniors hope to leave a mark by being a springboard to future Husker success.
Coach Ryan Held likes the running game’s improvement but is continuing to push for more.
Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker never got along with Lawrence Phillips, “but I always admired the way T.O. never turned his back on Lawrence, never turned his back on any of his guys.”
OCTOBER 25, 2018
Fans explain their willingness to ride out* the Huskers’ rough start under Scott Frost.
Pass-rushers remain a priority for Nebraska on the recruiting trail.
Here are ticket and parking reminders for Saturday’s game.
Adrian Martinez earns Manning Award quarterback of the week honors.
Hail Varsity examines the Oregon influence on Scott Frost’s coaching philosophy.
Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker says the Thursday goal-line drills were epic: “It was like two beasts going after each other. And there were times I didn’t want to be in there.”
OCTOBER 24, 2018
He’s a man of few words, but senior linebacker Dedrick Young* is a role model to teammates and has the trust of his position coach.
How many more wins do the 2018 Huskers have in them? Husker Doc Talk takes up that and more.
Adam Carriker says Ben Stille’s Blackshirt decision is a sign that accountability* is taking root.
Anatomy of an Era: Michael Booker says he never had any run-ins with Charlie McBride only because “I was always scared he was gonna spit that dip that he had in his mouth on me.”
OCTOBER 23, 2018
Husker Dan likes the team’s trajectory and says Nebraska fans deserve a tip of the hat.
Analytics guy Bill Connelly says the Huskers are closer to a turnaround than their record suggests.
Four Huskers — Adrian Martinez, Maurice Washington, Devine Ozigbo and Stanley Morgan — make the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week.
The game and paycheck for Bethune-Cookman come at a time when the school is struggling financially.
Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey explains why he had “a little bit of a chip on my shoulder” when going up against Christian Peter in practice.
OCTOBER 22, 2018
“It means everything to me,” Lincoln Southwest kicker Dylan Jorgensen says of the Nebraska walk-on opportunity that he quickly accepted Saturday.
The Ohio State game will have an 11 a.m. CDT start and a Fox telecast.
Anatomy of an Era: Bill Humphrey says the O-line “took the approach that we were smart, we were athletic and we were tough. We didn’t get over-enthused, whereas on defense you played with a little more wild approach.”
OCTOBER 21, 2018
See Nebraska and Bethune-Cookman match up statistically.
Anatomy of an Era: Lineman Bill Humphrey saw life in the trenches from both sides of the ball.
Roscoe “Dusty” Rhodes is one of the reasons for Memorial Stadium’s name. His death 100 years ago and the stadium’s dedication five years later are both part of this week in Husker history.
OCTOBER 20, 2018
Next week’s opponent, Bethune-Cookman, drops to 4-4 with a 35-10 loss to North Carolina A&T.
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28. The Huskers start strong, fend off a Gopher comeback and then roll to Nebraska’s first win under Scott Frost with help from 100-yard rushing games from a trio of Huskers. Get details on the game page. | Highlights | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Larabee photos
Lincoln Southwest kicker Dylan Jorgensen has accepted a Husker walk-on offer.
Devine Ozigbo has been the season’s most pleasant surprise, according to Tad Stryker’s game-day fan survey.
The Huskers are aiming today to avoid the pitfalls that have kept them out of the win column so far this season. Here are the Minnesota-Nebraska pregame reads from Lincoln, Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2, 3),* Minneapolis (1, 2)* and St. Paul.* Commentary: Vogel, Sipple, Shatel,* Callahan.
OCTOBER 19, 2018
Here’s a look at who’s likely to redshirt and who’s not.
Statistical analysis indicates Nebraska is much better than its winless record suggests.
There’s hope that Nebraska’s pass rush will improve in the second half of the season, but pass coverage is another matter, Jacob Padilla writes.
Minnesota’s O-line is receiving a 400-pound boost from freshman Australian tackle Daniel Faalele.*
Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell’s catch was part of the last-second drama in the 1994 Orange Bowl. Despite the loss, “we knew we were the best, and people learned a new respect for Nebraska.”
OCTOBER 18, 2018
Much has changed in Lincoln since Minnesota ran all over Nebraska last season, even if the Huskers’ all-time win total remains the same.
Matt Davison sees progress* on the field and says the Huskers’ struggle is what happens when a culture needs to be rebuilt.
Anatomy of an Era: Trumane Bell says players “did things together all the time. It got to where we could tell what a teammate was going to do at a certain point because we were so in tune with each other.”
OCTOBER 17, 2018
The Minneapolis paper looks at the Huskers’ rough start* under Scott Frost.
Check out these highlight reels from the first half of the Huskers’ 2018 season.
Pro Football Focus names JD Spielman and Devine Ozigbo to its midseason All-Big Ten team.
You can aid a couple of good causes and celebrate the Broken Chair Trophy at the same time.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton and says Scott Frost remains a father figure to him and will “get that thing turned around” at Nebraska.
Athlon posts its midseason review of the Huskers.
Anatomy of an Era: “You had to come in and play hard, and pretty much all the guys recruited … were saying, ‘Nebraska’s not going to bring slouches in here,’” says receiver Trumane Bell.
Scott Frost is near the top of this ranking of Big Ten coaches who could survive a winless season.*
OCTOBER 16, 2018
Husker Dan thinks Nebraska will be motivated for revenge on the rodents.
The Huskers’ 1920s-style jersey is now available for purchase.
Erik Chinander breaks down what went wrong for the defense late in the Northwestern game, and he says the Huskers must improve in man coverage. Get all the news from Tuesday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
A look at scanned-ticket data indicates there have been fewer no-shows at Memorial Stadium this season.
How many wins* will the 2018 Huskers get? Adam Carriker runs down the rest of the schedule.
Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis recalls the tactics and personalities of coaches Charlie McBride and Kevin Steele.
OCTOBER 15, 2018
Lamar Jackson and Dedrick Young join Devine Ozigbo on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten team of the week.
Scott Frost says he’s happy with the program’s culture but wants to be sure the team doesn’t get comfortable with losing. Go here for all the coverage of Monday’s game-week presser. | Updates & discussion
The Bethune-Cookman game will have an 11 a.m. CDT start and a BTN telecast.
Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis says that with Tom Osborne, “it was always school first. And I’ve talked to other college players and they were, ‘School? What!?’”
OCTOBER 14, 2018
Devine Ozigbo makes the Pro Football Focus national team of the week.
Adrian Martinez* says he tries to “learn from each experience, but I’d rather learn through winning.”
Former Nebraska assistant Carl Pelini is named interim head coach at Bowling Green.
Anatomy of an Era: Phil Ellis took his lumps on the scout team against Will Shields. “I always thought Will was good, but when Will won the Outland Trophy I was like, ‘Oh, okay. I was going against the best!’”
There was no grass and the Huskers wore blue when Nebraska shut out Oklahoma, 24-0, ninety-five years ago in the first game played at Memorial Stadium. It’s part of this week in Husker history.
OCTOBER 13, 2018
Northwestern 34, Nebraska 31. The Huskers let one slip away as a 14-point fourth-quarter lead turns into an overtime loss in Evanston. Go to the game page for full coverage. | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Highlights
Scott Frost talks with ESPN about the Huskers’ 0-5 start what’s ahead.
Is this the week the Huskers finally break through into the win column? Get the Nebraska-Northwestern pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2)* and Grand Island (1, 2).* Commentary: Christopherson, Sipple, Vogel, Shatel,* Callahan.
OCTOBER 12, 2018
Nebraska and UCLA both are at risk this weekend of venturing into uncommon territory for Power 5 teams.
Anatomy of an Era: Aaron Davis says focusing on the fundamentals is a football lesson that carried over to his business and personal life.
OCTOBER 11, 2018
Now that football is off the table, Tre Bryant is pursuing a different dream.
Northwestern will be without three starters, two of them on defense, against Nebraska.
An Oregon columnist finds it refreshing that Oregon State is plucking players from Nebraska.
The OWH looks at why Nebraska is so bad at turning yards into points.*
Scott Frost provided injury updates, commented on college football’s transfer situation and said Nebraska has had its best week of practice yet. More from Thursday’s session here. | Updates & discussion
Anatomy of an Era: Walk-on receiver Aaron Davis says “we’d dominate teams so much because we would take it to each other in practice every day. And if you didn’t do it that way, you got your head knocked off.”
OCTOBER 10, 2018
Millard West defensive lineman Matt Huser* commits to the Huskers as a 2019 walk-on.
A back injury has former Husker Matt Slauson weighing his football future, but it could have been much worse.
If recent trends prevail, the home field won’t be much of an advantage for Northwestern.
Bob Diaco’s Oklahoma salary is a small fraction of what he earned at Nebraska.
Barton Simmons of 247Sports says the wins will soon come for Nebraska and two other beleaguered programs.
Adrian Martinez* talks with Adam Carriker about preparing for Northwestern and more.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald hopes Northwestern can handle success better than it did early in the season.
OCTOBER 9, 2018
Pro Football Focus places Maurice Washington and JD Spielman on its Big Ten team of the week.
Dr. Rob Zatechka says little differences will begin paying dividends, maybe even this season.
Husker Dan sees glimmers of hope in the Wisconsin loss.
The university extends its agreement with NeuLion, with plans to make Huskers.com an “all free model for live and on-demand high definition streamed content.”
Anatomy of an Era: Quarterback Ben Rutz played for Nebraska and against Nebraska.
OCTOBER 8, 2018
The Indianapolis Colts place former Husker offensive lineman Matt Slauson on injured reserve.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says the Wildcats need to revive their running game, which netted just 8 yards in the win over Michigan State.
Scott Frost confirms that tight end Cameron Jurgens is getting work on the offensive line, and he says the team is turning a corner in terms of attitude. Go here for all the coverage of Monday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
JD Spielman is named to the Pro Football Focus national team of the week.
Greg Bell confirms his departure from the Huskers and releases the list of schools Nebraska has barred as transfer destinations.
Brandon Vogel quantifies the toll that penalties have taken on the Huskers this season.
Anatomy of an Era: Notes and extras from the author as he moves from Volume 1 to Volume 2.
OCTOBER 7, 2018
This week in Husker history: Eighty-five years ago, the first NU-Texas game went all Nebraska’s way.
OCTOBER 6, 2018
Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 24. Scott Frost sees encouraging signs as the Huskers get a big game from JD Spielman and Adrian Martinez, but Nebraska falls to 0-5 as penalties again prove costly. Get the details on the game page. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser
Against long odds, Nebraska will try tonight for its first 2018 victory — and its first win at Wisconsin as a Big Ten school. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2), Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2),* Milwaukee (1, 2), Madison and Chippewa. Commentary: Vogel, Sipple, Shatel,* Callahan, Christopherson.
OCTOBER 5, 2018
Lincoln High defensive back Cam Kleinschmidt* has accepted a Nebraska walk-on offer.
Anatomy of an Era: Charlie McBride knew what to say, and “we’d leave that locker room literally crying, ready to kill for each other,” says defensive back John Reece.
OCTOBER 4, 2018
True freshman Bryson Williams, Wisconsin’s No. 2 nose tackle, says it feels like any other week as he gets set to face his hometown school.
Ron Brown says Scott Frost knows what “the greatest motivator on the planet” is.
Games at Camp Randall have become turning points* for the Huskers in recent years.
Devine Ozigbo worked hard in the offseason to change his game so he could be a better fit the new offense
Scott Frost says Nebraska will have to be efficient on offense Saturday, given the Badgers’ clock-consuming ways. He said he saw progress this week from the wide receivers and running backs. Get all the coverage from Thursday’s practice here. | Updates & discussion.
Wisconsin tight end Zander Neuville will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered this week in practice.
Even the coaches who used to get beaten badly by the Huskers are having difficulty grasping the state of the Nebraska program.
Adam Carriker isn’t happy that transferring after four games is becoming the new norm.*
Anatomy of an Era: The 1992 trip to Tokyo was life-altering for John Reece.
OCTOBER 3, 2018
Replacement tickets* are being issued this week for the Bethune-Cookman game.
Scott Frost is No. 10 on USA Today’s latest list of college football coaches’ pay.
Anatomy of an Era: Defensive back John Reece recalls that after the 1990 season, “people thought that Tom was just outdated and it was time to move on.”
OCTOBER 2, 2018
Rob Zatechka dives deep into discipline, coaching and culture in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
The OWH breaks down the Huskers’ woeful penalty numbers.*
Anatomy of an Era: Bruce Moore says the coaches in the early ’90s “really stepped it up” and made “solid changes, visible changes, rather than continuing to do what they’d been doing a long time.”
OCTOBER 1, 2018
Husker Dan is ready for Nebraska’s “Groundhog Day” role to end.
Scott Frost says the mistake-filled Purdue game opened players’ eyes to the importance of doing things right during the week. Get all the coverage from Monday’s press conference here. | Updates & discussion
JD Spielman gets Pro Football Focus’s highest Week 5 grade among Big Ten wide receivers.
Poll question: Will Nebraska turn things around against Wisconsin?
Bill Moos has added country club memberships for key Athletic Department fundraisers.
Anatomy of an Era: Before he was a Blackshirt, Bruce Moore was a walk-on who came close to walking away.