October 2020 fresh links
OCTOBER 31, 2020
Receiver Guy Ingles was a record-setter for the 1970 Huskers, but an off-the-field catch is what he treasures most.
Jailen Weaver, a 6-foot-7 defensive end from California, announces his commitment to the Huskers. | Coverage & highlights | 2021 class | Discuss
Nebraska will face a division-leading Northwestern team next week after the Wildcats’ 21-20 win Saturday over Iowa.
Bill Moos says the Big Ten presidents gave thorough consideration to the Huskers’ proposal to schedule a nonconference game. | Sipple: Pushing the envelope
The Huskers get a walk-on commitment from Omaha Creighton Prep defensive back AJ Collins.
Former Husker Tristan Gebbia has been named Oregon State’s starter at quarterback.
Illinois’ No. 2 quarterback, Brandon Peters, is sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19. He’ll be eligible to return for the Nov. 21 game at Nebraska.
Night of the Living Red: Tom Shatel recalls the Huskers’ 52-7 trampling of Colorado on Halloween of 1992. | Game page | Halloween gallery
Longtime fans such as Rod Hansen (379 consecutive home games) will miss the rhythm of game day this season.
Nebraska’s front seven is off to a promising start in stopping the run.
1970 Day by Day: Jeff Kinney’s 79-yard kickoff return takes the air out of a Colorado comeback, and the Huskers beat the Buffs, 29-13.
OCTOBER 30, 2020
Northern Iowa inside linebacker Chris Kolarevic announces he’ll join the Huskers next semester as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility.
Last Saturday’s game saw ample participation by the 2019 and ’20 recruiting classes.
From Dave Feit, a rebuttal to national columnist Dan Wetzel. | Chatelain: Stop the “woe is us” | Carriker: B1G mistake | Christopherson: Win here now
1970 Day by Day: The erratic but talented Buffaloes are not being taken lightly as the Huskers get set for Halloween in Boulder.
OCTOBER 29, 2020
It’s painfully evident that independent thinking doesn’t stand a chance against the Big Ten overlords, Tad Stryker writes. More commentary: McKewon, Shatel, Sipple, Wetzel, Bonesteel,* Forde, Kiszla,* Ervin
BTN’s Gerry DiNardo says Scott Frost “needs something that says, ‘We’ve stopped the bleeding.’”
Before he was a Husker, Brenden Jaimes was just a “tough, nasty, competitive dude” at Texas power Lake Travis.
Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt is continuing to call for a re-examination of college football’s targeting rules.
The Big Ten has said no to a proposed nonconference game Saturday between Nebraska and Tennessee-Chattanooga. | Discuss | Home-opener roulette
1970 Day by Day: Quarterback Jerry Tagge is injured in practice, but it doesn’t keep him off the 47-man travel roster for the game in Boulder.
OCTOBER 28, 2020
Steven M. Sipple says the Big Ten ought to allow the Huskers to arrange a nonconference game Saturday. More commentary on the cancellation: Shatel, Chatelain, Vogel, Carriker
Another year, another canceled game for Scott Frost. | More hits to come? | B1G tiebreakers, etc. | Alvarez video
The Wisconsin game is canceled as the Badgers have opted to pause all football activities for seven days. Head coach Paul Chryst is among those testing positive for COVID-19. | Discuss
The 1970 coaching staff had everything to do with the team’s breakthrough season. | Photo
Recent games in the series indicate the Badgers’ quarterbacks aren’t central to Wisconsin’s winning streak against Nebraska.
1970 Day by Day: Colorado installs more than 1,000 extra bleacher seats for the sold-out game against Nebraska.
OCTOBER 27, 2020
College Football News previews the game and has Wisconsin winning by six. | More predictions
Husker Dan sorts out the good and the bad from the game in Columbus.
Wisconsin is reportedly close to the COVID-19 threshold that would force Saturday’s game to be canceled. | Big Ten’s standards: 1, 2
While Wisconsin is scrambling at the quarterback position, the Huskers hope to have receiver Omar Manning and linebacker Luke Reimer in action Saturday. Go here for video and coverage of Tuesday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has reportedly tested positive a second time for COVID-19, and No. 4 QB Danny Vanden Boom might get the call against Nebraska.
Urban Meyer sees Nebraska lacking in “playmakers around the quarterback.”
A Hail Varsity film study tracks the Huskers’ two-quarterback snaps against the Buckeyes.
See how former Huskers fared in Week 7 of NFL play.
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers are double-digit favorites as they prepare for Colorado, but Bob Devaney warns that the 3-3 Buffs are “as tough as anybody” when they don’t give the ball away.
OCTOBER 26, 2020
Dr. Rob Zatechka was disappointed in Saturday’s score, but not with the Huskers’ offensive and defensive lines. | Carriker on 2 QBs
Monday Morning Quarterback: Was Saturday’s game progress or a step back?
Scott Frost says young players in the secondary will need to step up against Wisconsin given Nebraska’s first-half suspensions. Go here for more from Monday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
The Northwestern game will have at 11 a.m. CST start and a BTN telecast.
1970 Day by Day: Seniors Bob Newton and Jerry Murtaugh make it clear the Huskers expect to win out and hope to have a shot at No. 1 come January.
OCTOBER 25, 2020
Sam McKewon says the Huskers are finally looking like a Big Ten team in the trenches, and Parker Gabriel sees promise in Nebraska’s versatility on offense. More day-after commentary and analysis: Washut, Peterson, Husker Mike, Christopherson, Cavanaugh
Former Husker assistant George Darlington says targeting fouls are a pendulum that has swung too far.
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus and is awaiting a second test. | Discuss
Check out the new feature on sports odds.
The Huskers open as 9-point underdogs to Wisconsin.
This week in Husker history: Hanging a hundred on Creighton; Bill Jennings’ infamous words; a nail-biter over Missouri in 1965.
1970 Day by Day: The romp over Oklahoma State vaults the Huskers to the top of the Big Eight charts in rushing offense and scoring offense. | Knockout punches
OCTOBER 24, 2020
Sam Koch once thought the NFL was a long shot, but now the former Husker punter has set a record for longevity with the Ravens.
The 1970 team’s Paul Rogers and Jeff Hughes did the kicking and punting but were athletic enough to do much more.
Ohio State 52, Nebraska 17. The Buckeyes seize control late in the first half and don’t look back, and two targeting ejections leave the Huskers thin in the secondary. Go to the game page for all the coverage. | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Highlights | Carriker gut reaction | Fanalytix stats breakdown
1970 Day by Day: Piling up the most points by a Cornhusker team since 1922, Nebraska swamps Oklahoma State, 65-31.
OCTOBER 23, 2020
Next week’s opponent, Wisconsin, crushes Illinois, 45-7, behind a nearly perfect starting debut by quarterback Graham Mertz.
Nebraska helmet stickers will pay tribute to George Flippin, the program’s first African American player.
Dave Feit’s five questions and Steven M. Sipple’s three thoughts both start with the quarterbacks.
The Buckeyes will be without 12 players against Nebraska, according to Ohio State’s status report. | Key matchups | Talent imbalance
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska and Oklahoma State get ready to tangle. Will the Cowboys capitalize on their extra week to prepare?
OCTOBER 22, 2020
Offensive line coach Greg Austin confirms that redshirt freshman Bryce Benhart will start at right tackle, and he has more to say about his position group. | Audio
Husker co-captain Kade Warner is the “nut” of the family — just ask his mom.
Former coach Jim Walden recalls Bob Devaney’s way with people that helped drive his success.
Get to know more about future Husker Heinrich Haarberg.
Husker walk-on punter Sami Khawja’s name is now appearing in the transfer portal.
Scott Frost says Connor Culp will be the starting kicker Saturday and William Przystup will be the punter. Go here for video and coverage of Thursday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
The Athletic Department’s official posters for the Huskers are digital-only this year and downloadable here.
Athlon Sports previews the game and has the Buckeyes winning 45-17. | More predictions
1970 Day by Day: Oklahoma State’s deceptive “Mickey Mouse” kickoff return has the Huskers’ attention. Bob Devaney says it’s not always executed legally.
OCTOBER 21, 2020
Former Husker defensive back Chris Jones is signed by the Detroit Lions.
Year 3 for Scott Frost has potential for much-needed progress in the trenches.
The Nebraska-Ohio State kinship off the field could turn into something special on the field if the Huskers do their part, Tom Shatel writes. | Sipple: Strange allies
The Buckeyes are preparing for the unexpected* when it comes to defending against Wan’Dale Robinson.
The talent gap between Ohio State and Nebraska is big, but it wasn’t always that way. | Klatt: Foundational rebuild
Check out the new feature that will be added starting with the OSU game.
Husker Power was in its infancy during the 1970 championship season, but Boyd Epley already had Nebraska ahead of the curve.
Omaha and Lincoln sports bars are gearing up for what they hope will be a safe but good turnout on game day.
An Ohio scribe points out the divergent fortunes* of the programs in Columbus and Lincoln. | OSU preview
1970 Day by Day: Oklahoma State has a potent passing game, and Bob Devaney says the Huskers will need to use more man coverage than usual.
OCTOBER 20, 2020
Bill Moos says track and field workouts are on hold because of a “large number” of positive COVID-19 tests. | 4,000 fan cutouts sold | Audio
College Football News previews the game and picks the Buckeyes by 24. | More predictions | Invincible OSU?
Mayors from a dozen Big Ten college towns, but not Lincoln, are asking the conference to enact additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 during game days. | Celebrating safely
Coach Ryan Held says Ronald Thompkins is the top backup to Dedrick Mills at running back. Go here for video and coverage of Tuesday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Linebacker and former Navy SEAL Damian Jackson is one of 38 nominees for the 2020 Armed Forces Merit Award.
ESPN’s Bill Connelly previews the Big Ten West and sees Nebraska as “a much-improved, top-30 caliber team” that goes 4-4 due to a difficult schedule.
Hail Varsity looks at the Huskers’ task of establishing a running game against Ohio State. | 5 individual matchups
1970 Day by Day: The Huskers rise to No. 4 in the AP poll, and Ed Periard returns to practice.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Do you take Nebraska +27 against Ohio State?
OCTOBER 19, 2020
Penn State running back Journey Brown could miss the 2020 season because of an unspecified medical condition.
Adrian Martinez will be the Huskers’ starting quarterback Saturday at Ohio State, but Scott Frost says he has “two guys that are playing at a really high level.” Go here for video and coverage of Monday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
The first official pregame notes are here, but fans hoping for a depth chart will have to wait.
The Wisconsin game will have a 2:30 p.m. CDT start and an FS1 telecast.
Former Husker Noah Vedral is the co-No. 1 at quarterback on Rutgers’ depth chart.
Here are perspectives from Buckeye country on the Huskers and the game. | Empty Horseshoe
1970 Day by Day: Quarterback Van Brownson is the unanimous pick for Big Eight Back of the Week after the win at Kansas.
Wan’Dale Robinson is the only Husker in a ranking of top 20 Big Ten players on offense.
OCTOBER 18, 2020
Coach Greg Austin’s bigger voice in the offense ranks as one of the season’s most interesting storylines, Steven M. Sipple writes. | Peterson’s 5 predictions | McKewon’s crib sheet | Washut’s burning questions | Athlon’s bold predictions
A couple of deep-dive player profiles: Dicaprio Bootle and Wan’Dale Robinson.
This week in Husker history: The Notre Dame series begins with a 1915 game that hinged on missed and made extra points.
1970 Day by Day: Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to the Huskers’ passing. | Tagge-Brownson tandem
OCTOBER 17, 2020
Steven M. Sipple has a dozen predictions for the 2020 season, including the end of a bad streak.
The co-captains for 2020: Adrian Martinez, Collin Miller, Matt Farniok, Dicaprio Bootle and Kade Warner.
It’s been a nonstop effort by Husker staffers as they work to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.
Tom Shatel has some measuring sticks for the Huskers in this unusual and challenging season.
1970 Day by Day: A 10-point lead suddenly turns into a 10-point deficit, but Nebraska shrugs it off for a 41-20 win at Kansas. | Wealth of depth
OCTOBER 16, 2020
Bill Moos talks Black Friday, his Zoom-centric existence and more.
Penn State, opponent No. 4 for Nebraska, is loaded on offense but rebuilding on defense. | Minnesota a contender?
Athlon ranks the Huskers by position group, and the defensive secondary comes out on top.
1970 Day by Day: The Jayhawks felt they were robbed in 1969 against Nebraska, and that could give them extra inspiration this time around.
OCTOBER 15, 2020
Husker historian Paul Jacobsen explains the “emotion” behind listening to 1970 Nebraska football games.
Inside, outside or both? Erik Chinander says on the radio that the staff is weighing where to play linebacker Nick Henrich. | More | Audio
Bill Moos says he will keep fighting to allow fans to attend Husker home games this season.
Matt Lubick says QBs Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey “both can win for us,” and a decision on who will start is coming “very soon.” Go here for more from Thursday’s presser, plus more than three minutes of footage from practices. | Updates & discussion
The Huskers open as three-touchdown underdogs against Ohio State.
At age 71 and with a $1 salary, former Husker volunteer assistant Joe Moglia still has a hand in Coastal Carolina’s success.
1970 Day by Day: Jerry Tagge or Van Brownson? Bob Devaney remains undecided about who will start at quarterback against Kansas. | Two top- notch QBs
OCTOBER 14, 2020
Take a look at some scenes from practice in this newly released video.
As expected, the NCAA is waiving win requirements for bowl eligibility this seasaon.
On the day after it was announced, the Ohio State game watch party at Pinnacle Bank Arena has been called off due to COVID-19 concerns. | Saban tests positive
Husker center Cam Jurgens has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Scott Frost took a $166,667 salary cut on top of the unspecified amount he donated back to the university.
Offenses have been lighting it up in 2020, and Nebraska may have a new wrinkle or two to keep pace. More from Tuesday’s presser is continuing to arrive here.
Athlon lists five walk-ons to watch this season.
1970 Day by Day: Bob Devaney is wary of Kansas’ ample speed on offense, and he’s no fan of the Big Eight’s 47-man travel limit.
OCTOBER 13, 2020
Tad Stryker says the Huskers might benefit from the relative seclusion they’re operating in this year.
The New York Jets have signed former Nebraska cornerback Lamar Jackson to the active roster, and Prince Amukamara has been signed to the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.
Check out this teaser video showing a possible alternate uniform for the 2020 Huskers. | Discuss
Scott Frost says the pecking order at QB isn’t clear yet, with Adrian Martinez and Luke McCaffrey both “playing well.” Go here for video and coverage of Tuesday’s presser. | Updates & discussion
Pinnacle Bank Arena will host a watch party for the opener against Ohio State.
1970 Day by Day: Three Huskers miss practice Tuesday, and Nebraska’s passing game gets extra attention.
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OCTOBER 12, 2020
Kelen Meyer, a placekicker from Ord, accepts a Nebraska walk-on offer.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Is 500 yards per game doable for the Husker offense?
Here’s a rundown of how former Huskers fared in Week 5 of NFL action.
The digital-only 2020 Husker media guide is now available for viewing and downloading. | Updated roster
The Iowa game gets a Black Friday slot on Fox or FS1. Time TBA.
Athlon ranks the Huskers’ schedule as the toughest in the Big Ten.
1970 Day by Day: As the Blackshirts draw praise, Bob Devaney guards against overconfidence.
OCTOBER 11, 2020
Steven M. Sipple says Dedrick Mills is poised to take full advantage of his opportunity as the Huskers’ “bell cow” running back.
Running back Ronald Thompkins and nose tackle Damion Daniels appear to be welcome surprises thus far in preseason practice.
1970 Day by Day: Kansas, with a surprisingly potent offense and bruising runner John Riggins, is up next for Nebraska.
This week in Husker history: Winning with just five first downs in 1960, and knocking off a top-five team on the road in 1985.
OCTOBER 10, 2020
Ty Robinson and others on the defensive line will be starting the season in “the deep end of the pool.” | Inside LBs key
It feels like Adrian Martinez’s career is starting anew, Tom Shatel writes. | Thick skin
Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff show will be live from the Horseshoe the morning of Nebraska’s opener at Ohio State.
1970 Day by Day: The Blackshirts come up big and Van Brownson takes over at quarterback as Nebraska downs Missouri, 21-7. | Physical win | A first-place vote
OCTOBER 9, 2020
Check out this footage from practice released Friday morning.
1970 Day by Day: Five inches of wet snow wallops Lincoln the day before the Missouri game, but the new artificial turf makes it a non-issue.
OCTOBER 8, 2020
Former Husker cornerback Prince Amukamara is reportedly set to join the Arizona Cardinals.
The competition at quarterback and running back was the focus Thursday as coaches and players talked with the media after practice. Go here for video and coverage. | Updates & discussion
Dave Walline’s big hit half a century ago was emblematic of the Nebraska-Missouri rivalry. | ’69 frosh a talent trove
TCU’s JD Spielman discusses his exit from Nebraska: “It was hard to get up and leave that.”
1970 Day by Day: “I have an idea that they’ll be ready to play,” coach Bob Devaney says after his Huskers practice for the Missouri game in wet, chilly weather.
Husker Dan says the Big Ten’s COVID-19 testing limits could do great damage to Nebraska’s walk-on program.
OCTOBER 7, 2020
Scott Frost discusses receiver Omar Manning, the quarterbacks and more on Sports Nightly. | Audio
Tim Gay, Nebraska’s football-physics expert, has solved the conundrum of why a well-thrown football behaves the way it does.
1970 Day by Day: Dislocated fingers won’t keep center Doug Dumler out of the Missouri game.
OCTOBER 6, 2020
Chris Klieman’s new contract at Kansas State has Steven M. Sipple wondering if eight-win incentives would fly at Nebraska.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Which of Scott Frost’s coordinators faces the greatest pressure to produce in 2020?
Players and coaches from the defense fielded questions from the media after Tuesday’s practice. Got here for coverage and video. | Updates & discussion
The table appears set for long-sought production at tight end.
1970 Day by Day: An intestinal ailment makes the rounds as the Huskers prepare for Missouri.
OCTOBER 5, 2020
Six years later, Jake Cotton can still laugh about his one-of-a-kind false start against Michigan State.
Less than three weeks before game day, a number of logistical questions remain unanswered.
James Carnie, tight end from Norris High School south of Lincoln, announces he’s received a long-awaited scholarship offer from Nebraska. | Remote recruiting
Athlon’s under-the-radar storylines for the Huskers’ preseason practices include the snap distribution at quarterback. | Alante Brown steps up
1970 Day by Day: Bob Devaney says scoring won’t be easy against Missouri. A bonfire is lit in anticipation of the big game.
OCTOBER 4, 2020
Steven M. Sipple says the limited but energized crowd Saturday night at Iowa State shows what the Big Ten will be missing. | McKewon on assistants’ role
Check out former Husker punter Sam Koch’s pass for a first down for Baltimore vs. Washington.
Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan is out indefinitely after injuring a foot in practice.
1970 Day by Day: With Minnesota out of the way, up next is nemesis Missouri, winners of three straight against Bob Devaney’s Huskers.
The Huskers’ return to full-pads practice ends a 10-month drought.
This week in Husker history: Heartbreaking losses to Florida State (1980), Texas Tech (2005) and Wisconsin (2015).
OCTOBER 3, 2020
Part of Ohio State’s practice Saturday was open to the media. Here’s a report.
Long known for its running backs, the Big Ten is teeming with quality wideouts this season.
1970 Day by Day: Nebraska racks up 21 points and 200-plus yards in the first quarter en route to a 35-10 win at Minnesota. | Osborne and the I formation
OCTOBER 2, 2020
Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame pitcher from Omaha, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 84.
Scott Frost says cornerback Braxton Clark is likely to miss the season because of a shoulder injury. Go here for more from Friday’s press conference. | Updates & discussion
Nebraska vs. Ohio State is three weekends away. Here’s a preview of the potent Buckeyes.
1970 Day by Day: The stage is set for a tough battle between the Huskers and Minnesota despite the Gophers’ underdog status and Nebraska’s recent mastery in the series.
OCTOBER 1, 2020
Former Husker cornerback Lamar Jackson has been elevated from the Jets’ practice squad to the active roster.
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubik says Adrian Martinez is the starter at quarterback but that competition is ongoing between him and Luke McCaffrey. Go here for coverage of Thursday’s press conference and 4K video from practice. | Updates & discussion
The Huskers announce the Sea of Red Campaign for virtual attendance at Memorial Stadium. | Discuss
Ben Stille is one of 199 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy.
Former Husker linebacker Lavonte David is named the NFC’s defensive player of the month.
1970 Day by Day: An improved injury situation is reflected in the makeup of the Huskers’ 51-man travel roster for the Minnesota game.