September 2017 fresh links
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
Another strong game from Central Florida fuels the Scott Frost conjecture.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
Nebraska 28, Illinois 6. The Huskers roll to a comfortable win on a big passing night from Tanner Lee and another solid defensive performance. Check the game page for coverage, highlights and more. | Stryker commentary | Postgame video | Highlights | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon recap
Here’s another breakdown of the Huskers’ running success last week.
It’s Friday football for the Huskers as they try to get back above .500 against a well-rested Illinois team. Here’s the pregame coverage from Lincoln (1, 2, 3),* Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Grand Island (1, 2), Decatur, Quad Cities and Champaign (1, 2, 3, 4). Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* Callahan
In this “Through These Gates” outtake, Tommie Frazier talks about leadership – and why he thinks people may view him as a jerk.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
The Friday night game created a Yom Kippur quandary for long snapper Jordan Ober.
Nebraska’s identity play from Saturday has an old-school moniker – Csonka – and Michael Decker was glad to be part of it.
It wasn’t called the Pipeline then, but the Husker O-line’s reputation surged in the 1980s with Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler and others leading the way.
Freshman JD Spielman’s role is rising* as other receivers are hit by injuries.
A year later, Michael Rose-Ivey has no regrets about deciding to kneel during the national anthem.
Corn Nation writer Brian Towle has passed away, and a fund has been established to help his family cover funeral expenses.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Welcome to the new HuskerMax. We have converted to a new publishing platform that should provide a better user experience across all devices. There are sure to be issues to iron out in the early going, so we appreciate your patience. Details here.
Husker Chalk Talk breaks down Nebraska’s draw plays.
Tre Bryant, Joshua Kalu and Marcus Newby will all miss the Illinois game with injuries. Stanley Morgan will travel but may be limited. More from Wednesday’s practice: Video | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3, 4 | McKewon recap
Nick Gates makes Pro Football Focus’ Big Ten Team of the Week.
Sam McKewon says there are history lessons* to keep in mind when assessing the 2017 season and Mike Riley’s future.
Chris Weber is named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.
Jason Peter says it’s essential that Blackshirts be earned, not given.
Larry the Cable Guy talks with Adam Carriker about Dave Rimington, Scott Frost and more.
Signing the right executive search firm could be key in landing Nebraska’s next athletic director.
Charlie McBride talks about the style of Husker legend Tom Osborne and how it helped him as a coach.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
The Huskers leaned heavily on the “duo” running play Saturday.
Speedy Illinois pass rusher James Crawford will make his 2017 debut against Nebraska after serving a three-game suspension.
Tale of the Tape breaks down some top plays from the Rutgers game.
Former Husker great Dave Rimington is named interim athletic director, and he says he’s there to help and to try to ”calm things down.” | Press conference video | Commentary: Carriker, Callahan, McKewon (1,* 2), Keeler | Gallery | Discuss
Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice discuss all things Huskers and assess whether things are getting any better.
A watch party will take place Friday night at Memorial Stadium for students, faculty and staff.
The PDF 2-deeps for the Illinois game are now ready for printing.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Tom Shatel sees upsides to going local* for the A.D. hire.
Devine Ozigbo talks about his return to major game action and more on the latest Carriker Chronicles
A case is made for bringing Trev Alberts aboard as athletic director.
Here’s a wrap-up of the weekend’s recruiting developments.
Mike Riley says Tanner Lee* needs to avoid bad choices, but improving the passing game isn’t solely up to the quarterback. More from the press conference Monday: Videos | Injury updates | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3 | Jaimes moves up | Depth chart | Pregame release
The Wisconsin game gets a 7 p.m. start and a BTN telecast.
Through These Gates, The Lost Tapes: Barry Switzer recalls getting the bird from hundreds of fans at once.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
The Blackshirts have strung together a solid 2½ games since the first-half debacle at Oregon.
Husker Dan weighs in on the game and last week’s developments.
See how Nebraska and Illinois match up statistically.
Hear the Big Red Replay recap and analysis of Saturday’s game.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska upsets Michigan in Ann Arbor in Bob Devaney’s second game as Husker head coach.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Nebraska 27, Rutgers 17. The Huskers take command with a 97-yard third-quarter drive and the Blackshirts clamp down in the second half. See the game page for details. | Stryker commentary | Postgame presser | Highlights | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon recap
Receiver Stanley Morgan is suited up but might not play, and Michael Decker appears set to start at center.
Tad Stryker’s pregame poll finds strong support for Shawn Eichorst’s firing.
A New Jersey scribe sees signs of trying times for the program on the streets of Lincoln on gameday.
On the first full weekend of Big Ten play, Dave Feit rolls out his predictions of how the East and West standings will shake out at season’s end.
The Huskers will try to right the ship against a Rutgers team whose last Big Ten win came nearly two years ago. Here are the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2, 3),* Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island (1, 2), Trenton and Newark. Commentary: Sipple,* Shatel,* Callahan, Dunleavy, Christopherson.
Gene Moody today will attend his 400th consecutive Husker home game, a streak that stretches back 62 years.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
A Husker football film reel from 70-plus years ago has been removed from a state unclaimed-property auction and will be returned to the owner, a granddaughter of Hall-of-Famer Clarence Swanson.
At Central Florida, Scott Frost addresses the rumblings from Nebraska boosters who want him to return to Lincoln.
Nebraska’s football program is valued at more than half a billion dollars, fourth in the Big Ten, in a finance professor’s analysis.
The last three weeks have put a damper on expectations about the Huskers’ season. Can the next three weeks turn that around?
Brenden Jaimes’ start against Rutgers will be a rarity* for a true freshman offensive lineman at Nebraska.
Sam McKewon analyzes the Eichorst era* and why it ended as it did
SI’s Pete Mundo says Nebraska must tap into its old Big 12 roots in order to get to the top of the Big Ten.
Brenden Stai and others assess Thursday’s shakeup and Saturday’s game in KLIN’s Friday pregame show.
Former Husker Keyuo Craver will be at the Rutgers pregame tailgate.
Steve Sipple revisits the lofty preseason projections* about Tanner Lee.
Adam Carriker goes over what Mike Riley must do to keep his job.
In the latest “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes, Milt Tenopir recalls the pride he felt in the 1994 Huskers’ win over Warren Sapp and Miami.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Tuesday afternoon football? It happened in 1920, and the opponent was Rutgers in Nebraska’s first East Coast trip.
Listen to the Unsportsmanlike Conduct discussion of Thursday’s events.
Former Husker Dave Rimington* has reportedly been approached about serving as interim athletic director.
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
EICHORST FIRED: Shawn Eichorst is ousted as Nebraska’s athletic director,* and the search* for his replacement is under way.* | “Not about Riley” | Press conference video | Possible candidates: 1,* 2, 3, 4* | Highs & lows | Timeline* | Reactions: Ex-Huskers & more | Poll: Yea or nay?
Carlos Davis is liking the strides made by twin brother Khalil.
A New Jersey columnist notes the differences in how a 1-2 start is received in Piscataway and Lincoln.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Nebraska’s wide receivers realize surer hands* will be needed against a Rutgers defense that can force opponents to air things out.
Jeremy Pernell asks, How hot should Mike Riley’s seat be?
Our printable 2-deeps and rosters for Saturday are available now.
HuskerMax’s move to a new system ran into some bugs Wednesday night, so we will try again later. Here are a few details.
The Washington Post weighs in on the state of the program.
A Florida columnist says Nebraska is no place for Scott Frost.
Cameron Jurgens and Bookie Radley-Hiles say their commitment* to Nebraska remains solid.
Nebraska without football? Charlie McBride shudders at the thought in the latest “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash has tasted victory against the Huskers five times as an Iowa State and Wisconsin assistant.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Scott Booker remains confident in De’Mornay Pierson-El on punt returns despite the senior’s “bad decisions” in the last two games.
Walk-on running back Wyatt Mazour is dealing with another “out-of-nowhere injury” but is still living his dream.
As an assistant to Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne was instrumental in establishing Nebraska’s recruiting roots in California.
Tanner Lee says the offense is motivated and focused on improving. On defense, Bob Diaco sees short- and long-term benefits from the rotation in the front seven. More from Tuesday’s practice: Videos | Audio | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | Photos: 1, 2*
Nebraska remains in the running for five-star recruit Micah Parsons.
The Blackshirts know their improvement Saturday wasn’t good enough.
Rob Zatechka takes stock of the state of the Huskers and Mike Riley’s job security in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
Nebraska is just the latest Big Ten victim of a MAC attack.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
Tom Shatel says the Huskers have talent but need more want-to.*
Ameer Abdullah earns Gruden Grinder honors on Monday Night Football.
Coach Mike Cavanaugh says poor communication along the O-line contributed to the offense’s struggles in the trenches Saturday. More from the Huskers’ practice Monday: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | Updates
The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy is making a comeback, and it will support a couple of good causes.
A hamstring injury will force linebacker Marcus Newby to miss the Rutgers game, and a broken bone in Matt Farniok’s wrist may force some O-line shuffling. Meanwhile, Mike Riley says he understands fans’ frustration and says, “We have all we need here to win.” More from Monday’s presser: Videos | McKewon recap | Mental battle | Christopherson’s 5 takes
HuskerOnline takes a deep dive into the Huskers’ deal with Adidas.
Barry Switzer recalls being a center in college and telling Dave Rimington about it in the latest Through These Gates: The Lost Tapes.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
Former Husker Keyuo Craver will be at the Rutgers pregame tailgate.
Chris Weber is honored with the 2017 Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship.
Nebraska tops this week’s Misery Index from USA Today.
This week in Husker history: Big wins 20 years apart over Alabama and Washington; Bob Devaney’s Nebraska coaching debut.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
Northern Illinois 21, Nebraska 17. A pair of pick-sixes and other miscues plague the Huskers in a jaw-dropping home loss. See the game page for coverage and commentary. | Postgame interviews | Stryker commentary | McKewon recap | Carriker gut reaction | Highlights | Husker Dan commentary
Tad Stryker’s pregame survey finds far more fan confidence in the offense’s skill positions than in the offensive line.
The Huskers are looking for a complete performance today against Northern Illinois but will have to overcome a couple of key injuries to pull it off. Get your pregame fix from the papers in Lincoln (1, 2, 3),* Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island, DeKalb and Rockford. Commentary: Hamar, Sipple,* Barfknecht,* Callahan, Bruntz.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
The family RV is rolling this weekend to see the Farniok brothers in action.
Les Miles* looks forward to his role in the TV booth Saturday.
Hall of Fame designation is “awe-inspiring” to Donnie McGhee.
The Broncos’ Jared Crick will have back surgery and miss significant time.
“Through These Gates” Lost Tapes: Charlie McBride looks back on what he learned about Nebraska after being hired in 1977.
Dave Feit recaps the Huskers’ ups and downs in Eugene.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Quarterback Gerry Gdowski’s stellar 1989 season would have been followed by a 1990 encore if he hadn’t chosen to forgo the redshirt.
From Sam McKewon, thoughts about Mike Riley’s mind-set* and more.
Execution, not scheme, was the main shortcoming for the Husker offense against Oregon, according to this analysis.
Former Huskers Allen Lyday and Ray Coleman are among those helping in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Husker Dan takes stock of the Huskers two games into the season.
Randy Theiss, who enters the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame this weekend, is proud to be part of Husker lore.
Ameer Abdullah talks about Tre Bryant and more on the Jim Rome show.
Pro Football Focus’s Josh Liskiewitz lists the good and not so good performance grades among the Huskers thus far in 2017.
The OWH’s Tom Shatel says Nebraska is fumbling the ball by pulling the plug on Black Friday* games.
Mick Stoltenberg discuss the 3-4 defense, the first two games and remaining goals this year with Adam Carriker.
Milt Tenopir talks smashmouth football in the latest “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
Our printable 2-deeps and rosters for Saturday are available now.
Here’s an X’s-and-O’s look at Nebraska’s running game in Eugene.
Donté Williams says his cornerbacks’ growing pains are no excuse: “It’s me as a coach, and us as a staff to make sure they’re always prepared.”
Pro Football Focus places Nick Gates, Luke Gifford and Mick Stoltenberg on its Big Ten Team of the Week.
Rob Zatechka and Travis Justice tackle a lot of the questions fans have about the first two games in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
“Air Osborne”: A look at Dr. Tom’s role with Bob Devaney’s offense.
Bookie Radley-Hiles after his trip to Clemson: “There will be more visits. … And I’ll continue to evaluate each one fairly.”
SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
A special prize awaits the winner of HuskerMax’s score prediction contest for the Wisconsin game.
Nebraska has ditched any notion of a running back rotation,* and that has left Devine Ozigbo in the cold.
Donnie McGhee, soon to enter the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, slimmed down before becoming an All-Big Eight-caliber O-lineman.
Barry Switzer talks about the Oklahoma-Nebraska game that haunts him the most in the latest “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes.
The Huskers’ identity* remains a work in progress after a pair of games marked by wild inconsistency.
Tre Bryant’s knee issue will be monitored this week, and Joshua Kalu and David Knevel are considered doubtful for Saturday’s game. More from Monday’s press conference: Videos | OWH recap | About the I-backs: 1, 2,* 3 | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3, 4 | Commentary: Christopherson, Smith, Shatel*
The Rutgers game gets a 2:30 p.m. start and a BTN telecast.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
The Huskers’ attitude change* in the second half was a silver lining to the loss in Eugene.
This week in Husker history: In a battle of No. 2 vs No. 3, Steve Taylor has a record-setting day as Nebraska rolls past UCLA.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
Oregon 42, Nebraska 35. The Huskers claw back in the second half, but a late interception ends their chances of overcoming a 28-point halftime deficit. See the game page for details. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser | McKewon recap | Carriker gut reaction | Big Red Replay
Next week’s opponent, Northern Illinois, wins 38-10 over Eastern Illinois.
It’s a chance for the Huskers to make a statement as underdog Nebraska faces Oregon and its high-powered offense. Get the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2, 3),* Omaha (1, 2),* Grand Island, Portland and Eugene.* Commentary: Sipple,* Shatel,* Hamar, Woody,* Callahan, Canzano, Huskers Illus.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2017
Here are a few scenes as players and fans descend on Oregon.
With Eugene’s air quality improving, no changes to Saturday’s kickoff time are expected.
The NFL suspends former Husker kicker Josh Brown for six more games.
Matt Farniok is ready to step in at right tackle if needed.
Dave Feit reviews the good and bad from the Arkansas State game.
It’s Mike Riley’s chance for one final win* in Oregon.
Charlie McBride talks about his relationship with Tom Osborne in the latest “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017
Tre Bryant had a breakout game at I-back, but he says “all our running backs have that ability to go out and do that same thing.”
Our printable 2-deeps and rosters for the Oregon game are available now.
The Ducks and Huskers are also going head to head in recruiting.*
The Huskers look to the sail concept for big plays in the passing game.
Mike Riley gave two Oregon assistants their big breaks in coaching.
Hail Varsity identifies five Huskers who must come up big Saturday.
Oregon’s ascent had similarities to Nebraska’s, Tom Shatel writes.
Nebraska’s Bob Diaco and Oregon’s Willie Taggart need no introduction.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
Slot receiver JD Spielman could be set for a vital role* against Oregon.
It was an 8½-day road trip in mid-semester when the Huskers first traveled to the state of Oregon for a game 101 years ago.
Donnie McGhee was afraid he might be a career backup, but now he’s entering the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
Travis Justice and Rob Zatechka break down the upcoming Oregon game, the Nebraska defense and more in the latest Husker Doc Talk.
Tommie Frazier looks back on his best play as a Husker — and it might not be the one you think it is.
ESPN’s Mitch Sherman says we’ll soon know if Nebraska is progressing.
Mike Riley will have some longtime friends rooting against him Saturday.
Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt liked what he saw in Oregon’s opener.
There’s a Nebraska-vs.-Oregon element when brothers Drew and Reed Brown engage in some sibling rivalry.
The special teams* saw “a lot of scenarios” in an up-and-down opener.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
Mike Riley discusses the game and more on an Oregon radio show.
Hail Varsity analyzes Arkansas State’s success with screen passes.
BTN’s Tom Dienhart gives three keys to a Husker win over Oregon.
Pro Football Focus places three Huskers on its Big Ten team of the week, and Deontre Thomas is one of PFF’s 10 freshmen of the week nationally.
Tom Osborne looked for head coaching jobs elsewhere before he was tapped as Bob Devaney’s successor. Mike Babcock looks back.
Husker Dan recaps the encounter with the Red Wolves.
Air-quality concerns in Oregon could force a change in the game time and/or date.
Charlie McBride talks with Adam Carriker about Bob Diaco’s debut, coaching from the field, how the Blackshirts can improve and more.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
Tom Shatel says the 2020 schedule needs a big name,* like Alabama.
Saturday’s game was a mixed bag* for the offensive line.
Bob Diaco responds to criticism* of his postgame no-show and says he has “never run away from anything” in his life. More from Monday’s practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5* | Updates | Sipple’s thoughts*
Charlie McBride says the Blackshirts will improve, and he remembers well the growing pains that come with a defensive transition.
Tom Osborne discusses the importance of the walk-on program in the latest installment of the “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
The Portland paper previews the Nebraska-Oregon game and predicts a 49-45 win for the Ducks.
Nate Gerry and Brandon Reilly are added to NFL practice squads.*
There’s still time to enter the Nebraska Football Over/Under Challenge.
This week in Husker history: Eyeing a third consecutive national championship, Nebraska is No. 1 in the preseason AP poll.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
Nebraska 43, Arkansas State 36. The Huskers survive a late scare and a leaky defensive performance to defeat the Red Wolves in a shootout. See the game page for coverage. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | McKewon recap | Carriker gut reaction | Postgame presser | Big Red Replay
Tad Stryker’s pregame fan survey on the streets of Lincoln finds expectations up slightly from a year ago.
Husker coaches are wearing “BE” sleeve patches to honor Bob Elliott.
It’s a team with major components in transition as the 2017 season begins for Nebraska against Arkansas State. Get the pregame reads from Lincoln (1, 2),* Omaha (1, 2, 3),* Grand Island and Little Rock. Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* Hamar, Callahan, Christopherson, Huskers Illus.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
The deadline is near for entering Californians for Nebraska’s drawing for tickets and lodging for the Wisconsin game.
Aaron Taylor & Rob Zatechka recall the dominance of NU’s 1990s O-lines.
Former Husker Will Shields has shed nearly 50 pounds after receiving a prediabetes diagnosis.
Despite its success stories, the 3-4 defense is still in the minority.
A season opener against Purdue* might be in the works for 2020.
Nebraska’s home-field advantage is No. 37, according to ESPN analytics.
In the latest installment of the “Through These Gates” Lost Tapes, Tommie Frazier talks about what it means to be a Husker legend.
Jeremy Pernell previews the season and sees 8 or 9 wins as likely.