September 2021 fresh links
SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
Assistant coaches Sean Beckton and Barrett Ruud received $25,000 pay raises* earlier this year.
Check out the new TWO55 Collection of Tom Osborne-themed merchandise, with half of royalties going to the TeamMates mentoring program.
Scott Frost says he likes Adrian Martinez’s toughness and the offensive line’s week of work. Go here for more from Thursday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
A Hawaii linebacker* will make an official visit* for Saturday night’s game.
Sign up for the HuskerMax-CigarZ golf tournament on Oct. 10th in Lincoln.
The Huskers might have found a game-management blueprint* worth sticking with, even though it differs from Scott Frost’s initial vision.
Frank Beamer and Bill Snyder talk with the OWH about what it takes make special teams* shine.
The LJS* and OWH* scout the 2-2 Wildcats, who have started three different quarterbacks over four games.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
On the radio, Athletic Director Trev Alberts goes over what has impressed him and what still needs work* with the regular season nearly half over. | Stadium issues | B1G issues* | Honoring Solich? | Video
Anemic first-quarter scoring* is high on Nebraska’s fix-it list.
Nebraska isn’t alone in the Big Ten in playing defense* at a high level.
Jon Kelley, reserve Husker I-back in the 1980s, has had a full post-football life as a sports journalist, television host and producer.
College Football News previews the Northwestern game and picks the Huskers by 10. | More predictions
Ben Stille is named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell scholar-athlete trophy.
Here is a rundown of how former Huskers fared in the third week of NFL play.
“You’re dealing with bad blood”: Bo Pelini recalls Nebraska’s lame-duck season of 2010 and says things will be rough for Texas and Oklahoma before they leave the Big 12.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2021
Trev Alberts: Apathy is the enemy of excellence.
Red-zone and special-teams issues were on the front burner as assistant coaches talked after Tuesday’s practice. Go here for all the coverage. | Updates & discussion
Here are some Northwestern players to watch out for Saturday. | Gameday flip sheet
Nebraska’s baseball exhibition with Wichita State has been replaced with an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday due to COVID-19 issues with the Shockers.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
The goose eggs on the scoreboard tell only part of the story of the Huskers’ futility in overtime in recent years. Would you believe zero first downs under Riley & Frost?
It was another opportunity squandered in East Lansing, Dave Feit writes.
Adam Carriker says the Huskers need to go old school to fix the offensive line.
Starting positions on the offensive line are getting scrutinized this week. Go here for more from Monday’s game-week presser. | Updates & discussion | Depth chart | Game notes
The Michigan game gets a 6:30 p.m. CDT start and a national ABC telecast.
Husker Dan: “The Woodshed” turns into Heartbreak Hotel.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2021
Same old Huskers? The numbers suggest otherwise,* Jimmy Watkins writes. More day-after commentary and analysis: Gabriel,* Husker Mike, Peterson, McKewon,* Callahan, Olson, Washut, Sipple.*
The Huskers open as favorites by more than a touchdown over Northwestern. | Stats matchup
Dr. Rob Zatechka says fixing what keeps going wrong comes down to discipline and program culture.
The Denver Post looks at the Huskers’ recruiting success* in Colorado and Nebraska’s latest “steal,” Grant Page.*
See the Pro Football Focus snap counts and grades for the Huskers on offense and defense against Michigan State.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska enters the era of the legal forward pass by going six-for-10 against Hastings.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT). A superb second half by the Blackshirts goes for naught, and a signature win again eludes Scott Frost’s Huskers. Go to the game page for coverage. | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
In this five-minute video, Jeremiah Sirles breaks down some offensive-line X’s and O’s and explains why good tackling from the Huskers’ cornerbacks will be essential against Michigan State.
Middle-Aged Ball Coach presents his key matchups for Michigan State.
From Spartan territory, a game preview and prediction of an MSU win. | More picks
SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud says on the radio that beating Michigan State will take great habits* and better tackling than what the Blackshirts showed in Norman.
Adam Carriker and Steven M. Sipple say this may be Scott Frost’s biggest game yet as the Huskers’ head coach.
Scott Frost says the offense will need to reduce its false starts Saturday night inside a hostile Spartan Stadium. Go here for more from Thursday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
The OWH chronicles the Nebraska’s chronic special-teams woes* of the last several years. | About those penalties*
SEPTEMBER 22, 2021
Sacks don’t tell the whole story of a pass rush’s effectiveness.
The Huskers are working at becoming more efficient in converting yardage into points.*
Safety Javin Wright* is having surgery Wednesday after being diagnosed with a second blood clot.
The memories of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler* will be honored during Saturday night’s coin toss at Michigan State.
Charlie McBride: Fan approval means more to players than coaches do.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
Mel Tucker wants Spartan Stadium to become “The Woodshed” once again — and to keep the red out on Saturday night. More from his Tuesday presser here. | Shatel commentary*
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander says the Huskers will need improved tackling Saturday against Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III, the nation’s leading rusher. Go here for more from Tuesday’s practice. | Ervin done for year | Updates & discussion
Matt Talbot needs volunteers for their Huskers helping the homeless 2021 drive.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
Adam Carriker assesses the Huskers’ chances of earning a bowl berth.
Nebraska quarterback commit Richard Torres’ senior season has been cut short by a season-ending ACL injury.
The Huskers met the press Monday as they kicked off a week of preparation for their second straight road game against a ranked opponent. Go here for coverage and video. | Manning opens up | Updates & discussion | Depth chart | Game notes | Flip sheet
Here are five under-the-radar plays that stood out in the Oklahoma game.
Husker Dan: Close but no cigar
SEPTEMBER 19, 2021
Dr. Rob Zatechka says the biggest problem with the offensive line is the scheme. More commentary and analysis: Sipple,* Gabriel,* Peterson, McKewon,* Callahan, Washut.
The Huskers open as underdogs by about a field goal to Michigan State. | Stats matchup
Here are the Pro Football Focus snap counts and grades for Nebraska’s offense and defense against Oklahoma.
This week in Husker history: Two touchdowns just six seconds apart spark a 34-14 win over Florida State.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 16. The Huskers battle toe to toe with the nation’s No. 3 team, but special-teams blunders prove costly. | Game page | Stryker commentary | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
Next week’s opponent, Michigan State, rolls past Miami. 38-17.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
At 377 home games and counting, erstwhile HuskerMax columnist Colonel Mustard is the subject of a KETV feature.
Dave Feit has some hot takes on Nebraska-Oklahoma topics, including the mutual respect thing.
Middle-Aged Ball Coach breaks down three key matchups for the Huskers against Oklahoma.
Eye discipline will be key in defending against OU’s Spencer Rattler. | Game predictions
Mike Stuntz and other players involved with Black 41 Flash Reverse* look back 20 years on the pivotal trick play against Oklahoma. | More NU-OU defining moments* | A big “what if” in 2010* | Rivalry recap
SEPTEMBER 16, 2021
Former Husker offensive lineman Nick Gates suffers a broken leg in the New York Giants’ game against Washington.
Matt Lubick discusses the running backs, Friday scrimmages* and more on the radio.
You can rewatch highlights of 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma with Tom Osborne and Barry Switzer now. | Game voted No. 1 | Osborne and series’ revival*
Lincoln Riley says the availability of a couple of hobbled Sooners could go “down to the wire” Saturday.
With “a lot to gain and very little to lose,” Scott Frost says he hopes the Huskers can “play stress-free” Saturday in Norman. Go here for more from Thursday’s post-practice press session. | Updates & discussion
Game of the Century flashback: Joe Blahak
Adam Carriker looks at four ways to get better blocking from an offensive line.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
The OWH* and LJS* scout the Sooners. | OU expert’s take
Dave Feit saw glimmers of a vision taking shape in the win over Buffalo.
The “national anthem” of Husker football: Lyell Bremser’s legendary call* of Johnny Rodgers’ unforgettable play.
Should Nebraska give the defense the first crack at the Sooners?
Nebraska-Oklahoma provided a stage for Black stars in the early 1970s.
Johnny Rodgers and Jerry Tagge reflect on the Game of the Century in this five-minute segment from Nebraska Public Media. | Behind-the-scenes stories | Dodd: Game still resonates | Sporting News’ ’71 story
Nebraska and the Brandr Group have launched a group licensing arrangement for athletes in all 24 Husker varsity sports.
Sam McKewon wonders which Adrian Martinez* Nebraska will get against Oklahoma.
Hatred was fuel for Nebraska back in the day, and Nebraska football in 2021 could use more of it, Dirk Chatelain* writes.
A Big Ten writer breaks down what must change in order for the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry to regain national relevance.
As the Sooners look to contain Adrian Martinez, their interior pass rush could be key. | More from the OU perspective
Sporting News and College Football News preview the game and conclude with nearly identical score predictions. | More picks
Game of the Century flashback: Rich Glover
Linebacker Luke Reimer discusses his award-worthy game against Buffalo in a chat with Adam Carriker.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
Husker Dan: Picking up the pieces. Bulls review and Oklahoma preview
The Associated Press looks at what the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry once was.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander says the big game is a big opportunity for the Huskers and his Blackshirts. Go here for more from Tuesday’s practice. | here for updates.
Game of the Century flashback: Jeff Kinney
SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
Rich Glover will return to the scene of his masterpiece and watch the Huskers and Sooners tangle.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Will the Huskers beat the big point spread Saturday?
Oklahoma’s speed is on the Huskers’ minds as they prepare for Saturday’s game in Norman. Go here for that and more from Monday’s presser. | Not your parents’ rivalry | Updates & discussion | Depth chart | Game notes
The Michigan State game gets a 6 p.m. CDT start and an FS1 telecast.
Scott Frost is a key figure in this look back at Florida’s coaching search* four years ago.
Linebacker Luke Reimer is named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Buffalo.
Game of the Century flashback: Larry Jacobson
Beating the Sooners is a tall order, but Husker fans are stoked* about the renewal of the Oklahoma rivalry.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
Dr. Rob Zatechka has something to say about the running game, the offensive line — and how the “Pipeline” moniker originated. More commentary & analysis: Peterson, Sipple,* Gabriel,* Washut, Callahan, McKewon.*
Nebraska is the next obstacle for an Oklahoma team that’s trying to build toughness and discipline.
See how the Sooners and Huskers match up statistically. | 23-point underdogs
Making an NFL roster is a dream come true for former Husker tight end Jack Stoll.
Game of the Century flashback: Bob Terrio
Oklahoma week has arrived, and there’s excitement in both Husker and Sooner territory. | JR’s return still resonates
This week in Husker history: Bobby Reynolds’ run of bad luck begins. Also, a pair of Duck-pluckings 45 years apart.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
Nebraska 28, Buffalo 3. Big plays on both sides of the ball and solid defense propel the Huskers to victory. Go to the game page for coverage and commentary. | Stryker: Defenders’ Day | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
Mick Tingelhoff, the former Husker who never missed a game during his 17-year Hall-of-Fame career at center with the Vikings, has died at age 81.
Is COVID-19 crimping attendance? Not according to fans surveyed today by Tad Stryker.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Induction into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is something special for former Husker I-back Doug DuBose.*
Matt Hoskinson’s message* to Nebraska’s O-linemen: “You don’t have time to grow. … This has to happen now.”
Husker assistant Barrett Ruud and former Husker DeMoine Adams share their thoughts about 9/11 and the game against Rice.
Game of the Century flashback: Bill Sloey
The Bulls aim to keep their passing game clicking in high gear against Nebraska. | Buffalo insights: 1s, 2
SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
Nobody has the starting job at running back locked up just yet, Scott Frost* says on the radio.
Twenty years ago, Husker football served a bigger purpose in the wake of 9/11.
Coach Greg Austin says inexperience* must not keep the offensive line* from getting its job done.
Scott Frost says the Huskers are tweaking their pregame routine to account for the upper-90s heat expected Saturday. Go here for more from Thursday’s practice. | Updates & discussion | Bottle policy eased
The high-profile Hawkeyes-Cyclones game serves as evidence that Nebraska can rise again, Dirk Chatelain* writes.
Athlon previews the game and picks Nebraska to win by 7. | More predictions
Game of the Century flashback: Monte Johnson
The OWH* and LJS* offer their scouting reports on Buffalo. | What to watch for | Two-minute drill*
SEPTEMBER 8, 2021
“Relentless” defense helps Nebraska volleyball make quick work of No. 19 Creighton in a sweep in Omaha.
Husker cornerbacks not named Cam Taylor-Britt are getting tested by opponents.
Former Husker I-back Tyreese Knox, who rushed for more than 1,300 yards at Nebraska from 1985 to ’88, has died at age 56.
Quarterback Logan Smothers and punter Daniel Cerni* discuss their first game action as Huskers.
Game of the Century flashback: Center Doug Dumler
Nebraska will play baseball exhibitions this fall against Creighton and Wichita State.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Adam Carriker would like to see more option elements in Nebraska’s arsenal on offense.
The Buffalo game is sold out with an assist from donations to the Red Carpet Experience.
Chancellor Brewington sees his chance to help out at tight end as a blessing.
Tom Osborne reflects on Husker football when he was a young fan.
The opponent wasn’t top-shelf, but Dave Feit says the romp over Fordham still checked the main boxes.
The Huskers know pass protection will be key against Buffalo’s athletic front four. Go here for more from Tuesday’s practice. | Updates & discussion
New contributor Jan J. Mudder gives his assessment of the offensive line.
Sam McKewon says Nebraska might be wise to look to the transfer portal* more extensively.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2021
The Huskers’ post-9/11 Tunnel Walk is the subject of a BTN documentary airing Tuesday night. | How it came together*
Scott Frost and players are preparing for a tough challenge from the Buffalo Bulls. Go here for all the coverage and video from Monday’s presser. | Updates & discussion.
Offensive lineman Valen Erickson has decommitted from Nebraka and flipped to Missouri. | Class of 2022
Here are the depth chart and game notes for the Buffalo game. | Depth chart notes: 1,* 2*
Last chance to enter Tuesday night’s drawing for CFN’s tickets and hotel package for the Homecoming game against Northwestern game.
“We ain’t giving up’: ESPN looks at the sellout streak and the fan loyalty that has kept it going.
Minnesota’s star running back, Mo Ibrahim, will have season-ending surgery.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2021
Dr. Rob Zatechka sees the Fordham game as a false positive. More weekend commentary and analysis: Peterson, Sipple,* Gabriel,* McKewon,* Watkins,* Callahan, Washut, Christopherson.
Husker Dan reviews Fordham and previews Buffalo.
Nebraska opens as a double-digit favorite against Buffalo.
Game of the Century Flashback: Bill Janssen
What do the Huskers need to do to turn punt returns into something positive? Kaleb Henry looks at the past decade for a possible answer.
See how individual Huskers on offense and defense graded out Saturday according to Pro Football Focus.
A showdown between volleyball unbeatens is coming Wednesday when the Huskers face Creighton in Omaha.
This week in Husker history: Ten days before the start of fall classes, Gale Sayers flips from Nebraska to Kansas.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
Nebraska 52, Fordham 7. The Huskers assert themselves after a shaky start. Go to the game page for coverageand commentary. | Stryker: Reps, reps, reps | Highlights | Postgame presser | Carriker gut reaction
How is fan enthusiasm holding up? Tad Stryker made the rounds at tailgates this morning, and this is what he found.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021
A requiem for Big 12 football: “Members saw the conference not as an identity but as a host organism for their ambitions.”
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
More reps could be in store Saturday for these three Huskers. | Tuioti on the D-linemen: 1,* 2
It’s a high-profile game* for Fordham and the Omahan on its roster.
Trev Alberts* talks about his expectations, the loss to Illinois and more.
Steven M. Sipple says the sellout streak* is not something to be casually tossed aside. | What fans are saying
Several former Huskers have landed on NFL practice squads.
Should Nebraska give another quarterback a chance? Adam Carriker weighs in on the topic.
John Johnson, who served as Bill Moos’ top assistant, is no longer with Nebraska.
Scott Frost said after Thursday’s practice that greater consistency from the O-line is a must. Go here for coverage and video. | Updates & discussion
As the home opener nears, some fans remain fully on board* while others waver.
Athlon previews the game and sees the Huskers winning by 19. | More predictions
Flooding in the NYC area forced Fordham to shut down its campuses Thursday, but a spokesman says the team’s flight to Nebraska on Friday is still on.
Game of the Century Flashback: Special teams player Jim Carstens
Get a 9/11 poster from the same Nebraska artist who designed the HuskerMax logo.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
Know the foe: The OWH,* LJS* and Fordham Observer preview the Fordham Rams. |
Check out the rule changes and points of officiating emphasis for the 2021 season.
Construction, COVID and more: The university has gameday information for fans to keep in mind as they head for the stadium.
Oliver Martin showed Saturday that he can be a deep threat in Nebraska’s offense. | Limited WR rotation*