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August 2009

The defensive line knows it’s essential to put some heat on the Owls’ Rusty Smith.
Zac Lee says he’s at ease with the role he’s taking on.
The K.C. Star visits the Ohio steel town that helped mold three Big 12 coaches.
After Monday’s practice, Bo Pelini says the depth chart is still in flux. Notes: 1, 2
Tom Shatel takes a look at Tom Osborne’s new book.
Saturday’s Legends Radio Show guests will be Bob Liggett, Ken Geddes & Mike Wynn.
The UConn HuskyPedia™ site joins the SportsPedia® network.
What’s the secret to the walk-on program’s success? Lee Barfknecht takes a look.
Milestones have come quickly for Howard Schnellenberger’s young program.
Cornerback recruit Anterio Sloan decommits. | 2010 list
Carl Pelini sees improvement in the defense despite inexperience in some spots.
A conversation with Jacob Hickman provides an unofficial O-line depth chart.
Staff stability should be a plus for Bo Pelini’s second season.
A writer’s plea to Heisman voters: Think inside the tackle box.
If everyone on defense is playing a step faster as Rickey Thenarse says, the payoff could be big, Tad Stryker writes.
Decommits from 2008 form a sizable lineup of Husker foes in 2009.
The LJS and OWH roll out their season previews.
Tom Shatel and Sam McKewon see this season as a steppingstone to better things in 2010. Steve Sipple shares some observations from the 24 practices of fall camp.
A tough economy has been no match for the state's passion for Husker football.
The drive for perfection in practices has had its up and down days.
John Papuchis describes Mathew May’s ascent from obscurity as a walk-on.
Tickets for the first three home games are still available.
From the Kansas City Star, a look at the strong connection between the football program and the people of Nebraska.
It’s the Year of the Horn, says Nebraska StatePaper’s Big 12 preview.
Starting positions are still up for grabs as the Huskers enter game-week mode. Notes from Friday’s practice: 1, 2, 3, 4
Rickey Thenarse has earned respect in his home neighborhood in Watts. More player features: Matt O’Hanlon, Will Henry
Howard Schnellenberger torches a big Nebraska "N" at a preseason bonfire & rally.
Paul Jacobsen talks about his passion for collecting Husker audio & video recordings. (Jake is the guy behind the Lyell files.)
There’ll be no crawling into a shell for the offense, Shawn Watson says.
Northwestern State in Louisiana is the next stop for Quentin Castille.
Memorial Stadium is No. 2 in a ranking of college football game-day experiences.
Staying humble and focused is paying dividends for Niles Paul.
Adi Kunalic changes things up in pursuit of better hang time on his kickoffs.
The defensive backs turn more attention to creating turnovers.
Injuries put a crimp on Florida Atlantic’s practices.
From Sam McKewon, commentary on Bo Pelini and the media.
The coaches see improved effort at Thursday’s practice, and there’s a youth movement at linebacker. | Notes: 1, 2 OWH photos | Camp calendar
The defense’s hopes begin with the line, Steve Sipple writes.
The minimum bid has been received on each of the throwback uniforms being auctioned by the Athletic Department.
Alex Henery’s big kick last November provided a lift that’s still being felt.
Here’s some pay-per-view info for the Florida Atlantic game.
A lack of consistency at Wednesday’s practice irks Bo Pelini. Notes: 1, 2, 3 | Player features: Ryan Hill, Barry Turner
Tom Osborne objects to Bud Light’s red “Fan Cans.”
Join Carl Pelini, Tommie Frazier, Brenden Stai and others on the Big Red Cruise.
Ex-Husker Jordan Congdon wins the starting kicking job at USC.
A trade sends Russ Hochstein from the Patriots to Denver.
Cody Green leads in the race for No. 2 at quarterback. Ted Gilmore waits for more of the wide receivers to step up. Notes from Tuesday's practice: 1, 2, 3
I-backs in the spotlight: Austin Jones, Rex Burkhead and the short-yardage guy.
Player features: Prince Amukamara, Adi Kunalic
The first Football Friday gathering will include Matt Davison & Tommie Frazier.
A series with Syracuse appears to be in the works.
Eric Warfield is sentenced for a fourth DUI infraction.
Five tight ends are in contention for significant playing time this fall.
Bo Pelini discusses Quentin Castille’s dismissal with Jim Rome and Tom Shatel.
Marcus Mendoza is back to a position he finds more natural. More from Monday’s practice: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Player features: Mathew May, Sean Fisher, Latravis Washington, Jacob Hickman
Convicted of first-degree murder, Thunder Collins insists he was “the fall guy.”
Larry Asante has turned into a better leader as he enters his senior season.
Attention is nothing new for freshman I-back Rex Burkhead.
Marcel Jones copes with trying to master both tackle positions on the O-line.
Cory Ross signs with the UFL’s Redwoods. The Bengals waive Marlon Lucky.
Quentin Castille’s exit narrows the Huskers’ margin for error in 2009 but opens a door for Rex Burkhead and several others.
Zac Lee has the poise it takes to deliver on a big stage, those who know him say. More player features: Roy Helu, Mike McNeill
Bo Pelini says Saturday’s scrimmage was good but that the team is a long way from being game-ready. Notes: 1, 2 video
Alex Henery and five other walk-ons are placed on scholarship.
Quentin Castille is dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
Defensive end Donovan Vestal from Texas joins the recruiting class of 2010.
The Huskers claim the No. 24 spot in the preseason Associated Press poll.
Quentin Castille’s status becomes a question mark after he sits out a second day.
The Associated Press looks at the Huskers in its college football preview: 1, 2
Speed & versatility are in high demand as NU leans heavily on the nickel defense.
Early tensions have evolved into friendship for Roy Helu & Eric Hagg. More player features: Menelik Holt, Curenski Gilleylen, Jared Crick
Competition remains intense at Friday’s practices. Notes: 1, 2
Milt Tenopir says the program is making strides but fans must be patient.
Linebacker Sean Fisher works at putting his rare combination of attributes to use.
It’s a more seasoned kickoff-return crew after last season’s on-the-job training.
Carl Pelini has praise for Suh & the defense after Thursday’s practice. | Player features: Crick, Cassidy, Hagg | Notes: 1, 2
Tad Stryker assesses Bo Pelini's task of closing the gap with the Sooners.
The Sidetrack Band VA Tech concerts get a change of venue and add a tailgate.
Jacob Hickman says adversity can make the O-line a stronger unit.
Ron Brown sees a wealth of potential in his group of tight ends.
Will the second season of the Pelini era see Nebraska make The Jump?
Tommie Frazier & Trev Alberts will be part of a fundraiser Friday for the Omaha Firefighters’ Memorial and Salvation Army.
David Max makes a return visit to “Web Talk with Bob” at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Milt Tenopir is the headliner for Thursday’s Walk-On Club gathering in Hastings, and John Papuchis will do the honors next week in Lincoln.
Driven to play one more season, Andy Christensen is in the hunt for a starting job. More player features: Castille, Henery, Lee, Turner & Allen
Nebraska’s resurgence begins on the O-line, the K.C. Star writes.
Niles Paul has become “the guy” at wide receiver, Shawn Watson says. Meanwhile, Menelik Holt knows this is his last chance to hit it big. More from Wednesday's practices: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Husker Dan checks in with some preseason observations and predictions.
There’s still time to enter Californians for Nebraska’s drawing for Fla. Atlantic tickets.
The coaches don’t intend to hold back on parts of the playbook to protect Zac Lee. And Cody Green’s maturity is an asset as he learns the offense.
Derek Meyer is eager just to play football again after sitting out the past 2½ seasons. More player features: Terrence Moore, Pierre Allen
An injury sidelines Brent Qvale, and Roy Helu sits out Tuesday’s practice. Notes: 1, 2, 3 photos
Fullback Tyler Legate wows his coaches with his toughness and attention to detail.
Niles Paul wants to be the guy who “makes it happen” this year on punt returns.
Cornerback Anthony Blue is feeling up to speed again, both physically and mentally.
Improved consistency makes Keith Williams a potential star at left guard. More player features: Zac Lee, Anthony West, Barry Turner
Ex-Husker Kevin Dixon tries to make the most of his second chance at Troy.
Bo Pelini likes the intensity at Monday’s practices. More 1, 2, 3 | Video: 1, 2
The Broncos acquire Le Kevin Smith, and the Browns release Bo Ruud.
Bo Pelini gets it, and that alone is cause for celebration, SI.com says.
The Denver Post spotlights Shawn Watson in its preview of the Huskers.
Quentin Castille makes ball security an area of extra focus.
Kelvin Clark & Tom Sorley will be Saturday's guests on the Legends Radio Show.
Nutritionist Josh Hingst tries to make sure each player is properly fueled.
Coaching special teams is a group effort, but John Papuchis ties it all together.
Tim Tebow and Tommie Frazier may have far more in common that you think. The same goes for their championship teams.
Extensive film study firms up the secondary’s grasp of the defensive system.
With the first rest day of camp here, the coming week is when a big jump forward must occur, Bo Pelini says. The OWH takes stock.
Shawn Watson discusses what each offensive coach brings to the table.
Visiting players from the 1962 team see shades of Devaney in Bo Pelini.
Back by popular demand: Brian Brown’s printable H’Pedia football schedule card.
There was good and bad in Saturday’s practice and scrimmage. | Notes: 1, 2 photos
Ndamukong Suh says it’ll take hard work to rank among NU’s greats on the D-line.
Ex-Huskers footballers will play in a benefit hoops game organized by Eric Warfield.
It’s a battle of the Jonses at right tackle. Player features: Koehler, Crick
David Max is a guest on "Web Talk with Bob." Listen to the podcast.
The L.A. Times previews Nebraska, which it ranks at No. 20.
Bidding on the 1962-style throwback uniforms has begun.
A short scrimmage helps kick off the first two-a-days. | Notes: 1, 2 photos
Missouri is selling tickets for its home game against NU.
Tim Beck says it will take time to determine who’s No. 3 at I-back.
The offense seems to have the tools for a more vertical passing game.
Latravis Washington is thick in the race for No. 2 at QB. | Watson on Spano
Steve Sipple senses there’s a harder edge to this year's training camp.
More from Thursday’s practice: Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Features: Thorell, May
In Wisconsin, the Madison Mad City Huskers will have a get-together August 22nd.
On the D-line, Jared Crick knows he must make teams pay for doubling up on Ndamukong Suh. And end Pierre Allen aims to build on his strong showing of 2008.
And on the O-line, Jacob Hickman and D.J. Jones share some thoughts.
Quarterback Kody Spano is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in the same knee he injured earlier this year. | BBS discussion.
More from Wednesday's practice, the first in full pads: 1, 2 photos
Tickets for four of the first five home games are available.
Alex Henery is named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award.
Indirect paths turn two former rivals in eight-man football into teammates.
The N.Y. Times College Sports Blog predicts a 9-3 finish as it previews the Huskers.
Will two walk-ons start at linebacker when the season opens?
Defensive back Eric Hagg earns the coaches’ confidence.
Virginia Tech loses its top tailback, Darren Evans, to a torn ACL.
Lawrence Phillips racks up another assault conviction in California.
Former Husker, future Tusker? Joe Ganz will take another shot at a QB job.
Carl Pelini says after Tuesday's practice that there's hot competition at all positions. One battle is between Blake Lawrence and Mathew May. Notes: 1, 2, 3 photos
Ndamukong Suh makes it onto the 40-man watch list for the Outland Trophy.
Derrie Nelson & Russell Gary are Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests.
Marcus Mendoza knows that speed alone won’t win him playing time at receiver.
Quentin Castille says he went home to Texas “to get some things right.”
Tom Shatel says a redshirt for freshman QB Cody Green might not be a given.
Ndamukong Suh is No. 10 on CollegeFootballNews’ list of top players for 2009.
Shawn Watson seems to have the weapons on offense to give other teams fits. He plans to pick his spots for use of a hurry-up approach.
Barrett Ruud is emerging as a leader of the defense for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Ndamukong Suh’s biggest task? Making his teammates better, Tad Stryker writes.
Bo Pelini describes Monday’s practice as “average at best.” photos
Baylor is selling tickets for its home game against the Huskers.
Mike Ekeler says his linebackers must become more physical.
Nebraska is fourth in Tim Griffin's preseason Big 12 power rankings.
Here’s how you can turn KU’s ticket package into a plus for military veterans.
As Barney Cotton looks for the right combination on the O-line, undersized center Mike Caputo makes his case with power, leverage & tenacity. Notes from Sunday’s practice: Receiving depth, Niles Paul, Chris Brooks, Timing (1, 2), Chatter photos
Larry Asante hopes to benefit from Mike Minter’s tutelage.
Brandon Kinnie’s former coach says the receiver has great potential but says stardom shouldn’t be expected in his first season in Lincoln.
The Huskers hold up well in a sizzling first practice: 1, 2, 3 | Photos: 1, 2
It’s a fresh start for a slimmed-down Phillip Dillard. And Barry Turner comes back fully mended and better-schooled in the defense.
The university is auctioning four field-level-experience tickets for the Sept. 5th opener.
Players describe a summer conditioning season marked by accountability and intensity. | Video | Notes: 1, 2 | Commentary: Shatel, Sipple | Fan Day: 1, 2, 3, 4 photos
Register for the Halo of Hope Foundation’s Husker Hog Ride on Aug. 29.
Four weeks before kickoff, things heat up today with the first practice of preseason camp. | An Ode to August | Fan Day facts & map
ESPN.com’s Tim Griffin lists his three predictions for Nebraska.
The Huskers open at No. 22 in the coaches’ poll.
Matt O’Hanlon enters preseason camp as the hunted instead of the hunter. More: Five position battles | McNeill's expectations | Fan Day pointers
Join the Sidetrack Band at the VA Tech game.
WR/DB Tyler Evans of Waverly commits to the recruiting class of 2010.
Sam McKewon has five questions about the special teams, defense and offense.
The Huskers barely crack the top 40 in CollegeFootballNews’ preseason rankings.
Opportunity knocks for Zack Bowman, and the former Husker is responding.
Fans’ most-cherished memorabilia often comes with a story behind it.
Roy Helu Jr. is named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award.
Here are all the details for those planning to attend Fan Day on Saturday.
Out-of-staters’ alert: “Walk Ons: Huskers’ Edge” can be seen via webcast. Randy York says it’s more about Nebraska’s culture than football.
Did a lack of longevity keep Bob Devaney off the TSN list of greatest coaches?
Steve Sipple says the Big 12 can’t afford to fall further behind in the TV-revenue race.
A torn ACL apparently has ended Stewart Bradley's season with Philadelphia.
See how various aspects of the NU program stacked up in a player poll at Big 12 Media Days : Fans | Stadium | Coach | Mascot | Uniforms
The electronic version of the 2009 media guide is now available for downloading.
Colorado has single-game Nebraska-CU tickets for sale.
With preseason camp nearly here, the LJS looks back at infamous Camp Curtis.
How vital are running the ball & stopping the run? The OWH looks at the numbers.
Tommie Frazier had much to share with the crowd at Football 202.
Receiver Keeston Terry decommits from the 2010 recruiting class, opting for KU.
Cornhusker Kickoff 2009 is in stock and ready to ship. Save $10 on a new-to-DVD Johnny Rodgers highlights video plus the Game of the Century DVD. 30 remaining.