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March 2013

31 SUN
Barry's at 9th & Q must drop “Husker” from its tagline.*
All eyes will be on the defense* next Saturday. | Right direction* | Notes*
During World War I, the military turned him away because of his “football knees.” Who was this former Cornhusker who nonetheless went on to play pro football at a championship level? It’s part of this week in Husker history.
30 SAT
Jamal Turner aims to make kick returning* a priority, not just a sideshow.
Randy York raves about the view from the new East Stadium seats.
Saturday's scrimmage leaves Bo Pelini generally pleased* with the team's progress. Audio: HuskerMax Report, Pelini
Get ready for the spring game by perusing the 2013 spring media guide.
The offensive tackles* work for improved technique and confidence, especially in third-down passing situations.
Despite the recent ticket-sale promotion, the sellout streak is not in jeopardy, Athletic Department officials say.
29 FRI
Watch as wide receiver Jamal Turner talks about his development and that of the entire receiving corps.
What must the defense do to improve? Bo Pelini has issued the players a thick packet designed to show the way.
Ndamukong Suh is up against Ron Dayne in the finals of ESPN.com's Big Ten players tournament.
Randy York lists 10 reasons to attend the spring game and wait until later to watch it on TV. | Tickets
Corey Cooper feels bound for a “breakout season” at safety.*
Thad Randle helps coach up* the young D-linemen as his knee mends.
Imani Cross wants to be much more than NU's short-yardage guy.
Taylor Martinez tries to make the most of his limited snaps this spring.
28 THU
Watch as Ciante Evans discusses the defense's progress with ESPN.com.
Hear DeJuan Groce's thoughts on the importance of events like DREAMs Weekend, as well as what's the key to good punt returning.
ESPN.com's Brian Bennett was at Wednesday's practice, and here are his video reports and other footage.
Strides are being made at the safety* positions, and Jason Ankrah aims to become a difference-maker* at defensive end. | Notes: 1,* 2
27 WED
Cole Pensick's versatility* on the O-line is evident again this spring.
NU's football-physics specialist, Tim Gay, played the game in college.
Wednesday's practice is in the books, and spring ball has been a reality check for the younger players. Audio: H’Max Report, Pelini, Qvale
Husker Mike asks: What would constitute improvement for the defense?
Advance to about the 4:45 mark to hear Jay Foreman assess develop­ments among the Husker linebackers and D-linemen. | Linebacker overview
Mauro Bondi hopes to carry on the kicker tradition at Nebraska.
Ron Kellogg III doesn't get many snaps, but the Huskers benefit* from the backup quarterback's role.
Kenny Bell has made three changes to boost his game at wide receiver.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste strives to improve his consistency* at cornerback.
UCLA dismisses starting safety Tevin McDonald from the team.
26 TUE
Tyronn Lue and Andy Markowski of Nebraska hoops fame will be Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests.
Coaches see huge potential in DT Vincent Valentine as they push for greater consistency. | Updates on the linebackers* & kickers*
It's Ndamukong Suh vs. Antwaan Randle El in the semifinals of ESPN.com's Big Ten players tourney.
The freshman I-backs are getting lots of reps this spring, and Alonzo Moore* is turning heads at wide receiver. | Beneficial break*
John Papuchis knows he must remain patient with the young defenders.
25 MON
The Oklahoma Athletic Department has a new 4-minute video on the Game of the Century | Game page
Spring practice resumes, and Tim Beck calls Monday's session a solid workout. | Notes: 1, 2* | Audio: HuskerMax Report, Papuchis, Beck
Your vote can help the son of a Husker fan win a wheelchair-accessible van.
Steve Sipple sees the potential for confusion* to trickle down from the NFL's new crown-contact rule.
24 SUN
Upperclassmen and newcomers bring different perspectives* to spring ball.
Aaron Curry may not look the part, but he has some of the basketball skills* of his dad, a former Sooner hoops star. | Spring refresher*
This week in Husker history: The Falcons opt for Aundray Bruce over Neil Smith as their selection with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
23 SAT
Barry Alvarez shares his thoughts about Tom Osborne, the urge to coach again, the Big Ten's future and more.
From HuskerOnline, here are some spring midterm video reports by position group: D-line & LBs | DBs | WRs & TEs | QBs & RBs | O-line
22 FRI
Making better pre-snap reads is a focus this spring for Taylor Martinez, while Kenny Bell strives for improved route-running.
Nebraska sports-physics specialist Timothy Gay will give a free lecture April 5 on "Football: Its Physics and Future."
21 THU
Mo Seisay approaches the season with a healed ankle and fresh outlook.*
NU seems to have taken a middle-ground stance on the deregulation of calls and texts to recruits, which is headed for an NCAA override vote.
Tom Osborne* and Barry Alvarez both sound willing to serve on the selection committee for college football's playoffs.
Steve Sipple isn't sold on the east-west divisions on the Big Ten horizon and sees the sellout streak as a potential casualty.
Nebraska's veteran receivers take on a teaching role.
20 WED
It's time for some random thoughts from Husker Dan.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: T.J. DeBates & Dan Hadenfeldt.
Athlon lists David Santos as a Big Ten player to watch this spring.
Tad Stryker sees promise in the move to smaller, quicker linebackers.
Jake Cotton aims for more polish and consistency* at guard.
19 TUE
In a rarity due to the stadium expansion, season tickets are available.
The Big Ten's divisional decision appears to be settled except for the fates of Purdue and Indiana. | Pros & cons
18 MON
The NCAA suspends two new recruiting rules but keeps a third one intact.
Halfway through spring ball, Hail Varsity revisits its five questions, and HuskerOnline looks at the situations at quarterback and running back.
A confidence boost that began in East Lansing is benefiting Jamal Turner.
Steve Davis, quarterback for Barry Switzer's first Oklahoma teams, dies in an Indiana plane crash. | Vs. Nebraska: 1973, ’74, ’75
Redshirt freshmen Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore aim to add depth to this year's receiving corps.
Hear former Husker Steve Warren explain what's in store during his foundation's Big DREAMs Weekend.
17 SUN
A Big Ten travel subsidy for Maryland raises eyebrows among NU fans.
This week in Husker history: UConn hires a former NU halfback as coach.
16 SAT
He's just a sophomore, but David Santos' experience* stands out among the Husker linebackers. | Learning to communicate* | Roster analysis*
C.J. Zimmerer and Andy Janovich battle for an edge at fullback.
15 FRI
The regents approve NU's five-year contract extension with Adidas, as well a couple of new names on athletic facilities.
Jamal Turner no longer harbors second thoughts about his move from quarterback to wide receiver.
14 THU
Jeremy Pernell offers up a Rex Burkhead scouting report ahead of the draft.
Who knew? Taylor Martinez is an app creator.
Jake Long aims to bring versatility* to the tight end position.
Jake Cotton's on-field intensity* prompts comparisons to Ricky Henry.
13 WED
Taylor Martinez is hoping to be a part* of Thursday's scrimmage.
Bo Pelini says the defense has made significant progress* since Saturday. Here's video from Wednesday's practice. | Audio:HuskerMax Report,Pelini, Turner, Bell
Meet Judy Burnfield, the new director of NU's athletic performance lab.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests will be Dana Stephenson and Mike Green from Bob Devaney's teams of the late 1960s.
There's strong comptition for the starting fullback* job. | Special teams
NU is in a holding pattern regarding any new recruiting hires.*
Nebraska's O-line tradition serves as fuel for coach John Garrison.
12 TUE
The staff's approach to developing mental toughness involves four keys.
The LJS looks at how things are shaking out on the O-line.*
Here’s a statistical comparison of the ’Bama and Husker dynasties.
Watch interviews from participants in Saturday's Tom Osborne tribute.
11 MON
The defense rebounds from Saturday's poor practice. | Audio: H’Max report, Pelini, Papuchis, Fisher, Ankrah, Evans| Notes: 1,* 2*
Luke Gifford of Lincoln Southeast* gives NU its first 2014 commitment.*
A knee injury suffered Saturday by Ameer Abdullah isn't considered major.
There's already a sense of urgency* for the defensive linemen to prove themselves, and several junior reserves* see a chance to move up.
10 SUN
There are plenty of veterans vying for the cornerback spots.
Derek Johnson goes over some of the spring storylines for the Huskers.
This week in Husker history: He was a quarterback at Nebraska, a fullback at Northwestern and a cowboy on the silver screen. Thirty-five years ago this week, Lafayette Russell died at age 72.
Memories & stories flow* at the tribute* to Tom Osborne. | Ultimate mentor
09 SAT
Bo Pelini doesn't mince words* as he calls the team "mentally weak" after Saturday's practice. | Audio: HuskerMax Report, Pelini | Video
Barry Switzer will be sure to bring his A game for tonight's Tom Osborne tribute in Omaha, Steve Sipple writes.
Ameer Abdullah sees plenty of room for improvement* in his game.
Cole Pensick takes another shot at winning the center* job.
08 FRI
Corn Nation weighs in on the NCAA's on-field rule changes
Nebraska appears set to extend its contract with Adidas.
It's official: The spring game will air live on BTN, with a 2 p.m. kickoff.
The NCAA appears set to suspend two new recruiting rule changes, but on the field, the stricter targeting rule stands.
07 THU
Rex Burkhead produces an improved 40 time at pro day in Lincoln. Also, Will Compton improves his stock, and the tight ends perform.
Listen in on a roundtable discussion of head injuries and the future of football with Jason Peter, Cory Schlesinger and Jamie Williams: 1, 2
There will be no more excuses for Nebraska hoops, Dave Feit writes.
Ron Brown is looking for a few refinements in Ameer Abdullah's play.
Shawn Eichorst's base pay ranks No. 1 among Big Ten athletic directors.
Kicker Mauro Bondi stays focused on perfecting his technique, a lighter Imani Cross* maintains his strength, and Charles Jackson* takes his studies at safety seriolusly. | Notes: 1,* 2*
06 WED
The Huskers hold their first full-pads practice of spring. | Quick hits: 1, 2* | Audio: HuskerMax Report,Pelini,Jean-Baptiste
Don Briggs, longtime SID at Kearney, has passed away.
Nebraska's Harvey Perlman is named chairman of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.
The Holiday Bowl in San Diego could join the Big Ten lineup.
Linebacker Zaire Anderson is starting anew after knee surgery.
Tom Osborne will be the headline speaker at the Nebraska Football Spring Coaches Clinic later this month.
Hear Jay Foreman's thoughts on the development of the young linebackers.
Imani Cross hopes his trimmer frame* makes him a quicker back.
Ciante Evans is shouldering a bigger leadership role* in the secondary.
05 TUE
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Tyronn Lue and Cookie Belcher
Charles Jackson contends for playing time at safety.
Trev Alberts, Eric Crouch and Tommie Frazier make the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
Bo Pelini talks about the Harlem Shake and more in an ESPN.com Q&A.
John Garrison says fan criticism* of Barney Cotton is “way off-base.”
From HuskerMath, an analysis of Nebraska's fumble distribution.
Developments on defense: David Santos does some inside work,* Zaire Anderson bulks up and Avery Moss aims to step up. | Notes: 1,* 2*
04 MON
Learn how your company can become a HuskerMax tailgate sponsor.
Luke Gifford of Lincoln Southeast gets a Nebraska offer.
Here are some quick hits from Monday's practice: 1, 2,* 3, 4 | Audio: Papuchis, Papuchis, Beck, Els, Curry, Cross, Anderson | Video
Athlon lists some spring storylines for the 2013 Huskers.
Jason Ankrah knows it's his turn to provide leadership* on the D-line.
Jamal Turner seems set for an expanded role* on offense and returns.
03 SUN
Pat Ricketts: A dancing Blackshirt who's a true Bo-liever.
Taylor Martinez embraces* his high-profile role and intends to make smarter decisions* with the ball. | Sipple's observations | Notes: 1, 2*
This week in Husker history: George Kelly, a central figure in the origin of Nebraska's Blackshirts tradition, dies at age 75.
02 SAT
Here are videos, notes (1, 2*) and photos (1, 2) from Saturday's practice. | Audio: HuskerMax Report, Pelini,Martinez,Ankrah
01 FRI
Dave Feit previews spring drills, which kick off today for the 2013 Huskers. | Players to watch* | Young bucks* on defense | Spring primers: 1, 2
Corn Nation asks the question: Who pays for sports TV rights fees?
Chris Kelsay talks about his recent decision to retire from pro football.