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February 2015

28 SAT
Sam McKewon* previews the position battles, question marks and players to watch during spring practice. | Offense's look | Eight storylines*
Former Husker Ahman Green's post-football career is getting an assist from an Oregon branding agency. | Movie role | His website
The Huskers have plenty of issues to sort out at linebacker. | QB preview
27 FRI
Steve Sipple likes Tommy Armstrong's chances* of retaining the QB job.
There's still a recruiting-related position* to fill that will focus on in-state and walk-on players. | Stewart's pay*
Mike Riley gets some input from Tom Osborne* about offensive philosophy, recruiting and the Blackshirts. | Notes: 1,* 2*
Mike Riley discusses the upcoming competition at QB and says injuries* will limit or sideline several players at other positions* during spring drills.
The O-line for 2015 is shaping up as a blend of experience and youth.
There are a few roster changes* to make note of this spring. | 2015 roster
Mike Riley says he'll probably “copy very closely what they once did when they first started with the Blackshirt tradition.”
Ameer Abdullah is seen as a possible Reggie Bush replacement in Detroit.
26 THU
Even though three starters return on the defensive line, the unit has its share of question marks heading into spring drills.
A new assistant, the NFL combine and the approach of spring drills: Campus Insider recaps the week in Husker football.
Husker fans are urged to send birthday best wishes to former coach Bill Glassford, who is about to turn 101. | 2007 interview | His 100th
Mike Riley's pre-spring press conference is less than a week away. See the spring schedules for Nebraska's opponents here.
A four-star QB from Indiana* plans to visit Lincoln for the spring game.
A bigger role for the tight ends in 2015 appears to be a given.
Mike Riley emphasizes respect in this No Place Like Nebraska video and says "we're going to build this the right way."
Athlon rates Nebraska's roster the best in the Big Ten West.
What's it like to try out for the team? The Daily Nebraskan follows Josh Gutzmer as the receiver from Hickman gives it his best shot.
Shawn Eichorst says he's not ready to endorse freshman ineligibility but does welcome the discussion.
In a draft diary for USA Today Sports, Ameer Abdullah says law school might be part of his future.
25 WED
Kenny Bell is gone, but the cupboard isn't exactly bare at wide receiver.
Running back Noah Johnson's huge season* at a small school led to his walk-on opportunity* at Nebraska.
ESPN.com ranks the Nebraska football coaching job No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 21 nationally.
The Wall Street Journal says Ameer Abdullah's performance at the NFL combine stands out.
Former Huskers give a thumbs-up to the hiring of Brian Stewart.*
24 TUE
The OWH has a rundown of the latest batch of 2016 recruiting offers.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct discusses the fan expectations facing Mike Riley and whether he must win a conference title in the next five years.
Campus Insiders' video wrapup of the NFL combine says Ameer Abdullah displayed good explosiveness but not a sprinter's straight-line speed.
The competition at running back appears wide open entering spring ball.
Former NU QB signee Bubba Starling hopes to solve his batting struggles.
Derek Johnson says the locker-room ban issued by hoops coach Tim Miles should only be the start of a process. | Campus report
Brian Stewart is officially on board as defensive backs* coach, and Jon Clark* joins the staff as a defensive graduate assistant.
23 MON
Hear Mike Riley discuss how he'll define success and more in this inverview with FoxSports.com's Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel.
Rick Kaczenski scoffs at talk that Randy Gregory* is weak vs. the run.
Former Husker Ray Novak, a two-sport letterman at Nebraska and brother of the legendary Tom Novak, has died at age 83.
Former Texas coach Mack Brown will the guest speaker at the Big Red Football Coaches Clinic on April 4.*
Poll question: Should college freshmen be ineligible for competition?
Big Red Report shares some Tom Osborne stories on his 78th birthday.
Corn Nation previews the competition at quarterback, while Hail Varsity speculates on how the position will be employed.
22 SUN
Randy Gregory's trainer* says the former Husker's results at the NFL combine* indicate he's suited for outside linebacker. | Video | Results: Gregory, Abdullah, Bell
Big Red Report looks back at Ameer Abdullah's path to Nebraska.
Carl Pelini may rejoin brother Bo at Youngstown State.*
Husker walk-on Brody Cleveland of Ogallala caps an undefeated wrestling season as Class B state champion at 195 pounds.
21 SAT
Randy Gregory addresses questions about which position* he's best suited for in the NFL. | Notes from combine*
They call him DVD: Dan Van De Reit,* Nebraska's associate athletic director for football operations.
Ameer Abdullah claims the top numbers* among running backs in four of seven drills at the NFL combine, and Kenny Bell also is in the upper tier* in several events. Abdullah video | Tracker
Funeral arrangments are pending for longtime Nebraska marching band director Jack Snider,* who died Friday at age 93.
20 FRI
It turns out there was something to the "Clapgate" controversy in last fall's game at Michigan State.* | Discuss
BTN.com lists three key areas to be addressed in Nebraska's spring drills.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show will feature Matt Slauson as the guest and Zach Potter as fill-in co-host.
Brian Stewart, former defensive coordinator at Maryland,* appears set to become Nebraska's defensive backs coach.* Discuss
Versatility* is what Mike Riley and Keith Williams value in their receivers.
A juco placekicker is making a visit to Lincoln.
19 THU
Several conferences are pondering the idea of freshman ineligibility.
Ameer Abdullah impresses* in media inverviews at the NFL combine, and so does Kenny Bell.
Braylon Heard has no regrets* over his early exits from NU and Kentucky.
Husker supporters will get thank-you calls from players next week.
A bulked-up* Kenny Bell aims to show he can be a physical receiver. He also comments on how Bo Pelini's departure was handled.
Poll question: Should Rivals give scouting reports for sixth-graders?
Linebacker Courtney Love explains his transfer* from NU to Kentucky.
See which Huskers have done the best in NFL combine drills since 1999.
Nebraska has an eye on Grand Island Northwest QB Christian Ellsworth.*
Is it a sign* of the apocalypse? Rivals.com is tracking sixth-graders.
18 WED
Defensive end Blake McClain,* a one-time Husker commit, is transferring from South Carolina and will give Nebraska another look. | Discuss
Reid Karel, the walk-on quarterback* from Seward, has a strong throwing arm but just one varsity season under his belt.
Hear Zac Lee and Ron Kellogg III share their recruiting stories and more.
The spring game will be televised live by BTN, with a 1 p.m. CDT kickoff.
Questions about strength and weight surround Randy Gregory as he gets set for the NFL combine. | Schedule by position
Mike Riley says an early signing period for recruits shouldn't happen without a provision for earlier official visits.
ESPN.com sees NU on a sideways trajectory entering spring practice.
Where will Ndamukong Suh land? This article explores some possibilities.
Here's the latest big, fat recruiting update* from the OWH's Sam McKewon. | Offer for Keyshawn Johnson Jr.: 1, 2,* 3*
Corey Cooper says he isn't bothered by being left out of the NFL combine.
Meet graduate assistant Beau Walker, who followed Mike Riley from Oregon State and will work with the offensive line.
Here are some notes from Miami, where spring drills are underway.
Former Husker Rickey Thenarse is arrested in another burglary.*
17 TUE
Husker Dan says Hunt with the Huskers is bucket-list worthy.
Rosters for the June 6th Shrine Bowl include several future Huskers.
Former Husker receiver Brandon Kinnie signs with the Omaha Beef.
16 MON
Wisconsin hires former Husker assistant Ted Gilmore as receivers coach.
NU is fourth in this early set of Big Ten conference championship odds.
Go 4:30 into this segment to hear how Charles Davis of Fox/NFL Network assesses the draft stock of Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory. | Storylines at the combine* | Ameer's quest*
Poll question: Which position is a better fit for Randy Gregory in the NFL?
Mike Riley's offense should have the Huskers' tight ends* licking their chops, says a former Oregon State standout at that position.
15 SUN
Nebraska's summer football camps will have some new twists and a more affordable price tag for high school prospects. | Discuss
One NFL scout says Ameer Abdullah has “the highest overall character grade I've ever given to a prospect.” | Gregory video
This week in Husker history: A February start for 1950 spring drills.
A little-discussed pool of assistance money* has been available to Husker athletes for more than a decade.
14 SAT
Assistant coach Keith Williams wants wideouts* who are every bit as passionate* about the position as he is.
Sam McKewon offers 5 thoughts* on Charlton Warren's exit and recruiting.
13 FRI
Mike Riley says the flurry of post-signing-day coaching moves is “bad for our game.” | Commentary: Sipple,* Chatelain* | Discuss
Tommie Frazier and Tony Veland will be Saturday's guests in a Legends Radio Show broadcast from the Omaha Wine Co. from 9 to 11 a.m.
Sam McKewon sees an opportunity for Mike Riley to shore up the Huskers' relationships with high school programs around the state.
SI.com reports that defensive secondary coach Charlton Warren is being hired away by North Carolina. | Exit confirmed: 1, 2*
Kenny Bell talks about his preparations for the NFL combine in this video.
12 THU
Rivals.com names Charlton Warren one of the Big Ten's top recruiters.
As a child, former Husker lineman Matt Slauson was bullied and picked on for a speech impediment. Football helped him stop the teasing.*
Rece Davis says he hopes to have a “College GameDay” in Lincoln.
Helmet cameras could be the next technical innovation* in college football.
One NFL scout sees Randy Gregory as a flop in the NFL. | Discuss
Mike Riley discusses what he's focusing on in this KLIN interview.
Poll question: Should the playoff be expanded to eight teams?
Nebraska is fourth in Athlon's Big Ten recruiting rankings for 2015.
Hail Varsity looks at Mike Riley's run-pass splits at Oregon State to gauge what might unfold with the Husker offense.
11 WED
Calling all dreamers:* Walk-on tryouts will take place Feb. 25.*
Derek Johnson breaks down what we learned recruiting-wise from Mike Riley's first two months at Nebraska.
Move over, Ameer? Randy Gregory once aspired to be a running back.
SI.com sizes up the recruiting challenge faced by Mike Riley. | Discuss
A four-team playoff is enough, Big Ten chief Jim Delany says.
Ameer Abdullah is one of a half-dozen running backs who'll be under scrutiny at the NFL combine.
10 TUE
Nebraska's football success over the past 50 years stands out as an exception to regional patterns.
Earning a letter for the first time can be special for true freshmen and fifth-year seniors alike.
KFAB is out as NU reworks* its Omaha radio arrangements.* | Discuss
HuskerOnline analyzes the recruiting performances of Mike Riley and new coaches at five other schools.
09 MON
Quarterback T.J. Green of Kansas City, who considered walking on at Nebraska, opts instead for Northwestern.*
Husker Dan notes that it's been a pretty good month for the Big Ten.
Todd McShay's latest NFL draft projection has Randy Gregory going with the No. 3 pick to Jacksonville. | Sporting News interview.
Poll: Should Richie Incognito have gotten another shot in the NFL?
On the gridiron, Will Shields was a dancing bear* whose strength and balance made him tough to handle. | Praise for Jalin Barnett*
View Time Warner Cable's hour-long special on NU's recruiting class.
08 SUN
Boston radio listeners get a primer on underappreciated Nebraska and NFL great Guy Chamberlin. | Bio | Hall of Fame Huskers
Randy Gregory discusses his past (basketball over football?) and his potential (“I think I’m worthy of the No. 1 pick”) in a USA Today draft diary.
Michael Koehler, a reserve fullback for the 1962 Cornhuskers and grandson of Jim Thorpe, has died at age 76.
This week in Husker history: Lawrence “Biff” Jones, the hall-of-fame coach who led the 1940 Huskers to the Rose Bowl, dies at age 84.
Jack Hoffman faces a busy day of medical tests Monday in Boston.
Because of depth issues, Mark Banker could use early help* from some of this year's defensive recruits.
Ex-Husker Richie Incognito reaches a deal with the Buffalo Bills. | Discuss
07 SAT
Tad Stryker says the early returns on Mike Riley's recruiting abilities are promising. | OWH recruiting roundtable* | Riley the motivator*
Running back Noah Johnson from Sutton joins the list of walk-ons.
View this quick recap of the week in Husker football, plus Big Red Wrap-Up's hour-long recruiting special.
06 FRI
Randy Gregory is getting accustomed to the intense scrutiny* as the NFL combine draws nearer. | Abdullah & Bell*
The 2005 recruiting class didn't live up to its sky-high hype,* but it wasn't exactly a flop. | The list
Nebraska remains in the mix for prospective walk-on QB T.J. Green.*
The Lions are on the clock to re-sign Ndamukong Suh.
Donovan McDonald, an East Coast wide receiver and defensive back, appears to have joined the Huskers as a walk-on.* | Video
05 THU
Jeremy Pernell offers a comprehensive breakdown of the recruiting class and ranks it 28th in the nation. | Christopherson analysis
Randy York gets a fan's perspective of Wednesday night's signing-day celebration. | Riley Q&A
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests will be Steve Taylor & Kenny Wilhite.
Poll question: Was the new staff's 2015 recruiting effort a success?
Dirk Chatelain looks back at the 1987 recruiting battle* for Omaha running back Leodis Flowers. | Wooing Will Shields*
The four midyear enrollees and assistant coach Charlton Warren played big roles* in Nebraska's recruiting success.
In this 10-year analysis of recruiting vs. on-field results, Wisconsin and Oregon State are big overachievers and Nebraska is close to average.
Nebraska's recruits at wide receiver are looking forward to working with new position coach Keith Williams.* | Morgan interview
Athlon looks at how Mike Riley and other new coaches fared in recruiting.
04 WED
DAY 2015
Tim Beck discusses why Nebraska didn't pursue quarterback Joe Burrow, now an Ohio State signee. | Five misses*
Being open and aggressive on social media is just part of the new approach* to recruiting that's taking shape at Nebraska. | Notes: 1,* 2*
Jeremy Pernell breaks down the nation's top 300 prospects of 2015.
Sam McKewon says the numbers are set up well for a difference-making* class a year from now. More analysis: Vogel | Shatel* | Callahan | Sipple* | McKewon video
With just a year of football under his belt, defensive Alex Davis* is seen as having a particularly high ceiling. More signing-day features and interviews are listed in boldface on the recruiting page.
Listen to Sports Nightly's player inverviews and what's being said at tonight's signing-day dinner.
Mike Riley discusses the class in this BTN segment.
Recruiting never ceases, so here's a look at Nebraska's 2016 needs.*
Here's the full video of Mike Riley's signing-day press conference, plus interviews with assistant coaches Mark Banker and Charlton Warren | “A little drama”; | Riley vs. Harbaugh | Praise for Armstrong* | Transcript
Some of the newcomers: Reed* | Davis twins | Ferguson | Mazour*
Adrienne Talan becomes the final addition to the recruiting class of 2015, giving the Huskers an even 20. | Walk-ons | Big Ten overview
Hear from some future Huskers: Decker, Snyder, Barry, Gaylord.
Check out Mike Riley's media schedule leading up to his 2 p.m. press conference. | ESPNU transcript | Scout.com inverview
More than 20,000 tickets to the spring game have been sold this morning.
Willie Sykes makes his flip official and signs with Arkansas.
It's signing day, and the signatures are arriving. Follow the developments on our continuously updated recruiting page or on the discussion board. | Live fax-cam | Rivals | Scout | ESPN.com | 247Sports | OWH | LJS*
Huskers.com's Randy York takes a deeper look at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory.
03 TUE
On the eve of signing day, Texas defensive back Willie Sykes is said to have flipped from Nebraska to Arkansas, but he later says it's a 50-50 decision* that will be made Wednesday. | Talan torn* | 2015 commits
Former Husker long snapper Gabe Miller discusses his career-ending injury and is grateful to be able to continue his education in Lincoln.
DaiShon Neal says he took a businesslike approach* to recruiting.
Catch of the year honors in a New Orleans newspaper's poll go to Husker commit Stanley Morgan.
This Campus Insiders video looks at the recruiting efforts of Mike Riley and two other new coaches. | Keeping it together*
As signing day approaches, Mike Riley knows there are high expectations to be met Nebraska.
Linebacker Angelo Garbutt opts for Iowa over Nebraska* and Missouri.
Hear Will Shields describe what it was like Saturday to wait and then learn he was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
At Lawton High School in Oklahoma, Jalin Barnett* is showing potential like that of famous alum Will Shields.
Jordan Ober didn't see the field as a wide receiver, but long snapping* became his ticket to college.
Tom Shatel's knee replacement* came with assists from two ex-Huskers.
The Huskers' social media crew gives a unique injection of pizzazz to Nebraska's recruiting efforts.
Meet Andy Vaughn,* NU's director of football and recruiting operations.
02 MON
Offensive tackle Darrin Paulo opts for Utah over Nebraska and Oregon.*
Only 2 days are left to take advantage of the Lurker Special on the BBS.
Monday was a day of getting measured for Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and the other Pro Football Hall of Fame honorees.
North Carolina's hiring of John Papuchis is now official.
Nebraska was the Big Ten's top spender on football recruiting and fifth in the nation in 2012-13, according to this analysis. | Is it enough?*
Poll question: There'll be no scholarship quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. Is that a mistake or no big deal?
They weren't on the active roster for the game, but Eric Martin and Alfonzo Dennard will get Super Bowl rings. | Super Bowl Huskers
Transfer linebacker Kaiwan Lewis opts for Rutgers over Nebraska.*
WOWT talks with Mike Riley about the offense, defense, recruiting and more in this five-part feature: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
01 SUN
Jordan Ober, a long snapper from Las Vegas, has committed* to the Huskers* for 2015.
This week in Husker history: I-back Derek Brown is cleared to play after sitting out a year under Proposition 48.
Randy York salutes the two Husker iron men who are set for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. | More coverage
Lavan Alson, a wide receiver from California, joins the list of weekend commits* for the Huskers.* | Video | 2015 class | Discuss
Nebraska is front and center in this USA Today article on how social media is making the recruiting process less secretive.
Defensive end Alex Davis (1, 2) from Florida and safety Antonio Reed from Mississippi flip their commitments* and go with the Huskers.* | Highlights: Davis, Reed | Discuss