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March 2015

31 TUE
An under-the-radar running back* gets a Nebraska offer.
Get to know D-line coach Hank Hughes via this video.
Hear HuskerMax's David Max on Corn Nation's Big Red Cobcast.
The Associated Press takes a look at Bo Pelini's change of scenery.
Nebraska advances to the final four in ESPN.com's balloting on the best Big Ten game-day setting.
Nate Gerry makes Athlon's list of 25 defensive players on the rise.
Hear De’Mornay Pierson-El discuss his adjustment to the new offense.
A change in Athletic Department policy means the Big Red Breakfasts* on Fridays during the season will probably come to an end. | Discuss
The instincts and playing experience* of linebackers Josh Banderas and Michael Rose-Ivey are proving valuable to the defense. | M. Newby's quest* | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3,* 4,* 5
30 MON
Langston Coleman, a Blackshirt for Bob Devaney in the mid-’60s and a key figure in NU's walk-on tradition, has died at 71. | 2009 video feature
Here are some notes (1, 2,* 3, 4,* 5) from Monday's practice. | Video: Riley & Banker | Updates | Spring schedule
Check out these six segments from the special spring edition of the Nebraska Football Show with Mike Riley and assistants.
Hear Johnny Rodgers’ thoughts about the new coaching staff and the added emphasis on special teams.
Todd McShay's latest mock draft has Randy Gregory going sixth.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry from Georgia is confident he can make a quick impact* at Nebraska as a true freshman.
A Saints blogger takes a lengthy look at Kenny Bell.
29 SUN
Taylor Martinez quashes a rumor that he'll join the Omaha Mammoths.
This week in Husker history: Fifty years ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma game was moved to the national TV stage for the first time.
The LJS offers some spring observations,* and the OWH analyzes the position groups: Quarterbacks* | Running backs* | Receivers* | O-line* | D-line* | Linebackers* | Defensive backs* | Special teams*
Sam McKewon sees the performance of Mile Riley's assistants* as crucial to the Huskers' success in 2015.
In boxes and crates, Don “Fox” Bryant left a trove of Husker history.*
28 SAT
The LJS sizes up Miami* as the Canes wrap up spring drills.
De'Mornay Pierson-El's versatility* should be a plus in the new offense.
27 FRI
Jeremiah Sirles calls the marijuana use of his former teammate Randy Gregory "kind of mind-boggling" given what it might end up costing him.
Keith Williams talks about his passion for coaching wideouts in this video.
A special spring edition of the Nebraska Football Show with Mike Riley will air this weekend on several channels.
Get to know strength coach Mark Philipp in this video: "Relationship-building is huge. ... We interact with them every day."
Nebraska has a pair of 5-foot-9 receivers who are showing that height isn't everything at the position.
Best game setting, Nebraska or Michigan? Vote in ESPN.com's playoff.
The quarterback hunt* for the 2016 recruiting season is under way, and Sam McKewon looks at who's on the Huskers' radar.
BYU is shaping up as a challenging debut* for Mike Riley.
Former Husker P.J. Smith is sued over a fundraiser he hosted for an injured 11-year-old boy last fall.
The Bo Pelini Foundation for cancer and diabetes research shuts down.
26 THU
Jason Peter discusses his past battles with addiction with a Jacksonville radio station: "Recovery is more than a 28-day program."
Poll question: Will Randy Gregory's failed drug test push him out of the top 10 in the NFL draft? | Gil Brandt weighs in: 1,* 2* | Brent Sobleski audio | NFL.com analysis | Mel Kiper: 1, 2 | Joel Klatt | More: 1,* 2*
As expected, Jamal Turner is declared eligible for 2015.
HuskerOnline looks at how five position battles are likely to pan out.
Mike Riley's offense puts the Huskers in the middle of a philosophical discussion* on college vs. NFL quarterback play. | The new normal
Randy Gregory says he failed drug tests at Nebraska and the NFL combine because of marijuana use while he was in Lincoln. | Discuss
From Sam McKewon, a big fat recruiting update.*
25 WED
O-lineman Dylan Utter aims to create his own walk-on success story.*
HuskerOnline highlights five risers on defense.
Linebackers coach Trent Bray discusses his approach in this video: "You've got to coach different people different ways."
Mark Banker's changes in the defensive scheme start up front with a less conservative approach to the linemen's play.
Former Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini files a defamation lawsuit against one of his former assistants at Florida Atlantic.
Mike Riley isn't ruling out dual-threat quarterbacks* as he recruits his future field generals, Steve Sipple writes.
Kenny Bell helmets, footballs and prints are now among the autographed items available in the HuskerMax shop.
24 TUE
Jalin Barnett, the big incoming O-lineman from Oklahoma, says the physicality* of the game is what he really enjoys.
His dad's cousin starred for the Huskers in the 1970s, and now Coloradan Jacob Weinmaster* is fulfilling a dream by walking on at Nebraska.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Mike Caputo and D.J. Jones.
The spring media guide can be viewed and downloaded here.
The OWH recaps a week's worth of recruiting offers by Mike Riley's staff.
Jordan Westerkamp makes Athlon's list of 20 receivers on the rise.
Get to know wide receivers coach Keith Williams via these videos.
What changes are brewing on offense? For starters, look for receivers to be employed as ball carriers more often in the run game.
Wide receiver Brandon Reilly tops HuskerOnline's list of players on offense whose stock appears to be on the rise this spring.
After a difficult time because of his dad's dismissal, Sam Cotton* works at becoming a bigger weapon at tight end.
Taysom Hill's rehab from injury has led to an unusual situation at quarterback for BYU during spring practice.
23 MON
From Hail Varsity, three takeaways from spring drills thus far.
Toughness, intelligence and passion: That's what Mike Cavanaugh wants in his offensive linemen, as he explains in this video.
Poll question: Which running back will have more carries next season, Imani Cross or Terrell Newby?
QB Chris Oladodun from Tampa, Fla., gets a Nebraska offer. | Discuss
Athlon Sports lists five Husker storylines to watch this spring, starting with Tommy Armstrong's development.
Producing a more efficient passing game at Nebraska will test the patience* of Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf, Sam McKewon writes.
Former Husker walk-on Ryan Held,* a juco coach in Oklahoma, could provide the Huskers recruiting inroads in the Sooner state.
22 SUN
Former Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is arrested* in Lincoln in a domestic violence* case.
Adam Carriker hopes his performance in the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine convinces scouts he's worthy of returning to the league.
Tad Stryker sees better linebacker play potentially arising from Mark Banker's simpler defensive scheme.
This week in Husker history: A star begins to emerge in the backfield during spring practices of 90 years ago.
21 SAT
Family tragedies* contributed to Joe Keels' disappointing 2014 season.
Sam McKewon offers six observations* two weeks into spring drills.
Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine have developed a chemistry* that's bringing out the best in each other at defensive tackle.
Hail Varsity looks at how the defense and offense could stand to improve.
20 FRI
Paul Thurston vies for the starting job at center* after last year's baptism by fire* late in the season. | Cavanaugh embracing tradition*
It's time for a week off after Friday's closed practice. | Schedule
Ndamukong Suh will wear his old Husker number – 93 – with the Dolphins.
Terrell Newby likes the opportunities* the new offense creates.
Sam McKewon looks at how things are shaking out on defense* thus far.
Kieron Williams sees his special-teams success* as a plus as he vies for a starting spot at safety. | Kevin Williams perseveres*
John Bordogna, the former Husker quarterback who died this month at age 83, is featured prominently in these 1953 video highlights.
19 THU
The Jet Award for 2014 goes to Kansas State's Tyler Lockett, while De'Mornay Pierson-El is named the most valuable punt returner.
Two-way lineman Fyn Anderson* will focus on defense as an NU walk-on.
View this video recap of the second week of spring drills. | Schedule
Quarterback Ryker Fyfe found the change of pace difficult when working with the first unit Wednesday. | Timing challenges*
Chase Urbach* a long snapper from Grosse Pointe, Mich., will walk on.
18 WED
The passing game needs more polish and fewer interceptions,* and the receiver rotation* remains largely unsettled. | Notes: 1,* 2*
Derek Johnson lays out a couple of autumn scenarios of concern.
With Tommy Armstrong out with back spasms, Johnny Stanton and Ryker Fyfe get reps with the first unit. More from Wednes­day's chippy practice: Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | Updates | Video: 1, 2, 3 | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
In a USA Today draft diary, Ameer Abdullah expresses shock at Chris Borland's retirement and says his own passion for the game is strong.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Jack Gangwish & Mark Banker.
Nebraska offers scholarships to juco linebacker Chris Baccus* and tight end Thaddeus Moss,* son of former NFL star Randy Moss. | Discuss
This NFL video goes behind the scenes with Randy Gregory at pro day.
He's not Randy Gregory, but Jack Gangwish* hopes to be "a force on the defense in more ways than just being a great player."
17 TUE
Spring game ticket sales have topped 51,000, and the East Stadium balcony seats will be made available.
The hiring of Carl Pelini is finally official at Youngstown State, where he'll coach the defensive line.
Hear former Husker Scott Shanle's thoughts on concussions and Chris Borland's early retirement from the game.
Dave Rimington is the football honoree* in the inaugural University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame class. | Video
The OWH recaps the latest Nebraska recruiting offers.*
Linebacker Josh Banderas says the new defensive scheme suits his game*: "It's less thinking and more playing." | Video
16 MON
LeRoy Alexander* says his suspension* last year was a humbling lesson that has helped him mature.
Zach Hannon has slimmed down* and moved up at left guard.
A couple of newcomers at linebackers* are getting quality reps.* More from Monday's practice: Videos: 1, 2 | Updates | Notes: 1,* 2, 3,* 4, 5,* 6,* 7* | Spring schedule
Sam Burtch is battling back* after a hard-luck 2014 season.
Poll question: Which nonconference home game are you more nervous about, BYU or Southern Miss?
Steve Sipple says this Mike Riley* quote says a lot: "It's not about us."
15 SUN
Work on deep passes* could end up helping the running game.
This week in Husker history: A $100 pay raise to $3,600 a year for Henry Schulte, coach of both football and track.
Saying goodbye to a Husker: Butch Rasmussen shares memories of former quarterback John Bordogna.
Receiver Brandon Reilly's speed* has his coach's attention.
14 SAT
The OWH examines how Mark Banker's defense* might differ from those of recent Husker teams. | Observations* | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3,* 4*
Alonzo Moore is getting used to more deep routes* in the new offense.
Mike Riley has encouraging news* about the injuries to defensive backs Daniel Davie and Charles Jackson. More from Saturday's practice: Video | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 | Notes: 1,* 2, 3,* 4,* 5 | The QBs* | BTN's view | Updates | Junior Day details: 1,* 2* | Spring schedule
13 FRI
David Knevel and other third-year sophomores* hope to start making their mark on the offensive line. | Emphasis on technique* | O-line rundown* |
Maliek Collins discusses how he fits in the new defensive scheme. | Gangwish ready to lead*
Here are a few photos from Friday's practice. | Nuggets from Callahan
Juco kicker Jamie Sutcliffe announces he'll walk on. | Profile | Feb. story*
Today's practice will have no press access, but Saturday's will be open to the media and the team will go in one group for the first time.
A week into spring drills, Sam McKewon shares what he's been seeing from the offense.* | Westerkamp in study mode*
Athlon ranks Maliek Collins among the top 15 Big Ten players.
Assistant coach Reggie Davis sees versatility among his running backs* as he gets familiar with them. | Energetic Keith Williams*
Bellevue West quarterback Jadyn Kowalski is drawing interest from Nebraska and other FBS schools.
12 THU
View this video recap of the first week of spring practice.
Danny Langsdorf is well aware he's not coaching Eli Manning anymore and must adjust accordingly as he works with the Husker quarterbacks.
Chris Brasfield joins the staff as director of high school relations, which includes overseeing the walk-on* program, and Kenny Wilhite moves up to associate director of player personnel.
There are similarities in the Husker careers of Taylor Martinez and Terran Petteway – and in how the two have been treated by fans.
Watch Steve Sipple discuss Mike Riley's approach to spring drills.
QB Johnny Stanton likes his chances* in the new offensive system.
The I-backs are out to prove they're versatile enough to handle any duty,* and the fullbacks' role* may get an upgrade. | Notes: 1,* 2*
11 WED
Curt Tomasevicz will be the featured speaker at Salute the Troops.
The injury bug* bites as the Huskers go through their first full-pads practice of spring, and the run game* gets its first real work. | Updates | Videos: 1, 2 | Photos: 1, 2 | Seen & heard* | Quick features: Stanton, Pierson-El | Schedule | Discuss
Adaptability is key for players and coaches alike, Mitch Sherman writes.
The OWH recaps a week's worth of Husker recruiting offers.*
It's official: Ndamukong Suh signs with Miami, and Roy Helu with Oakland.
Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock has reportedly decided to transfer.
Mick Tingelhoff gets a warm welcome in his new winter home in Florida.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says he learned early in his career from Mike Riley that nice guys* can finish first.
10 TUE
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Assistant coach Brian Stewart has a talented group* of defensive backs in his charge, and he likes the cornerbacks' height.* | Cockrell flexible*
Roy Helu moves to the Raiders in a $4 million, two-year deal.
Conor Young is following in his brother's footsteps* by walking on.
NU's Keith Zimmer is honored as Team Jack's Teammate of the Year.
Hear from HuskerOnline's Nate Clouse about the visit by Keyshawn Johnson's group and more from the recruiting front.
Former Husker Seppo Evwaraye is continuing his improbable career in football as a coach in his native Finland. | Bio
Derek Johnson looks at what must happen for Nebrasketball to take a step forward next season.
Michael Rose-Ivey* is taking nothing for granted after last year's injury.
Defensive back Boaz Joseph says the free defense* suits him well, and Jonathan Rose says change* can be a good thing.
Defensive line coach Hank Hughes likes the qualities in Jack Gangwish* that "you can't coach." | Quest for DE depth*
The quarterback Mike Riley wanted* (twice) but didn't get: Tom Brady.
09 MON
The wide-open competition at I-back has Imani Cross excited.
The notes and quotes from Monday's practice (1, 2,* 3, 4,* 5, 6*) are all about the defense. More: Video | Updates | Coach learning too | Photos
Poll question: Is Ndamukong Suh worth what he'll be making at Miami?
Imani Cross likes the position-specific knowledge Reggie Davis brings as coach of the running backs.
08 SUN
Steve Sipple says Josh Banderas was mismanaged* by the previous staff and could benefit from his fresh start. | McKewon's rewind*
Operating in Oregon's shadow* made things tough for Mike Riley.
Funeral services will be Wednesday for former Husker all-conference quarterback John Bordogna.
Ndamukong Suh is set to sign a six-year deal with Miami for $114 million, $60 million of it guaranteed. | Profile | Discuss
The OWH takes a deep dive into why Mike Riley left the comfort of Corvallis and took the Nebraska job.
This week in Husker history: Four years after playing in the Rose Bowl, Walter “Butch” Luther gives his life for his country.
07 SAT
Tom Shatel sees one of Mike Riley's key tasks as restoring the identity* of the Nebraska quarterback. | Sipple: Banker's style* and Eight thoughts*
The players are learning “a new language,” and the split-squad format* doubles the teaching time. | Notes: 1,* 2*
More than 600 gather for a Team Jack fundraiser in Lincoln.
A bond forms between a North Platte columnist and former Husker Dave Humm because of something they have in common: multiple sclerosis.
The first spring practice of the Mike Riley era is in the books. | Updates. | Video: Riley, McMullen, Foltz, Cross | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3* | Quick features: Foltz, McMullen, Cross, Linebackers* | Photos: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6
A new partnership makes HuskerMax the featured message board for Nebraska on the SportsManias website.
06 FRI
With a new season and coaching staff come new challenges* for Tommy Armstrong. | Quest for leaders* | Spring schedule
On the eve of spring drills, a couple of Mike Riley interviews: 1, 2.
It's official now: Kenny Bell and Ameer Abdullah indeed improved their 40 times at pro day, and Trevor Roach* posts encouraging numbers.
Former Husker quarterback John Bordogna has passed away at age 83.
Keyshawn Johnson's "California 11" prospects will visit Monday's practice.
For the defense, will simpler translate to faster? That's the hope.
Do you want him on your team? An essay on Ndamukong Suh.
ESPN.com previews the Huskers' spring drills and says the look of the offense is the biggest question. | 10 bold predictions
Niles Paul re-signs with the Redskins for three years. | What about Helu?
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Quincy Enunwa & Trevor Roach.
There's planty of talent in the defensive secondary, but only a couple of starting spots appear to be set.
Check out this video recap of pro day in Lincoln. Also, Ameer Abdullah makes his case for being a first-round pick.
The era of the pocket passer* is returning to Nebraska, and the transition begins in a gradual way this spring.
05 THU
Defensive lineman Kevin Williams says senior leaders are focused on having players maintain the right mental attitude.
Newcomers in the receiving corps could contribute early. | LBs | CBs
Poll question: Do you like Mike Riley's split-squad format for spring drills?
An ESPN tackling dummy has a bad encounter with Randy Gregory.
Former Husker player and assistant coach Tony Samuel reportedly lands on the staff at Georgia State as outside linebackers coach.
Athlon has a spring priority list for every Big Ten team.
04 WED
Tom Shatel says the dual-practice plan* is evidence of Mike Riley's flexibility. | Sipple: Leaders on defense* | “Get after it” * | Notes: 1,* 2*
Omaha South end Noah Fant gets a Husker offer. | More recent offers*
Roy Helu Jr. delivers a healthy-living* message to Omaha schoolkids.
Here's the Huskers' full schedule of spring practices.
Mike Riley will try a split-squad approach to spring practice* in hopes of giving players more individual attention.* More from Wednesday's press conference: Video | Fewer runs for Armstrong | Praise for Philipp (1, 2*) | Learning the names | Evaluating the QBs | McKewon commentary* | Quotes: Riley, Armstrong, Westerkamp, Gerry
More position previews: Defensive line | Special teams
Hear Ameer Abdullah discuss what he'll try to prove at pro day in Lincoln.
If 2008 is any indication, the fresh start for players under the new staff will bring added intensity* to spring practice.
Which players are ready to move up* on defense?
The Gretna pipeline continues with walk-ons Brugmann and Hemphill.
03 TUE
Pro day will be crucial to the NFL hopes of Josh Mitchell.
Hear coach Mike Riley discuss with 1620 The Zone what he wants to accomplish during spring drills.
Jeremy Pernell looks at how NU's 2016 recruiting could be approached.
Hear the latest from Nate Clouse on recruiting, including how Mike Riley's connection to Keyshawn Johnson could pay dividends.
More position previews: Running backs | Defensive line
Nebraska is in the Big Ten's upper tier in expected stipends.
Michael Rose is seen as a potential breakout player for the Huskers.
About 10 BYU players will be disciplined for their roles in a bowl-game brawl, but whether any must sit out against Nebraska is unknown.
The loss of three starters ramps up the competition on the O-line.*
02 MON
Mike Riley intends to make the deep ball a part of NU's passing game.
With Ameer Abdullah gone, who will step up at running back?*
Ndamukong Suh is likely headed to free agency after the Lions decide not to use the franchise tag on the former Husker.
Former Husker commit Hunter Dale signs with Washington State.
Poll question: Do the Huskers have the offense to reach a 60 percent pass-completion rate?
Charlton Warren's hiring at North Carolina becomes official.
Sam McKewon likes Mike Riley's approach to the Blackshirt tradition.
Wrestler Josh Kettel isn't your typical freshman. The former Navy SEAL is redshirting but is already making an impact with his maturity, perspective and leadership | Video | Bio
More position previews: QB | Wide receiver & tight end | Secondary
Brandon Kinnie's time in the NFL has come and gone, but he's glad to be playing again with the Omaha Beef.
Mike Riley says he feels like a “voice in the wilderness” in his opposition to an early signing period.*
Huskers nearly 20 years apart – Terrell Farley and Corey Cooper – discuss the high expectations at Nebraska during an appearance in Grand Island.
Corn Nation sizes up the defense going into spring drills, and Big Red Report lists several questions facing the defensive line.
01 SUN
A 60 percent completion rate* seems like a good goal this season for the Huskers' passing game, Mike Riley says.
This week in Husker history: The retiring of Tom “Train Wreck” Novak’s No. 60, plus a foreshadowing of Nebraska’s conference switch.
Mike Riley's lessons learned* in football and life started with his father but also came from many others. | Understanding the values*