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May 2015

31 SUN
The Davis twins are ready for the next chapter* in Lincoln after their big finish at the Missouri state track meet. | Backflips
Nebraska's 11th-place all-sports finish in the Big Ten in 2014-15 leaves obvious room for improvement.
Mike Riley is known for player development, but he's also showing an ambitious streak with recruiting.* | Story lines*
30 SAT
Five years after Nebraska decided to join, the Big Ten is on the rise,* and that's both a challenge and an opportunity, Tom Shatel writes.
Aphonso Thomas, a running back from Texas, announces his commitment* to the Huskers.* | Highlights | Discuss | 2016 class
See how Nebraska's buyout tab compares with those of other schools.
Carlos and Khalil Davis* again dominate the discus competition in Missouri, and Christian Gaylord* places fifth in the shot put in Kansas.
29 FRI
NU will take part in five satellite camps* in mid-June.* | Big Red camps*
Here's a look at the top QBs Nebraska will face in 2015.
The Omaha Beef gives players like Brandon Kinnie an opportunity to continue competing, and Brion Carnes hopes it leads to a step up.
28 THU
Freshman defensive end Alex Davis* is adding much-needed weight before his arrival in Lincoln. More player profiles: Christian Gaylord* | Zack Darlington | Carlos Davis
Stanley Jean-Baptiste aims to become a vital part of the New Orleans Saints' defense in his second NFL season.
Big Red Report breaks down NU vs. BYU from a recruiting perspective.
Nebraska's balance sheet remains in solid shape. | Database
Athlon Sports ranks the schedules in the Big Ten and has the Huskers in the middle of the pack.
Sam McKewon doesn't expect the SEC to gain much traction in its move to do away with satellite camps.*
Nebraska's fumble problems* in 1999 spawned a still-thriving business.
Mike Riley fields questions* from a Rotary Club crowd in downtown Omaha and says the position that concerns him most is linebacker.
What are the best Husker games on YouTube? Hail Varsity makes a list.
Spencer Long moves up into a starting role with the Redskins.
27 WED
Tad Stryker sees home-grown talent as crucial to the Huskers' hopes for ending their conference-championship drought.
Fan Day is moved to a new day and time: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Husker quarterback commit Terry Wilson from Oklahoma says he'll visit Lincoln this weekend to get to know the coaches.
What if Ameer Abdullah hadn't been offered a Husker scholarship? Derek Johnson draws up a surprising scenario.
Athlon Sports previews the Huskers and ranks them 29th.
Sam McKewon reviews the better-than-advertised 2012 recruiting class*
26 TUE
Ameer Abdullah blogs about his offseason training debut with the Lions: "It's a different speed out there with the veterans." | Suh's fast start
Jake Cotton signs with Ottawa of the Canadian Football League.
Tommy Armstrong is No. 5 in a HuskerOnline ranking of Big Ten QBs.
The LJS ranks the Huskers' 2015 games,* from No. 1 Wisconsin to No. 12 Southern Miss.
Poll question: Should administrators lighten the load on student athletes?
Ahman Green and other former Huskers will be on hand at a pair of events this weekend to support Green's charitable foundation.
O-line coach Mike Cavanaugh is a charmer* on the recruiting trail.
25 MON
Tight end Matt Snyder has potential to contribute as a true freshman.
Linebacker Greg Simmons, a Miami commit from Florida, discusses his interest in Nebraska in an interview with Jeremy Pernell.
The Huskers' "classic look" earns Nebraska a top-ten spot in this ranking of college football's best historical uniforms.
24 SUN
Matt Farniok,* a big O-line prospect from South Dakota, has become a top recruiting priority for the Huskers.
As a proposed early signing period moves closer to resolution, some coaches want a bolder change.*
Lee Barfknecht says the playoff should keep its four-team* format, primarily for the players' sake.
Will Compton has put together an all-star cast* for his youth football camp at Cook Pavilion.
23 SAT
NU's nonconference schedule is ranked 21st by OKC's Berry Tramel.
Carlos and Khalil Davis might see early action at defensive end* before adding weight and moving inside to tackle. | Hungry to begin*
22 FRI
Lavonte David's sharp football mind is at the root of his rise to stardom.
Shawn Eichorst says improving student-athletes' welfare must be well thought out and not done in hasty, piecemeal fashion.
21 THU
HuskerOnline wraps up its opponent outlooks: Rutgers | Iowa
Big Ten administrators discuss ways to lighten the load* on student-athletes. | Praise for Riley*
20 WED
Randy Gregory signs a contract with the Dallas Cowboys reportedly worth $3.81 million with a $1.03 million signing bonus.
In a sampling of opinion by Athlon, the consensus is that Nebraska will have a better season under a first-year coach than Michigan.
For the second consecutive year, the Huskers receive NCAA recognition for high achievement in the Academic Progress Rate.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart breaks down the Huskers' schedule and identifies the toughest games, the upset possibilities and a must win.
The LJS's Steve Sipple says coach Mike Riley has the right answers to the expectations question.*
19 TUE
The offense needs greater effeciency, but that doesn't have to mean ditching the up-tempo* approach, Sam McKewon writes.
Former Husker Brion Carnes* signs with the Omaha Beef.
Memories of assistant soccer coach Peter Underwood will flow at a memorial service Wednesday.
Former Husker lineman Nick Povendo is awaiting trial* in connection with a fatal shooting at a Texas bar.
Jack Gangwish gets his stolen pickup truck back.
Boaz Joseph is fined $300* in his marijuana-possession case.
Former Husker assistant Rick Kaczenski accepts pretrial diversion on a domestic assault charge.
Drake Martinez wins an appeal for immediate eligibility at Michigan State.
Sam McKewon reviews the 2011 recruiting class* and finds it not panning out as planned for various reasons. | Latest offers*
More opponent previews from HuskerOnline: Michigan State | Purdue | Northwestern | Minnesota | Wisconsin | Illinois
18 MON
It was on the defensive side* that Mike Riley cut his teeth in coaching. | Run-pass balance |
The 2017 schedule is complete with the addition of Arkansas State, and it'll be a big payday for the Red Wolves.
The toughness of the Huskers' conference schedule is in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten West, according to an LJS analysis.
Mike Riley sits down for inverviews with KETV and KOLN
17 SUN
Defensive end Jack Gangwish's pickup truck is reported stolen.
The LJS amends* its 100 Club list of greatest scores from every distance with the Hail Mary* and five other recent plays.
The development of speedy linebackers* will apparently be a key to the success of Mark Banker's defense in coming seasons.
16 SAT
Tragedy strikes the soccer program as assistant coach Peter Underwood is killed in an auto accident in Iowa.
Corey Cooper will try to make an impression during his tryout at the Saints' rookie camp this weekend.
Husker junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins is a first-round pick in Todd McShay's 2016 mock NFL draft.
The Dallas Cowboys have many reasons to think Randy Gregory will be a star despite the “huge mistake” he made.
15 FRI
Linebacker Quayshon Alexander now says no commitment is imminent.
A 2:30 p.m. CDT kickoff is set for Nebraska at Miami, with a national telecast on ABC/ESPN2.
Mike Riley says the staff has work to do in establishing a program culture.* | Rethinking the practice schedule*
14 THU
Nebraska was 10th in the nation in average home attendance in 2014.
The Huskers' New Jersey pipeline* has a chance of regaining its flow.
Did Lawrence Phillips kill his cellmate in self-defense? That possibility is raised in this examination his prison life. | Author inverviewed | Discuss
Mike Riley says he knows of no Huskers planning to transfer. | Discuss
The Southern Miss game gets an 11 a.m. start, with TV plans TBA.
Poll question: Which first-year Big Ten coach will have a better record in 2015, Mike Riley or Jim Harbaugh?
Athlon Sports ranks Terrell Newby as the Big Ten's No. 7 running back.
Linebacker/end Quayshon Alexander, who plans to commit to Nebraska on Monday, talks about his recruitment and more with Jeremy Pernell.
13 WED
Incoming linebacker Adrienne Talan is on a mission to add weight.*
At a Lincoln Chamber of Commerce appearance Wednesday, Mike Riley discussed coaching philosophy, practice tweaks,* recruiting ideas and his interviews* with every player. Here's the full audio. | Notes*
Ameer Abdullah signs a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions that's reportedly worth $4.1 million.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Ken Graeber & Rob Stuckey.
The new graduates are grateful to have a foundation for the future.
Which new Big Ten coach will have the best first year? ESPN.com's Brian Bennett picks Paul Chryst over Mike Riley and Jim Harbaugh.
12 TUE
See where Nebraska stands with A.J. Taylor, a prospective running back from Kansas City, in an interview with Jeremy Pernell.
Athlon lists Nebraska among the 10 biggest wild cards of 2015.
Hear former Husker Jason Licht, GM of the Tampa Bay Bucanneers, discuss the drafting of Kenny Bell and Jameis Winston.
Bo Pelini's compensation at Youngstown State will reduce Nebraska's buyout tab by about $22,000 a month, or 14.7 percent.
Mentoring from Hall-of-Famer Charles Haley is part of the Dallas Cowboys' plan for Randy Gregory.
Nebraska appears close to landing Quayshon Alexander,* a defensive end* from New Jersey.
11 MON
Tommie Frazier is left off the ballot for the Football Writers Association of America's 75th anniversary All-America team. | Discuss
An Ohio State site takes a post-spring look at the Huskers.
Former Husker receiver Maurice Purify, who is rehabbing an injured knee, is released by the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.
The big question for the safeties is how they will adapt to their coverage responsibilities under the new defensive scheme.
10 SUN
This week in Husker history: A mid-1950s panty raid costs four Nebraska players their football scholarships.
Incoming wide receiver Lavan Alston* from California is laying the groundwork for early playing time.
09 SAT
With the post-spring depth chart* set to return from a decade-long hiatus, Sam McKewon taks a shot at drawing one up*
A wounded Omaha teenager gets a special gift from Niles Paul.
Monte Harrison, the 2014 NU signee* who opted for pro baseball, believes his struggles in the minors will be short-term. | Starling's rebound*
Here's a capsule look at each Big Ten East* team after spring ball.
A Detroit writer looks at what motivates Ameer Abdullah.
With so much depth at cornerback, one of the staff's challenges might be finding enough reps to spread around.
Graduation day arrives for 55 Husker student-athletes.
08 FRI
Ameer Abdullah returns punts, Kenny Bell goes deep and Randy Gregory becomes ill.* That's from day one of NFL rookie minicamps.
Gil Brandt lists Ameer Abdullah as one of 12 "instant-impact" rookies.
Omaha South end Noah Fant discusses his recruitment with Jeremy Pernell and says which schools are at the top of his list.
Nebraska continues to pursue a second quarterback,* Patrick O'Brien, for 2016, and Sam McKewon says that's a sound strategy.
After three dreary seasons, Nebraska's fourth opponent, Southern Miss, has reasons to be optimistic about a rebound.
07 THU
Ashland-Greenwood end Ben Stille* becomes the third in-state player to get a Nebraska offer for 2016.
USA Today looks at the two-sport prowess of the NU-bound Davis twins.
O-line prospect Tremayne Anchrum Jr. from Georgia talks with Jeremy Pernell about his recruitment and where Nebraska stands.
Chris Brasfield, whose job includes overseeing the walk-on program, is busy making connections* throughout the state.
06 WED
Former Huskers Ken Geddes and Jack O'Halleran will be honored as outstanding alumni at a banquet tonight.
The Huskers are still looking thin at defensive end.
Previewing the first three opponents: BYU, South Alabama, Miami.
The NFL's Buccaneers have taken on a Husker flavor.*
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Tom and Josh Banderas.
It'll be Nebraska night when the Colorado Rockies play on July 11.
The Arizona Cardinals claim Alfonzo Dennard off waivers.
A Detroit blogger analyzes what Ameer Abdullah brings to the Lions.
Dirk Chatelain says Terry Wilson faces an extraordinary burden of expectations* as Mike Riley's first quarterback recruit at Nebraska.
Join Ahman Green, Niles Paul and Eric Crouch at the Dark Knight Classic charity fundraising bowling event May 30.
It's a team effort that makes Nebraska's sports information department a regular national award winner.
Athlon ranks the Big Ten coaches and has Mike Riley at No. 7.
05 TUE
Quarterback Terry Wilson from Oklahoma commits to the Huskers. | Highlights | 2016 class | Discuss
Bo Pelini's salary under his contract* in Youngstown leaves Nebraska on the hook for the lion's share of his multimillion-dollar buyout.*
Sports Illustrated takes stock of Mike Riley and NU football's new look.
Derek Johnson says the walk-on program should be scaled back if the roster numbers are too great to give each player a fair opportunity.
Here's a video recap of the Huskers headed for the NFL.
The Patriots are releasing former Husker cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
04 MON
William Johnson, an Arizona junior college linebacker, has committed* to the Huskers* for 2016. | Highlights | 2016 class
Former Husker assistant Ron Brown says his move to Liberty University* was for family and religious reasons. | Bond with Abdullah*
Former Husker safety Corey Cooper will have a tryout with the Saints.
It's Ndamukong Suh vs. Warren Buffett – in arm wrestling.
A Dallas columnist suggests easing up on the knocks against Randy Gregory's character. | Under a microscope* | Discuss
NU's sports information department is ranked in the nation's Super 11 for the third year in a row by the Football Writers Association of America.
Poll question: Which former Husker was drafted into a better spot, Ameer Abdullah or Randy Gregory?
Brandon Vogel laments the long-ago deep-sixing of Husky Herf.
Kicker Drew Brown faces stiff competition to stay atop the depth chart.
ESPN.com's power rankings have NU fourth in the Big Ten. | Discuss
Sam McKewon sees the streamlining of the Husker football camps* as a good thing. | Riley's case for satellite camps*
03 SUN
Mike Riley* discusses the quarterbacking, the challenging opener and more in an LJS interview.
This week in Husker history: A batch of May spring games, and the quick demise of a would-be mascot named Husky Herf.
Here's a behind-the-numbers look at the Huskers' draft history.
02 SAT
The OWH has a post-spring status report on each Big Ten West* team.
Cornerback prospect Kentrell Love of California talks with Jeremy Pernell about his recruitment and his plans to visit Nebraska.
The Cowboys intend to have a support system for Randy Gregory.
Receiver Kenny Bell becomes the third and final Husker chosen in the 2015 NFL draft as Tampa Bay* selects him in the fifth round,* and several Huskers land free-agent deals. | Bell gallery & highlights | Tracker
Here's more NFL draft coverage and commentary from Omaha,* Lincoln,* Detroit (1, 2, 3) and Dallas (1, 2, 3). | Video analysis
Former Husker defensive tackle Steve Warren* becomes head coach at Omaha Northwest, and Ron Brown's move to Liberty is now official.
01 FRI
Ameer Abdullah goes to the Lions with the 22nd pick of the second round of the NFL draft, and Randy Gregory's astonishing wait ends as the Cowboys take him six selections later. | Ameer highlight reel, gallery & NU career* | Gregory highlights & photos | The call to Gregory | NU draft history | Discuss
"I let my family down," Randy Gregory says of his fall out of the first round of the NFL draft. | Best players available
Nebraska faces competition for the services of Omaha South's Noah Fant,* whose decision may come this month.
The Huskers could see a familiar quarterback* in Philip Nelson when South Alabama comes to town.