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December 2015

31 THU
Looking back at the year in Nebraska athletics: Top 15 moments | Photo galleries: Hail Varsity, LJS *
As the Huskers' most seasoned returning center, Paul Thurston looks ahead to 2016 after a solid bowl performance.
A ranking of college football dynasties has the 1991-97 Huskers at No. 4.
Future Husker Boe Wilson says he’s a “big, nasty offensive lineman” who’s always striving to improve. | Semper Fi performers*
Tale of the Tape examines the third-quarter TD drive against UCLA.
30 WED
Auburn hires former NU assistant Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator.
Friday will mark the 45th anniversary of the Huskers’ first national championship. Take this quiz about that memorable evening.
Husker commit JoJo Domann talks about his shoulder injury, why he picked Nebraska and what he thought of the bowl win.
Baylor breaks the Huskers' 20-year-old bowl rushing record.
29 TUE
Mike Riley takes stock of the season and his move from Oregon State in this interview on Portland sports radio. | “The right move”
Former Husker Brent Longwell's teammates remember him as thoughtful and fiercely competitive.
Former NU defensive assistant Bill Busch is joining the staff at Rutgers.
Mike Riley hopes the Huskers' rushing success in the bowl game is a hint of things to come in 2016.
28 MON
Antonio Reed* was a big part of the youth movement* taking the spotlight on defense in the bowl game.
Check out the Huskers.com bowl game highlights.
Mike Riley and Randy Gregory offer their insights in an AP report on marijuana policies and drug-testing in college athletics: 1, 2
Former Husker Brent Longwell, a tight end on Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne's teams in the early 1970s, has died at age 64.
The emergence of several freshmen* in 2015 raises hopes for 2016.
27 SUN
Adam Carriker offers his two cents on the bowl win, targeting and more. More commentary: McKewon's rewind* | Sipple on Kalu | Yays & nays
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong is heading into 2016 fully engaged, in more ways than one.
This week in Husker history: Thirty years apart, Nebraska played in its first bowl and won its first national championship.
26 SAT
As expected, Maliek Collins says he'll enter the 2016 NFL draft.
Nebraska 37, UCLA 29. The Huskers go old-school by rushing for 326 yards and upsetting the Bruins in the Foster Farms Bowl. Get coverage, highlights and more on the game page. | Stryker commentary | McKewon analysis | Big Red Over-Reaction | Postgame interviews | DVD
It's a chance for a down season to end on a high note as the Huskers face UCLA tonight at Levi's Stadium. Here's the game-day coverage fromLincoln (1, 2, 3, 4, 5),*Omaha (1, 2, 3, 4),*Los Angeles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5),Orange County (1, 2),San Francisco and San Jose (1, 2).Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* York, Callahan.
25 FRI
A groin injury will keep linebacker Marcus Newby Saturday's game. More tidbits from Friday: Riley video | Notes: 1,* 2* | Outreach: 1, 2, 3
Steve Sipple says coach Trent Bray's work with a thin linebacking corps has earned him Nebraska assistant of the year* status.
Mike Riley says he's excited about building toward Year 2.*
Center Ryne Reeves' dedication* has helped make him the leader of the offensive line. | Notes: 1,* 2*
Injuries* haven't derailed UCLA's defense.
Nebraska safety commit JoJo Domann is named the Colorado Springs area's top player.
Several UCLA underclassmen have NFL decisions to make.
24 THU
From Hail Varsity, a rundown of the history of Nebraska vs. UCLA.
Tennis might be what makes UCLA's Josh Rosen tough to sack.
Poll question: Which team has more incentive? | Joe Ganz's take
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Scott Raridon and Mitch Krenk.
UCLA is wary of what Tommy Armstrong can do with his legs. | Videos
Sam Foltz and Drew Brown are setting high goals* for 2016.
Kevin Maurice taps into his motivation and maturity as his role* on the defensive line increases. | Notes*
23 WED
The LJS scouts* the Bruins, and ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman offers his thoughts on what Nebraska can prove against UCLA.
“Cornhuskers Go to War” is a new book that tells the story of what happened after the 1941 Rose Bowl.
De'Mornay Pierson-El's injury is likely to keep him out* of spring ball.
Tommy Armstrong looks to Russell Wilson* as someone to emulate.
Establishing a running game* and limiting turnovers* will be priorities for the Husker offense against UCLA, Danny Langsdorf says. More from Wednesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2* | Photos: 1, 2
UCLA's O-line takes a hit as guard Alex Redmond has left the team.*
Dedrick Young is a third-teamer on Athlon's All-Freshman team.
A desire to finish his degree* will factor into Maliek Collins' NFL decision.
Zach Sterup has rebounded from a nightmare start to his season.
Nebraska's defense* knows it will take disciplined play to slow down UCLA. | Key role* for Aaron Williams | Notes: 1,* 2*
22 TUE
UCLA tailback Paul Perkins has come far after arriving with little fanfare.*
Mike Riley's home in Lincoln is for sale, and here's why.
Congrats to former Husker Sam Koch on being selected to the Pro Bowl.
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who was hospitalized last week, is attending bowl practices, but his role Saturday is still uncertain. More from Tuesday's press conference: Transfer possibilities | OWH notes* | Audio & video
The Huskers held their first practice in Oakland on Tuesday. Here are some notes (1, 2,* 3) and photos (1, 2).
Old habits die hard, and ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman says that applies to Tommy Armstrong individually and the Huskers as a whole.
The Big Ten has a lot to gain reputation-wise this bowl season.
It turns out the Huskers' simpler defense* wasn't so simple after all.
The Huskers arrive in San Francisco, and Mike Riley says nobody missed the trip for academic* reasons.
21 MON
Juco safety Markell Simmons picks TCU* over the Huskers.
Husker Dan was there when UCLA stunned the No. 1 Huskers in 1972.
Poll question: Who wins the battle of strength vs. strength, Nebraska's run defense or UCLA running back Paul Perkins?
The Huskers leave for the Bay Area this afternoon. Here's the team's schedule for bowl week.
Sam McKewon says Nebraska needs the talent edge* it once had.
The Huskers don't lack motivation* to win the bowl game. | Notes*
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart recaps the Huskers' season and names MVPs.
20 SUN
Tad Stryker pays tribute to Jack Gangwish, “one of the best captains a Nebraska football team ever had.”
The team awards are handed out, and three go to Andy Janovich.
It's game week, and that means the predictions are piling up and the 2-deeps and rosters are ready for printing.
Mike Cavanaugh is challenging his offensive linemen* to get serious about toughening up and getting stronger.
Has linebacker Quayshon Alexander* decommitted? He says he hasn't.
This week in Husker history: Roger Craig becomes the first NFL player to gain 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season.
Quarterback Patrick O'Brien has stayed loyal* to the school that offered him first and is eager for his arrival in Lincoln next month.
The LJS looks at the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab and the strength and conditioning program in three segments: 1,* 2,* 3*
19 SAT
Congrats to the Husker volleyball team, which swept Texas for the program's fourth national championship. | Video: 1, 2 | Official gear: 1, 2
Tommy Armstrong* says he's told the coaches he wants to be treated like a freshman* and be held accountable “for every mistake I make.”
Here's Hail Varsity's No Huddle preview of Nebraska vs. UCLA.
Former Husker Will Compton's mind for the game has earned him the nickname “Coach Comp” in Washington.
18 FRI
With a big decision* looming, Vincent Valentine says he's staying focused on the next game.*
The 1973 opener against UCLA was memorable on several fronts.
There's been “no bad news” so far on the academic status of players for the bowl game, Mike Riley says. More from Friday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3*
Eleven current or former Huskers will get their diplomas Saturday.
Linebacker David Reese* opts for Florida over Nebraska, TCU and Texas.
The university unveils a redesigned Nebraska “N” logo.
Kevin Maurice hasn't let an untimely injury derail his season.
17 THU
Jordan Westerkamp joins Sam Foltz on Phil Steele's All-Big Ten team, and Alex Lewis and Maliek Collins are third-teamers.
Former Husker Matt Slauson of the Bears is the winner of the Chicago media's 2015 Good Guy Award. | Jean-Baptiste to Seattle
It's been a decade of up and down quarterback play for the Huskers, and there are numbers to back that up.
The Nebraska media guide for the bowl game is now viewable here.
Poll questions: Are you a stadium Wi-Fi glutton? How long does Mike Riley need to get his system in place?
NU's linebackers hope to be at full strength for their tough bowl test.*
16 WED
Nate Gerry* is glad to have another shot* at UCLA.
Former Husker Sam Koch has changed the punting game with his “golf bag” of different and unpredictable kicks.
Husker Dan unveils his All-Name Teams for 2015.
Former Husker cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is back in jail* for violating terms of his probation.
NFL draft analyst Todd McShay* has Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins projected as a 2016 first-rounder.
Memorial Stadium's Wi-Fi was put through the paces this season, with two games topping the 4-terabyte mark.
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Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Eric Crouch & Mike Stuntz.
Former Husker Johnny Stanton gets set for a fresh start at UNLV.
The Huskers are more dangerous than their record indicates, says UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker likes the progress made this season at cornerback* by sophomores* Josh Kalu and Chris Jones.
15 TUE
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is hospitalized, reportedly in intensive care for a blood clot in his lung.
Boyd Epley says Performance Index testing* points to a need for higher talent levels in some areas, particularly on the offensive line.* | Discuss
If a recent practice is any indication, morale is good* as the Huskers prepare for their bowl game. | Notes
Sam Foltz earns first-team AP All-Big Ten honors, and on the second team are Maliek Collins, Jordan Westerkamp and Drew Brown.
Cornerback Jonathan Rose is off the team because of a violation of team rules, and defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg is out with a knee injury. More from Tuesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2* | Photos
Husker QB commit Patrick O'Brien talks about competing for the starting job and more in this Unsportsmanlike Conduct interview. | Discuss
AP's Ralph Russo and five of five Athlon Sports writers pick the Bruins to win. | More predictions
Campus Insiders’ Jordan Cornette breaks down the X-factor for UCLA and Nebraska and picks a winner.
Sam Foltz is a first-team selection on Athlon's All-Big Ten team, and four Huskers are second-teamers.
14 MON
Kevin Maurice appears headed for a prime role* next year on the D-line.
Jordan Westerkamp isn't fixated on the records* within his reach.
Poll question: How will the Blackshirts fare against UCLA's Freshman All-America quarterback, Josh Rosen?
Jeremy Pernell takes an extensive look at where the Huskers stand in recruiting and which targets remain in play. | Farniok's timetable
With his injured ankle “feeling a lot better,” I-back Terrell Newby* could be set for a bigger role against UCLA.
13 SUN
A look at selected stats shows where the Huskers need work.*
Adam Carriker announces his retirement from the NFL.
This week in Husker history: 100 years ago, Nebraska's Vic Halligan was named to Walter Camp's third-team All-America squad. There was just one problem with that.
Fans can get their Heisman fix* at a restaurant in Elkhorn.
12 SAT
This year's redshirt D-linemen* have a chance to make an impact in 2016.
One year after taking the job, coach Mike Riley is thankful* for the chance to lead the Huskers. | Notes*
The Orlando paper looks at Scott Frost and his athletic upbringing: 1, 2
After studying head-injury* risks, Mike Riley’s brother says “Let ’em play.”
The matchup with UCLA means plenty to I-back Terrell Newby, who came close to choosing the Bruins three years ago.
11 FRI
The Huskers see their bowl game* as a great opportunity* to show they're better than their record might indicate. | Notes*
Sam Foltz leads off this grab bag of news and observations on Huskers past and present.
Vincent Valentine has joined fellow junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins in requesting an NFL draft* evaluation, Mike Riley says after the Huskers' return to the practice field Friday. | Video | Notes: 1, 2 | Photos
Here's a rundown on the recruits visiting this weekend. | McCaffrey offer
Hail Varsity looks at the ups and downs of the Huskers' season from a drive-efficiency standpoint.
A UCLA blogger pens an Ode to Nebraska. | Bowl at a glance
ESPN.com catches up with Eric Crouch 14 years after his Heisman.
10 THU
Mike Riley says he expects minimal rust when the Huskers return to the practice field Friday. | Familiarity factor: 1,* 2*
Poll question: Do you want a nonconference series with Kansas State?
There are bowl pairings made in heaven, and then there are bowl pairings of the opposite sort: A look back at 1978.
Chris Kelsay & Scott Shanle are Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests.
09 WED
Sam McKewon sees the Huskers making progress* in recruiting within 500 miles of Lincoln. | LB target back in play*
An NCAA task force will study how to avoid a repeat situation of more bowl slots than non-losing teams.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald says fellow Hall of Famer Trev Alberts* was so athletic that he “could play now.”
Ivan Maisel's 10 plays that defined the college football season include BYU's Hail Mary against Nebraska.
Nebraska's assistant coaches rank 19th nationally* in pay.
Register now for the Nebraska Classic golf outing in Palm Springs.
Congrats to the 22 Huskers who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Can a bowl win really create momentum? In this video, the LJS's Brian Christopherson discusses that and more.
Offensive guard Tanner Farmer says his two-sport pursuit* is all about becoming “the best I can be.”
08 TUE
Trev Alberts passes the credit around as he is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. | Video
UCLA couldn't sustain the fast start* to its season.
Where does the Huskers' bowl rank? Anywhere from 12th to 33rd.*
Kansas State* is open to scheduling Nebraska in the future.
Injuries have hit UCLA's defense particularly hard. | Five things*
Former Husker Irving Fryar and his mother are ordered to pay $615,000 in restitution in their mortgage-scam case.
Tom Shatel wonders whether the Huskers have the focus and pride* needed to pull off an Iowa-like turnaround next season.
07 MON
Before Nebraska became available, the Foster Farms Bowl considered a matchup of two Pac-12 teams.
O-lineman Tanner Farmer takes on wrestling* as a second sport.
Tuesday is when Trev Alberts officially becomes a Hall of Famer.
Wally Winter,* a starting offensive tackle on the Huskers' first national championship team, has died at age 67.
Bowl practices begin Friday, and Mike Riley* says they'll include “some extra development time.”
Midland University hires former Husker player and assistant Jeff Jamrog as its head football coach.
Juco cornerback Maurice Chandler picks Arizona State* over Nebraska.
A true freshman quarterback is at the helm of the UCLA offense, which has the tools to do damage on the ground or via the air.
Poll question: Should NU stick with a strong running attack vs. UCLA?
Mike Riley is preaching optimism* about quarterback Tommy Armstrong as he looks ahead to next season.
Former Husker reserve QB Johnny Stanton is heading to UNLV,* where he'll rejoin two former Nebraska assistants.
06 SUN
Tom Osborne's term on the playoff committee* ends after this year.
This week in Husker history: Coach Jumbo Stiehm resigns to take the Indiana job and a salary boost of $750 per year.
It's official: Nebraska will play UCLA* in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 26 in Santa Clara,* Calif. | Commentary: Carriker, York | Stats matchup | Know the foe* | Series history| NU in bowls | Tickets | Discuss
Mike Riley looks back on the season and says the greatest pressure* of the job comes from within, not from fans or the media. | OWH season review: Offense (1, 2),* Defense (1, 2)*
A number of key recruiting targets* remain in play for the Huskers.
05 SAT
Tom Shatel says Central Florida is a good place* for Scott Frost to cut his teeth as a head coach.
LJ Scott's touchdown with 27 seconds remaining wins the Big Ten championship for Michigan State. | Highlights
Nebraska will be one of three five-win teams to get bowl berths. | Preparations*
Ex-Husker Ryan Held resigns as head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to join Scott Frost's staff at Central Florida. | Bio
04 FRI
Keith “End Zone” Jones looks back on his days as all-conference I-back for the Huskers in the 1980s.
The Foster Farms Bowl in California has an attractive time slot and a strong interest* in the Huskers.
Mike Riley sees more similarities than differences between recent Husker foes Iowa and Michigan State as they head into the Big Ten title game.
Safety Brandon Drayton has backed out* of his recent NU commitment.*
Fair or foul? ESPN debates Brandon Reilly's refusal to tip a waiter.
03 THU
A ranking of coaches' contracts puts Mike Riley at No. 31 nationally.
The 2016 recruiting class* is close to complete, although attrition among current players could alter the final numbers. | Juco CB* set to decide
Steve Sipple says the odds are against true freshmen* at quarterback.
There's an ironic footnote to Central Florida's hiring of Scott Frost, one that dates back to the Huskers' 1997 season.
Mike Riley says he’s grateful for the bowl opportunity, which he says is something that’s “great for your next team.”
Eric Crouch likes how the players “never gave up” this season and sees a bright future even though there’s “lots to work on.”
Poll question: Where will the Huskers be bowling this year?
Quarterback play* proved to be a big difference-maker in the Big Ten West race, Sam McKewon writes.
02 WED
Matt Davison discusses the Huskers on BTN Live and says they must get tougher in order to get better. | Discuss
Husker Dan answers some mail about the state of the Huskers.
De’Mornay Pierson-El is persevering with a new perspective on life.
Tommy Armstrong vows to push the team “to another level”* in 2016.
Mike Riley says he agrees “wholeheartedly” with the decision to issue no bowl bonuses to the coaching staff.
Building depth at linebacker remains a top priority despite the strides made by several players this season.
Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is leaving Michigan to become head coach at Maryland.
01 TUE
Jordan Westerkamp and Alex Lewis earn second-team all-conference honors on offense.* | Jeremy Pernell's picks
There's little agreement in the bowl projections* as to where the Huskers will end up.
Former Husker quarterback Scott Frost is leaving Oregon to become head coach at Central Florida. | Discuss
Wide receiver Keyan Williams, son of Husker assistant Keith Williams, is reportedly transferring* from Fresno State to Nebraska.