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February 2016

29 MON
Nebraska wins the 1980s in this decade-by-decade ranking of college football programs, and the Huskers also land in four other top 10s.
Mike Riley on Patrick O’Brien’s spring: “We’re going to coach him like crazy, give him an opportunity and then we’ll see from there.” | Audio
The LJS has a position-by-position primer for spring practice.
Mike Riley likes Greg McMullen's leadership on the the defensive line.
Hail Varsity ranks the Huskers' 10 overtime games.
It's shaping up as a big spring for several redshirts on offense.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart says the offensive line, defensive line and running backs are three areas to watch this spring at Nebraska.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr.'s decision will come this month in video form.
Poll question: Thumbs up or down on the Nebraska “30 for 30” that ESPN has in the works?
SB Nation looks at star power in the 50 states and credits Nebraska for taking “pretty good advantage” of available talent.
They're not well positioned on the depth chart, but Mikale Wilbon and Adam Taylor cannot be counted out in the competition at running back.
28 SUN
Tackling adversity is nothing new to walk-on Todd Honas.
This week in Husker history: Bill Glassford rules out another coaching job.
Here's an update on the past week's recruiting offers.
More NFL combine results are in* for Maliek Collins & Vincent Valentine.
Corn Nation previews the wide receivers and tight ends.
Mike Riley is looking for the Huskers' young offensive linemen to make their move. | Cornerbacks' progress: 1, 2*
Former Husker lineman Matt Vrzal's* path to post-football success hasn't followed a traditional script.
27 SAT
The OWH previews spring drills* with five position battles, five players to watch and five questions. | The QB competition
Southern Virginia University hires former Husker All-American Toniu Fonoti as offensive line coach. | Bio
Running back Devine Ozigbo is riding momentum into spring practices.
26 FRI
Help a good cause and meet former Huskers by taking part in the Nebraska Greats Foundation's 2016 golf tournament at the Omaha Country Club on May 23. Sponsorships are also available.
Andy Janovich and Alex Lewis make their push at the NFL combine.
Billy Devaney will make $300,000 a year in his new job with the Huskers.
Lane Grindle* is leaving the Husker Sports Network to join the Milwaukee Brewers' radio team.
Norv and Scott Turner will speak at the Big Red Football Coaches Clinic.
Hail Varsity recaps the latest Husker recruiting offers.
Mike Riley is open to rotating more players on the offensive line.
Walk-on Tavlin Hunt* is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Andra Franklin.
25 THU
The hiring of John Parrella has old-guard Blackshirts heartened.
A hybrid role* may be in the cards for walk-on Branden Hohenstein.
Here are the profile and results pages for the four Huskers at the NFL combine: Lewis | Janovich | Valentine | Collins | Thursday results
For Throwback Thursday, we have highlights from the 1987 game at Arizona State, including a Clete Blakeman trick play.
More position previews: Fullbacks | Defensive backs
Mike Riley is No. 6 in this re-ranking of 2015 coaching hires.
Poll question: Will Terrell Newby lead the team in carries in 2016?
Hear John Parrella talk about his path to Nebraska and much more.
Commentary on the new hires: Shatel,* Sipple, York, Vogel
24 WED
It's NFL Combine time for four former Huskers. | Capsules | Schedule
Another 2016 walk-on's story: Kearney Catholic's Creighton Hamik.*
A knee injury will sideline safety Aaron Williams for part of spring ball.
Dave Feit suspects the Nebraska “30 for 30” program won't be what most Husker fans had in mind.
Position previews: Linebacker | Running back | Quarterback
The hiring of John Parrella as defensive line coach is now official, and former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney has joined the staff as executive director of player personnel.* | Pernell commentary | Charlie McBride's thoughts | Devaney facts* | Discuss
23 TUE
Blair Tushaus* has joined the staff as a graduate assistant. | Discuss
More anticipation of the Husker “30 for 30” installment: 1, 2
Husker Dan recaps the best and worst of 2015.
Ty Chaffin* hopes to be the next walk-on success story at receiver.
John Parrella gets Charlie McBride's stamp of approval.
The Huskers have made at least 38 scholarship offers* in a 7-day span.
Former Husker player and team physician Scott Strasburger gets probation for driving under the influence of cocaine. | Discuss
With the start of Husker spring practices just 11 days away, here are the spring schedules for all Big Ten teams.
Tom Shatel expects Nebraska's image* to survive just fine in ESPN's upcoming “30 for 30” installment on the 1994 and ’95 Huskers.
22 MON
John Parrella brought a Blackshirt mentality to Northern Michigan. | Players notified | The recruiting question
The path to Nebraska was a roller-coaster ride for walk-on Tanner Hass.
Multiple reports are saying former Husker defensive tackle John Parrella will be the new coach of the defensive line. | Bios: 1, 2, 3 | Attributes* | Discuss | A case for Robert Prunty
Poll question: Do you like Vincent Valentine's chances in the NFL draft? | Eric Stokes' insights | Maliek Collins' task*
ESPN is working on a “30 for 30” documentary on Nebraska's 1994 and '95* national championship teams. | Discuss
21 SUN
Secondary coach Brian Stewart explains how Nebraska landed Lamar Jackson after not being in the player's top ten during the summer.
Tony Samuel is the latest former Husker to join the staff at UNLV.
Thirty-seven known Husker recruiting offers went out last week.
Husker football signee Ben Stille wins another state wrestling title.
An office job didn't suit former Husker Graham Stoddard, who's now part of a NASCAR pit crew.
This week in Husker history: Husker football great Guy Chamberlin decides to give professional baseball a go.
20 SAT
Andy Janovich intends to make the most of his NFL combine invitation.
Tommy Armstrong is listed among players under the most pressure.
Clete Blakeman reflects on his sudden celebrity status.*
19 FRI
Nebraska's fan base is rated the seventh most powerful in college football.
The first in-state offer for 2017 goes to Aurora's Austin Allen.*
The NFL suspends former Husker Randy Gregory for four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
A ranking of 20 seasons' worth of Big 12 players has Huskers in the No. 2, 9 and 12 spots, plus two honorable mentions.
Angus McClure, regarded as a potential hire at Nebraska as defensive line coach, agrees to terms that will keep him at UCLA.
HuskerOnline previews the tight ends and offensive line, and Athlon Sports looks at the quarterbacks.
18 THU
A Fox News writer ranks Nebraska as the second most miserable fan base in college football. Discuss
New strength staffer Clete McLeod is working with Andy Janovich and three other former Huskers with NFL hopes.
Sam McKewon says it'll take bold moves* for the Huskers to crack the top 15 in recruiting in 2017. | Recent offers*
The script Huskers is restored in Nebraska Athletics’ latest branding tweaks. | Discuss
Who was Usher Burdick? Decades before being elected to Congress, the Minnesota end pulled a fast one on Nebraska – and got away with it.
17 WED
The Huskers are deep at wide receiver heading into spring ball.
The spring game gets a 1 p.m. start, but there's no word on whether it will be televised. | 32,000 tickets sold
16 TUE
The past two years provided lessons in patience for linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, who's now poised for a big senior season. | Position preview
Dylan McCaffrey, a quarterback from Colorado who had a Nebraska offer, opts for Michigan. | Staff makes Texas offers | More: 1,* 2
15 MON
Ross Els rebuts Tom Banderas' criticism of Bo Pelini.
The Daily Nebraskan revisits Super Bowl week through the eyes of referee Clete Blakeman.
Nebraska secondary coach Brian Stewart hasn't forgotten the advice of his former boss Wade Phillips. | Player evaluations
Husker Dan invites you to Hunt with the Huskers.
Poll question: Should the Huskers use more quarterback running in the coming season? | Position preview
The Jordan twins will make it a brotherhood of three at Nebraska.
14 SUN
Josh Banderas' dad says one welcome change under Mike Riley is that his assistants are allowed to coach.
Steve Sipple sees former Husker John Parrella as a logical candidate for the opening on the Nebraska coaching staff.
This week in Husker history: Link Lyman's return after a season off, the Huskers' only February game, and the hiring of Jumbo Stiehm.
13 SAT
Armed with lessons learned in 2015, Mike Riley is getting proactive.*
Brian Stewart has reasons to be upbeat about his defensive secondary.
Jim Harbaugh's recruiting tactics and antics* have the rest of the league's attention, as well as the SEC's. | Buckeyes set pace*
12 FRI
Who was Wilbur S. Wood? Randy York digs deep for details on the life and times of the pioneering Husker basketball player.
Brady Hoke aims to elevate the defense for Oregon, NU's third 2016 foe.
The Nebraska staff sent out at least 14* new offers to recruits this week. | 2017 storylines
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Trevor Roach & Jake Cotton.
Athlon Sports ranks Nebraska's 2016 roster talent fifth in the Big Ten.
Chris Weber finds it “pretty sweet” to be placed on athletic scholarship.
11 THU
Maliek Collins has bittersweet feelings* about his early exit.
Former NFL assistant coach Carl Mauck likes Mike Riley's commitment to improving the Huskers' running game.
Kenny Wilhite is a believer* in the power of the walk-on program.
Mike Riley says there are a number of “really good candidates” for the spot on the Husker coaching staff vacated by Hank Hughes.
Four Huskers get NFL combine invitations.
An NCAA committee advances a plan that would give replay officials a bigger say in enforcement of the targeting rule.* | Discuss
Check out Clete Blakeman's appearance on the Today show.
10 WED
Mike Riley has something special* for an NU fan serving in Afghanistan.
Former Husker Kenny Wilhite takes over the recruiting role that focuses on walk-ons and in-state* high schools. | New QB on radar
Shann Schillinger, a graduate manager on the Husker staff, takes a job at Montana, where he will coach the safeties.
O-line development appears to have come up short over the last decade or so at Nebraska.
09 TUE
Cornerback Darnay Holmes, a Husker target from Calabasas High in California, sets his announcement date and has NU in his top seven.
Lars Anderson, the veteran Sports Illustrated writer from Lincoln who has followed the Lawrence Phillips story closely over the years, traces the final days of the former Husker.
Watch former Husker Vincent Valentine squat 745 pounds.
There's no rest in recruiting: A 2019 offer goes out.
Transfer quarterback Tanner Lee is looking forward to his opportunity at Nebraska with a sense of gratitude and confidence.
08 MON
Tad Stryker sees trends emerging on how coach Mike Riley intends to shape the Husker program.
College Football News sees tough road challenges for the Huskers in 2016. | B1G game rankings
Safety Lamar Jackson has a chance to make an immediate impact.
Danny Langsdorf likes the Huskers' recruiting haul on the O-line.
07 SUN
Super Bowl ref Clete Blakeman had Brook Berringer-like qualities while at NU, say his coach and teammates. | #HotRef | Ring for Zaire Anderson
One-hour recruiting specials from NET and TWC are viewable here.
Former Husker Kareem Sears uses Lawrence Phillips’ story as a lesson for the high school players Sears coaches in Enid, Okla.
This week in Husker history: A posthumous Silver Star for Butch Luther.
06 SAT
Sam McKewon lists 25 prospects* to watch for 2017. More: Sense of urgency* | Scholarship balance and numbers | Sipple on vacancy
Getting the championship cycle* restarted at Nebraska will hinge on talent evaluation and development, Dirk Chatelain writes.
Familiarity breeds productivity* in the staff's second winter in Lincoln.
05 FRI
N-Club members see some of Tom Osborne in Mike Riley.
Hank Hughes is out as coach of the defensive line.* | Bio | Discuss
Jeremy Pernell ranks the top 40 recruiting classes and breaks down the Huskers' signees, ranked No. 23.
His mother's health issues made Quayshon Alexander's decision to go far from home all the more difficult.
Receiver Derrion Grim and O-lineman Matt Farniok make the Parade All-America first team, and O-lineman John Raridon is an honorable mention.
Marlin Briscoe is Saturday's Legends Radio Show guest.
Six years later, former Husker linebacker Scott Shanle still savors his Super Bowl championship memories. | Super Bowl Huskers
The OWH's Sam McKewon offers his leftover thoughts* from signing day. | By the numbers* | Athlon's B1G rankings
“Josh is down”: The tragic death* of a fan who touched Huskers' lives.
Mark Philipp says he's seeing leaders emerge in winter workouts.*
04 THU
Tommy Armstrong says mentoring* is part of his relationship with fellow quarterback Patrick O'Brien. More from the Big Red Bash: Video | Riley's remarks* | Photos: 1, 2, 3*
Nebraska got burned by the downside of silent commitments.* More signing-day leftovers: Fans send pizza | In-state focus: 1,* 2
Randy York looks at the teamwork that made Nebraska's live online signing-day show a success.
The Film Room: Quarterback Patrick O'Brien on reading defenses and receiver Derrion Grim on route-running.
Jeremy Pernell's top 300 recruits of 2016: Who they are, where they come from and where they're going.
California* was golden for Husker recruiting, but Texas* also remains a priority. | The radius* | On to 2017* | Top 25 class* | Commentary: Vogel, Shatel,* Callahan, McKewon,* Sherman, Sipple* | Notes: 1,* 2,* 3*
03 WED
DAY 2016
Some young players might need to “step up a little quicker” because of attrition on the defensive line,* Mike Riley says. | Roster notes*
There's hope that more is coming from the Calabasas connection.*
Mike Riley was familiar with Tanner Lee even before the quarterback decided to leave Tulane.* More player features: Collin Miller,* Todd Honas,* David Engelhaupt | Five “sleepers”*
Adam Carriker takes stock of the new batch of Huskers.
Watch head coach Mike Riley describe the Huskers' 2016 recruiting class in these videos. | Talent and production* | No recruiting rest | McKewon & Nyatawa analysis
Scott Raridon is glad to see his son* become a 2nd-generation Husker.
Receiver Lane Hovey announces he's transferring to Montana.
All signatures are in and the 2016 recruiting class is official.* | Discuss
Husker assistant coaches share some roster-related observations as they head into spring ball.*
Defensive end Joe Keels is transferring to Eastern Michigan.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf discusses the new quarterbacks, O-linemen and more. | Tanner Lee's opportunity | B1G QB rankings*
Mike Riley says sophomore safety Antonio Reed will miss spring ball after undergoing surgery. | More*
Quayshon Alexander sticks with NU: 1, 2, 3,* 4 | Texas streak ends*
Follow signing day on our 2016 recruiting page, with live tweets, player details and those all-important check marks filling in. More ways to follow: Huskers.com live show | OWH | LJS | Discuss
02 TUE
It's shaping up as a shakedown spring* for Nebraska's quarterbacks.
The Lamar Jackson commitment video* was an idea hatched before he even had Nebraska in his top 10. | See it here
Four-star 2017 QB Tristan Gebbia* has Nebraska in his top five.
Patrick O’Brien and Derrion Grim are enjoying their head start. | QB
Quayshon Alexander appears to be less than a lock for Nebraska with his announcement set for Wednesday morning.
Isaiah Simmons, the safety/receiver* from Olathe, Kan., who seemed to favor NU until Clemson came calling, commits to the Tigers.* | Discuss
Nebraska's recruiting budget has doubled* in the last five years.
BTN.com looks at team-by-team recruiting results vs. wins and losses.
Lamar Jackson, a four-star safety from California, announces his commitment* to Nebraska.* | Highlights & announcement video | 2016 class | Discuss
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will announce his 2017 college choice next month and also plans to visit Lincoln for the start of spring practice.
Tanner Farmer says wrestling is improving his quickness and balance.
01 MON
Norfolk Catholic end David Engelhaupt, a Wyoming commit, gets a late NU offer.* Meanwhile, Isaiah Simmons moves up his commit­ment announcement. | Big Tuesday | Shatel on over-signing*
Assistant coaches Trent Bray and Keith Williams get pay raises and contract extensions* through Jan. 31, 2018.
The OWH examines geographical trends in Husker football recruiting and rates the top 20 recruits of the last 10 years.
The hype surrounding the Super Bowl has grown since former Husker Roger Craig played in his first one 31 years ago.
Mike Riley got a taste of his dream job* Wednesday in South Dakota.