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March 2016

31 THU
Here are some notes (1, 2, 3,* 4) from Thursday's practice, including observations about the QBs. | Updates and video | Praise for Morgan
Boyd Epley is taking on an expanded role* with the football team.
Husker commit Cameron Jurgens cracks the top 40 in 247Sports' ranking of 2018 football recruits. | Highlights
Nick Gates is one of Athlon's top 20 O-linemen on the rise.
Eye discipline is crucial for Trent Bray's linebackers. | Barry's quest: 1,* 2
30 WED
Plans for an on-campus NikeTown store* fall through after Ndamukong Suh's company and the university fail to agree on terms.
The learning process continues for young linebackers Tyrin Ferguson and Mohamed Barry.
Defensive end DaiShon Neal is setting high goals after his redshirt year.*
Opportunity is knocking for defensive tackle Kevin Maurice.*
The Huskers' special-teams work this spring is focusing on technique.*
29 TUE
Quarterback prospect Tristan Gebbia* makes the rounds in Lincoln with his teammate Keyshawn Johnson Jr.
Here are some notes (1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6*) from Tuesday's practice, which saw the return of Stanley Morgan and a few others who had been out with injuries. Videos and updates can be found here. | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4
The spring game will be viewable live on BTN2GO and later at various times on the Big Ten Network.
Jeff Kinney, Maury Damkroger and Jerry Tagge share Game of the Century memories from nearly 45 years ago.
Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson joins the staff at Indiana in a quality-control* role.
Batman continues to inspire former Husker great Ahman Green.
QB prospect Tristan Gebbia has scheduled a Lincoln visit* for today.
Big Red Report's Build-O-Team shows where NU's recruiting needs are.
The LJS has nine questions to ponder as spring drills resume.
ESPN.com rates the Huskers' receiving corps second in the Big Ten.
28 MON
Nebraska faces competition in the pursuit of Aurora's Austin Allen.*
Spring game ticket sales have topped 48,000.
The cornerbacks aim to keep building from last year's strong finish.
With spring drills about to resume, this stock report assesses the status of about a dozen players.
Steve Sipple sees reasons to be encouraged by Mike Riley's offseason.
Sam McKewon says old narratives* might need to be discarded.
Poll question: Is the leadership review at NU cause for alarm?
Last year's game experience gives Devine Ozigbo added confidence in the competition for playing time at running back.
27 SUN
This week in Husker history: NU is without an athletic director in 1961 as Bill Orwig leaves for Indiana and no replacement has been named.
Sam McKewon sees a move-the-chains running game as vital to reducing the burden on the Blackshirts.
Husker profile: freshman defensive back Lamar Jackson.
Tom Shatel wonders whether there's more to the Athletic Department leadership evaluation* than Hank Bounds is letting on.
26 SAT
The OWH analyzes the spring roster: Running backs* | QBs* | Receivers* | O-line* | D-line* | Linebackers* | Secondary* | Special teams*
Wide receivers coach Keith Williams' connection with players is paying dividends on the field and on the recruiting trail.
HuskerOnline looks at the spring risers on offense and defense.
Even with a pair of four-stars in the fold, Nebraska continues to pursue wide receivers for the 2017 recruiting class.
Wide receiver Alonzo Moore isn't satisfied with the strides he made last season and intends to raise his game to another level.
25 FRI
Technique, toughness and fire are what Mike Cavanaugh wants from his revamped offensive line. | A healthy Whitaker
Former Husker receiver Niles Paul could see some snaps at fullback this season with the Redskins.
In Pennsylvania, former Husker Eric Lueshen discusses his experience as an openly gay athlete.
Big Red Report looks at several Huskers who could use a strong second half of spring football.
Walk-on Bryan Reimers of Lincoln has a shot at being part of the main rotation of receivers this season.
24 THU
One of Nebraska's top two quarterback prospects for 2017 is off the board as Jack Coan* commits to Wisconsin.
Former Husker fullback Tom Rathman visits his old high school and comes bearing a gift. | Video
Poll question: Has recruiting turned the corner?
Mike Knox will be Saturday's Legends Radio Show guest.
Two Huskers make Athlon's list of 15 Big Ten players on the rise.
A 4-star linebacker feels the love from Husker fans. | “Calibraska” influx?*
23 WED
An independent review of Athletic Department leadership and culture is under way at the request of NU President Hank Bounds.*
Hear Keyshawn Johnson Jr. discuss his decision. | Shatel commentary*
It's a big catch for the Huskers as wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. commits to Nebraska. See his announcement video and highlights here. More coverage: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5 | Discuss | 3 takeaways* | 2017 commits
Peyton Newell and several other sophomores* who were highly touted recruits are working to start making an impact.
22 TUE
Richard Owen Fischer, believed to have been the oldest living former Nebraska football player, has died at age 102 in Colorado.
An Off Tackle Empire writer looks back at the Huskers' exhilirating highs and crushing lows of November 1978.
Condolences go out to friends and family of Merle, the first to sign up for our discussion forums in 1999.
Tad Stryker expects the hiring of John Parrella as defensive line coach to pay off in more ways than one.
21 MON
Player features: Dylan Utter, Jerald Foster, Derrion Grim.
Former Husker player and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin joins the staff of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Informer continues his look back at the Tommie Frazier era: Nebraska vs. Middle Tennessee, 1992.
20 SUN
Sam McKewon takes stock of the Huskers midway into spring drills.
Just a few days remain in the online voting for the AAU's Sullivan Award, with Mikaela Foecke and Jordan Burroughs in the running.
The makeup of the offensive line and the rotation at running back are two works in progress for the 2016 offense.
This week in Husker history: Spring practices in 1926 see a record turnout of 120 players.
After a subpar season, changes* are afoot on defense.
19 SAT
Steve Sipple says the Huskers appear to have the pieces needed to compete for the Big Ten West championship.
Nebraska is proving capable of recruiting top-tier receivers
David Knevel is eyeing the starting spot at right tackle* after three years of getting stronger, learning the playbook and mastering his technique.
The 2015 redshirts see their year of seasoning as beneficial.
18 FRI
Former Husker offensive lineman Mark Doak, a co-owner of the former Sweep Left bar in Haymarket, has died in Florida at age 64. | 2013 story
Receiver Brandon Reilly is ticketed on suspicion of DUI. | Discuss
CBSSports.com has Nebraska as a potential playoff Cinderella in 2016.
17 THU
Danny Langsdorf says a big priority is to get the offensive line* to "gel and work together." | Offense's progress* | Notes: 1, 2
Safety Kieron Williams feels he must improve his man-to-man coverage in order to become a more reliable contributor on defense.
Updates and videos from Thursday's practice are arriving here. | Notes: 1, 2* | Photos: 1, 2, 3 | Sights & sounds: 1, 2*
Receiver prospect Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will announce his college destination next Wednesday.
16 WED
An improved tactical grasp of his position has defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun* expecting improvement in 2016.
Defensive end Alex Davis was the defensive MVP of the scout team last year, and now he's bulked up and vying for playing time.
15 TUE
Cornerback Eric Lee Jr. is hoping to benefit from the strides he made during his redshirt year.* | Chris Jones' inspiration
Much of the talk after Tuesday's practice revolved around the develop­ment of the D-line: 1, 2, 3, 4. More: Videos | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5, 6*
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: John Parrella and Jim Scott
Sam McKewon breaks down the pecking order on the defensive side.*
Graham Nabity is embracing his switch to H-back.
14 MON
It appears Brandon Reilly is picking up this spring where he left off after his breakout season last fall.
A fun look back at a mostly forgotten game: The 1992 season opener against Utah.
Athlon Sports runs down the spring storylines for each Big Ten team and has Nebraska ranked third in the B1G West.
Sam McKewon looks at how the depth chart is shaping up on offense* thus far in spring ball.
Tony Samuel is the latest addition to UNLV's Cornhusker contingent.
Steve Sipple and Sam McKewon* see signs of good chemistry.
13 SUN
Former Iowa State coach Donnie Duncan has died at age 75.
This week in Husker history: Cupid’s arrow comes from an unlikely source for former Nebraska football star John Westover.
The ebullient Davis twins* are eager to begin unleashing their potential on the defensive line.
12 SAT
Mike Riley sees better first-down running* as crucial to the offense.
Injuries are forcing Jordan Westerkamp, Stanley Morgan and Michael Rose-Ivey to miss at least part of spring drills. More from Saturday's practice: Videos & updates | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5, 6 | Observations: 1, 2*
Jaevon McQuitty, a four-star receiver from Missouri, has committed to the Huskers,* making public what position coach Keith Williams* has known for a few weeks. | Highlights | Discuss | Junior Day recap*
Greg McMullen's leadership is rooted in the choices he made while growing up in Akron, Ohio.
11 FRI
Mental reps* are crucial to defensive end Sedrick King's progress.
O-linemen Tanner Farmer and Jerald Foster are aiming to move up after disappointing starts to their Husker careers. | Buying in
Former Husker Prince Amukamara signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Poll question: Will the move to rugby-style tackling be effective?
10 THU
Mike Cavanaugh offers progress reports on several of his O-linemen.*
Zack Darlington is excited about the chance to put his athleticism to work at slot receiver. | O'Brien's transition
News, videos and photos from Thursday's practice are accumulating here, with offensive linemen in the spotlight. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4,
D-linemen Kevin Maurice and Sedrick King see opportunities to seize.
Here are a couple of rundowns on the visitors expected for Big Red Weekend. | More about Hampton*
The Davis twins have grown from a humbling experience last fall.
Consistency in pass coverage is a key goal for linebacker Marcus Newby.
Linebacker Chris Weber has bulked up to withstand the Big Ten grind.
Other safeties' injuries are giving Kieron Williams* first-team reps this spring.
09 WED
The Huskers get their first commit for 2017,* outside linebacker Willie Hampton from Florida. | Highlights | Discuss
Generosity reigned at Saturday night's Team Jack Gala.
Nebraska is No. 41 in Athlon Sports' early rankings for 2016.
Player features and updates from the defensive side of the ball: Sedrick King | Marcus Newby | Eric Lee
08 TUE
Bigger and stronger than last year, the Davis twins are eager to learn from their new position coach. More from Tuesday's practice: Videos & tweets | Parrella's drive* | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5, 6 | Photos: 1, 2, 3
The Huskers are represented in two of Sports Illustrated’s “100 Greatest Moments in Sports History.”
The Buffalo Bills and Richie Incognito agree on a new contract.
07 MON
The Huskers’ adoption of rugby-style tackling is part of a growing trend.
Sam McKewon says patience* will be needed with freshman quarterback Patrick O’Brien’s development.
Not satisfied despite last season's successes, receiver Alonzo Moore aims to take his game to a new level in 2016.
Michael Rose-Ivey welcomes the stepped-up competition at linebacker.
Joe Ganz rejoins Bo Pelini as Youngstown State's tight ends coach.
Freshman Derrion Grim has impressed his fellow Husker receivers with his maturity, both physical and mental.
Nineteen players become Nebraska football lettermen for the first time.
Visits in the next 10 days by Tristan Gebbia and Jack Coan could determine who the quarterback* is in Nebraska's 2017 recruiting class.
Illinois' hiring of Lovie Smith is now official. | Poll: How will he do?
06 SUN
Dylan Utter is “pretty pumped” about his switch to center, a position he says better suits his frame. | McKewon's rewind*
This week in Husker history: Former Husker Francis Schmidt is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments.
Former Husker Scott Frost sees Central Florida as a good place to run his offense because of the bountiful nearby talent.
What drives John Parrella? It all begins with his father.*
Tommy Armstrong* has gone back to the basics in his quest to improve.
05 SAT
Day 1 of spring practice provided proof that Mike Riley isn't afraid to shake things up. More: Advantage to the offense* | Sipple commentary | Vibes & vignettes | Video & photos
The Miami Dolphins restructure Ndamukong Suh's contract.
The first spring practice is in the books, and Zack Darlington has moved from quarterback to slot receiver. | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6, 7,* 8, 9 | Unofficial 2-deeps* | More photos: 1, 2, 3, 4 | Schedule
Illinois coach Bill Cubit is fired by the school's new athletic director, and reports say Lovie Smith is expected to take Cubit's place.
Jack Gangwish gives the hiring of John Parrella a thumbs up.
Knowing this is his final spring season in Lincoln provides extra fuel for running back Terrell Newby.
Vincent Valentine says his decision to leave early was partly based on his belief that Hank Hughes was staying. More from Pro Day in Lincoln: Daniel Davie shines1,* 2 | Videos | Notes | Photos
04 FRI
Offensive tackle Nick Gates is excited about his move to the left side. | O-line snapshot
Khalil Davis is upbeat about team chemistry after winning the competition for Husker Power Football Athlete of the Year. | Twins' double duty
Mike Riley reminisces about his Oregon roots on the MLB Network.
AP and Athlon Sports preview the Huskers' spring drills.
A year has made a big difference in the once-dire linebacker picture.
Position previews: Wide receiver | Defensive backs
Billy Devaney's job description is a work in progress,* but he knows his ability to assess talent will come in handy.
03 THU
Freshman defensive lineman Khalil Davis* earns top honors in the Huskers' performance testing. | Discuss
The OWH's Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon examine the freshmen who need to make an impact this spring in this video.
The 2009 Huskers are No. 6 in a ranking of defenses from 2005 to 2015.
Poll question: Should tackling in practice during the season be banned?
02 WED
The Huskers' productive winter* reflects a renewed dedication to preparation by Tommy Armstrong and his fellow seniors. | Notes: 1,* 2 | Commentary: Sipple, Shatel*
Mike Riley says an Ivy League-style ban on tackling during in-season practices wouldn’t change things much at most schools, including NU.
Hail Varsity and the OWH* dissect today’s roster news from Mike Riley. More from the press conference: Videos & transcripts | Parrella’s “no-brainer”: 1, 2, 3 | No spring flings* | Devaney's role: 1, 2,* 3 | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4 | Photos: 1, 2, 3 | Spring schedule
Here are a couple of recent videos from the weight room.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Charlie McBride & Bill Barnett.
An improved comfort level in year 2 under Mike Riley is noted as USA Today previews spring football in the Big Ten.
It was walk-on Eli Sullivan's versatility* that drew Nebraska's interest.
Jordan Westerkamp is the lone Husker in Athlon's top 25 Big Ten players.
01 TUE
John Parrella has hit the ground running in recruiting.* | High grades
The numbers and experience at linebacker are improving.
The 1983 and '95 Huskers are listed among 23 teams in college football history that approached offensive perfection.
SB Nation looks at how the Big Eight of 1995 and the Big 12 of 2003 would stack up with the teams' 2015 rosters.
Defense is on the front burner as Sam McKewon offers up a number of storylines* to follow during spring ball. | Players to watch: 1, 2, 3, 4
As an NFL talent guru, Billy Devaney recognized Husker hidden gems.
Athlon Sports previews the competition on the offensive line, and Corn Nation does likewise with the defensive line.