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April 2016

30 SAT
Offensive tackle Alex Lewis goes in the fourth round of the NFL draft to Baltimore, and Denver uses the first pick* of the sixth round to take fullback Andy Janovich, bringing the Huskers' weekend total to four.* | Discuss | Husker draft history
29 FRI
The third round's a charm as the Cowboys select Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine goes to the Patriots in the NFL draft. More: 1,* 2,* 3
Now it's the defense's turn as the unveiling of Nebraska's All-NFL Draft team is completed. | Husker draft history
Part of Billy Devaney's role is getting the coaching and recruiting arms of the program “speaking the same language.” | Recent offers*
Actor/comedian Adam DeVine gets a tour of Memorial Stadium and even gets to return a punt.
Sam McKewon doesn't see satellite camps* surviving in current form, and Mike Riley is scaling back* his original plans for this summer's events.
HuskerOnline's spring review continues with the O-line and tight ends.
Oregon has issues to address on both sides of the ball* as it tries to return to its recent heights.
Saturday's Legends Radio guests: Jamel Williams & Michael Booker.
28 THU
See the 11 first-rounders who make up Huskers.com's Nebraska offensive All-NFL Draft team. | Husker draft history
The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame is naming its football exhibit hall in honor of Tom Osborne.
Poll question: What is Nebraska's barometer game for 2016?
The opener against Fresno State will be in prime time on BTN.
27 WED
Waiting for that call during the NFL draft isn't easy, as several former Huskers can attest. | Lewis' stock rising*
The newly released ESPN 300 for 2017 includes three Husker commits.*
HuskerOnline reviews the spring progress at receiver and running back.
Jeremy Pernell runs down his top 100 prospects for the NFL draft.
Andy Janovich has a chance to become NU's 24th walk-on NFL draftee.*
Athlon Sports has Nebraska's John Parrella on its list of top 10 assistant coach hires in the Big Ten for 2016.
What will be the barometer game of 2016? Media members weigh in.
26 TUE
A Nebraska-vs.-Michigan recruiting battle* will be settled Saturday when defensive tackle Deontre Thomas makes his pick. | Banker on recruiting*
The U.S. Justice Department has begun an informal inquiry into the NCAA's ban on satellite camps.
Jeremy Pernell's scouting report pegs Vincent Valentine as a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft.
He sat out spring ball, but Mick Stoltenberg* will be a key piece of the defensive line come autumn.
Tight end signee David Engelhaupt* has the tools, if not the experience at the position, that the Husker staff wants.
The LJS looks at Husker streaks and trends* in the NFL draft.
25 MON
Sad news out of Lincoln: Joe Blahak, the defensive back* who started on Nebraska's national championship teams of 1970 and 1971, has died at age 65.* | 2004 H’Max interview | York commentary
Jeremy Pernell's scouting report sees defensive tackle Maliek Collins going in the third through fifth rounds of the NFL draft.
HuskerOnline takes stock of the quarterbacking after spring ball.
Hail Varsity recaps the spring games at Wyoming, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Poll question: Will Drew Brown be Nebraska's next NFL kicker?
Tight end commit Austin Allen uses his basketball skills to great advantage on the football field, says his high school coach.
The Athletic Department is hiring game support personnel for this fall. Find out more here.
24 SUN
Nebraska is runner-up for CBSSports.com's Punter U honors.
Getting tougher was a priority this spring for 0-lineman Christian Gaylord.
This week in Husker history: A Nebraska-Doane practice game serves as a trial run for the forward pass and other facets of football's new rules.
NU has no shortage* of in-state O-line prospects. | Bando's options*
23 SAT
The OWH takes a capsule look at each Big Ten West team.*
CBSSports.com bestows the title of Kicker U on Nebraska.
Maliek Collins still has hopes of being a first-round draft pick.
22 FRI
After this recruiting cycle, Rhode Island and Kentucky* are likely to be the only states not to have produced a Husker football player. | Latest offers
Receivers coach Keith Williams’ aggressive Twitter presence* has made him the persona of Nebraska recruiting, Sam McKewon writes. | Discuss
Sam McKewon lists 10 players* who helped their stock this spring.
21 THU
The commitment of Avery Roberts* capped more than 14 months of recruiting efforts by linebackers coach Trent Bray.*
Mitch Sherman says letting Tommy Armstrong run will be a must in 2016.
Mike Riley says improved footwork* will be continue to be a focus for Tommy Armstrong over the summer.
Avery Roberts, a linebacker from Delaware with a four-star rating, announces his commitment to the Huskers. | Highlights | McKewon's 5 takes | 2017 class | Discuss
Hear former Husker Christian Peter talk about old times and a new project (salty language alert).
Faux Pelini explains the satellite camp issue, and Dan Wetzel sees the “National Collegiate Industrial Complex” gorging on media-rights riches.
HuskerOnline doles out its spring awards on offense and defense.
Throwback Thursday: 99 years before Nebraska fans famously turned Notre Dame's stadium red, another great migration took place.
20 WED
Nebraska's missteps and misfortune on the defensive line go back to signing day of 2010.
“I hit that breaking point”: Defensive lineman Greg McMullen elaborates on his decision to give up football.*
Last season's injuries helped build depth* in this year's linebacking corps.
Former Huskers gathered Sunday to help honor longtime trainer George Sullivan, recipient of the Dick Herman Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nebraska football's Academic Progress Rate* remains solid despite a slight slippage from the prior year.
CBSSports.com's mock NFL draft has two Huskers listed.
A short ABC feature spotlights Todd Honas, the 2016 walk-on who doesn't let a hearing impairment slow him down.
USA Today examines trends in tackling with input from Mike Riley.
Get your tickets for Big Red of the Rockies' 20th-anniversary banquet featuring Ahman Green, Adam Carriker and George Darlington.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Joel Wilks & Jason Jenkins.
Mike Riley's staff is proving that winning games is only part of what makes for good recruiting,* Sam McKewon writes. | Recent offers*
Freshman center Michael Decker* has emerged as a part of the youth movement on the offensive line.
19 TUE
Meet NU's student-athletes of the year, Shavon Shields & Mattie Fowler.
The Big Ten and Fox are said to be close to signing a six-year mega-deal involving half of the conference's media-rights package.
There's a chance the ban on satellite camps will be overturned.
Tommy Armstrong heads ESPN.com's list of top 10 Huskers for 2016.
Rugby-style tackling fundamentals are catching on with the Huskers, but there's still progress to be made.
Nebraska gets what it wanted as the NCAA lets schools pay the way for parents or guardians on recruits' official visits.*
With satellite camps deep-sixed, the current evaluation period* becomes more crucial for the Husker staff.
Hear Johnny Rodgers and Roger Sayers discuss old times and a September event to honor fellow Omahan Marlin Briscoe.
The I-back competition remains a three-man race.*
18 MON
Nebraska is 24th nationally in athletic department revenue.*
Kevin Williams talks about his decision to leave. | Discuss
The Informer's look back at Tommie Frazier's four seasons continues with the 1992 Washington game.
Injuries can't keep cornerback Charles Jackson* down.
ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman sizes up the challenge facing the D-line.
Brook Berringer's* inspirational story endures 20 years* after his death.
Numbers-crunching Bill Connelly affirms the 1995 Huskers’ dominance.
Poll question: How big is the loss of Greg McMullen to the D-line?
Sam McKewon says Mike Riley's Huskers are still finding their way.*
Tad Stryker says underclassmen will have to deliver because of attrition on the offensive and defensive lines.
17 SUN
And then there was one: Michael Rose-Ivey* is the only defender left from the Huskers' recruiting class of 2012.
Hear Rob Zatechka's thoughts on the spring game, recruiting and more.
BTN subscribers can now view the missing fourth quarter online.
This week in Husker history: Tragedy in ’96 and a life-altering hit in ’76.
16 SAT
The Huskers get a commitment from offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes* from Texas.* | Highlights | 2017 class | Saturday recap*
Greg McMullen is leaving the team, Kevin Williams’ plans to transfer are confirmed, and Paul Thurston is also likely to depart.
Devine Ozigbo
The defense wins the spring game, 46-41, on an interception on the final play, but fans at home missed it because BTN cut off* its live stream after three quarters. Get all the coverage and commentary on the game page. | Postgame presser | Highlights | Photos
Nebraska spring games over the years have been a source of quirks and inaccurate foreshadowing.
The Brook Berringer Citizenship Team reaches a record size 20 years after the death of the former Nebraska quarterback.
Enter Californians for Nebraska's drawing for a pair of tickets to the Oregon game and two nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Haymarket.
The Huskers' young offensive and defensive lines will provide one of the battles worth focusing on during today's Red-White spring game. More: Eyes on the QBs* | Who & what to watch: 1,* 2* | The recruits: 1, 2*
15 FRI
Help the annual Salute the Troops weekend by taking part in this four-man scramble at Platteview Golf Club in July.
Members of the media weigh in on the state of Nebraska football in the first of a three-part series.
ESPN.com and Hail Varsity preview the spring game.
Nebraska's four-year recruiting expenses are tops in the Big Ten,
New in the HuskerMax shop: The 2016 Adidas Sideline items that will be worn Saturday and next fall.
The Calabraska phenomenon draws the attention of USA Today: 1, 2
Marcus Newby's improved consistency* has him on the rise at linebacker.
14 THU
Here are photos from Thursday night's Jet Award ceremony, plus audio from earlier in the day. | Nebraska-Oklahoma memories*
The OWH* and Corn Nation list the recruits expected at the spring game.
With 60,000 tickets sold for Saturday's game, here's a look at spring game attendance over the years.
The spring game will have an unconventional offense-vs.-defense format, Mike Riley says. More from Thursday's practice, in which the offense* struggled: Videos & updates | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5,* 6* | Photos: 1, 2*
Austin Allen, the standout tight end from Aurora,* becomes the Huskers' first in-state commitment* for 2017. | Highlights | Discuss | 2017 class
No fish is too big for John Parrella* in recruiting. | Spring game visitors
Sporting News' Bill Bender says there's reason for optimism that Mike Riley can lift Nebraska from spoiler to contender.
The quest for a better screen game* starts with the offensive line.
Walk-on tight end Tyler Hoppes* of Lincoln is working to be more than just a feel-good spring story.
Former NU assistant Tim Beck hopes for a smoother year at Ohio State.
13 WED
A satellite camp changed everything for DiCaprio Bootle/
Johnny Rodgers and Will Shields are among seven former Huskers named to the NU Athletics Hall of Fame. | Photos*
Mike Riley expresses qualms* about the trend toward enrolling early.*
After bouncing around, Luke McNitt has found a home at fullback.
If you're going to the spring game, here's what you need to know.
Shawn Eichorst says he welcomes* the survey of his department ordered by NU President Hank Bounds.
Defensive tackle Khalil Davis is picking up the finer points of his position as a significant role this fall seems possible.
Graduate assistant Tavita Thompson's focus is on coaching up the Huskers' tight ends, not on what his next career step might be.
12 TUE
Mark Banker says it's evident from Saturday's scrimmage that the run defense needs to be shored up. More from Tuesday's practice: Updates & video | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5*
The satellite camp ban continues to reverberate, with Jim Harbaugh sounding off and Jim Delany speaking in more measured tones.*
Nebraska has made a flurry of recent scholarship offers to defensive players* from Florida.
Big Ten play was an eye-opener last year for Freedom Akinmoladun.
Take your pick: Nebraska's schedule is the nation's 10th-toughest. Or it's the fifth-easiest among Power Five teams. | About the FPI | Discuss
11 MON
Players have adjusted to Mike Riley's new spring practice regimen.
Nebraska announces the hiring of former Husker Amy Williams to succeed Connie Yori as head coach for women's basketball.
Kentucky is said to be pursuing Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin Williams as a graduate transfer.
The NCAA reportedly approves a 3-year moratorium on new bowl games.
Sam McKewon says defensive depth is a concern as he offers 12 takes on Husker spring football.
HuskerMax poll: Do you agree with the ban on satellite camps?
10 SUN
Steve Sipple says quarterback Tommy Armstrong needs to be a more prominent part of the running game than he was most of last season.
Congrats to David and Donna Max on 40 years of marriage.
This week in Husker history: The Varsity scores on a 9-yard pass as time expires to pull out a win against the Alumni in the 1951 spring game.
Thick skin is a prerequisite for anyone in the fish bowl position of quarterback at Nebraska. | Armstrong's focus* | Gebbia's drive*
09 SAT
His confidence took a hit or two last season, but now Joshua Kalu feels established at cornerback.
The Huskers scrimmaged for nearly 100 plays Saturday at Memorial Stadium. | Updates and videos | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6* | Photos: 1, 2, 3 | Riley on satellite camps: 1, 2, 3 | McMullen on leave
Junior walk-on Luke McNitt is coming on strong at fullback.
Nebraska could do without the recent drama, Mitch Sherman writes.
08 FRI
In a blow to Nebraska's recruiting efforts, the NCAA calls an immediate halt to satellite camps.* | McKewon: Thanks a lot, Harbaugh | Farrell: Hurts badly for Nebraska | Eichorst: Bad call* | Discuss
Zack Darlington's work has just begun* in his transition to receiver.
Athlon Sports looks at how Nebraska stacks up against the rest of the Big Ten in terms of returning starters.
07 THU
Brian Stewart is seeking more consistency from his backup cornerbacks.
Tommy Armstrong says his teammates were his backbone in the aftermath of his four-interception game against Iowa. | Notes*
A year has made a big difference for defensive end A.J. Natter, who's "a psycho in the weight room."
Check out this “Day by Day” feature on the offense's progress.
Decades before the Calabasas connection, the Green Bay West connection helped transform Nebraska football. | Recruiting update
Danny Langsdorf says the offensive line is making progress at becoming a more physical unit. More from Thursday's practice: Videos & updates | Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4,* 5
John Parrella's blue-collar approach is rubbing off on players.
The Big Ten takes an early hit for 2016, courtesy of ESPN.
California QBs* have thrived at NU over the past several decades.
06 WED
Trey Foster can't help but like Nebraska's growing focus* on tight ends.
Aaron Williams sees promise in fellow safety Avery Anderson.*
A hubbub erupts over recognition of records in the weight room* and then is smoothed over. | Discuss
Former Husker Jared Crick signs with the Denver Broncos.
ESPN.com takes a look at Nebraska's surge of recruiting success in California. | QB comparison | Gebbia interview
05 TUE
Linebacker Chris Weber is looking for an edge from a healthy diet.* More from the defensive side of the ball: Young DBs' bond | Notes
Former QB Zack Darlington is making steady progress as a receiver.
The spring media guide is available now for viewing and downloading.
Treatment for a thigh infection is likely to sideline cornerback Chris Jones for the remainder of spring. More updates and video from Tuesday's practice here. | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5
Ex-Husker Eric Martin celebrates the news that he has earned his degree.
Connie Yori is out after 14 seasons as women's basketball coach.
Athlon Sports rates Nebraska's schedule as the Big Ten's third-toughest.
04 MON
Former Husker middle guard John Bell has died at age 64.
Coaching may be in Ryker Fyfe's future, but for now the quarterback is competing hard to make the team better.
Check out this "Day by Day" feature on offseason conditioning.
Nick Gates is bringing his mean streak to the left tackle position.
Bruce Read is working for fewer breakdowns* on special teams.
03 SUN
Steve Sipple explores the question of whether no-tackle spring practices jibe with the Huskers' quest for a stronger running game.
This week in Husker history: An alumni squad led by Tom Novak has just a week to prepare for the 1951 spring game against the varsity.
Linebacker Luke Gifford may find his niche in pass coverage.
Harvey Perlman leaves a complicated legacy* when it comes to Husker athletics, Tom Shatel writes. | Discuss
02 SAT
When calling games, he “checks in to another universe”: Enjoy this Kent Pavelka feature from 25 years ago.
Despite his standout freshman season, wide receiver Stanley Morgan sees plenty of room to improve.
In a sign of Mike Riley's evolving philosophy, technique work* has taken a back seat to hard hitting this spring. | Notes*
Saturday's post-practice updates and videos are rolling in. | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6, 7 | Observations: 1, 2* | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Seemingly long odds aren't keeping QB Ryker Fyfe from giving it his all.
The spotlight isn't part of the comfort zone for tight end Cethan Carter.*
01 FRI
The extent of the fullback's role in 2016 will depend on whether someone emerges with “that whole package” like Andy Janovich.
It appears that Ne'Land Smith, a wide receiver and son of former Husker standout Neil Smith, will walk on at Nebraska. | Discuss
Walk-on tight end Tyler Hoppes is earning positive reviews.
The emphasis on an improved run game will soon be put to the test.