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December 2016

31 SAT
Developing an effective running game* will be a top priority next season, and Devine Ozigbo* intends to be an integral part* of it. | The ’17 offense
Tackles Mick Stoltenberg and Carlos Davis feel ready for leadership roles* on defense.
Adam Carriker offers his full Music City Bowl recap and breakdown, including the play calling, physicality and tackling.
Upgrades in strength and speed are needed for the Blackshirts to rise to an elite level, Mark Banker says.
30 FRI

Brandon Reilly touchdown catch
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Tennessee 38, Nebraska 24. It's too much Josh Dobbs as the Huskers can't keep pace with the Vols' offensive firepower. | Game page | Carriker gut reaction | Stryker commentary | McKewon recap | Highlights | Postgame presser | Big Red Over-Reaction
With several top players out of action, the Huskers will try to pull off a bowl upset today against Tennessee and cap the season with a 10th win. Here are the pregame stories from Lincoln (1, 2, 3),* Omaha (1, 2),* Knoxville (1, 2, 3), Chattanooga (1, 2, 3). Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* Adams, Smith, Callahan, Heady.
29 THU
Former Nebraska tight end commit Reese Leitao flips to Texas.
Nebraska comes out on top in a battle of the bands in Nashville.
Land of 10 looks at how the teams match up by position.
Here are notes (1,* 2, 3) and video from Thursday's press conference with the Tennessee and Nebraska coaches.
Tennessee will wear a helmet decal honoring Sam Foltz.
Here's the Husker Doc Talk preview of the game against Tennessee.
28 WED
Ryker Fyfe has had his share of frustrations in Lincoln, but he says the journey has been worth it.* | Cool demeanor
Tennessee intends to muster up a revival of its “Orange Swarm” defense.
Shawn Eichorst praises Mike Riley's leadership but notes that the loss to Iowa shows there's work to do* on the talent front. | Shatel commentary*
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong says he doesn't know* if he'll even suit up* Friday. Meanwhile, Ryker Fyfe says he's never been more prepared* for a game. More from Wednesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4,* 5* | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4
Tennessee has an edge in the starting players' recruiting ratings.*
Adam Carriker previews the bowl game, breaks down the matchups on both side of the ball and gives his prediction.
27 TUE
Husker freshman cornerback Lamar Jackson expects the Vols to try to take advantage of his inexperience.*
Nebraska and Tennessee square off in some lighthearted competition at the bowl welcome party at the Wildhorse Saloon. | Video | Photos
Derek Barnett, the Vols' All-America defensive end, promises a relentless effort* in what could be his final college game. | Tennessee notes*
A meeting with the governor might not happen for Michael Rose-Ivey* after the Nebraska linebacker's transformative year.
Tennessee's tall and talented receivers* have the Blackshirts' full attention. More from Tuesday's practice: Video | 1, 2,* 3, 4* | Photos | Westerkamp's injury
An Alabama writer says the Crimson Tide needs to finish with convincing wins in order to be considered better than the ’95 Huskers.
Alonzo Moore comes up with an unusual way to honor Tommy Armstrong.
The Huskers will wear helmet stickers honoring Gatlinburg fire victims.
26 MON
Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs says the Vols aren't lacking motivation.
Tom Shatel likes the idea of letting redshirts play in bowl games.
Husker safety Antonio Reed says he's motived by Tennessee's recruiting snub when he played high school ball near Memphis.
Nebraska-Tennessee is in the latest batch of Bowl Pick ’em polls.
Mike Riley provides some injury updates after Monday's practice, which Tommy Armstrong again watched in street clothes. | Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3* | Photos | Sipple commentary* | Bowl notebook*
The development of Carlos Davis has been a boon to the defensive line.
Adam Carriker assesses Tommy Armstrong's legacy and takes a look into the Huskers' immediate future. Also, what happens when five small children completely wreck his show.
25 SUN
Of course this bowl game matters,* Steve Sipple writes.
Sam McKewon explains why there's a buzz about Tanner Lee's game.*
The Huskers arrive in Nashville* and will hold their first practice there at Vanderbilt on Monday. | Bowl week schedule
Nebraska's commitment drought* ends as linebacker recruit Andrew Ward from Michigan picks the Huskers.* | 2017 class
Tight end will be a wide-open position after three senior veterans depart.
This week in Husker history: Forty years ago, a narrow bowl win may have saved Tom Osborne's job.
The “Calibraska” movement gets real* in less than two weeks with the early enrollments of Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr.
24 SAT
Tennessee will be just the second SEC opponent* Mike Riley has faced.
Several scout teamers appear positioned for playing time in 2017.
Tight end Sam Cotton is proud to have stuck with it* at Nebraska.
Stanley Morgan figures to be a key piece* of the 2017 offense.
Joe Ganz is enjoying Youngstown State's run for a championship.*
23 FRI
The bowl game is an occasion to revisit the life and legacy of Nebraska's Tennessee-born Hall of Fame coach, Dana X. Bible.
Tennessee over the years has a checkered record against backup quarterbacks. | “A hungry team
Their every move is scrutinized: A look at Big Ten officiating.
Chris Weber will bring vital experience* to 2017's linebacking corps.
22 THU
The Husker secondary takes a hit as Nathan Gerry and Boaz Joseph are ineligible* for the bowl game.* More from Thursday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3* | Gerry's apology | Sipple commentary* | Discuss
Nebraska remains in dogged pursuit of two elite O-line prospects,* Foster Sarell and Chuck Filiaga.
Former Husker Randy Gregory is returning to practice with the Dallas Cowboys today after his lengthy suspension.
21 WED
Donté Williams brings more than recruiting skill to the Husker staff.
The OWH looks at Nebraska's top 10 defensive plays* of 2016.
Husker Dan ponders the Huskers' chances in the bowl game.
Omaha Burke kicker Cole Frahm has committed to walking on in Lincoln.
Mike Riley is taking a hands-on approach* to the Huskers’ special teams.
Cethan Carter will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 21.
Ndamukong Suh is selected to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time.
Oregon tailback Royce Freeman announces he's returning for his senior season. | Extra year for Iowa WR
Our Bowl Pick 'em Polls begin with the Cactus and Holiday bowls.
Adam Carriker has a Christmas wish for the Husker football program, plus a very special announcement.
20 TUE
Danny Langsdorf doesn't expect to roll out a drastically different game plan if Ryker Fyfe* gets the start.
Steve Sipple likes Mark Banker's in-the-moment bowl philosophy.*
Some of the Huskers' biggest plays* of 2016 on offense have come when they were really needed.
New assistant coach Donté Williams doesn't see Lincoln's weather as a liability in recruiting. | Commitment near?* | 3-month drought*
Redshirting freshman Pernell Jefferson* has emerged as someone to watch in the competition at linebacker next season.
Danny Langsdorf discussed the quarterback situation and more after Tuesday's practice. That video and more are here. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4
Receiver Jaevon McQuitty is ready to start his journey in Lincoln.
Butch Jones says Tennessee's game plan is in place and the Vols could “play the game tomorrow” if necessary. | OG ruled ineligible
Offensive tackle Nick Gates faces a stern test in the form of Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett.
A number of this year's scout teamers* have the potential to give next season's offense a boost.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Brandon Reilly & Alonzo Moore.
19 MON
The defense made strides* in 2016, but two blowout losses show there's work still to do.
Cornerback Lamar Jackson feels he's ready to step up after a “humbling” freshman season.
Rutgers hires former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill as offensive coordinator.
Poll question: Will the Huskers' 2017 recruiting class finish in the top 25 nationally? | The Donté effect
Mike Riley discusses the bowl matchup with the Knoxville newspaper.
Adam Carriker gives his reaction to Bo Pelini's success, shares a story about the turbulent days following Frank Solich's firing, and more.
18 SUN
Brandon Reilly's versatility* will again be called upon in Nashville.
The Nebraska connections of Calabasas High's head coach won't be enough to keep him from pulling for the Vols in the bowl game.
The OWH recaps the Huskers' season of inconsistency on offense.
The Huskers are hit with their second decommitment as tight end Reese Leitao announces he's reopening* his recruitment.* | 2017 class | Discuss
The winners of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy and other 2016 team awards are announced.
This week in Husker history: Nebraska's 1961 coaching search continues.
Grief and gratitude: How Sam Foltz's parents are coping: 1, 2*
17 SAT
Despite his high ranking, linebacker Avery Roberts has been a no-drama recruit* since committing to the Huskers in April.
Bo Pelini is headed to the FCS championship game, while former Husker Scott Frost's UCF team finishes with a bowl loss.
The Huskers feel they have something to prove* in the bowl game after the sour finish to the regular season. | Vols' struggles*
Nebraska gets a B as Sports on Earth grades the Big Ten.
Like a year ago, the bowl opponent may present Nebraska an opportunity to get its running game into gear.
16 FRI
Lamar Jackson is one Husker cornerback who needed no introduction* to his new position coach.
More on the LP documentary: Armen Keteyian interview | Commentary
Nebraska was No. 10 in average home attendance* this season.
Cornerback Thomas Graham, a Husker recruiting target, picks Oregon.*
15 THU
It's been a season of injury trouble for Tennessee's offensive line.
The new Lawrence Phillips documentary shows "the two sides of a haunted, complicated, wounded, violent man," Sam McKewon writes. | Trailer & more
Jordan Westerkamp will miss the bowl game after undergoing knee surgery.* More from Thursday's practice: Video | Notes: 1,* 2 | Photos | Keeler commentary
Tennessee is favored in the first round of game predictions, but not everyone is picking the Vols.
The options and competition on the offensive line* will ramp up this spring with three new faces* in the mix.
14 WED
With several key seniors departing, Stanley Morgan* is transitioning into a leadership role among the Husker receivers.
Former Husker O-lineman Todd Carpenter has died at age 52.
Center Dylan Utter is working to get healthy after dealing with a foot injury suffered against Minnesota.
How intense and physical should the Huskers' practices be? Adam Carriker takes up the issue. | Keeler commentary
Danny Langsdorf likes how QBs Lee and O'Brien are performing.*
The Cleveland paper looks at Bo Pelini's success in Youngstown.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs* hopes to end his Tennessee career in a way Peyton Manning and Tee Martin failed to do.
13 TUE
Cornerback Chris Jones says he's confident in his ability to go up against Tennessee's talented receiving corps.
Justin Prestidge gets up off the mat for his season review.
Danny Langsdorf says the Huskers are looking for a walk-on quarterback* to add to the 2017 roster.
Ryker Fyfe was practicing Tuesday but not taking snaps under center because of his injury, but he says he'll be prepared to start* the bowl game. More: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4*
Nebraska-Tennessee comes in at No. 13 in this ESPN.com bowl ranking.
Nathan Gerry makes Athlon's All-Big Ten first team, while Nick Gates and De'Mornay Pierson-El get third-team honors.
A Tennessee columnist says the bowl matchup is a godsend for the Vols' beleaguered defense, given the Huskers' quarterback situation.
12 MON
The bowl practices are a chance for the younger players to start moving up in next season's pecking order.
At least two Tennessee juniors are expected to turn pro, but nothing is official yet. | Focusing on Nebraska
Defensive end Robert Porcher IV announces his decommitment from Nebraska,* citing distance from home. | Discuss | 2017 class
AP selects Nathan Gerry as a third-team All-American at safety.
Mark Banker and Mike Riley comment on Nebraska's practice style* after Banker's eyebrow-raising remark following the Iowa game.
Adam Carriker looks back on Nebraska's three Heisman winners, who was his favorite and which Husker didn't win it but should've.
Recruiting rankings indicate the Vols are stocked with athleticism.*
The bowl game could help propel Jordan Westerkamp's NFL chances.*
11 SUN
The LJS recaps the Huskers' recruiting weekend.*
The chance for a 10th win is serving as motivation for the Huskers.
This week in Husker history: Three Huskers go in the first eight picks of the NFL's second-ever draft.
The bowl game is approaching sellout status.
Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs sees himself as NFL material.
10 SAT
Nathan Gerry attributes his success to his parents' work ethic.*
Mark Banker says bad pursuit angles are creating opponents' big plays.*
Former Husker coach Bo Pelini has Youngstown State in the FCS semis.
Husker commits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. taste defeat in the California playoffs, but Calabasas' loss wasn't for lack of offense.
The Donté Williams hire has breathed new life into the recruitment of several key players, Jeremy Pernell writes.
Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell is leaving Ohio State to become head coach at Cincinnati.
The Vols will wear alternate uniforms to honor Gatlinburg fire victims.
09 FRI
Steve Sipple comes away impressed* with Donté Williams* after the new assistant coach’s first session with local reporters.
Nebraska is proceeding on the assumption that Ryker Fyfe will start the bowl game at quarterback, but there’s hope that Tommy Armstrong will return. More from the first bowl practice: Video | Notes: 1,* 2* | Photos
Former Husker Anthony Steels could use Nebraska fans' help as he battles cancer.
Athlon's 15 best Big Ten games of 2016 include three involving Nebraska.
Former Husker cornerback Tyrone Legette is meeting a need in a Louisiana “food desert.”
08 THU
Several recruits are making official visits to Lincoln this weekend. Updates & commentary: 1,* 2,* 3* | Two looking elsewhere: 1, 2*
Ohio State's Pat Elflein will be presented the Rimington Trophy in Lincoln on Jan. 14. | Ticket info | More award winners | Foltz tributes
USA Today selects Nathan Gerry as a second-team All-American.
Nevada has hired former Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell as head coach.
07 WED
Nebraska assistant coaches' pay is in the Big Ten's upper tier, according to the latest USA Today database.
Here are some X's & O's about the offense and defense against Iowa.
Disenchantment with Vols coach Butch Jones appears to be growing.
There's rarely a true “Plan B” player in recruiting, Sam McKewon writes.
Twenty-five Huskers have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for 2016.
Season ticket prices will hold steady in 2017, and new payment options will be available.
Oregon has hired South Florida's Willie Taggart as head coach. Taggart faced the Huskers in 2010 as Western Kentucky's coach.
Adam Carriker sizes up the Vols, discusses the hiring of Donté Williams and offers his thoughts on special-teams coaching.
06 TUE
Four-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga will make an official visit to Lincoln this weekend. | More recruiting news*
Graham Nabity has found a role as a spiritual leader* on the team.
Rashaan Salaam, the Heisman winner who twice topped 130 yards rushing against the Huskers in the 1990s, has died at age 42. | Discuss
Nathan Gerry is named a Pro Football Focus first-team All-American.
Who are the Huskers' MVPs? Athlon issues its team awards.
A destination within driving distance* has Husker fans warming up to this bowl game. | Vols’ “unacceptable” finish: 1, 2*
John Parrell's people skills were instrumental in getting five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin* to schedule an official Lincoln visit.
Adam Carriker explains why he agrees with the playoff selections and weighs in on the question of expanding the four-team format.
05 MON
Jordan Westerkamp will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21.
Saturday's Legends Radio Show guests: Joe Walker & DeJuan Groce
Nate Gerry makes AP's first-team All-Big Ten squad.
Poll question: How to you like Nebraska's chances against the Vols?
Purdue hires Jeff Brohm of Western Kentucky as its next head coach.
Tennessee O-lineman Chance Hall and kick returner Evan Berry will miss the bowl game because of injuries, coach Butch Jones says.
A Tennessee site explores the numbers to see what to expect from Nebraska. | Stats comparison
This week in Husker history: Hank Foldberg emerges as a prime candidate to become Nebraska's head coach.
04 SUN
Tad Stryker likes the bowl matchup and sees the practices as a chance to diversify the ground game. More commentary: Sipple,* Dochterman
How excited should we be? Here's Adam Carriker's gut reaction to the Nebraska bowl news.
Mike Riley says special-teams duties will be split up among coaches* when Bruce Read's replacement comes aboard. More: 1, 2,* 3, 4
The bowl game is a pairing of two teams that experienced similar highs and lows. | Vols favored

Music City Bowl

It's Nebraska vs. Tennessee in the Music City Bowl* on Dec. 30 in Nashville.* | Series history | Bowl website | Tickets: 1, 2, 3 | Game page | 5 quick thoughts* | Stats matchup | Discuss
It'll be Alabama vs. Washington and Clemson vs. Ohio State in the playoff semifinals. Bowl berths coming later today.
The final regular-season rankings have Nebraska at No. 21 and 24. | McKewon's ballot* | Riley's ballot
03 SAT
Johnny Rodgers' new book is about making mistakes* and overcoming them with the help of others. | Order it here
Injuries were just one reason the Huskers' running game* suffered as the season wore on. | LJS roundtable*
Penn State rallies from 21 down to beat Wisconsin for the Big Ten title, giving the playoff committee something to ponder. | Bowl projections: 1, 2
Huskers Illustrated is reporting that Donté Williams has accepted Nebraska’s job offer. | No official word* | Recruiting prowess
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead this weekend will be kicking in cleats that honor Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler.
02 FRI
The creators of the upcoming Lawrence Phillips documentary say fans who watch will learn a lot about the former Husker.* | Trailer | Q&A*
Bowl bonuses* totaling nearly $420,000 are coming for the coaching staff.
Mike Riley is said to be close to hiring Arizona cornerbacks coach Donté Williams to fill the vacancy on the Huskers' staff.* | Discuss
01 THU
Nebraska coaches will finish the recruiting week by converging in California.* | McKewon analysis | Sipple on urgency*
Kevin Wilson is out after six seasons as Indiana's coach. Meanwhile, former Husker Scott Frost says he's not a candidate for the Oregon job.
Rob Zatechka is puzzled by the game plan and players' attitude at Iowa.
Jeremy Pernell unveils his third annual All-Big Ten team.
Here's a preview of the looming quarterback competition in 2017.
The Music City Bowl is emerging as a possibility for the Huskers, depending on developments this weekend. | Projections* | Bowl poll
Statistics tell the story of the offense's struggles* this year.