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NEWS ARCHIVE

March 2017

31 FRI
The Huskers' spring media guide can be viewed and downloaded here.
Nobody on the receiving corps knows more about their position coach's expectations* than Keyan Williams.*
JD Spielman earned his “Tasmanian Devil” nickname on the scout team, and now he's hoping to fill some big shoes at slot receiver.*
Les Miles is itching to coach again, even if it means fewer chances* to see his Husker son Ben* play. | Video
Huskers Illustrated has a rundown of NU opponents' spring storylines.
Adam Carriker takes a Fast Friday dash through Nebraska's schedule and comes up with a likely win total for the 2017 Huskers.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. was in full pads Thursday for the first time this spring, and Danny Langsdorf likes “what we’ve seen so far.”
30 THU
Nick Gates says his struggles* in the bowl game against Tennessee's Derek Barnett taught him a valuable lesson. | Video
St. Louis lineman Michael Thompson* is one of the in-the-trenches prospects set for an unofficial visit for the spring game.
Matt Snyder is eager to make his move* in the competition at tight end.
Former Huskers say the defensive transition will be less of an “earthquake” than the one 25 years ago.
Danny Langsdorf likes Tre Bryant's progress at running back. More from Thursday's practice: Videos | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5 | OWH recap
The Iron N could still use your vote in the #LoudAndProud voting for best student section.
More physical play from the inside linebackers will be crucial to the success of Bob Diaco's defense.
Rex Burkhead is taking his Team Jack fundraising efforts to his Texas hometown this weekend.
29 WED
Freedom Akinmoladun is aiming to be more of a disruptive force* for opponents to deal with.
Former defensive coordinator Charlie McBride will be roasted by former players at an Omaha event next month.
John Parrella says the Huskers will be more selective than usual in its recruiting of defensive linemen for 2018. | Recruiting notebook
Spring game ticket sales* are ahead of last year's pace.
Nebraska is No. 90 in Athlon's rankings of starting quarterbacks.
Adam Carriker is joined by his former Husker teammate Jake Peetz to discuss the factors that will decide Nebraska's QB battle, plus Jake's journey from walk-on to the Oakland Raiders' quarterbacks coach.
28 TUE
Offseason work has given cornerback Lamar Jackson a new shot of confidence.* | In the spotlight*
Bob “Boomer” Brown shares memories about Bob Devaney in an interview connected with his upcoming hall-of-fame enshrinement.
Bob Diaco sheds some light on the position shuffling this spring on defense and says the tinkering* is all about getting the best 11* on the field. More from Tuesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4,* 5, 6* | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Former Husker Drake Martinez is transferring from Michigan State.
After missing out on TJ Pledger, here's where Nebraska stands in its pursuit of running backs* in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Spring practices resume Tuesday. Some perspectives: 1, 2, 3
Improved pass protection* will be a must this season for the O-line.
27 MON
Tad Stryker has some ideas on how to reduce the length of games to a more tolerable duration.
It's shaping up as Nebraska's most star-studded spring game ever in terms of visiting recruits. | 10 key targets | Recruiting notebook
Nebraska signee Austin Allen always figured basketball, not football, would be his ticket to college.
Omaha Creighton Prep hires Tim Johnk, a walk-on Husker fullback in the late 1980s and early '90s, as head football coach.
Poll question: What's your favorite part of Nebraska football?
Athlon rates Nebraska's nonconference schedule as No. 3 in the Big Ten.
27 MON
With a little help from his kids, Adam Carriker demonstrates the specific techniques of playing defensive line in a 3-4 scheme.
Jake Peetz* never played a down as a Husker walk-on more than a decade ago, but now he's the Oakland Raiders' QBs coach. | More*
The Huskers have several questions* remaining during spring ball.
26 SUN
Like last year, BTN will show the spring game live online only and on TV on a tape delay.
This week in Husker history: The search begins for a successor to Bob Devaney as athletic director.
Taking stock with the break in spring drills nearly over: Five on the rise | Position battles* | Roster analyses: O-line,* Receivers,* Running backs,* QBs,* Special teams,* DBs,* LBs,* D-line.*
The Bob Elliott story* is one of successes, hardships and perseverance.
25 SAT
Nebraska loses out on another top recruiting target as running back TJ Pledger commits to Oklahoma. | Discuss
Former Husker kicker Brett Maher's NFL hopes* remain alive after his strong showing at a special combine in Arizona. | Westerkamp ready
Sophomore-to-be Eric Lee knows his time will come* at cornerback.
Micheala Franklin,* daughter of the late Husker fullback Andra Franklin, is named head volleyball coach at Clemson.
24 FRI
Graham Spanier, the Nebraska chancellor who left to become president at Penn State in the mid-1990s, is convicted of misdemeaner child endangerment in connection with the Jerry Sandusky case.
Former Husker QB Clete Blakeman, who suffered four concussions as a player, discusses game officials' duties regarding head injuries.
Nebraska will collect more than $900,000* in a special NCAA distribution aimed to benefit student-athletes.
Adam Carriker provides a Fast Friday rundown of the top five things that happened this past week in Husker football, including a mystery leader emerging at running back. | Wilbon's new attitude
23 THU
With his "America's Team" mindset, Mike Riley wants to use the Huskers' geographic diversity* as a plus.
Receivers coach Keith Williams is ready for Bryan Reimers to be a primary weapon* in the Huskers' passing game.
The Iron N requests your votes in a Student Section of the Year poll.
Tanner Lee makes a list of 10 players set to “shock the college football world” in 2017.
22 WED
Colson Yankoff, a top quarterback prospect* targeted by Nebraska for 2018, commits instead to Washington. | Discuss
The Dolphins waive former Husker cornerback Daniel Davie.
A group chat started by Tristan Gebbia a year ago has kept members of the 2017 recruiting class connected with one another.
Bob Brown and Rich Glover are among the new members of the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.
Larry the Cable Guy goes over his Husker football memories, both good and bad, and sounds off on the state of the program in Part 2 of his interview with Adam Carriker.
21 TUE
Wrestling* continues to benefit Tanner Farmer* as an O-lineman.
Members of the Husker linebacking corps come from diverse backgrounds but have a common goal.* | Bray & Diaco
Joel Klatt of Fox Sports likes Tommy Armstrong's NFL chances after the former Husker's strong Pro Day performance.
Can the Huskers match the early-spring recruiting run* of a year ago?
Keith Williams says chemistry is overrated and receivers need to “just catch the ball” regardless of who's throwing it.
Eric Lee is intent on not being overlooked in the cornerback competition.
Former Husker fullback Joel Makovicka has used his football success as a springboard to a growing physical therapy practice.
Newsweek retells the tragic story of former Husker Lawrence Phillips.
20 MON
Future Husker Deontre Thomas' high school coach is amazed the Oklahoma programs let the talented nose tackle get away.
Mohamed Barry on the new 3-4 defense: “It fits me.”
Former Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker* is joining the Husker staff as a special teams consultant.*
The Browns have signed former Husker kicker Brett Maher to compete for the starting job in Cleveland.
Nebraska has a big need at running back* for the 2018 recruiting cycle and a prime target in TJ Pledger. | Recruiting notes
De'Mornay Pierson-El and Stanley Morgan Jr. got a jump start on their roles as focal points of the offense.
Husker fan extraordinaire Larry the Cable Guy talks about his Nebraska hog farm upbringing, his move to Florida, his start in comedy and a lot more in Part I of his interview with Adam Carriker.
19 SUN
A more explosive and confident Stanley Morgan Jr.* seems poised to take full advantage of a new-look offense. | “Leap” players*
The seasoned secondary is emerging as a strength of the defense.
This week in Husker history: A former Cornhusker player moves up in the coaching ranks on his way to the College Football Hall of Fame.
18 SAT
The roots of Bob Diaco's 3-4 defense go back to former NFL and college coach Al Groh.* | Williams' wisdom*
After seeing action mainly on special teams, Mohamed Barry is looking for a bigger role this season at linebacker.
Bryan Reimers has size and experience on his side as he works to move into the upper tier of Husker receivers for 2017.
17 FRI
Mikale Wilbon is trying to trade in his perfectionist streak* for a more relaxed approach as he vies for more carries.
Land of 10 takes stock of the Huskers two weeks into spring drills.
When Irish eyes weren't smiling: A look back at the memorable Nebraska-Notre Dame games of 2000 and 1923. | Series history | Full 2000 video
Danny Langsdorf says tackle Nick Gates has rebounded well* from a tough outing in the bowl game against Tennessee.
Several NFL Huskers have earned performance-based bonuses.*
Athlon ranks the top QBs in Husker history.
Adam Carriker takes a Fast Friday look at the competition at quarterback between Patrick O'Brien and Tanner Lee.
16 THU
Linebacker Marcus Newby's versatility* will be put to good use at outside linebacker. | Full speed ahead* for Bray
It was a good day for the defensive backs at practice Thursday, and Mike Riley says Joshua Kalu is getting “a look-see” at safety.* | Video | Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,* 6* | Photos: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5* | Spring schedule
By choosing Nebraska, Husker defensive tackle signee Damion Daniels is stepping out of his brother's shadow.
NFL analyst Gil Brandt says Tommy Armstrong's tested “incredibly well” at Pro Day* and will “get some looks” at positions other than QB.
Linebacker Luke Gifford* is starting to get that now-or-never feeling.
15 WED
Fabian Washington has joined the high school coaching ranks in Florida.
Kevin Cristello is joining the football operations staff, and Dan Van De Riet* is assuming a new role overseeing recruiting.
With the ink barely dry on his new contract with the Patriots, Rex Burkhead talks with Adam Carriker about his role with his new team, plus some Husker topics as well.
14 TUE
Aaron Williams* has quickly impressed new safeties coach Bob Elliott with his football smarts.* | Linebackers' progress*
The defense is continuing to work on installation of the 3-4 scheme. More from Tuesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | Keyshawn cleared
Former Husker Rex Burkhead has signed* with the Patriots.
Brandon Reilly flashes his speed* as Huskers with NFL hopes work out for scouts on Pro Day.* | Videos & updates | Photos | Notes: 1, 2,* 3* | Armstrong's day: 1, 2, 3,* 4*
A 2018 quarterback from Arizona, 6-foot-5 Tyler Shough,* is making an unofficial visit to Lincoln today. | Recruiting roundup*
Receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.'s work in the weight room is paying off as he prepares for a heavier load.*
13 MON
Terrell Newby is gunning for a good Pro Day* performance Tuesday, and Alonzo Moore is bringing extra motivation* to the high-stakes workouts.
Thirty Huskers have received their first football letters.
Defensive players are upbeat about their new positions in the 3-4 scheme.
Early enrollee Jaevon McQuitty is making the most of spring ball even though his shoulder surgery means no contact work. | Notes*
Four practices into spring ball, Adam Carriker runs down the status of the offense and special teams.
Sam McKewon says Patrick O'Brien's improvement since last fall means the quarterback race* is real. | Sipple: Seven thoughts*
12 SUN
Land of 10 has some updates from the recruiting front.
This week in Husker history: Bob Devaney begins double duty as football coach and athletic director.
There's understandable optimism that better accuracy* at quarterback is in the offing. | The intangibles factor* | Camp chatter*
The punters* are getting tutored by Bob Diaco as special-teams duties are divvied up.
11 SAT
The years have less than kind to Harry Wilson, star of Nebraska's 1965 win over Oklahoma to cap a perfect regular season.
Here are videos and notes (1, 2,* 3,* 4, 5, 6) from Saturday's practice. | McKewon recap | Photos: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5, 6 | Updates | Spring schedule
Danny Langsdorf's contract update* means all assistants are now signed through the 2018 season.
Tight end Tyler Hoppes' gamble – leaving Wayne State* to walk on* at Nebraska – appears to be paying off.
10 FRI
Ex-Husker Prince Amukamara and the Bears agree to a one-year deal.
In an article about the underregulated world of strength and conditioning, Boyd Epley says players are sometimes placed in dangerous situations.
If Adam Carriker were in charge, what would he change? He addresses four fan questions about football past and present.
Conor Young could be the next walk-on receiver* to make an impact.
09 THU
Danny Langsdorf says it's a closely contested race for quarterback thus far between Tanner Lee (1, 2, 3,* 4*) and Patrick O'Brien (1, 2,* 3*). Here's video of the QBs fielding questions from the media after Thursday's practice. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4
Future Husker receiver Tyjon Lindsey has found a home in the embrace of Muhammad Ali's family.
08 WED
The team’s new “Husker Way” accountability program taps into players competitive drives.
Former defensive end Alex Davis says he's starting to find a comfort level as an outside linebacker.
Adam Carriker, who has played for a fiery coach or two, weighs in on the coaching style of Bob Diaco. | York commentary
07 TUE
Bob Diaco's energy* is already a known quantity, but clarity of communication* is also a cornerstone of his philosophy. | The other Bob
Cornerbacks coach Donté Williams says Lamar Jackson can't be expected to be an overnight success despite his high-level talent.
Here's video of coaches Bob Diaco and Bob Elliott meeting the local media for the first time after Tuesday's practice. | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4, 5 | McKewon recap | Spring schedule
The OWH recaps two weeks' worth of Husker recruiting offers.*
Nebraska has one of the nation's 10 most intriguing quarterback battles, says USA Today. | Special-teams preview | Five storylines
06 MON
Placekicker Drew Brown's rebound from an inconsistent* freshman year is a possible blueprint for punter Caleb Lightbourn.
Mick Stoltenberg's added size* has him set for a big role in the defense.
Mike Riley will draw from his early-1970s experiences as a member of the newly integrated Alabama team during a talk on campus Thursday.
Nate Gerry's NFL Combine numbers are now in the books.* | Tracker
The linebackers are in for a big transition this spring.
Former Husker football players will hit the hardwood in Hastings in a charity basketball game Tuesday night.
Adam Carriker was once a “slab of meat” at the NFL Combine. He shares not-so-fond memories and his thoughts on the Huskers there this year.
05 SUN
Steve Sipple says a strong dose of resolve* would go a long way in improving the running game. | Setting up the pass* | Ozigbo's outlook
Tad Stryker observed the first practice of spring and came away with a number of reasons to be optimistic.
This week in Husker history: Coach Bill Glassford expects all players to work on both offense and defense as spring drills of 1952 begin.
Former Husker Anthony Steels* dies at age 57 of prostate cancer.
04 SAT
Decision-making and accuracy are the key barometers* as the competition at quarterback begins. | Commentary: Sipple,* Shatel*
The staff has found a unique way to try to improve player accountability.
The intensity and energy of new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco* were evident* during the Huskers' first spring practice of 2017. More from Saturday's session: Videos | Notes & observations: 1, 2,* 3,* 4, 5, 6 | Photos: 1, 2, 3,* 4, 5,* 6 | Updates & discussion | Spring schedule
Today is Cethan Carter's day for on-field work at the NFL Combine. | Tracker | Profile | Interview | Schedule
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman fell in love with Husker tradition long before his son JD did.
03 FRI
Life after football for former Husker fullback Cory Schlesinger involves teaching industrial arts at a Detroit-area school.
Position previews: Linebackers | Defensive line
Bruce Read, fired in November as Nebraska's special-teams coordinator, is hired for the same role with the Montreal Alouettes.
Stanley Morgan Jr. has been leading by example as he prepares to help fill the shoes of a trio of departed veteran receivers.
Jordan Westerkamp says he's fully healed* and ready to make an impression at Nebraska's Pro Day on March 14.
With spring practice starting tomorrow, Adam Carriker runs down several things to keep an eye on, plus a prediction. | ESPN.com preview
02 THU
It's a time of adjustments for Mick Stoltenberg* and the defensive line.
De'Mornay Pierson-El* is eager to prove himself* again.
Lavonte David's Nebraska bonds* remain strong after five NFL seasons.
Tanner Lee brings experience and confidence to the quarterback race.
01 WED
Mike Riley says the new recruiting department will focus on talent acquisition while other personnel focus on talent evaluation.
Steve Sipple says Mike Riley's urgency shows in his denying that this is a transition year requiring fan patience. | Shatel: It's reset spring
Keith Williams' request for house arrest has been approved, enabling him to coach during spring drills.
Here is the Huskers' spring practice schedule.
Mike Riley reveals the depth chart for the new-look defense as he meets the press to preview Nebraska's spring drills. More: Embracing change | Video | QB battle: 1, 2 | Notes: 1,* 2, 3 | Quotes: Riley, Players
We now know more about the front seven on defense. Adam Carriker offers his reaction, which includes being surprised about a few things.
Athlon's power rankings place Nebraska at No. 2 in the Big Ten West.

 
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