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April 2017

30 SUN
Jordan Westerkamp will get a tryout with Tampa Bay; ditto for Sam Hahn with the Vikings and Michael Rose-Ivey with the Bears. | Updated list | Draft recap video
The free-agent route has been up and down for former Husker Daniel Davie, and now a foot injury has come at an inopportune time.
Sam McKewon sees Nebraska's draft showing as fodder that favors Mike Riley in Husker fans' Great Talent Debate.*
Future Husker linebacker Andrew Ward's determination to excel at football began on the fringes of homelessness in Michigan.
This week in Husker history: Cletus Fischer, the first of four brothers to letter at Nebraska, stars in the 1947 spring game.
29 SAT
Steve Sipple ranks the quarterback situations* in the Big Ten and has the Huskers at No. 5.
Shawn Eichorst's work on recruiting reforms has strengthened his profile* nationally, but closer to home he remains an enigma, Tom Shatel writes.
Now comes the news on signings* of free agents*: Reilly, Banderas, Moore, Newby, Armstrong, Carter
A long streak stays alive* as Nathan Gerry goes to the Eagles as a linebacker in the fifth round of the NFL draft.* But it's the first time since 1962 without multiple picks. | Ex-Husker Moss to Giants | Foltz tribute: 1,* 2, 3 | All-time Husker draftees
HuskerOnline takes stock of the offensive line after spring drills.
Former Husker Randy Gregory reportedly fails another drug test.*
Omaha Skutt receiver Christian Banker* is joining the program as a preferred walk-on.
28 FRI
Tad Stryker says Nebraska needs to have five first-team all-conference selectees to win its division, and he has some particular players in mind.
Shut out in the first three rounds of the NFL draft,* Husker players hope to hear their names called* in the final four rounds Saturday.
The Huskers are thin on experience but have lots of potential at tight end.
Wisconsin's recent track record with O-linemen in the NFL draft underscores an 0-for-21 Nebraska drought,* Dirk Chatelain writes.
What's it like for a player on NFL draft day? Ten years ago, Adam Carriker was one nervous dude. He tells the story here.
27 THU
Jeremy Pernell runs down five things we learned from spring ball.
Nebraska is teaming up with Kansas and several other Adidas-equipped schools for a July 22 camp for junior college prospects.*
Dwayne Johnson announces Texas Tech is his transfer destination,* and Zach Hannon lands at Kansas.
26 WED
Billy Devaney says the Huskers' talent level is on the rise, regardless of how this weekend's NFL draft* pans out. | Top Husker draftees
Check out the short Keith Williams feature "Why I Create." Also, some spirited competition in the weight room.
At wide receiver, the Huskers will need its young talent to step up.
The Athletic Department confirms that senior O-lineman Dwayne Johnson is leaving the program and exploring his graduate transfer* options.
The need for a pass rusher and the impact of early official visits are among the topics in Sam McKewon's recruiting update.*
As Nate Gerry gets set for the NFL draft, he talks with Adam Carriker about the targeting rule, missing the bowl game, the coaching transition, the state of the program and more. | Sleeper U?
Nebraska signee Matt Sichterman isn't a fan of Wisconsin anymore.
Former Husker Will Compton re-signs with the Redskins.
25 TUE
Cornerback Chris Jones has set high goals* for his senior season.
Former Husker fullback Tom Rathman will be inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.
Attention turns to the 500-mile radius* as Husker coaches fan out during the spring evaluation period.
Mike Riley and Shawn Eichorst will tour the state May 8-12, with public events set in Lincoln, Alliance, McCook, Grand Island, Fremont, Elkhorn and Nebraska City.
HuskerOnline looks at the running backs and wonders whether the Huskers have a true No. 1 at the position.
After his December injury, Jordan Westerkamp is ready to run whatever route* is necessary to get to the NFL. | Cethan Carter profile
Former Husker Mike Rucker, a 1999 NFL draftee, is staying connected* to football while helping others.
24 MON
Kenny Wilhite relishes his role in walk-on recruiting. | Connections made*
Likely breakout players? Tyler Hoppes and JD Spielman get mentioned.
Athlon ranks Nebraska's schedule difficulty fifth in the Big Ten.
Adam Carriker gauges the level of progress for Nebraska football thus far in Mike Riley's tenure. Also, a post-spring breakdown by position and a special young co-host.
23 SUN
QB guru Steve Calhoun says Patrick O'Brien will always "prepare as if he's the No. 1 guy." | Quarterback review
Chase Williams, a four-star receiver/defensive back from California, has announced his commitment to the Huskers. | Coverage & highlights | 2018 class | Discuss
This week in Husker history: Spring game, 1922 style; a 41-member recruiting class; several NFL first-rounders; the passing of Sam Francis.
HuskerOnline has a stock report on last weekend's visiting recruits.
22 SAT
NU's three-decade NFL quarterback drought* might not last much longer.
A 4-3 or a 3-4? Both defensive schemes* have delivered for Wisconsin in recent years, Lee Barfknecht writes.
Former walk-on Cole Conrad is fighting for big job* at the center of the offensive line. | Spring review*
The Athletic Department will receive fifth annual Technology Leadership Award from the Sports Video Group.
Shawn Eichorst was a key architect of the NCAA's recruiting reforms.*
21 FRI
On a mission to improve, punter Caleb Lightbourn is stressing consistency in his mechanics.*
The staff swarmed the state Friday in a quest for home-grown talent.
Oregon has abundant talent returning on offense.
See how new QBs* have fared for the Huskers in recent years.
We have a No. 1 quarterback, but what else must the Huskers resolve by September? Adam Carriker lists the issues on Fast Friday.
20 THU
NU is looking to team up with other Adidas-outfitted programs on football camps.* More on recruiting: Silent commits? | Small-class strategy
Mike Riley wants to see a completion percentage of "certainly above 60 and shoot for 70."
Former Husker Dave Redding, a pioneer in strength and conditioning, struggles today with Parkinson's disease in his home on the Platte.
Nebraska is now No. 10 in ESPN's recruiting rankings for 2018.
Nebraska will be Penn State's stripe-out opponent for 2017.
Athlon writers disagree on who has the best chance to dethrone Wisconsin in the Big Ten West.
Mike Riley is OK with the NCAA's ban on two-a-days,* even if it means an earlier start to fall camp.
19 WED
There's determination on the O-line to produce a better running game.
Rutgers, the Huskers' first conference opponent, is undergoing another redo on offense* with Jerry Kill as coordinator.
Don't miss Adam Carriker's interview with Bookie Radley-Hiles, NU's highest-ranked commit in almost a decade. He discusses his nickname, the passing of his brother, whether he'll play both offense and defense, what other top recruits may be committing to the Huskers soon and more.
18 TUE
Cornerback Chris Jones' maturity* is a stabilizing influence during a time of change for the defense, Steve Sipple writes.
Sam McKewon lists 10 players who appeared to make their moves* this spring for substantial roles in the fall.
Husker Dan checks in with his spring game observations.
Huskers Illustrated looks at five position battles still to be settled, and HuskerOnline lists five question marks.
17 MON
Leaner and finally past a nagging injury, Devine Ozigbo isn't ready to concede the top running back spot.*
Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports' director of recruiting, says Mike Riley's staff is winning battles and building a contender. | Prospect updates: Calvin Avery,* Judge Culpepper*
On and off the field, Husker signee Chris Walker is “a protector.”
Poll question: Who will win the QB competition? | Gifted contenders
Here are Adam Carriker's top 10 takeaways from the spring game. And see who joins him for a surprise cameo at the end.
16 SUN
Post-spring game commentary: McKewon’s rewind* | Sipple on O’Brien* | Keeler on the defense | Callahan & Kendeigh: 4 downs
Defensive end Tate Wildeman from Colorado joins the weekend's commitment parade.* | Coverage & highlights | Discuss | 2018 class
This week in Husker history: Frank Crawford, one of Nebraska's first coaches, recalls football's early days during a rare visit to Lincoln.
15 SAT
Dallas wide receiver/defensive back Marquez Beason becomes the Huskers' first commitment for the recruiting class of 2019. | Coverage & highlights | Discuss
Reds 55, Whites 7. Go to the game page for all the coverage, commentary, stats and videos. | Carriker gut reaction | McKewon recap | Postgame videos
ICYMI: Saturday's memorable coin toss. | How it happened
Four-star wide receiver Manuel Allen becomes the second recruit to commit this weekend. | Highlights & coverage | Discuss | 2018 class
There's a new-era* feeling as the 2017 Huskers get set for their public debut in today's Red-White game. | Storylines: 1,* 2, 3 | Commentary: Shatel,* Sipple,* York, Carriker | Recruit watch
14 FRI
Fan expectations* remain high despite the championship drought, according to an online LJS poll. | PDF
Four-star cornerback Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles has committed to the Huskers, and his Announcement video is something special. | Highlights & coverage | 2018 class | Discuss
Enter Californians for Nebraska's drawings for special ticket/lodging packages for the Ohio State and Wisconsin games.
The NCAA is eliminating two-a-day* practices.
Check out our photos from Thursday night's Jet Award Gala.
Former Husker QB commit Terry Wilson is reportedly leaving Oregon.
Nebraska is making Texas a major priority in recruiting.
Recruiting reforms, including earlier official visits and a December early signing period, are approved by the NCAA's Division I Council.* Also getting the OK is a 10th full-time assistant coach.*
Anything can happen at the Nebraska spring game. Here are Adam Carriker's things to watch.
13 THU
It's likely to be the Huskers' biggest recruiting weekend* ever, Sam McKewon writes. | “Bookie” feels connection*
Mike Riley nominates Brenda Tracy for ESPN's Arthur Ashe Courage Award. | OWH interview: 1, 2
There will be two full teams for Saturday's spring game instead of the offense-vs.-defense format that was used last year. Also, Danny Langsdorf* explains what he'll be looking for* from the quarterbacks. More from Thursday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3,* 4 | McKewon recap
Peyton Newell is knocking on the door once again, but he likes his chances in the new defensive scheme.
A ranking of coaches puts Mike Riley in one of the upper tiers. | Discuss
Get autographs from the three Toms -- Osborne, Frazier & Armstrong -- at an appearance Friday in Lincoln benefiting the TeamMates program.
12 WED
Former Husker Jay Foreman says the outside linebackers have made “drastic improvement” under Bob Diaco's direction this spring. | New-look pass rush: 1,* 2 | “Mount Stoltenberg”*
Husker signee Damion Daniels is helping to sell the program to his younger high school teammates in Texas.
Husker Dan says Saturday's spring game won't reveal much about how the Huskers' makeover is going.
A basketball game* Friday featuring former Husker football players will benefit a Lincoln after-school program.
Mike Riley talks about the competition at quarterback, running back and more in a BTN.com interview. | “America's Team”
Judge Culpepper,* a heavily recruited defensive end and tight end, will be in Lincoln Saturday to see how Nebraska stacks up. | More visitors*
Former Husker AJ Bush is trying to make the most of his opportunity at Virginia Tech.
Here's info you might need for Spring Game Saturday.
Athlon ranks Nebraska's schedule as the nation's 23rd toughest.
Check out what fullback Andy Janovich has to say as he talks with Adam Carriker about his breakout 2015 season with the Huskers, his transition to the NFL's Denver Broncos and more.
11 TUE
A new mind-set has cornerback Eric Lee Jr. contending for playing time* and getting his new coaches' attention.
Bob Diaco says he's seeing improved fundamentals from the defensive line but says the defense needs better communication. More from Tuesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2, 3,* 4* | OWH recap
Pro Football Focus sees Jordan Westerkamp as an effective slot receiver in the NFL.
Nebraska's bowling dynasty gets a write-up in the New York Times.
Dan Van De Riet* is gearing up for a huge weekend* in recruiting.
10 MON
John Raridon now has added size* to go with his competitive nature.
The memory of of Sam Foltz is honored as 27 Hero Leadership Award recipients are recognized.
Defensive end Peyton Newell says it's time to prove he can play.
Athlon Sports offers up a game-by-game analysis of the Huskers' 2017 schedule. | Poll: Winning season?
How can the Huskers truly become “America’s Team”? Adam Carriker says it starts with recruiting and earning respect through championships.
09 SUN
Tad Stryker says Mike Riley's keep-it-simple strategy for improving the running game could backfire, given the O-line's capabilities.
There's a new book out for young Husker fans.
Steve Sipple sees benefits to naming a No. 1 QB* soon after spring ball, and Sam McKewon says the offense needs a leader* at the position.
Future Husker Jaylin Bradley is out to prove he belongs after his extra work on academics paid off.
Ndamukong Suh isn't about to let his business game get rusty.
This week in Husker history: A spring game in 2012? No. In 1932? Yes.
08 SAT
Steve Sipple likes Mike Riley's straight talk* about the offensive line. | Shifting positions: 1,* 2*
The tight ends lack experience, but greater opportunities* likely await them as a new era unfolds at QB.
Tom Shatel says there are key facets that ESPN's FPI projections* miss.
Interior lineman Will Farniok, younger brother of Husker tackle Matt, has committed to Nebraska for 2018. | Coverage & highlights | 2018 class | Discuss | Analysis: McKewon,* Callahan
A little shuffling on the O-line is revealed as the Huskers run through a situational scrimmage a week before the spring game. More from Saturday's practice: Video | Notes: 1,* 2, 3,* 4* | Photos: 1, 2, 3,* 4 | Updates | McKewon-Severe recap | Spring schedule
07 FRI
The competition at running back remains tight* as Tre Bryant and Mikale Wilbon improve their stock.
Mark Banker spends some time studying the Oregon Ducks as he eyes a return to college coaching.
Cornerback recruit “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, slated for a spring game visit, talks about what attracts him to Nebraska. | Video
John Raridon says learning the center position is tough because "you've got to be the second quarterback out there."
Bob Diaco's tenure will be defined by the Blackshirts' performance against top-25 opponents, according to this writer.
Adam Carriker would like to see some strides this season in the Huskers' special teams. Also, a story or two about his own experiences with this often-overlooked phase of the game.
06 THU
Patrick O'Brien sees the quarterback battle as “pretty even” thus far.
Jordan Westerkamp* finally got his chance to work out for NFL scouts.
Some key prospects from Missouri,* including defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins, will be among the spring game visitors.
A redshirt looks likely for safety JoJo Domann because of a torn ACL, and defensive end A.J. Natter is also out with a knee injury. Meanwhile, the offense is aiming to improve on its up-and-down scrimmage performance. More from Thursday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4
Former Huskers will play in a charity basketball game Friday in Norfolk.
Spring game ticket sales have topped 60,000. | Poll: Excited or not?
Nebraska has the best bottom line in an examintion of Big Ten schools' athletic department finances for 2015-16.
05 WED
Khalil Davis is aiming for a bigger role* this season as he steps into the nose tackle position.
Johnny Rodgers talks with BTN about Husker recruiting and more.
A few more perspectives on Bob Diaco's style: 1, 2,* 3
A Pro Football Focus analyst sees reasons for optimisim about the Husker defense and the secondary in particular.
The spring game is shaping up as a colossus in terms of visiting recruits.
ESPN's Football Power Index has Nebraska finishing no better than .500.*
The tight end* position at Nebraska appears set for a renaissance, Sam McKewon writes.
Linebacker Mohamed Barry likes the fun and energy of the new defense.
The upcoming spring evalutation period is likely to be crucial in the Huskers' pursuit of a quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class.
Josh Banderas, Sam Hahn and Brandon Reilly have earned Hampshire Honor Society recognition from the National Football Foundation.
Jason Peter talks with Adam Carriker about what made the Huskers of two decades ago so tough and what needs to happen for Nebraska to return to championship form.
04 TUE
Help a good cause and meet former Huskers by taking part in the 2017 Nebraska Greats Golf Classic on May 15. | Foundation info
Former saftey Luke Gifford* says his linebacking role in the new defense is a good fit* for his skill set.
Watching big brother Dreu succeed as a Husker helped put Conor Young on the walk-on path from Cozad to Lincoln.
Jalen Mayden, a four-star QB from Texas, puts Nebraska in his top five.*
Bob Diaco says the linebackers' progress is a plus but the defense still has “a long way to go.” More from Tuesday's practice: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4* | Praise for Roberts | Sipple commentary*
The Huskers are given 25-to-1 odds to win the Big Ten championship.
Check out the Athletic Department's new hype videos for the offense and defense promoting season ticket sales.
03 MON
Michael Decker has experience on his side in the battle at center.* | Farmer & Knevel jelling*
His brother's presence on the team doesn't necessarily give Nebraska the inside track on O-line prospect Will Farniok.*
Tulane's former QBs coach says pressure is nothing new to Tanner Lee.
Watch Bob Diaco coaching ’em up and explaining his approach.
De’Mornay Pierson-El* interrupts a burglary* at the home he shares with three other Huskers in Lincoln.
Adam Carriker reviews Saturday's scrimmage and breaks down the encouraging aspects and the areas of concern.
02 SUN
Running back Wyatt Mazour* is flashing his quickness in practices after bouncing back from a serious concussion last fall.
This week in Husker history: The Varsity narrowly prevails in the 1952 and 1957 spring games against the Alumni.
Despite his low profile* off the field, Joshua Kalu is seen as a leader by his defensive teammates.
01 SAT
The promising potential of a few young linebackers* was evident in Saturday's scrimmage. | Camp chatter*
Steve Sipple sees Tanner Lee* as the front-runner at quarterback.
Former Huskers Frosty Anderson,* Leodis Flowers and Barrett Ruud are entering* the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.*
The town of Columbus has served as Tommy Armstrong's getaway spot.
The defense asserted itself as the Huskers scrimmaged* Saturday for the first time this spring. More: Video | Notes: 1, 2,* 3, 4, 5,* 6* | Updates | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4,* 5,* 6 | OWH recap | Gebbia impresses: 1, 2, 3
O-lineman Zach Hannon will be a graduate transfer for his senior season so he can be closer to his ailing father. | Bio