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This week in
Husker history

The week of July 29-Aug. 4, looking back in five-year intervals
1902: Nebraska captain John Westover, working in construction during the summer, narrowly avoids serious injury when a brick wall collapses at 11th and O streets in Lincoln.
1927: Fred Thomsen is hired at Arkansas as an assistant to head coach Francis Schmidt, a fellow former Cornhusker. (Thomsen would succeed Schmit as head coach in 1929.)
«1937: Sam Francis is the top vote-getter in national fan balloting for the college all-star team that will play the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 1. On the Green Bay team is another former Cornhusker All-America fullback, George Sauer. (Francis' image would be featured on the cover of the game program, and the all-stars would win, 6-0.)
1942: Former Husker Andrew Schoeppel wins the Republican nomination for governor in Kansas. (He would win the November election and also later serve in the U.S. Senate.)
1952: Bob Ingalls, a one-time Nebraska assistant, is named head coach at Connecticut.
1967: Bob Devaney climbs to the top in an annual ranking of the nation's college football coaches, but he is still in the process of restoring Nebraska to a presence on lists like this.
1977: Oklahoma and Nebraska are Nos. 1 and 2 in the 32nd annual Big Eight preseason football poll.
1982: Senior center Dave Rimington says he likes Nebraska's chances of repeating as Big Eight champions and making a run for the national championship.
1987: Oklahoma and Nebraska are Nos. 1 and 2 in the 42nd annual Big Eight preseason football poll.
1997: Grant Wistrom says loyalty prompted him to return for his senior season instead of going pro. Also, two players are dismissed from the team.
2002: Jim Rose gets ready to take over as the Huskers' radio play-by-play man. Also, Nebraska athletic director Bill Byrne takes a jab at Kansas State while defending NU's scheduling.
2007: Jonas Gray, rated by Rivals as the nation's No. 4 prospect at running back, commits to the Huskers. (He would decommit in October and opt for Notre Dame.)
2012: Quarterback Taylor Martinez sets his sights on a 70 percent completion rate.
2017: Nebraska is unranked in the preseason coaches' top 25 but is the equivalent of No. 36 in the poll's point tally.