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This week in
Husker history

The week of April 6-12, looking back in five-year intervals

Getting the job at Arkansas capped a mete­oric rise for Thomsen, who just two years earlier was a high school coach in Goth­en­burg, Neb. | Bio
«1929: Former Nebraska end Fred Thomsen succeeds another former Husker, Francis Schmidt, as head coach at Arkansas. Thomsen would stay for 13 seasons, a tenure that’s second only to Frank Broyles’ 19. Meanwhile, in Lincoln, new coach Dana X. Bible tries to settle on a quarterback as the team holds its first practice games (1, 2). “It looks as though Nebraska is breaking away from the old ‘powerhouse’ idea and developing a more versatile offense,” the Daily Nebraskan observes.
1934: Two pass plays covering 77 yards in the final half-minute of the second quarter give the Blues a 6-0 win over the Reds in the Huskers' final spring scrimmage. The touchdown for the Blue team, consisting largely of freshmen, came on a pass of about 40 yards from Henry Bauer to Lloyd Cardwell.
1944: Five more players join spring drills, boosting the total to a still-meager 25.
1949: Just one touchdown is scored as the Huskers' next-to-last scrimmage of spring takes place in the rain and mud.
1959: Spring practice gets under way, and Don Fricke scores a pair of TDs in the first scrimmage.
1964: Bob Devaney puts the emphasis on passing in the first scrimmage of spring.
1984: Newly retired play-by-play man Lyell Bremser is honored.
1989: Former Husker linebacker Lawrence Cooley dies in an auto accident in Ohio.
2004: Fundraising for the stadium expansion reaches more than a third of the $50 million goal.
2009: A hamstring strain sidelines running back Roy Helu for the upcoming spring game, and linebacker Blake Lawrence is questionable after his third concussion in 12 months.
2014: The Reds win the spring game, 55-46, in a special offense-vs.-defense scoring setup. Bo Pelini carried a cat as he led the players onto the field.
2019: Running back Maurice Washington pleads not guilty in his California court case.