A run-down of sporting stories from the weekend covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.
Congratulations and well-earned!
And for Nebraska, improvement in these areas – passing, blocking, stopping the run, rushing the passer – would mean the difference between another 9-4 season and a Rose Bowl berth. Listen: Nebraska’s not that far off. This team is one of four teams with a realistic shot at winning the Big Ten...
Pre-Snap Read is definitely favoring Michigan State but they aren't ruling out Nebraska.
A very interesting discussion of the possible shifts in coverage we may observe as a result of Nebraska's experience in the defensive backfield.
More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
Asked to pick an example of a player who gets it, Cotton selected Spencer Long. The son of a brain surgeon, Long began his NU career as a skinny walk-on defensive lineman.
Apparently Barney can coach them. But they need to be smart to start with. I'm sure they're working on trying to figure out where they're being too cute but damn, Cotton is one bad game away from a fully negative storm of public opinion. And that'll only trickle down to the players.
Q: You ever sneak a peek at the quarterbacks?
A: I'll still be watching them, but those dreams are long gone. I've progressed so much at wide receiver it wouldn't make sense for me to go back to quarterback.
Glad that's settled. Also, sounds like Tommy Armstrong is making a push to be Nebraska QB #1 in the future.
Best of luck to him on making the starting lineup.
He'll be an important part of Martinez' quest for 70.
Martin, of any of our defensive linemen, seems to be the one most primed to fit in with Kaczenski's "attack" mantra.
It's a special kind of player that stays with the team despite fate's cruel jokes.
Hopefully Jason can find the balance between reckless abandon and sound fundamentals.
Stafford is my pick for a breakout season.
With the weight of one of the most grueling tests an undergraduate can take off his mind, with the injury troubles finally behind him, Fisher’s had a rare opportunity to focus squarely on football this fall.
I think a sixth year depends on how his MCAT went.
1. Brett Maher, P/K, Nebraska, senior: Maher led the Big Ten in punting average (44.5 yards per attempt) and tied for first in most field goals made (19, out of 23 attempts). He was named the Big Ten's punter and kicker of the year. Yeah, he's pretty good.
1. Nebraska: The obvious and really only pick for the top spot, as the Huskers bring back star kicker/punter Brett Maher and return ace Ameer Abdullah. Special teams should once again be a strength in Lincoln.
Hopefully they'll be matched with a punt/kickoff coverage team to match.
(**) KFAB takes over Big Red Breakfast - Omaha.com
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Well-deserved. Hopefully they can pull off the repeat.
Hopefully a preview of an exciting season for Nebraska volleyball!
Non-conference Opponent Update
He held, and considered, offers from 10 Pac-12 member schools, as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska, before finally deciding to play in Westwood.
Might change his mind after we play UCLA.
Think maybe he'll do this in Week 2?
Can Michigan maintain the same success with such a putrid special teams unit? Doubt it. (I also am mystified that Pre-Snap Read is going to rank Wisconsin high. Why are we ignoring the fact that DOB isn't Wilson? The offensive coaching staff departures? Mystifying.)
Well, glad we settled that. I still don't buy Wisconsin just reloading. They may win the East but only because the other two contenders aren't eligible.
Toughest schedule: Nebraska. There's a relatively challenging non-conference schedule, which includes games against Southern Miss, Arkansas State and UCLA. The Big Ten crossover opponents that the Huskers miss are Illinois, Indiana and Purdue (i.e., three eminently winnable games); the crossover foes include Ohio State (road) and Wisconsin, the two best teams in the Leaders Division. There also are Legends Division road games against Michigan State, Iowa and Northwestern, which won in Lincoln last season. The one positive: Division foe Michigan visits Lincoln.
A fair review - not once did they make a remark about Taylor's throwing motion!
Thirty years after then head football coach Tom Osborne created the first specialized role for "performance nutrition" at the University of Nebraska, Sports RDs, or "food coaches" as football coaches often refer to them, are finally part and parcel of a well-rounded athletic program, relied upon now to deliver the same level of day-to-day support for athletes that athletic trainers and strength coaches have been providing for decades.
And people say we're backwards?
Nebraska rings in at No. 17. Seems to agree with most of our opinions - we're not top 15 until we see it earned on the field. (A little annoyed that Ohio State is ranked.)
The mothership gets caught up with football from around the BCS.
The Irish have evidently won the "Oregon" award for uniform absurdity this fall.