Is it me, or is it unusually quiet for this time of year?
Fall practice has already started, with the Huskers donning full pads for the first time yesterday, and yet the biggest news of the day was the commitment of Zach Hannon, a three-star lineman prospect who selected the Huskers over Missouri and Arkansas. While good news on the recruiting front, this in no way helps us win a Big Ten title this season, so you'll excuse me if I don't understand the excitement.
There isn't a whole lot of news out of fall practice. Maybe I should say there isn't a whole lot of "new" news out of fall practice. This guy has improved, if by this guy you mean Kevin Williams, who's trying to break into the four-man rotation on the defensive line.
Freshman defensive back Alonzo Moore has been cleared by the NCAA to play football. Yay!
Alas, again this does nothing to help us this season. Ryan Klachko is gone. Defensive lineman Todd Peat Jr. is banged up. Neither of those are good things as both those guys could have potentially helped us this season.
Offensive lineman Andrew Rodriguez says he "cares more this season", and linebacker Alonzo Whaley has said just about the same thing - that they weren't really as into it last season as they are now. I wouldn't take those as negatives about those players, but as positives that they're coming around. Both of them could help a lot this season.
Bottom line - there wasn't a lot of buzz around this team heading into Big Ten Media Days, and I sense that there isn't a lot of buzz around this team when it comes to anticipation for the upcoming season.
Am I reading that right? Or am I just too early, and this is the dead calm before a big storm?
(I miss Salt's link articles, too. Hopefully he'll have a safe move and be back with us soon. I am still looking for writers to assist us here, so if you're interested, please contact me. Someone to cover volleyball would be nice, too. It's not all about just football, ya know.)