Corn Flakes: Nebraska's Offense - Still All About The Line

David McGee

Tim Beck Q&A: What to expect from Nebraska in 2014 " Big Ten Network

The Big Ten West division shapes up as an interesting, wide-open race, with several schools having legit chances to win it. One of those clubs is Nebraska, a relatively young team with just 13 seniors. A big reason for optimism is the offense, which could be among the best in the Big Ten. Tim Beck’s unit ranked No. 58 in the nation (412.4 ypg) last year while playing most of the season without quarterback Taylor Martinez.

Very good interview with Tim Beck. The offense will be very interesting this season, as we have a very talented backfield and group of receivers, and it will be incumbent upon Beck to use them to maximize scoring. That will be very difficult, more difficult than it sounds because it will all be about how the offensive line comes around.

It's all about the line. It always is. But with this much talent on the offense, Beck will catch holy hell if it sputters because I swear that 80% of football fans think that offensive linemen are interchangeable parts; that the only thing that matters if they're very large, not whether or not they can function as a unit and successfully block and carry out their assignments.

We'll examine that in more detail as the season gets nearer.

Spartans rule special teams unit rankings " Big Ten Network
13. Nebraska. Incoming freshman Drew Brown, the younger brother of ex-Husker place-kicking great Kris Brown, will battle Mauro Bondi for the kicking job. The punting job is in good hands with Sam Foltz. The return game needs some oomph. Who will step up?

B1G 2014 // Iowa's Smartest Guys In The Room - Off Tackle Empire
A brief look at Kirk Ferentz (whom you know) and his coordinators who you might not. WARNING: article includes sarcasm.

Rutgers Athletics Remains Far from United - On the Banks

Rutgers Football fits right in with the Big Ten - On the Banks
The recent Big Ten conference champions actually share quite a bit in common with RFootball.

How Does Germany’s Blowout of Brazil Compare to Those in Other Sports? | FiveThirtyEight
In terms of bowls that had national championship implications, you’d have to go back to 1996 and the Fiesta Bowl between then-undefeated No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Florida. Favored by three going into the game, Nebraska won by 38, 62-24. But in soccer terms, that’d be a mere win by four more goals than expected — a far cry from the Germans’ performance.

2014 coverage of The Opening/Elite 11, the country's biggest recruiting event - SBNation.com
SB Nation is on Nike's campus in Beaverton, Oregon for the annual showcase of the best high school football players. Follow along.

According to Inside Maryland Sports, Paul VI/Team Takeover (AAU) rising senior point guard Kevin Dorsey (6-0/170) has cut his list of potential destinations down to three contenders, and they're all B1G - Maryland, Nebraska and Minnesota - and could make a final decision within a week.

Study: 20 percent of athletic departments probe sexual violence - CBSSports.com
US senators call on NCAA president Mark Emmert and university presidents to act immediately on results from Sen. Claire McCaskill's study on sexual assault investigations.

Jerry Sandusky's son tells abuse story to Oprah Winfrey | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Jerry Sandusky's adult son is speaking out about what he says was sexual abuse by his father.

Because we haven't heard about Jerry Sandusky for a while.... you missed him, right?

NCAA president Mark Emmert tells Senate panel he wants 'scholarships for life,' other reforms | FOX Sports on MSN

NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."

My reaction:

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