A run-down of sporting stories from the weekend covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.
The official release on the kickoff for Nebraska's 123rd season of college football.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior ran for 1,357 yards last season, the most by any Nebraska player since 2002 and most for a Cornhuskers running back since 1997. He also recorded 15 touchdowns in addition to seven 100-yard rushing games as he was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top player at his position.
Guess it'll depend on how productive and consistent his backups are.
More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
I'm guessing this is more gamesmanship than anything else. Considering how many two-back sets we run at Nebraska, we wouldn't want the other defense counting yards to try and figure out which back to cover.
Another key to Turner seeing more playing time, Fisher said, is consistency in all facets of his game. Getting lined up. Running the right routes. Reading coverages. Understanding who he’s blocking.
I get the impression that Turner's blocking ability kept him off the field. Our wideouts have to be able to block first, catch second. (Sounds like he still needs to grow into his understanding that he has to earn playing time.)
It's kind of a strange thing celebrating a mostly injury-free fall camp but compared to the last four seasons, it's a nice change.
Competition is good.
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The Eagles are starting their 96th season of college football.
The quarterback is a running back. He's over 200 lbs., and can fly. He's very quick. He's been criticized about his throwing but if you go back and check the completion percentage and his interceptions versus touchdowns, he's very effective.
HEY LOOK. A college football coach's opinion of Martinez!
Maybe they'll alternate by quarter like Florida.
Let's hope we stay there until the end of the playoffs. Well done, ladies!
Congratulations to Ms. Cook!
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In case you missed it yesterday, Hoke will allow starting RB Toussaint to play against Alabama despite earlier suspension for a drunk driving arrest. Disappointing to say the least.
Just too bad these kids throw away their opportunities for cheap booze.
How about "Minor League Football" and "Collegiate Football"? (Though it's a lot harder for players who violate the league's personal conduct policy to get back on the field in the NFL than at a BCS school.)
Sun Belt commissioner definitely calls the Big East a "below the line" conference. WELL DONE SIR.
Either this is incredibly stupid or the best defensive mind game ever.
(I want to point out that I'm guessing both QBs have the same play style since they're not being used situationally a la Tebow/Leak but rather being used as "we have no idea who is good".)
(By the way, if you want some cheap humor, go read Tebow's Wikipedia page. "He is a dual threat quarterback, adept at both rushing and passing. With his unorthodox NFL quarterback skills..." /snicker)
Hopefully the Gulf stays safe.
Just keep beating Army. (TEN YEARS.)
Wouldn't back to the future be more appropriate? Over/under on five years for Temple to be kicked out of the Big East again?
The backup QB is always loved more.
SB Nation has Sparta winning the Big Ten and Wisconsin somehow bumbling into a BCS bid. They must be assuming both Nebraska and Michigan are under 10 wins, if that's the case. And I don't see it. (And Mike Leach getting Washington State back to bowl eligibility after two seasons of one or less wins? Don't see it.)
Not a lot of difference here other than Mandel has Nebraska facing South Carolina in the Outback and Kirk has Nebraska facing Florida in the Gator Bowl. (Again, Wisconsin bumbles it's way into a BCS bid by virtue of both Nebraska and Michigan being below nine wins?)