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Flakes Is On the Home Stretch - Volleyball, Soccer, Gordon, Chamberlain, First Fall Game Thread

Huskers in the minor league draw major crowds to Omaha. Fall sports are getting started, there is a chill in the night air, and football is almost here. Life is good Corn Nation. Life is good.

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If I follow Brian's countdown process, we are Roy Helu (10) days away from Husker football!! Yay! That means tomorrow is Steve Taylor days away, and after that is 2009 Iowa State #fumblepocalypse turnovers away (I am guessing Brian will go with Ameer Abdullah days away instead).

Husker football is close. Our new bike-riding, non-yelling, yoga-devoted football overlord is about to begin his reign. If you have not been following Brian's practice reports (shame on you), I can summarize fall camp thusly:

  • Most of the wideouts have transferred, been dismissed, or are hurt. The rest are Stanley Morgan. They will still be pretty good.
  • Coaches have been saying nice things about the offensive line. Reporters have followed suit.
  • Maliek Collins is a beast. Hopefully, he makes the Wisconsin and Minnesota running games look as bad as he does the Nebraska one.
  • This Nebraska secondary is sneaky good. Scary-talented and aggressive good. With a top shelf position coach. Gerry and Kalu may have some friends.
  • "Run the dang ball" fans prepare yourselves. Recent rumblings seem to indicate the Husker passing game might emerge as the stronger side of the offense. Gasp!
  • There are five running backs still in contention for playing time. This could be a really good thing. Or not.
  • If you are wondering, those five are: Cross, Newby, Taylor, Ozigbo, and Wilbon.
  • While the depth at LB and DE remains razor thin, the mustache game has been taken to a whole new level by new scholarship awardee Ross Dzuris.

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In the meantime, other Husker sports are taking the field this weekend! OK, they are actually taking the court or the pitch, your choice, terminology be darned. Corn Nation will host the first open thread of the fall sports season this Friday evening (August 28). Both the soccer and volleyball teams will see their first  official competitions. Be sure to join us shortly before 7 p.m. central. I am too lazy to do the conversions if you are outside of God's time zone. Figure it out.

Fri, Aug 28 Central Michigan Barbara Hibner Stadium 7:05 p.m.
Volleyball -Nebraska Invite
Fri,  Aug 28 Tulsa Devaney Center 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Aug 29 Grand Canyon Devaney Center 12:00 p.m.
Sat, Aug 29 Pittsburgh Devaney Center 7:00 p.m.

On to Flakes:

Riley: 3-7 true freshmen not redshirting this season | Huskers - KETV Home
Three to seven true freshmen will suit up this season for the Nebraska Huskers, head coach Mike Riley said after practice Tuesday.

Sellout crowd sees ex-Huskers Alex Gordon, Joba Chamberlain sparkle in Storm Chasers’ victory - Regional
Regular-season games at Werner Park don’t get any better.

In Focus: Denver Broncos 14, Houston Texans, 10

Yesterday's Flakes included a bit about Randy Gregory. Today...Zaire....

Inside linebacker Zaire Anderson +2.1

The undrafted rookie continued to have a solid summer for the Broncos. He finished the game with 3 tackles, and 1 QB hit.

He was given a +0.8 pass rush grade and a +1.3 coverage grade. The 5'11, 220lb rookie linebacker has a future as a sub-package linebacker in the league, and could be earning himself a roster spot. He out snapped Lamin Barrow and Reggie Walker.

Three former Huskers played in this game. Crick and Ankrah (DE and OLB respectively for the Texans) are pretty safe in their roster spots. The Broncos' ILB, Zaire Anderson is making a move in a position battle that is insanely deep. No joke. The Broncos are likely to keep 5 ILB's and cut loose two that could very well make the two-deep with their new teams. Which group will Z.A. end up in? Tune in to find out...

College Football 2015 Season Preview
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7 coaches explain what goes into game week | College Football 2015 Season Preview
Did you know Tom Herman was the offensive coordinator at Iowa State during the aforementioned #fumblepocalypse?

Nebraska's new offense won't put brakes on quarterback runs | College Football
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Quarterback runs were supposed to be de-emphasized in Nebraska's new offense.

This article is not as recent as most we post in Flakes. I just wanted to reassure "run the dang ball" fans. (Me included)

Have a great day Husker Nation!