Our head coach is growing right before our very eyes. He learned a valuable lesson Saturday; one that should stick with him for a while.
You want to soothe the savage beast that is Nebraska fans? Call a fullback trap.
Schlesinger, Macovicka, Janovich...does not matter. Nebraskans love their fullbacks. Give the big guy the ball a few times per game and you will have even the most curmudgeonly fan staring at the field with a smile on their face reminiscent of four year-olds watching Dinosaur Train.
A small word of warning Coach Riley. You have opened Pandora's box and once the fullback is out, you cannot put him back. If you try, the post-game press conferences will all start with "Why didn't Janovich get a carry?". It will continue through post-practice press conferences and will consume more and more of your time with reporters until you beg someone, anyone, to ask you about the pass defense.
Social media discussion already centers around how many Illini will be maimed by Janovich rather than focusing on our top #10 quarterback (in passing yards) who was the Big Ten co-player of the week. MOAR Janovich Coach Riley. Please. For your sake.
Coach Langsdorf tried to tell us that this was a unique situation; that Southern Miss's defensive looks were such that they felt the fullback would have success. What he does not realize is that Nebraskans do not believe the fullback needs a favorable defensive look to be successful. Fullbacks make their own creases and blast through them. Coach Cavanaugh, it is up to you now. Recruit and develop offensive linemen that help us maintain this happy fantasy. It is not that much to ask, is it?
Fellow Nebraskan Jack Gangwish posted the following tweet after Janovich's breakout performance against Southern Miss. Note to Jack: You better watch out. It appears Andy took on a critter much larger than a raccoon to acquire that umm...item he is holding.
Congrats to my friend @AndyJanovich for having a BEHEMOTH of a game yesterday. Im damn proud of ya, Jano. pic.twitter.com/RV55AtzROA— Jack Gangwish (@jackgangwish) September 27, 2015
On to Flakes:
One of the guys posted this already, but it is still pretty cool.
Watch: Huskers post interactive team entrance video | FOX Sports
A 360 degree look at the Tunnel Walk. It's awesome!
Red Review: Nebraska's pass defense is worse than you think | Huskers - KETV Home
We need to have an honest conversation about Nebraska's pass defense which, as of Monday, was the worst in the entire country.
Red Report: NU coaches "teach awareness" regarding penalties : Latest Husker News
"It did hurt us in that game," Danny Langsdorf said of the flags. "It's going to hurt us in a close game." (LJS link - limited "free" article views)
Linebackers working to shore up their part of pass defense : Latest Husker News
Among Trent Bray’s challenges as Nebraska’s linebackers coach is molding young players while building depth at a position that began the season thin on numbers and experience. (LJS link - limited "free" article views)
HuskerOnline.com - Tuesday nuggets: Pierson-El back in pads
Here are some quick notes and observations to pass along from Nebraska's half-pads practice on Tuesday afternoon inside the Hawks Championship Center and fields north of Memorial Stadium
Early peek at Big Ten awards races shows Indiana players on rise - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Where do your Huskers rate in the ESPN writers' opinions of post-season awards for the B1G?
(What? No fullback of the year award? Get that fixed B1G!)
TBL: Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit previews Big Ten opener with Nebraska - Omaha.com: Big Red Today Blog
Former Husker I-back John O'Leary joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to reminisce on his playing days. He talked about the toughest teams he played against in the Big Eight, dealing with injuries as a player, the "Bummerooski," the CFL and more. (OWH link - limited "free" article views)
2015 Fighting Illini Football Non-Conference Position Grades - The Champaign Room
With their win last weekend, the Illini finished their non-conference season with a 3-1 record. Here's how each position performed through the first four games.
Huskers face tough road trip - The Grand Island Independent: Sports
LINCOLN — The stakes get even higher for the fourth-rated Nebraska volleyball team this week.
Good news and bad news from the pitch....good news first.
Erika Johnson Earns Big Ten Weekly Honor - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Sophomore goalkeeper Erika Johnson captured Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week accolades, announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Soccer: NU's Jaycie Johnson sidelined by ACL tear : Latest Husker News
The Nebraska soccer team will be without one of its top players for the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere in sports
As Worries Rise and Players Flee, a Missouri School Board Cuts Football - The New York Times
With safety concerns growing and more students choosing to play soccer and other sports, the football team at a suburban St. Louis high school was disbanded.
Why every other Big 12 fan thinks it's hilarious Texas fans are mad about the refs - SBNation.com
Texas got the butt end of some awful calls Saturday, after years of everybody else getting the butt end of awful calls that helped Texas.
MJD and Ike's Top 5 catches - NFL Videos
Former Husker Quincy Enunwa made an awesome snag for the Jets this week. Find out who else made the Top 5 catches..
UAB Leadership Stalling Return of Blazer Football (Again) - Underdog Dynasty
Unnecessary political chicanery, an insulting contract offer for Bill Clark, and the firing of a well respected associate AD. Just another week at UAB.
Listening To MTSU-Illinois On The Radio In Chinese Was Football Nirvana - Underdog Dynasty
Listening to a radio broadcast of a college football game in a language completely foreign to me seemed daunting to say the least. Surprisingly, it was an incredible experience that I may have to try again one day.
Missouri Tigers suspend Maty Mauk for South Carolina game - Rock M Nation
Drew Lock will start for Mizzou vs South Carolina
Would Michigan Fans Rather Beat Michigan State or Ohio State This Season? - Maize n Brew
What looked like a pipe dream a month ago now is more realistic: Michigan can beat either of these two teams. But, which win do fans want more?
No, Jon Gruden isn't giving up a $6.5 million job to coach South Carolina, or anywhere else for that matter - Garnet And Black Attack
Yeah, he's not coming here.
Maryland football holds players-only meeting, Randy Edsall: "That’s news to me" - Testudo Times
View the FanShot on SB Nation.
SMU's Larry Brown is just the latest HOF coach to find NCAA trouble - CBSSports.com
There are only six active Hall of Fame coaches in college basketball. Two of them will be serving suspensions for NCAA violations this season, a third is awaiting punishment after a lengthy investigation, and a fourth has two vacated Final Fours. What does this say about this sport?
Forget lucky element of TCU victory, says ex-Nebraska tipped-pass hero - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Aaron Green's miraculous catch for a TD was reminiscent of Matt Davison's catch of a tipped third-down pass by Scott Frost to beat Missouri.
MOAR Janovich tweets
I heard that @AndyJanovich once killed an Alfa male lion using only a wooden spoon & then repped it for 8 deep squats @damonbenning— Pete Botkin (@PeteBotkin) September 30, 2015
@damonbenning @GarySharp1620 I heard @andyjanovich has a grizzly bear carpet in his room. The bear isn't dead, it's just afraid to move— Erik O (@clowntweetbro) September 30, 2015
Andy Janovich puts the laughter in manslaughter. @damonbenning @GarySharp1620— Nick Hartnett (@PapaNickyTom) September 30, 2015
It's a well known fact that @AndyJanovich can gargle peanut butter.— Mike Purrriley (@Ndamukat) September 30, 2015
@damonbenning @AndyJanovich peed in the tank of a semi as a joke. That truck is now optimus prime.— Kent Garman (@kgar82) September 30, 2015