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Nebraska leads the nation in searches for the AAF, oddly.

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Soon to be suiting up for the Salt Lake Stallions
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Good morning friends!

Today, if you believe it, is the start of the second signing period. It looks to be a quiet day for Nebraska, which is nice change from previous seasons. Brian would’ve like this NSD, though he’d wonder why we can’t recruit a pass rushing OLB.

Be sure to check Rick’s NSD update from this morning. And the Mothership has running coverage of all of the teams and all the signings.

Demariyon Houston makes his call around 10am Central, and Scott Frost will join 247Sports for their NSD broadcast on Facebook Live around 12:15pm. Nebraska will hold its NSD press conference around 2pm, and we’ll have a follow up shortly after, and Rick will offer his #hottakes on this year’s class later on.

On with the Flakes, and an interesting bit of internet data:

For some reason, Nebraska fans are very interested in the Alliance of American Football.

The AAF* kicks off this Saturday with a nationally broadcast (CBS) showdown between the San Antonio Commanders and the San Diego Fleet. The latest attempt to establish a spring football league, the AAF promotes itself as a complement to the NFL’s off-season, offering a shot for free agents to get a second look from NFL executives. It’s also a chance for head coaches like Steve Spurrier (Orlando Apollos) to get one more shot at a head coach job.

*Not to be confused with the All-American Football League, a defunct league from 2011, with stronger SEO.

Courtesy of bleedinggreennation.com
Bleeding Green Nation.com

According to Wikipedia, “Teams will have 52 players on each roster, with some selected by a territorial draft. The territory assigned to a team consists of at least five colleges plus designated professional teams, one Canadian Football League, and four NFL teams, for those from Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Only one quarterback can be taken from their region.” Nebraska, apparently, falls into the Salt Lake Stallions’ territory.

According to 247Sports (note: 247Sports is owned by CBS, who is the broadcast partner for the AAF), six Nebraska players and two former coaches can be found in the AAF.

Terrell Newby, Josh Banderas, Kenny Bell, and Demornay Pierson-El will suit up for the Stallions, facing off against Kieron Williams (Arizona Hotshots) and Alonso Moore (San Antonio Commanders).

Mike Riley has taken the reigns of the San Antonio Commanders. Riley has always loved the San Antonio area, having been head coach of the (now-defunct) San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football for two seasons. He is joined by former wide receivers coach Keith Williams.

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