Today's Husker News

Phil Steele Expects NU to be Slighted by AP Voters

Let's say your task is to come up with a preseason top 25.  Among your choices of teams is a school that has won 9 or 10 games in each of the prior 6 seasons and has been ranked in the top 25 in one of the major polls each of the last five seasons.  That team is coming off of a bowl victory over a ranked SEC school.  That team also returns an all-conference running back (and Heisman candidate), an all-conference defensive end, and an all-conference kick returner.  Wouldn't that team appear somewhere in your top 25? 

Monday, April 14th 2014

Spring Game Takeaways

With apologies for our delay in weighing in, here are our thoughts on the spring game for Nebraska. 

Friday, April 11th 2014

Offense Versus Defense Format May Cost Walk-Ons

On some level, it's understandable why Nebraska would change the format of the spring game to account for a lack of depth available on the defensive line.  After all, if you split that group in half, you very nearly run out of bodies.  But from the perspective of the walk-on at other positions who may see little to no time on the field during the upcoming season, it's a bit of a blow. 

Thursday, April 10th 2014

Recruiting Progress Continues as Two More Commit

Nebraska obtained commitments from two more recruits yesterday. Omaha North guard prospect Michael Decker came aboard.  The 6'4" 288-pounder became the second offensive lineman to commit for the class of 2015.  He was joined by Omaha Central defensive end Daishon Neal who's listed as 6'7" and 240 lbs.  Neal is the first end and the third defensive lineman in the class. 

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Athlon Early Preseason Basketball Ranking Puts Nebraska 24th

Now that the 2014 basketball season is officially over, hoop enthusiasts can look ahead to the 2015 season.  It's not just Husker fans that have high expectations of Nebraska.  Athlon's early ranking of teams for next year puts NU 24th nationally.  If that were to hold up and became the consensus by season's end, then the Huskers could be looking at a 6-seed in the tournament and perhaps an end to their futility streak in the NCAA's. 

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Demorrio Williams Revisited

One of the reasons that Bo Pelini is Nebraska's head coach today is due to the remarkable turnaround the Husker defense experienced in his first and only year as the team's defensive coordinator in 2003.  Demorrio Williams had already flashed considerable talent in 2002 ,the year before Pelini arrived.  Williams had led the team in tackles and forced fumbles as a light 215-pound linebacker in 2002.  Pelini opted to line up Williams as a rush end in passing situations, unleashing his abilities as a playmaker in the other team's backfield.  History now appears ready to repeat itself with newcomer Marcus Newby, who is the same size as Williams and coming off of a redshirt year. 

Monday, April 7th 2014

Kevin Dillon Comes Aboard

Nebraska added a commitment from a four-star quarterback prospect to the 2015 recruiting class in Denton, Texas product Kevin Dillman.  At 6'4", he's got the height you look for in a passer.  He's also a dual-threat type player that can make plays with his legs.  Reviews are mixed because he's Swedish and has missed time playing high school football in the U.S. due to visa issues and injury.  But the rosiest reviews suggest he could be a "program changing" kind of recruit.  The likes of which we may not have seen since Tommie Frazier.  No pressure there. 

Friday, April 4th 2014

Illini Must Bank On Experience

There's not much optimism around a team that went just 4-8  under second year Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.  They lose a veteran quarterback and three starting senior receivers to graduation.  Defensively, they lose their top playmaker in linebacker Jonathan Brown.  They will have 16 returning starters which should allow them to show improvement elsewhere, particularly at the line of scrimmage. 

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

A New Chapter in a Rich History with the Hurricanes

For a team that Nebraska's only played 10 times, Miami has sure been a memorable opponent.  In fact, it might be fair to call it the most significant rivalry for the Huskers not involving a team that it's shared a conference with.  The two teams will meet in Lincoln in September. 

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Even Minus Carr and Adams, Fresno State Still a Tough Game

Nebraska's first road game of the 2014 season will be no gimme.  The Huskers head to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs.  The team has not lost a home game in two seasons under head coach Tim DeRuyter.  It helps that he had quarterback Derek Carr, who averaged 400 yards of offense per game and 52 touchdowns in 2013.  Wideout Davante Adams scored 24 times and averaged over 130 receiving yards per game.  Both head to the NFL, but that won't make the 'Dogs an easy out.