Today's Husker News

Five Straight Night Games

Perhaps Nebraska should be flattered that all five football games where a start time is known in 2014 will be night games.  The Huskers last experienced that in 2006 which might have been considered the best regular season Nebraska had under coach Bill Callahan.  Callahan's team went 4-1 over the night game stretch with the only loss to a top 5 USC team as the visitor.  Like this year, three of the five games were on the road and three of the five were against conference foes. 

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Who’s the Target?

Wide receiver Kenny Bell has led Nebraska in receptions in each of his three seasons in Lincoln.  For the past two seasons, the second target has been Quincy Enunwa.  Last year, the third-leading receiver was Ameer Abdullah.  As we pointed out yesterday, featuring Abdullah more prominently might not be a mistake.  Still, once you've looked for the tandem of Bell and Abdullah, who's next? 

Monday, April 21st 2014

Could Checkdown to Abdullah Be the Key to the Season?

The Nebraska coaching staff is probably going to spend most of the season fighting the temptation to overuse running back Ameer Abdullah.  When your quarterback is interception-prone and you have an All-American caliber running back, it's got to be enormously tempting to feed him the ball play after play after play.  So the idea of making him a major target in the passing game, might seem like overdoing it.  But if moving the chains is the goal, you could do a lot worse than throwing the ball to #8.  

Friday, April 18th 2014

Go Big Red Bull

We've seen kickoff times announced for three games this season on Nebraska's schedule.  Two of them will be prime time games.  In the first, the Huskers will host Miami.  For the second, the Huskers will travel to face Michigan State.  The game against Fresno State won't kick off until 9:30 pm Central time, which means it won't end until after midnight for most NU fans watching at home. 

Thursday, April 17th 2014

Wide Receiver Commits to Nebraska

Nebraska received its 10th commitment for the recruiting class of 2015 when Illinois wideout Spencer Tears gave his pledge to the Huskers following a spring game visit.  Tears is 6'2" and 170 lbs.  He holds offers from Indiana and Purdue, among others.  It appears he's been part of a crowded offense that saw 4 receivers catch 30 or more passes.  But he also got rushing opportunities out of the Wildcat and had a big impact returning kicks.  

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

Husker Baseball Heating Up

If basketball season taught Husker fans anything, it's that there are entertaining college sports beyond football.  NU baseball is looking like one of them.  The Huskers have gotten off to a promising start at 24-14 overall and 7-2 in the Big Ten.  Only Indiana has been hotter in the conference. 

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

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.