ESPN.com Reviews Recent Recruit Push
ESPN.com's Big Ten blog covers the last two weeks of banner recruiting for the Huskers. The jump from 2 to 9 commitments for the 2014 class were highlighted by a "winner" and "true dual-threat", Zack Darlington. As a Junior, he led Apopka to a State Championship in Florida's 8A division. The largest division in Florida is also one of the toughest in the country. Darlington has plenty of footage on his abilities, but the fact that he is the son of a coach could mean he has the solid thought process needed to lead a complex offense. Comment →
Rounding Out the 2014 Recruiting Class
Nebraska has taken a big bite out of the 20-21 scholarships they'll offer to players for the recruiting class of 2014. Nine oral commitments have already been given leaving about a dozen scholarships left. These are the positions that still need shoring up. Continue →
Huskers Add Five Commitments in Three Days
Those concerned that Nebraska might be falling behind in terms of the number players committed for the class of 2014 can breathe a sigh of relief after this weekend. Commitments were made in bunches and much of this was before the conclusion of the Big Red Weekend recruiting event for the Huskers that saw 15 to 20 prospects travel to Lincoln for campus visits. Continue →
Ameer Abdullah to Win Big Ten Rushing Title?
Among the offseason topics being kicked around is who might win the rushing title in the Big Ten in 2013. Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah's name has come up along with OSU's Carlos Hyde, and Northwestern's Venric Mark (among others). Abdullah certainly has the talent to compete for the rushing title, but will it happen? Continue →
Is Iowa Poised for a Rebound?
One of the seemingly more hopeless teams in the Big Ten toward the end of last season was Iowa. Not only had the Hawkeyes gone 4-8 (2-6 in conference), but they were about to lose their quarterback to graduation along with some of their other better players (all-conference cornerback Micah Hyde, 2nd team all conference center James Ferentz, honorable mention all conference left tackle Matt Tobin and defensive end Joe Gaglione). Their new schedule got tougher with a trip to Ohio State and a home stand with Wisconsin (versus games with Penn State and Indiana the past two years). Their latest recruiting class was ranked among the lowest in the Big Ten. So where do you find hope if you're an Iowa fan? Continue →
Huskers Land Guard Commit
Nebraska landed another commitment for the recruiting class of 2014 in guard/center prospect Tanner Farmer. If reports of his strength are to be believed, he's already stronger than a number of linemen who participated in the NFL combine and he's still just a teenager. He reportedly is also considering pre-med as a major, which may something about his smarts. If ever there was a candidate for early playing time on the line, it might be Farmer. Continue →
Penn State a Bigger Threat Than You Thought?
When the point spreads for some 2013 football games were made public this past week, there was one Nebraska game that stood out. Being favored by six at home over UCLA and Michigan State, by fourteen over Iowa or getting four points at Michigan all might conform to our expectations. Seeing the trip to Penn State open as a pick 'em game, is a bit surprising though. Why might you give the Nittany Lions an even chance to win? Continue →
NU Kicking Dynasty Has Legs
Like any number of prominent football programs, Nebraska has had its share of place kickers that have garnered all-conference attention. You could go back to Paul Rogers under Bob Devaney who was all-conference, a Sun Bowl MVP, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dale Klein shared an NCAA record with 7 field goals in a game. With the arrival of Kris Brown in 1995, things went to a whole new level. Continue →
Will Early Start Help Huskers Versus Bruins?
Normally, it seems to be in Nebraska's interest to play home games at night. It allows more recruits to travel to games and provides fans hours of tailgating which provides a measureable benefit in decibels. Facing a West Coast team though (as was just announced for this year's contest with UCLA), there's an argument to be made for an early kickoff. Continue →
What Would Finishing #16 Mean?
Phil Steele seems to be one of the more optimistic prognosticators when it comes to how the Huskers will perform in the upcoming season. He ranked Nebraska sixteenth in the country and ahead of fellow Legends division teams Michigan, Michigan State, and Northwestern as well as Wisconsin. But what would that really mean in terms of wins and losses in 2013? Continue →