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    by Published on 08-28-2014 09:10 PM  Number of Views: 2888 
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    Let me paint a picture for you. This year, Nebraska enters the Wisconsin game 6-3. With two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Gary Andersen, holding a 31-27 lead, goes for it on a 4th-and-3 on the Nebraska 37. Joel Stave's play-fake fools the entire Husker defense as he rolls out, only to stop, turn, and throw back across the field to a wide-open tight end not even Wisconsin fans have heard of. The 38-27 loss burns Nebraska's chance to win the Legends Division.

    After the following week's 31-17 Senior Day win against Minnesota, Iowa is ...
    by Published on 08-27-2014 11:07 AM  Number of Views: 6287 
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    Some of the ways Nebraska can have a big season in 2014 are quite obvious (give the ball to Ameer Abdullah, get solid production from Tommy Armstrong, reduce turnovers, establish a punt return game, etc.)

    But there are some other keys that have kind of flown under the radar. They may not be as self-evident as "keep the defensive ends healthy", but they are just as important.

    1. Move on from Taylor Martinez.

    Love him or hate him, he is gone. And yet, I cannot begin to count the number of times I've seen and heard Martinez mentioned since the Gator Bowl ended his eligibility. The program, fans, and media do not do themselves any favors by continually ...
    by Published on 08-25-2014 04:00 PM  Number of Views: 3026 
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    I can't believe I'm writing these words: The 2014 Nebraska Cornhusker football season is about to begin! How sweet the sound!

    No more waiting. In just days, Bo Pelini will unveil his seventh Husker football team this Saturday August 30th as NU takes on the mighty Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium. If you've been away on the planet Gorgon for the past several months, you might not know that Carl Pelini (Bo's Bro) will NOT be coaching FAU this game or likely any other Owl games.

    THE NO BRO BOWL

    Nope, Carl was forced to ...
    by Published on 08-23-2014 10:14 AM  Number of Views: 5679 
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    Oct 12, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Danny Etling (5) is sacked in the end zone for a safety by Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Randy Gregory (44) at Ross Ade Stadium. Nebraska defeats Purdue 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    Yesterday I took a look at each position group on offense. Today I finish my team breakdown with a preview of the defense and special teams.


    Defensive Line:


    Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
    The front four has the talent and potential to be the best defensive line Pelini has fielded at Nebraska. All four starters will play in the NFL someday. The catalyst of this group is junior Randy Gregory (6-6, 240), who makes a strong argument for being the best defensive end in college football. The Huskers haven't had a pure pass-rusher of his ilk since Trev Alberts.

    The defensive end opposite of Gregory is sophomore Greg McMullen (6-3, 280), who is starting to come into his own and show why he was a four-star recruit with offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State. McMullen had an
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    by Published on 08-21-2014 04:19 PM  Number of Views: 4421 
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    Bo Pelini's tenure as coach at Nebraska can be compared to a Clint Eastwood movie: The Good (at least 9-wins every year) The Bad (4-losses every year) and The Ugly (no conference titles or BCS appearances). Pelini (58-24), now entering his seventh year at Nebraska, is coming off of his most tumultuous season in Lincoln. With plenty of experience and key returnees back for the 2013 season, as well as eight home games, Husker fans expected Nebraska to represent the now defunct Legends division in Indianapolis. Instead, the Huskers came out of the gate - against a Wyoming team that finished the season 5-7 - and gave up over 600 yards of offense in a 37-34 nail biter.

    The defense would go on to spend the first half of the 2013 season paying homage to Kevin Cosgrove. Poor defensive play helped to add fuel to a coaching seat that at times was on fire. Fans and media spent
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    by Published on 08-20-2014 10:40 PM   
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    With the start of the season less than two weeks away, Nebraska hovers at No. 22 in both the AP and USA Today coaches' preseason polls, which is just as it should be. The Cornhuskers have done nothing lately to earn any more public esteem than that. They enter the season with an aggressive defense that will be dynamite if it can keep teams from running between the tackles. Nebraska has quality running backs, inexperience at ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 03:02 PM  Number of Views: 5088 
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    It wasn't supposed to end this way. No, number 3 was going to go out on top and have his best year in 2013. His passing would become more accurate, his running would continue to be deadly for opponents and as a senior, he was going to significan'tly reduce his turnovers and mistakes.

    When he was healthy, Taylor Martinez was lightning in a bottle-one of the most electrifying players in all of college football. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD-KMAlQAp0)

    To be sure, as a senior Taylor Martinez was going to lead the Huskers to a B1G championship (first conference title since '99), get the school's first BCS bowl invite since 2001, earn his first bowl victory and lead Nebraska to a probable ...
    by Published on 08-18-2014 12:00 AM  Number of Views: 7652 
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    As Nebraska's fall camp continues, there is a lot of positive news, hyperbole, and high expectations being placed on the Huskers. If you consume enough of the preseason Kool Aid, you can easily convince yourself that this Husker team is poised to win the Big Ten West and even challenge for a spot in the new football playoff.,

    On the surface, I agree. Those things are possible. But such rose-colored glasses thinking overlooks some very serious concerns on this Nebraska team. Things that easily turn a promising season into another four loss campaign - or worse.

    1. Quarterback. Despite some preseason noise about being pushed by Ryker Fyfe, Tommy Armstrong will be the starter and likely will get every opportunity to succeed. I think Armstrong did a decent job last year as a redshirt freshman coming off the bench for the injured ...
    by Published on 08-12-2014 07:25 AM  Number of Views: 2236 
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    One of the best things that came out of Big Ten media days was Shawn Eichorst revealing that Nebraska and Wisconsin were working on a rivalry trophy for their now-annual game. At least the Heroes' Game Trophy means that, whatever Eichorst and Barry Alvarez come up with, it won't be the worst trophy in the conference.

    Still, Nebraska needs at least one more, and maybe two or three other trophy ...
    by Published on 08-11-2014 02:24 PM     Number of Views: 4285 
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    Husker Dan is back for his 12th season covering Husker football! He's young, he's tan and he's rested! (Okay, so one out of three ain't bad.)

    Let's cut to the chase.

    DANGERFIELD?

    Most of the pre-season college football mags are underwhelmed by this year's Husker football team. And who can blame them? In each of his six years as the Husker head coach, Bo Pelini's teams have lost four games and some of those losses have been really ugly. Complicating matters, Pelini's teams have never won a conference title (three tries) and have had zero BCS bowl appearances.

    Moreover, Bo's teams have suffered one or more double digit losses every season he's been at Nebraska.. Last year, Pelini reached a personal high with 4 DDLs with a six year career total of 13. ...

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