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    by Published on 12-30-2013 11:54 PM  Number of Views: 2262 
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    This is my countdown of the greatest Nebraska Cornhuskers to wear each jersey number, 1-99. For background on the project, click here. We're going to start at #99 and work our way down to #1. For each number, I'll list the best player to wear that number, some of the other memorable Huskers to don that jersey, as well as a personal favorite of mine.

    As we move on to numbers 49 through 40, we get a mixed bag of players. While there are lots of linebackers and fullbacks, the forties also offer defensive linemen, kickers, defensive ends, I-Backs, tight ends, and even a couple of defensive backs.

    49


    Best Player: Kevin Seibel, Kicker, 1980 - 1982
    Other notables: None
    Personal Favorite: Adam Ickes, Linebacker, 2002 - 2005

    Comments: Not a very good start as we've hit the third number never to have an all conference or All America pick. And let's be honest - the pickings are rather slim. My finalists were Ken Kaelin and Ickes, which should tell you all you need to know about the rich history of #49.

    But not to dog too much on Seibel, a pretty good kicker in the early 80s. He had a big, big leg and his 52 yard FG against Colorado is still in the top 10 for longest kicks. He would have a second top 10 kick (50 yards) if not for Alex Henery rewriting that chart.

    Adam Ickes was a small town Nebraska kid (Page, NE) who didn't see the field too much after walking on. And after Bill Callahan became head coach, one might have assumed that Ickes would be bypassed again. Instead, he became a fixture on defense and special teams during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Ickes didn't make every play, but he had a knack for making big plays (a blocked kick, tackle for loss, or forcing a fumble) when the defense needed it.

    48


    Best Player: Scott Livingston, Kicker/Punter, 1983 - 1984
    Other notables: Micah Heibel
    Personal Favorite: Tyler Legate, Fullback, 2008 - 2011

    Comments: Scott Livingston played as both punter and kicker during his two seasons, earning All Big 8 honors in 1984. I love the split in workload from his 1983 season: He only punted 34 times over the course of the season, yet he was rather busy kicking PATs for the Scoring Explosion (a duty he shared with Dave Schneider). And yet, Livingston's most famous kick is the one he never made - a ...
    by Published on 12-20-2013 06:46 PM     Number of Views: 6616 
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    Bowl Season. The culmination of a long, entertaining college football season rolled into one final game. For some teams it means a chance to prove themselves against an opponent from a "Big-Boy" conference. Some teams will be playing their game following a coaching change. Some teams will be fighting complacency after expecting to be in a "better" bowl. Looking past the psychological backdrops and overall motivation surrounding many of these matchups, how will teams handle the long layoffs that span 3-5 weeks? While it can help a team get as healthy as possible, it also has an adverse effect on many teams' timing - especially offensively. With all that in mind, I take a crack at trying to pick a winner in all 35...35!? - of these games.

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    by Published on 12-10-2013 10:52 AM  Number of Views: 6914 
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    When Nebraska had to play Washington again in the 2010 Holiday, I got it. I expected Nebraska to get dropped in the bowl selection order, as they had lost in the Big 12 Championship, and their outgoing conference was not going to stick up for ...
    by Published on 12-05-2013 11:32 AM     Number of Views: 7014 
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    During his monthly radio show, Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst implied that the athletic department is looking at ways to improve the in-game experience for Husker Football games at Memorial Stadium.

    Aside from this being an incredibly shrewd diversion*, it is a topic that many Husker fans have an opinion on. Including me.

    *What diversion? Consider the last week: speculation over Bo Pelini's future swirled before Friday's Iowa game. During the game, Pelini had a couple of embarrassing on-camera moments. After the game, Pelini cursed out the refs and essentially threatened Eichorst to fire him. On Saturday, Eichorst issued an open-ended statement that calmed the flames, but did not extinguish the fire. On Tuesday, Eichorst takes to the airwaves with the football media expecting answers. Instead, he changes the subject. Improving the game day experience. Go.

    Brilliant.

    I came up with a list of ten items that I would love see changed/added/improved at Memorial Stadium. Some are relatively simple. Some are rather drastic, but would create big results. But all would help to improve the experience of the 90,000 fans who fill the stadium seven Saturdays a year.

    Before we dive in, I feel that it is worth noting (and emphasizing) that Husker fans have it pretty darn good at Memorial Stadium. I've watched the Huskers play in over a dozen different stadiums, and very few can hold a candle to what we have.

    And that's more than just the biased opinion of a Nebraska alum and native son. Memorial Stadium regularly shows up on lists of best stadiums, best game day experience, best places to watch college football, etc. Obviously the on-field product has much to do with the consecutive sellout streak, but the experience of being there (instead of sitting in a bar or in my basement watching in HD) is what keeps me coming ...
    by Published on 12-04-2013 09:22 AM     Number of Views: 10137 
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    In retrospect, I blame Shawn Eichorst for Nebraska's loss to Iowa.

    I went to bed late last Friday night on high alert, just waiting for Bo Pelini to be fired. I got up at five in the morning only to see more tweets about new audio where Greg Sharpe indicated that Pelini thought he could ...
    by Published on 12-01-2013 10:34 PM     Number of Views: 6435 

    Bo-liever, Bo-leaver, Bo-friend, Bo-hater. We sure have created a lot of terms to define our allegiance or lack thereof with the face of the Nebraska football program. That makes one thing clearly evident around Nebraska and that is the fans are definitely split on Bo Pelini. It seems like it is about 50/50 on both sides of camp.

    The latest from Athletic Director, Shawn Eichorst, ...
    by Published on 12-01-2013 11:44 AM     Number of Views: 6419 
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    2013 All-Big Ten Team

    Offense

    QB: Nathan Scheelhaase (Sr.), Illinois
    RB: Ameer Abdullah (Jr.), Nebraska
    RB: Melvin Gordon (Soph.), Wisconsin
    WR: Allen Robinson (Jr.), Penn State
    WR: Jared Abbrederis (Sr.), Wisconsin
    TE: Devin ...
    by Published on 12-01-2013 12:29 AM  Number of Views: 6109 
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    In the wake of Friday's home loss to Iowa - which was equal parts ugly on and off the field - the noise surrounding Bo Pelini's future at Nebraska escalated to a fever pitch. The only thing louder than the calls for Pelini to be fired, were for athletic director Shawn Eichorst to say something - anything - regarding Pelini.

    On Saturday, Eichorst spoke* and tried to calm the storm. The text of his statement is below

    *via press release. A notoriously quiet man, I saw a tweet on Saturday wondering if Eichorst's own family knows what his voice sounds like.
    “My approach has always been to not comment publicly about our coaches until their full seasons are complete, as I strongly believe it is unfair and counter to best practices. ...
    by Published on 11-30-2013 07:09 AM     Number of Views: 580 

    Husker MASH unit Harassed and Hammered by Hawkeye(s) as Bo Blows amidst Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos.

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    by Published on 11-29-2013 06:52 PM     Number of Views: 9624 

    A study in erratic behavior. This is the Bo Pelini era.

    His players bring home historically high cumulative grade-point average, are staying out of trouble off the field, and many are model citizens. But on game day, they hover near the bottom of major-college football in turnover margin, rise toward the top in rushing offense, cripple themselves with untimely penalties, ...

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