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  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 27, 2017 at 12:16 PM
    , Jeremy Pernell
    With a department dedicated towards recruiting in the works, the staff turns its attention to 2018.
    Mike Riley has spent his first three years one upping himself on the recruiting trail. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the Huskers have finished with the 30th, 24th and 23rd ranked classes during Riley's tenure. The 2015 class, underrated in my opinion, was a transition class compiled in just over 8 weeks - with over half of that time falling under the NCAA mandated Dead Period. The improvements and strides made on the trail have been impressive during...

  1. Posted By Tad Stryker
    Feb 19, 2017
    , Tad Stryker
    Any scheme requires winning one-on-ones to make it work
    The arrival of Bob Diaco and his switch to a 3-4 defense has brought much anticipation to Husker Nation. It will bring many questions long before the first game this fall, but for me, one tops them all.

    Will it generate an effective pass rush? In my opinion, that’s the most important step to creating a disruptive, turnover-causing defense. The Huskers created only 19 takeaways last fall, which ranked 67th among all major-college teams. That included 16 interceptions, which were mainly due...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 14, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Riley changing the culture of the program with recent staff changes.
    When Mike Riley was hired to replace Bo Pelini following the 2014 season, he said he looked at the opportunity in Lincoln as "one last adventure." Critics of the hire lamented that Riley and his large contingency of Oregon State assistants were using Nebraska for one last payday before retirement. Turns out, those guys may have underestimated just how much Mike Riley wants to go out a winner.

    The pressure to win and win big is real and Mike Riley doesn't shy away from...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 5, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Ranking the Top 40 classes and analyzing Nebraska's class
    Top 40 Recruiting Classes


    1. Alabama
    2. Ohio State
    3. Georgia
    4. Michigan
    5. USC
    6. Oklahoma
    7. LSU
    8. Florida State
    9. Auburn
    10. Florida
    11. Texas A&M
    12. Miami (Fla.)
    13. Notre Dame
    14. Stanford
    15. Clemson
    16. Penn State
    17. Maryland
    18. Tennessee
    19. Virginia Tech
    20. Washington
    21. Nebraska
    22. Oregon
    23. South Carolina
    24. UCLA
    25....

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 3, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    The top guys, where they are from and where they are going to school.
    The top guys, where they are from and where they are going to school.

    No.Pos.NameHt.Wt.HometownSchool
    1.RBNajee Harris6-2225Antioch, CAAlabama
    2.OTFoster Sarell6-7315Graham,...

  1. Posted By Tad Stryker
    Feb 1, 2017
    , Tad Stryker
    Parrella continues to show his worth on National Signing Day
    A rabbit ran in front of my car, the headlights casting a fleeting ghostly image on the streets of Lincoln just before 6 a.m. on National Signing Day.

    Normally, I don’t put much stock in omens, although as a Kansas City Royals fan, I took careful notice of a bluejay I saw lying dead on the street as I rode my bicycle to work on the eve of the 2015 ALCS, just before Kansas City eliminated Toronto in six games on its way to the World Series championship.

    Since so much time and energy has...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Jan 24, 2017
    , Husker Dan
    The Huskers get a new defensive coordinator
    "You've to crack a few eggs to make an omelet."
    -- Proverb

    The Husker "D" will be playing (or trying to play) "Bobby Ball" this fall. Why? Because Bob Diaco, the newly hired Husker Defensive Coordinator, replaces longtime Mike Riley friend and assistant, Mark Banker. Diaco will install a 3-4 defensive scheme that will take the place of the Huskers' base 4-3 defense.

    Back to Banker in a second.

    OTHER...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Jan 16, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Sunseri would bring recruiting chops and an extended background in the 3-4.
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    Lost among the excitement of the recent hiring of Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator (I'll have more on that in a future column) is the realization that Mike Riley still has another position on his staff to be filled. Secondary coach Brian Stewart left the Huskers to take a defensive coordinator position with Rice. Whether this move was encouraged by Riley or Stewart simply wanted to run a defense again (and take upwards of a 100k cut in...

  1. Posted By Tad Stryker
    Jan 13, 2017
    , Tad Stryker
    Riley correct to fire Banker, but his next step is critical
    So what are we to make of Mike Riley firing his longtime sidekick and defensive coordinator, Mark Banker? I think it’s simple: Riley realizes that his window of opportunity to win a championship is closing, and he’s doing something about it.

    Can Mister Rogers really get fired up to go to war? It’s a hard concept for many of us to grasp. Is there a fierce competitor lurking beneath that “Aw, shucks” persona? Could be. If the dismissal of Bruce Read didn’t already do it, this move at least...

  1. Posted By Tad Stryker
    Dec 30, 2016
    , Tad Stryker
    Cavanaugh, punchless o-line dragged down Huskers with late-season swoon
    The long, slow improvement of Nebraska’s offensive line looked slightly ahead of schedule in September. But then something happened.

    Several things, actually, and almost none of them good for coach Mike Cavanaugh and his young pupils. After Terrell Newby broke a 63-yard touchdown run to clinch NU’s 31-16 win over Illinois, things started to deteriorate for the big boys up front. From that moment on, Nebraska went 4-4 and never again scored 30 points in any game.

    For a moment there, it...

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