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Jeremy Pernell

The author's columns published before spring of 2016 are archived here.


  1. Posted By N2FL
    Oct 17, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Moos with a decision to make regarding Husker football.
    On Sunday afternoon, the University of Nebraska introduced Bill Moos as its new athletic director. The Huskers hired him away from his alma mater, Washington State, where he’d overseen the Cougars’ athletic department since 2010. Before that he was Oregon’s athletic director for 13 years and Montana’s for five. The move came as a surprise, with nobody at Washington State aware it was coming.

    The process began about three weeks ago after former athletic director Shawn...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Sep 20, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Riley, Huskers reach pivotal crossroads
    Nebraska essentially paid Northern Illinois $820k to put its head coach on the hot seat. Following an inexcusable 21-17 loss to the Huskies, Nebraska is now sitting at 1-2 - and could very easily be 0-3 - heading into conference play. Mike Riley is in year 3 and losing to MAC teams coming off a 5-7 season should not be happening. Northern Illinois came into this game having lost 11 of their last 17 games. They were also without their starting quarterback.

    Nobody...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Sep 1, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    9-3, 8-4 seem the most likely regular season scenarios
    Mike Riley's jump from five regular-season wins in 2015 to nine in 2016 was the largest win improvement from Season 1 to Season 2 by any coach in Nebraska history. Last year was the Huskers' first perfect season at home (7-0) since 2012 and just the second since 2001. Last season, Nebraska was 6-0 in games it absolutely should've won (Fresno State, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Maryland); 0-1 in the game nobody expected them to win (at Ohio State); and 3-2 in...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 31, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Nebraska's special teams could be among the best not just in the Big Ten, but in the nation.
    Special teams inconsistencies in 2015 and 2016 left Mike Riley with little choice. He severed ties with his longtime special teams coordinator, Bruce Read. Was a change really needed? You tell me. At the end of the regular season, Nebraska ranked 127 out of 128 teams in the FBS in net punting. But it wasn't just problems at punter. The Huskers ranked 90th in kick coverage, 106th in punt coverage, and 73rd in punt return average. Last year, Nebraska allowed five punt...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 30, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Even without Chris Jones, this could still be one of the Big Ten’s best secondaries.
    Heading into spring ball, coaches probably expected to have one of the best secondaries in the Big Ten. They were supposed to have arguably the best cover corner in the conference, Chris Jones, blanketing receivers every week. They also had an up and coming sophomore, JoJo Domann, enjoying a strong start to spring practice and pushing the two guys in front of him. Domann had worked his way to No. 3 safety before tearing his left ACL in April. Then Jones...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 29, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Huskers are deep in the middle, but questions surround the "Cat" position.
    Linebackers coach Trent Bray is a rising star in the coaching profession. This past offseason, he was offered the defensive coordinator position at San Jose State. He turned the opportunity down, in part, to coach under new Husker defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. Bray would like to gain knowledge of the 3-4 "No Crease" system employed by Diaco and add it to his extensive playing and coaching experience with the 4-3 "Cover 4" scheme of Mark Banker. In return for his...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 28, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Not very deep, but Nebraska should have a nice four or five man rotation.
    Switching to a three-man front, the first order of business was determining where guys recruited to a 4-3 system fit. The team isn't terribly deep, and they're pretty young at key spots, but they feel pretty good about their starting threesome. Those guys have played in a lot of games and have made a seamless transition to the new system. Arguably the most important position in a 3-4 scheme is the nose guard. Junior Mick Stoltenberg has looked very good in camp...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 27, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Nebraska needs the O-line to play up to its potential
    For Nebraska to have any chance of capturing the Big Ten West Division, offensive line play will have to improve markedly over last season. The Huskers want so badly to be a physical line of scrimmage program like Wisconsin and Iowa, but they still aren't there. The unit returns five guys who started at least four games last season, and Mike Cavanaugh has recruited well. Is Nebraska ready to restore the pipeline tradition? Fans have been waiting over 15-years for that....

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 26, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Depth will be a concern, but Nebraska's starters should be among the best in the Big Ten.
    Two of the positions most impacted by the graduations of last year's senior class were the wide receivers and tight ends. Nebraska loses more than 52 percent of its total receptions from 2016. In fact, six of the Huskers' top eight receivers from last season have moved on. That means coaches will be relying on a number of new faces to step up and emerge as reliable options in the passing game this season.

    Nebraska has been snakebitten at the receiver position the last...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 25, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Still waiting for a workhorse back to emerge
    A lot has been made about Mike Riley needing to find a true pocket-passer to run his offense. It seems Nebraska finally has a room full of guys to work with now and in the foreseeable future. The thing that gets overlooked, however, is that this team also needs to find a workhorse at running back too. A true pro-style offense - like the one Riley and Langsdorf intend to run - needs a dynamic talent in the backfield for it to truly be potent. Does Nebraska have that guy...

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