The secret has long since been out regarding UNO tight end Mike Higgins.
The All-MIAA selection earned All-America honors and NFL interest last season with his combination of size and speed.
With Greg Wunderlich departed and the decision on a new starting quarterback coming later in fall camp, Higgins will be a primary target of opposing defenses, and it could be hard to match last year's totals of 50 receptions for 848 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I hope I can improve on last year,” Higgins said. “The numbers may not be better — I'm not concerned with that. But mentally and in terms of execution, things can always improve.”
Higgins, 6-foot-5 and 241 pounds, said he tried to improve size and strength while adding a little weight in the offseason. He added to his postseason honors with preseason All-America recognition.
“It's a great honor to be voted that way, really a humbling thing to think about,” Higgins said. “But I just want to go into this year and play football, and have fun doing it.”
Bober on broadcasts
Former UNO All-American and NFL offensive lineman Chris Bober will join David Gustafson on UNO football radio broadcasts this season.
Bober, who finished his UNO career in 1999, played for the New York Giants and Kansas City in a six-year NFL career.
He'll replace former analyst Curt Bohn, who will devote time to family commitments.
Mavs add recruit
Among the summer signings for the UNO football team is Hayden Clegg, a 6-2, 220-pound freshman linebacker from Murrieta, Calif.
He's not to be confused with Hayden Hawk, the quarterback the Mavs signed out of Texas this spring.
Odds and ends
Numbers changes include wide receiver Brian Miller, from No. 80 to No. 5; quarterback Jon Daniels, from No. 11 to No. 6; wide receiver Justin Coleman, from No. 88 to No. 8; and cornerback Bryan Shepherd, from No. 36 to No. 4. … Behrns said any of six true freshman defensive linemen have a chance to play this season. They are Chandler Thomas, Shaquil Barrett, Julian Young, T.J. Randall, Jarrett Grabbe and Donovan Gordon.
— Rob White