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Practice report Aug. 28: NU has options at right tackle

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Coach Bo Pelini won't yet rule out junior right tackle Zach Sterup, who's missed a considerable amount of practice the last couple weeks with a right leg injury.

The team's top right tackle heading into preseason camp could "possibly" make an appearance in the season opener Saturday.

If not, it'll likely be a combination of juniors Givens Price and Matt Finnin at that right tackle spot. Price had been ...

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Huskers release depth chart for FAU game

The Huskers released the official depth chart Thursday for the team's season-opening game against FAU on Saturday.

Check out the complete breakdown below:

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OFFENSE

No. Name, Ht., Wt., Yr.

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Tough challenge ahead for Nebraska's dueling kickers

The first time Nebraska lines up in field goal formation Saturday, you can bet Husker fans will be watching with intrigue -- and probably quite a bit of uncertainty.

(Two missed extra points and a shanked 18-yard field goal in last April's spring game sure didn't help, fueling speculation and concern.)

Both junior Mauro Bondi and freshman Drew Brown have Bo Pelini's endorsement, but neither has pulled away as the top guy after a month's worth of kicks. And from what reporters saw, their performance in practice wasn't always a consistent display.

Thus, the question's bee...

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update, Aug. 28

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Like your favorite fast food (mine is Wendy's chili) just waiting for you at your office desk, the recruiting update hath returned.

The goal – please exhort me in this – is to update this, um, “update” on a weekly basis. Could get dicey during Miami week, though. (Just kidding. It'll get dicey during Rutgers week.)

First things first: Let's talk current commits and total projected numbers for the class...

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From the Archives: 1994 Husker season was special from the start

It was evident from the beginning of the 1994 season that the Huskers could have a team capable of doing something special.

On the 20-year anniversary of the '94 opening game, we take a look back at the season opener. Here's an excerpt of Lee Barfknecht's game story from Aug. 28, 1994:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A good start for a team that plans on doing something great. That's how Nebraska coaches and players assessed Sunday's 31-0 thumping of West Virginia in the 12th Kickoff Classic, the third time the Huskers have won the opening game of the college football season. Before...

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Mad Chatter: Time to change the Tunnel Walk; Gordon's MVP candidacy; SEC vs. Pac-12

It’s time. 

Time to admit that it can’t be 1994 forever. Time to turn the page on the anthem for the greatest football era in this state’s (and perhaps any state’s) history. Time to give the next generation of Husker fans a symbolic stake in the program.

Time to say goodbye to "Sirius." 

I know it’s not easy. I know what it means. I’ve been to weddings where Nebraska’s Tunnel Walk music opened the reception (thankfully, I’ve never heard it in a church).

I was in Memorial Stadium in ’94 for the UCLA game when it debuted. I get goosebumps even today watching the fir...

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Comedy Central star writes legendary Rolling Stone piece about Husker fandom

Kool-Aid is from Nebraska. So is Adam Devine, star of Comedy Central's "Workaholics" and "Adam Devine's House Party."

And when Rolling Stone asked Devine to write an article explaining why he drinks the "Big Red Kool-Aid" as a Husker fan, his responses were legendary.

Devine moved to Omaha from Waterloo, Iowa, when he was 9. When it was time to decide between being a fan of Nebraska or Iowa, here's what he said:

"It was a way of life and I was a foreigner in a strange land. So it was either chug the Big Red Kool-Aid or become ostracized. Since I was 9, I didn't know wha...

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JC transfer Cockrell making most of opportunity at nickel

Just about the time that the Nebraska defense was starting to feel good with Charles Jackson at the nickel position, it lost the junior to a season-ending knee injury before the first week of fall camp was over.

A few weeks later, Byerson Cockrell has done some work toward possibly making that loss sting a little less, at a position where the Huskers have been spoiled to have Eric Hagg and Ciante Evans over the last six seasons.

"It's really amazing,” NU cornerback Daniel Davie said. “I've never seen anybody learn the defense as fast as he did. He almost gets treated like a v...

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Creighton commit Justin Patton No. 47 in updated Rivals ranks

Yahoo Sports' Rivals recruiting site updated its list of the top 150 men's basketball recruits in the nation on Wednesday, and Creighton commit Justin Patton — a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Omaha North — came in at No. 47 in the Rivals 150 rankings.

Patton comes in three spots behind No. 44 Jessie Govan, a Georgetown commit, to rank second among all Big East commits in the 2015 class.

Patton is the only player from Nebraska on the list.

As staff writer Steven Pivovar noted earlier this month, Patton has been reaping the benefits of a strong showing during the July ...

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Baseball: New assistant Kirby already hard at work

A few minutes after answering questions from local reporters for the first time Wednesday, new Husker assistant Mike Kirby jumped into an SUV with pitching coach Ted Silva.

Time to recruit.

Kirby's still memorizing names on NU's roster -- and their corresponding positions and years in school. He just met the team Tuesday. He's still not sure what's the best route to work (he got lost Wednesday): “It did take my a half-hour to get here from a mile away.”

But he's embracing the whirlwind so far.

“My first thing is to make sure my family's happy and the second thing ...

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Fans line up for blocks to get Doug McDermott autograph, raise money for charity

Update: Several in attendance at the Doug McDermott autograph signing event to raise money for several local charities report a good turnout, with estimations of hundreds of people waiting in line for a signature at DJ Sokol Arena:

In line to get Doug Mcdermott's autograph. I'd say 200 people ahead of me and 100 behind me and growing. Signs at 6. pic.twitter.com/68a7XtxMaU — HuckleberryFinn (@LarryFangman) August 26, 2014

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Chicago Bulls forward and former Bluejay star Doug McDermott returned to the Creighton campus Tuesday night to sign autographs, raising money...

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Practice Report, Aug. 26: Foster still on track to play

Nebraska continued in its preparation for Florida Atlantic Tuesday and defensive coordinator John Papuchis lauded the tempo and focus of the Huskers' defense. 

"It was probably the highest-tempo, highest-energy day in terms of just getting the most work in for Florida Atlantic," Papuchis said. "I thought they came out focused and ready to roll today coming off the off-day (Monday). I like where we're at." 

If FAU's offense goes fast and without a huddle, NU should be prepared, Papuchis said, because of the Huskers' own offense. 

"During the course of fall camp you see a...

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Video: Former Husker Adam Carriker on TBL

Former Husker Adam Carriker joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Tuesday to discuss WWE wrestling, Nebraska's move to the Big Ten, Bo Pelini and more.

See what Carriker had to say in the full interview below:

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Video: Big Red Today Show, Aug. 26

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines.

Among the topics discussed on this week's show:

>> What to look for as the 2014 football season begins

>> Nebraska's depth chart

>> Predictions for Saturday's season opener against Florida Atlantic

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Video: Bo Pelini on the Big Ten teleconference

Catch Bo Pelini's Tuesday session on the Big Ten teleconference, a Q&A with the Nebraska coach as the Huskers get set for their season opener with Florida Atlantic:

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Big Ten teleconference: Bo on rankings, Ameer and FAU/Carl

The College Football Playoff committee won’t release its first rankings until Oct. 28, and that’s way too far down the road for Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini to think about now.

And Pelini said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference that he certainly isn’t too worried about what any other preseason polls mean before then, either. 

“I didn’t even know where we were ranked,” Pelini said. “I could care less. I don’t put much stock in it, and I don’t think the committee will either, where you start. You’re going to be judged on what you do this year, and if you win footbal...

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Recruiting: The Redshirt Report

And then there were 21.

Nebraska's 2014 recruiting class, 23 at the time the Huskers inked it in February, has shrunk just a bit after Huskers coach Bo Pelini announced Monday that New Orleans Edna Karr linebacker Jaevon Walton wouldn't join the team until January at the earliest. Though Walton's scholarship should count this year – he enrolled, and was working out with the team for a time this summer – he won't be a contributor this fall in games or in practice.

So that leaves 21 prospects. No Monte Harrison, who's currently has a .707 OPS in the Arizona League for the Milwa...

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Monday on TBL: Big Ten with Adam Rittenberg, Miami football with Tim Reynolds

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss Bo Pelini's image and preview the Big Ten football season.

Also Monday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press previewed the Miami Hurricanes' upcoming season and discussed their starting quarterback situation.

Video: Rittenberg on TBL

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Video: Reynolds on TBL

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Video: Tom Shatel talks Huskers on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss today's Husker press conference, the season opener and more.

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Former Husker DT Aaron Curry joins TCU program

Aaron Curry has become the second Texan to transfer from Nebraska to TCU in the last two years.

Aaron Curry Sr. told The World-Herald that the defensive tackle signed scholarship papers with the Horned Frogs on Monday. Curry, from Keller, Texas, is expected to begin practicing with TCU either Tuesday or Wednesday.

I-back Aaron Green, from San Antonio, transferred to TCU after playing his freshman season at Nebraska in 2011. Green redshirted in 2012, rushed for 232 yards last season and will be a junior this fall.

Curry came down to TCU, Nebraska and Iowa in 2012 before ...

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Bo Pelini press conference notes: Captains, walk-on scholarships, FAU, tempo

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini arrived Monday on the sixth floor of Memorial Stadium and greeted the usual media horde in new attire: A red blazer. 

Pelini said he was trying on outfits that may honor the 125th year of Nebraska football. He hadn't changed out of the sportcoat. 

"I like the look," Pelini joked.

But Bo -- surely along with Husker fans -- is ready to start the 2014 season. The highlights from Monday's press conference previewing Saturday's season-opener against Florida Atlantic:

>>Nebraska players on Sunday voted for five captains: Running back Ameer...

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Video: Volleyball coach John Cook during weekly Husker press conference

Husker volleyball coach John Cook spoke with members of the media Monday during the NU athletic department's weekly press conference.

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Mad Chatter: Targeting Tommy Armstrong, the red-hot Royals, Tai Webster

“The game has evolved. And I don’t care where you are, you can say you’re smash-mouth, I think we all need a high-end quarterback. When you don’t have one, it’s obvious. Painful. Stressful.”

That was Kevin Wilson at Big Ten Media Days. The Indiana coach sees the world through an offensive lens, which may be why his defenses are so bad. But he knows the quarterback position. He knows its importance. 

Wilson's quote wasn't directed at Nebraska, yet it certainly applies. The Huskers have a respectable defense and an impressive running game. But do they have the quarterback? Or i...

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From the Archives: Nebraska's first football game was hardly news

On Sunday, The World-Herald published our 36-page college football preview section. It was filled with Husker football coverage, as readers have come to expect. But that hasn't always been the case.

While combing through our archives to find coverage of Nebraska's past games for our newly launched Husker history database, we wondered just how much attention the team's 10-0 win over the Omaha YMCA received in the 1890 World-Herald.

We weren't expecting much, but were surprised to find it was a mere footnote at the time.

The only mention of Nebraska's first game was a par...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 24

Only one more week of National Football League preseason games. 

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

This week's update is a small one but it includes Will Compton chasing Johnny Manziel. 

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Webster leads New Zealand to upset of Serbia

In the team's final tune-up for the FIBA World Cup, New Zealand, including Nebraska guard Tai Webster, upset No. 11 ranked Serbia 102-96 Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia.

Webster was the team's third leading scorer with 21 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. He also made 11 of 13 free throws and had two assists and four rebounds. 

New Zealand now heads to Spain for the World Cup, which tips off Aug. 30. New Zealand is in the same group as U.S., Turkey, Dominican Republic, Finland and Ukraine. Webster and the Tall Blacks will face the U.S. on Sept. 2.

See the full repor...

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Video: Bo Pelini on NU's defensive leadership, injuries, more

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini answered reporter questions for about four minutes after practice Saturday.

Among the topics: NU's defensive leadership, practice schedule, injuries, GPS trackers, the team's depth chart and more.

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Practice Report, Aug. 23: Wrapping up the camp

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The Saturday before school starts at the University of Nebraska has recently been reserved for announcing which Husker walk-ons were going to get scholarships for the fall season. 

But NU coach Bo Pelini didn't have an announcement on those players -- or which Huskers might be named captains -- this Saturday. 

Instead, he answered questions about the end of Husker camp and which players might be out fo...

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker practice, Aug. 23

SEEN: Former Nebraska kicker Kris Brown, older brother of true freshman Husker kicker Drew Brown, on hand for practice with his family.

SEEN: The Huskers working out in Memorial Stadium for a traditional walkthrough practice. Most players hustled out of the stadium the minute it was over.

HEARD: “Cethan Carter is definitely 1A. Then you have Sam Cotton, David Sutton, Greg Hart — who will be back out at practice Monday, he’s had a good camp — Trey Foster. I like that group.” — Bo Pelini on the Husker tight ends

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini after practice, ...

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College football award predictions

Heisman Trophy

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Since only one player has ever repeated as Heisman winner, the odds are stacked against Florida State’s Jameis Winston. That leaves Mariota, who threw for 3,665 last year, as a clear favorite.

2. Bryce Petty, Baylor: Petty threw for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns last year in Art Briles’ dynamic spread attack. Duplicate those numbers and hello, New York City.

3. Jameis Winston, Florida State: He is a cool dude under pressure. Winston’s off-the-field mistakes may drop him a notch with voters, but few have been so good so young and...

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