Practice Report, Aug. 31: Mark Banker and Dedrick Young talk Blackshirts

Video: Huskers receive Blackshirts in locker room

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Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker on Monday restored the Huskers' tradition of handing out Blackshirts to the top defensive players before the season starts. The tradition had taken a major hiatus during the seven-year tenure of former coach Bo Pelini, who only handed out Blackshirts before the season once, in 2013. 

Pelini thought players had to earn them with play during the season; Banker, like several defensive coordinators before Pelini, felt like players earned them in training camp. Banker said he t...

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Press conference notes: Huskers are all business, locked in for BYU opener

Initially, it was hard to tell exactly why Nebraska defensive end Jack Gangwish had paused for ten seconds when asked how important a season-opening win would be for the Huskers after a tumultuous offseason and hiring new coach Mike Riley. 

Was the Wood River senior getting wistful? Trying to put into words a difficult nine months? 

Not precisely. 

"We're here to play ball, we're here to win football games," Gangwish said. "You know, when it comes to mentality, BYU is coming to town on Saturday and they think they're coming to our house and leave with a win. Tell you wh...

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Mad Chatter: A nation-leading Husker streak is in jeopardy, a Cubs' no-no, educating Mike Riley

Let's hop in the DeLorean and flash back to 1985.

BYU comes to town next weekend and Nebraska’s season-opener streak of 29 games is in real jeopardy. That leads the nation, by the way.

Since Oklahoma State 2003, the only opening-day scare came against Wyoming in 2013. Nebraska hasn’t exactly scheduled aggressively on opening day lately, but still, 30 years is a long time.

Especially when you consider that Nebraska lost four four openers in a 10-year span in the 70s and 80s. It happened in ’72 against UCLA. Again in ’77 against Washington State. Again in ’78 to No. 1 Ala...

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Banker, Bray know tempo offenses from life in the Pac-12

BYU is going to run its fair share of offensive plays Saturday, but past experience in the Pac-12 will have Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker and linebackers coach Trent Bray well-prepared for the mayhem.

Bray responded “every week” when asked Monday how often Oregon State saw up-tempo offense in the Pac-12.

“Stanford was the only team that wasn’t,” Bray said. “So we’re used to it.”

BYU averaged 80.8 snaps per game last season on its way to ranking No. 28 nationally in total offense with 460.5 yards per game. By comparison, Nebraska averaged 72.8 snaps per game...

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TBL: College football talk with's Adam Rittenberg

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include college football QB questions, the big matchups in week 1, Illinois coaching future, Nebraska's chances to beat BYU and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Blackshirts, Creighton soccer and more

World-Herald sports columnist Tom Shatel joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include the Blackshirts, Husker coach Mike Riley's press conference, playing positive football, Creighton soccer, Terry Wilson and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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Press conference transcripts: Nebraska coach Mike Riley, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall

Read everything Nebraska coach Mike Riley said at Monday's press conference ahead of Saturday's BYU game. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke plenty about Nebraska at his press conference as well, and that is also included below.

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Nebraska press conference with coach Mike Riley

Opening statement

“We’ve had some exciting moments in this room and this is kind of a topper for right now, getting ready now for our first game, our opener for the 2015 Husker team. We have, I think, had a good fall camp. It’s been fun working with the players and that whole process of ...

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TBL: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

Husker Online's Nate Clouse joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Noah Fant's decision, recruits making visits for the BYU game and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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11 Husker defenders receive Blackshirts

We knew the Blackshirts were coming. Now they're here.

11 Huskers received their Blackshirts — the iconic black practice jerseys awarded to NU's standout defensive players — on Monday. The news was first spotted in various social media posts by players prior to the Huskers' afternoon practice.

The move came just hours after Nebraska released its official depth chart for the season opener.

The posts revealed the following players as recipients: Josh Banderas, Byerson Cockrell, Maliek Collins, Daniel Davie, Jack Gangwish, Nate Gerry, Josh Kalu, Greg McMullen, Vincent Vale...

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Video: Husker volleyball coach John Cook's weekly press conference

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook discussed opening weekend success for the Huskers, fan support, upcoming matches and more.

Check out the video below:

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Video: Jon Schuetz named announcer for Husker football games

Former Omaha sportscaster Jon Schuetz is the new public address announcer for Nebraska football games at Memorial Stadium.

The university athletic department announced Schuetz’s hiring Monday. He replaces Patrick Combs, who had been the announcer since 2002.

NU cut ties with Combs after he was arrested on suspicion of bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women.

Schuetz joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include his new role as the PA voice at Husker football games, how he got the job and more....

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Injury/roster updates: Suspensions announced later this week; Adrienne Talan not practicing

We'll have a more complete press conference report within the hour, but, for now, here's a few quick updates on the roster: 

>> A Nebraska spokesman confirmed that linebacker Adrienne Talan is still on the team and still on scholarship, but not currently participating in football activities. Talan is a true freshman. 

>> Coach Mike Riley told reporters he would announce the five players suspended for the season opener later this week. He didn't want those players to be inundated with interviews prior to the suspensions being announced. Riley said he and his coache...

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Nebraska releases depth chart

Nebraska released its depth chart before the season-opener against BYU. Click the image to see the full chart.

Some quick notes: 

>> At quarterback, Tommy Armstrong is the starter while Ryker Fyfe has won the backup job for now. A.J. Bush is the No. 3 quarterback.

>> At running back, Terrell Newby is the starter, followed by four No. 2 backups — Imani Cross, Adam Taylor, Mikale Wilbon and Devine Ozigbo. 

>> The starting offensive line is Alex Lewis, Dylan Utter, Ryne Reeves, Chongo Kondolo and Nick Gates.

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It's Game Week! Three things to watch

>> Injuries and Suspensions: Nebraska and BYU both have some roster issues heading into the first game. Which team is hit hardest, and will either team divulge to the other who's suspended before kickoff? A little gamesmanship is in play here. On the injury front, Nebraska needs the bulk of his wide receivers ready to go this week for game prep. 

>> Big Week for B1G: In this roundtable of some college football's top TV analysts, the Big Ten does not make an appearance for toughest conference. The conversation belongs, for now, to the SEC and Pac-12. While I suspect it'l...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 30

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action in the NFL? We've got you covered.

Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of training camp and preseason shots.

Updates this week include Rex Burkhead, Sam Koch and more.

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All the recruits: How the Huskers' 2016 commits fared in high school games this week

A player-by-player look at how Nebraska's recruits performed this week, with team results, player stats and more.

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DiCaprio Bootle: The defensive back helped the Spartans’ defense hold the Edison Red Raiders to 139 total yards in Billy Rolle’s coaching debut, a 19-0 victory for Miami Southridge.

Bryan Brokop: The offensive lineman's Lincoln-Way West squad scored on a 33-yard pass from Connor Lowman to Jake Mauney with 1:33 left to pick up a 35-31 victory over Sycamore.

Marquel Dismuke: The wide receiver, who's committed to NU as a defensive back, finished wit...

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Mike Riley says many players returning from injury for game week

Mike Riley said Saturday that it was his expectation that offensive tackle Alex Lewis (knee), cornerback Daniel Davie (groin) and linebacker Josh Banderas (groin) all should be ready to practice Monday.

Riley also said the staff hasn’t totally ruled out tight end Trey Foster (ankle) for next Saturday.

One positive would be getting receiver Brandon Reilly (hamstring) back, which Riley said could happen Monday. The rash of injuries through August at receiver, including the foot fracture that will cost De’Mornay Pierson-El a decent chunk of games, has hurt some of the effectiven...

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Practice report, Aug. 29: Riley sees potential consistency, versatility in Husker run game

Nebraska coach Mike Riley has made an assortment of comments about the Husker rushing attack through fall camp, but Saturday spoke positively of its potential when asked for any read on his team a week before it opens the 2015 season.

Even with the loss of Ameer Abdullah, Riley said: “I think we got a chance to have a consistent running game that can attack in different ways.”

“I feel good about that,” he said. “And I think we got the ability to be a little versatile in the running game, using receivers and quarterbacks and runners.”

Riley also said one thing the Husker...

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Video: Mike Riley thinks Huskers can be 'versatile' team; Armstrong is 'outstanding'

Nebraska football coach Mike Riley discussed his observations of the Huskers heading into the first game week of the fall season, a Sept. 5 home matchup with BYU.

Riley also said that quarterback Tommy Armstrong is 'very invested' in the team's success and has showcased his competitive nature in the team's practices and scrimmages.

Check out the interviews with Riley following Saturday's practice in Lincoln below:

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Video: CBS Minnesota features Husker commit JD Spielman

Nebraska football commit JD Spielman, the son of Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, was featured on the WCCO news broadcast on Wednesday.

A three-star recruit, Spielman became the first receiver in Nebraska's 2016 class.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, also had offers from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa State.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses Alex Gordon, the AP top 25 poll and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined hosts Mike'l Severe and Joe Ganz on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include Alex Gordon, Steve Sarkisian, the AP top 25 poll, the Washington Redskins and more.

Listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus like the show on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.

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