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Husker training camp: 10 true freshmen to watch

Nebraska's 2015 training camp begins Thursday with a new staff and just enough holes on the depth chart for true freshmen to potentially make an impact. 

Which 10 will we be watching closest? We'll get there in a minute. 

Let's start with a few players who have excellent potential, but several seasoned, talented players in front of them, which could make their immediate impact unlikely. 

Offensive lineman Jalin Barnett: Recruited to play guard, Barnett is NU's highest-rated recruit in the class, but the Huskers' roster is chock-full of guards for at least another year. ...

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Video: The 'Pick Six Podcast' with Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa

Get set for Husker football fall camp with Jon Nyatawa and Sam McKewon on the "Pick Six Podcast." The duo recapped Big Ten media days and the best pizza in Chicago.

Plus, Sam and Jon break down the six most important positions for Nebraska football — quarterbacks, offensive line, wide receivers, running backs, linebackers and defensive line.

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Recruiting roundup: Latest Husker football visits, commit news, rankings and more

The Huskers added another recruit for 2015 last week. They also hosted a couple other visits and rose up the recruiting rankings. 

Here's a roundup of some of the latest news regarding Nebraska recruiting.

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>> Four-star running back Jordan Stevenson is on campus and officially a Husker. If you've seen his highlight film, that's good news for Nebraska.

After not being admitted to Wisconsin for academic reasons, Stevenson — a 2015 prospect — narrowed his list and settled on Nebraska. Sam McKewon says he has a shot at playing as a freshman in a backfield t...

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Lawsuit against former Creighton coach Dana Altman dropped

The lawsuit against Oregon men's basketball coach Dana Altman, the former Creighton coach, has been dropped, according to the Oregonian. 

The accuser voluntarily decided to dismiss her case against Altman. 

The lawsuit stemmed from allegations of a 2014 sexual assault case involving an Oregon player. It alleged that Altman knew when he recruited Brandon Austin that the player had been suspended from the Providence College basketball team due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

An Oregon official confirmed the dismissal to the Oregonian and and released a statement from...

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Vote: How many wins must Mike Riley have to view this season as a success?

In his Tuesday column, Tom Shatel asked the simple question: How much does Nebraska's record matter this season? 

Is a bowl game a good starting point? Is the Bo Pelini nine-win model the goal? Will Riley have to achieve more than Pelini did in Year 1? Does win total even matter?

For Shatel, it comes down to one thing: Is the standard of good football being upheld?

To get a better gauge on Husker Nation, we ask you to vote. How many wins must Mike Riley have to view this season as a success?

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 15 Brandon Reilly

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Brandon Reilly

6-1  |  195  |  Jr.  |  Receiver

Only nine career receptions, but Reilly potentially could move into an important role in this offense after the Huskers lost their main vertical threat in Kenny Bell. Reilly is one of the speediest in the NU receiving corps and has just enough experience to be ready for any expanded work.

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Nebraska 100 fan vote: One Heisman winner out, two more meet in third round

There are three Heisman trophy winners in the Nebraska 100, and by the end of the third round in the Nebraska 100 fan vote, only one will remain.

Former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch — a No. 8 seed — was upset by former NU volleyball star and No. 24 seed Christina Houghtelling in the second round. The other two Heisman winners — No. 2 seed Johnny Rodgers and No. 7 seed Nile Kinnick — face off in the third round.

So only one of the winners of college football's highest individual honors will be among the final 32 of the Nebraska 100 bracket. That's not say there isn't a bev...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Mike Riley, Tommy Armstrong and more

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

Topics discussed include Big Ten Media Days, national perception for Mike Riley and Nebraska, Tommy Armstrong, the Big 12 conference 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: Husker recruiting report with Nate Clouse

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

Topics discussed include Jordan Stevenson, Noah Fant and the latest Nebraska football recruiting news.

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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Creighton men's soccer ranked sixth in preseason poll

The Creighton men's soccer team enters 2015 ranked sixth in the NSCAA's (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Preseason Top 25 Poll released Monday.

After closing 2014 with a 16-3-3 record and a Big East regular season title, Creighton returns virtually its entire team from last season. The Bluejays reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, finishing the season in a 1-1 tie with UMBC as Maryland-Baltimore County advanced via penalty kicks.

Creighton returns its top six scorers from 2014 as well as goalkeeper Connor Sparrow, who closed the season with a 0.49 goals ...

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Tommy Armstrong ranks 4th among Big Ten QBs

Tommy Armstrong has a lot riding on his shoulders this season.

He's a team captain, is already a two-year starter at QB, and his roommate and best friend relies on him to get him the ball. And he's expected to guide the program while learning a new offense under first-year head coach Mike Riley.

But Armstrong says the Huskers are ready to face high expectations, and — if Athlon's latest set of Big Ten QB rankings are to be believed — he might be right.

The junior QB ranks fourth in Athlon's list, trailing Ohio State's QB (J.T. Barrett/Cardale Jones), Michigan State's Co...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 16 Chongo Kondolo

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Chongo Kondolo

6-4  |  300  |  Sr.  |  Guard

After accumulating 79 yards on the ground in the first half against Northwestern last year, the Huskers found their rhythm after halftime. And Kondolo was a big reason why. Nebraska took over the line of scrimmage, mauling defenders and clearing out running lanes to help backs power downfield for 155 yards on 28 carries.

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Pat Venditte staying with Nashville

Speculation from Oakland on Sunday had Omaha native Pat Venditte returning to the Athletics on Monday. Instead, the switch-pitcher was optioned to Nashville on Sunday night.

Venditte, who made rehabilitation appearances for the Sounds on Friday and Saturday, said he was informed of Oakland’s decision before Sunday’s game. He wasn’t surprised by the move, saying he felt he probably needed to prove to the Athletics that his strained right shoulder was fully healthy.

He added that it’s possible that he may pitch again for the Sounds in Omaha on Tuesday.

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 17 Byerson Cockrell

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Byerson Cockrell

6-0  |  185  |  Sr.  |  DB

An injury vaulted Cockrell into the starting lineup at the safety spot in Nebraska’s regular-season finale last year, and the junior-college transfer performed as if he’d been the top backup all season long. Except he hadn’t.

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Last week on TBL: Former Husker coach Tom Osborne discussed the Nebraska 100 and more

Last week, "The Bottom Line" featured former Nebraska coach and athletic director Tom Osborne, new Husker Jordan Stevenson and current Huskers Tommy Armstrong and Jordan Westerkamp.

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Former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne joined the show to break down the Nebraska 100, including No. 18 Erick Strickland:

“I knew about Erick, and we wanted to get him to play football. I remember after his senior year of basketball I talked to him, and he had another year for football. I talked him into coming out for spring football, and he spent one day. At the end of the day he was gass...

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Social media reaction: Damian Lillard, Craig Smith praise Husker hire

On Saturday, Nebraska coach Tim Miles hired Phil Beckner as an assistant coach. Beckner most recently served as an assistant for Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Developmental League.

Prior to his season in the NBADL, Beckner coached at Weber State, where he worked with NBA All-Star Damian Lillard.

Lillard praised the hire on Twitter. He wasn't the only one as former NU assistant Craig Smith and others weighed in. Here's a collection of thoughts on Beckner.

Congrats to a great friend of mine, former college coach, biggest critic outside of myself, and a valuable person in ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 18 Zach Sterup

Until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2015 Husker football season.

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Zach Sterup

6-8  |  320  |  Sr.  |  OT

The new coaches aren’t yet sure what they have in Sterup. Last year’s game film is a bit misleading. Injuries slowed the menacing-looking blocker, who handled rushers effectively during some engagements but struggled at critical times to keep the pocket clean. He was out all spring, too.

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Highlights from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh addressing the media

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took the stage at Big Ten media days in Chicago on Thursday to talk about selling tickets, his coaching role models, some of his favorite stories and more.

Also, check out Mike Riley's full media address here and Nate Gerry's appearance on "The Bottom Line" here.

Here are some of the highlights from Harbaugh's Q&A:

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TBL: Husker wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp talks mustache, hands and new coaches

Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp is known for a couple different things, the main of which might be his magnificent hands and magnificent mustache.

Westerkamp addressed both during his appearance on "The Bottom Line" on Friday from Big Ten media days.

Other topics up for discussion were route running, Notre Dame recruiting him, wideout coach Keith Williams, goals for this season and more.

Check out Westerkamp's interview below, plus TBL interviews with Tommy Armstrong and Nate Gerry.

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