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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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Recruiting: Wisconsin's Paul Chryst talks new Nebraska running back Jordan Stevenson

Paul Chryst did not recommend Nebraska to Jordan Stevenson, nor did Stevenson ever ask Wisconsin's new head coach about the Huskers once Wisconsin denied academic admission to the four-star running back from Dallas. 

But Chryst said at Big Ten media days on Thursday he was happy Stevenson landed with a good program — one that happens to be coached by one of Chryst's mentors, Mike Riley. 

"There's a big part of me that's happy he landed at a good place," said Chryst, who added he has never talked to Riley, whom he worked under at Oregon State, about Stevenson. "And there's ano...

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Social media reaction: Funny GIFs, interesting stats celebrate RB Jordan Stevenson's commitment to Huskers

One tweet set off a firestorm of social media attention on Thursday. That tweet came from the account of running back Jordan Stevenson, a consensus four-star prospect who was denied eligibility to Wisconsin before looking to Nebraska as a top landing spot. 

And at 1:21 p.m. on Thursday, Stevenson finalized his choice.

Soon, the reactions followed. With recruiting analysts chiming in, Huskers coaches and staffers celebrating and fans rejoicing. Here are some of the best reaction tweets to the news.

BREAKING: #Huskers beat out 'Bama, 'Canes for commit from consensus 4-sta...

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Wisconsin's Paul Chryst says friendship with Mike Riley goes 'a lot deeper' than the football field

From Jordan Stevenson to the Badger blowout in Madison last November, there will be no shortage of story lines when Wisconsin and Nebraska meet Oct. 10 in Lincoln.

But the relationship between Mike Riley and Paul Chryst might top the list.

Riley gave Chryst his first coaching job back in 1991. He and Chryst have been close ever since. Thursday in Chicago, Chryst said the divisional rivalry on the field won’t impact their friendship.

“The game has never been about us," Chryst said. "I think we take coaching serious and feel very fortunate to be coaching, but also believe...

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Tips for Husker football Fan Day next week

Next Wednesday marks one month until the start of Husker football season. That day is also the first Fan Day under coach Mike Riley. 

Nebraska's football Fan Day runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a move from its Friday afternoon slot in recent years. 

Fan Day presents a chance for Husker fans to meet the players and coaches, spend time in Memorial Stadium and get autographs. The Nebraska Athletic Department passed along a few tips to follow, plus a map of where fans should stand in line and enter the stadium.

>> Fans can enter Memorial Stadium through Gates 3...

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Nebraska 100 fan vote: Top first-round upsets, intriguing second-round matchups

After the first round of our Nebraska 100 fan vote, we're down to our top 64 — and we've lost some great athletes along the way.

Like world boxing champ Terence "Bud" Crawford, a No. 9 seed who lost to former Husker volleyball star and No. 24 seed Christina Houghtelling. But Crawford wasn't the only No. 9 seed to fall. The career tackles leader at Nebraska, No. 24 seed Barrett Ruud, moved past No. 9 Roger Sayers.

The biggest upset, according to seeding, was No. 25 Jeff Kinney beating No. 8 Mel Harder, a former Major League Baseball star. That set up a battle of Cinderellas in...

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Huskers fall short of Top 25 in preseason coaches poll

The Nebraska football team will start the season unranked in the coaches poll after falling short of the Top 25 in the rankings released Thursday.

The Huskers did receive 27 votes, placing them in a tie for 32nd among vote-getters. 

Ohio State is the No. 1 team, leading the three Big Ten teams that are ranked. Michigan State is sixth, while Wisconsin comes in at No. 18.

Nebraska coach Mike Riley is one of the voters for the coaches poll, along with Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Rutgers' Kyle Flood, Penn State's James Franklin, Michigan's Jim H...

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Nebraska's Maliek Collins, De'Mornay Pierson-El on Big Ten watch list

Nebraska junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins and sophomore receiver/punt returner De’Mornay Pierson-El are among 11 Big Ten players named to the conference’s preseason Players to Watch list Thursday morning. A media panel voted for the top five players from both the East and West Division, with one additional honoree because of a tie.

Nebraska was one of four schools with two players on the list, joined by Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Collins emerged as a dominant force at defensive tackle last season, leading the team with 14 tackles f...

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