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Davis twins may get a look at defensive end

Incoming Nebraska defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis may project long-term to the tackle position. 

But the twin 6-foot-3, 275-pounders may get their quickest shots at early playing time if they play at defensive end. That's where NU has depth and experience issues; only projected starters Greg McMullen and Jack Gangwish have played meaningful snaps at the position. 

Which is probably why, on a recent visit to the twins, defensive line coach Hank Hughes floated the idea of the twins — arguably the best defensive line recruits in the Midwest for the 2015 recruiting clas...

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Recruiting instant reaction: Taking two QBs

Patrick O'Brien and Terry Wilson won't be arriving at Nebraska for awhile. But if their commitments to the 2016 Nebraska recruiting class stick — and I suspect they will — Husker fans will be closely watching their senior seasons at San Juan Capistrano (California) Hills and Del City (Oklahoma) High Schools.

Four quick thoughts: 

>> These are different kinds of players who could both fit into a similar Nebraska offense. Although O'Brien runs well enough and Wilson throws a passable deep ball, the two players could highlight different portions of a modified Mike Riley of...

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Recruiting: California QB Patrick O'Brien commits to Nebraska

The perfect time for Patrick O'Brien to give his verbal commitment to Nebraska arrived on Thursday, when Huskers quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was O'Brien's school, San Juan Capistrano (California) Hills High School. 

"I wanted to tell him in person," O'Brien said Thursday. So he did, and became NU's second quarterback commit for the 2016 class.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect — a three-star player according to all four major recruiting services — joins Terry Wilson, a 3-star recruit from Del City, Oklahoma, who committed earlier in the month. Wils...

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Aussie forward Keanu Pinder decommits from Nebraska

Nebraska basketball recruit Keanu Pinder has decommitted. 

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Australia played for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas last season.

Pinder's decommitment  is not much of a surprise after the departure of Nebraska assistant Chris Harriman, who's an Australia native and recruited the country at NU. Harriman is now the associate head coach at New Mexico. 

Pinder averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds at Hutchinson last season, shooting 20 percent from 3-point range and 62 percent from the free-throw line.

The forward committed to Ne...

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B1G baseball tournament: Nebraska vs. Michigan State preview

Kyle Kubat could use another memorable Big Ten tournament outing, and the Huskers certainly hope the senior left-hander can again deliver with the pressure on.

Kubat has a 1.88 ERA in four career conference tournament starts. He's allowed 18 hits and struck out 14 batters over 24 total innings of work.

He was one out away from a complete game against Michigan in this event last season. Two years ago — at Target Field — he had an emotional afternoon, taking the mound 24 hours after the death of his grandmother. He took a no-hitter into the seventh that day (also facing Michiga...

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TBL: Former Nebraska QB Brion Carnes discusses his experience as a Husker

Former Nebraska quarterback Brion Carnes joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss his time as a Husker, his feelings about his decision to come to Nebraska, transferring to Northern Iowa, his opportunity with the Omaha Beef and more.

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TBL: Lee Barfknecht talks Big Ten scheduling, possible future changes

World-Herald staff writer Lee Barfknecht joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday from the Big Ten administrator's meeting near Chicago.

Topics discussed included Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his remaining contract, Big Ten scheduling, graduate transfers and more.

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain breaks down the NBA and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss David Letterman, the NBA playoffs, how the center position has changed in the NBA, and much more.

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TBL: Husker assistant baseball coach Ted Silva discusses Big Ten tournament

The Nebraska baseball team kicks off play in the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Illinois at Target Field in Minneapolis.

NU associate head coach Ted Silva joined "The Bottom Line" to discusses what the Huskers must do to be successful this weekend against the Illini, who beat the Huskers twice last weekend in Champaign. 

Other topics included the challenges with inclement weather this season, team conditioning, the pitching staff and more.

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Former Husker Randy Gregory signs with Dallas

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have signed former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, who was projected as a high draft pick but slid to near the end of the second round because of issues off the field.

Gregory is the highest Dallas pick to sign so far. The four-year rookie deal was announced Wednesday. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that the deal is worth $3.81 million with a $1.03 million signing bonus.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory will have a chance to start as a rookie with free agent defensive end Greg Hardy suspended for the first 10 games because of his role i...

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Husker football team earns second straight honor for Academic Progress Rate

The Nebraska football team on Wednesday was recognized for its high achievement in Academic Progress Rate, meaning the program was in the top 10 percent among football programs nationally in academic success. 

There were 14 FBS teams recognized, with five of those coming from the Big Ten: Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin. 

The APR is part of the NCAA's academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes. The APR looks at a team's academic success each semester and...

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B1G baseball tournament: Nebraska vs. Illinois preview

The Huskers might want to put third baseman Blake Headley in charge of the scouting report for Illinois starter Kevin Duchene.

Duchene's pitched 13 innings against Nebraska past two years. All four of the runs he's allowed have come on two Headley swings.

One was a solo home run by Headley last year. The other: a three-run blast by Headley last week.

Otherwise, Duchene's been dominant. In his outing last season at Haymarket Park, Duchene retired 14 in a row at one point. He gave up three hits (a couple two-out singles and a double) through six innings in a start Thursda...

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B1G baseball tournament: MLB prospects to watch

We're less than a month away from the MLB draft, when several Big Ten players are expected to hear their names called. The league's as talent-rich as it's ever been.

So since most of these talented prospects will be on the field in Minneapolis at the conference tournament this week, we've compiled the list of 10 names to watch.

These aren't necessarily the best Big Ten performers in 2015 — which is why guys like Illinois' David Kerian (.383, 13 HR), Michigan State's Ryan Krill (.363, 12 HR), Ohio State's Pat Porter (.332, 10 HR), Nebraska's Josh Roeder (2.37 ERA, 15 saves) an...

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TBL: Sam McKewon talks about Husker fan expectations, scheduling and more

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" on Tuesday to talk about the expectations of Nebraska fans, the 2011 Husker recruiting class, future Husker schedules and more.

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Former Husker Drake Martinez eligible to play immediately at Michigan State

Former Nebraska safety Drake Martinez may be suited up at Memorial Stadium next season after all.

The brother of former NU quarterback Taylor Martinez was declared immediately eligible to play for Michigan State next season. The Spartans visit the Huskers on Nov. 7.

Martinez redshirted at Nebraska in 2013 while playing safety. He then transferred to Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, last season, where he started eight games at linebacker. 

Martinez signed with Michigan State on signing day last February, and he was originally supposed to sit out a season ...

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Former Nebraska QB Brion Carnes signs with Omaha Beef, will start Friday

Former Husker quarterback Brion Carnes, who later transferred to Northern Iowa, signed a contract Tuesday with the Omaha Beef.

The Beef announced that Carnes will start Friday against Dodge City at Ralston Arena.

Former @Huskers QB @BCarnes3 Signs with Omaha Beef, will start at QB THIS Friday http://t.co/3SSYppVK0E #BeefFootball pic.twitter.com/xyEA7VuQ9j— Omaha Beef (@TheOmahaBeef) May 19, 2015

“It was frustrating not being able to play at Nebraska,” Carnes said in a press release. “I wanted to give spring ball one last chance, but when I saw things weren’t going to ch...

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Ex-Husker coach Rick Kaczenski accepts diversion on domestic assault charge

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski on Monday accepted pre-trial diversion on a domestic assault charge stemming from a late March fight with his wife, Jessica Kaczenski.

Lancaster County prosecutors dropped the assault charge but reserve the right to refile it if Kaczenski withdraws from or fails to complete the program.

According to a police report and probable cause affidavit, Kaczenski's wife said she received a cut to her forehead and scratches to her face and neck after Kaczenski had allegedly thrown a picture frame at her head. 

A member of former...

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Nebraska CB Boaz Joseph ordered to pay fine in marijuana case

LINCOLN — A Lancaster County court judge found Husker cornerback Boaz Joseph guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession Tuesday after the sophomore-to-be pleaded no contest to the charge.

The charge, stemming from an April 16 investigation and citation by UNL police, comes with a $300 fine. Prosecutors dropped a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Joseph was cited last summer for taking an on-campus “bait bike” that wasn’t locked up. Joseph entered pretrial diversion on that charge, which was subsequently dropped.

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Recruiting: Behemoth junior college lineman among latest Husker offers

This week's Husker scholarship offers have a little bit of everything — skill positions, linemen, top-rated high school talent, a junior college stud, NFL lineage, some uncommitted targets and some already pledged.

Here's a little bit more about each 2016 prospect know to have received a Husker offer this week:

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Baylen Buchanan, cornerback: The son of former NFL defensive back Ray Buchanan, Baylen is committed to his father’s former school, Louisville. The Huskers offered along with more than 15 other schools. The younger Buchanan, out of Suwanee (Georgia) Peachtre...

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Another deep review of the 2011 Husker recruiting class

The recruiting review returns.

We'll look at the 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes over the next week, plus some Big Ten trends. If you'll recall, we looked at the 2010 and 2011 classes last year. We've updated the 2010 recruiting review to reflect the 2014 season.

This year, we'll start with the 2011 class, the highest rated of the Bo Pelini era.

According to Rivals’ database — which I will use up through 2011 before switching over to 247 Sports for 2012 and beyond — Nebraska signed 37 players in the 2011 and 2012 classes.

In 2011, Nebraska signed 20 players and g...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks Crawford in the Nebraska 100, Husker football, Creighton baseball and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" on Monday.

Topics discussed the Nebraska 100 and where Terence "Bud" Crawford fits into the list, the 2017 Husker football schedule, the Big East baseball tournament and more.

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Video: Former Husker Terran Petteway calls draft decision a "no-brainer"

DraftExpress posted a video interview with former Nebraska basketball star Terran Petteway about his NBA draft preparations.

"I thought about it a little bit, but it was kind of a no-brainer that I was going to enter the draft this year," Petteway said of his decision to enter the NBA draft.

Petteway also discussed the Huskers disappointing season, things he can improve on and more.

Watch the interview below:

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TBL: Former Creighton player Anthony Tolliver talks NBA playoffs

Former Creighton basketball player Anthony Tolliver joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include the NBA playoffs and a preview of the conference finals matchups.

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TBL: Husker football recruiting update with Mike Schaefer

247Sports's Mike Schaefer joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Schaefer and Severe discussed the latest Husker football recruiting news.

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Recruiting: Huskers make top 10 for four-star RB prospect Devwah Whaley

Nebraska made the top 10 for one of the top running back prospects of the 2016 class — Devwah Whaley out of Beaumont, Texas.

Nebraska is the only Big Ten team among Whaley's top 10. The others include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder is ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports, Scout and ESPN.

ESPN ranks him highest at 47th in the nation. Next is Scout at 157, 180 by 247Sports and 214 by Rivals.

Nebraska has five known commitments for the 2016 class, none of whi...

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B1G baseball tournament: Recapping the Huskers' top 5 moments

Just three years into an affiliation with its new conference and Nebraska already has several lasting Big Ten tournament memories.

The Huskers finished second in 2013 and 2014. They need a championship to keep their 2015 season alive.

So before NU tries to start producing more classic finishes and must-see highlights, here's a look-back at five Big Ten tournament moments that stand out over the past three years... 

5. The walk-off season ender (2013)

Win or go home. That was the scenario in the tournament's title game for Nebraska two years ago at Target Field. An...

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Nebraska shells out big bucks to secure Arkansas State for 2017 schedule

Nebraska needed a seventh home game for the 2017 schedule and the Big Ten now frowns on scheduling FCS teams. 

Which means FBS teams outside Power Five are in line for bigger paydays. 

Arkansas State, which will fill the Sept. 2 slot in NU's 2017 schedule, certainly received one to the play the Huskers. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the Red Wolves will receive $1.65 million to travel to Nebraska for the game:

Just been told the payout is $1.65 million for #ArkSt's 2017 trip to Nebraska. School record for sure, ASU is getting $1.3 mill from USC.— Troy Schul...

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B1G baseball tournament: Could there be six regional teams?

Illinois and Iowa are in the NCAA tournament. Indiana's bid suddenly seems secure. Ohio State has a good shot. Maryland and Michigan State possess commendable résumés as well.

So expect some competitive play when the Big Ten tournament begins Wednesday in Minneapolis. There's plenty on the line.

The conference could have more than three squads reach a regional for the first time ever. There could be two Big Ten regional hosts for the first time since the NCAA altered its postseason format in 1999. The league is already all but assured of producing two or more regional teams f...

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Baseball: Huskers enjoying Sunday at Wrigley Field

Map the path from Champaign, Ill., to Minneapolis and you can see Chicago's not too far out of the way. So the Huskers made a Sunday pit stop as they road trip to the Big Ten tournament.

Nebraska, which concluded the regular season by losing twice at Illinois, is spending Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs will try to extend a six-game winning streak by beating the Pirates.

Very soon, NU will be putting its season on the line in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament at Target Field. The Huskers have lost four straight and 10 of their last 15, so they do...

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Last week on TBL: Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, Minnesota's Jerry Kill and more

Join host Mike'l Severe each weekday from 2-6 p.m. for "The Bottom Line." Here's a recap of some of the highlights from this week on the show.

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Iowa football is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season, and some changes had to be made. Kirk Ferentz talked about the move he decided to make at starting quarterback.

“I said publicly many times, going back two years ago, that we felt like we had two pretty good quarterbacks. Then last year in the preseason, both guys improved, and Jake (Rudock) was still a good quarterback and C.J.(Beathard) had made strides in the 2013 s...

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