Husker Camp Countdown: No. 43 Imani Cross

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.

Imani Cross

6-1   |   240   |   Senior   |   I-back

The spot might seem a little low on this list for somebody with 1,184 career rushing yards and 22 touchdowns, but there are some questions about how Cross might fit into Nebraska’s offense under Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf.

If they all stay healthy, NU also will have the services of Terrell Newby, Adam Taylor and Mikale Wilbon at I-back, with freshman Devine Ozi...

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Former Husker strips down for the cover of ESPN magazine's 'The Body' issue

Chantae McMillan, a former Husker track star, is used to media coverage. But posing for the the cover of ESPN the Magazine's "The Body" issue isn't exactly your everyday media experience.

McMillan — a 2011 Nebraska graduate who competed in the women’s heptathlon at the London Olympics — landed this week on the cover of ESPN's annual issue celebrating athletes' bodies. The issue sure does that, attracting eyeballs with tasteful photos of athletes posing in their birthday suits.

McMillan was one of six stars featured on alternate covers of the magazine. Others include Washingto...

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Mad Chatter: The impact of the U.S. Women's National Team, Rory's injury and Gordon's All-Star start

Before we get to the legacy of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Team, let’s start with the "Jump off the couch, shout suddenly and scare the kids" moment.

Not the first Carli Lloyd goal three minutes into the World Cup championship match. Not the second Carli Lloyd goal five minutes into the championship match. Not the third U.S. goal by Lauren Holiday.

No, I’m talking about the Carli Lloyd artillery shell from midfield. The fourth goal in the first 16 minutes.

We, as sports fans, only receive approximately 10 "Jump off the couch, shout suddenly and scare the kids" moment...

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks NU football, World Cup and more

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

Topics discussed include Mike Riley, Husker football, Rashon Burno, the World Cup 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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Creighton 6th, Nebraska 10th in men's college basketball attendance

The NCAA released its official 2014-15 men's basketball attendance figures on Monday, and both Creighton and Nebraska held spots in the top 10.

The Bluejays held down the No. 6 spot, averaging 17,048 fans per game. In 17 games, CU totaled 289,808 fans, best in the Big East. Creighton had previously ranked fifth in 2013-14, averaging 17,896 during Doug McDermott's senior season.

This 2014-15 season marks the fourth straight in which the Bluejays have finished in the top six, with CU finishing in the top 25 for 10 straight years.

The 10-team Big East finished fifth among ...

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De'Mornay Pierson-El named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

Nebraska wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El was named Monday to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and former Notre Dame star Paul Hornung, a Louisville native. Pierson-El was one of 11 sophomores on the list.

As a freshman, Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt returns, averaging 17.5 yards per return to garner second-team All-America honors. He led the country with 596 return years and tied for the national lead with three touchdowns scored on punt returns. ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 44 Carlos Davis

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.

Carlos Davis

6-2  |  265  |  Fr.  |  DT

Several things make the debut of twins Carlos and Khalil Davis interesting, starting with their potential and back story. The next question is how fast one — or both — might be able to contribute since NU has some depth issues on the defensive front. They will be tackles in the long run, but defensive end might present an immediate opportunity if some returnees aren’t developing. Read more »

World-Herald Match Play golf pairings

Deadline for semifinals (unless noted): Saturday, 7 p.m.


Default course: Indian Creek Final Sunday at Goodman: 8 a.m., 1 p.m.

Wes Kosch, 402-871-5742 vs. Miles Russell, 402-213-4407

Andrew Hansen, 402-676-6380 vs. Casey Ballou, 402-968-9232

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NU recruit helps Australia to seventh-place finish

HERAKLION, Crete — Nebraska signee Jack McVeigh was one of three scorers in double figures for Australia, which finished seventh at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship with Sunday’s 103-72 victory against Spain.

McVeigh scored 15 points, shooting 5 of 13 from the field and 3 of 4 at the line. The 6-foot-7 forward, one of five incoming freshmen for the Huskers, also added seven rebounds — five on the offensive glass — and a pair of assists.

For the tournament, McVeigh finished as Australia’s second-leading scorer with 11.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting with a team-hi...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 45 Kevin Maurice

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.

Kevin Maurice

6-3  |  280  |  Jr.  |  DT

Although Maurice has played in 16 games and was used as a true freshman in 2013, it has been a fairly quiet two seasons because of the two returnees in front of him.

Lacks the speed and athleticism of Maliek Collins and the power and size of Vincent Valentine, but Huskers could definitely use some good snaps out of Maurice (and Kevin Williams).

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 46 Zach Hannon

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.

Zach Hannon

6-6  |  305  |  So.  |  G

Hannon has dropped 50 pounds since arriving on campus in 2013, so he understands the off-field sacrifice it takes to maximize potential. The next step for Hannon is simple: Apply commitment to playbook study, film room binges and drillwork sessions.

A year on the Huskers’ punt team as a shield blocker has given Hannon a taste of the action, enough to perhaps motivate him to work...

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Analyst: Maliek Collins is a top 2016 NFL draft prospect at his position

Maliek Collins established himself as a force last season on the Husker defensive line last season. Now, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. says he thinks Collins could be a force in the NFL.

In doing his early work for the NFL draft, Kiper recently listed a top group of seniors and underclassmen at each position that he thinks could be targets in next year's draft. Collins, a second-team All-Big Ten selection who led NU with 14 tackles for loss last season, is in Kiper's "top five underclassmen" (which includes juniors) at defensive tackle.

Kiper had this to say about NU's 6-f...

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Teammates say Ndamukong Suh is 'an animal' and has 'swag'

Former Husker defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has an impressive résumé.

He's a former Heisman Trophy finalist, a four-time Pro Bowler and just signed a record-breaking deal as the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. He's smart and he's mean and he means business.

So even though he's seemingly the busiest guy on the planet — arm wrestling billionaires, posing for random photos in North Platte, stopping by the College World Series — you'd expect big things from him on the field. But his new Dolphins teammates still can't help but gush about what they've seen from the f...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 47 Tanner Farmer

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.

Tanner Farmer

6-4  |  310  |  RFr.  |  OG

He has the frame, the strength and the agility to be a future force in the trenches. But is he mentally equipped to surpass some seasoned veterans on a crowded depth chart? The position, particularly in the high-stress moments surrounding the snap, puts a strain on a player’s cognitive ability to break down the game.

Reading blitzes, executing blocking assignments, mastering...

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Mauro Bondi leaves Husker football program

Nebraska kicker Mauro Bondi — who had been on scholarship — announced late Thursday night he was choosing to forgo his final year of eligibility at NU. 

Bondi, from Boca Raton, Florida, was a late addition to the 2011 recruiting after Nebraska's initial commit, Niklas Sade, backed out late in the process and went with North Carolina State. While Sade started every game over four years for the Wolfpack, Bondi was primarily a kickoff specialist for the Huskers, knocking 61 touchbacks on 110 career kickoffs over several seasons. Bondi never won the starting kicking job, however, losin...

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TBL: Jon Nyatawa talks Husker recruiting, Big Ten WRs, NU's identity and more

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa joined "The Bottom Line" on Thursday for plenty of Husker talk.

Mike'l Severe and Nyatawa discusses Nebraska's big month of June in recruiting, the best Big Ten wide receivers, the Huskers' identity right now and what it should be and more.

Replay the full interview below, plus get in on the conversation on the Big Red Today Facebook page.

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TBL: Husker offensive line pledge John Raridon

Nebraska offensive lineman commit John Raridon joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.

Topics discussed include his offseason, why he committed to Nebraska so early, his thoughts on the coaching staff change and more.

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

Watch the full interview and read an excerpt below:

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TBL: Dirk Chatelain discusses Harbaugh, NBA free agency and more

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss Jim Harbaugh's interview drama, NBA free agency, Husker football and the most popular USA sports teams.

Replay the full interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

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Men's basketball: Incoming Husker helps Australia to win at worlds

Incoming Nebraska freshman Jack McVeigh helped Australia to a 93-64 win over Tunisia on Tuesday at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship.

McVeigh, who played just 13 minutes because of foul trouble, had three points, four rebounds and two assists. He averaged 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists as Australia went 1-2 in group play.

Australia plays in the round of 16 Wednesday against Serbia.

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Recruiting: Building more bridges back to Omaha

According to Rivals and the 247 Composite ratings, Lincoln Christian's Jared Bubak and Omaha South's Noah Fant are currently the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the state. With rare exception, Nebraska should never want to lose both of the top two in-state prospects to other schools. Especially a new coaching staff.

Bubak is almost certainly a lock to Arizona State. He and his family handled this process well, with deliberation, although Nebraska fan message boards downplay his decommit, I thought he was one of the top overall prospects pledged to the Huskers as a position of need for...

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