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Abdullah to deliver keynote speech at Big Ten luncheon

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah will represent the Big Ten players by giving a keynote speech at the conference's annual kickoff luncheon later this month in Chicago.

League officials each year choose one player to address the crowd of Big Ten coaches, players and fans. Abdullah will be that individual in two weeks.

The event is July 29. Tickets are $110 each for fans, or $1,100 for a table of 10. (Find more information here).

Kickoff luncheon attendees will also get admission to an autograph session with the coaches and one former player from each school. There w...

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Husker DE Randy Gregory named to Nagurski Trophy watch list

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list Thursday. The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's top defensive performer. 

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Gregory led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks last season, including nine in conference games. The junior also led the Huskers with 19 tackles for loss and was third on the team with 66 total tackles.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2013, Gregory was earlier named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott Trophy.

The Nagurski Trophy recipient is selected ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 34 Marcus Newby

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Marcus Newby | 6-1 | 215 pounds | RFr. | Linebacker

Nebraska is well-equipped at linebacker, where it returns four players who played regularly last season (David Santos, Michael Rose, Zaire Anderson, Josh Banderas) and another who has been in the program since 2010 (Trevor Roach).

The immediate value of Newby might be in the pass-rushing role, where the Huskers first tried him during spring practice. Coach Bo Pelini ca...

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Comparing routs: 2014 Germany-Brazil and 1996 Nebraska-Florida

Germany's stunning 7-1 defeat of host nation Brazil in the World Cup was the talk of the sports world Tuesday. Not only was the scoreline eye-popping, but the stage it happened on — a World Cup semifinal — made it difficult to comprehend.

How does a six-goal margin of victory compare to other sports, like college football? Comparing the standard deviations of expected victory across multiple sports, Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight sought to find out:

"In college football, Germany’s rout was the equivalent of winning by 57 more points than expected. That’s about the same as Tuls...

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Tim Beck says NU will miss Taylor Martinez's 'big-play ability'

In a Q&A with BTN.com's Tom Dienhart posted Wednesday, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck discussed the Huskers' outlook for the 2014 season, including quarterback Tommy Armstrong's development and what could be the Big Ten's top receiving corps.

Beck told Dienhart that Armstrong — who took over and started eight games at QB last year following an injury to 4-year starter Taylor Martinez — "showed good signs for us to build on."

"He needs to be better in making decisions and with ball security. That will be his biggest hurdle, to grow in the offense and know defenses...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 35 Kevin Williams

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Kevin Williams | 6-2 | 275 pounds | Jr. | Defensive tackle

Few on the roster have endured the same hard luck as Williams, who has suffered a pair of major knee injuries since arriving in Lincoln. That has limited him to five games, all as a redshirt freshman in 2012.

The NU staff eased Williams back into action during spring practice. He said he felt good as he started going through contact drills during the final two w...

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Nebraska center Mark Pelini named to Rimington Trophy watch list

Nebraska senior Mark Pelini was one of 66 centers named Tuesday to the official 2014 Rimington Trophy watch list.

The Rimington Trophy, named after All-America Nebraska center Dave Rimington, is awarded annually to the nation's top center. 

The 6-foot-0, 290-pound Pelini helped pave the way for Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah, who racked up 1,690 rushing yards in 2013. Pelini, a former walk-on, will also be looked at to fill a leadership role next season as the Huskers graduated five seniors on the offensive line.

Nine other Big Ten players made the list: Michigan State'...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 36 Adam Taylor

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Adam Taylor | 6-2 | 210 pounds | RFr. | I-back

He chose to redshirt a year ago, willingly accepting a year on the sidelines to better prepare himself to reach his potential. Now he gets to see if all the behind-the-scenes work has paid off.

Taylor seems to have the skills of the prototypical all-purpose back, strong enough to plow over defenders between the tackles and quick enough to avoid them on the outside.

Th...

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Abdullah, Bell and Gregory named to award watch lists

The Maxwell Football Club announced its watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Chuck Bednarik Award. Also announced Monday, by the Louisville Sports Commission, was the Paul Hornung Award watch list.

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Hornung awards. Senior wide receiver Kenny Bell was named to the Hornung watch list and defensive lineman Randy Gregory was named to the Bednarik watch list.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to the player of the year since 1937.

The Bednarik Awar...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 37 Joe Keels

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Joe Keels | 6-3 | 250 | junior | defensive end

The spring was difficult for Keels, who struggled to hold onto his second-team spot during his first semester at Nebraska. But given his play-making reputation at Highland (Kansas) Community College, Keels will get plenty of practice reps during preseason camp.

It also works in his favor that Nebraska lacks depth behind expected starters Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen. The...

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Nebraska tops list of most loyal college football fan bases

BusinessInsider.com released a list of the top 15 most loyal fan bases in the country and the team at the top should be no surprise to Husker supporters.

The website lists Nebraska No. 1 over Big Ten rivals Ohio State (No. 3), Michigan (No. 6) and Penn State (No. 9) and former Big 12 foes Texas A&M (No. 11), Texas (No. 12) and Oklahoma (No. 14).

Some of the criteria for the list include home attendance, fan travel, being supportive during a down period.

There is No Place like Nebraska because _______ pic.twitter.com/eOZ5BLFJLg — Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) ...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 38 Brandon Reilly

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Brandon Reilly | 6-1 | 195 pounds | Soph. | Receiver

Speed can’t be taught. And Reilly has a great deal of that.

The Lincoln Southwest graduate might be the fastest receiver on the team, which gives him a good shot at earning playing time. He’s quick off the line, so he’s typically tough to jam. His acceleration allows him to gain immediate separation, which is why he seemed to have some success running slants and insid...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 39 Sam Foltz

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Sam Foltz | 6-1 | 205 pounds | Soph. | Punter

The hang time of Foltz’s punts. That’s initially what stood out to the Nebraska coaches when they started evaluating him as a punter. He has power in his kicking leg, and plenty of raw talent.

The challenge for him is to find consistency — which isn’t all that surprising for a young player who suddenly jumped into a pressure-filled role. He had 15 punts go 50 yards or farthe...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 40 Kevin Maurice

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Kevin Maurice | 6-3 | 280 pounds | Soph. | DT

Maurice was initially presumed to be a developmental project, given that he was an under-the-radar recruit in the talent-rich state of Florida. But he ended up making an impact immediately, playing in the season’s first six games.

He’s a bit undersized — at least compared to some of the teammates (like Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine) who he’ll be competing with for pla...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 41 Trevor Roach

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Trevor Roach | 6-2 | 235 pounds | Sr. | Linebacker

It was easy to temporarily forget about Roach last season as excitement grew around a promising group of underclassmen at linebacker and he wasn’t around to contribute.

It also maybe had to do with the foot injury that he suffered before the Huskers even got to preseason camp. Roach returned in the spring, however, and is capable of playing either the middle or strongsi...

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TBL: Q&A with Anthony Tolliver

Former Creighton Bluejay and NBA free agent Anthony Tolliver joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Wednesday to discuss Doug McDermott's future, Tolliver's Omaha basketball camp, being an NBA free agent and more.

Tolliver said the list of teams showing interest in signing him changes daily, but he has a list of players he'd like to work with.

"I'd love to play with Steph Curry. I’d love to play with Chris Paul. Different point guards that are really, really good at distributing and really, really good at getting the ball to their open shooters."

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Doug McDermott launches official website

Now that Doug McDermott is truly a pro, it's only fitting that the former Creighton star gets an official website of his own.

DougMcD3.com — which is pretty bare-bones at this point — features a short biographical introduction, links to Twitter and Instagram accounts, and a fairly extensive apparel shop. The site, which was registered on June 6 but only recently launched, was built by a Chicago-based marketing and design group. Omaha-based Ideal Images appears to be powering the merchandise section of the website.

Here's a Twitter post from Creighton basketball coach Greg McD...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 42 Andy Janovich

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Andy Janovich  | 6-1 | 230 pounds | Jr. | Fullback

Yes, Nebraska doesn’t use the fullback a whole bunch in Tim Beck’s offense, but Janovich is the only proven one left in the system after C.J. Zimmerer moved on.

Not much there yet as far as statistics, but the hard-knocking Janovich already has built up quite a bit of experience by playing in 24 games and contributing regularly on some special teams. Played as a true fr...

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Husker recruit strikes out 20 in seven-inning no-hitter

Nebraska baseball signee Jake Meyers struck out 20 batters in a seven-inning no-hitter to lead his legion team to an 11-0 win over Associated Fire Protection (Papillion-La Vista South) Tuesday night.

Rob Ramsey had four hits and five RBIs for KB Building Services (Omaha Westside). Will Patterson also added four hits in support of Meyers, who signed a letter of intent to play at NU in November.

Meyers, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, was the captain of The World-Herald's All-Nebraska baseball team after leading Omaha Westside to its second straight Class A title. He went 9-0 on the mo...

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Video: Sam McKewon on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon discusses the World Cup, Big Ten recruiting, Nebraska's whistle stop tour and more.

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 43 Alonzo Moore

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Alonzo Moore  | 6-2 | 185 pounds | So. | Wide receiver

Step one for Moore will be staying healthy after his redshirt freshman season was cut short by a knee injury and he missed spring practice due to shoulder surgery.

The Louisianan did show some flashes last season, however, including a four-catch game against Northwestern. And there will be an opportunity as Nebraska looks for the right pieces behind its top returnin...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 44 Drew Brown

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Drew Brown | 5-11 | 170 | Fr. | Place-kicker

Things changed after Brown’s signing in February when Nebraska’s returning kickers struggled with consistency in spring practice and had some bad misses in the Red-White scrimmage.

NU coach Bo Pelini said afterward that he expects Brown to challenge when preseason practice starts.

Brown made 35 of 42 field goals in his final three seasons at Carroll High in Southlake, T...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 45 Mauro Bondi

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Mauro Bondi | 6-0 | 205 pounds | Jr. | Kicker

To say things haven’t worked out too well for Bondi as a Husker would be putting it mildly. But the former scholarship signee from Boca Raton, Florida, will try again to win the NU place-kicking job.

Bondi was a backup for one season and redshirt for another when NU had Brett Maher, then saw transfer Pat Smith snatch the job a year ago. Now the Huskers add Drew Brown, brothe...

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See it again: Crawford finishes Gamboa in the ninth round

Terence "Bud" Crawford defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center. Watch the final blow below.

WATCH: Crawford ends Gamboa's night with a huge KO shot - http://t.co/MFhS54wbQQ #TweetReplay #CrawfordGamboa — HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) June 29, 2014

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Big night in minor leagues for former Bluejay Gerber

Former Creighton standout Mike Gerber had a big night for the Connecticut Tigers of the Class A short season New York-Penn League.

In his ninth game with the club, the rightfielder went 4 for 5 with 8 RBIs and was a single shy of the cycle. He had two home runs, a double and triple.

On the season Gerber is batting .514 with three home runs and 16 RBI.

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 46 Johnny Stanton

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Johnny Stanton | 6-2 | 225 | RFr. | Quarterback

When this power-running signal-caller knew where he was supposed to throw the ball in spring camp, good things happened. Really good things.

When decisive, Stanton looked every bit as good as any quarterback the Huskers have had since Joe Ganz. But he wasn’t often decisive, and Stanton running laterally, looking for receivers, isn’t the same weapon as Stanton pitched forwa...

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Mad Chatter: McDermott's good fortune, Altidore's impact, Buddy Carlyle's select baseball rant

It's Friday! Here's Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover CWS and select baseball, Jozy Altidore and Ed O'Bannon, college football and MLB. But first, Doug McDermott's big night.

If you want to know how lucky McDermott got Thursday, consider four very real possibilities for Creighton’s Favorite Son entering the NBA Draft: 

Sacramento, No. 8: The Kings haven’t been on national TV since the Chris Webber era. The last time I saw Ben McLemore, the Kings’ 2013 No. 1 pick, was last year’s NBA Draft! He’s been the subject of trade rumors. The Kings’ best player, DeMarcus Cous...

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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 47 Ryker Fyfe

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2014 football season.

Ryker Fyfe | 6-2 | 210 pounds | So. | Quarterback

Nebraska often rolled last year with a former walk-on quarterback in Ron Kellogg III. Could Fyfe, a Grand Island native, follow in RKIII’s footsteps?

Fyfe needs to win the backup job over scholarship redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton first. And he just might; in spring camp, Fyfe proved adept at running the zone read and managing the short passing game that offensive coor...

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What others are saying: Doug McDermott traded to Chicago

Creighton star Doug McDermott was selected 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets and then was traded to the Chicago Bulls, a team that has tracked McDermott's college career closely.

The Bulls gave up the 16th and 19th picks in the draft for the Bluejay. Here's what some national writers had to say about the trade:

David Haugh, Chicago Tribune (story): "Traditionally, the Bulls play it safe. They are like the passengers who listen to the flight attendant's exit plan, the pedestrians who refuse to jaywalk. They let caution guide them more than they throw it to the wind. But for a...

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Tommie Frazier named the top college football player of the '90s

In a recent ranking of the top 10 college football players of the 1990s, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier — like two of the national championship teams he guided — claimed the top spot.

NFL.com has Frazier, who last year became the first Husker quarterback selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, listed at No. 1 ahead of the likes of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, Florida QB Danny Wuerffel and others.

Wuerffel, of course, was the Florida quarterback in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl when Frazier put the stamp on his legacy, winning MVP honors. Most memorable was his 75-...

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