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Video: Nebraska's keys to success in 2014

Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah led the Big Ten in rushing yards last season. Campus Insiders' football analyst Doug Chapman thinks Abdullah will be the key to the Huskers' success this season.

Watch the video below for Chapman's complete breakdown:

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Analysis: Running to (more) daylight

Blame the Michigan State game. 

Nebraska's 41-28 loss to the Spartans — in which an inspired gameplan went up in the flames of five turnovers — has seemingly put a sunny spin on Nebraska's offense toward the end of last year. The promise of what did happen on a few well-designed plays from offensive coordinator Tim Beck — and the promise of what might have happened if five of the Huskers' drives hadn't been short-circuited by giveaways — might give one the impression that Nebraska is capable of duplicating all the positives of that day, with none of the negatives. 

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Video: Bo Pelini, Huskers read @FauxPelini tweets

Even the man behind the popular Twitter parody account @FauxPelini didn't likely see this coming.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his players went in front of the ESPN cameras recently to read some of their favorite @FauxPelini tweets, maintaining deadpan delivery of Faux's often outrageous commentary.

The results, needless to say, are humorous.

Bo's first tweet of choice? "My favorite part about parades is the part where I don't go to it."

Other tweets aimed at OSU coach Urban Meyer, Detroit Lions star and former Husker Ndamukong Suh as well as ESPN's Kirk Herbstrei...

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker practice, Aug. 20

SEEN: Former Nebraska offensive line coach Milt Tenopir at practice being greeted by a number of current Husker coaches and players. Tenopir is fighting leukemia.

SEEN: A nice pass breakup from middle linebacker Josh Banderas.

SEEN: Actual punt return units — two of them — coached closely by Bo Pelini, who handled all the assignments and conversations between players. The unit lineups appear still to be fluid, but Jamal Turner, Marcus Newby, Courtney Love, Alonzo Moore, Taariq Allen, Lane Hovey, Graham Nabity, Joey Felici and Josh Kalu were among those working with the top un...

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Video: Former Husker Matt Davison on 'The Bottom Line'

Former Husker Matt Davison visited Wednesday with host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" to discuss his expectations for the Huskers this season and more.

Watch the full interview here:

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Video: Dirk Chatelain on 'The Bottom Line'

World-Herald staff writer Dirk Chatelain visited with "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Wednesday to talk Husker football, Braxton Miller, the Big Ten Conference and more.

Watch the full interview here:

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Practice report Aug. 20: DT Williams suffers minor ankle injury

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Nebraska's players and coaches couldn't hide their concern when junior defensive tackle Kevin Williams went down in Monday's practice.

But it appears Williams -- who's come back from two serious knee injuries -- won't be off the practice field for too long. He wasn't suited up Wednesday, wearing a protective boot on his right foot.

Coach Bo Pelini said Williams is day-to-day, describing the injury as a...

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Video: Bo Pelini, Husker practice highlights, Aug. 20

Watch video highlights from the Husker football practice Wednesday, including various offensive drills, as NU prepares for its Aug. 30 opener against Florida Atlantic. Plus, check out interviews with Bo Pelini and select Husker players.

Also, check out a photo showcase from NU's Wednesday practice.

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Video: Big Red Today Show, Aug. 20

Watch the latest episode of "The Big Red Today Show" to get Sam McKewon and Jon Nyatawa's take on the latest Husker sports headlines.

Among the topics discussed on this week's show:

>> Tommy Armstrong's fall camp, as well as the QB depth chart

>> Position battles on the offensive line, at receiver and at kicker

>> Observations from the media's open looks at fall practice drills

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Video: Huskers send best wishes to Jack Hoffman

Earlier this month, pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman and his family were informed that Jack's brain tumor has grown.

In a video posted to the Huskers' YouTube account on Wednesday, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and the Husker football team want the Hoffmans to know that their thoughts and prayers are with the entire family as Jack starts the next phase of his treatment.

"Hey Jack, as a football team, as a group of your friends, we want to show how much we're here to support you. Remain strong. You're in our thoughts and prayers all the time, no matter what," Pelini said...

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Creighton volleyball picked to win the Big East

The Creighton volleyball team has been picked to win the Big East, according to a poll of league coaches announced Wednesday.

Seniors Leah McNary and Kelli Browning were named to the preseason all-conference team for the second straight fall.

This is the second straight season that Creighton was picked to win the Big East. Last year’s team tied for second place with a 12-4 league record.

Creighton received five of a possible nine first-place votes and led the way with 77 points. Defending champ Marquette nabbed four first-place votes and was second with 71 points. Xavie...

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Video: Sam McKewon talks Huskers on TBL

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe in studio Tuesday to discuss the latest Husker headlines.

Among the topics discussed were the key factors that would help make Nebraska a playoff team, the position battles in fall camp and more.

Check out the video interviews below:

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Bluejay men picked third in Big East preseason poll

The Creighton men's soccer team was picked by league coaches to finish third in the Big East preseason poll, with Bluejay senior Jose Ribas and junior Timo Pitter earning preseason All-Big East honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Creighton garnered one of the 10 first-place votes, totaling 63 overall points. The league’s two ranked teams, No. 9 Georgetown and No. 12 Marquette, were tied atop the poll for first place with 75 points apiece. The Hoyas edged the Golden Eagles 5-4 in first-place votes.

Ribas, a CU defender, started 19 regular-season contests last season, lea...

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NU's Tai Webster makes New Zealand team

Nebraska sophomore Tai Webster was selected Tuesday for the New Zealand National Team that will compete in this month’s FIBA World Cup.

Webster, who has started for New Zealand during its most recent training swing in Lithuania this week, has helped the team to a 7-3 record during its current overseas tour following Monday’s loss to Greece. New Zealand has two more pre-tournament games in Serbia before heading to Spain for the competition.

New Zealand will play in Group C, a six-team bracket which includes Team USA, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Ukraine and Finland. 

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Video: Jon Nyatawa on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa discusses Husker practice, Aaron Curry, the treatment of college athletes and more.

Watch the full interview here:

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Video: Tim Beck and the Husker QBs take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

On Saturday, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. On Monday, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and his crew of quarterbacks accepted the challenge.

Watch as Beck and Co. get doused with ice water and make a whole set of new challenges -- including a shirtless ice bucket challenge for Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton and assistant athletic director for football Jeff Jamrog.

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker practice, Aug. 18

SEEN: Drew Brown missing an extra point try by banging the ball off the crossbar. In a close competition like this, those are tough misses.

SEEN: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams leaving practice early with an injury, the extent of which is unknown until Bo Pelini speaks on it.

SEEN: Linebacker Zaire Anderson with a big stick hit.

SEEN: Randy Gregory, blocking a pass.

SEEN: Sam Burtch booting a football after he dropped a pass. Burtch had two drops on the day.

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BTN analysts share their thoughts on the Huskers

Big Ten Network’s college football crew — Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart — made their Nebraska stop Monday on the “BTN Live” bus tour. All four fanned out and took notes of the practice, with DiNardo, a former LSU and Indiana head coach, standing behind the action.

Here are a sampling of DiNardo’s tweets on Twitter afterward:

>> “Another team built from the LOS out. DL is in conversation as one of the best in the B1G this year.”

>> “Offensive line deep, talented has to continue to develop. They have to do a lot of different thi...

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Video: Former Husker Brandon Kinnie on TBL

On Monday, former Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Kinnie talked with Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" about the treatment of student-athletes and more.

Watch the full interview below:

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Practice Report, Aug 18: Armstrong finding "extra gear"

In a series of drills and looks against the top two defenses Monday, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. may have had his strongest practice yet. Composed and accurate, Armstrong didn't force passes, took the options given to him -- even if some of those passes were dropped by receivers -- and hit senior wideout Jamal Turner with a laser of a throw for what would have been a touchdown. 

His performance Monday -- and over the last week -- earned praise from offensive coordinator Tim Beck. 

"He really seemed to step his game up," Beck said. "More much crisp in the passing...

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Video: Nebraska's Tim Beck, Tommy Armstrong, Ryker Fyfe address the media

Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck and quarterbacks Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe addressed the media after practice on Monday.

See what they had to say below:

Video: Tim Beck addresses the media, Aug. 18

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Video: Tommy Armstrong addresses the media, Aug. 18

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Video: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini on BTN

The Big Ten Network was in Lincoln on Monday and sat down with Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.

See what the Huskers coach had to say:

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Defensive tackle Aaron Curry has NU release, considering several schools

Junior defensive tackle Aaron Curry received his release from Nebraska on Monday and will spend the coming days considering a handful of schools, according to his father, Aaron Curry Sr.

The 6-foot-1, 280-pounder from Keller, Texas, has a redshirt year available if he transfers to another Football Bowl Subdivision school. That would leave him with two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2015.

Although initial reports had Curry potentially transferring to Oklahoma, Aaron Curry Sr. said he didn’t know if the Sooners had a scholarship available. The elder Curry played b...

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Report: DT Aaron Curry leaving Huskers' program

According to a report from Rivals and SoonerScoop.com, Nebraska defensive tackle Aaron Curry is leaving the Huskers' program with an eye on heading to Oklahoma. The Sooner Scoop report cited a "source close to Aaron Curry." A text to NU coach Bo Pelini was sent late Sunday night from the World-Herald. 

A 6-foot-1, 280-pound junior, Curry started eight games last year and finished with 26 tackles. In spring and fall camp, however, he was running with the No. 2 and sometimes No. 3 defense, as sophomore tackles Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine were clear starters. Aaron Curry's fa...

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Doug McDermott challenges Greg McDermott to ice bucket challenge

On Sunday, the McDermotts got into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge action.

Doug McDermott, in response to a challenge from Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and others, had a cold bucket of water dumped on him at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago. Medinah has hosted five major golf tournaments.

In the video, McDermott challenged his father and former coach Greg McDermott, Creighton director of basketball operations Jeff Vanderloo and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.

Later on Sunday, Greg McDermott responded with his own video, where his daughter Sydney did the...

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Photos: Huskers in the NFL, Aug. 17

The National Football League preseason continued this week.

Curious to see your favorite former Huskers in action? Check out our updated Huskers in the NFL photo showcase for a complete roundup of NFL action shots.

This week's update includes Jason Ankrah, DeJon Gomes and Ndamukong Suh.

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Practice report, Aug. 16: Pelini likes Armstrong's progress

Nebraska's veteran defense isn't making it easy on sophomore Tommy Armstrong, but coach Bo Pelini has been pleased with what he's seen lately out of the Huskers' probable starting quarterback.

Armstrong had a "very good week" of practice, Pelini said -- despite all of the new looks the offense is getting from a defense that presumably will be pretty stingy this fall.

"Defensively, we're throwing a lot at him," Pelini said. "I think he's progressed. Is he exactly where we want him to be yet? No. But he plays the quarterback position, which is difficult."

Pelini mentioned...

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Abdullah named to NCAA's Heisman Trophy watch list

Husker I-back Ameer Adbullah was named Friday to the season-opening Heisman Trophy watch list by the NCAA.

In the post, NCAA's Brendan Bures lists 10 players he predicts will be leading the Heisman charge in 2014.

Abdullah, who ran for 1,690 yards in 2013, specifically gets singled out for standing out in the brutish Big Ten.

"He’s equal parts violent explosion and swift elusiveness, like a ballerina on rocket skates," Bures writes. "No player on this list may be more instrumental to their team than Abdullah to the Cornhuskers and any hopes of postseason participation r...

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Video: Bo Pelini calls on @FauxPelini, Suh and others after taking Ice Bucket Challenge

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and the gauntlet has officially been thrown down for Twitter personality @FauxPelini, former Husker Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions and others to respond.

The challenge, a viral campaign to raise awareness and funding for ALS research, has been sweeping the web. Tim Miles was the first prominent Husker figure to do it. Our own Mike'l Severe, host of "The Bottom Line," challenged Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Jack & Jack of Vine fame. And just yesterday Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg challenged former Creighton forwar...

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker practice, Aug. 16

SEEN: More drops from the wide receivers, including two from senior Kenny Bell. Wide receivers coach Rich Fisher, perhaps having seen too many, had strong words for Kevin Gladney after Gladney dropped a screen pass. The top catches of the day came from Jordan Westerkamp and sophomore Lane Hovey of Adel, Iowa.

SEEN: Dylan Utter playing at No. 1 left guard while starter Jake Cotton went through the NU graduation ceremony. Because Corey Whitaker — who’s out with his second major knee injury in three years — was Cotton’s backup, Utter now steps into the fray. The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder ...

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