Husker Camp Countdown: No. 32 Mark Pelini

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.

Mark Pelini | 6-0 | 290 | senior | center

The two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick is lauded for his knowledge of the offense, but the former walk-on has been a surprising contributor the last two seasons.

Pelini started two games at center and played in all 13 last fall. He also played in seven as a sophomore in 2012.

The nephew of coach Bo Pelini went through spring practice sharing No. 1 reps at center with Ryne ...

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Papuchis, Beck break down NU roster at fundraiser

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis and offensive coordinator Tim Beck were both on hand for an annual fundraising event at the All Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church Friday night.

Yes, they talked Husker football.

Here's a bunch of quick notes from the appearance:

>> At least to this point, Papuchis said it's senior Josh Mitchell at one cornerback spot, backed up by junior Jonathan Rose. Juniors Daniel Davie and Byerson Cockrell are at the other CB position, with Boaz Joseph also in the mix.

>> For those wondering why coach Bo Pelini chose Corey Cooper...

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Husker Tolbert charged, Joseph’s case dismissed

Nebraska freshman receiver Jariah Tolbert was charged with possession of marijuana and obstructing a peace officer, two counts that stem from a June 12 incident. He’s set to appear at an arraignment hearing next week in Lancaster County Court.

Tolbert was cited and jailed after he ran from University of Nebraska-Lincoln police officers, according to a police report. Police reportedly received a call about someone smoking marijuana between two outdoor tennis courts near the intersections of 17th and Vine Streets.

Tolbert, an incoming freshman from Louisiana, arrived on NU’s ca...

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Best of Isaiah Zierden's Twitter Q&A

Creighton sophomore guard Isaiah Zierden, who is rehabbing a knee injury suffered near the end of last season, took to Twitter on Friday to answer questions from fans.

Obviously the top question was about his knee, but he also covered other topics, including LeBron James returning to Cleveland.

On his knee:

@omahasweetest knee is feeling good! I would say a little to right on schedule. It takes a long time to rehab but it's a lot better! — Isaiah Zierden (@IsaiahZierden21) July 11, 2014

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TBL: Gerry DiNardo talks Big Ten, Husker QB Tommy Armstrong

The Big Ten Network's Gerry DiNardo joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Friday to discuss various topics. DiNardo covered Penn State recruiting, the odds Indiana makes a bowl game and what to expect from the Nebraska football team this season. On how the Husker offense might perform in 2014, DiNardo points to offensive coordinator Tim Beck's plans for quarterback Tommy Armstrong as the key factor. "I really think it’s going to come down to what they try to do with Tommy Armstrong at quarterback. If they’re going to try to make him a 50-50 run-pass guy, I don’t think its going...

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New Orleans safety Hunter Dale lists Huskers as finalist

New Orleans defensive back Hunter Dale, a three-star 2015 prospect, has listed Nebraska among his top 10 finalists.

The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect posted the list Friday on Twitter.

247 Sports' Mike Schaefer called Dale a "very good defensive back" Thursday on "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe. The John Curtis High School standout projects as a safety in college.

Here is Dale's Twitter announcement, and check out his junior season highlights below:

Truly blessed to have these schools in my top ten!!🙏 #TopTen — Hunter Dale (@HunterD_1...

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Omaha boxer Terence 'Bud' Crawford to make ESPN appearances Friday

Omaha boxer Terence "Bud" Crawford will join "Friday Fights" host Doug Kezirian tonight as an in-studio guest, according to a press release from Top Rank Boxing.

Crawford, the WBO lightweight champion who defended his title in Omaha with a knockout of challenger Yuriorkis Gamboa, will join the show to discuss his latest bout. "Friday Fights" — a two-hour show — airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Crawford is also expected to make appearances on various other ESPN shows Friday, and will also be hosting a live chat Friday afternoon.

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NU's Terran Petteway named a 'sleeper' All-American

USA Today named NU junior Terran Petteway atop its list of sleeper All-American players in 2014-15 Friday.

The top-five list by USA Today's Scott Gleeson cites Petteway's ability to score, which keeps NU in games.

"It takes winning close games to win the Big Ten. And to win close games, you need an alpha dog guy to turn to in pivotal stretches," Gleeson writes.

Petteway, last season's Big Ten scoring champ at 18.1 points a game, helped the Huskers break a 16-year NCAA tourney drought in March and was recently singled out as the No. 2 small forward by Sporting News.


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Husker Camp Countdown: No. 33 Sam Cotton

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 Cotton | 6-4 | 250 pounds | So. | Tight end

The Barney Cotton family tree already has supplied Nebraska with a solid four-year contributor at tight end (Ben, 2009-12) and a two-year starter at offensive guard (Jake, 2013-14). Now is it time for Sam Cotton to break through as a third-year sophomore?

He played in 10 games last season and caught three passes, including a short touchdown at Minnesota. The Huskers could ...

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Recruiting: Mike Schaefer on 'The Bottom Line'

247 Sports' Mike Schaefer joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Thursday to discuss the latest Husker recruiting news.

Check out some key quotes and the full interview below, and follow @OWHBottomLine on Twitter and Facebook for more updates from the show.

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Schaefer on prospects planning to visit Lincoln:

"Keep your eyes out for Kendall Bussey here in the middle of the month, which means Hunter Dale could be coming along. Two guys that Nebraska obviously loves in Louisiana. ... Bussey, no need to talk about him much at all. He's a stud running back c...

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Video: Tom Shatel talks Huskers, Big Ten, McDermott on "The Bottom Line"

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined "The Botttom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Thursday to discuss Big Ten media days, how many games the Husker football might win this season, how Doug McDermott fits in Chicago and more.

Plus, a look at how the Huskers will perform with quarterback Tommy Armstrong at the helm.

"Taylor (Martinez) was an athlete. He was a great athlete. He made a lot of good quarterback plays over four years," said Shatel. "But I think when you change over quarterbacks — especially to a guy who has quarterback mechanics and looks like a quarterback and does...

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Doug McDermott set for NBA Summer League

Bulls forward and former Creighton star Doug McDermott will start his professional career Saturday in Las Vegas as Chicago kicks off play in the NBA Summer League.

The Bulls announced their Summer League roster Tuesday, and McDermott — who was drafted No. 11 overall by the Denver Nuggets last month before being traded to Chicago — is among those the organization is sending to Vegas.

McDermott, who's been taking part in minicamp with the Bulls this week, will leave Friday for Vegas, where the Bulls will face the Clippers, Nuggets and Timberwolves in a four-day stretch before t...

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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'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.


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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 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 _______ — 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."

Watch the full ...

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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. — 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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