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The Huskers have changed the Tunnel Walk (a tiny bit)

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There was a whole lot of speculation about changes to the Tunnel Walk leading up to Saturday's NU-FAU game, the season opener at Memorial Stadium.

There were some small tweaks, as staff writer Sam McKewon highlighted on Twitter below.

The big non-change? The Huskers stuck with "Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project as the intro music.

Sam's observations:

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Halftime: Nebraska 31, Florida Atlantic 7

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What a start for Nebraska's offense. Five scores on the first five drives. Making it look easy.

Sophomore Tommy Armstrong seems more comfortable than ever running the show at quarterback — reading plays well, not forcing the issue and putting the ball where it needs to be.

Armstrong has completed four of his five throws on third down for a total of 84 yards. He's 12-for-24 at the break.

Of course...

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First quarter: Nebraska 14, Florida Atlantic 7

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Not sure we saw this coming. Nebraska's offense begins its opener by driving efficiently down the field, while the much-hyped NU defense can't get off it.

The result is a 14-7 lead for NU.

Obviously, there's plenty of time left for storylines and game-themes to develop.

But at least to start, the Huskers' starting quarterback appears to be stealing the show, making good decisions and running Nebr...

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Former Husker Alex Henery cut by Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles announced their 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, and former Husker kicker Alex Henery didn't make the cut.

The Eagles listed one kicker — rookie Cody Parkey — on the roster. Parkey had been brought in to compete with Henery via a trade with the Colts earlier this week.

During Thursday's preseason finale, Parkey went 3 for 3 on field goals — including a 54-yarder — while hitting both of his extra-point attempts. Henery went 2 for 2 on PATs in the game while being held off the field during field goals.

Henery has three years of NFL experience, ...

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Big Red Breakfast: Bo Pelini calls marijuana 'out of control' in society

Bo Pelini veered off topic on Friday morning at the Big Red Breakfast and took a strong stance against marijuana, telling a crowd of about 250 that it’s a “real problem out there.”

Pelini called it not only an issue in high schools, middle schools and even grade schools, but society in general, saying, “It is out of control.”

“Let’s face it, it’s not OK,” Pelini said. “I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out the...

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Huskers represented in FIBA Basketball World Cup

A pair of players with Nebraska ties are in action in the FIBA Basketball World Cup that begins Saturday. NU sophomore Tai Webster (New Zealand) and former Husker Jorge Brian Diaz (Puerto Rico) will represent their nations in the 24-team tournament.

Webster, who has been the starting point guard for New Zealand during the second half of its tournament preparations, comes off his best effort in a win over Serbia earlier this week. Webster had 21 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists in the 102-96 victory.

Diaz, who is making his debut with the Puerto Rican national team,...

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From the Archives: The Huskers, Bugeaters, Rattlesnake Boys and more

Old Gold Knights, Antelopes, Rattlesnake Boys and the Bugeaters. Those were the names for Nebraska's football team before 1900.

Iowa was actually using the name Cornhuskers at the time, but Lincoln sportswriter Cy Sherman thought Nebraska's team need a more dignified nickname. Since Iowa seemed to prefer the Hawkeyes, Sherman started referring to the Nebraska team as the Cornhuskers in 1900.

Here's a look at the early years of Nebraska football. Click on each image to expand the photo and see caption information.

Nebraska's 1894 Bugeaters:

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Mad Chatter: Joe Glenn's hunting trip, why the B1G needs to bolster opening night, Tunnel Walk feedback

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’re exclusively football today. We cover Jerry Jones’ Scotch and Barry Alvarez’s cabana, Rutgers’ statement win and Kenny Hill’s monster debut, Tunnel Walk feedback and Nebraska’s season opener. But let’s begin off the beaten path, at the second-closest Division I football program to Omaha.

A year and a half ago, South Dakota had just joined the FCS Missouri Valley Conference. The athletic department was looking for a big payday to balance its budget. An FBS opponent to open the 2014 season.

Head coach Joe Glenn ha...

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Big Red Breakfast: Kenny Bell to field punts Saturday

It appears that Kenny Bell will be extra busy Saturday.

The senior already is on pace to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver, heading into the season with 134 career catches. He is coming off back-to-back seasons with 50 or more receptions.

A year ago, Bell also returned more kickoffs than any Husker (23) and ranked No. 18 nationally at 26.5 yards per attempt.

Now the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder will start his final season as the Huskers’ punt returner, NU head coach Bo Pelini said Friday at the Big Red Breakfast.

“I think Kenny will do a really good job at it,”...

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Maverick women hope to keep rolling

The UNO women take to the road for matches at Weber State at 4 p.m. on Friday and Utah State at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mavericks have picked up confidence after edging Iowa State 2-1 in the preseason and defeating Incarnate Word 2-0 last Friday.

That was the first season-opening win for the Mavs since 2008, when they were Division II. Junior forward Chelsi Rohloff had a goal and an assist, while freshman Lydia Holtmann scored her first collegiate goal and senior Anna Sibson had two assists.

Weber State is 0-1 and Utah State 0-2.

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Creighton women look to stay perfect

The Creighton women will play one match this holiday weekend, facing Western Illinois at noon Monday at Morrison Stadium.

The Bluejays are 2-0, including a 3-2, come-from-behind win over South Dakota State in Brookings.

“I think the fact we’ve found a way to win the tough game on the road was good,” coach Bruce Erickson said. “Coming from behind and doing what it took and grinding out the game.”

While Erickson said CU is not fit for matches yet, he likes that his team arrived in better shape than past years. He’d like to see the Jays carry strong efforts at practices in...

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Practice report Aug. 28: NU has options at right tackle

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Coach Bo Pelini won't yet rule out junior right tackle Zach Sterup, who's missed a considerable amount of practice the last couple weeks with a right leg injury.

The team's top right tackle heading into preseason camp could "possibly" make an appearance in the season opener Saturday.

If not, it'll likely be a combination of juniors Givens Price and Matt Finnin at that right tackle spot. Price had been ...

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Huskers release depth chart for FAU game

The Huskers released the official depth chart Thursday for the team's season-opening game against FAU on Saturday.

Check out the complete breakdown below:

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OFFENSE

No. Name, Ht., Wt., Yr.

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Video: The Big Ten Preview Show, Aug. 28

In the latest episode of "The Big Ten Preview Show," World-Herald staff writers Lee Barfknecht and Jon Nyatawa take a look at the Big Ten Conference from top to bottom, including a season outlook for the league's top contenders.

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Tough challenge ahead for Nebraska's dueling kickers

The first time Nebraska lines up in field goal formation Saturday, you can bet Husker fans will be watching with intrigue -- and probably quite a bit of uncertainty.

(Two missed extra points and a shanked 18-yard field goal in last April's spring game sure didn't help, fueling speculation and concern.)

Both junior Mauro Bondi and freshman Drew Brown have Bo Pelini's endorsement, but neither has pulled away as the top guy after a month's worth of kicks. And from what reporters saw, their performance in practice wasn't always a consistent display.

Thus, the question's bee...

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Big, Fat Recruiting Update, Aug. 28

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Like your favorite fast food (mine is Wendy's chili) just waiting for you at your office desk, the recruiting update hath returned.

The goal – please exhort me in this – is to update this, um, “update” on a weekly basis. Could get dicey during Miami week, though. (Just kidding. It'll get dicey during Rutgers week.)

First things first: Let's talk current commits and total projected numbers for the class...

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From the Archives: 1994 Husker season was special from the start

It was evident from the beginning of the 1994 season that the Huskers could have a team capable of doing something special.

On the 20-year anniversary of the '94 opening game, we take a look back at the season opener. Here's an excerpt of Lee Barfknecht's game story from Aug. 28, 1994:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A good start for a team that plans on doing something great. That's how Nebraska coaches and players assessed Sunday's 31-0 thumping of West Virginia in the 12th Kickoff Classic, the third time the Huskers have won the opening game of the college football season. Before...

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Mad Chatter: Time to change the Tunnel Walk; Gordon's MVP candidacy; SEC vs. Pac-12

It’s time. 

Time to admit that it can’t be 1994 forever. Time to turn the page on the anthem for the greatest football era in this state’s (and perhaps any state’s) history. Time to give the next generation of Husker fans a symbolic stake in the program.

Time to say goodbye to "Sirius." 

I know it’s not easy. I know what it means. I’ve been to weddings where Nebraska’s Tunnel Walk music opened the reception (thankfully, I’ve never heard it in a church).

I was in Memorial Stadium in ’94 for the UCLA game when it debuted. I get goosebumps even today watching the fir...

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Comedy Central star writes legendary Rolling Stone piece about Husker fandom

Kool-Aid is from Nebraska. So is Adam Devine, star of Comedy Central's "Workaholics" and "Adam Devine's House Party."

And when Rolling Stone asked Devine to write an article explaining why he drinks the "Big Red Kool-Aid" as a Husker fan, his responses were legendary.

Devine moved to Omaha from Waterloo, Iowa, when he was 9. When it was time to decide between being a fan of Nebraska or Iowa, here's what he said:

"It was a way of life and I was a foreigner in a strange land. So it was either chug the Big Red Kool-Aid or become ostracized. Since I was 9, I didn't know wha...

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JC transfer Cockrell making most of opportunity at nickel

Just about the time that the Nebraska defense was starting to feel good with Charles Jackson at the nickel position, it lost the junior to a season-ending knee injury before the first week of fall camp was over.

A few weeks later, Byerson Cockrell has done some work toward possibly making that loss sting a little less, at a position where the Huskers have been spoiled to have Eric Hagg and Ciante Evans over the last six seasons.

"It's really amazing,” NU cornerback Daniel Davie said. “I've never seen anybody learn the defense as fast as he did. He almost gets treated like a v...

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Creighton commit Justin Patton No. 47 in updated Rivals ranks

Yahoo Sports' Rivals recruiting site updated its list of the top 150 men's basketball recruits in the nation on Wednesday, and Creighton commit Justin Patton — a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Omaha North — came in at No. 47 in the Rivals 150 rankings.

Patton comes in three spots behind No. 44 Jessie Govan, a Georgetown commit, to rank second among all Big East commits in the 2015 class.

Patton is the only player from Nebraska on the list.

As staff writer Steven Pivovar noted earlier this month, Patton has been reaping the benefits of a strong showing during the July ...

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Baseball: New assistant Kirby already hard at work

A few minutes after answering questions from local reporters for the first time Wednesday, new Husker assistant Mike Kirby jumped into an SUV with pitching coach Ted Silva.

Time to recruit.

Kirby's still memorizing names on NU's roster -- and their corresponding positions and years in school. He just met the team Tuesday. He's still not sure what's the best route to work (he got lost Wednesday): “It did take my a half-hour to get here from a mile away.”

But he's embracing the whirlwind so far.

“My first thing is to make sure my family's happy and the second thing ...

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Fans line up for blocks to get Doug McDermott autograph, raise money for charity

Update: Several in attendance at the Doug McDermott autograph signing event to raise money for several local charities report a good turnout, with estimations of hundreds of people waiting in line for a signature at DJ Sokol Arena:

In line to get Doug Mcdermott's autograph. I'd say 200 people ahead of me and 100 behind me and growing. Signs at 6. pic.twitter.com/68a7XtxMaU — HuckleberryFinn (@LarryFangman) August 26, 2014

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Chicago Bulls forward and former Bluejay star Doug McDermott returned to the Creighton campus Tuesday night to sign autographs, raising money...

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Practice Report, Aug. 26: Foster still on track to play

Nebraska continued in its preparation for Florida Atlantic Tuesday and defensive coordinator John Papuchis lauded the tempo and focus of the Huskers' defense. 

"It was probably the highest-tempo, highest-energy day in terms of just getting the most work in for Florida Atlantic," Papuchis said. "I thought they came out focused and ready to roll today coming off the off-day (Monday). I like where we're at." 

If FAU's offense goes fast and without a huddle, NU should be prepared, Papuchis said, because of the Huskers' own offense. 

"During the course of fall camp you see a...

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Video: Former Husker Adam Carriker on TBL

Former Husker Adam Carriker joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Tuesday to discuss WWE wrestling, Nebraska's move to the Big Ten, Bo Pelini and more.

See what Carriker had to say in the full interview below:

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Video: Big Red Today Show, Aug. 26

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:

>> What to look for as the 2014 football season begins

>> Nebraska's depth chart

>> Predictions for Saturday's season opener against Florida Atlantic

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Video: Bo Pelini on the Big Ten teleconference

Catch Bo Pelini's Tuesday session on the Big Ten teleconference, a Q&A with the Nebraska coach as the Huskers get set for their season opener with Florida Atlantic:

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Big Ten teleconference: Bo on rankings, Ameer and FAU/Carl

The College Football Playoff committee won’t release its first rankings until Oct. 28, and that’s way too far down the road for Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini to think about now.

And Pelini said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference that he certainly isn’t too worried about what any other preseason polls mean before then, either. 

“I didn’t even know where we were ranked,” Pelini said. “I could care less. I don’t put much stock in it, and I don’t think the committee will either, where you start. You’re going to be judged on what you do this year, and if you win footbal...

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Recruiting: The Redshirt Report

And then there were 21.

Nebraska's 2014 recruiting class, 23 at the time the Huskers inked it in February, has shrunk just a bit after Huskers coach Bo Pelini announced Monday that New Orleans Edna Karr linebacker Jaevon Walton wouldn't join the team until January at the earliest. Though Walton's scholarship should count this year – he enrolled, and was working out with the team for a time this summer – he won't be a contributor this fall in games or in practice.

So that leaves 21 prospects. No Monte Harrison, who's currently has a .707 OPS in the Arizona League for the Milwa...

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Monday on TBL: Big Ten with Adam Rittenberg, Miami football with Tim Reynolds

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday to discuss Bo Pelini's image and preview the Big Ten football season.

Also Monday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press previewed the Miami Hurricanes' upcoming season and discussed their starting quarterback situation.

Video: Rittenberg on TBL

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Video: Reynolds on TBL

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