Practice report, April 1: Armstrong starting to find comfort zone in new offense

Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska's top returning quarterback, admits that he and the rest of the QBs have suffered through a decent amount of challenging moments this spring. But they're making progress.

Watching film during the off-week proved it. And the practices this week have only reinforced Armstrong's perspective — that there's been a considerable amount of improvement.

How so?

Said Armstrong: "Just being able to know my assignments, know where I need to go with the ball, know who I need to read — just being able to put myself in the right situation to make plays."


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Video: Danny Langsdorf, Keith Williams, Ryne Reeves after practice

Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, receivers Keith Williams and lineman Ryne Reeves spoke with the media after Wednesday's spring practice.

Check out photos from the practice, and read our Practice Report and Camp Chatter.

See what the trio had to say:

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TBL: UNO defensemen Brian Cooper and Joel Messner talk Frozen Four

If defense wins hockey championships, Brian Cooper and Joel Messner are very valuable as UNO heads to the Frozen Four.

The Maverick defensemen joined "The Bottom Line" on Wednesday to discuss the lack of appreciation for defensive players, growing up in Alaska and Canada, dealing with injuries and — of course — the Frozen Four.

Replay the interview below, plus listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays and follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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Recruiting: Unheralded running back among latest Husker offers

The flood of Husker scholarship offers seems to have slowed recently to a steady trickle.

There were only three known offers that went out since last week's update, but one went to an under-the-radar running back with good size and speed. 

Here's a bit more on the three NU targets.

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Jeremy Lewis, running back: Scout lists the 6-foot-1, 193-pounder as clocking a verified 4.54 40-yard dash. The Lone Grove, Oklahoma, product has not garnered a lot of recruiting attention, however. Lewis is listed as a two-star by 247, and he’s unranked by Rivals, ESPN and Scout....

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TBL: Husker baseball assistant head coach Mike Kirby

Husker assistant head coach Mike Kirby joined "The Bottom Line" with Mike'l Severe on Tuesday to discuss the Nebraska baseball team's sweep of Texas, how the new baseball is affecting the game this year, working under coach Darin Erstad, outfielder Ryan Boldt's leadership ability, the Huskers' rivalry series against Creighton and more.

Visit to catch the show live from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus you can listen live or download clips and episodes with the TBL app for iPhone and Android. Follow @OWHbottomline and host @MikelSevere on Twitter, and don...

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Marian grad Vicky McIntyre earns All-America honor

Omaha Marian graduate and Oral Roberts women's basketball star Vicky McIntyre was named an AP All-America honorable mention selection on Tuesday.

McIntyre — who's had an interesting story, covered by our own Dirk Chatelain here — leads the nation with 15.8 rebounds per game and is second in the country in blocks (4.71 per game). She's second in the country in double-doubles (27) and is one of four players in the nation with two triple-doubles this season — a group that includes Iowa's Samantha Logic, who earned third-team All-America honors.

McIntyre — who started her college...

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Want to see UNO in the Frozen Four? It won't be cheap

Tickets to see UNO hockey in the Frozen Four went on sale Tuesday. But they aren't cheap.

The school is selling all-session tickets at $205 for upper-level seats and $250 for lower level. They can be purchased at UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse or by calling 402-554-MAVS. 

Tickets from other websites won't be much cheaper. The NCAA's ticket exchange site has semifinal tickets starting at $337 as of noon Tuesday, while StubHub's least expensive ticket is $190.

The Mavericks take on Providence in the semifinal at 4 p.m. April 9 at TD Garden in Boston. 

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Baseball: Creighton at No. 18 Nebraska

When: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Haymarket Park

Radio: 1110 AM KFAB, Husker Sports Network


Pitchers: So. LHP Jeff Albrecht (1-1, 1.80) vs. Fr. RHP Garett King (2-0, 2.37)

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Rethinking the basketball transfer problem

Imagine you're at a job you've trained years to get. You've invested 40, 50, 60 hours a week just to get a chance at this job. Your parents, too. How much of their own money and time have they spent? How many times have they followed the advice of those training you — learn this skill, go to this event — by fishing out their checkbook, or credit card, and doubling down on a dream you've been pursuing years to get.

But there are 12 of you in the company. And, every few days, there are only eight projects to complete. Each project requires just one person to complete it. And the same...

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Video: Former Bluejay Kyle Korver scores 11 points in 65 seconds

A quick look at the box score for Atlanta's 101-88 win over Milwaukee Monday shows that former Creighton star Kyle Korver scored 11 points, grabbed one rebound and handed out five assists.

That's a solid game for the All-Star.

What the box score doesn't tell you is how Korver recorded his 11 points, which all came in an outburst in the third quarter. 

With 5:49 remaining in the quarter, Korver dropped in a long 3 for his first basket of the game. By the 4:44 mark, when Korver drained his third 3-pointer and fourth shot, the damage had been done. He single-handedly stret...

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Practice Report, March 30: Mike Riley talks Husker QBs

Nebraska coach Mike Riley watched the Huskers' final practice before spring break — the eighth of 15 overall spring practices — three times last week.

After Monday's two-hour workout — the ninth of 15 practices — Riley said he liked what he saw on tape from Husker quarterbacks. 

"It started to look pretty much like football," Riley said. "There was some good execution, crisp throws." 

Because of an injury, two -year starter Tommy Armstrong didn't work out that Friday. But redshirt freshman A.J. Bush did. Riley said he liked what he saw from Bush and another redshirt fre...

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NU's Walter Pitchford to forego his senior season but stay in school

LINCOLN – Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford announced Monday that he is giving up his final season of eligibility with the Husker basketball program. Pitchford will remain at Nebraska and finish his undergraduate degree in ethnic studies.

“I thank Coach Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida,” Pitchford said. “I have learned a lot about myself in the three years I’ve been at Nebraska and it is not an easy decision to give up playing basketball. I believe it is in the best interest of both the team and myself that I devote my time to completing my degree...

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TBL: Q&A with UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy

“The Bottom Line” host Mike’l Severe interviewed UNO hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy on Monday.

Topics discussed include the Mavericks trip to the Frozen Four, UNO hockey history and more.

Watch the full interview here, plus check out excerpts from the Q&A below.

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TBL: Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe talks NU baseball, football

Greg Sharpe, the voice of the Huskers, joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include Nebraska baseball's weekend series with Texas and Nebraska spring football.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tony Boone talks UNO hockey, the Frozen Four and more

World-Herald staff writer Tony Boone joined host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey, the NCAA tournament, the Frozen Four and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Tom Shatel talks UNO hockey, Husker baseball and more

World-Herald columnist Tom Shatel joined "The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe on Monday.

Topics discussed include UNO hockey's Frozen Four trip, Husker baseball's surge, the men's basketball Final Four, Randy Gregory and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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TBL: Heisman Tophy winner Johnny Rodgers talks Jet Award, NU coaching staff and more

Former Nebraska star Johnny Rodgers was in studio Monday to talk with host Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line."

Topics discussed include the Jet Award and gala, coach Mike Riley and the new Husker football staff and more.

You can listen to TBL live from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, plus follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

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New Nebraska football strength and conditioning video: 'We're a different breed — It's Nebraska, baby.'

Nebraska football's strength and conditioning program was a bit like Area 51 in recent years; it was never entirely clear to fans and media what the Huskers believed in or what the weight room culture was.

In short shrift, that's changed with new NU strength coach Mark Philipp, the subject of another Nebraska football promotional video. 

"I love the aspect of training people and putting together programs," Philipp said. "...I'm going to put tools in your toolbox in order to become a great athlete, so that transfers to the field for you to become a better football player."  Read more »

Baseball weekend recap: Starting rotation leading the way

Sophomore right-hander Derek Burkamper paused for a moment as he named off the pitches he used to keep the Texas lineup off-balance for more than eight innings Sunday.

The two-seam fastball. The change-up.


Burkamper nodded his head. That's about it.

He mixed in the breaking ball a bit Sunday. But not much. He watched senior Kyle Kubat attack with basically the same approach in eight innings of scoreless ball Saturday — "he only threw maybe three curveballs all game," Burkamper said. Senior Chance Sinclair, too.

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Baseball: Huskers jump into Top 25 poll

After a sweep of then-No. 16 Texas, the Nebraska baseball team entered the Top 25 poll Monday. 

The Huskers were slotted at No. 18 in the rankings, while the Longhorns fell to 24th. NU was ranked No. 23 in the's preseason poll.

Nebraska (21-7) swept the three-game series in Lincoln with 3-1, 1-0 and 6-2 victories against Texas over the weekend. The Huskers also split a two-game home series with Cal State Fullerton last week, and are 18th in the RPI rankings according to

The Huskers are set for a pair of in-state battles thi...

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Creighton’s Fowler named Big East player of the week

Creighton’s Reagan Fowler was named the Big East player of the week Monday after helping the Bluejays go 4-0 last week.

Fowler had seven RBIs on seven hits as Creighton won a single game against Air Force before sweeping a three-game series against Stetson.

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Former Husker coach Osborne will speak at fundraiser

Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne will speak May 7 at the annual St. Pius X/St. Leo sports fundraiser.

Osborne will speak about leadership and take questions from the audience.

The event will be held at the school’s gym at 6905 Blondo St. Tickets are $75 in advance, or $85 the day of the event. For information, call Mychal Lanik at (402) 277-0034 or Rod James at (402) 670-9181.

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