On Saturday, the Huskers will hold their spring game, a culmination of a month of practices readying for the 2019 season. The World-Herald has written dozens of articles breaking down Nebraska football over the last few weeks, and you can check out a collection of that work for in-depth analysis of the Huskers.
The key is not to think of it as a game. Think of it as a happening. A Nebraska football event. An opportunity to make memories, for fans and players alike.
In the last month of practices, the defense has grown more confident, and new leaders have emerged on offense. Now we'll get to see the fruits of Nebraska's labor during Saturday's spring game.
We’re well past the days of spring games deciding who might start at a given position, but there are some positions of intrigue to watch in Saturday’s Red-White spring game.
Perhaps no uncommitted 2020 recruit knows more about Nebraska football than coveted offensive tackle prospect Turner Corcoran. He's one of roughly a dozen 2020 recruits with Husker offers who will attend the scrimmage.
Xavier Watts will be one of several in-state recruits visiting Nebraska for the spring game. Here's a breakdown of the notable prospects.
The Husker spring game doubles as a massive recruiting that will attract many of the top players throughout the state of Nebraska.
12-year-old Mason Ramsey was taped as he yodeled Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” at a Walmart in southern Illinois last year. The video has been viewed 66 million times.
Husker football is honoring first responders at its spring game on Saturday.
Deontai Williams doesn’t remember the plays so much as he does the emotions from that afternoon a year ago. His mind was swimming and his heart racing. Why? The safety from Jacksonville, Florida, who arrived via Jones County Junior College in Mississippi and had never before played in front of anything close to the Nebraska spring-game record crowd of 86,818.
Nebraska has unveiled the rosters for Saturday's spring game. A number of Huskers are unavailable for the game due to injuries, precautions to prevent further injury or, in the case of running back Maurice Washington, a legal issue he continues to deal with in California.
You know the names. Which one could have a breakout spring game? Nebraska’s spring camp has almost ended, and each of these seven players have had their names spoken by position coaches as having productive camps.
If this was the passing of a torch, it was the coolest torch in college football history. Late last season, Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander got a visit from legendary Blackshirts guru Charlie McBride.
World-Herald staff writers Sam McKewon, Chris Heady and Evan Bland tackle the hottest Husker headlines in the latest episode of the Pick Six Podcast.
The worst of this week's storm will avoid Memorial Stadium.
Nebraska’s walk-ons will get tons of snaps — not to mention tackles, carries and catches — in Saturday’s Red-White spring game, so here’s a handy list of names to watch.
Fans attending the Husker football spring game Saturday can contribute to relief efforts for those affected by the recent flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.
On Monday's episode, Carriker discusses three things Husker fans should watch for going into the spring game, including potential position battles, breakout players, and much more.
LINCOLN — Nebraska’s spring game can be a springboard. That’s about the best thing it can be.
Miles Jones and Brody Belt are the two running backs to watch in the Husker spring game
The takeaway after one year, one NU official said, is proof to universities across the country that football programs and concussion research can work together.
After two years of playing undersized against offensive lines in college, Deontre Thomas finally feels like it's a fair fight.
Alex Davis is an elder statesman among all Nebraska linebackers. Entering his fifth year in the program, he knows this is the beginning of his last chance to make an impact.
Katerian Legrone was one of those big, fast athletes in high school who played just about everywhere and dared the opponent to stop him.
All proceeds from the spring game shirts will go to the Red Cross to aid the victims of Nebraska's historic flooding. Funds can also be donated at the game.
Where Noah Vedral fits into the quarterback pecking order is a question that might not be answered until fall camp. Right now, his next step is achieving consistency of play
Now Nebraska’s coaches are entering Year 2 again. Ask around and they recall various markers that pointed toward a breakout season back then. And while this month hasn’t been déjà vu for them, it isn’t all that far off, either. “With Year 2, we saw it at UCF and you’re starting to see that Year 2 here,” Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held said.
With young players good coaching can be a mixture of proper expectations, fundamental development, encouragement and the occasional tough love.
It’s rare for a transfer of any kind to join a team and swiftly bring teammates under his wing. But Darrion Daniels, according to anyone inside Nebraska’s locker room, has done it.
Adrian Martinez appeared relaxed as he stood in the pocket. He quickly processed information and responded. His eyes were looking in the right place. And that was just in the few minutes Nebraska’s sophomore quarterback spent surrounded by reporters after practice this week.
At some point, someone is grabbing the bull and taking command. Even then, offensive line coach Greg Austin said, a starter shouldn’t feel safe. He switched starting centers halfway through last season.
Greg Austin took me on his journey, winding through the roads of hard knocks and fate, self-doubt and self-discovery. Austin is a thoughtful man with a fascinating story.
Cam Taylor's smile is one thing. The way he reacts after big plays is another. But his enthusiasm, coaches and teammates say, is what’s contagious.
Ask around the offense, and "plus-twos" are as important as any conventional statistic coaches and players track. Moving a defender two yards can demonstrate a strength advantage and extra effort on an individual level.
Deontai Williams said, he’s the “OG” of the safety group. He’s right, too — he and junior Marquel Dismuke are the veterans while redshirt freshmen Cam’ron Jones and CJ Smith learn and sophomore Cam Taylor bounces among safety, nickel and corner. His play this spring, he said, is “10 times better” than last spring.
His boss got all the attention during last fall’s miserable start, but put yourself in Barrett Ruud’s shoes for a moment. Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler returned to his alma mater and hometown in 2018 to coach his old position — his first year as a full-time assistant. Doesn’t get much better than that.
JoJo Domann is one of Nebraska’s most versatile defenders. And his coaches need an array of colorful language to describe him. Leaning against a wall on the second floor of the Hawks Center, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher said Domann is the kind of “everywhere” player the Huskers need.
Even if Jovan Dewitt can’t make every meeting — even if, during practice, he has to take a knee and “get some hydration” — he’s going to be at every practice he can.
It's a spring of transition on the offensive line, which lost several leaders from last year's team. Now a trio of juniors holds that responsibility, and this spring is an important step in their development.
Attack. That’s a buzzword for the Husker tight ends this spring. Collectively, they’re the offense's most experienced group. But there’s a higher level the coaches expect these tight ends to reach.
Adrian Martinez’s head coach, Scott Frost, wants more. Much more, based on his comments last week. Don’t gloss over them. If Frost is bullish on Martinez’s potential — talking him up as potentially one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks in school history — he’s equally bullish on Martinez seizing this team by the gills. Frost challenged his precocious quarterback in a way few have been recently challenged at Nebraska.
What Travis Fisher took from the Northwestern loss — lessons for the next time Nebraska’s defensive backs were in the same spot — is the story of the Blackshirts in 2018. They took every shot imaginable — blow after blow to the heart of its run defense — and mostly had corrective film to show for it.
In 2018, the emergence of Adrian Martinez and the NU spread attack sent out a warning signal to the Big Ten. And four months after the conclusion of Nebraska’s second straight 4-8 season, with the return of Martinez, there’s a sense the offense will unquestionably get better. And so, in turn, will the entire program.