A roundup of players with Midlands ties and how they fared in Division I football contests.
Jared Bubak (Lincoln Christian), TE, Jr.: Did not play in 30-7 win over Kent State.
Friday: Sacramento State, 9 p.m. (Pac-12)
Alex Harris (Kearney), WR, R-Jr.: Placekick holder in 62-0 win over Florida A&M.
Saturday: at Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
Nouredin Nouili (Norris), OL, Fr.: Started at left guard in 52-31 loss to Colorado.
Saturday: Western Illinois, 3 p.m.
Ryan Langan (Riverside), LS, Jr.: Long snapper in 55-3 loss at LSU.
Saturday: vs. Maine, 5 p.m.
Caleb Shudak (Council Bluffs Lewis Central), K, Jr.: Played, no stats, in 38-14 win over Miami (Ohio).
DNP: Matt Fagan (CB St. Albert), OL, R-Fr.
Saturday: Rutgers, 11:05 a.m. (FS1)
Trevor Downing (Creston, Iowa), OL, R-Fr.: Played, no stats in 29-26, three-overtime win over Northern Iowa.
Next game: Sept. 14 vs. Iowa
Adam Holtorf (Seward), OL, Sr.: Started at center in 49-14 win over Nicholls.
Nick Lenners (Lincoln Southwest), TE, So.: One catch for 12 yards.
Saturday: Bowling Green, 11 a.m. (FSN)
Masry Mapieu (York), DL, So.: Played, no stats, in 38-28 loss to Mississippi State.
Saturday: vs. Liberty, 6:30 p.m.
Mitchell Brinkman (Council Bluffs Lewis Central), TE, R-Jr.: Four catches for 51 yards in 24-10 win over Illinois State.
Saturday: at Utah, noon (Pac-12)
Brett Kitrell (Ashland-Greenwood), OL, Jr.: Started at left guard in 41-20 win over Rhode Island.
Brian Arp (Kearney), DL, R-Sr.: One tackle, one assist.
Bryce Stai (Norris), DL, R-Fr.: Played, no stats.
DNP: Cole Irland (Ashland-Greenwood), OL, R-So.
Saturday: at Pittsburgh, 10 a.m.
Dylan Plautz (Omaha Westside), QB, So.: Did not play in 17-7 win over Northwestern.
Saturday: at USC, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Max Duggan (Council Bluffs Lewis Central), QB, Fr.: Went 16 of 23 for 165 yards and a touchdown and lost 4 yards on two carries as the No. 2 quarterback in a 39-7 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Next game: Sept. 14 at Purdue
Cedric Case (Lincoln High), QB, Fr.: Did not play in 41-7 loss at Texas A&M.
Saturday: vs. Wyoming, 6 p.m.
Bryson Williams (Lincoln Southeast), NT, So.: One solo tackle in 49-0 win at South Florida.
Saturday: Central Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (BTN)
Rudy Stofer (Kearney), OT, So.: Started at left tackle in 37-31 win over Missouri.
Davon Wells-Ross (Omaha North), DE, So.: Three solo tackles.
DNP: Patrick Arnold (Gretna), OL, So.; Gavin Rush (Aurora), OG, R-Jr.; Jason Davis (Hershey), OL, So.; Marco Machado (Nebraska Lutheran), OL, R-Fr.
Saturday: at Texas State, 6 p.m.
Alex Cloyd (Millard South), TE, Sr.: Two catches for 4 yards in 47-7 win over Drake.
Marcus Vaughn-Jones (Omaha Creighton Prep), DB, R-Fr.: Did not play.
Saturday: at North Dakota State, 2:30 p.m.
Kevin Williams (Omaha North), OL, So.: Started at left guard in 35-18 loss at San Jose State.
Saturday: at Washington State, 4 p.m.
Jackson Scott-Brown (Council Bluffs St. Albert), OG, Sr.: Started at left guard in 29-26, three-overtime loss at Iowa State.
Saturday: vs. Southern Utah, 4 p.m.
Austin Simmons (Council Bluffs Lewis Central), QB, Sr.: Was 23 of 33 for 246 yards and two TDs (one INT) and ran for 25 yards on nine rushes in 31-17 loss to Montana.
DeValon Whitcomb (Omaha North), DT, Sr.: Two solo tackles, one sack for 5 yards.
Jake Matthew (Millard North), LB, Jr.: One solo tackle, two assists.
Trystn Ducker (Bellevue West), WR, Sr.: Played, no stats.
Stephen Hillis (Hartington Cedar Catholic), LB, Fr.: Played, no stats.
Saturday: at Oklahoma, 6 p.m.
Cade Johnson (Bellevue West), WR, Jr.: Six receptions for 90 yards, one rush for 25 yards and two kickoff returns for 23 yards in 28-21 loss at Minnesota.
Josh Manchigiah (Papillion-La Vista South), DB, Jr.: Six solo tackles, one assist, one interception.
Ryan Earith (Papillion-La Vista South), DL, Sr.: Two solo tackles, one assist, one sack for 10 yards, one pass breakup.
Ben Dinkel (Kearney), P, So.: Four punts, 40.2-yard average.
Matt Clark (Syracuse), OL, Sr.: Started at center.
Cole Frahm (Omaha Burke), K, So.: Three kickoffs for 65-yard average.
Caleb Sanders (Glenwood, Iowa), DT, So.: Played, no stats.
Ti’Jaih Davis (Boys Town), CB, R-Fr.: Played, no stats.
Chase Norblade (Papillion-La Vista South), DB, Fr.: Played, no stats.
Saturday: Long Island, 6 p.m.
Triston Fairchild (Papillion-La Vista South), RB, Sr.: Played, no stats, in 48-7 loss at Air Force.
Saturday: at William and Mary, 5 p.m.
Jacob Hardy (Adel-DeSoto-Minburn), DL, Sr.: Two solo tackles, one assist in 47-7 loss at North Dakota.
Taylor Murph (Ralston), WR, Sr.: One reception for 3 yards, one rush for 2 yards.
Saturday: vs. Truman State, 6 p.m.
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After his days as a three-sport standout at McCook, Jeff Kinney came to Nebraska in 1968 to play quarterback. But two other QBs also joined the Huskers that season. So Kinney moved to flanker and eventually I-back, and that's where he flourished over the next three seasons.
Decorated college and high school football and wrestling star. High school teacher, coach and administrator. But Charles Bryant was foremost a pioneer. Bryant, an all-state athlete at Omaha South before graduating in 1950, became the first black football player of the modern era at Nebraska in 1952.
George Flippin was once described by Lincoln Star sports editor Cy Sherman as a "charged bull, into which was bred the tenacity of the bulldog, the ferocity of the tiger and the gameness of the man who knows no fear." He was Nebraska's first black athlete, in 1891, before black athletes were banned by the university from 1917 until the late 1940s.
Former Broken Bow cowboy Paul Tierney has won arguably the two most prestigious titles in rodeo. He finished his 10-year professional career by topping $1 million in career earnings, and his 2008 induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame makes him the most accomplished cowboy from Nebraska.
Shelby, Nebraska, is one of the flattest towns in one of the flattest states in America. The elevation difference between the highest and lowest points is 7 feet. It is literally a town without a hill, one of the last places you’d expect to produce an Olympic gold medalist in bobsled. But that didn't stop Tomasevicz.
Rhodes did it all. The Ansley native held three state high school track records at the same time (vault, long jump, high jump); was player-coach of Ansley’s first football team in 1920, which went undefeated that season; helped Ansley win a pair of state basketball titles; and played baseball. After graduating from high school in 1922, Rhodes went on to earn eight varsity letters at Nebraska — three in football and track, and two in baseball.
After a stellar three-sport high school career at Cambridge, Houghtelling surprised many by signing to play volleyball instead of basketball at NU.
Even though basketball had been her first love, she’s never regretted the decision.
Ruud is Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler with 432 stops. As a senior captain in 2004, he was a third-third All-American, a first-team All-Big 12 performer and NU’s defensive MVP. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft. Ruud played eight NFL seasons, leading Tampa Bay in tackles for four of those.
Trotter starred at Omaha Creighton Prep, where he was a two-time all-state selection, and was Nebraska's first — and only — player named to the McDonald's High School All-American team.
Grand Island coach Doug Whitman once noted that swimmer Scott Usher was "one to watch." As it turned out, the entire country had the chance to watch Usher. Usher finished seventh in the 200 breaststroke in the 2004 Olympics and in 2008 fell just short of returning for a second Olympics.
Ron Kellogg is considered one of the best pure shooters in Nebraska prep history. The Omaha Northwest grad wasn't bad in college, either, according to then-Kansas coach Larry Brown.
Skinny 14-year-old Geddes left his father, eight brothers and eight sisters in Jacksonville, Florida, and arrived at Boys Town in 1962. Geddes had played football just once before arriving but took such a beating in a sandlot game against older players that he didn’t plan to play again. But Boys Town coach Skip Palrang spotted him and talked him into giving it a try. He eventually thrived and helped the Cowboys win a state title.
The 1978 Holdrege graduate turned down multiple scholarship offers from other schools, including a football and track package from Iowa State, to walk on with the Nebraska football team. The 150-pound walk-on became an integral part of the Husker offense. The three-year starter ranked in the top 10 in receptions and yards by the time he left in 1982.
While a career in the NBA never materialized for the Omaha Benson and Iowa graduate, Woolridge played overseas for 13 years. Leagues in Turkey, France, Germany, Venezuela, Israel and Cyprus. And the money was good. "To do what I loved professionally for 13 years, I can't complain about it," he said in 2013.
Louise Pound, in so many fields, was the trailblazer for women's athletics in the state. And this while becoming a preeminent educator in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln English department over a half-century. In 1890, Pound won the Lincoln city tennis championship. She captured the university's men's singles and doubles titles in 1891 and 1892 — the only female in school history to receive a men's varsity letter.
The best softball teams used to hail only from the West Coast. Keaton changed that. The former Papillion-La Vista and Nebraska star put Nebraska softball on the map with her dominating presence and performances in the pitcher's circle.
Once the last player to survive the cut on Nebraska's recruiting board, Noonan ultimately became a household Husker name. He earned first-team All-America honors and was named the Big Eight athlete of the year as a senior. His 12 sacks that season are tied for third in school history, and his 24 career sacks are tied for fourth.
John Parrella was Nebraska raised, the pride of Grand Island. NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride once ranked him among the top three defensive tackles he had ever coached.
One press clipping described Hopp, a first baseman and outfielder, as "a dynamo who, perhaps more than anyone else, typifies the dashing, hell-for-leather play” of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hopp's 14-year career spanned five teams and as many World Series appearances, including back-to-back World Series victories with the Yankees. In all, he won four World Series and was an All-Star in 1946, when he hit .333 and drove in 48 runs for the Boston Braves.
Born in Holdrege in 1939 and raised near Axtell, Anderson began his quest at an early age and eventually built a makeshift shooting range as a high school senior at Axtell. After attending Nebraska for one year, Anderson joined the U.S. Army so he could pursue his Olympic dream.
Hare picked Nebraska from a slew of offers after starting for four years for Omaha Tech, where he averaged 26.4 points a game as a senior in 1963. Tech won the Class A title that year after going 22-2 and cruising through the state tournament by an average of 21 points a game. That team was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame and recently was chosen as having one of the best starting fives in Nebraska high school sports history.
Osborne remains just one of two men to win The World-Herald’s high school (1955) and state college (1959) athlete of the year awards. In high school, Osborne was all-state in football and basketball in 1954-55 and helped Hastings win a state title on the hardwood. In track, he won the discus at the state meet and placed second in the 440-yard dash. The future coach and congressman also stood out on the baseball diamond and had a pro football career.
Hoppen turned down a Kentucky scholarship offer. He also said no to Notre Dame, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. And yes to Nebraska. Between 1982 and 1986, the 6-foot-11 center became NU’s all-time leading scorer, and he did it with clinical efficiency.
The only native Nebraskan to win a national wrestling championship at NU, Vering took his success to the international level, representing the U.S. in a pair of Olympics, claiming a world silver medal and winning gold at a Pan Am Games.
As a junior, Henry won golds for Bellevue West in the 200, 400 and long jump. Henry went on to set a national age-group record in the long jump and was part of the USA Junior World Team in 1995. At Nebraska, Henry won the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 1996. All told, Henry was a three-time Big 12 champion and a 10-time All-American.
Kindig-Malone won gold medals at state in the long jump, hurdles and relays, but it wasn’t until she started getting scholarship offers from UCLA, Iowa and NU that she realized she might be good. Later, she won Big Eight heptathlon and pentathlon titles at Nebraska, becoming an All-American and helping the Huskers win their first indoor national championship in 1982. Kindig-Malone also won a Class C state basketball title with Hastings St. Cecilia in 1977.
Sauer and Bernie Masterson — No. 43 on the Nebraska 100 — paired together in the backfield to usher in one of the first great runs for Husker football. The two led Nebraska to Big Six championships in 1931, ’32 and ’33, when the Huskers went undefeated in league play. Sauer was an All-American in 1933 for the second-ranked Huskers. He also lettered in track, baseball and wrestling.
Cantwell, from Crete, won four straight Class B shot put and discus titles, including three consecutive all-class gold medals in the shot. She was a two-time NCAA shot put champion at SMU and was the 2002 U.S. indoor and outdoor champion as well as a 1999 world indoor bronze medalist. Cantwell also competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Orduna lettered at running back for the Huskers in 1967, ’68 and ’70, running for 1,968 yards and 26 touchdowns. The Omaha Central graduate also played three NFL seasons.
A two-way football player even during his professional career with Green Bay, Charles Brock helped revolutionize the linebacker position in the pros while helping the Packers win two NFL championships. The Columbus native was recalled as a fierce competitor by the late Lee Remmel, a team historian who covered the Packers for nearly 30 years.
Lindsey, a Millard North graduate, was a standout defender for Notre Dame, the U.S. national team and San Jose of the WUSA, in which she played three seasons.
The image of Cory Schlesinger barreling into the end zone for the winning touchdown in the 1995 Orange Bowl burns brightly in the memories of Nebraska football fans. Schlesinger did some barreling in his day, but prided himself on being a bruiser. That trait served him well, especially in his 12 years with the Detroit Lions.
Schmidt represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics in the 800. Four years later, she returned to run the 800 and 1,500. The Olympic appearances are accompanied by plenty of other honors: a 2006 U.S. indoor 800 championship; a pair of U.S. outdoor silvers in the 800 (2006, 2008); and while with the North Carolina Tar Heels, two outdoor 800 titles and a distance-medley relay championship.
Mann was a jack of all trades, but a master of all of them, too. “Les did everything well. He was tops at football, basketball, track and baseball. He would have been equally great in other sports,” said Mann’s close friend, Scott Dye, in a newspaper account following Mann’s 1962 death in a car accident.
Dan Brand’s path to an Olympic wrestling medal was anything but typical. He competed in football, basketball and track at Bellevue High, but never was all-conference. He made the Nebraska freshman team in basketball, but after being cut, he signed up for the intramural wrestling tournament. He won and went on to compete in the Olympics.
Vinciquerra played football at Tech High and Creighton University, but is better remembered for making the 1936 U.S. Olympic boxing team. A natural heavyweight, he won a national Golden Gloves championship that year as a 175-pounder. He had a pro record of 42 wins (26 by knockout), four losses and five draws from 1937 through 1941, fighting over 20 times in 1937.
The résumé almost seems too much to comprehend. Four-sport star at Lincoln High. Nebraska football great. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball signee. Four-time football All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers.
At Beatrice, Hohn was a four-time state hurdles champion, a state basketball champion and an all-state football player. As a senior in 1960, he was the Nebraska high school athlete of the year.
Lincoln High football went 23-1-1 during Debus' three seasons on the varsity squad. Debus also played basketball and was all-state in American Legion baseball. But his best sport was track and field, where at state he single-handedly nearly doubled the point total of the second-place team.
Skinner won two high school state golf titles, two junior state championships and the 1980 state match-play crown. She went to Oklahoma State, where she was a two-time Big Eight champion and was named Golf Magazine’s 1982 college player of the year. On the LPGA Tour, Skinner won events in 1985, ’86, ’87, ’93, ’94 and ’95 before leaving in 2003.
Woohead rushed for the second-most yards (7,962) in the history of college football in all divisions and won the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II’s version of the Heisman) twice. He finished his NFL career with 2,238 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing, along with 2,698 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle was a model of consistency. The three-time all-conference pick flattened plenty of defensive players, with an incredible one sack allowed in 46 career games with the Huskers. As a senior, he captained Tom Osborne's first national title team.
A 2009 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, the former Iowa and Omaha Central great was a two-time All-America linebacker, three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and an NFL draft pick. At Omaha Central, he was twice named to the All-Nebraska team.
At Nebraska, Cahoy — an Omaha South grad — earned four NCAA national championships — two on the horizontal bar and two on the parallel bars. He made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team.
As a senior in 1985, Rathman produced the best season ever by a Husker fullback. He ran for 881 yards, a position record by 164 yards. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in a nine-year NFL career. In 1989, he led NFC running backs with 73 catches, and he capped the season with two touchdowns in a Super Bowl victory over Denver.
A left-hander with a nearly unstoppable fadeaway hook, Witte, a Lincoln High grad, became a three-time All-American (1932-34) at Wyoming. He was the first collegian to score more than 1,000 points in a career (1,069), earning him the nickname "One Grand Witte."
Losing was something Olson never dealt with at Omaha Northwest, going 27-0 with a 0.76 ERA, 276 strikeouts, seven no-hitters — including four in the state playoffs and one in the state championship game — and four state titles before playing at Auburn and being drafted fourth overall in the 1988 MLB draft.
Stecher won the world wrestling championship on July 5, 1915, in Omaha, beating Charlie Cutler in two falls at Rourke Park in front of 15,000 fans. Stecher wore a championship belt studded with 308 diamonds. He became a celebrity across Nebraska. In 1920, he reportedly earned a winner’s purse of $40,000 — four times what Babe Ruth earned the year before.