The 2011 NFL Draft was held Thursday-Saturday in New York City and when it was all said and done seven Nebraska Cornhuskers were picked by NFL teams. The Washington Redskins picked three Huskers which had a lot of people thinking what’s going on in the nations capital?

Prince Amukamara was first to go as he was the #19th pick in the 1st round the New York Giants
Roy Helu was the 8th pick in the 4th round to the Washington Redskins
Alex Henery was the only place kicker taken in the draft and he went to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 23rd pick in the 4th round
Dejon Gomes was picked next by the Washington Redskins #15 in the 5th round
Niles Paul was the the other player picked by the Redskins as he was selected with the 24th pick in the 5th round
Keith Williams was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round with the 31st pick
Eric Hagg was the final Husker picked in the draft as he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round

Overall getting seven players selected was nice. Former players like D.J. Jones, Mike McNeill, and Ricky Henry will get looks at by teams that can sign free agents once the lockout is lifted. Right now players can’ t do a whole lot but sit back and see how things go as far as the lockout is concerned.

Congrats to everyone that got drafted and to those that did not, good luck in the free agent pool!


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The rosters for Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game have been announced, and like Coach Bo Pelini’s first two seasons, the teams appear to be fairly evenly divided.

The White team will be quarterbacked by sophomore Cody Green and senior Latravis Washington. The offense will have plenty of firepower with I-backs Roy Helu Jr. and Dontrayevous Robinson, along with receiving targets Niles Paul, Mike McNeill and Dreu Young. Up front, center Mike Caputo and tackle D.J. Jones are the leaders of the White offensive line.

Defensively, the White squad boasts a number of players with significant starting experience, led by junior defensive tackle Jared Crick and senior end Pierre Allen. Sean Fisher heads the linebacking corps, while the secondary features Alfonzo Dennard, DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse.

Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson leads the White coaching staff, along with Barney Cotton, John Papuchis, Marvin Sanders and offfensive graduate assistant Curt Baldus.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez and sophomore Kody Spano will quarterback the Red unit, while redshirt freshman Ron Kellogg III is expected to see action on both teams. Keith Williams and Marcel Jones lead the Red offensive line, with I-back Rex Burkhead and receivers Brandon Kinnie and Curenski Gilleylen among the top offensive weapons.

Defensively, sophomores Baker Steinkuhler and Cameron Meredith lead the Red front four, with Will Compton the most experienced linebacker on the Red squad. Veterans Eric Hagg, Prince Amukamara and Anthony West will patrol the Red secondary, while all-conference place-kicker/punter Alex Henery heads up the Red special teams.

Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini heads up the Red coaching staff, along with Tim Beck, Ron Brown, Mike Ekeler, Ted Gilmore and defensive graduate assistant Ross Watson.

Kickoff for Saturday’s spring game is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. ? Tickets are still available at huskers.com

(Info courtesy of Huskers.Com)


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Good morning Husker fans! Wow what a game last night down in San Diego for the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they dominated the Pac 10 Arizona Wildcats 33-0. The Blackshirts set the tone early and after that Arizona had no idea what to do on either side of the ball. The Huskers offense broke out the wildcat formation and Zac Lee and Niles Paul hooked up on their longest play of the year as the Huskers picked up theit 10th win of the season in the blowout victory.

I’ll start off talking about the offense. Wow, where the heck did this offense come from? Besides having to settle for a couple of short field goals and a couple boneheaded penalties on the offensive line the offenese played one of the best games on the year.

Rex Burkhead running the Wildcat? Lee hitting Paul for a 74-yard touchdown? Paul picking up big yards on a wide receiver reverse? It sure left many Husker fans wondering if Shawn Watson was actually calling plays!  Lee finished the game 13 of 23 for 173 yards and one touchdown. Paul was the main receiver with four catches that he hauled in for 123 yards. On the ground it was all about true freshman Burkhead. Rex was a man Wednesday night as he carried the ball 17 times for 89 yards. We can’t forget about Lee who carried the ball 18 times for 65 yards as well.

On the defensive side of the ball it was all about the “Blackshirt Swagger”. The blackshirts set the tone from the beginning of the game as they put pressure on the Wildcats the first two plays of the game and then caused a interception on third and long. Matt O’hanlon picked off the Wildcat pass and soon after that it was Lee running it in for the touchdown.

All night long the Blackshirts were all over the wildcats. They completely dominated the game. Arizona set Holiday Bowl records with six first downs, 109 yards of offense, 51 offensive plays and nine punts. The Wildcats didn’t get into Nebraska territory until the first drive of the third quarter. That is what I call DOMINATION!

Alex Henery was his usual self as he kicked four field goals and also pinned the Wildcats deep on a couple of punts. Way to represent your own Blackshirt Alex!

Things are looking up and up for the Nebraska football program. Look ahead to the schedule next year and what the team has coming back and you can see why the ESPN announcers last night were talking about the Huskers being a preseason top 10 team.

It’s a great time to be a Husker fan!


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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and fans celebrated the 300th consecutive sellout on Saturday night and there was a lot of cheering going on as the Huskers rolled past Louisiana-Lafayette 55-0. It was complete domination pretty much from the get go and the Huskers played their most complete game of the season and the first shutout at home since Sept. 23, 2006.

Zac Lee was on target all game long as he finished 15 of 18 for 238 yards and one touchdown pass. It was great to see Lee in there and throwing the ball much better than he did in the second half against Virginia Tech a week before. Lee connected with senior Chris Brooks for a four yard touchdown to account for his td pass.

Brooks had a career high four receptions in the game as he is starting to get more and more playing time with the number one team.

On the ground it was Roy Helu Jr. leading the way with 83 yard and two touchdowns on 15 carries. With the Huskers having good field position most of the game, Helu wasn’t able to rack up over a hundred yards but he still finished with nice yardage per carry and found the end zone twice.

The defense really stood out against the Ragin Cajuns as the dominated and controlled the entire game. The defense allowed just 78 yards on 22 carries and also picked off a pass that was returned for a 76 yard touchdown. Larry Asante returned the pick six for the touchdown but also hurt his ankle on the play. As of right now it is uncertain how serious the injury is.

Adi Kunalic continued to put the ball deep in the end zone for touchbacks on his kickoffs and stud kicker Alex Henery continued to boot the ball through the uprights as he connected on both of his field goal attempts. Henery also had two punts inside the 20 yard line with one putting the Ragin Caguns at the one yard line to start their possession.

Ricky Thenarse could be out the rest of the season with an apparent ACL injury. We will know more about the injury later this week. It is unknown at this time if Thenarse would be granted a medical red shirt as it was the fourth game of the season.

It was a hell of a game for the Huskers and now it will be time to start conference play after a bye week. The Huskers will next be in action on October 8th, when the Huskers travel to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and be played on Thursday night. Let the smack talk begin Mizzou fans!


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It was supposed to be the game that really put Nebraska back on the map in the college football world but instead, it was another game where the team and fans are left wondering “What Happened?”

Despite dominating the stats sheets and the Hokies on their home field, it was the Huskers who still lost the game 16-15. All the Big Red could muster up was five Alex Henery field goals despite being inside the Hokie ten yard line three times. Five times in the redzone and they didn’t score one touchdown.

Everyone will look back to the 80-yard pass that Tyrod Taylor hit late in the fourth quarter that setup the Virginia Tech game winning touchdown, but that play shouldn’t even have mattered if the Huskers would have punched the ball in the end zone. With the score 12-10 the Huskers had first-and-goal at the six yard line but two holding calls, two false starts and an incomplete pass later the Huskers and the punt team on the field.

The defense played awesome up until the one blown coverage that cost them the game. They held the Hokie offense to just 53 total yards on 25 plays before the long 80 yard pass to Danny Coale.

Roy Helu led the Nebraska offense with 169 yards on the ground.

The Huskers are setting near the bottom of the Top 25 polls now and will look to get back on track Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. It will be a big weekend in Lincoln as a lot of recruits will be on hand for the 300th sellout game. I’ll be making the seven hour drive down and can’t wait to hit the road Friday morning.


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Good afternoon Big Red Nation. Some of you were probably wondering why hasn’t Coach Pelini released his weekly depth chart like he usually does on Tuesday’s? Well here it is on Thursday afternoon. There are a few surprises which I’ll talk about below.

Don’t expect to see Chris Brooks getting much playing time as he is at the bottom of the list at the X receiver. Brandon Kinnie is also down the list at X due to not knowing the playbook as good as the other players.

Mike McNeil and Dreu Young are co-listed at the #1 tight end position but both will see plenty have action as Coach Watson likes to use multiple tight end sets. Look for Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed to also get some playing time at the position.

Antonio Bell is listed as the #2 at the Z wide receiver position. Niles Paul is number one.

True Freshman Cody Green is the clear cut man at backup behind Zac Lee.

Your starting linebackers will be Will Compton, Sean Fisher and either Matt May or Blake Lawrence. Phillip Dilliard will play in a backup role atleast for week one.

Alex Henery will be your field goal kicker and punter while Adi Kunalic will handle the kickoffs.

Check out the complete depth chart over at Huskers.Com


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Six former walk ons with the Nebraska football team have put in their dues and were recently awarded scholarships by the university. Offensive lineman Derek Meyer, senior wide receiver Wes Cammack, senior linebacker Colton Koehler, junior kicker Alex Henery, junior tight end Dreu Young and sophomore offensive lineman Mike Caputo were all put on scholarship Coach Pelini announced on Saturday.

All six of the players are from the state of Nebraska and all have showed how key the walk on program is at the university. Congrats to all six players and hope they continue to have a great career with the Huskers.


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Good morning Big Red Nation. I’m finally home after spending the last five days in Las Vegas on a little vacation with the wife. The upcoming season will be here before we know it and I’m very excited for practices to begin and for the blog to be a lot more active. Hope you plan on coming back each and every day!

During the week, the Big 12 conference released their media preseason football team and two Huskers found their names on the first team lists. Ndamukong Suh and Alex Henery were both chosen by the media. Suh was also chosen as the Big 12 defensive player of the year.

We will have more about the upcoming season this next week as media days will be taking place down in Irving, Texas, July 27-29. Live video coverage can be seen on Big12Sports.com


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