Four days of not practicing with his new teammates was enough for former Husker Ndamukong Suh as he agreed on a five year contract with the Detroit Lions. Suh’s rookie contract is worth more than $60 million, $40 million of which is guaranteed, team sources told ESPN. Earlier in the day former Husker and current Lions member Dominic Raiola told the media that Suh “Just needs to sign the damn contract already”. Rather then piss off some teammates it was a good idea to get into camp and receive that signing bonus.

The Lions are counting on the former Nebraska defensive tackle to bolster a defense that ranked among the league’s all-time worst in points allowed the past two seasons while the team went 2-30. Suh will be teaming up with another former Husker on the defensive line as Kyle Vandenbosh is also with the Lions.

Good luck to Suh and the other Huskers up there in Detroit. It will be fun to see if they can get that team turned around and headed in the right direction.


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Ndamukong Suh was drafted right where many people thought he would be on Thursday night and is now headed to Detroit as the Lions picked him with the 2nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Suh sported that big smile of his as he held up the Lions jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and then told reporters “It’s amazing.” “It feels good. To have those tingles come down your body, it’s amazing.”

Suh also becomes the highest Husker drafted in the first round since wide receiver Irving Fryar, who was selected No. 1 by New England in the 1984 NFL draft and defensive end Neil Smith and offensive tackle Dean Steinkuhler who both were selected No. 2 in the 1984 and 1988 drafts.

Suh will be playing with former huskers Dominic Raiola, Fabian Washington and Kyle Vandenbosh.

Congrats to Mr. Suh and to the Detroit Lions who picked up a great player and an even better person!


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It came has a pretty big surprise to most Husker fans on Saturday that were in attendance at the spring game when Ndamukong Suh announced that he would be donating a total of $2.6 million dollars to the University of Nebraska. Remember, Suh just graduated in December with an Engineering degree so you can tell what a great person he is at such a young age.

The donation will be split up $2 million to the strength & conditioning in the North Stadium and $600,000 will go to scholarships in the engineering departement. Suh has said he would like a bigger space for agility in the weight room and also tv’s in every players locker in the locker room.

“I had a fantastic football career at Nebraska and thanks to my coaches and support staff, I have learned the value of hard work, teamwork and life skills,” Suh said. “These skills will help me tremendously as I prepare for my career in the NFL. As a thank you to everyone in Nebraska who has assisted me on my collegiate journey, I want to donate $2 million to the Athletic Department.”

Suh will have naming rights to the weight room per terms in the agreement with the university. As far as the engineering scholarships, he requested that kids from his high school Grant High School in Portland, OR be first on the list to receive it to help with out of state tuition prices.

Ndamukong Suh is a great ambassador for the University of Nebraska and the football team. He has already helped out so much and he is already giving back in more ways than just giving money to the university. Recruiting has really picked up as defensive line recruits want to be just like him and learn under the coaching staff. Great things are to come for Mr. Suh and they all begin Thursday night when the first round of the NFL draft takes place.

Thank you Ndamukong Suh!


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Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be in New York City this weekend when the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the top college player. The other Heisman finalists are running backs Toby Gerhart of Stanford and Mark Ingram of Alabama, and quarterbacks Colt McCoy of Texas of Tim Tebow of Florida.

No defensive player has earned an invitation to New York since Charles Woodson won the Heisman in 1997.

Suh will be adding a ton of hardware in the coming weeks as he is up for nearly every player of the year award. He may not win the heisman but Suh sure is putting Nebraska Football back out there on the map and that can only help with recruiting. Any defensive line player should want to play for Coach Pelini! Just ask Glenn Dorsey and Suh.


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It sure wasn’t pretty but the outcome was exactly what Bo Pelini and Husker nation was hoping for on Thursday night. After three quarters of terrible special teams and offense, the Huskers finally got things going against Missouri and scored 27 points to come away with their first win in Columbia since 2001 and put themselves in the drivers seat in the Big12 North.

Zac Lee who just couldn’t get it going until the fourth quarter became hot and found Niles Paul for two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown to Missouri native Mike McNeill. Lee finished the game 14 for 33 and 158 yards. The one key thing was that he did not throw an interception and battled back late in the game after being down 12-0.

Roy Helu led the Huskers’ running attack with 88 yards on 18 carries. The Huskers didn’t run the ball like they would have liked to but was able to move the ball in the fourth quarter where Helu picked up most of his yards. Missouri was sending nine guys at the runningbacks daring Lee to make a play with his arm.

Big Ndamukong Suh picked off Blaine Gabbert and was on his all night long. Suh really showed why he is on of the best defensive linemen in college football last night. He ended with six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble to highlight the Huskers defensive showing.

All in all it was a great win for the Huskers and they found a way to win rather then a way to lose a game. This is a big step as the head into Big 12 play in hopes of going to the Big 12 Championship.

I’ll keep it short this morning as I’m head to Las Vegas for a little weekend vacation and gotta catch a flight. Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys some college football on Saturday like I plan on doing!


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Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini along with with players Roy Helu Jr., Ndamukong Suh and Jacob Hickman were down in Irving, Texas where the 2009 Big 12 media days are taking place this week. There wasn’t a whole lot of news that was surprising to me but here are the highlights of the chat with Coach Pelini and the players.

Coach Pelini said that the players are ready to go and woudl love to get at things right now. Nine wins is not where they want to be but they are getting to where they need to be if they take the opportunity. Pelini also said that Jaivorio Burkes is not longer with the team but didn’t speculate on the situation anymore than that.

Ndamukong Suh said that he is glad that he elected to stay at Nebraska not enter the NFL draft. He did pay attention to the draft to see where other Husker players went, but he never did think of where he would have been drafted had he chosen to go to the NFL.

Roy Helu Jr. said that he is very impressed with the young players that the coaching staff is bringing in. Helu said that the offense is also taking a lot more shots down the field and it is fun to see.

The one big thing that offensive linemen Jacob Hickman commented on was that he thought that Ricky Henry will be the number one right guard on the team. We all know that Ricky has a great motor and hopefully he plays under control and really helps out on the line.

So it sounds like the players are anxious to get the season going and get at things. I’m excited for the season and think it will be a very good season for the Huskers. I’m ready for practices to get started and you can expect the blog to be rocking and rolling as the season comes closer!

GO BIG RED!


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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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