Anterio Sloan announced Sunday afternoon that he was opening up the recruiting process once again. Sloan said that he is no longer a Husker commit and is getting a lot of attention from three particular SEC teams. Auburn, Kentucky and Mississippi State have been sending Sloan a lot of mail and really showing him a lot of attention where as it seems the Husker coaching staff has really slowed down on sending him mail.

Sloan is a pretty good corner back that I would like to see where a Husker jersey. He is the 21st rated corner back in the country on Rivals. Sloan has said that the Huskers are still in his top four so hopefully he will still make a trip to Lincoln and check out the campus and take in a game.

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Running back Quentin Castille is no longer with the Nebraska football team after Coach Pelini dismissed him for “clearly” violating team rules. It has been rumored that Castille got in trouble for the second time for whatever he did so he clearly didn’t learn from his mistake the first time.

Quentin Castille has been dismissed from the football team,” Pelini said. “He is no longer a member of the football team. We have guidelines, we have policies that we’ve set up here, we have a culture we have set up here. It’s pretty black and white my expectations and what we lay out as a staff, and if someone doesn’t follow those policies and guidelines, they’re no longer going to be with the program, and that’s the case with Quentin.

“I wish him luck. He’s a good kid, he’s just not going to be with our program anymore. I wish him luck in the future. The book is closed on that.”

Pelini then went onto say that true freshman Rex Burkhead is the clear #2 running back and will see plenty of action this upcoming season. Burkhead will team up with Roy Helu and be the 1-2 combination. The combination will be more about speed rather then speed and rolling through defenders as both runners are more of the juke and slashing type rather than a bulldozer like Castille was.

Also expect to see Austin Jones, Collins Okafor, Dontrayevous Robinson and Lester Ward to be in the mix to get some carries in the backfield. Marcus Mendoza is also back at the running back position and getting some snaps there as well as at the slot receiver position.

I wish Castille the best where ever he lands. I would guess it would be down in Texas somewhere or in Georgia where he spent the summer with family.

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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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The Nebraska Cornhuskers received a verbal commitment from Donovan Vestal on Saturday as Vestal announced his college decision on the day of his birthday. Vestal is a defensive end from Arlington, Texas and is the first commitment in the 2010 class from the state of Texas.

Vestal said that he struck up a big relationship with coach Beck and coach Papuchis which played a big role in his commitment.

Vestal chose the Huskers over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU, and UTEP.

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The first big injury has happened to the Nebraska football team as backup quarterback Kody Spano tore his left acl for the second time. Spano first tore the acl in his left knee back in the final week of Spring practice but made a speedy recovery and made it back in time for fall camp. It was a non-contact tear as Spano was just doing some running when the injury happened.

The school and Spano will apply for a medical red shirt as Spano has already used his normal red shirt. Tough break for the kid but he was out at practice on Wednesday supporting his teammates and trying to help out.

Stay strong Kody.

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Saturday was the day everyone has been waiting for as the Nebraska Cornhuskers kicked off the 2009 season with fan day inside of Memorial Stadium and then later conducted their first practice of the season. I was not able to make the seven hour drive down to Lincoln to partake in the festivities but after talking with others and reading some reports here is what everyone was talking about.

The Huskers will try to build on their Gator Bowl win over Clemson and know that they need to continue to work hard if they want to have the season they are capable of.

The defensive line is going to dominate this year and hopefully that will result in more interceptions for the secondary Larry Asante commented on.

Expect big things from Brandon Kinnie who is a sophomore junior college transfer. Kinnie has a big body similar to ex-husker Mo Purify.

Barry Turner and Kody Spano are both back and both are 100%. Turner will hold down one end spot while Pierre Allen will hold down the other end. Expect big things from Turner and Allen in 2009!

Chris Williams, Cruz Barrett, William Yancy and Quentin Toailoa were not included on the 105-man roster that Coach Pelini released. Williams was not included on the roster due to the fact that he is not 100% recovered from his knee injury. Expect Williams to be added to the roster but probably use up a redshirt this season.

As for Barrett, Yancy and Toailoa, I would not expect to see much of them in their career. When you are not included on the 105-man roster, that means you cannot report to the team until the first day of class and are pretty much at the lowest spot on the depth chart.

There were three freshman that really stood out to the coaches after the first practice. Eric Martin, Jason Ankrah and Lazari Middleton impressed the coaching staff. It will he interesting to see how the freshman progress through the next month of practices leading up to the first game and if they will see the field.

That’s all for now as I need to hit the road for a birthday party. Hope everyone has a good weekend and I hope to have another report about practice when I get home.

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Whats’s going on Husker fans? Teams around the conference are gearing up for another season and some of them are kicking off with practices this week. ESPN’s Tim Griffin released the information on his blog so I thought I would pass it along here as well.

Oklahoma State: Players report Tuesday, first practice Wednesday.

Iowa State: Players report Tuesday, first practice Thursday.

Baylor: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Kansas State: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Missouri: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Oklahoma: Players report Wednesday, first practice Thursday.

Colorado: Players report Thursday, first practice Friday.

Kansas: Players report Thursday, first practice Friday.

Nebraska: Players report Friday, first practice Saturday.

Texas Tech: Players report Friday, first practice Saturday.

Texas: Players report Saturday, first practice Sunday.

Texas A&M: Players report Sunday, first practice Aug. 10.

I’m getting very excited about the upcoming season and can’t wait for practices to get underway. Hopefully the Huskers will be injury free heading into their season opener but you never know how these early practices will go.

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