Well the season opener as come and gone and Nebraska has a 1-0 record after beating Tennessee Chattanooga 40-7 on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln. It’s always good to get a win the first week of the season no matter who the opponent is but I thought that the offense left a lot to be desired and after reading comments from Coach Beck I was left thinking if he is ready to be a big time offensive coordinator?

The offense struggled for pretty much the whole game I had though. Terrible option plays, terrible line play and terrible blocking on the outside led to three and outs and fans wondering where the heck the new offense was that had been greatly talked about all off season. Coach Beck said he would get in a position where he wanted a play to succeed so badly that he just kept calling it even though there were probably better play calls that could have been made in those decisions. Yeah, like not running the option when your line is getting blown off the ball and the spacing between quarterback and running back is not where it needs to be.

Can we please get Jamal Turner the ball more than 2-3 times a game? The talented Freshman wowed the crowd with his one reception and he could be a big time play maker if given the ball more. The same could be said for Ameer Abdullah who flashed around on punt returns. I love his Turner’s and Abdullah’s running styles and they can really spark the offense if given the chance I think.

I’m hoping for a much improved offense and hopefully a more relaxed offense when Fresno State comes to Lincoln on Saturday night. If not, the Bulldogs just might make a game out of it.

The bright spots I thought were was the defense and special teams. The blackshirt defense held Mocs to just seven points and pretty much controlled the game from the get go. I thought that Cameron Merideth really stood out on defense and made some big plays including two sacks and an interception. Lavonte David had a team high nine tackles while fellow Senior Jared Crick finished with five tackles (two being for losses).

Special teams was led by Brett Maher who converted four out of four field goals. Maher connected from 50, 48, 34 and 21 yards out. Maher looked great out there and answered the question of who would fill in for Alex Henery who is now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Overall the defense is there and will play even better once Alfonzo Dennard is back. The offense has a lot of work to do both from the players and coaches perspectives. Coach Beck needs to move away from plays that are not working and also work with Taylor Martinez to read through his progressions as well as spacing throughout the option plays. Hopefully the two can figure it out!

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It came down to the last few minutes but Bubba Starling signed with his home town Kansas City Royals last night just minutes before the midnight deadline. Bubba signed for $7.5 million dollars that will be spread out over a three year period. The Royals do have him under contract for six years however.

Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the next stop for Starling will be to Arizona where he’ll prepare for instructional ball this fall with other prospects in the Royals system.

Bo Pelini issued this short statement as well:  “Everyone associated with our football program at Nebraska wishes Bubba nothing but the best in his future with the Kansas City Royals organization,” Pelini said of Starling. “I know this decision has been very difficult for Bubba and his family, as it would be for anyone in his position. In the end, Bubba was in a win-win situation regardless of his choice, and we respect the decision he has made. “I personally will root for Bubba in every game except when he plays against the Indians!”

While it would have been great to have Bubba choose football, he had a big decision to make and it would be hard for anyone to turn down that much money. We wish Bubba the best with his baseball career.

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It’s official, Nebraska and Iowa have a name for their rivalry / trophy game. “The Heroes Game” will pick one community hero from each state and be honored on-field during the game and have their name and hometown added to the trophy. A community hero can be nominated by friends, family, co-workers or anyone that feels like someone has done a extraordinary act for the community.

I like the idea but for some reason I think they could have gave it a different name or something to make it more appealing. The idea is there, I think it’s just missing something. It will be interesting to see what the trophy looks like.

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment here or write us on twitter @nebsports

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This morning the Nebraska Equipment guys posted on Twitter a couple of pictures of two new gloves that Adidas sent the players to use for the upcoming season. I’m not quite sure what I think right now about them but what I care doesn’t matter as the players are commenting very positive about them on Twitter. A little over the top is the first thing that I think.



What are your thoughts on the gloves? Let us know by leaving a comment here or following and writing us on Twitter @nebsports . Thanks to @NUequipment for the images

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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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Nebraska will open up Big 10 conference play this upcoming season under the lights against Wisconsin the Madison.Com newspaper reports. First game in the conference and going up against a good opponent like Wisconsin, I guess you couldn’t expect anything different as the Huskers off the odds stacked against them this first year. I say bring it all on!

University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said Thursday that the Badgers will host the Cornhuskers in a night game Oct. 1 to be televised by ESPN. The kickoff time hasn’t been set, but Alvarez said it would likely be 7 p.m. That’s pretty much all we know at this time as nothing official has came out from the Big 10 or the UNL.

Husker fans should know that Camp Randall does get crazy during games and especially big night games. Tough crowd that is tough against the opposing team but also the opposing fans. I have already heard from some Wisconsin fans that have mentioned how crazy it will get especially with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Let’s just hope the Huskers come out and strike early to take the Badger crowd out of it.

One thing is for certain, I’m going to try to make the road trip out to Madison even though it’s a long 13-14 hour drive for me. I want to be there to see the Badgers go down on national tv and see the Huskers pick up their first Big 10 victory! Anyone else planning on going?

Cliff - @NebSports


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Morning Husker fans. The University officially released video and a statement about the upcoming East Stadium expansion that will be going on at Memorial Stadium. There will be an additional 6,000 seats added as well as 38 new suites. The initial plan is calling for the entire expansion to be completed before the 2013 football season. Once completed Memorial Stadium will hold around 91,000 fans and be just on the outside of top 10 largest venues in college football.

Some fans have been wondering what was going on with all the trees being removed a while back on the East side and that’s just to make room for all the construction. Trees will be added back and everything will look great once completed. The developers were able to keep the old facade and will make it look great with the new construction that will be going around it.

Take a look at the video blow and let us know what you think.

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Finally! Coach Pelini has finally spoken about the coaching staff changes that many have been talking about for a couple of weeks. Bo, while out in California finally told a reporter from the AP the changes and many people are thinking what the heck took so long. I’m pretty sure it had something to do with Shawn Watson finally landing a job at Louisville. Bo always said he wanted to take care of his assistants and this is one way of doing it.

But was it the right away of going about? Bo already has loose ends with the local media and even some fans due to his media relations. We all know he isn’t the best guy for talking to the media and heck can you blame him in some cases? However, the two weeks were way to long and when everyone knows about it, the University might as well give Bo the go ahead and release a statement. It would make all parties look and sound much better. This isn’t the 80′s and even the 90′s when things were kept hush hush before the Internet…

So finally the coaching changes… Ted Gilmore, Shawn Watson, Marvin Sanders (resigned due to personal issues) are out. Corey Raymond, Ross Els and Rich Fisher all step in along with a promotion for grad assistant and former player John Garrison. Raymond will coach the secondary, Els the linebacking corp while Fisher will coach the wide receivers. Garrison will be co-offensive line coach with Coach Cotton and also help out with the tight ends.

Other moves will be Tim Beck taking over play calling as offensive coordinator and Ron Brown moving over to coach the running backs. (Something Brown has never done.)

Sure will be an interesting time during spring practice and the spring game. You know to know one thing, these assistant coaches were hand picked by Coach Pelini and they are guys that coach though would be best for the players. Stick behind them, and lets see what happens for the upcoming season. I have a feeling it will be an interesting ride into Big10 country.

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So I haven’t updated the site in a bit as you cam probably tell. I didn’t even feel like trying to come up with a game recap after that poor performance in the Holiday Bowl against Washington. Instead I walked 5ft to our home bra and drowned the sorrrows away until 3am with friends. Sure the next morning didn’t feel any better but I think I would have felt the same with alchol or no alcohol with that performance. But enough about that. What’s been happening in Husker Nation the past few weeks or so?

First off Shawn Watson and Ted Gilmore are still here and so is Taylor Martinez. That is a story in it self as many Husker fans wish that Watson would have landed a head coaching job just because he does not have the background to run the style of offense that Bo Pelini wants to run with Martinez under center. Gilmore has been a hot topic because of the lack of receivers growing in his system. Players do not seem to be progressing and the younger guys never seem to get into the game because they cannot block. Hmm receivers catch passes thrown to them, not block all of the time coach!

Martinez quickly released a statement (through is dad) that he is not transferring to another school and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

With T-Mart coming back, I really hope he puts the time in this off season to build a better relationship with the fellow players and coaching staff. A good off season for Taylor will be crucial for the Huskers and their first season in the Big 10 Conference.

One player who will not be back next year is running back Dontrayevous Robinson who has elected to transfer to Montana State. Robinson ran well up the middle in a i-back formation but with the zone read and spread type that the Huskers look at moving to, Robinson was just not fit for the new system.

The recruiting class is coming along even though players like Tevin Mitchell have decided to go else where and not keep their original commitment to Nebraska. That’s all part of the recruiting game and it happens to every school out there. You just hope that the coaches can close out this class with a few surprises instead of having plays go else where. We will have more on recruiting when national signing day comes.

Not really new information but my thoughts on where we are right now in Husker Nation. It will be an interesting off season no doubt and I can’t wait to get Big 10 conference play started!

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Nebraska has their tight end commitment for the 2011 class. Darien Bryant from Pickerington, Ohio accepted a scholarship offer from the Huskers and became the 19th verbal commitment for the Big Red. While his stats of 18 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown aren’t mind boggling, his 4.5 speed is what should get people excited. Look for Bryant to play similar to current Husker tight end Kyler Reed.

Bryant had a pretty good list of scholarship offers including North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Hawaii among others. Pretty good get and another player coming to Nebraska from Big10 country.

Welcome aboard Darien!

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