So the Tuesday press conference came and gone and Coach Pelini still has not named a starting quarterback or released a depth chart. In other words, don’t plan on seeing anything official until right before kickoff or even the first series of the game against Western Kentucky on Saturday night.

Pelini says “I want the competition to continue and I also don’t want it to become a circus.”

Hmm would that cirus be the media and fans being all over redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez who is being rumored to be the front runner in the qb competition?

If T-Mart does in fact get the start expect some growing pains but also some flashes of brilliance. Martinez is the most mobile qb that the Huskers have so I would expect to see a lot of qb draws, some options and formations where he is not setup at quarterback (some sort of wildcat).

If I had to wager on who gets the start it would be on Martinez. He would have three games under his belt before the Huskers traveled out to Seattle to face off against Washington. At that point, Pelini would know if he can handle the starting job or if he needs to look at sophomore Cody Green or senior Zac Lee. Whichever way Bo decides to go, I like the Huskers chances to have a great season.

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So the Big12 media days are wrapping up down in Dallas / Ft. Worth and I apologize for just getting this written today. I haven’t had much time to watch or listen to the meetings as I try to finish some projects up at work and also get the house ready for our first baby that is due in the next 10 days. I sure hope things calm down before the season opener against Western Kentucky!

Nebraska was the first team to meet with the media on Monday and right from the get go Coach Pelini said that he would not answer any questions about moving the Big10. Of course that didn’t stop some reporters from hinting or trying to get a little bit of information about the move. Pelini just said it’s “It’s Business As Usual”. Typical response from Bo lol.

Pelini did mention that Zac Lee is back to 100% and that was also confirmed by wide receiver Niles Paul who has been playing catch with Lee. Niles said that Lee is throwing the ball harder than every before. That sure is good news, now hopefully Zac can get the ball up over the defender and not under throw his to get picked off.

I found it pretty funny that some players on opposing teams say that Nebraska should not have went but that they also “hate” Nebraska. For “hating” a team you sure want them to still be in your conference and play you each year? Whatever Missouri!

All in all I can’t wait for the season to get underway. Nebraska is going to have teams coming at them all season long and Big12 play is going to be exciting to watch. Teams like Iowa State, Missouri, K-State etc all want to beat the Huskers and show them that the Big12 is the place to be.  We will all have to sit back and see how it pays out but I think Bo and the rest of the coaches will have the team mentally and physically prepared to take on each and every team that they face this year. Yes, even you Texas.

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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

(Info courtesy of Huskers.Com)

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Hey Husker Fans! It’s been quite a while since we have blogged about the team but now that Spring practices have begun this week we will have few more articles on the blog leading up to the Spring game on April 17th. There really hasn’t been too much news out of Spring practices so far and Coach Pelini is not releasing any information regarding the depth chart. Pelini has basically said that every position is opened and all players will be competing for a starting job.

Here are some notes that we have heard out of practice so far:

  • Mike McNeil moved to slot receiver
  • QB Battle between Cody Green, Kody Spano, Taylor Martinez and LaTravis Washingon is going on. Expect Green to to be the guy in Spring ball followed by Spano. The coaches do want to get Martinez on the field especially in the wildcat formations.
  • Ricky Henry and Zac Lee will both set out Spring practices as they recover from off season surgeries.
  • Mike Smith moving from tackle to center. (Says coaches thought he was to light to be playing tackle and could be better used at center)
  • Rex Burkhead is now up to 210 lbs and Dontrayevous Robinson is at 235 lbs. Expect both players to see quite a bit of action at the running back position along with Roy Helu.
  • Marcus Mendoza asked to be moved to corner back so the coaches have moved him over to the defensive side of the ball.

That’s pretty much it so far as the team is just a few practices into the 15 practices that are allowed. Let’s all hope for a injury free spring and we see some new players really setup on both sides of the ball.

Tickets are still available for the game but they are going fast. As of Monday, the athletic office has sold 60,000 tickets to the game. So act fast and head on over to and order yours today.

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Whats up Husker fans? It’s about time I update the blog you are probably thinking lol. Well I am this evening and I’m going to talk about a little bit about Mack Brown and Texas turning down an opportunity to come to Lincoln and play Thursday night rather then on Saturday.

Athletic Director Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini both agreed on the Thursday night game when ESPN came calling but it was Coach Brown and the Longhorns who chose not to have it happened. Per rules, both teams but agree on the Thursday night game and so it will not be happening.

You know that Brown and company don’t want to play a night game in Lincoln. They don’t want to hear that jacked up crowd inside of Memorial Stadium after an entire day of tailgating and getting jacked up. But who can really blame them? Bo Pelini sure wouldn’t want to go down to Texas and play a night game that is for sure. No team wants to go on the road and play a night game no matter what.

Mack Brown however might not be able to get around the tough night game. If both teams are undefeated come October 16th, you can expect a prime time game on national tv and probably ESPN College Gameday being in Lincoln.

Get ready Coach Brown, no matter when the game is played on Oct. 16th, you are going to see one fired up team and fan base. Afternoon or night, it’s not going to matter because the Huskers are going to finish you off this time. Mark it down!

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Hey Husker fans! I’m finally recovered from the long weekend in Lincoln what a great weekend it was! The Huskers came out on top against the Sooners 10-3 and even though the offense still stunk it up, the defense picked them up and everyone was jacked inside of Memorial Stadium.

Even before the game, the crowd was crazy and what can I say about the tunnel walk besides “THE BEST EVER”. This game was the loudest game I’ve ever attended and it was a huge win for Coach Pelini and the program. Did anyone else see Bo after the came when he was walking off the field? Now that was one excited man!

So the 10-3 win was nice but there is still a lot of things that the team needs to work on. The offense still can’t move the ball (only seven first downs?!) and had some costly penalties against a tough Sooner defense. No matter if it is Cody Green or Zac Lee behind center, the team is not moving the ball and putting points on the scoreboard like they should be. It is really too bad the offense can’t keep up with the great defense that the blackshirts are playing.

The defense picked off five passes while Ndamukong Suh and Jared Crick once again had a great game from their DT positions. The Sooners did put up 325 yards of offense, but they had just 80 rushing yards and Landry Jones completed only 26 of his season-high 58 pass attempts.

Overall it was a great victory and keeps the Huskers in pace with Kansas State for the Big 12 North title. But that brings up another question, does any North team want to face Texas down in Dallas for the Big 12 Championship?

Sunday brought some great news for the coaching staff and fans as three high school players verbally committed to the program. Defensive tackle Jay Guy, cornerback Joshua Mitchell and defensive end Tobi Okuyemi all want to be part of the tradition at Nebraska. Three more defensive players for the 2010 recruiting class that is filling up pretty quickly.

The team will now practice this week as they prepare for a big showdown on Saturday down in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks will be ready for the Huskers and the players are going to have to come out and play a good game to get out of there with a win. Let’s see how things play out!

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Hey Husker fans, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a great Halloween! Things go started pretty good on Saturday for all us fans as the Huskers traveled down to Waco, Texas to play the Baylor Bears. The Huskers came away with a 20-10 win even though it was pretty ugly once again on the offensive side of the ball.

True freshman Cody Green got his first career start as Coach Pelini and Coach Watson wanted to spark the offense. It worked a little bit but then there were some of the same old mistakes that have been happening. Green finished the day 12 of 21 for 128 yards and one touchdown. He did have a costly interception and also fumbled once.

One thing that I did like with Green at quarterback was that he can hurt the opposing defense with is feet. On more than one occasion he took off and scrambled or ran a qb draw to pick up 5-8 yards.

Had the running game actually worked on Saturday I think Green would have had a lot better day and put more points up on the scoreboard. It really seems that Roy Helu Jr. needs to rest his shoulder because having him for a couple of plays a game does nothing. If he can’t run with authority and the way we have been accustomed to seeing him run, he should not be out there on the field in my opinion.

The defense once again basically won this game for the Huskers. They shut down the Bears rushing attack to the tune of just 54 yards. Thanks in part to the dominating play of Jared Crick who was named the national defensive player of the week. Crick led the team with 13 tackles (ten solo) and five sacks. Crick also recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to add to his impressive stat total.

The blackshirt defense also pickd off two Baylor passes as Prince Amukamara and Dejon Gomes both came away with interceptions.

Special teams was great on Saturday as well as freshman Eric Martin blocked a punt that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Justin Blachford. Martin once again shows why he is going to be a stud for the next three years.

So now it’s time to start looking forward to a huge game in Lincoln this coming Saturday. Oklahoma will be coming to town for a night game that will be televised on ABC. Memorial Stadium needs to be rocking and we need to have confidence that this team can pull off the upset!

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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!


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Bo Pelini receives a raiseCoach Bo Pelini received a nice little pay raise today as Athletic Directory Tom Osborne announced that Pelini has agreed on a new contract through the 2014 season. Pelini will be paid $1.851 million per year which ranks him sixth overall in the Big 12 conference. Last season, Pelini made $1.1 million per year so he is looking at about a $750,000 pay raise after just one season.

Osborne also announced pay increases for Nebraska’s nine full-time assistant coaches. The increases push Nebraska’s salary pool for assistant coaches to just less than $2 million, the sixth-highest total among Big 12 Conference schools.

Sounds like everyone got taken care of very nicely on the staff!

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