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Adult winter volleyball leagues forming—women and coed

 

Grand Island, Neb.— The City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting team registrations for women and coed winter volleyball teams. All games are played at the Community Fieldhouse, 525 E. Fonner Park Road.

 

Teams are guaranteed to play between seven and nine games. The following schedule will be observed:

-Mondays—4v4 coed power teams—gold or silver divisions

-Tuesdays—women 6v6 competitive and recreational leagues

-Wednesdays—women 6v6 elite and competitive leagues—gold and silver divisions

-Thursdays—coed 6v6 competitive (men can spike) and recreational leagues—

(men cannot spike)

 

Each team can have up to 12 members on a roster. Players must be 18 years old or older and out of high school to participate. Individuals may play on one team per night only. USA volleyball rules and rally scoring will be used.

 

Leagues will begin the week of Jan. 2, and end the week of March 8, 2018. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 8. Space is limited. Registration can be completed online at www.grand-island.com/fieldhouse or by stopping by the Fieldhouse or Parks and Recreation office at city hall, 100 E. First St.

 

Monday coed 4v4 power league will have no paid officials and therefore a team registration fee of only $105; all other team fees are $210. A minimum $50 deposit must accompany the registration form which will be applied toward the league fee. Teams that decide not to play after the deadline will forfeit the deposit. The full league fee will be due by the second game.

 

To obtain a registration form, register online, or for more information contact the Parks and Recreation office at 308-385-5444 ext. 290 or visit the Parks and Recreation webpage at www.grand-island.com/volleyball. The Fieldhouse can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GIFieldhouse or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GIFieldhouse.

 


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Huskers Unable to Slow Nittany Lion Offense

State College, Pa.Tanner Lee threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns, and Nebraska outscored Penn State by three touchdowns in the second half, but that wasn’t enough, as the Huskers fell to No. 10 Penn State 56-44 on Saturday before 106,722 fans at Beaver Stadium.

Lee, a junior quarterback, was 26-of-41 passing, and junior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. caught seven passes for a career-high 185 yards, as the Husker offense came to life in the second half after a scoreless second quarter.

That period told the game’s story, as Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten Conference) didn’t gain a first down in the second quarter, while Penn State (8-2, 5-2) scored four touchdowns.

Saquon Barkley ran 17 times for 168 yards for Penn State, with the majority of that damage coming in the first half.

Barkley, a junior running back, ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game, as Nebraska fell behind in the game’s first minute for a second straight game. Last week, a 100-yard kickoff return by Minnesota set the tone in the Huskers’ loss to the Gophers.

Like last week, Nebraska responded with a score, and even took the lead against Penn State, but couldn’t keep the Nittany Lions’ potent offense off the field. Quarterback Trace McSorley was 24-of-36 passing for 325 yards, and Penn State finished with 609 yards of total offense.

Nebraska went three-and-out on its first possession and punted, but Zech McPhearson fumbled the return and redshirt freshman Collin Miller recovered at the 34-yard line for the Huskers.

Lee completed an eight-yard pass to senior receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El on 3rd-and-7, and he connected with Morgan for a 12-yard gain to the Penn State 11-yard line. But the Huskers got no closer and settled for senior kicker Drew Brown’s 27-yard field goal.

Brown, who became only the fourth Husker player in history to start in 50 career games, has made 17 straight field goals in road and neutral-site games.

Nebraska then forced its only 3-and-out of the first half, and Penn State punter Blake Gillikin hit an 18-yard punt off the side of his foot, and Nebraska began its next drive at the Penn State 36-yard line.

This time, Nebraska capitalized. Lee hit freshman receiver JD Spielman for a 17-yard gain on the first play of the drive, connected with Morgan for an eight-yard gain to the one, and junior running back Devine Ozigbo scored on the next play, giving the Huskers a 10-7 lead with 6:17 remaining in the first quarter.

Penn State answered emphatically. The Nittany Lions scored touchdowns on their next five drives, covering 66, 85, 67, 65 and 78 yards. Their final drive of the half ended in Nebraska territory as the clock expired, and Penn State led 42-10 at halftime.

The Huskers forced a 3-and-out on Penn State’s first possession of the third quarter, then Lee led an eight-play, 90-yard drive that included a 34-pass to Morgan. Junior running back Mikale Wilbon scored on a 24-yard run to make the score 42-17.

After forcing another 3-and-out, Nebraska needed only four plays to cover 79 yards for a touchdown, with Lee hitting Pierson-El on a 22-yard scoring pass. Morgan also caught a 51-yard pass on the quick series that pulled the Huskers within 42-24.

Penn State countered with two touchdowns on its next two possessions, but again, the Huskers showed some resolve when they drove 75 yards in seven plays for their third touchdown of the half, an eight-yard pass from Lee to Morgan, making the score 56-31.

Nebraska’s final two touchdowns came in the game’s final 4:32. Wilbon scored on a 1-yard run, and then Pierson-El recovered a perfectly placed onside kick by Brown.

That led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Lee to tight end Jack Stoll on the game’s final play. There was no extra point attempt.

Nebraska returns home Friday to conclude the season against Iowa on Senior Day.


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Danger add IFL veterans to coaching staff

GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team is pleased to announce the addition of two assistant coaches for the 2018 season. Danger head coach Mark Stoute has added former Spokane Empire head coach Adam Shackleford as Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator. Returning to the Danger for a second season as Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line coach is Pig Brown.

 

Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator: Adam Shackleford

A veteran coach of indoor football and offensive guru, Adam Shackleford joins the Danger after more than a decade of coaching indoor teams on the west coast. Coach Shackleford brings a 125-58 record as head coach from his time with the Spokane Shock, Tri-Cities Fever, and Spokane Empire. From 2007-2017, “Coach Shack” led his teams to 5 league championship games with an AF2 championship victory in 2009.

 

“I’ve known Coach Shackleford for many years and we are really lucky to have him joining our staff,” said Stoute. “With Spokane ceasing operations this season, I just reached out to see what his plans were, from there it was able to just fall in place for him to come to Grand Island. Every season his offense has been one of the best in the league, so it will be really exciting for fans to see what we can do this year.”

 

Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach: Pig Brown

Returning to the Nebraska Danger as Defensive Coordinator is Danger Hall of Fame linebacker, Pig Brown. Last season, Brown’s hard-hitting defense led the league in sacks (27). Brown’s vocal leadership and high energy will combine with Coach Stoute’s defense to create what looks to be one of the top units in the IFL.

 

“Coach Brown is a great guy to have on a defensive coaching staff. He knows how to fire up a defense like nobody else, and I’m excited to work with him,” said Stoute. “I can still remember coaching against him when he was playing, he was the on-field general and we had to game-plan around him. He was able to transfer that leadership into coaching last season and I’m sure he will even better with a year of coaching under his belt.”

 

2018 Season Tickets are available at the Heartland Events Center Box Office, and Single Game Tickets will be on sale soon. For more information, visit www.dangerfootball.com


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Huskers Shut Door on Razorbacks, 80-69

Lincoln - Freshmen Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain combined for 37 points, 12 points and six assists, including 18 of Nebraska's final 26 points to lead the Huskers to an 80-69 women's basketball win over Arkansas on Thursday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 3-0 while Arkansas slipped to 2-1 with loss.

Kissinger, a 6-1 guard from Minden, Neb., poured in 25 points while adding eight rebounds, four assists and a steal. She scored nine straight points in just over a minute on three straight threes in the first quarter to help shoot the Huskers to an early lead. She added four points and an assist in the final 4:30 to lead Nebraska back from a 67-65 deficit with just under six minutes in the game.

Overall, Kissinger hit 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 threes and 3-of-4 free throws.

Cain added five points during the final 5:30 while adding several key rebounds and blocked shots. Her basket with 5:30 left tied the game at 67, before Kissinger found her inside on a driving assist that Cain finished high and was fouled to give NU the lead for good at 71-69. That was the start of an 11-0 run to end the game, as the Husker defense held the Razorbacks scoreless for the final 3:56.

Cain, a 6-5 center from Middletown, N.Y., finished with her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four blocked shots. She hit 4-of-8 shots from the field and 4-of-7 free throws, including one with 56.3 seconds left to give Nebraska a three-possession lead at 76-69.

Senior Jasmine Cincore was also huge down the stretch, making several key defensive plays and hitting all four of her free throws in the final 8:10, including a pair with 2:37 left to give Nebraska a 73-69 edge. The 5-10 guard from Arlington, Tenn., finished 4-of-7 from the floor including a connection on her only three-point attempt, while knocking down 5-of-6 free throws on the night. She added five rebounds, three assists, a team-high three steals and a blocked shot of her own.

Sophomore Bria Stallworth sealed the victory with four straight free throws in the final 32 seconds to finish with nine points off the bench. However, she and fellow sophomore point guard Hannah Whitish combined to go just 3-for-21 from the field and 1-for-10 from three-point range on the night. Despite those numbers, the rest of the Huskers stepped up in big ways.

Junior forward Maddie Simon gave Nebraska a huge lift inside with a career-high 12 rebounds, while adding five points and three assists. Sophomore forward Rachel Blackburn put together her best performance of the young season with six points and four rebounds while drawing a pair of charges in just 10 minutes off the bench.

Sophomore Grace Mitchell contributed four points, six rebounds and a steal in 11 quality minutes off the bench, and senior Emily Wood buried a three-pointer to give Nebraska nine players with points and nine players with at least one rebound in the game.

The balanced Big Red attack allowed the Huskers to overcome 22 points and six assists from Arkansas point guard Malica Monk and 21 points and five three-pointers from shooting guard Devin Cosper.

As a team, Nebraska hit 38.9 percent (28-72) of its shots, including 7-of-21 three-pointers (.333). The Huskers also finished 17-of-25 (.680) at the free throw line after opening the game just 2-for-8. The Big Red outrebounded Arkansas, 55-45, including a season-high 22 offensive rebounds.

Arkansas shot 35.1 percent (27-77) from the field, including 8-of-32 (.250) from three-point range. The Razorbacks also went 7-for-10 at the line and won the turnover battle, 16-15.

After trailing 41-30 at the half, Arkansas outscored the Huskers 22-17 in the third quarter to make it a two-possession game at the end of the quarter. The Razorbacks then cut the lead to one point for the first time at 62-61 on a layup by Taylah Thomas with just under eight minutes left. The Razorbacks took their only lead of the game at 67-65 after back-to-back three-pointers from Cosper with just under six minutes left.

Nebraska took a 41-30 lead to the locker room at halftime behind hot early shooting from Kissinger and balanced scoring up and down the lineup. Kissinger hit three consecutive threes in a 1:17 stretch in the opening quarter to shoot the Huskers to a 13-7 lead and force an Arkansas timeout with 5:44 left in the quarter.

However, Cosper answered Kissinger's early production with 10 first-quarter points to tie the score at 15 with four minutes left.

The Huskers then responded with a 7-0 run with baskets from Mitchell and Blackburn surrounding a three-pointer from Stallworth, who added NU's last field goal of the quarter to take a 24-19 lead into the second.

Nebraska then played outstanding defense to open the second period and got eight straight points beginning with a Cincore steal and layup, and capped by Cincore's three-pointer to give the Big Red a 32-19 lead with 6:40 left in the half.

Cain added a bucket with 6:02 left in the half to give the Big Red their biggest lead of the game at 34-20, before Arkansas ran off six straight points. But Blackburn and Simon scored Nebraska's final seven points of the half in the final 4:30 to give Nebraska an 11-point halftime edge.

Kissinger led Nebraska with 11 first-half points, while Blackburn added six points and three rebounds off the bench. Simon, Cincore and Stallworth each added five first-half points. Simon added six rebounds and three assists, while Cincore contribute three rebounds, two assists and three steals in the opening half. Mitchell also contributed three rebounds and a steal.

Nebraska hit 44.7 percent (17-38) of its first-half shots, including 38.5 percent (5-13) of its threes. NU went just 2-for-7 at the line, but outrebounded Arkansas, 27-22, and won the first-half turnover battle, 10-9.

Cosper led Arkansas with 12 first-half points, while Monk pitched in eight points in the half.

Arkansas hit 33.3 percent (12-36) of its shots, including 4-of-14 threes in the first half. The Razorbacks were 2-of-3 at the line.

The Huskers will complete their four-game season-opening home stand by taking on in-state rival Creighton on Sunday. Tip-off at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m. with tickets available now at Huskers.com.


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Huskers Fall at St. John's

Queens, N.Y. – James Palmer Jr. had a team-high 13 points, but the Huskers could not survive a cold-shooting performance, falling to St. John’s 79-56 Thursday night at Carnesecca Arena in the Gavitt Tipoff Games

Palmer’s third straight double-figure effort was one of the few highlights on the night, as the Huskers shot just 28 percent from the floor, including 6-of-26 from 3-point range, and committed 16 turnovers in suffering their first loss the season

Shamorie Ponds paced four St. John’s players in double figures with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as Nebraska was unable to slow down the Red Strom backcourt after closing to within eight in the opening minute of the second half.

Nebraska was within 40-32 after a Glynn Watson Jr. 3-pointer, but St. Johns extended the margin with a 12-6 spurt to push the lead back to 13, as the Red Storm opened the half by hitting six of its first seven shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Nebraska was unable to cut into the deficit.

The Huskers struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting just 30 percent from the field, as St. John’s took a 37-24 lead into the locker room. Nebraska battled foul trouble, as four players, including Watson and James Palmer, picked up two fouls apiece and committed 11 first-half turnovers.

The Huskers jumped to an early 5-2 lead on a three-point play from Evan Taylor and an Isaac Copeland basket, but the hosts responded with an 11-2 run to build a 13-7 lead after a Marcus LoVett basket. The Huskers trailed 17-8, but fought back, as 3-pointers from Thomas Allen and Taylor keyed an 8-2 Husker run that pulled NU within 19-16 after a Taylor’s 3-pointer with 9:06 left in the half.

That would be as close as NU would get the remainder of the half, as Ponds keyed an 18-8 spurt for St. John’s with 10 of his 14 first-half points to help the Red Storm build a 15-point before Anton Gill’s four-point play with 6.3 seconds left in the half ended the Huskers’ dryspell.

Lovett and Ponds combined for 22 of St. John’s 37 first half points.

Nebraska got out of gates quickly in the second half, scoring the first five points of the half to cut the 13-point deficit to 37-29 with 19:13 remaining after Watson split a pair of technical foul shots. The Huskers opened the second half by hitting five of its first 10 shots, but St. John’s matched the Huskers basket for basket, hitting six of its first seven shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, to push the lead back to 14.

The Huskers return home Sunday afternoon, as the Huskers play North Dakota beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com/Tickets or at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Box box office beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.


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Huskers Face St. John's in Gavitt Tipoff Games

Nebraska hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Queens, N.Y., to take on the St. John's Red Storm Thursday night in the third-annual Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Tipoff from Carnesecca Arena is slated for 5:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised nationally on FS1 (DirecTV Ch. 219; DISH Ch. 150; Spectrum Chs. 75 and 400) with Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel on the call. The game is also available on Fox Sports Go and the Fox Sports Go app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Matt Davison on the call. The game will also be available on Huskers.com, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app.

The Huskers will look to improve to 3-0 on the season following an 86-67 win over North Texas on Monday night. In that game, Nebraska raced to a 25-2 lead in the first eight minutes en route to putting up 52 first-half points. James Palmer Jr. led six Huskers in double figures with a game-high 18 points while Glynn Watson Jr. added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Nebraska's defense put the pressure on, forcing 17 turnovers and blocking nine shots in the win.

Nebraska's three-guard lineup has produced in the early going, as Watson, Palmer and Evan Taylor have combined for 45 points per game in the Huskers' two wins. Watson, who averaged 13.0 ppg as a sophomore, has averaged 18.0 ppg to rank among the Big Ten scoring leaders, while Palmer (15.0 ppg) and Taylor (12.0 ppg) have both shown the ability to get to the foul line. Palmer and Taylor have combined for 36 free throw attempts in NU's first two games.

St. John's is 2-0 on the season following an 80-55 win over Central Connecticut Tuesday evening. Shamorie Ponds paced four Red Storm players in double figures with 21 points and nine rebounds. St. John's forced Central Connecticut into 21 turnovers and converted them into 31 points. The Red Storm features one of the top scoring guard combos in Ponds (19.0 ppg) and sophomore Marcus LoVett (16.5 ppg).

Thursday's matchup is one of eight Gavitt Tipoff Games, a conference series between the Big Ten and Big East in honor of Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Gavitt. For St. John's and Nebraska, it is also a non-bracketed game for next week's AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando.

 

OPENING NUMBER

1997-98 - The last time Nebraska had 18 blocked shots in consecutive games. That season, NU had 11 blocked shots vs. UNC Greensboro and seven against Western Illinois in its first two games of the season.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

18 - Nebraska has 18 blocked shots in its two games to rank seventh nationally entering Tuesday's games. Last year, NU didn't block its 18th shot until four games into the season.

42.0 - Nebraska has averaged 42.0 free throws per game in its first two contests. Last year, the Huskers averaged just 18.3 free throws per contest.

10 - Number of Husker opponents either ranked or receiving votes in the AP or Coaches preseason polls. In addition, the Huskers could play West Virginia (10/11) and Missouri (RV) in the AdvoCare Invitational.

8 - Glynn Watson Jr. now has eight career 20-point efforts following his 21-point performance against Eastern Illinois. Watson has put up 20+ points in each of the last two Husker season openers.

7 - Glynn Watson Jr. is seven steals away from becoming the 25th Husker to record 100 steals at Nebraska. Watson was third in the Big Ten in steals last year, averaging 1.6 per game.

 

PREVIEWING ST. JOHN'S

Under Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullen, St. John's is 2-0 on the season following wins over New Orleans (77-61) and Central Connecticut (80-55) heading into Thursday's Gavitt Games matchup with the Huskers. Mullen is in his third season at St. John's after a decorated collegiate and professional career, as he was the 1985 National Player of the Year before playing for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. After winning just eight games in his first season, Mullen's team won 14 games a year ago and is picked to finish sixth in the Big East preseason poll after returning four starters.

The strength of the Red Storm is in the backcourt, as they feature a pair of preseason All-Big East performers in Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett. Ponds averaged 17.4 points per game to rank fifth in the Big East in scoring as a true freshman. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native set the school scoring record with 573 points last year, including 75 3-pointers, while also pacing the Big East with 2.1 steals per game. Sophomore Marcus LoVett was also in the top-10 of the Big East in scoring last year at 15.9 points per game and ranked fourth in the Big East with 3.8 assists per outing. He had 23 points and four steals in St. John's opener. Senior Bashir Ahmed also ranked among the Big East scoring leaders in 2016-17, averaging 13.4 ppg., as he started all 33 contests last year.

Thursday's contest is the first meeting between these two programs. Nebraska is 32-39 against the current members of the Big East, although 50 of the 71 meetings have been against Creighton, which joined the league in 2013-14.

 

LAST TIME OUT: NEBRASKA 86, NORTH TEXAS 67

James Palmer Jr. had 11 of his game-high 18 points in a game-opening 25-2 run, as Nebraska downed North Texas, 86-67, Monday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer and the Huskers took control from the opening tip, as the Huskers scored the first seven points before following up with an 18-0 run, holding North Texas without a field goal for a stretch of 8:02. Palmer had nine of NU’s first 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to pace five Huskers in double figures.

Glynn Watson Jr. added 15 points and four rebounds, while Evan Taylor (12), Isaiah Roby (11) and Jack McVeigh (10) all finished in double figures, as all 14 players who dressed got into the action and 11 players broke into the scoring column.

Nebraska shot 57 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and led by as many as 28 points in the first half before taking a 52-30 lead into the locker room.

UNT opened by missing 16 of its first 17 shots and struggled with Nebraska’s length, as the Huskers had seven of its nine blocked shots in the opening 20 minutes and shot just 31 percent in the first half. Isaac Copeland and Duby Okeke combined for seven of the Huskers’ nine blocks on the evening.

 

GAVITT TIPOFF GAMES

Thursday's matchup is part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, a conference matchup between the Big Ten and Big East honoring the legacy of Dave Gavitt. The series is named in honor of the late Dave Gavitt, former athletic director at Providence College and founder of the Big East Conference. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Beginning in 2015 and scheduled through 2022, the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the college basketball campaign. Big Ten teams will play four times in an eight-year span, while Big East teams will play six times in that eight-year span.

  • The last two years, the series has been deadlocked at 4-4. Through Tuesday's games, the Big Ten leads, 2-0, with both wins coming on the road.
  • A win would even Nebraska's all-time Gavitt Games record to 1-1, as the Huskers lost at eventual national champion Villanova during the 2015-16 campaign.

 

WORTH NOTING

  • With a win, Nebraska would improve to 3-0 for the fourth time in six seasons (2012-13, 2013-14, 2016-17) under Tim Miles. It would also mark the first time since 2012-13 that the Huskers won their first road game of the year. That year, NU downed Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • Junior forward Isaac Copeland has faced St. John's four times when he was at Georgetown, averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in those contests. In his last game against the Red Storm in 2015-16, Copeland had 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 92-67 Hoya victory on Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Thursday's trip is one of three trips to the New York City area for the Huskers in 2017-18. NU will travel to Rutgers on Jan. 24, while the Big Ten Tournament will take place at Madison Square Garden for the first time. The dates of that tournament are Feb. 28-March 4.
  • A win would be NU's first in a conference challenge since a win at Florida State in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

 

BUILDING BLOCKS

One of the biggest differences between previous seasons and 2017-18 is the Huskers' interior size and it made a defensive impact in the Huskers' first two games.

  • Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks in the top-10 nationally in blocked shots at 9.0 blocks per game.
  • Nebraska's 18 blocked shots was the most in the nation through Monday's games, while the 18 blocked shots matched the most by a Nebraska team in two decades.
  • Nebraska's nine blocked shots in each of the first two games marks two highest single-game totals at Nebraska under Tim Miles. Previously, NU's team high in blocked shots was seven.
  • Isaiah Roby's six blocks against Eastern Illinois was the most by a Husker since the 2005-06 season. In fact, no Husker had totaled five or more blocked shots since the 2011-12 campaign.
  • In the win against North Texas, Isaac Copeland established his personal best with four blocked shots while Duby Okeke added three blocks off the bench.

 

WATSON LEADS HUSKER ATTACK

Glynn Watson Jr. may be one of the most underrated guards in the Big Ten Conference. Last year, the 6-foot junior averaged 13.0 points, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2016-17. He is ninth among all Big Ten returnees in scoring and third in steals.

This season, Watson comes into the St. John's game averaging 18.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He opened the season with a game-high 21 points and three assists in the 72-68 win over Eastern Illinois. It was his eighth career 20-point effort. On Monday, Watson had 15 points in NU's rout of North Texas.

  • With 732 points entering Thursday's game, Watson is just 14 points away from 60th place on Nebraska's career scoring list. He is on pace to be NU's 29th 1,000-point scorer and fourth in Tim Miles' six seasons.
  • Watson’s 13.0 points per game was the second-highest returning average by a Husker guard in the last decade, trailing only All-Big Ten performer Terran Petteway’s 18.1 ppg entering the 2014-15 season.
  • Watson had 21 double-figure performances as a sophomore, including a career-high 34 points in a double-OT win over Iowa. His 34-point effort tied for 10th on NU's single-game scoring list, while his seven 3-pointers was the second-highest single-game total in school history.
  • Last season, he had three games with five steals (vs. Dayton, Clemson and at Indiana) and finished third all-time among Husker sophomores with 50 steals. Only Cookie Belcher (75) and Erick Strickland (60) had more as sophomores.
  • Watson has always been in the clutch, as he shot 40 percent from 3-point range, 85 percent from the foul line and had a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last four minutes and OT last season. In the opener, Watson went 5-of-6 from the foul line in the last four minutes, including four straight in the final 11 seconds to preserve the win.

 

COPELAND, PALMER TRANSFER INTO HUSKER STARTERS

While Watson is a two-year starter for the Huskers, junior transfer Isaac Copeland is the Husker with the most starting experience. Copeland started 49 games in two-plus seasons at Georgetown, helping the Hoyas to the 2015 NCAA Tournament. In his last full season in 2015-16, Copeland started 33 games, averaging 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He played in seven games last season before he was sidelined with an injury.

This season, Copeland is averaging 8.0 points per game, but is third on the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg) and second in blocked shots (2.5 bpg). Against North Texas, Copeland led NU in both rebounding (eight) and blocked shots (four).

James Palmer Jr. has quickly made his mark in his first season of action at Nebraska, averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He had a game-high 18 points, including 11 points in NU's game-opening 25-2 run, against North Texas. Palmer has been in double figures in both games this season and gives NU a physical presence on the wing.

Palmer played at the University of Miami for two seasons, averaging 3.4 points in the Hurricanes' Sweet 16 team in 2016. Palmer and Copeland will look to join a list of all-conference performers in their first season under Miles, joining Andy Ogide (CSU, 2009), Terran Petteway (NU, 2014) and Andrew White III (NU, 2016).

 

TRANSFERS BRING WINNING BACKGROUNDS

One common trait among Nebraska’s four Division I transfers is postseason experience. Isaac Copeland, Anton Gill, James Palmer Jr., and Duby Okeke have all been parts of NCAA Tournament teams at their respective schools. Gill played on Louisville’s Elite Eight team in 2015, while Palmer helped Miami to an NCAA Sweet 16 berth in 2016.

NCAA EXPERIENCE

Player Previous School Postseason ExperienceIsaac Copeland Georgetown NCAA (2015)Anton Gill Louisville NCAA (2014, 2015)James Palmer Jr. Miami NCAA (2016); NIT (2015)Duby Okeke Winthrop NCAA (2017)

 

GILL AND COPELAND: LIKE FATHERS, LIKE SONS

Nebraska senior guard Anton Gill and junior forward Isaac Copeland will be together on the court for the first time in college this winter, but it won’t be the first time the pair had played together. Both Gill and Copeland played on the Garner Road AAU program and were teammates at Ravenscroft High School, leading the school to a 31-4 record and the 2012 North Carolina 3A State Championship.

Anton’s father, Anton Sr., and Isaac’s father, Ike, played together at East Carolina for two seasons (1992-93) and the duo helped East Carolina to a 1993 Colonial Athletic Association tournament title, winning the tournament title as the No. 7 seed.

 

LIVING AT THE LINE

One of the axioms that Tim Miles loves to say is "Like the 3, Love the Rim" and Nebraska has shown the ability to get to the line in its first two games. The Huskers lead the the Big Ten and rank among the NCAA leaders in getting to the foul line, averaging 42 attempts per game.

Nebraska guards Evan Taylor and James Palmer Jr. have been vital cogs in Nebraska's offensive attack. While Palmer was expected to be a focal point, Taylor's development has provided a new dimension. A 6-foot-5 senior, Taylor has gotten to the line 23 times in the Huskers' first two games after getting to the line just 37 times during his first season at Nebraska.

 

STRONGER ROBY EMERGES AS STAT STUFFER

After serving as a role player, Isaiah Roby spent the summer bulking up to prepare for the rigors of the season. Now, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound sophomore has the strength to match his skillset.

  • He enters the St. John's game averaging 11.0 points and team-highs in both rebounds (10.0) and blocked shots (3.5) per game.
  • Roby has reached double figures in both games after hitting double figures once as a freshman.
  • He opened the season with the best performance of his career, an 11-point, 13-rebounds, six block performance against Eastern Illinois, as he set personal best in all three categories. Roby's six blocks were the most by a Husker in six seasons.

 

McVEIGH PROVIDES SHOT OF JACK
While the Huskers return just two starters, the Huskers also return their sixth man in junior Jack McVeigh. The 6-foot-8 forward from Cabarita Beach, Australia, averaged 7.5 points per game, but has averaged 8.9 points per game on 41 percent shooting over the final 15 contests, becoming one of the Big Ten's best sixth men in the process. This season, McVeigh was held scoreless in the opener before totaling 10 points and six boards against North Texas.

  • McVeigh posted five double-figure scoring efforts in Big Ten play in 2016-17, including four off the bench.
  • He keyed NU's comeback at Ohio State, scoring all 11 of his points in the second half in the Huskers' 58-57 win.
  • McVeigh tied for team-high honors with 15 points, including a half-court shot to beat the first-half buzzer, and added three assists against Penn State.
  • His best performance of the season came in the Huskers' win over No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 29, where he tied his career high with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, and added two blocked shots.
  • At Rutgers on Jan. 21, McVeigh nearly led the Huskers to victory, hitting four 3-pointers in the second half, including three in a two-minute span to erase a deficit and put the Huskers up 64-59.
  • McVeigh attended the Australian Institute of Sport, a program which has produced numerous NBA players, as well as former Husker Olympian Aleks Maric.

 

INTERNATIONAL DUO HAS BUSY SUMMER

Junior Jack McVeigh (Australia) and freshman Thorir Thorbjarnarson (Iceland) spent part of the summer representing their national teams.

McVeigh helped Australia to a 6-2 record and a ninth-place finish at the World University Games in Taipei City, Taiwan. He played in all eight games, averaging 9.4 points per game on 59 percent shooting, including 42 percent from 3-point range, along with 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. McVeigh finished fourth on the team in both scoring and assists and tied for third in steals while posting a 5.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. His Australia team was the only team to defeat gold medalist Lithuania.

Thorbjarnarson made his national team debut in 2017, representing his nation in the Small States of Europe event, as he helped Iceland to a third-place finish. He also played for the U-20 national team at the FIBA European Championships in Greece, averaging 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

 

MILES LETS THE KIDS PLAY

Tim Miles has not been afraid to rely on youth during his tenure at Nebraska. If history is any indication, freshmen Thomas Allen, Nana Akenten and Thorir Thorbjarnarson will have chances to earn significant playing time early in their careers.

  • In the last two seasons, NU has started at least one freshman in 31 of 36 Big Ten games (86 percent). Last year, Jordy Tshimanga made nine starts in conference play, while Isaiah Roby started four Big Ten tilts.
  • Over the past five seasons, Nebraska has started at least one freshman in 64 percent of its games.
  • First-year players at NU have flourished under Miles, as newcomers have accounted for at least 50 percent of NU’s scoring in two of the past four seasons.
  • Among NU's 2017-18 freshmen, Thomas Allen had six points and a pair of assists in 16 minutes off the bench in the win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday, but landed on his tailbone on Monday. Both Akenten and Thorbjarnarson made their debut in the win over North Texas.

 

MANNING THE MIDDLE WITH JORDY AND DUBY

Nebraska will rely on a different look inside with the departure of two of its top three inside players. Sophomore Jordy Tshimanga and graduate transfer Duby Okeke will handle a majority of the minutes on the interior this season.

Tshimanga, who averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, started nine of NU's final 11 games as a true freshman and emerged as a pleasant surprise for the Huskers down the stretch.

  • Averaged 7.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in his last 11 games and reached double figures three times,
  • Put together his best offensive effort of the season vs. Michigan State on Feb. 2, totaling 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, setting season bests in points, rebounds and minutes.
  • Totaled 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes in the win over Penn State.
  • Grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards, in just 14 minutes vs. No. 7 Wisconsin.
  • Enjoyed a strong performance at No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 10, where he established then-season bests in points (10), rebounds (eight) and blocked shots (two) in 19 minutes of work.
  • Put together a solid 2017-18 debut, grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists against Eastern Illinois. He played just 10 minutes against North Texas.

Okeke is a defensive presence who spent the past four years at Winthrop before graduating in May. The 6-foot-8 center played in 94 games at Winthrop and made 24 starts last season as the Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 3.2 points on 61 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.

  • Okeke had three blocks and three boards in 16 minutes against North Texas.
  • Okeke is sixth nationally among returning players in blocked shots with 168. He finished his career as Winthrop's single season (72; 2015-16) and career leader in that category.
  • He ranked 20th nationally and led the Big South in blocked shots in 2015-16 and was fourth in blocked shots in 2016-17.
  • Okeke has 27 games with at least three blocked shots in his collegiate career entering the St. John's game.


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Huskers Run Past Roos

Lincoln - Freshman Taylor Kissinger led three Huskers in double figures with a game-high 18 points to help shoot Nebraska to an 80-60 women's basketball win over UMKC at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.

Fellow Nebraskan Maddie Simon added 11 points while matching her career high for the second straight game with eight rebounds. Simon (Lincoln) and Kissinger (Minden) teamed up on a 10-0 run in less than a minute to open the second half to help take control of the game after carrying a 38-35 lead over the Kangaroos at halftime.

With the victory, Nebraska improved to 2-0 while UMKC slipped to 0-2 with its second straight road loss.

Kissinger and Simon both hit three-pointers to open the second half, sandwiched around a pair of Simon transition layups to give the Big Red a 48-35 edge. As a team, the Huskers buried 6-of-10 three-pointers in the third quarter after UMKC went 6-for-10 from long range in the first half.

Sophomore Grace Mitchell (Wellington, Kan.) added a career-high 10 points off the bench to give Nebraska three players in double figures in a true team win. All 10 Huskers scored at least two points and grabbed at least two rebounds in the victory.

Senior guard Emily Wood (Salina, Kan.) tied her career highs with nine points and three three-pointers, while sophomore guard Hannah Whitish (Barneveld, Wis.) contributed eight points, five rebounds and a career-high-matching nine assists. Whitish has opened the season with 14 assists and no turnovers through two games.

Cincore also scored eight points, including 2-of-3 three-point shooting, while adding a game-high four steals to go along with three assists. Freshman Kate Cain also managed eight points to go along with two rebounds, two blocks and an assist in her first career start.

As a team, Nebraska hit 50 percent (32-64) of its shots from the field, including 12-of-28 three-pointers (.429). The Huskers also outrebounded UMKC, 42-33, and won the turnover battle, 15-14.

NU limited UMKC to just 32.1 percent (18-56) shooting for the game, including less than 20 percent in the second half. The Roos went 6-for-10 from three-point range in the first half, but just 2-for-11 from long range in the second half.

Aries Washington led UMKC with 16 points, while Omahan Samantha Waldron added 14 points, including four three-pointers. Kristen Moore contributed a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Kissinger led the Huskers with 13 points in the first half, including 3-of-7 three-pointers. All three of those threes came in the second quarter to help Nebraska take a 38-35 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Nebraska received contributions from up and down the lineup, as Cain pitched in six points on 3-of-5 first-half shooting, while Whitish pitched in five points, including a three, while adding three rebounds and four assists.

Stallworth added four points off the bench, as did Mitchell. Rachel Blackburn, Simon and Cincore each scored two first-half points, as eight Huskers found the scoring column in the first 20 minutes.

Nebraska hit 44.7 percent (17-38) of its first-half shots, including 4-of-14 threes, but couldn't shake the hot-shooting Roos in the first half. UMKC connected on 6-of-10 threes in the first half, from four players who combined to hit 26 percent of their threes a season ago. Waldron led the Roos with 11 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range.

Overall, the Roos hit 43.3 percent (13-30) of their shots, but Nebraska outrebounded UMKC 23-17 in the half, but the Roos won the first-half turnover battle, 6-4.

Nebraska's biggest first-half lead came with a 20-13 edge at the end of the first quarter, when then Huskers closed the quarter on a 16-5 surge.

The Huskers continue their four-game season-opening home stand on Thursday when they battle Arkansas. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Razorbacks is set for 8 p.m. with tickets on sale now at Huskers.com.


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Nebraska Danger release 2018 schedule

Grand Island, NE - The Nebraska Danger Indoor Professional Football Team is pleased to announce its 14-game 2018 Schedule alongside the Indoor Football League’s 2018 Schedule:

 

Friday, Feb. 23 v. Iowa Barnstormers

BYE

Sunday, March 11 v. Green Bay Blizzard *3 pm

Sunday, March 18 @ Iowa Barnstormers *3 pm

Saturday, March 24 v. West Michigan Ironmen

Friday, March 30 v. Cedar Rapids Titans

BYE

Saturday, April 14 @ Sioux Falls Storm

Saturday, April 21 @ Bloomington Edge

Friday, April 27 v. Sioux Falls Storm

Saturday, May 5 @ Cedar Rapids Titans

Saturday, May 12 @ West Michigan Ironmen

Friday, May 18 v. Bloomington Edge

Sunday, May 27 @ Arizona Rattlers *5 pm CT

Friday, June 1 @ Green Bay Blizzard

BYE

Saturday, June 16 v. Arizona Rattlers

 

All Kickoffs at 7 pm local time unless noted.

 

2018 Season Tickets are available at the Heartland Events Center Box Office, and Single Game Tickets will be on sale soon. For more information, visit www.dangerfootball.com 

 


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Huskers Conclude Road Slate with Visit to Penn State

GAME 11: NEBRASKA at PENN STATE

NOV. 18, 2017 | BEAVER STADIUM

STATE COLLEGE, PA. | 3 P.M. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - FS1
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 134, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

HUSKERS

Record: 4-6, 3-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Minnesota, 54-21
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 112-97 (17th Year)/19-17 (3rd Year)
vs. Penn State: 0-1

 

NITTANY LIONS
Record: 8-2, 5-2 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Rutgers, 35-6
Rankings: AP-13; Coaches-11
Coach: James Franklin
Career/PSU Record: 57-32 (7th Year)/33-17 (4th Year)
vs. Nebraska: first meeting

The Matchup

Nebraska completes the back end of a two-game road trip on Saturday when the Huskers travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten cross-division matchup. Game time at PSU's Beaver Stadium is set for 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. local), with national television coverage on FS1. The game can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Saturday's matchup is the first between two of college football's most storied programs since 2013. Nebraska has won all three meetings with Penn State since joining the Big Ten in 2011, including a 2-0 mark at Beaver Stadium.

Nebraska heads to Happy Valley with a 4-6 record, including 3-4 in the Big Ten and continues to focus on bowl eligibility in the season's final two weeks. The Huskers are coming off a 54-21 loss at Minnesota on Saturday, and must win its final two games to become bowl eligible.

Penn State comes into the game with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Big Ten action, following a 35-6 victory over Rutgers at home on Saturday. The Nittany Lions have spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 10 in the nation and are currently 13th in the Associated Press Poll and 11th in the USA Today Coaches poll. Penn State was ranked No. 14 in last week's College Football Playoff poll.

Penn State has an explosive offense that ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring at 37.7 points per game and second in passing at 283.6 yards per game. On defense, the Nittany Lions rank second in the Big Ten in scoring defense at
13.9 points per game and fourth in total defense in the conference.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 893-378-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers are tied for fourth all-time with their 893 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 360 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Penn State Series

    • Nebraska holds a 3-0 advantage in the series since joining the Big Ten in 2011, including a 2-0 mark at Beaver Stadium.

  • The Huskers own a four-game overall win streak in the series, including a victory in 2003 in Lincoln before NU joined the Big Ten.
  • Penn State won four of the first five meetings in the series beteween 1920 and 1952, but NU has an 8-3 edge since.
  • Nebraska and Penn State met five consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1983, with both teams ranked in each of those five meetings.
  • Nebraska's three-point loss at Penn State was its only setback in a 12-1 season. Penn State also finished with just one loss and captured the national title, while NU finished third in the AP poll.
  • Under the original Big Ten divisional format, Nebraska and Penn State were scheduled to play each season as a protected cross-division game. That changed with the advent of the East and West Divisions in 2014.
  • Following Saturday's matchup, the next scheduled meeting between the two schools is Nov. 7, 2020, in Lincoln. That will mark the Nittany Lions first visit to Memorial Stadium in eight years.
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    Senior Linebacker Weber Named NFF Scholar-Athlete

    Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber joined an elite group of scholar-athletes on Nov. 1, as the senior was one of 13 finalists by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®.

    As a finalist, Weber will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, and will travel to New York City in December for the 60th annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 5.

    Weber is Nebraska’s first Campbell Trophy finalist since Spencer Long in 2013, and the 23rd Husker football player to receive this prestigious honor for achievement on the playing field and in the classroom. Weber looks to become NU’s third Campbell Trophy winner, joining Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and Rob Zatechka (1994).

    Weber has started nine of 10 games and leads the Huskers in tackles (82), tackles for loss (8) and pass breakups (5). He has four games of at least 10 tackles. In the classroom, Weber carries a 3.96 GPA and has already been accepted to medical school at UNMC. He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection (and was nominated for Academic All-America honors in 2017) and a three-time Distinguished Big Ten Scholar.

     

    Moos Named Nebraska Athletic Director

    Bill Moos, a distinguished leader in collegiate athletics who elevated programs at the Oregon and Washington State to national prominence, was named Nebraska’s athletic director on Sunday, Oct. 15.

    Moos, who had been director of athletics at Washington State since 2010, began his tenure in Lincoln on Monday, Oct. 23.

    In his seven years at Washington State, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He was in a leading position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN. In Moos’ time in Pullman, the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Annual Giving program has seen an 81 percent increase in gifts. From 2010-16, Cougar student-athletes and coaches earned 805 academic all-conference honors, 130 all-conference selections, 45 All-America accolades and three Pac-12 coach-of-the-year honors.

    Moos led Oregon’s athletics from 1995-2007, during which time the athletic department grew to national prominence – its annual budget rose from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007 and became self-sufficient. In Moos’ Oregon tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships in six different sports; and UO student-athletes earned 722 academic all-conference selections, 34 Academic All-America selections, nine NCAA post Graduate Scholars and one NCAA Top VIII Award.

    Moos came to Oregon after five years as the University of Montana’s director of athletics. He began his career in 1982 as assistant athletic director at Washington State and also was the school’s associate director. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations. For eight years prior to that, he managed and owned private businesses in Washington and Oregon.

    Raised on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Moos went to high school in Olympia when his father was in the governor’s cabinet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history in Pullman and was a three-year letterman in football. He co-captained Washington State’s 1972 team and was first-team All-Pac-8. He and his wife Kendra have three daughters, Christa, Brittany and Kaiti; and two sons, Bo and Benjamin

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to an 19-17 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Riley Hopes for More Success vs. Ranked Foes

    Nebraska faces its third ranked opponent of the 2017 season at No. 13 Penn State on Saturday. NU faced top-10 foes Wisconsin and Ohio State earlier this season at home.

  • Mike Riley-coached teams have 16 wins over ranked teams in his 17 seasons as a college coach, 14 at Oregon State and Husker wins over Michigan State in 2015 and Oregon in 2016.
  • The 2015 win over No. 6 Michigan State marked the sixth top-10 opponent a Riley-coached team defeated since 2006. The win was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since October of 2011.
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    Veterans Leading Young 2017 Husker Team

    The 2017 version of Nebraska football is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten. Coupled with that youth, Nebraska does feature several players with extensive starting experience. Ten players have at least 20 career starts at Nebraska, led by place-kicker Drew Brown with 49 career starts.

    Overall, Nebraska has 21 players with at least 10 collegiate starts, including quarterback Tanner Lee, who made 19 starts at Tulane and has started each game in 2017 with the Huskers.

     

    Numerous Huskers Make First Career Starts in 2017

    Due to injuries and youth, Nebraska has had a number of players make their first career starts in 2017. Most recently, tight end Jack Stoll made his first career start at Minnesota.

    The start by Stoll brought Nebraska's first-time starters total in 2017 to 20 players.

     

    First-Time Starters in 2017
    • Luke Gifford, LB (7)
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (9)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (8)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (6)
    • Brenden Jaimes, Fr., OT (7)
    • Michael Decker, So., C (5)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (5)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (3)
    • Sedrick King, Jr., LB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (4)
    • Gabe Rahn, Sr., WR (1)
    • Ben Stille, RFr., LB (1)
    • Dicaprio Bootle, RFr., DB (1)
    • Conor Young, So., WR (1)
    • Mohamed Barry, So., LB (2)
    • Alex Davis, So., LB (3)
    • Tyjon Lindsey, Fr., WR (1)
    • Marquel Dismuke, RFr., S (1)
    • Jack Stoll, RFr., TE (1)

     

    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes has lined up as the starter at right tackle the past seven games. Jaimes originally started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were out with injury, but has continued to hold the No. 1 spot after those two have returned.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes' seven starts are the most ever for a Nebraska true freshman offensive lineman.

    Jaimes is just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at NU since 1972, and the first since 2011. He is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

     

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (7 games, 2017)

     

    Injuries Bug Plauges 2017 Huskers

    Nebraska continues to battle through an injury-riddled 2017 season. The injury hits started in the summer when All-America candidate cornerback Chris Jones was sidelined with a knee injury. Jones has played the past five games, but took time to round into form.

    Nebraska running back starter Tre Bryant went down with a knee injury after two games and has missed the next five games, before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in late October.

    Nebraska has been without several starters or key reserves for several weeks. Linemen Tanner Farmer and Michael Decker were lost for an extended period of time at Purdue, and linebacker Luke Gifford and safety Aaron Williams have missed the past three games after being defensive stalwarts early in the year.

  • Through 10 games, Nebraska has lost 37 games by projected starters to injury.
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    Husker Ball Control

    Nebraska's offense has been at its best when it shows the ability to control the football. The Huskers had great success in that department in wins over Rutgers, Illinois and Purdue.

  • Against Illinois, Nebraska scored touchdowns on all three of its first half possessions. NU reached the end zone on its first three possessions for the first time since a 2009 game against Arkansas State.
  • The Huskers had three scoring drives of at least 88 yards at Illinois. NU has seven scoring drives this season that have covered at least 85 yards.
  • In the second half of wins over Rutgers and Illinois, Nebraska has held the ball for 22:50 and 18:39, respectively.
  • Nebraska had 35:00 of possession time at Purdue, with more than 8:00 in all four quarters. Nebraska possessed the ball for 18:11 in the second half as it rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit.
  • Nebraska produced a season-long drive in terms of plays and time against Northwestern. The Huskers drove 18 plays over 9:24 for a field goal in the third quarter.
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    NU Features Triple Threat of Wideouts in Passing Attack

    Nebraska began the season with the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. both had extensive playing experience entering 2017.

    That duo has had a strong 2017 season, and continues to climb Nebraska season and career charts. Redshirt freshman JD Spielman has emerged to give Nebraska three dangerous receiving options.

    Morgan has 47 receptions for 727 yards and seven touchdowns, despite missing a game. He ranks among the conference leaders in all receiving categories and capped the Purdue contest with a game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.

    Spielman produced a Nebraska record 200-yard receiving day on 11 catches against Ohio State. He has 49 receptions for 734 yards, and has set Husker freshman receiving records for yards and catches. Pierson-El has caught 38 passes for 530 yards and four touchdowns.

  • Morgan ranks third in the Big Ten in receiving yards (727), second in receiving yards per game (80.8 ypg), third in receiving touchdowns (7) and he is first in 100-yard receiving games (4).
  • The 727 receiving yards by Morgan is just 53 yards from the NU season top 10 and is 215 yards from the Husker single-season record. His 47 catches are three shy of the school season top 10 list.

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    Aurora school board votes to stay at C1

    Aurora, NE - The landscape of high school football will drastically change with the new system the NSAA will be going by for the next two years when it comes to how schools are classified by going from total enrollment to just total boy enrollment. The Aurora Board of Education met Monday night and came to a 3-3 vote on whether to opt up to Class B for the 2018 and 2019 football seasons. With that tie vote, Aurora will be classified in football wherever the NSAA classifies the Huskies. Aurora comes in with a total of 153 boys in enrollment. The cut off is 160 which puts the Huskies at 7 below the cut-off and classifies them for Class C1 for 2018 & 2019. To play in Class B the Aurora Board of Education needed a majority vote. 

     

    That leaves the question of what about other Aurora athletics like basketball, wrestling, volleyball, or track? The KRGI sports network reached out to Aurora Activities Director Jay Staehr who said "for the other activities, we will also compete where the NSAA classifies us. Those projected numbers look to put us in Class B in the majority of activities if not all of them".
     


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