August 29, 2014

Pelini has the Huskers prepared for anything, but ready to adjust (AUDIO)

This was supposed to be a matchup of brother vs. brother, but Carl Pelini, the one time defensive coordinator for the Huskers was dumped by Florida Atlantic. Carl, back in an interview in April, said his firing ultimately had more to do with an athletic director who didn’t hire him more so than his alleged drug use, which he denied.

So now, one of the challenges for Bo is dealing with new coach Charlie Partridge. The Huskers need to prepare for a lot and be able to make adjustments on the fly. Pelini says keeping things simple is the key. He says an easy trap to fall into is over preparing and then running into a situation where you have Huskers chasing Owls all over the field. Pelini said you trust the players and their training.

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One Owl is coming home to honor his grandfather when he takes on the Huskers (AUDIO)

When the Huskers take on Florida Atlantic this Saturday at 2:30 it will be a homecoming for one of the Owls on their defensive line. Junior defensive tackle Brandin Bryant was a star player at Omaha-Bryan and he says he’s looking forward to coming back to Nebraska to play in front of his mom and dad and friends who never get to see him play.

Brandin’s grandfather, Charles, played for the Huskers back in the 50’s and was the first African-American player in modern Huskers history when he made the roster in 1952. In 1955, Charles encountered segregation when Nebraska played in the Orange Bowl down in Miami against Duke. Charles didn’t get to stay at the same hotel as the rest of the team. He had to stay at someone’s house. His grandson, who now plays for a school that is located just 45 miles north of Miami appreciates what his grandfather was able to accomplish. Charles Bryant was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 2004. He was 71.

Brandin said he’s looking forward to stepping on the field at Memorial Stadium and honoring his grandfather. He plays the same position as Charles, but he’s a little bigger. When Charles walked-on at NU he was 5’11 and weighed less than 200 pounds. Grandson Brandin is 6’3 and 290.

Pelini names five captains and a former Husker will play close to home (AUDIO)

The Huskers named their team captains…three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton. On the defensive side, cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The players come from five different states including Nebraska (Cotton), Alabama (Abdullah), Colorado (Bell), Illinois (Cooper) and California (Mitchell). This marks the second consecutive season Nebraska has elected season-long captains after choosing game captains during Bo Pelini’s first five seasons as head coach.

Abdullah is just the eighth player in school history to be a captain for two seasons, including five under Pelini.

Others on the list include Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead, Brett Maher and Alex Henery in recent years. Prior to Henery in 2009 and 2010, the most recent two-time captain was Ed Weir in 1924-25, while the first two-time captains were James H. Johnson in 1891-92 and John Westover in 1901-02.

When former Husker defensive tackle Aaron Curry left the Nebraska program a week ago, many speculated that he was going to Oklahoma where his dad played basketball. The junior announced he’s headed to Texas Christian. Curry told ESPN.com that he always wanted to play in the Big 12 and calls it a great fit. He’s from Keller, TX, it’s only a 20 minute drive from his boyhood home to the TCU campus. Curry started eight games for the Huskers last season.

No captains named yet, but Pelini points out leaders on the defense (AUDIO)

The Husker football team is done with what they call Fall Camp, but now today as they practice they move into game week mode for their season opener against Florida Atlantic. On Saturday the team just went through situational walk-throughs, a light practice just over an hour. Bo Pelini revamped his practice schedule this season and so far the benefits have been noticeable.

Pelini talked about leadership on this team, in particular some Blackshirts with experience.  Plus, the head coach says there are still some housekeeping items to take care of such as naming captains, deciding which current walk-on players that will be awarded scholarships and an announcement on any freshmen that will be redshirting will come later this week.

Papuchis has three who can see significant playing time at cornerback (AUDIO)

Josh Mitchell is one of Nebraska’s starting cornerback positions, but a two-man competition between Beatrice graduate Daniel Davie and Jonathan Rose will help settle . It’s a nice problem to have for defensive coordinator John Papuchis.  However, before he makes a decision, he’s going to let the competition play out for another week while the team prepares for their season opener next Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

Mitchell played in all 13 games and made six starts. Rose played a lot of special teams a year ago and Davie is back after a knee injury suffered against Michigan State.