January 31, 2015

Former Husker football player Thenarse arrested over the weekend

Ricky Thenarse

Ricky Thenarse

Former Nebraska football player Rickey Thenarse was arrested on burglary charges early Saturday morning after an alleged break-in at an apartment complex on Lincoln’s  northeast side.

According to the Lincoln Police Department report, officers responded to a call at 12:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old woman who complained someone she did not know was banging on her front door.  She called police back to inform them the person was inside her apartment as she hid in a closet.

She opened up the door when police arrived and they chased a man out her back patio door.  Thenarse tried to drive off in a maroon Ford Thunderbird, but was apprehended by police.  The woman’s apartment was trashed.

Thenarse started ten games over five seasons (2006-2010) with the Huskers. A native of Los Angeles, Thenarse also had a warrant issued Jan. 15 for his arrest for failing to pay fines after pleading no contest in November 2014 to a misdemeanor charge of stealing less than $300 in money or goods.

Pierson-El named Freshman All-American for special teams

De'Mornay Pierson-El (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

De’Mornay Pierson-El (Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations)

De’Mornay Pierson-El was named the punt returner on the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team.

Pierson-El returned 34 punts for 596 yards in 2014, returning three punts for touchdowns while averaging 17.5 yards per return. Pierson-El led the nation with his 596 return yards, 194 more yards than any other returner. He also tied for the national lead with his three punt returns for touchdowns, while ranking second in punt return average. Pierson-El led all freshmen nationally in punt return yards, punt return average and punt return touchdowns. He boasted two of the nation’s eight-longest punt returns in 2014, and he was the only player in the country with a pair of 80-yard returns.

A native of Alexandria, Va., Pierson-El set Nebraska freshman records for longest punt return, most punt return yards, most punt return touchdowns and highest punt return average. Overall, Pierson-El’s 596 punt return yards ranked third in school history, while his three punt return touchdowns tied 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers for the second-highest total in Husker history.

UNK’s Manhart and NU’s Anderson to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Cole Manhart. (photo/UNK Athletics, Colby Dorsey)

Cole Manhart. (photo/UNK Athletics, Colby Dorsey)

Nebraska Kearney senior offensive linemen Cole Manhart is one of 10 Division II players taking part in this Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, CA.  Manhart is on the “National” team coached by former NFL head coach Mike Martz. Manhart’s teammate is Nebraska linebacker Zaire Anderson.  The game kicks off Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Central and can be seen live on ESPN 2.

New defensive coordinator Mark Banker could get some outside help at the linebacker position.  Kaiwan Lewis, a regular contributor at linebacker for South Carolina, is transferring from the Gamecocks, and Nebraska is on his short list.  Lewis is graduating from USC and has a year of eligibility remaining.  Lewis is also looking at Rutgers and Penn State maybe some West Coast programs.

Tim Beck headed to Ohio State

Tim Beck

Tim Beck

Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck will join Ohio State’s coaching staff following the  College Football Playoff National Championship.  Beck will replace former Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who will become Houston’s head coach.

Beck moved up the ranks at Nebraska as the running backs coach, quarterbacks coach and then offensive coordinator since 2008.

Beck has also coached at Kansas State and Kansas.

Will Shields a finalist for Pro Football’s Hall of Fame

Will Shields is in the college football hall of fame.  He's looking for a call from Canton, Ohio (photo/NU Athletics)

Will Shields is in the college football hall of fame. He’s looking for a call from Canton, Ohio (photo/NU Athletics)

Former Nebraska lineman Will Shields who played in 224 straight games for the Kansas City Chiefs from his rookie season in ’93 to his final season in ’06 is one of 15 finalists for Pro Football’s Hall of Fame.  The longtime Chiefs lineman was named first-team All-Pro three times, during which he blocked for an NFL-best scoring offense featuring running back Priest Holmes in 2002 and 2003.

Shields played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1989 through 1992. Shields was a consensus first-team All-American and Outland Trophy winner during his final year at Nebraska. He is one of eight Cornhuskers players to win the Outland Trophy. He is one of only sixteen Cornhuskers to have his jersey retired by the team.