July 5, 2015

Nebraska and Wisconsin favored in B1G West Division

The Big Ten West Division title may be decided by the October 10th game in Memorial Stadium between Nebraska and Wisconsin. Publisher and Collegesteele football prognosticator Phil Steele calls the Huskers and Badgers the main contenders in the division race.

Both programs will be led by first year coaches. Paul Chryst takes over at Wisconsin after three years at Pittsburgh while Mike Riley enters his first season at Nebraska after spending the last 12 at Oregon State.

Nebraska returns 12 starters from last year’s team that finished 9-4 and Steele says the Husker defense should make strides under new coordinator Mark Banker after finishing eighth in total defense in the Big Ten in 2014 and ninth against the run.

Nebraska opens the season at home September fifth against BYU. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview hits the newsstands July first. Fans may also order the magazine over the phone at (866) 918-7711 or on line at www.philsteele.com


Riley names Husker captains

FB-Coach-Mike-Riley-SB-0571Nebraska football coach Mike Riley says six players have been voted by their teammates to serve as captains for the upcoming season. Offensively, senior tackle Alex Lewis, junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and junior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp were named captains. Senior defensive end Jack Gangwish, junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins and junior safety Nate Gerry will represent the Blackshirts as captains.

The Huskers open the season September fifth at Memorial Stadium against BYU.


Crouch and Wiegert named to Hall of Fame ballot

crouchNebraska legends Eric Crouch and Zach Wiegert have been named to the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. The 2016 ballot includes 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Crouch was the 2001 Heisman trophy winner and led the Huskers to the national championship game. Wiegert was named wiegertNebraska’s seventh Outland Trophy winner in 1994 and helped lead the Huskers to a national title.

The next Hall of Fame class will be announced January eighth in Scottsdale, Arizona as part of the College Football Playoff National Championship weekend.

Pierson-El named preseason All-American

Nebraska’s De’Mornay Pierson-El has been named to the preseason All-American team by publisher and college football QZTVJJVFFJIIJVI_20141128214712prognosticator Phil Steele. He was a first-team selection as a punt returner and the only Husker to be named on Steele’s four All-American teams.

Pierson-El led the nation in punt return yards in 2014 with 596 and returned three for touchdowns.

Steele’s “College Football Preview” will be hitting the newsstands later this month.

Riley makes an offer to a third in-state player


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Huskers coach Mike Riley offered his third-in state prospect. The Lincoln-Journal Star reports that Ashland-Greenwood’s Ben Stille received an offer to play for the Huskers. He’d been drawing attention from South Dakota State, Frank Solich at Ohio and Craig Bohl in Wyoming.

This past Saturday, Iowa made an offer and that’s when Big Ten schools, including Nebraska started to take notice of the 6’4, 230 pounder.

Stille won the Class B state wrestling championship at 220 pounds this past season with a 34-0 record.