April 18, 2014

Pelini releases statement on injured player Reeves

“Ryne Reeves had full sensation and movement in all extremities following his injury at practice on Wednesday. As a precautionary measure, he was transported for further evaluation of his neck pain. All of his imaging studies were normal, and it is being treated as a cervical strain injury. Ryne will continue to be treated and evaluated, and we are optimistic that he will be able to return to practice sometime following spring break.”

Husker football to scrimmage 100 plays tonight before taking a break from spring workouts

The Nebraska football team practiced for two hours in full pads inside the Hawks Championship Center on Wednesday as the Huskers continued spring workouts.

“I’m seeing progress on both sides,” Head coach Bo Pelini said. “I’m seeing guys who are competing, and I think it’s been a productive seven practices to this point. We’ll scrimmage tomorrow night (Thursday) and go from there.”

The Huskers are continuing to implement details on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

“Now we need to get into the details and the fine points that are going to allow them to have success,” Pelini said.

Offensively, quarterback Tommy Armstrong likes his receiver corps and offensive line.

AUDIO Sean Callahan reports on Armstrong.

Pelini likes the way the young defensive lineman are progressing in camp.

“Malik Collins has really had a good camp. Kevin Maurice is doing some good things, and Vincent Valentine has really flashed at times. End to end, this group is way ahead of where they were last year,” Pelini said.

The Huskers return to the practice field on Thursday for their final practice before Spring Break. The squad will return to practice on March 31 in preparation for its Spring Game, set for Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m.

 

Husker QB Martinez put through WR and DB drills at NU’s Pro Day

NFL scouts were on campus in Lincoln on Thursday to put Husker seniors through drills similar to the NFL Combine during Nebraska’s Pro Day. Thirteen seniors from Nebraska’s 2013 senior class and three 2012 seniors worked out for NFL scouts and position coaches.

Receiver Quincy Enunwa and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste were on hand for Pro Day after also taking part in the NFL Combine last month. In addition, Combine invitee Spencer Long went through some drills on Thursday, but he continues to recover from knee surgery. Long will have an additional opportunity to work out for NFL scouts in Lincoln in mid-April.

Taylor Martinez went through the full range of drills, and afterwards, Martinez  said he also took part in the specific quarterback drills as well as running through some drills for wide receivers and defensive backs.

For Martinez to have a shot in the NFL, he must utilize his speed and those two positions, may be his best opportunity. Martinez showed no ill-effects from a foot injury that forced him to miss nine games this past season.

Now his plans are to return to Laguna Beach, CA. and continue to work out with his quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun.

The 2014 NFL Draft will take place in New York City from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10.

Curt Tomasevicz goes out with bronze medal

Nebraska native Curtis Tomasevicz, celebrates Sunday after winning the bronze medal.

Nebraska native Curtis Tomasevicz, celebrates Sunday after winning the bronze medal.

Steven Holcomb, who won a bronze medal for the United States in the two-man bobsled, along with his teammates Shelby, Neb. native Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton, and Chris Fogt in USA 1, finished with the bronze in four-man bobsled.

The U.S. was in fourth place just 0.17 seconds from the leader, and just 0.01 seconds from a medal. In the final heat, USA 1 edged out Russia-2 by 0.03 seconds for the bronze. After the competition, the former Husker football player tweeted.

“I told you it would be NUTS! #bronze!”

The 33-year old Tomasevicz announced his retirement after the Sochi Games.

Former Husker football player preparing for final Olympic run

Curt Tomasevicz

Curt Tomasevicz

Curt Tomasevicz began the sport of bobsledding in 2004 and made an appearance in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, only two years after his debut as a bobsledder. He placed sixth in four-man in Torino, Italy, with driver Steven Holcomb.

He won his first World Cup gold medal with driver Steve Holcomb in Cesana, Italy in 2007. Curt began his first attempts at driving in the U.S. Team Trials in October 2007 and his competed in a few America’s Cup races earning a bronze in Calgary in 2008.

As part of Team Night Train, Curt won the 4-man World Championships in Lake Placid in 2009. He also took the bronze medal in 2-man in the same World Championships.

His greatest bobsledding accomplishment came in February of 2010 when his team won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 4-man bobsled race. It was the first gold medal for the U.S. in bobsled in 62 years. Curt also took 6th place in the 2-man event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Curt played running back and linebacker for the University of Nebraska from 2000-2003. He was Academic All-Big XII in 2003.

At 33, he’s preparing for what he says is likely his final Olympic run. The 4-man bobsled competition in Sochi begins on Friday.

Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on KLIN, interviewed USA Bobsled Team member Curt Tomasevicz.

AUDIO Listen to the interview (4:30)