August 29, 2014

Gregory says the NU defense needs some swagger (AUDIO)

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory talked after practice about how athletic and talented he thinks the Black Shirts will be this year, but he says there has to be a certain level of confidence that comes with success

Ohio State learned they will be without their starting quarterback Braxton Miller, a Heisman hopeful. He suffered a shoulder injury while throwing a short pass in a non-contact drill. Miller was coming back from offseason surgery after he first hurt the shoulder in the Orange Bowl.

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Huskers dietary needs featured in Sports Illustrated article (AUDIO)

In this week’s Sports Illustrated, on page 20, there’s a small column written on the Huskers and their nutritionist Ryan Reist. The article talks about how he creates individual meal plans for each Husker that based on the player’s age, height, weight, body-fat percentage and his on-field goals.

The two examples they used were defensive end Randy Gregory who had to add 20 pounds. Reist upped Gregory’s daily intake between 4,500 and 6,000 calories. Meanwhile, sophomore defensive tackle Vincent Valentine needed to lose ten pounds, so Reist told the defensive tackle to swap flavored water over sports drinks and cut out the greasy fast foods. That’s advice most of us could probably use right?

This is really the final week of fall camp for the Huskers. After this, the team will go into game week mode as they get ready for their season opener on the 30th against Florida Atlantic.

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck was too happy with the fact that there were a lot of dropped passes yesterday, but overall as a whole he’s satisfied with where the offense is and they are on par with where they should be at this point of camp.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong had a strong day and he said he’s done a better job of managing the expectations at his position.

Reports that Curry leaving Nebraska to join Sooner football (AUDIO)

According to, and later reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, defensive tackle Aaron Curry is planning to leave the Huskers and transfer to Oklahoma. Curry was not at practice on Saturday and no explanation was given.

There is some stiff competition on the defensive line this year and Curry was taking many of his reps with the number two defense, battling for playing time with Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine, who are having great fall camps. Sophomore Kevin Mauriceand junior Kevin Williams, back after a knee injury, are also in the mix, so it could be a simple numbers game for Curry, a junior from Texas. However, he has ties to the Sooners. His dad, Aaron Curry Sr., played basketball for OU.

Curry was one of five true freshman to play for the Huskers two years ago and last year, was a starter for the final half of the season, starting the final eight games.

Week two of Fall Camp wrapped up on Saturday. A great week for quarterback Tommy Armstrong, and Bo Pelini is happy with the progress his starting quarterback is making.

This is a big week for the true freshman. By the end of the week, the coaching staff will have an answer as to which freshman will play and which freshman will put on the redshirt for a season.

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Injury bug hits the Huskers offense. Running back out with a broken ankle

Head Coach Bo Pelini announced that redshirt freshman running back Adam Taylor suffered a broken ankle Saturday, giving no timetable on his return. Taylor is from Katy, Texas…during his senior year in high school he ran for a combined 502 yards in the semifinal and state championship games on 70 carries. That’s a 7.1 yards per carry average.

Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck spoke after practice on Monday and said he was pleased with how the three NU quarterbacks have progressed so far this camp.  According to Beck, the quarterbacks are starting to grasp the offensive playbook much better, making more time for the players to review the plays, instead of learning the plays.

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Huskers close out first week of fall camp with two key injuries

The Nebraska football team ended its first full week of Fall Camp on Saturday with a two-hour practice.  It turned out to be a black and blue week.  The Huskers lost both sophomore linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey and junior nickel back Charles Jackson for the season due to injury.

Head Coach Bo Pelini said the team’s spirit is just fine, despite the loss of two potential starters for the 2014 season.

“Our team morale is fine, I feel for those kids,” Pelini said. “As far us going forward, we have a lot of good players and a lot of good competition. We will be fine. We had a good week, our kids are making progress. There is a lot of competition going on for spots and that competition will continue.”

Nebraska will take Sunday off, before resuming practice on Monday with two practices.