August 30, 2015

Freshman takes the reigns at Chadron State

Jay Long

Jay Long

TD Stein will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night when Chadron State opens the season on the road at Missouri S@T. The redshirt freshman  is a native of Chadron and replaces four-year starter John McClain under center.

Chadron State coach Jay Long says Stein just needs game experience right now.

“He’s a terrific football player who has great leadership qualities and also is very intelligent”, said Long. We’re looking forward to getting him on the football field and start that process.”

The Eagles play their first three games on the road and won’t play at home until September 26th against Colorado Mesa.

Huskers prepare for BYU pressure

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

Nebraska coach Mike Riley says the Husker offense will face a BYU defense that “likes to blitz from the bleachers” when the teams square off Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

A veteran quarterback like Tommy Armstrong could help against pressure and Armstrong says the key will be recognizing what defense BYU is in at the snap.

“Your know there three-four defense they disguise a little bit and do things a little bit different than the three-four defenses we have faced in the past”, said Armstrong. Blitz wise they kind of have no rules when it comes to blitzing.”

Saturday’s game will be the first ever between two programs that have combined to win 69 conference championships.

 

Lincoln native earns start at Southeast Missouri State

Tay Bender

Tay Bender

Lincoln native Tay Bender has been named the starting quarterback at Southeast Missouri State University.

The former Southwest High School standout originally enrolled at Kansas State but transferred to Iowa Western Community College prior to the start of the 2013 season. He was a two-time All-Midwest Conference selection for the Reivers and led his team to a 22-2 record over the last two seasons.

The Redhawks open their season at Missouri on September fifth.

Black shirts to be awarded prior to BYU game

bankerThe Nebraska football coaching staff will hand out black shirts prior to the Husker’s season opener against BYU on September fifth. The tradition dates back to the 1960s when the Huskers’ first-string defenders were given the shirts to wear in practice.

“We’ve had a discussion probably about every five, six seven days and talk about our depth chart and then we also talk about guys we would put on the list to nominate each position and who would be deserving of one”, said defensive coordinator Mark Banker. “We’re pretty close on that and awarding those black shirts.”

After an unscheduled day off the Huskers return to the practice field this afternoon.

 

 

Husker volleyball set for season opener

John Cook

John Cook

The fifth ranked Nebraska volleyball team opens the season this weekend by hosting the Nebraska Invitational at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers open Friday night against Tulsa and play two matches on Saturday by squaring off against Grand Canyon University and Pitt.

“Our number one goal for this weekend is to get our best serving and passing lineup on the court because that is what wins early and late”, said veteran Husker coach John Cook. We’re going to figure out how we can pass the best and that will allow us to run an offense.”

Cook enters the season three wins shy of 600. With three victories, he will become the 15th active division one head coach to reach 600 wins.