October 22, 2014

Players consider it an honor to wear the Blackshirts. So much, that one player doesn’t feel he’s ready to wear it yet (AUDIO)

Nebraska_Cornhuskers_Blackshirts16 Husker defenders were awarded the coveted Blackshirt jersey.

Upfront defensive ends Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen both were selected as ends in the Blackshirt group. Defensive tackles were sophomore Maliek Collins, and juniors Kevin Williams and Vincent Valentine. Four linebackers with seniors Zaire Anderson, Trevor Roach, junior David Santos and sophomore Josh Banderas being the recipients and a total of seven defensive backs were selected.  Corners Josh Mitchell, Daniel Davie and Jonathan Rose, ewcomers Byerson Cockrell and Joshua Kalu and two safeties, senior Corey Cooper and sophomore Nate Gerry.

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Big East coaches pick Creighton for 9th

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in a preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches.

Defending league champion Villanova was a unanimous favorite with 81 points, as coaches are not able to vote for their own team in the poll. Georgetown (67) picked up the other first place vote and was tabbed second, just two points ahead of St. John’s (65). Rounding out the top half of the poll were Xavier (52) and defending Tournament champion Providence (49).

The bottom half of the poll features Seton Hall (43) in sixth, Butler and Marquette (28) in a tie for seventh, Creighton (25) ninth and DePaul (12) in 10th.

Creighton’s ninth place prognostication is the program’s lowest mark since being tabbed 10th of 11 Missouri Valley Conference teams in 1995-96. That Creighton team exceed expectations, tying for fifth place in The Valley.

It also snaps the program’s streak of 14 straight years being picked fourth or higher in the preseason poll of its conference, a remarkable testament to CU’s consistency and ability to live up to lofty expectations that is evidenced by the team’s streak of 17 straight top-four finishes in the year-end standings.

Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was selected as the 2014-15 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. He was joined on the preseason first team by Butler’s Kellen Dunham, St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison, Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston and Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook.

Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead earned the nod as the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Creighton did not have any representatives on the preseason all-conference team for the first time since 2007-08. It’s just the sixth time in the last 20 years CU did not have a first team all-conference honoree in the presason, and will mark the first time in Greg McDermott’s five seasons at Creighton that his team did not have the Preseason Player of the Year. Four of the five previous Bluejay teams in the last 20 years without a preseason all-league honoree would reach either the NCAA or NIT.

Creighton will open the exhibition season on Nov. 7 vs. Sioux Falls before starting the regular season one week later against Central Arkansas.

Story courtesy: GoCreighton.com

Huskers begin to get ready to host Rutgers

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for the first time in four weeks on Saturday, as the Huskers play host to Big Ten newcomer Rutgers at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the game televised by ESPN2.

The Huskers enter the game with a 6-1 overall reocrd and a 2-1 Big Ten Conference record after a 38-17 victory at Northwestern last Saturday. The Huskers were dominant in the second half, erasing a 17-14 halftime deficit and holding the Wildcats to just 28 yards after intermission. The win made the Huskers bowl eligible, ensuring a postseason berth for the seventh straight season.

The win at Northwestern helped Nebraska move up three spots in both major polls, as the Huskers now check in at No. 16 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. At 2-1 in Big Ten play, the Huskers are tied for second in the Big Ten West with Iowa, a game behind division leader Minnesota, who sits at 3-0 in conference play.

Rutgers comes to Lincoln with a 5-2 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last Saturday in their Big Ten Conference road opener. Rutgers features a potent passing attack that averages better than 250 yards per game through the air.

Rutgers is making its first ever trip to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, and the game will mark just the second meeting between the two programs.

Creighton’s Herbers named Big East offensive player of the week

Creighton men’s soccer sophomore Fabian Herbers earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.

Herbers scored both of Creighton’s goals last week during a two-game BIG EAST road trip. He converted a long free kick from the left sideline to stun St. John’s just inside the final minute of regulation to give the Bluejays a 1-0 victory. On Saturday, Herbers connected on another free kick from just outside the top of the box in the 82nd minute to forge a 1-1 tie at Xavier.

With his pair of scores last week Herbers now leads the BIG EAST with four game-winning goals and is tied for most points in the conference at 20. He has scored the lone goal in three of the Jays’ last four matches and leads the team with eight goals.

The conference laurel is the first of the year and second all-time for Herbers. He claimed BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors last season on Sept. 23.

It marks the second straight week that a Bluejay has been named Offensive Player of the Week by the conference. Junior Timo Pitter earned the honor last week. The Jays’ weekly conference award total now stands at six this year. Last season Creighton also totaled a half dozen Player of the Week honors from the conference.

The Bluejays return to Omaha to entertain No. 3 Georgetown this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT in Morrison Stadium. A free live video stream of the game will be available via the BIG EAST Digital Network with play-by-play from Matt Kelly and analysis from Peter Henning.

Bluejays Browning named Big East volleyball defensive player of the week

Creighton senior Kelli Browning has been named BIG EAST Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday afternoon.

This is the second time in three weeks that Browning has earned the award, having also won it on October 6.

A Waukesha, Wis., native, Browning averaged 2.33 blocks, 2.33 kills and 0.67 digs per set in a pair of 3-0 victories last weekend. Creighton held St. John’s and Providence to a combined total of 49 kills on .011 hitting in six sets that saw the Jays outscore their league rivals 150-90.

On Friday, Browning had seven blocks, seven kills and two digs in a 3-0 win over St. John’s, as CU avenged its only home loss in BIG EAST play in the past two years. Four of her blocks came against BIG EAST kill leader Karin Palgutova.

On Sunday, Browning had seven kills and seven blocks on .545 hitting in CU’s 3-0 win over Providence. Browning’s blocking helped hold PC to -.151 hitting, the poorest mark ever by a Bluejay opponent. In addition, Providence’s 17 kills were the third-fewest in history against Creighton.

For the week, Browning oublocked Creighton’s opponents, 14-7.

First place Creighton (15-7, 8-1 BIG EAST) returns to action on Friday when it hosts defending league champion Marquette in a 7 pm match at D.J. Sokol Arena. That contest will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network.