August 21, 2014

NU football suspends LeRoy Alexander

The following statement is from the Nebraska Athletics Department:

“Nebraska sophomore defensive back LeRoy Alexander has been suspended from competition for the 2014 football season. Alexander will remain on scholarship as a member of the Nebraska football program and will be allowed to practice with the team. Coach Pelini and the Nebraska Athletics Department will have no additional comment on this matter.”

The sophomore from Toledo, OH was expected to play an increased role for the Blackshirts in 2014. The 6-0, 200-pound Alexander earned a spot in the regular rotation at safety last season and showed the ability to be a quality performer for the next three seasons.

Secondary depth will be tested with the loss of nickel back Jackson (AUDIO)

After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini said that junior nickel back Charles Jackson will miss the entire 2014 season due to a knee injury suffered this week.  Jackson, a native of Spring, Texas was expected to compete for the starting nickel back job, a key position in the Husker defense.

“For his long term best interest, they are going to fix it, so he will be out for the year,” Pelini said. “Fortunately for Charles, he has a redshirt year so he still has two years left. It is not a horrible injury, it is a very unusual injury. He will come back and be better than ever,” Pelini said. “It was a hard deal for him, he has put in a lot of work in to it, I feel for him right now.”

Junior Byerson Cockrell and true freshmen Josh Kalu and Trai Mosley will now get the chance to compete at that position.

Here is more from Pelini on the injury, which is similar to the injury that Rex Burkhead suffered.

Shorter practice time works out well for the Huskers (AUDIO)

The Nebraska football team hit the practice field for the first time in 2014 going through just a one-hour and 40-minute workout in shorts and helmets on Monday evening.   Head Coach Bo Pelini enters his seventh year for a team that includes 14 returning starters from last year, and finished 9-4 including a Gator Bowl victory versus Georgia on New Year’s Day.

“I thought it was what you expect after the first day, I liked the tempo and I thought it was an efficient practice,” Pelini said. “I think guys competed and there were a lot of first-day mistakes.”

In an attempt to save the players for later in the season and keep them fresh, Pelini has cut the practice time nearly in half, doing away with walk throughs and individual workouts.

Pelini also announced that sophomore long snapper Gabe Miller will be day-to-day with a minor injury, as well as freshman linebacker Jaevon Walton will miss a few days due to a personal issue.

Skip the fluff, hear the highlights from Pelini’s press gathering.

Husker unveil their alternate uniforms. Fan day set for today

NU will wear this helmet when they play Illinois

NU will wear this helmet when they play Illinois

The University of Nebraska and adidas unveiled new Red Rising TECHFIT football uniforms that the Huskers will wear on Sept. 27 when they host Illinois at 8 p.m. on Homecoming.  Celebrating the 125th year of Nebraska football, the new all-red uniform features black metallic stripes on the jersey and pant, ultra-light black and silver metallic numbers and a large Nebraska “N” on the chest of the TECHFIT compression base layer.

Check out the new uniforms right here.

Husker football fans will get their first opportunity to see the 2014 team Friday afternoon at Nebraska Football Fan Day which will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium with all Husker players and coaches that will be part of fall camp in attendance and available to the fans.

Fans may enter Memorial Stadium through Gates 3 and 24 on the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium. Gates will open at 2 p.m. The majority of players will be seated on the field at Memorial Stadium, while true freshmen will be located in the stands throughout West Stadium.

Fans are asked to respect players and coaches, as well as other fans by limiting their autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans are wishing to have autographed should be in hand, rather than being worn. These policies will help accommodate as many fans as possible within the 90-minute Fan Day window.

Free parking for Fan Day will be available in the 14th and Avery Parking Garage, the Champions Club parking lot (west of Memorial Stadium), Lot 8 (north end of Osborne Athletic Complex) and Lot 5 (northeast of Memorial Stadium). Parking is also available in the Stadium Drive parking garage, but fans will be charged for that garage.

Nebraska ranked 22nd in first Coaches Poll

The Nebraska football team was ranked 22nd in the initial Coaches Poll released Thursday morning. The Huskers received 228 points in a poll of 62 FBS head coaches.

Nebraska returns 14 starters, including All-America candidates Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory, and 45 letterwinners from a team that went 9-4 and capped the year with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia.

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, joining Ohio State (sixth), Michigan State (eighth) and Wisconsin (14th). In addition, five other 2014 opponents – Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Minnesota, Northwestern and Fresno State – were among the teams also receiving votes.

1 Florida State Seminoles
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Oklahoma Sooners
4 Oregon Ducks
5 Auburn Tigers
6 Ohio State Buckeyes
7 UCLA Bruins
8 Michigan State Spartans
9 South Carolina Gamecocks
10 Baylor Bears
11 Stanford Cardinal
12 Georgia Bulldogs
13 LSU Tigers
14 Wisconsin Badgers
15 USC Trojans
16 Clemson Tigers
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
18 Arizona State Sun Devils
19 Mississippi Rebels
20 Texas A&M Aggies
21 Kansas State Wildcats
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers
23 North Carolina Tar Heels
24 Texas Longhorns
25 Washington Huskies

Others Receiving Votes
Missouri 126; Florida 122; Central Florida 102; Mississippi State 74; Oklahoma State 56; TCU 54; Michigan 53; Iowa 49; Miami (Fla.) 45; Duke 41; Louisville 32; Marshall 27; Brigham Young 18; Boise State 13; Louisiana-Lafayette 12; Virginia Tech 12; Texas Tech 8; Minnesota 6; Cincinnati 6; Northwestern 5; Oregon State 4; Fresno State 4; GeorgiaTech 2; Houston 2; Arkansas 1; Arizona 1; Northern Illinois 1.