The 125th season of Nebraska football will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Huskers play host to Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium. Game time has been set for 2:30 p.m. CDT with television coverage provided by BTN. The Huskers stay at home in week two and will take on McNeese State in a game scheduled for an 11 a.m. CDT kickoff. The contest will be televised on ESPNU.
Nebraska wide receiver Jariah Tolbert entered a plea of guilty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana on Tuesday, from a June 12th incident on tennis courts on the Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound freshman from Louisiana pleaded not guilty, on the charge of obstructing an officer. Tolbert will pay a $300 fine on the marijuana charge and a hearing is set for July 28 on the second charge. According to a UNL police report, Tolbert was smoking marijuana when two officers approached. There allegedly was a chase a brief struggle.
Tolbert is one of three players from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans to join the Huskers in the 2014 signing class. Tolbert is joined by Glenn Irons and Jaevon Walton.
Tolbert earned honorable-mention LSWA Class 4A all-state honors on a 13-3 team his senior year. Tolbert caught 56 passes for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns to help lead a powerful offensive attack. In 2012, Tolbert was one of the top targest in the passing game, and his play helped Edna Karr to a perfect 14-0 season and the Class 4A state title.
The 2014 Husker football team will hold their annual Nebraska Football Fan Day on Friday, Aug. 1. The event at Memorial Stadium will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. All Husker players that will be part of preseason camp will be in attendance and available to fans.
Autograph cards and other items will be available for fans at the gates. Fans are reminded to limit their autograph requests to one item per player or coach. More information on Fan Day, including parking and gate information will be available at a later date.
Nebraska will open the 125th season of Cornhusker Football against Florida Atlantic at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.
Nebraska senior receiver Kenny Bell was named to the watch list for the 2014 Biletnikoff Award. The award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. The 6-1, 185-pound Bell ranks fifth on Nebraska’s career receptions list with 134 catches, leaving him 32 catches behind the NU record of 166 receptions by Nate Swift. Bell is third in school history with 1,901 career receiving yards, leaving him 578 yards from Johnny Rodgers’ school record in that category.
Bell has 15 career touchdown receptions heading into 2014, including four touchdown catches in 2013. He has shown a knack for the big play throughout his career with each of his last 13 touchdown catches covering at least 20 yards.
Bell has led Nebraska in receptions each of his first three seasons, the first player to accomplish that at Nebraska since Matt Davison from 1998 to 2000. This fall, Bell could be the first player to lead the Huskers in catches for four straight years. Bell finished his junior season with a team-high 52 receptions for 577 yards and earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.
Ten semifinalists for the award will be chosen on Nov. 17, with three finalists announced on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.
Husker football news briefs…Gregory on another watch list, freshman leaves and former player pleads guilty
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory was named to the Lombardi Award Watch List, his fourth award list he’s been added to. Five Huskers have won the Lombardi Award, most recently Ndamukong Suh in 2009. The Lombardi is another award given to the best down lineman on offense or defense.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini confirmed that incoming freshman defensive end DeAndre Wills has left the Husker football program. Pelini said Wills’ departure was a mutual decision. Willis is from Alabama, he told the Omaha World Herald, two family illnesses played a major role in his decision, saying he left the program in June after his grandmother got sick and his uncle had a heart attack.
Former Husker football player, 26 year old Benjamin Martin, pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges and now faces up to 15 years to life in federal prison after a woman found Martin slumped over passed out in his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Lincoln with a rifle and ammunition in his car, back in his car. A search of his car found over 15 grams of meth and over $48,000 in cash.