April 17, 2014

Huskers score fourth recruit in four days

Plant City, FL defensive end Sedrick King took an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend. Despite having committed to Central Florida  last spring, King told Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline.com that he felt like he saw enough to go ahead and officially become a Husker. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound King finished the season with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, and also had an impressive 30 quarterback hurries.

That brings the number of recruits to 23 for Nebraska, with signing day coming up on February 5.


Pelini balancing recruiting, rest and practice (Big Red Report)

The good news about bowl games is that it allows you additional practices with the younger players on your team. The downside, if any, is that the coaches do double duty this time of year, hitting the recruiting trail between practices. Bo Pelini says the reception on the road from recruits has been promising.

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As far as getting the team ready for this Gator Bowl, Pelini pointed out that with the season ending in late November, he felt it was important that his team take some time off before getting back into practices. A month and half worth of prep time is now cut down to just a few weeks, when you consider finals and a break for the holidays.

The time off helped most of the team, with the exception of Taylor Martinez, who will most likely miss the game. With Taylor out and a little more time to prepare that will offer the offensive coaches an opportunity to garner a game plan that is more suitable for Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III.


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Abdullah named AP All-American (Big Red Report)

Nebraska junior I-back Ameer Abdullah was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. Abdullah has rushed for 1,568 yards this season, while rushing for 100 yards or more in 10 of 12 games. His rushing total is the fifth-best in school history and the most rushing yards by a Nebraska player since the 1997 season when Ahman Green rank for 1,877 yards. Abdullah was one of six running backs to earn All-America honors and he was joined on the third team by Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. Boston College’s Andre Williams and Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey were the first-team running backs, while Bishop Sankey of Washington and Auburn’s Tre’ Mason were on the second team.

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Successful recruiting weekend as prep continues for Georgia (Big Red Report)

The Huskers had a big recruiting weekend which included visits from two, four-star recruits. While both players have given an answer, they were impressed during their time in Lincoln.

6’2, 216 pound Kalen Ballage is the top recruit coming out of Colorado. He’s leaning towards Arizona State, but is keeping his options open. Also, Saddleback Community College’s Eric Lauderdale has his choices down to Nebraska, Florida Tennessee, Arizona State, and Oregon. The 6’2, 200 pound wide out said playing time and winning are a key and he likes the minimal distractions around campus.

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Plus Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah led the list of honorees, as the Nebraska football team gathered for its annual banquet on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln.  Abdullah was named the team’s MVP.


Players prepare for Georgia, Gator Bowl (Big Red Report)

The players returned to the practice field for the first time since their loss to Iowa and as the players spoke to our Sean Callahan, the messages portrayed different a wide range of emotions.  There was frustration in knowing the Huskers could have and should have played better, to feeling the disappointment of not playing in the Big Ten Championship, to those who were ready to turn the page and finish strong with a bowl victory over Georgia.

Sean shares some of the players thoughts as well as some insight from the recruiting trail.

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