July 31, 2014

Abdullah on Doak Walker list

Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah has been named as one of the preseason candidates for the 2014 Doak Walker Award Thursday morning. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

The 5-9, 195-pound Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards in 2013, the most of any player returning for 2014. Abdullah owns 2,977 career rushing yards to rank third among active returning players in career rushing yards, and he leads all active players with 4,914 career all-purpose yards.

In addition to earning first-team All-Big Ten honors last season, Abdullah was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. He is one of three 2013 Doak Walker semifinalists who are among the 2014 preseason candidates, joining South Carolina’s Mike Davis and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin. Abdullah is one of eight Big Ten running backs on the watch list.

The semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be named on Nov. 18, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will narrow the list to three finalists by Nov. 24. The recipient of the 2014 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 11, on the ESPN College Football Awards show.

First eight Husker football games have times set

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.

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NU linebacker Banderas and NU distrance runner Keifer charged with stealing bicycles

Josh Banderas

Josh Banderas

19 year old Nebraska student athletes Josh Banderas and Lucas Keifer were charged by Lancaster County prosecutors on Tuesday for stealing seven bicycles off a bike rake on the University of Lincoln campus late Monday afternoon.

Banderas, a middle linebacker on the Husker football team, and Keifer, a long distance runner, were pulled over by police just after 5 p.m. on Monday after a witness called 911.

The witness claimed to see two people using bolt cutters and clipping locks, before loading the bikes onto a pickup truck.

Both student-athletes were taken into custody on suspicion of possession of burglar’s tools and theft after being stopped by police. The bikes are valued at approximately $1,700. Both were released on $3,500 bond and have a court appearance set for June 17.

Lucas Keifer

Lucas Keifer

A Nebraska Athletic Department spokesman said administrators and coaches are aware of the incident and have no further comment.

Banderas earned extensive playing time at linebacker as a true freshman last season. Banderas started four games at MIKE linebacker in the first half of the season.

Keifer competed in two meets for NU throughout the indoor season… registered personal-best times of 4:31.92 in the mile and 9:03.76 in the 3,000 meters.

Both student-athletes attended Lincoln Southwest High School.

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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