September 2, 2014

Pelini names five captains and a former Husker will play close to home (AUDIO)

The Huskers named their team captains…three offensive players in I-back Ameer Abdullah, receiver Kenny Bell and offensive guard Jake Cotton. On the defensive side, cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The players come from five different states including Nebraska (Cotton), Alabama (Abdullah), Colorado (Bell), Illinois (Cooper) and California (Mitchell). This marks the second consecutive season Nebraska has elected season-long captains after choosing game captains during Bo Pelini’s first five seasons as head coach.

Abdullah is just the eighth player in school history to be a captain for two seasons, including five under Pelini.

Others on the list include Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead, Brett Maher and Alex Henery in recent years. Prior to Henery in 2009 and 2010, the most recent two-time captain was Ed Weir in 1924-25, while the first two-time captains were James H. Johnson in 1891-92 and John Westover in 1901-02.

When former Husker defensive tackle Aaron Curry left the Nebraska program a week ago, many speculated that he was going to Oklahoma where his dad played basketball. The junior announced he’s headed to Texas Christian. Curry told ESPN.com that he always wanted to play in the Big 12 and calls it a great fit. He’s from Keller, TX, it’s only a 20 minute drive from his boyhood home to the TCU campus. Curry started eight games for the Huskers last season.

No captains named yet, but Pelini points out leaders on the defense (AUDIO)

The Husker football team is done with what they call Fall Camp, but now today as they practice they move into game week mode for their season opener against Florida Atlantic. On Saturday the team just went through situational walk-throughs, a light practice just over an hour. Bo Pelini revamped his practice schedule this season and so far the benefits have been noticeable.

Pelini talked about leadership on this team, in particular some Blackshirts with experience.  Plus, the head coach says there are still some housekeeping items to take care of such as naming captains, deciding which current walk-on players that will be awarded scholarships and an announcement on any freshmen that will be redshirting will come later this week.

Gregory says the NU defense needs some swagger (AUDIO)

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory talked after practice about how athletic and talented he thinks the Black Shirts will be this year, but he says there has to be a certain level of confidence that comes with success

Ohio State learned they will be without their starting quarterback Braxton Miller, a Heisman hopeful. He suffered a shoulder injury while throwing a short pass in a non-contact drill. Miller was coming back from offseason surgery after he first hurt the shoulder in the Orange Bowl.

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Huskers dietary needs featured in Sports Illustrated article (AUDIO)

In this week’s Sports Illustrated, on page 20, there’s a small column written on the Huskers and their nutritionist Ryan Reist. The article talks about how he creates individual meal plans for each Husker that based on the player’s age, height, weight, body-fat percentage and his on-field goals.

The two examples they used were defensive end Randy Gregory who had to add 20 pounds. Reist upped Gregory’s daily intake between 4,500 and 6,000 calories. Meanwhile, sophomore defensive tackle Vincent Valentine needed to lose ten pounds, so Reist told the defensive tackle to swap flavored water over sports drinks and cut out the greasy fast foods. That’s advice most of us could probably use right?

This is really the final week of fall camp for the Huskers. After this, the team will go into game week mode as they get ready for their season opener on the 30th against Florida Atlantic.

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck was too happy with the fact that there were a lot of dropped passes yesterday, but overall as a whole he’s satisfied with where the offense is and they are on par with where they should be at this point of camp.

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong had a strong day and he said he’s done a better job of managing the expectations at his position.

Reports that Curry leaving Nebraska to join Sooner football (AUDIO)

According to  SoonerScoop.com, and later reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, defensive tackle Aaron Curry is planning to leave the Huskers and transfer to Oklahoma. Curry was not at practice on Saturday and no explanation was given.

There is some stiff competition on the defensive line this year and Curry was taking many of his reps with the number two defense, battling for playing time with Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine, who are having great fall camps. Sophomore Kevin Mauriceand junior Kevin Williams, back after a knee injury, are also in the mix, so it could be a simple numbers game for Curry, a junior from Texas. However, he has ties to the Sooners. His dad, Aaron Curry Sr., played basketball for OU.

Curry was one of five true freshman to play for the Huskers two years ago and last year, was a starter for the final half of the season, starting the final eight games.

Week two of Fall Camp wrapped up on Saturday. A great week for quarterback Tommy Armstrong, and Bo Pelini is happy with the progress his starting quarterback is making.

This is a big week for the true freshman. By the end of the week, the coaching staff will have an answer as to which freshman will play and which freshman will put on the redshirt for a season.

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