February 13, 2016

Nebraska well represented on Northwest Missouri State’s D-II football championship roster

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

Northwest Missouri State celebrates their national championship (photo/Ian Echlin)

In front of a record-setting crowd of 16,181 fans Saturday evening at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, KS, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats stamped their name in the history books and treated their fans to their fifth overall national title and second in three years. Over the last three years, Northwest has compiled a 40-2 record.

Playing a big part in this program’s success is the play of quarterback Brady Bolles, a native of Lincoln.

“It was incredible,” said the senior, Bolles, who concluded his stellar career at Northwest by going 20 for 27 for 233 yards and one touchdown. “Our fans were nuts all game. All season they were incredible. To go out on top my senior year is what you dream about.  It felt like a home game at a different field. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, we have the best fans in D-II hands down.”

Bolles played his high school ball at Lincoln North Star, threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns against only nine interceptions, averaging 265 yards per game.

Bolles is one of 13 Nebraska natives who made up the Bearcats roster that finished the season 15-0.

2 Brock Sherman LB 6-0 226 Sr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
62 Chase Sherman OL 6-0 271 Jr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
50 Zach Maloley LB 6-1 237 Sr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
Eli Keller LB 6-2 215 Fr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
78 Landon Kubicek OL 6-4 291 So. Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS
10 Brady Bolles QB 6-3 205 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. / North Star HS
99 Brandon Yost DT 6-2 290 Sr. Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS
72 Sam Gill OL 6-4 247 So. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Burke HS
36 Cole Bixler LB 6-1 210 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha North HS
54 Matt Connelly LB 5-11 224 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Westside HS
DJ McGargill DE 6-2 195 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Skutt HS
74 Zach Flott OL 6-5 303 Fr. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS
79 Ryan Huff OL 6-4 276 So. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS

Riley makes an offer to a third in-state player


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Huskers coach Mike Riley offered his third-in state prospect. The Lincoln-Journal Star reports that Ashland-Greenwood’s Ben Stille received an offer to play for the Huskers. He’d been drawing attention from South Dakota State, Frank Solich at Ohio and Craig Bohl in Wyoming.

This past Saturday, Iowa made an offer and that’s when Big Ten schools, including Nebraska started to take notice of the 6’4, 230 pounder.

Stille won the Class B state wrestling championship at 220 pounds this past season with a 34-0 record.

Death ruled a homicide in ex-Husker Phillips’ prison cell

Lawrence Phillips mugshot

Lawrence Phillips mugshot

The death of a man sharing a prison cell with former Nebraska I-back Lawrence Phillips was ruled a homicide by strangulation, according to a coroner’s report released Thursday.

37 year old Damion Soward was found dead early Saturday in a California prison cell that he shared with the 39 year old Phillips, who is an inmate at Kern Valley State Prison serving a sentence of 31 years and four months.

Phillips was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and later that year drove his car into three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. Soward was sentenced from San Bernardino County to serve 82 years to life for a first-degree murder conviction.

Lawrence Phillips suspected of killing cellmate in California prison

Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips

Lawrence Phillips, the one time St. Louis Rams running back, who was given a chance to turn his troubled life around by then head coach Dick Vermeil, is suspected of murdering Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder.

Phillips is serving 31 years in prison in California for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.  The alleged killing took place on Saturday morning.

At the University of Nebraska, Phillips was suspended for allegedly dragging his ex-girlfriend by her hair down a flight of stairs. He was, reinstated by the team before the end of the season. Nebraska went on to win a national championship.

The Rams drafted him sixth overall in 1996, less than a year after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

In 2005, Phillips twice choked his girlfriend and then drove his car at teens after a pickup football game.

Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football, following large turnout for Spring Game

Terrell Newby carried a spring game high seven times in the near two and half hour scrimmage (photo/NU Athletics)

Terrell Newby carried a spring game high seven times in the near two and half hour scrimmage (photo/NU Athletics)

Fans are ready for the next era of Nebraska football.  The Mike Riley era opened with an exciting Spring Game debut in front of 76,881 fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Red held off the White, 24-15, thanks to a 17-0 lead in a game that featured four, 20-minute quarters.

Scoring Summary

First Quarter (Red 10-0)
RED – 14:04 – Adam Taylor 8 run (Drew Brown kick) – 9 plays, 75 yards, 5:56, RED 7-0
RED – 8:00 – Drew Brown 36 FG – 5 plays, 14 yards, 2:57 – RED 14-0

Second Quarter (Red 17-2)
RED – 8:11 – Jamal Turner 29 pass from Zach Darlington (Brown kick) – 5 plays, 79 yards, 3:43, RED 21-0
WHITE – 0:00 – TEAM Safety

Third Quarter (Red 24-2)
RED – 4:36 – DeMornay Pierson-El 32 pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Brown kick) – 2 plays, 56 yards, 0:52, RED 24-2

Fourth Quarter (Red 24-15)
WHITE – 16:09 – Jordan Nelson 52 pass from Ryker Fyfe (Spencer Lindsay kick) – 6 plays, 75 yards, 3:51
WHITE – 9:19 – Jariah Tolbert 25 pass from Tyson Broekemeier (2PAT pass failed) – 4 plays, 47 yards, 1:53

NEB Spring Game 2015

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