March 29, 2015

Six incoming Huskers on the 2015 Shrine Bowl roster

2015 Shrine Bowl

2015 Shrine Bowl

Husker recruits Michael Decker of Omaha North and Daishon Neal of Omaha Central are the two main players in this summer’s 57th annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl.  In addition four husker walk-ons will play.  They include:

Wyatt Mazour – Boone Central (Nebraska walk-on)
Conor Young – Cozad (Nebraska walk-on)
Noah Johnson – Sutton (Nebraska walk-on)
Fyn Anderson – Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska walk-on)

The game is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. CT, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Cope Stadium at Foster Field.

SOUTH ROSTER

Alex Agostine – Lincoln Southeast
Fyn Anderson – Lincoln Southeast (Nebraska walk-on)
Brian Arp – Kearney (Ohio recruit)
Nicholas Brungarot – Kearney Catholic
Dennis Cababting – Kearney Catholic
Branden Carpenter – Lincoln East
Matthew Clark – Syracuse (South Dakota State recruit)
Tyler Craven – Ashland-Greenwood
Ryan Earith – Papillion La Vista South (South Dakota State recruit)
Jack Harms – Crete (South Dakota State recruit)
Adam Holtorf – Seward (Kansas State recruit)
Kyle Jensen – Exeter-Milligan
Noah Johnson – Sutton (Nebraska walk-on)
Dillon Kanne – Gretna
Riley Kentifeld – Norris
Ben Klenke – Seward
Bryce Lyons – McCook
Tanner Luck – Beatrice
Alex McGinnis – Crete
Jacob LaMarche – Ralston
Brandon Mecalf – Lincoln East
DaiShon Neal – Omaha Central (Nebraska recruit)
Kallon Neelon – Omaha Westside
Kyle O’Neill – Omaha Skutt Catholic
Isaiah Ramsey – Omaha Skutt Catholic (Iowa Western CC recruit)
Thomas Russell – Millard West
Tre’ Sanders – Omaha Central
Luke Sellers – Papillion La Vista South (South Dakota State recruit)
Colton Sis – McCook
Alec Sovereign – Lincoln Southwest
Brockton Sterling – Kearney
Sam Walker – Millard West
Jessup Workman – Beatrice (South Dakota State recruit)
Conor Young – Cozad (Nebraska walk-on)
Carter Zlab – Wilber-Clatonia

SOUTH COACHES

Doug Goltz, Falls City Sacred Heart – Head Coach
Ryan Gottula, Lincoln Southeast – Assistant Coach
Jim Jacobsen, Norris – Assistant Coach
Phil Truax, Dundy County Stratton – Assistant Coach
Matt Farup, Lincoln Christian – Assistant Coach
Lynn Jurgens, Wilber-Clatonia – Assistant Coach
NORTH ROSTER

Pierce Almond – Grand Island
Chance Anglin – Sidney
Nick Arlt – Oakland-Craig
Jared Bellar – Battle Creek
Trevor Benham – Millard North
Tanner Borchardt – Gothenburg
Blake Bubak – Columbus
Kevin Cahoy – Grand Island
Dash Cameron – Tekamah Herman
Jamie Davis – Lincoln High
Michael Decker – Omaha North (Nebraska recruit)
Louis DeJager – Battle Creek
Nate Flaherty – Norfolk Catholic
Colt Fisher – Hemingford
Dayton Golden – Lincoln North Star
Josh Holcomb – Omaha Burke
Chace Hutchison – Norfolk
Vance Janssen – Blair
Jack Kalina – Papillion La Vista
Michael Lipker – Boone Central
Wyatt Mazour – Boone Central (Nebraska walk-on)
Drew McClellen – North Platte St. Patrick’s
Jack McLeay – Omaha Creighton Prep
Ian Mertlik – Blair
Jack Morock – Elkhorn
Shawn Rouse – Omaha Benson
Jake Sager – Sidney
Garrit Shanle – Columbus Scotus
Trevin Steager – David City Aquinas
Brett Stinson – Elkhorn South
Joshua Stoltenberg – Omaha Creighton Prep
Calvin Strong Jr. – Omaha North (South Dakota recruit)
Nate Tate – Omaha Burke
Adrrell Taylor – Millard North
Tyler Thomsen – Fremont Archbishop Bergan

NORTH COACHES

Larry Martin, Omaha North – Head Coach
Todd Ekart, Sidney – Assistant Coach
Charlie Shoemaker, Grand Island C.C. – Assistant Coach
Andrew Carlson, Battle Creek – Assistant Coach
Todd O’Neill, Omaha North – Assistant Coach
Randy Rouse, Omaha Benson – Assistant Coach

Abdullah, Bell and Gregory set for NFL Combine. What the experts are saying.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers will send three players to the NFL Combine which gets started with interviews and exams on Wednesday from Indianapolis, IN. The on-field workouts begin this Friday, February 20 with the offensive linemen and tight ends, and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Saturday, February 21, linebackers and defensive linemen on Sunday, February 22 and defensive backs on Monday, February 23. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 8 a.m. CT which you can watch on the NFL Network.

Here is what the NFL.com experts are saying about the Huskers.

 

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah-RB
STRENGTHS
Decisive runner with good lower-body drive and a willingness to run behind his pads. Finishes his runs. Has NFL-caliber burst and can hit top speed quickly. Defenses must respect his ability to turn the corner on play-side. Patient runner with plus vision. Willing to seek out cutback lanes. Rarely dances to the line or makes unnecessary lateral moves. Isn’t a predictable runner. Lacks blazing top-end speed but plays fast. Highly competitive with a high football IQ. Hasn’t dropped a pass in two years and can be a valuable weapon in passing attack. Will make arm tacklers pay and is better in short yardage than most backs his size. Can help immediately as a punt or kick returner. Personal and football character is considered off-the-charts by the scouting community.

WEAKNESSES
Lacks ideal size that teams look for from a three-down running back. Frame is close to maxed out. Doesn’t always go through his pass routes at full speed. Smallish frame causes some issues in pass protection. Tenacity in protection needs to improve. Ball security is a legitimate concern with 13 fumbles over his four years at Nebraska.

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell-WR
STRENGTHS
Can get on top of cornerbacks quickly and can ramp up acceleration to create enough air space for quarterbacks to target him up top. Has made big catches at big times for Nebraska. Displays concentration and boundary awareness up the field. Has big-play ability that was untapped at times at Nebraska. Shredded with little body fat. Smart player and very well-coached in college. Plus competitiveness when going up to snag a pass against defenders. Ball winner.

WEAKNESSES
Has some stiffness to his routes. Doesn’t get into and out of breaks as cleanly as scouts would like to see. Likely limited to a roll as an outside threat. Thin frame and has struggled at staying on his route when muscled by big corners. Needs to diversify his approach to getting off the line of scrimmage on the next level.

Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory-OLB
STRENGTHS
Tall with long levers and a lean, sinewy build. Batted down four passes in 2014. Stronger than expected at point of attack. Able to lock out and stay square against big offensive tackles and can whip most tight ends. Unhinges and gets tentacles on running backs bursting through gap. Room for more thickness on long frame. Competitive and shows toughness against run. Can chase and limit outside runs with speed. Secondary motor to stay in hunt downfield as tackler. Explosive hips. Gets instant change of direction to hound quarterbacks in play-action. Played standing up and with hand in ground. Rushed occasionally from ILB spot. Stride and second gear for quick close. Has bend and hips to convert speed to power. Showed improved timing and understanding of how to set up inside pass-rush move as season progressed. Hands are a blur. Explosive play traits to overwhelm technically deficient tackles. Can counter and recover from cut blocks. Flashes plus hand-feet coordination. As blitzer from ILB, will coil and explode into guard on contact step. More than tough enough. Willing to take on pulling guards with low pad level and aggressive pop. [Read more…]

Charlton Warren leaving Nebraska football coaching staff

nebraska_cornhuskers-helmet-logoStatement from University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley:

“Charlton Warren has informed me of his plans to take a similar coaching position at another university. This is an opportunity that Charlton feels is right for him and his family, and I respect his decision. We appreciate the valuable role Charlton has played in our transition to the University of Nebraska and wish him and his family nothing but the best. Charlton is an outstanding man and a bright, energetic football coach with a great future ahead of him in this profession.

“We will search for a talented teacher, coach and recruiter to fill the open position on our defensive staff. This is a high priority, but we will take the necessary time to find the individual who is the right fit to help lead the young men in the University of Nebraska football program.”

Crete High School looking for new football coach

Chuck McGinnis

Chuck McGinnis

Chuck McGinnis, the head football coach at Crete High School for the past 16 years is stepping down. He led the Cardinals to the playoffs in 15 of those season, bringing Class B state titles home to Crete in 2000, ’06, ’07 and ’10. He had a .722 winning percentage with a 130-50 record. McGinnis says he plans to follow his sons Derek, who plays football at Washburn University and Alex, who will play at Nebraska-Kearney…both were quarterbacks under the dad.

Riley wraps up first recruiting class with big gains on the defense

Mike Riley is pretty happy with his first recruiting class at Nebraska

Mike Riley is pretty happy with his first recruiting class at Nebraska

Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley introduced his first Husker recruiting class on Wednesday. The 2015 signing class includes 20 scholarship players that come from 13 states.Riley was hired at Nebraska on Dec. 4 and he and his staff quickly put together a class that includes 12 on the defensive side.

Riley had to get after three defensive backs ready to enroll early in Avery Anderson and Eric Lee from Colorado and Aaron Williams from Georgia.  That was his first priority. He also stopped over in Blue Springs, Missouri and made sure Carlos and Khalil Davis (6’3, 280/270 respectively) were on board.

Riley said selling the University of Nebraska to recruits was a rewarding experience for him and his staff.  In a release from the NU Athletics Department, Riley said:

”I think kids also, and especially parents who have input, look at the big picture of going to college and what does this university have to offer. This is where Nebraska is off the charts. The resources for young men here, academic support, life skills, nutrition, just go down the line in all of those things and it is at a high, high level. So they’re joining a place that really knows what it is talking about when it is talking about student athletes and what you can accomplish here. That part of it, that is pretty easy.”

2015 Scholarship Recruits

Lavan Alston WR 5/11 173 CA
Avery Anderson S 6/1 172 CO
Jalin Barnett OL 6/4 315 OK
Mohamed Barry LB 6/1 210 GA
Alex Davis DE 6/5 220 FL
Carlos Davis DT 6/3 280 MO
Khalil Davis DT 6/3 270 MO
Michael Decker OL 6/4 280 NE
Tyrin Ferguson LB 6/2 205 LA
Christian Gaylord OL 6/6 270 KS
Eric Lee CB 5/10 175 CO
Stanley Morgan WR 6/1 185 LA
DaiShon Neal DE 6/7 240 NE
Jordan Ober LS 6/0 190 NV
Devine Ozigbo RB 5/11 225 TX
Antonio Reed LB 6/2 210 MS
Matt Snyder TE 6/5 245 CA
Adrienne Talan LB 6/1 205 FL
Aaron Williams DB 5/11 185 GA
Dedrick Young ATH 6/1 215 AZ

8 walk-ons 
Fyn Anderson DL 6-3 260 NE
Jared Brugmann LB 6/2 225 NE
Brody Cleveland LB 6/2 220 NE
Austin Hemphill FB 6/0 220 NE
Reid Karel QB 6/3 190 NE
Wyatt Mazour RB 5/9 190 NE
Jacob Weinmaster LB 6/0 200 CO
Conor Young ATH 6/1 170 NE