April 21, 2015

Former Husker Suh ready to sign a monster deal with Miami

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Former Husker standout Ndamukong Suh, who started his career with the Detroit Lions is ready to sign one of the biggest deals in NFL history.  When the new NFL season officially starts on Tuesday with the opening of free agency, the Miami Dolphins are ready to sign Suh to a guaranteed $60 million.

The figures, first reported by ESPN are $19 million per season, $60 million guaranteed, $114 million total.

Four quarterbacks were the top earners in guaranteed money, and only San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick had passed the $60 million guaranteed mark ($61 million).  The three biggest defensive guarantees before Suh’s $60 million were $47.368 million (Patrick Peterson), $51.5 million (Gerald McCoy) and J.J. Watt’s $51.876 million.

Riley hires former Maryland DC as defensive backs coach

Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart

University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced Tuesday the hiring of Brian Stewart as the Huskers’ defensive backs coach. Stewart brings defensive coordinator experience at both the college and professional levels to the Husker staff. Stewart comes to Nebraska after spending the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Maryland.  His stop at Maryland continued an impressive coaching resume that includes seven years as a defensive coordinator—five years in college football and two in the National Football League. Stewart also has 15 years of tutoring defensive backs on his coaching resume.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is…a football powerhouse. The most important thing for me in my coaching career is my family. Coach Riley and his staff have been together so long, and you can just see the loyalty and trust. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Riley said adding another experienced coach to his staff will provide excellent leadership to a veteran group of Nebraska defensive backs.

“Brian Stewart brings a record of success in both the collegiate and professional ranks and will be a great fit at the University of Nebraska,” Riley said. “He has experience coaching and recruiting in all parts of the country, most recently with experience in the Big Ten Conference. We look forward to Brian getting started with our defensive staff and our secondary.”

[Read more…]

First chance to see Mike Riley’s Huskers will come on April 11th

Mike Riley

Mike Riley

The University of Nebraska and BTN have announced that the Huskers’ April 11 Red-White Spring Game will be televised live on the network, beginning at 1 p.m.

In addition to live coverage on BTN, the game will also be available for fans on their mobile devices through BTN2Go. This marks the fourth straight year BTN has provided coverage of the Nebraska spring game.

 

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…]