Friday, August 31, 2012

Nebraska will win tomorrow in first game!

We are finally here. The beginning of the college football season. Last night some games were played. Gave me the fever. This is a great time of year. I haven't had a lot of people talking Nebraska football so far. I guess we need a game to get in the football mode.

This week I like Nebraska to win 31-14.

I would like to watch the Ohio-Penn State game because I am a frank Solich fan so I will need to DVD it. I like Ohio in this one and as previously stated I think Michigan will beat Alabama.

Pittsburgh running back commit Corey Clement will visit Nebraska tomorrow.

Also visiting is Kyle Shortridge a defensive lineman from Florida who already has 20 offers.

Monday, August 27, 2012

College Football BeginsThursday!

College football is ready to begin!  Nebraska plays in Lincoln vs. Southern Mississippt. Look to Nebraska to win by a couple of touchdowns in their first game this season.

The first week of football usually has some upsets and here are mine for Week 1.

Alabama is favored by 12 points. Look to Denard Robinson and Michigan to knock them off 24-20.

Colorado is favored over Colorado St. by four points. Colorado St. will win by a touchdown.

Northern Illinois upsets Iowa this week.

AND Frank Solich and crew beat Penn St. 24-17 in one of Frank's biggest wins at Ohio.

Brandon Kinnie was cut yesterday by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nebraska volleyball sweeps weekend!

Nebraska volleyball had quite a weekend. On Friday they swept St. Louis in three rather easy sets at the Coliseum. Yesterday they played the No. 1 team in the nation, UCLA. Looked like another sweep by Nebraska and then UCLA won the next two and looked like they had it won. Nebraska rallied in the third set and ended up winning 15-13.

This is the second win against a No. 1 team in 10 months. Will Nebraska be No. 1 now?

Freshman Meghan Haggerty had 17 kills. Freshman Morgan Broekhaus had 15 kills and Gina Mancuso had 15 also.  Hannah Werth had 12 kills. Laura Cook had 22 digs and Lara Dystra had 20. Go Big Red!

Did you see where the sorority called Sigma Lambda Gamma at UNL got suspended. For what? Here are a few things that some woman complained about that let to the suspension.
Pledges were required:
1. Were required to wear all black in meetings.
2. Were blindfolded at meetings.
3. Were deprived of sleep because of late meetings and study times.
4. Were required to do calisthenics if they answered trivia pursuit questions incorrectly.
5. Faced personal restrictions, such as no elevator use or shorcuts.
6. Were not allowed to touch pink or purple, the sorority's colors.
7. Had to carry an egg at all times.
8. Had to bring a live fish to meetings.
9. Weren't allowed to smoke, drink, look at men or use social media.

This is just fun stuff!!!  If fraternities and sororities can't do things like this then what the heck. Don't send your daughter to the military or then she will see what life is all about. Just the beginning of the end of the special time kids can have a college.  How long did she have to do the above for like two weeks?

I think we will see Tommy Armstrong redshirt this spring reading between the lines. He must not be in position right now to be the No. 2 quarterback.

Auburn defensive back transfer Jonathan Rose has been cleared by the NCAA to play football at Nebraska.

Freshman Alonzo Moore has switched from defensive back to wide receiver.

Head Coach Bo Pelini has said freshmen that defensive end Avery Moss, defensive tackle Aaron Curry, running back Imani Cross,  and fullback Andy Janovich will all see action early on the field.

Junior Mike Marrow looks to be the starter at fullback.

Justin Jackson will be the strarting center for the first game over Cole Pensick.

I am excited to see Jordan Westerkamp on the field as wide receiver. He is a true freshman.

Nebraska is making a name for itself in Alabama by recruiting Ameer Abdulah a couple of years ago and now Jonathan Cook and Jonathan Rose.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nebraska basketball gets a gem!

Tai Webster is coming to Nebraska via New Zealand. ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla about Webster, " I'd be shocked if there were 25 17-year-old players in the States better than this kid."  Webster is believed to be the youngest player to ever make the New Zealand national team.

LSU, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina St., Wake Forest, and St. Mary's were all ready to make a move on Webster. Webster will play guard for Nebraska.

Husker women BB!

The Husker women basketball team returns four starters this year. Their schedule has been finalized and they play Pittsburg State in an exhibition game. The game will be October 30th at 7:05. The Huskers return after a 24-9 season last year. Returning starters are Jordan Hooper, Lindsey Moore, Emily Cady, and Hailie Sample.

Former Wisconsin quarterback and now rookie in the NFL Russell Wilson is a starter when Seattle plays Kansas City Friday night.

The Wisconsin starter this year at quarterback will be Danny O'Brien.

The Nebraska volleball team starts off with a bang this weekend. They play St. Louis Friday night and then last year's champ UCLA on Saturday. Great volleyball. We will get an idea right away how good NU is even though we will be on our home court. Sunday the game is against Notre Dame and its at the CenturyLink in Omaha.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Barrett Ruud is headed to New Orleans!

Barrett Ruud is headed to New Orleans to help them with their defensive problems. He was traded from Seattle for a draft pick.

Last week, the former NU players in the NFL were led by tight ends. Mike McNiel had three catches for 41 yards. Niles Paul had four catches for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Bradnon Jackson had 14 carries for 35 yards and two receptons for eight yards. Eric Hagg had one unassisted and one assisted tackle. Gomes had one unassisted tackle for Washington. Larry Asante again had a great week with three unassisted tackles. Lavonte David had two unassited tackles.  Jared Crick had two unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle. Demorrio Williams had two unassisted and two assisted. Finally I will end with Scott Shanle having one unassisted tackle and two assisted tackles.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Update in Sports

Allie Havers is a new commit to the Nebraska women's basketball team. She is 6'5" and was originally commited to Michigan. Shimmy Gray-Miller, a new assistant coach for the women's NU BB team, helped land the Michigan product. All parties feel she will be a good fit at NU.

Tommy Armstrong is pushing Brion Carnes for the backup quarterback job. Great to have competition at each position. That is a lot to say about Armstrong as he has only been with the team for a week.

Freshman linebacker Jared Afalava has been academically cleared to play. I am going to guess he is a redshirt candidate at this point.

Tyler Moore has not been released from his scholarship yet. Junior offensive lineman Brandon Chapek has been added to the 105 man roster. Former Husker offensive lineman Ryan Klacho has transferred  to Illinois.

Barney Cotton has received a little heat in the past couple of weeks. Let's don't forget that John Garrison and Brendan Stai also help coach the offensive line. He has some pretty good help.

Nebraska injuries include wide receiver Taariq Allen, freshman tight end David Sutton, OL Jake Cotton, and Thad Randle. None of them appear serious. However linebacker Corey Whitaker is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Pelini has given high praises to  freshmen defensive linemen Vincent Valentine and Aaron Curry. Both have a possibilty to play this year.

King Frazier, a walk-on from Kansas City is said to have looked impressive in Saturday's scrimmage.

Cole Pensick and Justin Jackson are battling for the center position. Jackson just received a scholarship this past week.

I still predict that fullback Andy Janovich  will be a great one. CJ Zimmerer is also having a good fall camp. Janovich is a true freshman walk-on out of Gretna.

We have none scholarship safeties and cornerbacks that will be going off the team in the next two years. We have only gave out four scholarships to these positions the past two years. This is why the 2013 class will be loaded with defensive backs.

Also there are nine offensive linemen in the junior and senior classes. Nebraska has only signed five the past two years. One is Corey Whitaker who just blew out his ACL.

The Nebraska volleyball team looks real strong this year. Lots of depth!!  Look to NU to have a great season.

The Lincoln Journal Star High School rankings are out. In Class A, they have Lincoln Southeast, Class B, McCook, Class C-1, Norfolk Catholic, C-2, Aquinas, D-1, Howells, and D-2, Giltner. Loomis is pre-ranked No. 6 in D-2.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

NU ranked fourth in volleyball!

Nebraska is pre-ranked No. 4 in the country in volleyball. There are four Big 10 teams in the Top 10. Here are the rankings.

2. Texas
3. Penn St.
4. Nebraska
5. USC
6. Stanford
7. Illinois
8. Hawaii
9. Purdue
10. Iowa St.

This year will be known as "Farewll to the Coliseum!"

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nebraskans in the NFL

Ok so the NFL season has begun and Nebraska is again well represented. The opening weekend did not prove to be a lot of great stats for the former Huskers.

Here's what we found for the first preseason weekend.

Helu-four rushes for seven yards and one reception for a negative three yards
Gomes-Three unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle
Niles Paul-one reception for eleven yards
Kelsay-two assisted tackles
New England
Danny Woodhead(Chadron St.) one rush for three yards and three receptions for 26 yards
Henery-one for one in field goals 51 yards and three for three in extra points
San Diego
Demorrio Williams-two unassisted tackles
Arthur Hobbs(UNK) one unassisted tackle
NY Jets
Josh Brown-one for one in field goals 41 yards
Brandon Jackson- sic rushes for 18 yards and one reception for 11 yards
Eric Hagg-two unassisted tackles
Suh-two unassisted tackles
NY Giants
Prince Amukamara-two unassisted tackles
Zach Potter-one reception for four yards
Tampa Bay
Larry Asante-five unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle
Lavonte David-one unassisted tackle
Stewart Bradley-two unassisted tackles and one assisted tackle
Pierre Allen-two assisted tackles

Looks like Tyler Moore is gone at Nebraska. He says he like Pelini and Beck. So who doesn't he like. You figure it out.

Tyler Moore, where are you?

Tyler Moore may be gone or maybe not.  I hope he decides to stay. His playing time will come. He will play in the NFL. He is a huge talent and there is no place like Nebraska for an offensive lineman. But that is two four-star offensive linemen in one week to possibly leave. Ryan Klacho is already leaving for sure. Is there something wrong in the offensive line camp?

The NU basketball team has a great chance to get New Zealand's top prospect for 2013. He is a point guard by the name of Tai Webster. NU assistant Chris Harriman won over Webster's family during recruitment. This kid sounds good.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Random Sports!

What happened to Tyler Moore, the freshman to start at left tackle the first four games last year. Has he left the team? 

Jonathon Cook is the 14th commitment for the NU football team. He is a corner from Alabama and has not visited Nebraska yet.

Jordan Burroughs was magnificent in the Olympics. The University of Nebraska won the GOLD and represented the United States and Nebraska very well.

Also it was a lot of fun to watch Jordan Larsen play for the American volleyball team. She played real well. The United State got the silver which was a little bit of a disappointment but Larsen was fun to watch.

Howard to the Lakers. They may have four of the best seven players in the NBA.

The NU football team has a lot of depth this year. I think the only position I think would that having an injury would be devasting is quarterback. Rex Burkhead is our MVP but we do have backups. At quarterback the unknown is unsettling. Hopefully we can see a couple of reserves (quarterbacks) play in the first couple of games and hopefully they will play with confidence.

James Dobson, our strength and conditioning coach, is the best in the nation and he should get a lot of credit when Nebraska has success.

I look to see Baptiste start at corner this year. I think he will beat out Seisay and Antonio Bell.

Look to RB Imani Cross to make a difference this fall. Look to Tommy Armstrong to become No. 2 quarterback very soon. I think Charles Jackson will make a great nickel and dime back this year.

Do you remember the old days when an offensive lineman played either center, guard, or tackle. Now it seems like they shuffle them around like playing cards.

Brett Maher, from Kearney, Nebraska, is listed as an All-American at punter and kicker. Nebraska just keeps on producing the best at this position.

Watch for Ameer Abdullah to be be the premier returner in college football.

Special teams look awesome for Nebraska this year.

Maurice Purify caught a record seven TD passes for the Arizona Rattlers in Arena Football. In 2011, Purify was the rookie of the year for Arena Football. The NFL should give him another chance.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Nebraska Men's BB gets two commits!

Nathan Hawkins became the second NU pickup of the day for Tim Miles and NU basketball for the 2013 class. Hawkins is from Rowlett, Texas and is a 6'5" guard. Now that he is a Husker he is going to do everything he can to get Akoy Agau.

Also Nebraska got Nick Fuller from Wisconsin to commit. Fuller is a 6'7" guard who was looking at Nebraska and Minnesota. So Nebraska has two early commits.

On the football side NU has received word that Jonathon Rose will transfer because he  Auburn. Many think he will be on the field in 2013.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Olympics showcases the world's athletic talent!

The Olympics allows us to see the best athletes in the world in action. Wow what a show!! The athletes are amazing. Gymnastics, table tennis, badmitton, diving, swimming, track and field, and on and on watching the Olympics demonstrates how much practice it takes to succeed and how much talent is in the world.

I have to admit there are some really weird events as the guy tonight who was swinging a sword and doing some kind of twirling. Tampoline? Synchronized swimming and diving???  Some of these are entertaining and some are just kind of strange. I am into the Olympics this year maybe more than any other year EVER!  Fun to watch.

LaVonte David is a starter for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Right now he is No. 1 on the depth chart at linebacker. Geno Hayes was not resigned by the team, opening the door for David, who had a great collegiate career at Nebraska.

Penn State 2013  Four-Star recruit Dorian Johnson decommits from Nittany Lions. He is rated Top 25 at offensive tackle.

The Kansas City Chiefs have released their depth chart. Matt Cassel is No. 1 at quarterback. Brad Quinn No. 2. Running back has Jamal Charles No. 1 and Peyton Hillis is No. 1. Brandon Kinnie is still in the hunt at wide receiver. He will need to be in the Top six when they are done. He is on the bubble right now.

Former Auburn defensive back Jonathan Rose will decide where he is transferring to possibly by the end of the week and Nebraska is high on his list. Rose played nine games as a true freshman for Auburn.

Cornerback Cedric Collins will decide before school where he will play his college football at. His final three picks are Baylor, Nebraska, and Texas A & M.

Nebraska's graduate assistants are Vince Marrow, Joe Ganz, Jake Mandelko, and T. J. Hollowell.

Nebraska volleyball plays no games at Bob Devaney this year BUT they do play the Fighting Irish at the CenturyLink Event Center in Omaha on August 26th at 1:30.

Gretna returns six offensive players and five defensive players in 2012. Gretna was 11-1 last year. Gretna returns Tate Paulsen at running back. Nick Stoltenberg and Trevor Leiting are fighting for the quarterback job. Zach Stover is a stellar linebacker who had 58 solo tackles last year. Look to Gretna to be 6-4 this season.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Ankrah is figuring out defensive scheme!

Jason Ankrah said he came to Nebraska and really didn't listen well to the coaches and did like he always did in high school. It didn't work and he did not get much playing time until late last season. Look to him to play a bigger role this fall. Last year Ankrah had 8.5 of the 21 sacks. Coach Kaz will be more aggressive this year and this will help Ankrah.

Nebraska is pursuing Jonaathon Rose who was who was dismissed from the Auburn football team. He is a four star safety and Nebraska is investigating why he was dismissed and his background. Tennessee and Florida St. are also after him.

Former Husker and defensive end Josh Williams is looking for new life at Kansas University. He was dismissed from the Nebraska football team this spring.

High School sports have started. Football started Monday and Beatrice and Wahoo started at midnight Monday morning.  Monday was also the start of softball, girl's golf, and boys tennis. Next Monday volleyball and cross country start.

Lincoln moves to Class A in football this year and will play North Star, Southeast, and Southwest. That will be fun to watch and we will see how they will compete.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

50 years ago today!

I can still remember the newspaper and I was only right years old but the news of Marilyn Monroe dying was huge. She was a mysterious, beautiful, and blonde actress that seemed like your everyday girl. 50 years ago!! Wow time has flown.

Even today how Marilyn Monroe died is not clear. The government mysteriously will not release her files because they are too sensitive. Did the government have her killed? Unless the files are found and released, we won't know.

6'7" three star wing player Nick Fuller has Nebraska down to Minnesota and Nebraska. Fuller's offers include St. Louis, Butler, and Colorado. Fuller can play several positions. Fuller is from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Fuller has set an official visit with Nebraska.

New Jersey point guard Josh Brown will join Fuller at the end of August and the first NU football game for their official visit in Lincoln. Brown had committed to Temple but wants to look around at other schools now. The week after Nebraska, he is making a visit at USC.  Brown is 6'3" and 180 lbs.

Ryan Kacho, a four star offensive lineman has decided to transfer. He was part of the 2011 class. Redshirt freshman Todd Peat, Jr.,also a four star recruit, did not make the 105 man roster. This is the total roster until school starts. Guard Nick Ash is also not part of the 105.

2012 recruits Hared Afalava and Alonzo Moore are still waiting to hear if they will qualify academically.

Seven true freshman walk-ons made the 105 man roster. Gretna fullback Andy Janovich, Lincoln SW receiver Brandon Reilly, Omaha Burke receiver Jordan Nelson, receiver Sam Fultz from Grand Island, tight end Trey Foster from Lincoln Southeast, and running backs King Frazier and Graham Nabity from Elkhorn.

Braylon Heard is practicing mostly at running back.

Austin Cassidy has joined the team as a graduate assistant.

Third year quarterback Taylor Martinez only needs 161 yards rushing and 280 yards passing to become the 25th player in NCAA history to have 2000 yards rushing and passing. Taylor Martinez starts the season in sixth place in Nebraska's career passing chart. Martinez only needs 1406 yards to move into sixth place. Zac Taylor is No. 1 in passing with 5,850 yards.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Latest in sports!

Nebraska's recruits for the 2013 recruiting class are Nate Hawkins, a 6'5" shooting guard from Rowlett, Texas, Jeffrey Carroll, a 6'5" forward from Rowlett, Texas, Isaiah Taylor, a 6'2" ppoint guard from Houston, Texas, Josh Brown, a 6'2" shooting guard from Newark, NJ, and Akoy Agau from Omaha Central.

Also NU is close to offering 6'2" Michael Williams of San Antonio, Texas. Williams has been under the radar due to a stress fracture in his back. He lists Nebraska in his top 4 schools.

Pelini is very happy with his new coaches especially Terry Joseph. Pelini says he will be a defensive coordinator soon. Joseph will be a great improvement this year and we will see Bo concentrate more on the defensice schemes which he is really good at. Also Coach Kaczenski impresses Bo in the defensive line.

I have had bosses like bo Pelini and I am somewhat like him in my management style. (Hopefully I don't lose my temper like he does!) Bo's management style is quick to be critical and to coach in a way to make those under him better. This style doesn't praise much. Good things are just expected so when Bo has the praise level this high, he is very very happy and this means good things are about to happen. Look to Nebraska to end up with at least ten victories this year. Do you feel it?

Bret Mahrer will get a scholarship this fall. Spencer Long should also get one. Look to Jake Long, Justin Johnson, and Heung Choi to be in the mix also.

The Nebraska linebackers are rated 8th in the Big 10 by ATHLON SPORTS. Lavonte David is gone. The replacement is unknown. Nebraska will fill the position adequately but we won't have the dominance we had last year with David.

Our cornerback position looks pretty strong. I like Stanley Jean-Baptiste a lot. He should have a good chance of beating out Andrew Green. Mohammed Seisay will be a starter early in the season. NU has depth. Their cornerbacks are better!! They are deeper.

I like the fact that Nebraska is not aggressively seeking Penn St. players! Maybe we will get one of them but they will probably need to come to us first.

Now Nebraska baseball scheduling. In the works are road games with UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Texas. We are also looking at a home game with Arkansas. It would be David Horne's return. Nebraska has to improve its RPI by winning and beating better teams. They have to to have a chance to get to the College World Series.

In Carl We Trust