Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nebraska dominates second half!

The first half of the the Wisconsin game consisted of 1) Wisconsin playing very very well. Wisonsin's Joel Stave was sensational. Time and time again he hit well covered receivers perfectly and made things happen. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin's great receiver, caught pass after pass. They sucked the guts right out of the Huskers time and time again. 2) Nebraska made lots of mistakes. The roughing the punter flag really hurt, A couple of flags kept Wisconsin moving when we thought we had them stopped. A fumble. An interception. Everything was going wrong.

But this year Nebraska is much better than Wisconsin although the score didn't show it. Nebraska took over the game in the second house and powered over Wisconsin 30-27. Great game but Nebraska was much better. This year anyway.

Baker Steinkuhler continues to look very impressive. The kid will play in the pros. He is fast and he blew through the Wisconsin front and either broke up plays by jamming the holes or making a tackle now and then. He is good and underrated.

Jason Ankrah is also very good but the stats don't always show it.

Joel Stave is a very good quarterback and Wisconsin will improve as the year goes on. They will win some big games before it is over.

How about stopping Montee Ball for 90 yards on 32 carries. That's a 2.8 yards a carry average.

Jared Abbredera caught seven passes for 142 yards. Some of those catches were defended very well but with perfect passes and great catches, he had a great day.

Ameer Abdullah has become a huge part of the Nebraska offense in both running, catching, or returning kickoffs or punts.

The biggest change of this game was the running of Taylor Martinez. Not since he was a freshman has he ran like that. Hard and with a purpose. He was absolutely amazing. No slides. None. Just very hard running. The Martinez of old in running and the Martinez of new in passing. A very good combination.

Nebraska had four recruits in this weekend that are committed right now to other schools. Nebraska also had six Nebraska recruits in that should have provided a great sales tool to the other recruits. More manpower to win over the committed to other school list or the other four uncommited visitors.
Of the fourteen visitors, we had five offensive lineman, two receivers, one tight end, and one running back. That nine offensive visitors. On defense, we had two linebackers, one defensive lineman, and two defensive backs. Five defensive visitors.

Husker Block Powers Nebraska Past Michigan

Husker Block Powers Nebraska Past Michigan

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Speed dominates for NU football!

Many years ago when you went to a Nebraska game, there was no question that Nebraska was going to win the game except for Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado. It was many times just a blow out. Remember how bad Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State were year after year. It was many times a 50-10 type of game.

This past Saturday was probably a game that there was no doubt who had the best talent by far. Not since we beat Minnesota 80 something to very little has the domination been so evident. Now Idaho State had some players but not very many of them on the starting team could play consistently for Nebraska.

Wow what speed we have. Many times it looked like it would be a play for a short gain and the player just flat outrun the Idaho St. players. I pretty think we could have won that game 120-0 if we would have wished to. Competitive wise it was a boring game but it was fun to relax and see some of the younger players play very well.

I didn't predict a score this week but I thought it was going to be 52-3 or something like that. That wasn't even close to what it could have been.

It was fun to watch our offensive players have a great game. It was fun to see turnovers and to see all the sacks we got. I am sure we could have had a lot more of both if we hadn't back down on the play calling.

I even found myself a little ticked off when they scored. I was ticked off when we started turnng over the ball. Oh well, another victory and we did move up in the polls as you usually do on any victory. we are now rated 20th and 22nd.

I was surprised to see UCLA get beat. Each week proves anything can happen EXCEPT that Idaho St was not going to beat NU this year.

Akoy Agau is going to Louisville to play for Rick Pitino. Exciting but he will find that he will just be another one of the players and the fans won't know him. Nebraska fans would have been much more appreciative of his game but we wish him well.

The women's volleyball team rallied to win the final three sets to beat Ohio State 3-1. Great win after two losses. Great job!

The Huskers received their 11th baseball commit from infielder Matt Leuty. He is out of Missesota. Leuty has played second and third and also the ourfield. Leuty picked Nebraska over Notre Dame, Maryland, and Xavier.

This week NU football has Wisconsin in town. Time to get them. They haven't played well this year with a new coaching staff and we need to redeem the blowout from last year. It's a must win for this team. Period.

The Wisconsin game looks to be Bo Pelini's biggest group of recruits attending a game. They have 18 official visits for this game. Nine have already committed but it is huge for the years to come. It will be a great mixture of players with commits helping recruit the other official visitors.

I hated to see Johnny Stanton tore his ACL but he will have two years to heal with a probable redshirt for next year.

The NFL season is as goofy as the college game. Oakland upset the Steelers today. Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field today on a scary hit.

Denny Hamlin won today in Nascar at New Hampshire. He will definately challenge Jimmie Johnson for the Championship.

The Jet's Darrelle Revis suffered a knee injury today.

Arizona beat Philadelphia today.

CJ Spiller was carted off the field with a shoulder injury. He is the Buffalo Bills running back.

Oregon moves to No. 2 behind Alabama in the college football ratings.

The 49ers lost their first game today vs. the Vikings.

Notre Dame is 4-0!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Husker Volleyball!

It's volleyball time! The Huskers play Penn State at College Station tonight at 7 pm. It will be televised live on BTN.

Also linebacker Zaire Anderson is out for the season. He tore his ACL before he started last weeks game. He had the injury in a practice session.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nebraska looks impressive!

Arkansas State was no where as talented as UCLA was last week. When Arkansas State went on 4th and seven from mid-field, you could tell this was not UCLA. I think UCLA is really good, I think UCLA is Top 10 material. They have lots of speed.

But this week Nebraska dominated Arkansas State which isn't a bad team. They have some talent. Nebraska has more.

Except for the offensive lines and defensive lines, I would give all positions and special teams a one. The offensive line looked good most of the time but still Martinez was hurried at times.

Baker Steinkuhler has played well this year and he does have some speed as seen by some downfield tackles but overall the D-line has to get better. Looks like we will see some different looks on defense that will help us. Eric Martin didn't have much for stats but he was noticed and disruptive on the field. Good to see.

Iowa St. beat NU in volleyball which will knock them out of the Number One position. Iowa State has good success against Nebraska in both volleyball and basketball.

Huskers back in AP Top 25 : Husker Extra

Huskers back in AP Top 25 : Husker Extra

Pelini back at work after health scare : Husker Extra

Pelini back at work after health scare : Husker Extra

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nebraska will win in a shootout!

Tomorrow will an offensive show. Nebraska will win but it will close for a while!! The offense rebounds and looks pretty good. Nebraska wins 37 to 27.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Matt Hill joins the Magic

Matt Hill, former Lincoln Southeast star and Texas Longhorn, has joined the Orlando Magic as a developmental coach. He is working with players like J.J. Redick and "Big Baby" Glen Davis.  It will be fun to watch as the year goes and now we have another pro team to follow during the season.

Andy Murray won the US Open tennis title.

Jonathan Vilma was reinstated this past weekend for New Orleans and has now been placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Roger Clemens may pitch for the Houston Astros yet this season. The Astros are this year's worst team.

Alabama lost running back Jaiston Fowler for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Nebraska got a real butt kicking last Saturday night in Los Angeles vs. UCLA. The defense gave up 26 first downs, 344 yards rushing, 309 yards passing, and total yardage of 653 yards. UCLA controlled the ball for 38 minutes compared to 22 minutes for Nebraska. They were 9 of 20 in third down conversions. Nebraska was one of 11. The offense started strong and then struggled at the end. Both lines were pretty much overall dominated.

But how about Colorado getting beat by Sacramento State? Penn St. goes 0-2! Iowa loses to Iowa St. and has one touchdown in two games.

i will be surprised if we don't see a number of personnel changes this week on defense. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Nebraska wins today!

I've been gone for a few days so no posts. But Nebraska football is tonight. Looks like a high scoring game. I tak Nebraska by three touchdowns. Nebraska 52 UCLA 30!!!
Go Big Red!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Nebraska has a very good first game!

Nebraska played well in their first game of the year. The offense looks explosive and the defense actually played better than I thought while watching the game. Here are some observations from the game. The one thing we don't know is how good Southern Miss. is but I think they will be competitive this year.

1. Taylor Martinez played very well. His passes were sharp and he was going to his second and third receivers. His maturity is showing and he is still only a junior. Martinex seemed to have more time to pass (offensive line) and the receivers made some great plays and didn't drop the ball. Kyler Reed made a couple of great grabs. Tyler Wullenwaber is good. Tyler Evans made a nice catch. Tariq Allen played and then we had our normal play from Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner, and don't forget Quincy Enunwa who had one of the plays of the day draggin defenders down the field. He also is a great blocker.
2. Kudos to the offensive line. Justin Johnson, Quale,Choi, Long, Sirles, Pensick and crew all played well. They protected Martinez well and opened up some nice holes. Ben Cotton had a nice block on the Burkhead run for a TD. The offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage.
3. The running backs look very sharp. Burkhead was headed to a great day with 57 yards on three carries and a TD. Then he got hurt. Abdullah, Heard, and Cross played well. Didn't seem to miss a beat but Burkhead is still special. Mike Marrow had a good game at fullback.
4. The defensive line did well. Baker Steinkuhler had a great game from my seat. Ankrah had some good plays also.
5. Will Compton had a very good game and made tackles and defended the pass pretty well. Alonzo Whaley was impressive. Nebraska played nickle most of the day with a little dime. Sean Fisher was hardly on the field because of their offense. We will see more of him later. Josh Mitchell and Sean-Baptiste played very well. I thought Damoin Stafford had a good game. We seemed to miss some tackles at times and we allowed yards on the ground. They ended with 280 yards which we will need to improve on.
6. Heat. I think it was the hottest game I have ever been to. I mowed yesterday in 96 degree weather and when I got done, that is how I felt at the game. It felt like a 110 degrees, no air, and people stuck to each other. They treated 300 and 15 went to the hospital. Not a good day to go get drunk before the game. Most of those they carried out were younger kids.
7. Injuries. Burkhead is 50-50 for this week. He has a mild sprained knee but not something you want to get worse. Marlowe is out until late October-early November with a broken clavicle. Ben Cotton has torn cartilage on his ribs. Very painful but he is expected to play this week vs. UCLA. Mo Seisay did not suit up Saturday. He is a cornerback that is expected to play this year.
8. Brett Maher and special teams had a horrific day. No worry for Maher. Saw him practicing before the game and at halftime and the kid is good. He'll be back quickly. They may want to make some personnel adjustments on the kickoff team.

The Nebraska volleyball team had two sweeps this weekend against Colgate and UC-Irvine. Very impressive.

This is from  
Nebraska freshman middle blocker Meghan Haggerty was honored by the Big Ten Conference on Monday as she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The award marks her first Big Ten weekly honor.
Haggerty hit .545 against UC Irvine over the weekend, recording seven kills on 11 swings to go along with four blocks to help the Huskers to a 3-0 victory. She averaged 2.3 kills and 1.3 blocks per set in the match.

The Huskers return to action this weekend as they host the 2012 Ameritas Players Challenge at the NU Coliseum.

How about Frank Solich and the Ohio Bobcats. Penn St. is a good team this year. Their penalties haven't really hurt them yet even though they lost a handful of players. The Bobcats are led by QB Tyler Tettleton, who is the son of former major leaguer Mickey Tettleton. Tettleton threw for 3,302 yards last year.

Hear great things about Joe Ganz. Sounds like he will continue to move up in the coaching ranks.