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  1. 2012 Mar 13

    Husker Heartbeat (3/13/12): Turner's Every Down, Carnes in Football School and No. 18 Cal Splits Series with Huskers


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Jamal Turner's now on the field every down instead of third down

    - Brion Carnes is determined to do everything he can to push Martinez including pouring effort into NU's Football School

    - Dennard and David are two names now showing up in NFL Draft first round predictions

    - Could Ohio's John Groce be the next men's Nebrasketball coach?

    - Nebraska takes down No. 18 Cal and splits the crucial series 2-2

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    Tags: jamal turner, brion carnes, alfonzo dennard, lavonte david, john groce, basketball, baseball

  2. 2012 Mar 03

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Weekend Panel (3/03/12)


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    Every week, the Husker Locker staff sits down and is presented a number of questions addressing various aspects of Nebraska Cornhuskers sports.

    This week:

    What's your opinion on the hire of Terry Joseph?

    Brian: Great hire by Bo. Knows the system from being a graduate assistant at LSU with Pelini, knows how to recruit the South after stealing a few kids from Nebraska over the last couple of years, and knows what this system is all about. If Bo lets him do his thing, who knows what can happen next year?

    Chris: I’m thrilled with the hire for multiple reasons. First, Joseph has strong ties to the South on the recruiting trail, which will be needed given Corey Raymond’s departure. Second, the hiring of Joseph is a strong signal to me that Bo Pelini is maturing as a head coach. Given his past hires, it was realistic to think he would simply reshuffle the staff. Instead, Pelini went out and took an SEC school’s coach who could very well be an upgrade over the man he’s replacing.

    James: Fantastic hire. We are lucky that someone Bo knew/worked with and that he trusted has evolved into a good recruiter and position coach. We’re also lucky said coach was on a sinking ship like Tennessee, and worked with the position of need. Still, this is one of Bo's best assistant hires since he's been at Nebraska, regardless of the circumstances leading to it.

    Brandon: This hire says a lot to me about where Bo feels he’s at right now. He could’ve easily given the position to a graduate assistant like Vince Marrow or an intern and shuffled the current staff around, but he actually went outside the program. Given, Joseph’s a former graduate assistant that worked under Pelini (See also: Ekeler, Papuchis and Raymond), but Bo’s shown he works best with guys he can trust.

    It just so happens that a guy he can trust has been acknowledged as one of the best young recruiters in the game with strong Louisiana connections. Joseph might not have the resume Raymond did, but with how he gets after things as a coachd and on the recruiting trail, he won’t need it.

    If Doc Sadler is let go, when do you feel it'll happen...or will it?

    Brian: If? There is no “if” to this question. No. 5 faces No. 12 second on Thursday afternoon’s Big Ten tournament schedule. When Nebraska loses this game and makes it back to Lincoln, he should be gone by noon on Friday, and not a nanosecond later.

    The program needs that turnaround immediately after the season is over. Hopefully Mark Boehm follows suit and is dismissed at the same time. Nine years with no NCAA tourney bids and a sub-.500 record in conference should cause the axe to fall.

    Chris: Doc has to go. Nebraska’s finally ending one of the worst regular seasons in team history and lost at home to Iowa on senior night. Unfortunately, this comes on the tail end of a stretch of poor play throughout Sadler’s tenure.

    The team never seemed to improve under Doc, and recruiting continued to struggle with each passing season. The only way he’s is still the coach next year is if the athletic director can’t stomach the $3.5 million buyout that the firing would trigger.

    James: I think it'll happen within a few days of the end of the regular season. Tom likes to let his coach finish the season, and then evaluate on the whole. He'll give Doc that benefit.

    Brandon: First, Doc can’t possibly stick around after this season, can he? Would Tom Osborne really allow that? If he does, I can’t say I agree with the idea that he’s trying to get the men’s basketball program in order. Connie Yori’s squad been ranked and has busted through to the middle of the Big Ten tournament. The product Sadler puts on the court is just rank.

    A school doesn’t invest the amount of resources Nebraska did in new facilities and getting the use of an arena for a failed coach to get one more year. If he does, someone needs to have a chat with the man at the top. Osborne’s a nice guy, but he’s also a businessman in his current role. The only red he can tolerate when it comes to roundball is in the stands.

    Following the NFL Combine, do you feel that any Huskers are first round locks?

    Brian: Alfonzo is pretty close to a first rounder. Hopefully Lavonte jumped higher on some boards for the first round. Dallas wouldn’t be hurt taking Fonzie. Lord knows replacing Terrance Newman would be slick to stick to Kansas State.

    Chris: There aren’t any first round “locks” this year as was the case with Suh and Prince, but Nebraska has some first round talent available.

    Alfonzo Dennard and Lavonte David have the stats and pedigree to garner first round attention, but it comes down to how concerned teams are with the speed of Dennard and the size of David. Additionally, Jared Crick appeared to be headed for the first round after his junior year, but injuries have likely dropped him into the second or third.

    James: No. I think David and Dennard are second round picks. Maybe David somehow slides up, but I think early second is the best we'll see this year.

    Brandon: Before 2011 began, Crick and Dennard were easily first rounders. Now, Dennard looks to be lucky to get snagged in the first and aside from the Patriots, I don’t know who’d stop Crick from slipping into the second. The only Husker to raise his stock in Indianapolis was Lavonte David. He shows up at 233 pounds, runs a 4.56 40-yard dash, raises eyebrows and walks out the door.

    Crick and Dennard could find their way back into the first round, but it’s going to take a monumental effort at Nebraska’s Pro Day next week.

    How big is Charles Jackson potentially making it to Lincoln?

    Brian: It would be big, considering that he could probably start on the opposite of Mohammed Seisay against Arkansas State. That being said, the “Hey! Look! He’s qualified!” horn has been sounded…for quite some time…by his family. When there is an official release by North Stadium about Jackson, we’ll cross that bridge.

    Chris: One word: Huge. Jackson was arguably the best corner who participated in the 2011 Army All-American game. Plus he possesses elite strength and coverage ability for the position. If he can pick up the defense, there is no reason he can’t push for starting minutes this season. He’s head and shoulders above anyone else on the roster athletically, except perhaps Mohammed Seisay.

    James: Gigantic. Athletically he could start. Can he learn the zone-match defense quickly enough? Can he get enough reps in summer/fall ball? He's a huge bolster to the defensive back roster. Again, another case of sometimes being lucky (in this case, with Jackson qualifying) working out for you.

    Brandon: Huge and we’re talking “almost making up for Andrus Peat not being a Cornhusker” huge. If there’s one area that Nebraska can’t get enough help at, it’s cornerback. If Jackson does show up and with Braylon Heard making the switch, suddenly the Huskers have two guys to add fierce competition in deciding who starts opposite Mohammed Seisay.

    Going back to the first question, Joseph’s likely going to make this transition for Heard smoother than Raymond would’ve and if Jackson has some mental issues, so be it. Not to knock Raymond too hard, but Joseph’s that good of a hire. Plus, Nebraska’s not his fourth job in a little over 365 days.

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    Tags: terry joseph, charles jackson, doc sadler, basketball, nfl draft, jared crick, alfonzo dennard, lavonte david

  3. 2012 Mar 01

    Husker Heartbeat 3/1: Burkhead a True Champion, Dennard One Mile High and Doc's Final Game in Lincoln?


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Rex Burkhead was honored as the 2012 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion for his work with Jack Hoffman

    - Husker fans are curious about how the new kickoff rule changes could impact special teams come the fall

    - The Broncos are another team likely giving Alfonzo Dennard a hard look

    - Iowa potentially slams the lid on Doc's home court appearances at Nebraska

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    Tags: rex burkhead, alfonzo dennard, basketball, doc sadler

  4. 2012 Feb 29

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Huskers' NFL Combine Winners and Losers


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    By Chris Labenz

    It’s difficult to gauge how well a player performed overall at the NFL Combine based purely on raw numbers. You can't see hip movement, starts, stops, and other seemingly small physical cues that end up being significant in a team's eventual draft day decisions.

    This data is often used to confirm original perceptions about a player due to game film or causes some tinkering with that player’s position on draft boards.

    However, if a player performs poorly, this can easily drop him down a team’s board significantly, even if his game film and college numbers are staggering.

    Players have also moved up several rounds in the NFL Draft because of eye-popping performances in Indianapolis.

    For example, Darius Heyward-Bey (current Oakland Raiders wide receiver) and Chris Johnson (current Tennessee Titans running back) were perceived by pundits to be second or third round picks, but due to incredibly fast 40-yard dash times, they were selected in the first round.

    Let’s examine which former Huskers may have moved up draft boards, cemented their projected draft position or potentially hurt their position due to their presentations at the NFL Combine:

    Moved up the Board:

    Lavonte David –

    Height: 6’1”
    Weight: 233 lbs.
    40-Yard Dash: 4.65 seconds (No. 7 fastest among LB)
    Bench Press: 19 reps at 225 lbs. (No. 20 best among LB)
    Vertical Leap: 36.5 inches (No. 8 among LB)
    Broad Jump: 9’11” (No. 11 among LB)

    Pre-Combine Round Projection: 2-3
    Post-Combine Round Projection: Late 1-2

    Summary: David weighed in approximately 13 pounds heavier than the weight his senior season's playing weight. When initial NFL Draft projections were made, experts were concerned about David’s size and ability to handle linemen at the pro level.

    Despite adding the extra weight, David showcased elite athleticism for a linebacker by running an impressive 40-yard dash (4.65) and hitting 36.5 inches in the vertical leap.

    Teams should be less worried about No. 4’s size if he can continue to successfully add beneficial weight while maintaining his trademark speed and quickness.

    Alfonzo Dennard –

    Height: 5’10”
    Weight: 204 lbs.
    40-Yard Dash: 4.55 seconds (No. 15 fastest CB)
    Bench Press: Did not participate
    Vertical Jump: 37 inches (No. 4 among CB)
    Broad Jump: 10’11” (No. 10 among CB)

    Pre-Combine Round Projection: Early 2-3
    Post-Combine Round Projection: Late 1-2

    Summary: Dennard measured in much larger than experts expected. At his current size, the former Husker should have no problem measuring up to NFL wide receivers, a concern that several teams have.

    He wasn’t expected to be among the fastest cornerbacks in Indianapolis, yet posted a 4.55 second 40-yard dash. For comparison, former first round pick and current Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden ran a 4.6 time at the 2010 NFL Combine.

    Dennard also showed off his elite hops with a 37-inch vertical leap. This will surely be an asset when covering tall wide receivers. Add these numbers to what teams see on No. 15’s film, and he looks to be one of the first corners drafted.

    Cemented Their Position:

    Jared Crick –

    Height: 6’4”
    Weight: 279 lbs.
    40-Yard Dash: 4.99 seconds (No. 29 among DL)
    Vertical Leap: 31 inches (No. 29 among DL)
    Broad Jump: 8’8”
    3-Cone Drill: 7.47 seconds (No. 5 among DL)
    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds (No. 17 among DL)

    Pre-Combine Round Projection: 3-4
    Post-Combine Round Projection: 3-4

    Summary: Crick’s draft projection remained uncertain heading into the combine due to his injury-plagued 2011 season.

    Pundits had the former Husker being selected anywhere between the late first round to the fifth, but many came to an agreement of Crick likely falling to the third or fourth round.

    This projection still appears accurate. No. 94 weighed in at 279 pounds, which is light for a 4-3 defensive tackle, but more than ample to be a 3-4 defensive end.

    He didn’t post an impressive 40-yard dash time, but showcased his elite quickness in the three-cone drill, which is much more telling in regards to the success of NFL defensive linemen.

    If the Nebraska native has a great showing at the Cornhuskers’ Pro Day, he may be able to rocket back into the second round due to his All-American level of play prior to 2011.

    Hurt their Stock:

    Marcel Jones –

    Height: 6’6”
    Weight: 320 lbs.
    40-Yard Dash: 5.67 seconds (No. 2 slowest among OL)
    Bench Press: 13 reps at 225 lbs. (Last among OL)
    Vertical Jump: 27.5 inches (No. 22 among OL)
    Broad Jump: 7’11”
    3-Cone Drill: 8.03 seconds (No. 7 slowest among OL)
    20-Yard Shuttle: 5.12 seconds (Last among OL)

    Pre-Combine Round Projection: 5-6
    Post-Combine Round Projection: 7-Undrafted

    Summary: Jones struggled throughout the event, finishing near the bottom of all drills. While offensive linemen are difficult to grade based purely on raw numbers, Jones’ lack of explosion and strength will only add to the fear teams have about his ability to stay healthy and pass block over the course of an entire season.

    He does have great size which works in his favor, but he must have a fantastic performance at Nebraska’s Pro Day to cement himself as a draft pick rather than an undrafted free agent.

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    Tags: marcel jones, lavonte david, jared crick, alfonzo dennard

  5. 2012 Feb 29

    Husker Heartbeat 2/29: Pelini on Filling Raymond's Spot, Frazier in CFB HOF and Dennard's Combine Results


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Pelini's in no hurry to fill the void that Corey Raymond left behind

    - Tommie Frazier has the opportunity to find himself as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Why isn't he already?

    - Alfonzo Dennard does his best to impress at the NFL Combine

    - Lady's Nebrasketball impresses the Big Ten coaches in their first year as a member of the conference

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    Tags: corey raymond, tommie frazier, alfonzo dennard, basketball

  6. 2012 Feb 25

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Questions the Four NFL Combine Huskers Must Answer (feat. Michael Felder)


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    Jared Crick, Lavonte David, Alfonzo Dennard and Marcel Jones are all looking to impress at the NFL Combine. Brandon Cavanaugh invites former UNC Safety/cerebral mastermind of In The Bleachers Michael Felder to help answer three big questions about each Big Red representative's Combine appearance.

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    Tags: marcel jones, lavonte david, jared crick, alfonzo dennard

  7. 2012 Feb 23

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Buy or Sell - Husker NFL Draft Stock Update


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    By Chris Labenz

    Under Bo Pelini’s tutelage, 13 Huskers have been selected in the annual NFL draft. In 2009, Cody Glenn (5th Round), Matt Slauson (6th Round), and Lydon Murtha (7th round) were taken.

    2010’s class saw Ndamukong Suh (1st Round), Phillip Dillard (4th Round) and Larry Asante (5th Round) fly off the board. The 2011 edition included Prince Amukamara (1st Round) highlighting a group of seven Huskers that were drafted between the first and seventh rounds.

    With the 2012 NFL Draft on the horizon, let’s examine where some of last season’s Huskers may end up.

    Alfonzo Dennard, CB–

    The Scoop

    Coming into the 2011 season, experts had Dennard as a first round lock because of his tremendous performances in 2010 as No. 15 often took on the opponent’s best receiver. Would you have thrown at Prince Amukamara on the other side?

    The Husker corner battled injuries early in 2011 and did not perform well in his most recent showcases. He was torched by South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey in the Capital One Bowl before the two scuffled which lead to ejections, and was essentially a non-factor in the Senior Bowl festivities.

    Due to Dennard’s height (generously listed at 5’10", but likely closer to 5’8”), NFL scouts are concerned about his ability to cover bigger receivers, even with his tremendous leaping ability.

    He also looked slow compared to Jeffrey who is by no means a speed demon at wide receiver. Despite these concerns, Dennard possesses great physicality and confidence which are vitally important traits for NFL defensive backs.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Most mock drafts have Dennard falling to the second round, and Tampa Bay appears to have serious interest in him because of Aqib Talib’s off-the-field issues. The Jaguars may grab the Husker standout two picks later if he’s available.

    If Dennard can run a 40-yard dash in the 4.45 range along with showcasing his elite vertical jump and quickness at the NFL Combine and Nebraska’s Pro Day, he may be able to slide back into the late first round as a San Francisco 49er.

    Lavonte David, LB/SS –

    The Scoop

    David was the most important player on Nebraska’s team last season, and single-handedly kept the Blackshirts from being embarrassed on several occasions. Without No. 4, Nebraska loses to Ohio State and potentially enters a downward spiral including six or seven losses.

    He was a force across the field during his two seasons as a Husker, displaying an ability to both make plays from sideline to sideline and cover tight ends or running backs 20-plus yards downfield.

    Scouts are impressed with David’s sure-tackling ability, quickness to the ball and speed, but his most valuable skill may be his instincts. Over the All-American’s career, it often appeared he knew what the offense was going to do before the ball was snapped.

    The knock on David is his size. Can he take on the week-to-week rigors of the NFL at only 220 pounds? Most scouts believe so and if not, they feel David could play the strong safety position because of his pure athletic ability.

    NFL Draft Projection

    If David were 20 pounds heavier, he’d be a lock for the first round. However, most projections have him falling into the third or fourth round of the draft, with the Titans and Eagles expressing the most interest. He’ll be a great value pick for whoever grabs him.

    Jared Crick, DT/DE –

    The Scoop

    Crick entered last season as one of the top defensive tackles in college football, with most experts projecting him as a first round selection in 2012. Even without Ndamukong Suh by his side, Crick put up impressive statistics during his junior season and was named an All-Big 12 player.However, No. 94 battled various nagging injuries during the 2011 campaign and was unable to live up to his preseason All-American status.

    Before his injuries, the Husker star was still a solid performer, but because of constant double teams, he struggled to penetrate the backfield and looked gassed by the second half of games. Despite this, scouts believe Crick can return to form and be a contributor as either a 4-3 defensive tackle or as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

    He has the size and is quick enough to handle the role of a pass-rushing defensive tackle, but teams who employ a 3-4 would love to have Crick’s athleticism on the outside, where he can maintain the edge, but still get to the quarterback.

    NFL Draft Projection

    Experts are all over the board on where Crick will get drafted. Some have him listed in the second round while others think he’ll fall to the fifth or sixth. If he’s able to put up solid strength and agility numbers at the NFL Combine and Nebraska’s Pro Day, he’ll likely stay in the top three rounds as NFL teams place a premium on versatile defensive linemen.

    The Patriots and Ravens appeared to have strong interest before last season and as both teams need help on the defensive line, the former anchor of Nebraska’s defense could be of great value to them.

    Other Huskers Likely to be Drafted –

    Marcel Jones, OT – Jones had a solid career at NU, but was bit by the injury bug throughout which led to inconsistent play. However, he has the size (6’6", 315) to play at the next level and a team may grab the Arizona native in the sixth round.

    Jemarcus Hardrick, OL – “Yoshi” was a solid contributor for Nebraska over the last two seasons and showed the ability to dominate in run support. While Hardrick played a majority of his snaps for the Cornhuskers at the left tackle spot, his lack of elite quickness against edge rushers means he likely projects at either right tackle or guard in the NFL.

    He possesses good size (6’7", 320) and above-average athletic ability, but it will be crucial for No. 50 to trim down for the Nebraska’s Pro Day, as fatigue appeared to set in at times during the 2011 season.

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    Tags: alfonzo dennard, lavonte david, jared crick, marcel jones, yoshi hardrick

  8. 2012 Feb 22

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Husker NFL Combine Capsules


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    Over the next week, 300-plus of college football’s elite will be poked, prodded, timed, tested, measured and run ragged. Welcome to the NFL…well, almost. Four Huskers will be visiting Indianapolis for the annual event, each with their own individual storylines as they go their separate ways for now.

    (Listed in order of appearance)

    Marcel Jones, Offensive Tackle
    NFL.com Height/Weight: 6’6” 327 pounds
    Schedule: Arrives February 22, Departs February 25

    Summary: Jones has battled pain throughout his collegiate career and has continued to rebound. Despite his injury-littered past, Jones is looked upon highly by front offices as a guy who could lock down a right tackle spot. He’ll need a year or two of polish, but he may go higher than many Husker fans expect and surprise once he gets to the League.

    Projected Round: 3-5

    Jared Crick, Defensive Tackle
    NFL.com Height/Weight: 6’4” 286 pounds
    Schedule: Arrives February 24, Departs February 27

    Summary: Crick returned for his senior year hoping to raise his draft stock and cement the Husker defensive line. Unfortunately, a pectoral muscle injury cut his season short.

    There’s also some concern about the knee injury he recovered from last spring and his ability to shed double teams without the help of Ndamukong Suh following his departure in 2009. Regardless, he’s looked at as a versatile lineman and teams with a 3-4 scheme appear to be very interested.

    Projected Round: 1-2

    Lavonte David, Linebacker
    NFL.com Height/Weight: 6’1” 225 pounds
    Schedule: Arrives February 24, Departs February 27

    Summary: No one questions David’s work ethic, but many question his size and ability to compete at the NFL level with larger athletes. His zone coverage ability was on display in the Senior Bowl, and he did rather well for a guy who was let off the leash repeatedly in Bo Pelini’s scheme.

    There’s been some speculation about moving him to safety. He’ll be a special teams warrior out of the gate and will be a value pick.

    Projected Round: 3-5

    Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback
    NFL.com Height/Weight: 5’9” 209 pounds
    Schedule: Arrives February 27, Departs February 28

    Summary: Dennard brings a number of questions with him to Indianapolis following a subpar showing during Senior Bowl week and the Alshon Jeffrey altercation is still fresh in people’s minds.

    Regardless, he’s still a higher-end prospect and could very well end up back in the first round with a solid effort. If he can display his athleticism and football IQ, he’ll likely be right back in the first 32 taken. Dallas, Detroit and Cincinnati sound like the most likely destinations.

    Projected Round: 1-2

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    Tags: marcel jones, lavonte david, jared crick, alfonzo dennard

  9. 2012 Feb 19

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Knee-Jerk Reactions (2/19/2012)


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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    - It was very gracious of Illinois to provide Doc’s Nebraska career with it likely last meal

    - Speaking of Illinois and food, who brings a muffin pan to a basketball game?

    - Was impressed by the effort the football staff put into Junior Day. If they keep up that level of work, they can legitimately challenge Michigan for No. 2 in the conference. No one’s touching Meyer and OSU, so let’s not pretend it could happen.

    - There are plenty of disappointed Nebraska baseball fans right now, but Erstad has a fantastic staff, a team trying to find a new identity and is all of two games into the season.

    - Somewhere out there yesterday, the serious suggestion that Mike Anderson would be better was made.

    - Regardless of Husker baseball's outrageous 0-2 record, Erstad’s got the intestinal fortitude to expect the best out of both himself and his conference. That mentality should be enough to keep most Big Red fans entertained through two more games.

    - After reading over about every mock draft there is, Alfonzo Dennard appears Dallas, Detroit or Cincinnati-bound.

    - After two months at FAU, Carl Pelini’s managed to alienate high school coaches and loses Marvin Sanders. This experiment’s going to go swimmingly.

    - Would it sound too paranoid to suggest that whoever initiated the drug test that took TCU down a few pegs was an Austin grad?

    - There it is. An entire piece without mentioning Jeremy Lin.

    - Crap.

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    Tags: basketball, baseball, recruiting, carl pelini, alfonzo dennard

  10. 2012 Feb 17

    Husker Heartbeat 2/17: Minter II at NU, Osborne on Huskers' Drug Testing and Cowboys With an Eye for Dennard


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Husker legacies Mike Minter, Jr. and Josh Banderas will be attending Nebraska's Junior Day

    - AD Osborne is confident in Nebraska's drug testing policy in wake of TCU scandal

    - Creighton Prep alum and NU freshman Kyle Kubat will take the mound for the Huskers on Sunday

    - Dallas is another very possible destination for Alfonzo Dennard

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    Tags: recruiting, tom osborne, baseball, kyle kubat, alfonzo dennard

  11. 2012 Feb 14

    Husker Heartbeat 2/14: Dennard a Bengal Safety, Crick's Hit a Hit and Former Husker to Indiana HOF


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Alfonzo Dennard projects as a second round Cincinnati Bengal safety to some

    - Crick's sensational sack on Washington's Price considered one of the 2012 Draft class' best highlights

    - Former Husker Baack to enter Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

    - Yori's squad latest is the ranked team to get downed by Minnesota

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    Tags: alfonzo dennard, jared crick, basketball

  12. 2012 Feb 10

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast (2/10/2012) - The Wide Receiver Battle Royale Edition


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    On the docket:

    A podcast featuring questions and topics submitted ONLY by you, the Husker Locker fan base:

    - How much playing time can Jordan Westerkamp expect?
    - Kenny Bell vs. Jamal Turner
    - How will the first month of Nebraska baseball go?
    - Did Alfonzo Dennard hurt his stock after his All-Star weekend troubles?

    Have a topic or question that you'd like to hear discussed? Send us an e-mail or a message to any of us on Twitter.

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    Tags: jordan westerkamp, kenny bell, jamal turner, baseball, alfonzo dennard, podcast, podcasts

  13. 2012 Feb 08

    Husker Heartbeat 2/8: T.O. on Sadler, Meets with Former Husker Strickland and Future NFL Huskers


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Osborne on Sadler's future:"We'll see how it plays out."

    - Osborne meets with former Nebraska roundballer Strickland to discuss helping the hoops squad

    - The Washington Redskins should take a good, long look at Alfonzo Dennard

    - Lavonte David looks like a solid value pick for the Vikings

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    Tags: tom osborne, doc sadler, basketball, lavonte david, alfonzo dennard

  14. 2012 Jan 31

    Husker Heartbeat 1/31: Suh Disputes Slauson's Claims, Zac Taylor a Dolphin and Dennard a Lion?


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Ndamukong Suh disputes fellow former Husker Slauson's claims of dirty play

    - Former Husker QB Zac Tayloris now a Miami Dolphin

    - Husker DE commit Greg McMullen ready to leave home to dominate in Lincoln

    - Try to tackle a heart-breaking Husker recruiting quiz

    - An ESPN mock draft has Alfonzo Dennard headed to Detroit

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    Tags: ndamukong suh, zat taylor, greg mcmullen, recruiting, alfonzo dennard

  15. 2012 Jan 30

    Husker Heartbeat 1/30: Dennard's Draft Stock Dropping?, The Future at Linebacker and Wishes for Signing Day


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Some think Dennard did damage by showing up in Mobile for the Senior Bowl

    - Previewing the 2012 linebacking corps

    - Huskers working overtime to fill the gaps at BUCK, WILL and MIKE

    - Seven wishes for Nebraska's Signing Day experience

    - Hockey player-turned-footballer to walk on at Nebraska

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    Tags: alfonzo dennard, signign day, recruiting, walk on

  16. 2012 Jan 29

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Knee-Jerk Reactions (1/29)


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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    - Without any blitzing, the Senior Bowl was pretty tame overall and didn’t display David much. He did look good on special teams and it looks like he’s been fine-tuning his coverage skills, though as he played a lot of zone covered throughout the game.

    - Fonzie’s string of bad luck should be snapped at the combine. If he puts up impressive numbers there, I expect late first/early second-round pick talk to start up again

    - This year’s class of walk-ons looks packed full of talent. Hard to not like Gretna’s Andy Janovich. A fullback that knows Olympic wrestling leverage is a valuable thing.

    - Grand Island quarterback Ryker Fyfe’s a steal and a half for the Huskers. He’s a guy that could find a home closer to the top of the depth chart.

    - Nebraska’s best chance at a Rutgers flip is Quanzell Lambert and he’s likely not even going to sign with anyone this Wednesday.

    - Devin Fuller to Arizona to be Pat White 2.0.

    - Abdullah, Green and Heard are fun to watch, but Imani Cross and Mike Marrow add a major bruising factor. Maryland I formation anyone?

    - Anyone else incredibly excited for Nebraska baseball to begin?

    - It’s unfortunate that Doc’s hundredth win was overshadowed by how poorly things have gone this season.

    - Can’t say there’ve been too many recent Signing Days where an entire class will be defined as a bust or not depending on the day’s outcome.

    - Wednesday’s gonna be fun.

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    Tags: senior bowl, lavonte david, alfonzo dennard, ryker fyfe, andy janovich, quanzell lambert, devin fuller, recruiting, basketball, baseball

  17. 2012 Jan 28

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Senior Bowl Game Day Thoughts


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    Every week, the Husker Locker staff sits down and is presented a number of questions addressing various aspects of Nebraska Cornhuskers sports. What's in the Big Red's future?

    This week:

    What does the commitment of running back Imani Cross tell you about Nebraska's remaining spots for this recruiting class?

    Brian: That the staff felt the urge to have a “big” back in the fold. Been told that Cross would be similar to a Quentin Castille or a Trey Robinson in that aspect. Nebraska could certainly use one, especially in short yardage/goal line situations to help take some of the beating Rex gets.

    Erin: First, Imani Cross is a huge get. His commitment also gives me a lot of hope for the remaining spots. It shows that a lot of work has been put in to get some top recruits. I do question the need for a standout running back in the class however, seeing as Nebraska has three young guys sitting and waiting behind Rex Burkhead as it is. A top get is a top get, so we'll leave it at that. Ultimately, Cross shows a lot of promise for the remaining spots in the class.

    Brandon: If Nebraska was scrambling to secure bigger and better recruits, Cross wouldn’t be on the commitment list. There’s likely a number of guys lined up, ready to announce on Signing Day.

    Stanford received their fifth offensive lineman commit of this cycle last Thursday. Does this help Nebraska's case with Andrus Peat?

    Brian: Maybe. If Stanford is stockpiled at offensive line and Peat knows he could play immediately in Lincoln, that has to help him make his decision. That being said, who knows what will happen if Andrus does come to Nebraska? We all thought Tyler Moore would see the field a lot last season.

    Erin: It can't hurt it, can it? Andrus Peat would be a fantastic grab for Nebraska, so hopefully Stanford's long list of lineman's in one recruiting class will encourage him to consider Nebraska more than ever.

    Brandon: Not only does it help Nebraska’s case, but you’ve got to think Peat’s decision has already been made. Depth chart comparisons favor the Huskers, but so does family in Andrus’ brother and cousin (Avery Moss).

    Nebraska basketball is now 11-9 with their road win over Iowa. How does this team need to finish for you to consider the season salvaged?

    Brian: if Nebraska can squeeze 16 wins out (which, after seeing two of their last three games, isn’t as far fetched as you would like to believe), then it’s a season worth something.

    Does that keep Doc around? Who knows? I do think 15 wins is his Mendoza line. Anything below that and he’s as good as gone. If Doc does stay, I will be truly disappointed in that there are much better coaches out there who would cherish this job.

    Erin: To consider this season salvaged... I don't think this season was ever at a point to salvage. Nebraska fans knew what to expect so at this point, any big win is just that - a big win. The inconsistency is still too strong. For me, the season would have been "salvaged" had Nebraska beat Ohio State after beating Indiana. At this point going forward, I'm just going to cheer for a win and enjoy it at that.

    Brandon: Wins against Northwestern, Minnesota (twice), Penn State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa (again) along with a split between Michigan and Michigan State to finish the regular season 19-10. At least one win in the Big Ten tournament to be 20-11 at worst heading into the postseason.

    At that point, Nebraska would likely get into the NIT as a mid-level seed. Win one more game there and Doc has a reason to keep his job.

    Do you believe Alfonzo Dennard's injury and non-participation in the Senior Bowl will cost him come the NFL Draft?

    Brian: Oh yes. The draft is fairly deep at cornerback, and Dennard didn’t have a great practice before the injury was disclosed. The week more than likely cost him the first round. Still hoping that the Cowboys take him to be a replacement to Terrence Newman.

    Erin: What's going to hurt him more is the comments that were made about him prior to the injury. Those reporting he wasn't as quick as once though, or not as agile. All of that will come back to haunt him more than an injury.

    The injury hurts his draft status more now that he can't prove anyone wrong. NFL teams are going to have to take Dennard at face value and hope his college stats meant something. However, if they listen to the reporters saying he wasn't "that" great, it could be pretty costly.

    Brandon: There seems to be about a 75/25 split saying that he’s a great athlete or that because of the altercation at the Capital One Bowl, his practice performances and injury, he’s slipping fast. NFL offices know what Dennard’s capable of. If he shows up at the Combine and dominates, any negatives he may have picked up during this past week will be wiped away.

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    Tags: imani cross, andrus peat, recruiting, basketball, alfonzo dennard, senior bowl

  18. 2012 Jan 27

    Husker Heartbeat 1/27: Commit No. 14 is N, NU's Chances with Fuller and Spring Game Tickets


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Georgia RB Imani Cross makes commit No. 14 for Bo Pelini

    - Greg Schiano's departure to Rutgers could open the door just enough for Fuller to become a Husker

    - Dennard and David considered the cream of the Senior Bowl's North roster's defensive crop

    - Doc Sadler's crew bounces back, picking off Iowa on the road

    - Spring Game tickets go on sale next Wednesday at 8 A.M. CST

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    Tags: imani cross, devin fuller, lavonte david, alfonzo dennard, doc sadler, basketball, spring game

  19. 2012 Jan 26

    Husker Heartbeat 1/26: Dennard Out of Senior Bowl, Chargers Eyeing David and Burkhead Soon Needs Your Help


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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Alfonzo Dennard won't be playing in this weekend's Senior Bowl due to injury

    - The San Diego Chargers have their eye on Lavonte David

    - Nebraska head baseball coach Erstad isready to prove skeptics wrong

    - Rex Burkhead and Team Jack will soon need your help

    - Reviewed Big Ten plays were overturned 1/3 of the time

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    Tags: alfonzo dennard, lavonte david, rex burkhead, darin erstad, big ten

  20. 2012 Jan 22

    NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS: Knee-Jerk Reactions (1/22)


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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    - List of positives that can be taken away from the worst home loss in Nebraska basketball’s recorded history:

    - After what will be six years including a current 93-73 record, the best postseason run being to the NIT’s second round and being involved in the worst loss the program has seen in a century plus, how can Tom Osborne rationally keep Doc Sadler after this season?

    - In hindsight, that Indiana floor rush looks kinda silly now. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    - Crick, Dennard, David and Jones should all do well at the NFL Combine. David could bump himself up to a late second round pick with an excellent showing. Jones could cement his status as a fifth or sixth-rounder.

    - When few people, if any, know a commit’s name 10 days out from Signing Day, you can safely say they’re a reach.

    - Nebraska needs Devian Shelton in this class, if only for legitimacy purposes.

    - John Papuchis gets a 50 percent bump? He’s a solid coach, but that seems steep.

    - Side note: Chancellor Harvey Perlman’s not a fan of the huge college football coach salaries these days.

    - Of all the people expected to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Omaha and the surrounding areas, that two ex-Huskers are doing it isn’t so surprising. That Kris Brown and Zach Wiegert are doing it, that’s the weird part.

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    Tags: doc sadler, basketball, jared crick, alfonzo dennard, lavonte david, marcel jones, devian shelton, john papuchis, harvey perlman, kris brown, zach wiegert

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