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  1. 2011 Feb 16

    Husker Heartbeat 2/16: Can Any NU QB Match Taylor's Upside?

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.


    *Bo finally confirms his hires over the phone - but says he's not quite ready to announce yet. It's Neverending Story that, at this point, might be working in Bo's favor.

    *Taylor Martinez had the best one-game performance of the year in the Big 12, writes ESPN's David Ubben, against Oklahoma State. He writes:

    1. Taylor Martinez vs. Oklahoma State. Nebraska's freshman quarterback went on the road and was unstoppable, bouncing back from one of his worst games of the year against Texas with his best. He threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-35 passing and ran for 112 yards on 19 carries. It earned the Huskers a much-needed 51-41 win in Stillwater.

    Here's a question this morning for Husker fans: Does NU have another quarterback on the roster who can come close to what Martinez did in that one game? And if not - isn't Martinez the guy worth hitching your wagon to?

    *Nebraska waits for an NCAA ruling on freshman pitcher Logan Ehlers, whose eligibility remains in question because he used an advisor during his process of deciding whether he'd play college baseball or in the Major Leagues. The NCAA is all over this one. Cam Newton and Reggie Bush? Not so much.

    *BRN says that the 2010 defensive line could be memorable.

    *Dr Saturday grades part of the 2010 coaching hires. He starts with the retreads. Then moves on to the upgrades, giving a strong grade to Minnesota's Jerry Kill.

    *Ahman Green heads to the CFL.

    *LJS Sipple and Brian Christopherson analyze the running back situation heading into spring. In other words, the Rex Burkhead show. If Lester Ward and Collins Okafor ever wanted to show something, now is the time.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, taylor martinez, rex burkhead, brn, ljs sipple, david ubben, baseball, logan ehlers, ahman green

  2. 2011 Feb 10

    Husker Heartbeat 2/10: Staff Still in Flux?

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.


    *You thought that football coaching staff was done? Not so fast, says Sean Callahan, who weighs in with his own sources:

    There have been some reports that have stated all four hires have been made, but my sources continue to tell me Nebraska is still looking for somebody on offense. In fact, a source tells me Pelini continues to interview candidates for that position.

    That tells us at least one person has turned down the running backs job. Who knows if that position was attached to some other, additional perk, too. It might have been. If Ted Gilmore's out, then, at the very least, a recruiting coordinator and associate head coach title is out there to be claimed.

    Callahan noted that Bo wants to hire someone who pairs well with Beck. Bo darn well should. In fact, Beck should get to handpick his staff, if he's the offensive coordinator. How else do you truly empower your coordinators? Bo could have learned a lesson from Shawn Watson's struggles to find an offensive identity based on too many cooks being in the kitchen. We're not entirely sure he did.

    *BRN says "Tim Beck is No Loser" and explains why the hire is a strong one:

    While the wins and numbers are impressive, Tim Beck has intangibles that make this an unexpectedly pleasant move. The more research that is uncovered about his background and past, the higher the comfort level of Husker Nation should be. He has taken challenging jobs and done the two things any fan should want an offensive coordinator to do, put up numbers, and win.

    *Jeff Sims will not be that mystery coach. The Ft. Scott Community College head coach hasn't spoken to Bo Pelini in eight months.

    *Nebraska's spring football practice will be split by UNL's late spring break. NU will conduct three practices, then take a week off, then return for 12 more. Our hunch is the Huskers will use those first three practices rather strategically, perhaps acclimating the NU offense to a new design and system.

    *Bubba Starling says "it's going to take a lot of money" from Major League Baseball to woo him away from playing college football.

    *If Nebraska intends to return to a two-man system for coaching the offensive line, it has a strong history on which to lean: Milt Tenopir and Dan Young, who coached some of the best lines in Husker history. Milt handled run blocking - a staple of NU offenses under Tom Osborne, as everyone knows - while Young handled pass protection and, more importantly special teams. The Husker special teams were consistently among the best in the country - especially in the return game.

    *ESPN's David Ubben - who grew fond of Nebraska, I think, in his one year as Big 12 blogger - says goodbye. And ESPN's Adam Rittenberg says hello. Then Rittenberg interviews Ubben on the Husker topics of the day.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, sean callahan, tim beck, coach search 2011, barney cotton, bo pelini, david ubben, adam rittenberg

  3. 2010 May 05

    Husker Heartbeat 5/5: Track Guys, Blackshirts and Kelsey's Pro Debut

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    By HuskerLocker

    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    Cool? Cool!


    *Several of Nebraska’s 2010 recruits are shining on the track and in the sand pit. Wide receivers Kenny Bell (a 24-foot, 9-inch long jump) and Quincy Enunwa (a 6-foot-9 high jump) are perhaps skilled enough to compete for the NU track team, which has boasted some of the nation’s best long and high jumpers over the last decade.

    We’ve been a little lukewarm on those two receiver recruits, as you may recall, but their spring track work is somewhat promising. Recruitniks insist Enunwa especially is a sleeper. We’ll see.

    *Old-school Blackshirts praise the new-school Bo Pelini method. Neil Smith called Ndamukong Suh the next Reggie White. Well, heh, we’ll see. White was, pound for pound, perhaps the strongest player in NFL history. Although he had at least two excellent pass rushing moves, he didn’t need either one of them. Suh is not quite that player. But he could be more versatile.

    *SI puts Nebraska at 13th in an utterly useless post-spring poll, while ESPN’s David Ubben tabs NU third in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma and Texas. Ubben argues that OU’s skill-position talent is far better than Nebraska’s. Is it? Ryan Broyles is more polished than Niles Paul perhaps. Are DeMarco Murray and Jermie Calhoun better than Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead? Has the hot and cold Landry Jones completely grown up in one offseason? Seems like Ubben, who knows the Sooners better than any program, has been smelling what Stoops is cooking a little too much.

    *Kelsey Griffin scores 11 in her WNBA debut. Her new teammate Tina Charles was more or less unstoppable.

    *The media covering Nebraska’s baseball team finally, at long last, examines the hitting woes. And there are some woes. Meanwhile, Tom Shatel files a middling column about Osborne retaining Anderson.

    “Nebraska baseball is not one of the elite programs in the country, a CWS regular, nor should it ever be expected to be,” Shatel writes.

    Oh? NU certainly was a CWS regular from, you know, 2001-2005.

    Don’t kid yourself. It’s not that hard for NU. Hard for Wichita State, perhaps, and Notre Dame and Big Ten teams. Not that hard for Nebraska.

    The Big 12 is one of three college baseball conferences that truly prepares a team for the postseason. The key is - and I think this is a constant misunderstanding on the part of some fans/pundits - to peak in May and June. Period. Get 40 wins overall, with 16-18 in the Big 12, and you’ll get your damn home regional. Which is all a team can want or hope for. Win that - and Nebraska plum choked in 2006 and 2008 - and roll the dice in a three-game Super Regional. Maybe it comes up roses, like it did for Arkansas last year. Maybe not. But that’s the formula.

    And, each year, NU has the rare opportunity, because of the Big 12, to rack up enough quality wins to reach that basic goal.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, blackshirts, kelsey griffin, kenny bell, quincy enunwa, david ubben, tom shatel, baseball

  4. 2010 Apr 20

    Husker Heartbeat 4/20: More Suh, ESPN, Bucks, and the Big Bad BCS

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.

    Cool? Cool!


    *Suh wants TV screens in the Husker locker room stalls with part of the money he’s giving. Well, OK then.

    *The Sweater Jim Tressel was in town Monday night, and man is he smooth after almost 25 years of head coaching. Praised Bo and the Nebraska program and talked Big Ten expansion. He especially liked the letterman’s wall over at Memorial Stadium. Plus a series with Ohio State in 2020?

    *ESPN’s David Ubben on NU’s return to prominence.

    *The annual BCS meetings begin today.

    *Just 16,000 at the Oklahoma spring game, where Landry Jones threw it around the yard.

    *Texas A&M heads back to its classic 3-4 alignment.

    *Mark Ingram, picking up where he left off.

    *Blake Lawrence picks up a major life skills honor from NU.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, david ubben, jim tressel, bcs, ndamukong suh, landry jones

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