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  1. 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

  2. 2011 Dec 05

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Greg McMullen Update

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    Find out how Greg McMullen wrapped up his season and his feelings on Urban Meyer at Ohio State

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  3. 2011 Jun 27

    Notes from the Recruiting Trail 6/27

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    Is Sam Cotton really the tight end of the 2012 class? Could Greg McMullen wind up elsewhere despite his commitment and more about two Nebraska-targeted offensive tackles.

    Tags: sam cotton, orlando david, kent taylor, greg mcmullen, paul thurston, andrus peat

  4. 2011 Jun 26

    Husker Chatter From Around the Horn: 6/26

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    A weekly look at what's been said about the Big Red around the wide, wide world of sports:

    "It just feels right. It’s more like a friend I see in them. That’s how I feel when I talk to Nebraska. I know what’s going on there.’’ - Nebraska verbal commitment DE Greg McMullen to Akron Beacon Journal

    “I have a nasty streak and I love driving people, putting them in the dirt, and punishing them for coming against me.” - Nebraska verbal commitment OT Paul Thurston to Omaha World-Herald

    “I don’t know that we’ve ever had as much demand for one game as we’ve had for Wisconsin,” - Nebraska ticket manager Holly Adam to Omaha World-Herald

    "I choose to remember him for the big plays like this the ol' Black 41 Flash Reverse from Thunder and Stuntz or the other Heisman highlight play that I like to think of as "Fat Mizzouri Guy Turned Into Human Bobblehead" - Andy Ketterson from CornNation.com on Eric Crouch

    "It's unfortunate that I couldn't make it more [to workouts], but I was traveling back from Europe and I didn't want to be sluggish for the earlier workouts, and I went to Nebraska to take care of my shoulder. My shoulder is doing great." - Ndamukong Suh in response to missing Detroit Lions' players-only practices

    "Remember Tough Tony Davis? We used to have a ball together in Cincinnati. I remember in summer camp Tony had this great big dog. I wish I could remember its name. Anyway, after the morning practice and lunch, you'd take a nap.

    Tony would bring that dog in and put it in bed with me, and when I would wake up, that big dog would be staring me in the face. Tony would sit there and laugh. I'll never forget that." - Former Ohio State Buckeye Archie Griffin on Huskers that he remembers to Omaha World-Herald

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    Tags: greg mcmullen, paul thurston, eric croiuch, wisconsin, ndamukong suh, archie griffin

  5. 2011 Jun 24

    Husker Heartbeat 6/24: Nebraska's New Big Bad DE, Pelini Already Getting Looks and the NU/MSU Family Ties

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

    - Nebraska and Michigan State: More familiar than you might think

    - Stud DE Greg McMullen has committed to Nebraska

    - Buckeye fans already examining Bo Pelini as a replacement for Luke Ficknell

    - Nebraska/Wisky tickets are going to be a pain to get your hands on

    - The numbers didn't work out in Drew Ott's favor making him an Iowa Hawkeye

    - Osborne gives Erstad leeway with staff pay

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    Tags: greg mcmullen, darin erstad, tom osborne, drew ott, bo pelini

  6. 2011 Jun 17

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/17

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Husker Locker takes a look at the ten prospects most likely targeted as the most coveted by Nebraska in terms of overall talent, position need, interest and a few intangible factors.

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Peat’s going to start working his way around campuses across the country over the next few weeks with his first trip being to Notre Dame this weekend. He appears to have the summer booked in terms of trips, but like his brother Todd, his decision could come down to the wire. Expect at least one visit to Nebraska. – 5 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): Rutgers continues to stick in Fuller’s mind, but Nebraska’s image hasn’t faded at all. He recently snagged offer No. 30 from Ohio State which appears more symbolic than anything as he’s bonding well with about six other teams who aren’t staring sanctions in the face. – 5 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Nebraska hasn’t been faring well against the recruiting efforts of LSU. With excellent programs in both baseball and football, that may be the case again with Alford. The good news is that with the Cornhuskers’ baseball staff being rounded out, they can make a true full-court press on the dual-sport athlete. – 5 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): McMullen is entertaining other offers, but Nebraska’s still the team to beat. He’ll likely be visiting Lincoln yet again in another effort to see just how comfortable he can get with the surroundings. He’s taking a very methodical approach to his recruitment but should be a Husker commit in the end. – 4 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Big Vince has two schools that stand out the most in Nebraska and Florida with the Cornhuskers leading. It sounds like he wants to take some visits before deciding, but he has mentioned previously that he would like to stay closer to home. – 5 weeks

    *NEW* 6.) QB Tommy Armstrong (Cibolo, Texas): The first of three new prospects this week, if you followed recruiting at all last year, you likely remember Texas running back Malcolm Brown. Brown was often mentioned in the same breath as Cornhusker Aaron Green. The connection is that Armstrong was Brown’s quarterback. There are some very positive feelings between both the Nebraska staff and Armstrong about his future in Lincoln.

    *NEW* 7.) TE Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, California): With the prospect of bringing in Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Terrell Mitchell dwindling a bit, Kourtzidis looks like the next best thing. He recently visited Lincoln and appeared impressed. He’s another prospect that may leave the Big Board, but this time in favor of the Cornhuskers as he could make his decision as soon as July.

    *NEW* 8.) DE Taiwan Johnson (Manvel, Texas): Another Big Board newbie, Johnson has been proactive in his approach towards Nebraska. He knows that the need is there for defensive ends and while he’s unlikely to come in and contribute immediately at 6’3” 235 pounds, he could easily be molded by Nebraska strength and conditioning coach Jim Dobson into a punishing redshirt freshman.

    9. WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler gets bumped up a spot following his trip to Nebraska’s camp. Right now, the Cornhuskers are the only team outside of the Pac-12 that Lawler is truly considering. He will likely be taking his officials before making a decision, but Nebraska made an first-rate impression after rolling out the red carpet. – 2 weeks

    10. TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): As time goes by, it appears that JCF is going to stick out west for his college career. He’s been tripping to a few schools, but from all indications if Southern Cal offers, it's over. John Garrison is the reason he stays on the Big Board as he’s arguably the fiercest recruiter that Nebraska has on staff and is JCF’s primary contact. – 5 weeks

    Dropped out: ILB Donavin Newsom, OG Evan Boehm (Both committed to Missouri), TE Terrell Mitchell

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24 6/2 6/7

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, jalen cope fitzpatrick, vincent valentine, tommy armstrong, christo kourtzidis, taiwan johnson, kenny lawler

  7. 2011 Jun 07

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/7

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Peat slashed the number of schools that he’s considering down to 13 last week. Arizona residents were somewhat shocked that neither FBS in-state school was in the mix. While no official leaders have been named, USC and Nebraska appear the teams to beat for now. – 4 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): With plans to visit Nebraska finalized, Fuller will get the full court press once he arrives in Lincoln. Thanks to his multiple roles, Jamal Turner might find himself buddying up to Fuller. Turner could be just the guy to show Fuller the future of Nebraska’s potentially high-octane offense. – 4 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Alford’s sticking to his guns about wanting to play football and baseball in college. With the hiring of former dual-sport athlete Darin Erstad as head baseball coach, Nebraska has a unique recruiting tool. If anything is going to pry Alford out of SEC country, the combination of Tim Beck, Ron Brown and Erstad may be it. – 4 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): McMullen made no bones about his feelings towards Ohio State. According to the Detroit Free Press he said, “If they get more sanctions thrown on them for the long term, then I’m not going there. I want to know how it feels to play in a Big Ten championship and know how it feels to play in a bowl game.” – 3 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Vince isn’t budging for now especially with no signs of his interest dropping. Side note: He is one of ten Illinois prospects nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American game. Fellow Illinois resident and Nebraska commit Jordan Westerkamp is also a nominee. – 4 weeks

    6.) TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): Cope-Fitzpatrick is quickly climbing up target boards across the country including many in his local circles. Word is that there is plenty of mutual interest between Jalen and these schools. Nebraska must show that they have plans for more pass-catching tight ends in the mold of Kyler Reed to have a chance. – 4 weeks

    7.) ILB Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Missouri): The Missouri Tigers held a camp at De Smet Jesuit High School at which Newsom was the only absent expected attendee. However, he did take a trip to Columbia recently. Nothing stands out to indicate that any one school leads between his three favorites of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. – 4 weeks

    8.) OG Evan Boehm – (Lee's Summit, Missouri): The Boehm camp has been very quiet for the past few weeks. Nebraska’s depth at guard is talented, but young. They need to continue stocking up on talent at this position to help ease the learning curve. – 4 weeks

    9.) TE Terrell Mitchell (Fort Scott, Kansas (Fort Scott CC): Missouri’s name popped up last week as a potential new suitor for Mitchell. Now, the Tigers may have been bumped by the Oklahoma Sooners. Mitchell’s presence at Fort Scott alone gives Nebraska a chance at landing the big-bodied tight end. – 4 weeks

    10.) WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler sticks on the Big Board for a second week as he’ll be visiting Lincoln this weekend. Nebraska should be able to obtain plenty of information about Lawler during his stay. If he’s still looking to set up an official visit to Memorial Stadium in the next week or two, that would speak volumes about the Cornhuskers’ relationship with Lawler. – 2 weeks

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24 6/2

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, vincent valentine, jalen cope fitzpatrick, donavin newsom, evan boehm, terrell mitchell, kenny lawler, recruiting

  8. 2011 Jun 02

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 6/2

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    Time spent on the Big Board is in italics

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Another week and Peat’s still here. There’s some good news for Nebraska: He’s narrowed his list down to 13 schools. As of right now, Nebraska, Florida, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Florida State, Alabama, Michigan, Stanford and Southern California are in the running. – 3 weeks

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): Much like Peat, Devin ain’t budging. Also like Peat, there’s good news: Fuller will be visiting Nebraska this summer. While the likes of Michigan and UCLA are after Fuller right along with Nebraska, there’s one school that will be very pesky in this fight: Rutgers. – 3 weeks

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Things are heating up for this dual-sport athlete. Much like Bubba Starling, he wants to play both football and baseball in college. It’s going to be tough to pull Alford out of the south, but Nebraska appears to be one of the few schools farther to the north that he’s giving any legitimate attention to. – 3 weeks

    4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): Greg’s update depends on whether you think the glass is half full or half empty. Greg appears to be looking at more schools and will likely get to know Luke Fickell. The Buckeyes are hanging onto McMullen’s interest by a thread. You’ve got to think that if they get hit with sanctions, he’s done with them. – 2 weeks

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Vince will likely hit up Nebraska for one of his official visits this year. What will work in the Cornhuskers' favor is the need for depth on the defensive line and Vincent sounds to be more of a homebody. There may be a Big Ten clash for his services later on in the cycle. – 3 weeks

    6.) TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): It sounds like Jalen may be hopping off of the Big Board before a number of his list-mates. Cope-Fitzpatrick wants to make his decision within the next two months. It’s time for the Huskers to book it to California early and often if they want to secure his commitment. – 3 weeks

    7.) ILB Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Missouri): Newsom’s narrowing things down and he’ll either be wearing a shade of yellow or red. Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are the three teams that have the opportunity to add Newsom to their ranks. – 3 weeks

    8.) OG Evan Boehm – (Lee's Summit, Missouri): Things could be heating up with Boehm’s recruiting. He’s expressed that he wanted to wait until June and when his track dates are wrapped up. Here we are. Expect to hear more about Boehm in the near future. – 3 weeks

    9.) TE Terrell Mitchell (Fort Scott, Kansas (Fort Scott CC): It sounded like Mitchell was about ready to pull the trigger and become a Cornhusker, but from the sound of things Missouri is making a strong push. Tight end is a position of need for Nebraska, so they’ll need to lock down the Fort Scott pipeline quickly if they want Mitchell. – 3 weeks

    *NEW* 10.) WR Kenny Lawler (Upland, California): Lawler’s a current Arizona State commitment, but don’t let that fool you. His verbal pledge to the Sun Devils is anything but firm. It was originally thought that he’d be unable to visit Nebraska this summer for camp, but good news! He’s going to be in Lincoln in a couple of weeks. Rich Fisher has an opportunity to snag another fantastic wide receiver prospect.

    Dropped out: C Ty Darlington (2 weeks spent on the Big Board)

    Past Big Boards: 5/16 5/24

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, jalen cope fitzpatrick, vincent valentine, donavin newsom, evan boehm, terrell mitchell, kenny lawler, ryan klachko

  9. 2011 May 24

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: The Big Board 5/24

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    1.) OT Andrus Peat (Tempe, Arizona): Peat will likely remain at the No. 1 spot on the Big Board until he commits, so stopping over at The Film Room to learn as about him might not a bad idea. He’s looking to take official visits in the fall, so strap in and see if someone further down can’t unseat the big man.

    2.) QB Devin Fuller (Old Tappan, New Jersey): Fuller’s staying near the top for the time being as his commitment would give Husker fans a reason to breathe a huge sigh of relief regardless of what Bubba Starling chooses to do. He’ll be visiting Lincoln in the coming months, but no timetable has been made regarding his decision.

    3.) QB Anthony Alford (Petal, Mississippi): Now an official member of the 2012 U.S. Army All-American team, Alford continues to get plenty of love from Nebraska. It’s quite possible that should Fuller or Alford commit, the other gets approached as an offensive athlete in the style of do-it-all true freshman Jamal Turner.

    *NEW* 4.) DE Greg McMullen (Akron, Ohio): McMullen shoots up the charts and replaces Kaysville, Utah’s Troy Hinds for a couple of reasons. First, the love between the Huskers and McMullen is there and second, it appears that Jim Tressel’s current state of affairs isn’t helping Ohio State any. McMullen would be a huge get for Nebraska and might make way for another member of the Big Board in the coming weeks.

    5.) DT Vincent Valentine (Edwardsville, Illinois): Big Vince shouldn’t be leaving the list soon barring a commitment. He would provide another potential future beast at defensive tackle and Nebraska is making it obvious that they’re interested in his services.

    6.) TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Rocklin, California): We recently chatted with Cope-Fitzpatrick and it’s clear that he wants to be able to expand his academic horizons along with his game. How long the trip is for his family to see him play may be the deciding factor. There appears to be a good relationship with Nebraska here, so there’s no point in tight ends coach John Garrison not keeping the lines of communication open.

    7.) ILB Donavin Newsom (St. Louis, Missouri): The Cornhuskers do have a verbal commitment from linebacker Michael Rose whose addition to the class will be fantastic--If it sticks. There is still some concern that Rose might bolt at what he perceives to be a better offer. Having Newsom in the same class would help prep for the eventual loss of upperclassmen MIKE and BUCK linebackers regardless.

    8.) OG Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Missouri): Boehm has already previously visited Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers need to be ready to sprint to Lee’s Summit come month’s end. Boehm’s track calendar ends as June begins and his commitment might not be too difficult to get with solid effort considering the short distance to Lincoln and Barney Cotton’s track record with linemen as of late.

    9.) TE Terrell Mitchell (Fort Scott, Kansas (Fort Scott CC): If Cope-Fitzpatrick decides to head elsewhere, Mitchell is a solid No. 2. Even if the California tight end isn’t a part of Nebraska’s class, there’s another tight end on the radar that might be able to ease the loss of Cope-Fitzpatrick and give the Cornhuskers a stud at the spot. More on him later.

    10.) C Ty Darlington (Apopka, Florida): Ryan Klachko has been seen on YouTube doing things that you’d expect your average Nebraska offensive lineman to do in his spare time such as dead lifting 640 pounds. Initially, “The Mad Russian” might have been slotted at guard, but if he can pick up the center position for Mike Caputo’s departure follow this season, he gives the Cornhuskers a chance to regroup if Darlington doesn’t come through. If Ty does commit, Nebraska’s center position is stacked for the foreseeable future.

    Dropped out: DE Troy Hinds

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    Tags: andrus peat, devin fuller, anthony alford, greg mcmullen, jalen cope fitzpatrick, vincent valentine, donavin newsom, evan boehm, terrell mitchell, ty darlington, ryan klachko

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