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  1. 2012 Mar 29

    Husker Heartbeat (3/29/12): Amukamara Addresses College, a Center's Final Chance and Lost Rivalries


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

    - Former Husker Prince Amukamara is kicking off Collegebound Nebraska, a tuition-assistance program

    - Justin Jackson's switch to centeris his final chance to remain a Husker

    - Now eligible to play, transfer Mike Marrow is making a push for playing time at fullback

    - Defensive coordinator John Papuchis is pleased with what he's seen this spring

    - Johnston: Losing a rivalry a meaningless issue one year removed

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    Tags: prince amukamara, justin jackson, mike marrow, john papuchis

  2. 2012 Mar 11

    NEBRASKA SPRING FOOTBALL: Spring Superstars of 2012


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    By Chris Labenz

    Every spring in Nebraska, flowers start to bloom, the weather changes by the hour, students long for a break, and a few previously unheralded Husker football players make headlines, only to disappear when fall begins.

    Let’s take a look at five such players, who will spark interest and draw outlandish predictions due to their dazzling ability, only to find themselves buried on the depth chart come August.

    Wide receiver Taariq Allen – Allen was a surprise addition to the 2010 Nebraska recruiting class, deciding to head west despite residing from Weston, Massachusetts, a state the Huskers rarely looks at for future talent.

    Allen showcased an impressive skillset during his days at Rivers School, running precise routes, exhibiting solid speed, and attacking passes with strong hands for a high school receiver.

    While his competition was average at best, the future Husker was still able to garner offers from Boston College and Wisconsin. Last year, No. 7 spent time studying the intricacies of Tim Beck’s offense, adding muscle, and learning the tricks of the trade from veterans like Brandon Kinnie.

    Now that Kinnie is gone and Allen has another offseason under his belt, the rangy redshirt freshman will have a chance to push for playing time this spring.

    Wide receiver is a position for which practices usually include heavy rotation, even more so in Spring drills. Allen will get plenty of opportunities to show off his good hands and skillful route running, but will likely end up third on the depth chart come fall with Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner, Quincy Enunwa, and Tim Marlowe all returning.

    All this before considering the arrival of incoming freshman Jordan Westerkamp, one of last cycle’s most highly-coveted receivers.

    Quarterback Tyson Broekemeier – As a recruit, Broekemeier turned down lower level offers to follow his brother to Nebraska with the dream of one day shining in front of 85,000 red-clan fans.

    Now that he’s recovered from a knee injury, the Aurora native will make headlines over the next month by showing off his ability to do what Taylor Martinez has been unable to – consistently and accurately find receivers downfield.

    He completed over 71 percent of his passes as a senior at Aurora High School, and impressively threw 31 touchdowns to only three interceptions. He was able to put up over 600 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, as well.

    While he does not possess the speed of Martinez, or the quickness and elusiveness of Brion Carnes, Broekemeier has more than enough mobility to make a few defenders miss in and out of the pocket.

    However, no matter how well he plays, it won’t make one lick difference unless Pelini and Beck are willing to swallow the tough pill of benching a two-year starter and injuries pile up. Even then, he'd have to beat out Rex Burkhead.

    Defensive Tackle Jay Guy – The robust Texan was a defining piece of Nebraska’s 2010 recruiting class, providing key depth and ability to the defensive tackle position after the Huskers were able to sway Guy away from over 30 other big-time BCS suitors.

    Coming into his freshman season, the All-Texas tackle carried a good deal of unnecessary weight, and like most freshmen linemen, he needed to add solid muscle mass.

    Despite his status as an unfinished product, Guy ended up taking snaps last year due to the abundance of injuries Nebraska experienced at defensive tackle. With Chase Rome and Todd Peat out this spring, the sophomore wrecking ball will get his shot to line up next to Baker Steinkuhler and take on the first team offense.

    However, Rome will almost certainly knock him back on the depth chart in the fall with Kevin Williams pushing him for backup minutes as well. Expect Guy to be a key contributor for the Huskers, but not in 2012.

    Cornerback Braylon Heard – Heard made plays from the running back position last year that made fans realize why he was so highly sought after upon graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School.

    What is forgotten is that Heard was perhaps even more distinguished as a high school cornerback. He even drew serious interest from the in-state Buckeyes to play on the scarlet and gray's defense.

    While Heard likely would’ve ended up being a reliable ball-carrier for Nebraska, Pelini correctly recognized that No. 5’s talents can best be used at cornerback, as Heard possessing more raw natural ability than any other returning player.

    The Ohio prep star will make waves this Spring, but it’ll take at least a redshirt year for him to fully understand the defense, let alone gain the trust of both Bo and new secondary coach Terry Joseph.

    Fullback Mike Marrow – Marrow, a transfer from Eastern Michigan (and Alabama prior), comes into this spring carrying high hopes from the Husker faithful, fans who have always loved a stout fullback to shred winded defenses in the fourth quarter.

    Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow’s son has the size to be the ‘big-back’ Pelini and Beck have expressed interest in finding, it’ll be tough for him to see serious minutes this fall with so many returning playmakers.

    Marrow will get looks at both third and short and goal line situations, but as we’ve seen, when the moment of truth arrives, Bo turns to Rex Burkhead.

    Additionally, Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah will be tough competition for the bruising runner, especially in Beck’s spread-based system where the ability to make people miss in open space is mandatory.

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    Tags: sprince practice, taariq allen, tyson broekemeier, jay guy, mike marrow, braylon heard

  3. 2012 Mar 09

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Mucho Hooch-O - Who's at Second...Behind Rex?


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    The fifteenth edition of Mucho Hooch-O, an audio blog by Husker Locker's own Greg "Hooch" Mehochko examines one of the biggest questions that may not be answered until the fall. Who's Nebraska's No. 2 running back?

    Topics on the docket:

    - Redshirt remorse
    - How will Mike Marrow affect the race?
    - The hybrid that is Imani Cross
    - The Husker backfield's favorite superheroes

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    Tags: rex burkhead, ameer abdullah, braylon heard, aaron green, mike marrow, imani cross

  4. 2011 Dec 26

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL RECRUITING: “Cross”ed Wires Concerning New Prospect on Huskers' Radar


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    A new contender for a big back spot has emerged on Nebraska's radar, but would he stay on the offensive side of the ball if he commits?

    Tags: imani cross, mike marrow, rex burkhead, tyler legate, christian powell

  5. 2011 Aug 06

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Mike Marrow Status Update


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    Following up on a previous report regarding the unknown status of transfer running back Mike Marrow's eligibility for the following year, it appears that things have stepped in a positive direction.

    After the first day of fall practice, the transfer from Eastern Michigan by way of Alabama has been listed as part of the 105-man roster.

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    Tags: mike marrow

  6. 2011 Jul 30

    The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast 7/30: The T-Magical Tim Beck Playbook


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    On the docket:

    A podcast featuring ONLY questions asked by you, the Husker Locker fan base.

    - Will Mike Marrow ride the pine in 2011? We examine how he may still play.
    - Just what could Tim Beck's offense entail?
    - A breakdown of the non-conference slate
    - A guide to navigating Fan Day and ideas for the event's future

    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: taylor martinez, tim beck, mike marrow, fan day, podcast, podcasts

  7. 2011 Jul 28

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Transfer Mike Marrow To Sit Out 2011...or Will He?


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    There appears to be some confusion regarding the playing status of running back transfer Mike Marrow’s ability to play during this upcoming season.

    From the freshly released Nebraska football media guide, “Mike Marrow, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound fullback transfer from Eastern Michigan (by way of Alabama), will sit out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules, then will have two seasons of playing eligibility in 2012 and 2013.”

    Under standard NCAA protocol, this would be a true statement, however when approached Thursday in Chicago during the Big Ten’s media event, head coach Bo Pelini made a slight correction. While the media guide’s statement is currently correct, Nebraska has applied for a waiver that would allow Marrow to play immediately.

    More on this story as it develops.

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  8. 2011 Apr 02

    SPRING FOOTBALL: Practice Report 4/2


    By HuskerLocker

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    An upbeat Bo Pelini Saturday described the Nebraska football team's 120-play, two-hour scrimmage inside Memorial Stadium as a basic-yet-useful barometer of the Huskers' progress through seven practices.

    “We got a pretty good evaluation of where we are and what we have to do over the next few weeks,” NU's head coach said.

    On a warm, sun-drenched day, Pelini said he saw “explosive” plays mixed with “sloppy” ones. Some mistakes made during Friday's practice seemed to carry over to Saturday, as Pelini pointed to fumbles and a couple of painful penalties.

    “We've had a few exchange issues,” he said. “Really more technique, fundamental things than really what we're doing offensively. Until you don't have any fumbling – you don't have the ball on the ground at all – you have issues. It's something we're emphasizing.”

    Other topics covered by Pelini:

    *New running back Curenski Gilleylen's performance: “When he sees this film, I think he'll see plays he wished he had back,” Pelini said. I think he'll develop a better understanding of what we're doing and what kinds of cuts he needs to make.”

    NU held starter Rex Burkhead out of the scrimmage although he dressed in pads and appeared 100 percent. Pelini wanted to see a group of unproven backups – including Gilleylen – get more chances.

    “You're always looking for guys to emerge,” Pelini said. “That's up to them.”

    *Managing injuries on the defensive line: Pelini said sophomore Thad Randle works with the No. 1 group now that tackle Jared Crick will miss the rest of spring camp with a strained knee. At 6-1, 300, Randle has gained 55 pounds since his arrival at NU.

    “He's getting better every day,” Pelini said. “I'm real excited about how he's played.”

    Pelini described spring camp as “physical” with some “bumps and bruises.” Aside from Crick's knee strain and an injury Saturday to backup defensive back Jase Dean, Pelini said Nebraska's players are healthy.

    *Depth problems at linebacker: NU has three solid starters in Will Compton, LaVonte David and Sean Fisher, Pelini said, but production behind them is currently lacking.

    “We need depth,” Pelini said. “We don't have that right now. It's a little bit of a concern. We need some guys to come along in the second group. Guys gotta step up. We feel good about our first group, but after that, we have a drop-off right now. Our guys gotta practice with a sense of urgency and get better.”

    *Quarterback Taylor Martinez's progress: “I've seen a lot of good things from him,” Pelini said of the sophomore. “He's improved in a lot of areas. His leadership – how he's running the team.”

    Pelini said junior Cody Green, junior Kody Spano and redshirt freshman Brion Carnes have also made strides with the offense.

    “It's a new offense and it's something they're trying to gain 'comfortability' with it,” Pelini said. “As that happens, I think you'll see them make more steady improvement.”

    Notes: Saturday marked the final afternoon of Nebraska's high school coaches' clinic. More than 800 of them watched the scrimmage from the sidelines and the Memorial Stadium bleachers...Martinez and Burkhead both signed autographs for roughly ten minutes after practice...Pelini not only wouldn't confirm the transfer of fullback Mike Marrow to Nebraska, he said after Saturday's practice “that's news to me.” Mike Marrow, the son of NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow, told a Toledo TV station last week he was headed from Eastern Michigan to Lincoln for the 2011 season.

    Tags: spring football 2011, bo pelini, curenski gilleylen, jamal turner, taylor martinez, jared crick, thad randle, mike marrow

  9. 2011 Mar 28

    Husker Heartbeat 3/28: Bo, Doc, Big Ten and Clowney


    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.

    *LJS Sipple says Bo Pelini is growing into a CEO role as Nebraska's head coach. More support from the Omaha Nighthawks' Joe Moglia, who worked with Pelini for two years.

    Sipple does have an interesting line near the end of the column:

    "Speaking of pressure, vultures are circling Jim Tressel at Ohio State, Bo's alma mater. For what it's worth, I've never gotten the sense from him, during interviews and conversations dating to 2003, that he has a deep yearning to take over the Buckeye program. It's just a gut feeling. Maybe I'm reading him wrong."

    Bo's never been one to talk at length about his Ohio State roots. That's a strength, in a sense. He'll have to this fall, of course - we'll pull the guy's teeth, but he'll do it - but if Bo has a great desire to return to the Horseshoe, he keeps those impulses pretty close to the vest.

    If the OSU job ever opened up, we think Bo would certainly be on the list - but so would some pretty accomplished names. Urban Meyer would be there. Jon Gruden would be. Nick Saban? Don't kid yourself. One day - and it may be reasonably soon - Saban may find he's run out of things to win at Alabama. The Tide administration already gave the guy a statue. What will it do? Tear it down?

    *NU's getting another fullback for the 2011 season: Mike Marrow.

    *The OWH's Spring Football Preview by position and its Big Ten football preview, too.

    *Excellent analysis from Lee B on whether the Big Ten suits Doc Sadler's preferred coaching method and playing style - it does - and whether he can pull key recruits out of Big Ten country. We'll have to see about that. For now, Sadler still seems to be looking for the quick fix of a JUCO guard or a transfer. The Big Ten doesn't do much of either, frankly. Over at Husker Hoops Central, they're still asking - why didn't the Huskers go dancing in 2011?

    *Breaking down Iowa's spring practice presser. What Kirk Ferentz's answers mean.

    *At Indiana, Kevin Wilson searches for a QB.

    *The Jerry Kill era begins at Minnesota.

    *The nation's No. 1 recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, was frisked by the cops at 2 a.m. outside a bar last weekend. Following in Stephen Garcia's shoes, are we?

    Tags: husker heartbeat, bo pelini, steve sipple, big ten, iowa, mike marrow, doc sadler, lee b

  10. 2011 Mar 25

    Huskers Get More Marrow


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    Former Alabama fullback Mike Marrow - son of current Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow - will indeed transfer NU this summer, according to a Toledo television station.

    WNWO Channel 24 reported Thursday night that Marrow, a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, will leave Eastern Michigan - where Marrow initially transferred after leaving Alabama - to arrive in Lincoln this summer. The story confirms that Marrow will be eligible to play immediately. It doesn't confirm how many years he'll have remaining.

    Marrow was also considering several Big Ten schools plus Kansas State and Tennessee. During the last two years of his high school career at Toledo Central Catholic, Marrow rushed for 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns. He often played tailback out of an I-formation.

    Vince Marrow, a former NFL tight end and high school coach of current Husker freshman defensive tackle Kevin Williams, recently joined NU as a graduate assistant helping the tight ends.

    Tags: mike marrow, vince marrow

  11. 2011 Mar 07

    Husker Monday Takes: Spring in Bo's Step


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    Six takes as spring football – believe it – awaits. We even added a seventh because we're a little ticked off about something:

    ***Smart move on Nebraska coach Bo Pelini’s part to have a pre-spring presser Tuesday. No doubt the wags and hacks will want to rehash the recent past – and Bo will want no part of it – but it reduces the potential crush of questions 12 seconds after Bo walked off the practice field Saturday.

    It's even smarter to have Tim Beck join the party. Beck nailed his first radio interview and is probably certain to do the same in front of the whole pack. He owns the most scrutinized job in the state – politicians and magnates around here toil in obscurity by comparison, unfortunately – because NU fans like to think they know their offense. Judging by emails and message boards posts – I’m inclined to agree. Thirty years of Tom Osborne’s master class will do the trick.

    Beck has a big job ahead of him, so it’s not about concrete answers right yet, but the impression, the tone, the vision.

    It starts with Taylor Martinez. He didn’t make my 10 “Prove-It” player list for spring football, but he’s the guy who has the most to gain from Beck’s promotion. And the most to lose.

    ***Pay attention to the defensive line dilemma spring.

    Nebraska has the best interior quartet in the country in Jared Crick, Baker Steinkuhler, Thad Randle and Terrence Moore. Throw in promising freshmen in Chase Rome, Jay Guy and Jake Cotton. Seven guys for two spots. Crick and Steinkuhler obviously will start, but the depth is impressive.

    Defensive end is considerably thinner after starter Cameron Meredith, who had shoulder surgery in early January. At the very least, he’s likely to be limited in camp. That leaves a glut of unproven guys – junior Josh Williams, sophomore Jason Ankrah, a couple walk-ons, three redshirt freshmen – vying to fill Pierre Allen’s shoes.

    Remember defensive coordinator Carl Pelini's praise of Allen’s consistent bull rush? Et tu...who?

    Crick has the quickness to play on the end and moving him out there almost guarantees he’ll get a 1-on-1 matchup. I’m still not sold that a tackle alone can shut down Crick. If the Huskers built on that “spinner” look for next year – where Meredith becomes a linebacker and Crick shifts out to end, it'd be a nice switch-up defense.

    ***This potential transfer of former Alabama fullback Mike Marrow to NU would be nice, but adding his father, Vince, to the Husker staff as an offensive graduate assistant is better. It's not every day – hell, practically any day - you pick up an eight-year NFL player who coached in NFL Europe and at Toledo. As a GA, Marrow can work with the tight ends in practice, giving NU, in effect, an extra high-level coach for specific position.

    And while Vince Marrow can't recruit off campus, he's worked enough camps in recent years that his contacts and experience will make valuable inroads into Big Ten country and Florida. Bo and Beck have their share already, but Marrow is fresh from the scene. Bo made a shrewd move here.

    The kid, Mike Marrow, appears to be a rumbler, a forward-leaning Brahma bull who knows his role. But the bigger news of last week was Braylon Heard announcing (again) he had the test score necessary to enroll at NU. I like Heard more than Ameer Abdullah or Aaron Green – he gets downhill fast, squares those shoulders and dares somebody to take him down – and the Youngstown native creates even more competition for a backfield that needs it. It'd be good if Rex Burkhead evolved into a guy who catches 25-30 passes, carries the ball only 150 times or so, and stays fresh for the stretch run - that meaty trio of games at Penn State, at Michigan and vs. Iowa – when young guns start to hit the wall.

    ***I've been as tough as anyone on Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson – his offenses haven't produced in two years, he loses series to mediocre Big 12 teams and he makes curious excuses at the wrong times - but a series win over No. 5 UCLA could be the break the embattled manager needs. Every game went extra innings. NU won the last two games of three, culminating in an 11-inning, 5-4 win when Bryan Peters hit his first career homer. The Huskers pitched their guts out all weekend, especially the relievers who took the ball with the game on the line for three, four, five innings at a time. Senior Casey Hauptman did it twice on Friday and Sunday.

    ***Journalists and message board commandos spill whole bottles of Internet ink over the morbid history of Nebraska men's basketball. It's a coal-black comedy, most of it, with a dash of Moe's watch-paint-dry offense, a splash of Danny Nee's tie, a pinch of Barry's play cards and a couple tablespoons of The Shim Shams.

    The weight of history can be immense. You can't erase all the mistakes in one season or one game. But you can start to write a new chapter. NU and Doc Sadler had a perfectly good chance Saturday night at Colorado. Rap all you want about bad breaks or whatever. A spot inside the Big Dance bubble was for the taking in Boulder.

    67-57 Buffaloes. Just another footnote of futility.

    The Huskers only needed to play their brand of basketball. And they didn't. They. Did. Not. Quick shots, bad passes, shaky defense. Fifteen turnovers. And that's just what we could hear through the radio. Watching it might have made the few diehards left in this state do something to their TVs. And they already had to buy a new one after the Holiday Bowl.

    On message boards, Doc has already been filleted for his seemingly dubious choices to play guard Ray Gallegos for extended minutes and insert little-used center Christopher Niemann into the game while trailing 42-41 in the second half.

    The Gallegos minutes I get; the sophomore is a good on-ball defender and played extended minutes in losses to Kansas and Kansas State - teams with athletes just as quick as Colorado's . Doc knew Gallegos wouldn't force bad shots, either. That gamble ultimately paid off; CU stars Alec Burks and Cory Higgins played OK, but fell shot of their per-game scoring averages.

    But the German Sub was a decision that I suspect Doc would like back. Yes, the three big men in his regular rotation were gassed. But Niemann was frigid; he hadn't played in a month. Colorado only had a 6-2 run while he was in the game, but it was enough, and it came right at a time when the Buffaloes appeared most vulnerable.


    Through no fault of Niemann's, he may be a name those few Husker true hoopsters remember for years to come. If it is, too bad, because Nebraska's 19-11 Tourney resume is ultimately defined by three losses to 100+ RPI teams – Davidson, Texas Tech and Iowa State – all of whom scorched the nets with 3-pointers against the Huskers' leaky perimeter defense. In Big 12 games, NU is last in 3-point percentage defense. Opponents made nearly 40 percent of their long-range shots.

    Generally, that's a gamble Doc Sadler's always been willing to take in this league – NU's never been better than fourth, and eighth or worse in three other seasons. How will that strategy play in the Big Ten.

    ***Now get this: Nebraska still isn't out of it for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. Yes, still. The Huskers need to win at least two in Kansas City. That second victory would be over No. 1 seed Kansas. If NU does that, and owns wins over six of the league's top seven teams, we could be having a very different conversation Friday morning. Especially if Virginia Tech, Clemson and Boston College flame out early in the ACC Tournament.

    Chew on it for a second: NU would have 21 wins, two of them over two of the top eight teams in the country. Which other bubble team could claim that? If a Tourney profile is one part statistics and one part narrative, Nebraska's story still has a chance to look better than you think. Win three games in the Big 12, and the story gets even better.

    Beating KU in Kansas City is, of course, a pretty remarkable assumption. Nebraska's done it once in 20 years, a 87-83 win in 1991 that Roy Williams is still whining about.

    Then again, history doesn't just appear, does it? It's written. Usually by one side. NU can still be on it in 2011.

    ***What the hell does the media know? How about I make this prediction: Come this week, when the press releases its All-Big 12 teams, reporters will think more highly of Husker point guard Lance Jeter than the league coaches did, placing him on the third team behind Iowa State's Diante Garrett. Huh? Since when did three league wins look better than seven?

    Maybe those coaches missed the time when Garrett had a chance to beat NU in Lincoln and Jeter stripped him of the ball, sprinted the length of the court, got fouled just before time expired and made the game-winning free throw.

    The per game averages for both players during their two matchups:

    Jeter: 18.5 ppg, 6 apg, 8 rpg and 3.5 spg
    Garrett: 17.5 ppg, 6 apg, 4 rpg, .5 spg

    Draw your conclusions.

    Of course Garrett's season numbers look better. He played seven more minutes per game in an offense that scored seven more points per game. What's that mean? It's like pretending a 80-yard screen pass is the same as a deep post thrown on a rope. They're not remotely similar.

    You'd think coaches would know that. You'd think they'd well, you know, think. You'd think.

    Tags: husker monday takes, bo pelini, tim beck, taylor martinez, mike marrow, vince marrow, rex burkhead, braylon heard, lance jeter, baseball, mens hoops, doc sadler, ray gallegos

  12. 2011 Mar 07

    Podcast 3/7: Weekend Recap


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  13. 2011 Mar 05

    Former Bama FB Coming to NU?


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    It appears new Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck is serious about incorporating a power element to his design of the running game – and he may have a transfer who can deliver the goods.

    Howard Chen, sports director for FOX Toledo, reported on Twitter late Friday night that Mike Marrow – one of the nation's top fullback recruits in 2009 – will be transferring to Nebraska. But his dad, Vince, told Rivals' Sean Callahan that Mike has narrowed his search to Kansas State, NU and Michigan. Vince Morrow - a former high school teammate of Bo Pelini, NFL tight end and college coach - will be joining the Huskers as a graduate assistant after working last year for the Omaha Nighthawks.

    The Huskers offered the 6-foot-2, 260-pounder out of Toledo's Central Catholic High School, where he rushed for 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last two years of his career. Out of high school, Marrow picked Alabama over NU, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, among other schools.

    Marrow left Tuscaloosa at the start of the 2010 season to be closer to home after the deaths of three grandparents in the span of a year. He initially transferred to Eastern Michigan, which petitioned the NCAA asking for a hardship waiver so Marrow could play immediately. The NCAA turned it down, although Marrow enrolled and practiced with the team. The story gained regional attention in Big Ten country because Marrow transferred “first to worst” - from the defending national champions to a team team that's just 2-22 over the last two years.

    The Toledo Blade reported on Jan. 6 that Marrow would transfer again. The choices listed in the story were Michigan, Tennessee, Iowa, Wisconsin and Southern Illinois. NU, after all, had its big back – until Tray Robinson chose to transfer to Montana State. And Lincoln is actually further away from Toledo – 12 hours – than Tuscaloosa is.

    But Marrow's father, Vince – a former NFL tight end - accepted a job Feb. 22 to continue coaching that position under Joe Moglia for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. He now apparently will be a graduate assistant for the Huskers.

    Vince Marrow had previously coached at Toledo and in NFL Europe. Marrow also coached freshman NU defensive tackle Kevin Williams at Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio in 2009. Marrow is a veteran of working high school camps in Florida and Ohio; his contacts should assist the Huskers' recruiting efforts in future years immensely.

    Mike Marrow already used his redshirt year in 2009. Even though enrolled at EMU, he didn't play in 2010.

    Tags: tim beck, mike marrow

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