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  1. 2012 Oct 09

    Another "We're back" game, Another National TV blowout

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    By HuskerGuru_Justin

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    Good afternoon Husker Nation!


    I am back from a very long break from writing to finish school. It has been almost nine months since my last blog but I am back to share some opinions with the greatest fans in the nation.

    It comes as no surprise that almost every Husker fan is disappointed about the game against Ohio State. I for one am extremely upset about the defensive effort Nebraska put forth against the Buckeyes. As the first quarter began I was a little nervous of how the Blackshirts would come out against an extremely talented and mobile quarterback in Braxton Miller. The first few Buckeye drives went great in my opinion. The Blackshirts were aggressive and got some good pressure on Miller and forced a couple sacks and some three and outs. I could not have asked for a better start from the defense. The offense started in the hole as Nebraska's special teams continues to be a weakness. Martinez threw and interception that was returned for a touchdown but I was confident he would bounce back and Taylor did leading a touchdown drive with the aide of a few big runs by superman Rex. The defense again came up with a stop and Nebraska would punch in another touchdown opening up a 14-7 lead. As a fan I was very pleased with the opening quarter and it seemed as if we were running smooth with no major issues other than a few penalties and a turnover.


    A Brett Maher field goal would put us up 17-7 and Nebraska was off an rolling offensively and defensively. The Buckeyes would eventually end that roll with a big play by Braxton Miller. After that huge run that setup a touchdown the flood gates opened on our defensive line. Nebraska got whipped up front on both sides of the ball after the impressive first quarter. I'm sure some Nebraska fans started to get that "uh oh" feeling after going into the second half down. The offense came out and scored a touchdown as that is exactly what Nebraska needed to do.


    Defensively, Nebraska just could not get a hold on Braxton Miller running and surprisingly throwing the football. Ohio State's play action passing attack go the best of the Blackshirt secondary. Nebraska's safeties were exposed by Urban Meyer's offense. The Buckeyes continued to march up and down the field and the defense could not stop them. The Husker offense did score in the second half but it wouldn't be enough. 38 points should be enough to beat most teams in the Big Ten, but when a defense cannot stop an offense it almost becomes a lost cause.


    After the game I started to wonder, is the defensive scheme to complex for our players? The answer to that can be difficult as I am not Nebraska's defensive coordinator. It becomes difficult to watch Nebraska struggle consistently each week with mobile quarterbacks. The defense has it in them obviously with a dominating second half performance against the Wisconsin Badgers. All Husker fans will agree that it is hard to watch Nebraska be so good and consistent one week and then comeback the next looking like a different team. Is it the big game mentality? Is it the scheme? the players? or lack of preparation? There are many questions one could ask. It is hard to find an answer to all of these question, but whatever is going on needs to be fixed and soon.


    To say Bo Pelini is on the hot seat is ridiculous. The guy knows how to coach its clear. We as fans have to be patient. I know it is very hard when we continue to get blown out in big games, but it is his 5th season. I am still a believer in this programs and this coach. The ship will be righted Bo Pelini understands that it has to be. With that being said what happens after the bye week? do we beat Michigan? or fall apart and have another 8-4 season? Husker Nation will soon find that answer to that question. The season is not over nor lost, Nebraska still has plenty to play for.

    Go Big Red!!! Stay loyal!

    -Justin Sommerfeld

    Follow me on twitter for more thoughts on the Big Red!
    @Hskr_GuruJustin

    Tags: nebraska braxton miller taylor martinez bo pelini blackshirts buckeyes

  2. 2011 Dec 18

    Will it be John Papuchis?

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    By HuskerGuru_Justin

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    When Carl Pelini left for FAU nobody had any kind of idea who would be the next defensive coordinator. Big names on the list like Ron Zook and Mike Stoops surfaced as great hires. Then came up John Papuchis current defensive line and special teams coach also recruiting coordinator. Papuchis brings a young firery attitude to this Nebraska staff. My question about it is will the defense really be his? My guess is in some standards yes. I do believe Bo Pelini will still call the plays. It would be a learning experience for Papuchis this way.

    I am all for an in house promotion but do we expect Papuchis to still coach the line too? Today Iowa's DL coach surfaced as a replacement for that position. With that being said I think that could make us a very well coached group next year.

    What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them.

    -Justin Sommerfeld
    follow Justin on twitter. @Hskr_GuruJustin

    Tags: ron zook mike stoops john papuchis bo pelini blackshirts

  3. 2011 Oct 01

    Wisconsin vs Nebraska: Biggest Big Ten Game of 2011?

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    By Sporty_Broad

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    (Photo by Lincoln Star Journal)

    Tonight at 6PM (CST), the 13 month wait is over. The much anticipated Big Ten game is happening tonight. Nebraska is currently (12:40 PM CST) leading the odds at 58% and Wisconsin is -10.

    I take a look at the biggest game thus far in Big Ten's season.

    http://bleach...-game-of-2011


    My prediction?

    Nebraska 24, Wisconsin 23 in a barnburner.

    Tags: wisconsin badgers, nebraska cornhuskers, bo pelini, bret beilema

  4. 2011 Sep 24

    Bo Pelini on the Wyoming Game

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    By DrNaumann

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    "I think it is good to have a road game for the guys to play away from home for the first time. It gives us a dry run going into conference play. Every place is different but there are some benefits to doing this for the first time. It will be good for our team. Some guys have been on road trips but haven't necessarily played a lot of football. It is a good thing to put your guys through." --

    Bo Pelini. Nebraska Head Football Coach.

    Tags: bo pelini, wyoming football, nebraska football, big ten

  5. 2011 Sep 16

    Husker Collectibles

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    By DrNaumann

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    One of our sponsors, Burlington Antiques in Lincoln's Historic Haymarket District, has just received a great selection of Husker collectibles, purchased from private collectors!

    Featuring, signed footballs (National Championship and other Teams, Tom Osborne & Bo Pelini), commemorative plaques, pennants, posters (some signed) and glassware. Also available, are old Cornhusker Yearbooks. Please see the photos for details!

    See Burlington Antiques on Husker Locker and on Facebook!

    Tags: husker collectibles, bo pelini, tom osborne, nebraska football

  6. 2011 Sep 06

    Fresno State Preparation Goals

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    By DrNaumann

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    “Get better each day. Focus on the process, make ourselves better. That’s all we can control.”

    Bo Pelini, Nebraska Cornhusker Head Coach

    Tags: fresno state preparation, bo pelini, nebraska football

  7. 2011 Aug 15

    Expectations!

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    By DrNaumann

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    "All the expectations or people talking about where Nebraska is in the program, all that will take care of itself in time if we take care of business on the field. Everything is going to be decided between the white lines. We have to prepare ourselves accordingly."

    -- Bo Pelini. Nebraska Head Football Coach.

    Tags: big ten expectations, nebraska football, bo pelini

  8. 2011 Aug 01

    Class

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    By DrNaumann

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    "It's a very classy conference," Bo Pelini said about his new conference ties. "I've enjoyed working with all the new Big Ten people. It just exudes class, and it's great to be a part of."

    Bo Pelini, Nebraska Cornhusker Head Coach

    Tags: big ten, bo pelini, nebraska cornhuskers

  9. 2011 Jul 19

    Play With Passion!

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    By DrNaumann

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    “Good football players. Guys that play with passion, play with an attitude. I think that’s what makes the University of Nebraska unique over any place I’ve been coaching-how much it means to the state. It’s like one big family, and that’s what I want it to be.”


    -- Bo Pelini, Nebraska Football Head Coach.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, nebraska culture

  10. 2011 May 21

    Crick for Heisman?

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    By thehooch36

    Nebraska sits 100-plus days from the season opener versus UT-Chattanooga on Saturday, September 3.

    The Cornhuskers are also one month removed from the Spring Game in which senior defensive tackle Jared Crick did not participate. The reasoning is understood. Why aggravate a slight injury to the anchor of the D-Line. Pundits such as ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit didn’t let that detract them from tossing around the idea that “Jared Crick could be Ndamukong Suh-like this year” as he did on May 11, 2011’s episode of ESPN College Football Live.



    Of course Crick “could” have a similar senior season to Suh. That word leaves the end result open to any potential outcome for Crick, but let’s say that he does put up similar numbers to Suh in 2011. It's a possibility, at least. In his sophomore and junior seasons, Suh combined for 110 tackles (59 solo), eight sacks, and two interceptions. Nebraska fans often include the statistic of “Buffalo quarterbacks ran over” - one.

    In his senior campaign, Suh had 82 tackles (47 solo), 12 sacks, and one pick. In his two previous seasons as a Cornhusker, Crick tallied 140 tackles (64 solo) and 18.5 sacks. It would be easy to say that his success as a sophomore was because opposing offensive lines were keying on Suh, but Jared had the same amount of tackles in 2010 and even more solo stops than the year before.

    He totaled two sacks versus Oklahoma in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. That could bode very well for the senior from Cozad as he prepares to take on the bigger offensive lines of the Big Ten. Interestingly enough, the mascot for Cozad High is “the Haymakers”. How fitting as Crick can deliver that knock-out punch.

    The key for Crick’s success will be who steps up and produces at the other defensive tackle spot to keep the opposing offensive linemen honest and not let them double or triple-team him. Conventional wisdom and history would lead us to believe that Baker Steinkuhler will be the Blackshirt lining up next to Jared.

    The two look to continue the inside domination that has recently spoke volumes of Bo and Carl Pelini's defense. However, Terrence Moore has made the most of his opportunities and could be in for about 35 percent of the plays. Depending on who is producing more when it matters, that percentage could change.

    If Jared Crick can increase his production as he has the past two seasons, maybe pick up a few more tackles and increase his sacks by a small amount, shouldn’t he be a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy?

    Better yet, shouldn’t he pack a bag for New York much like his running buddy did only a couple of years ago?

    Greg Mehochko
    Twitter: @thehooch36

    Tags: huskers, nebraska, blackshirts, jared crick, ndamukong suh, heisman, big ten, ncaa, football, defensive tackle, bo pelini, carl pelini, baker steinkuhler, terrence moore, cozad haymakers, oklahoma sooners, espn, kirk herbstreit

  11. 2010 Jul 11

    Nebraska Into A New Age

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    By DrNaumann

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    "I have a lot of respect for the type of athletics and the type of football played in the Big 10. It will be an honor to be part of the conference, part of that tradition, and really take Nebraska into a new age. It's a big jump."

    -- Bo Pelini, Nebraska Head Football Coach in response to the acceptance by the Big 10 of Nebraska's application

    Tags: nebraska football, big 10, bo pelini

  12. 2010 Jun 22

    Stay On The Path

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    By DrNaumann

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    "As long as you believe in what you're doing and you stay on the path that you believe in, then you're going to be fine. The problem you have is when you start letting outside pressures and outside influences change you. We're going to stay focused no matter what.” -- Nebraska Football Head Coach Bo Pelini.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, stay on the path

  13. 2010 Jun 02

    Play with Passion

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    By DrNaumann

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    “Good football players. Guys that play with passion, play with an attitude. I think that’s what makes the University of Nebraska unique over any place I’ve been coaching-how much it means to the state. It’s like one big family, and that’s what I want it to be.”

    -- Bo Pelini, Nebraska Football Head Coach.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, play with passion

  14. 2010 Apr 21

    Best Man Win

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    By DrNaumann

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    “We have three guys who we feel are capable and good football players. Competition will hopefully bring out the best in everybody. I’m looking forward to the race. Let the best man win. It possibly could be a combination of guys. I don’t know how it’s going to play out, We’re going to do what we feel is necessary to win football games.”

    -- Bo Pelini. Nebraska Football Head Coach comments, during the Big 12 Coaches’ spring teleconference.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football quarterbacks, best man wins

  15. 2010 Apr 20

    Expectations

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    By DrNaumann

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    "All the expectations or people talking about where Nebraska is in the program, all that will take care of itself in time if we take care of business on the field. Everything is going to be decided between the white lines. We have to prepare ourselves accordingly."

    -- Bo Pelini. Nebraska Head Football Coach.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, expectations

  16. 2010 Apr 12

    Moving On

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    By DrNaumann

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    “It’s about time we find out how far we’ve come, and move on from there.”

    – Bo Pelini. Nebraska Head Football Coach

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, nebraska culture, moving on

  17. 2010 Apr 07

    Quote of the Day 4/7 Nebraska Culture

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    By DrNaumann

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    “I'm a strong believer in culture. My vision I have for this football team – that process is well under way. I cannot proclaim it has completely taken over yet. It is a process. And it's not something that happens overnight. I understood that coming in.”

    -- Bo Pelini, Nebraska Football Head Coach.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, nebraska culture

  18. 2010 Mar 23

    Quote of the Day 3/23: Bo Focus

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    By DrNaumann

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    "My focus is to do the best job I can on a daily basis and to win football games. If I do the job I set out to do every single day each season, then we will be where we need to be."

    Nebraska Football Head Coach Bo Pelini.

    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska football, focus

  19. 2010 Mar 19

    Quote of the Day 3/19

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Trust me when I tell you, I still have a lot of confidence in Cody Green and what he does.”

    Head coach Bo Pelini

    Tags: quote of the day, bo pelini

  20. 2010 Feb 15

    How Close?

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    By DrNaumann

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    "You know we won't be satisfied until we win them all, until we are playing for a national championship. How close we are to that, I don't know. I'm not into making predictions and saying we are going to do this and do that this coming year.”

    Bo Pelini, Cornhusker Head Coach.

    Tags: how close, national championship, bo pelini, quote of the day

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