Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2006/2007 Football Season Husker News #1

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

Its now September and the smell of football season is in the air. The Huskers big opener for the year is tomorrow and will be televised on Fox Sports Network (kickoff is at 12:30 PDT). Out four watchsites are all geared up for a bunch of Red-Clad Husker fans to show up in time for the game. See http://www.bayareahuskers.org/ for details and directions. Show up early for a good seat in front of the big screen and order up some football day grub and a cold one to get you in the right frame of mind as we cheer on the Huskers. See you there!GO BIG RED (White and Blue),

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS WONDERFUL VIDEO CLIP...(thanks to John Ecklund for sending it along)...
It takes time to download, but its worth the wait for true Husker fans!
From Huskerpedia. Sure makes the sap rise and flowReaders: Many of you asked if I would re-run the attached video that was posted on this site a few weeks ago. I don't know who made the video, but all Husker fans want to thank you from the bottom of our Big Red hearts. Click on the link or cut and paste into your internet browser...http://www.studio425.com/video.php?vid_id=24%20

I HAVE AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FROM THE NCAA SHOWING ALL THE COLLEGE CONFERENCE GAMES (broken down by conference)...pretty cool use of team helmets to ID the teams (thanks to Steve Zaloudek for sending this along)...
Didn't want to risk the attachment getting stripped from this email so its available upon request (2MB file).

Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsHead Coach Bill Callahan and the Huskers are anxious to get their season opener against Louisiana Tech underway.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team marked its fourth and final practice in preparation for its first game with a two-hour session in full pads under another sunny afternoon in Memorial Stadium.

Head Coach Bill Callahan’s comments reflected the team’s in-depth preparation as well as its desire to get the first game underway.

“We are ready,” Callahan said. “There’s no way to prepare for every single thing that might come at you defensively, and we’ve done everything we possibly can. So really we’re just ready to get out there and play the game.

“We always start with the first 25 minutes dedicated to special teams, and we just gauge how they look and go from there. Today we also worked on some red zone and third-down situations, and everyone looked really sharp, so it was a good practice.”

Callahan was additionally confident and hopeful that second-string quarterback Joe Ganz would get to play a series in the team’s home opener.

“I definitely hope he gets (to play a series),” Callahan said. “He’s really worked hard and prepared himself, and I think he’ll do a great job if we can get him out there.”

Fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to catch an exciting pre-game show. With thousands of new season ticket holders arriving at Memorial Stadium, fans are also encouraged to arrive earlier than normal.

Gates to Memorial Stadium will be opened at 12:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff, as opposed to the usual 90 minutes, to accommodate the large group. The Husker Nation Pavilion will additionally be opened early on Saturday. Gates will open at 11 a.m.
The Huskers will hold a team walk-through in memorial Stadium Friday afternoon before opening the season against Louisiana Tech Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PDT.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsThe Huskers held a mock game scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Lincoln – The fourth week of preseason drills concluded Saturday morning, as the Nebraska football team held a two-hour mock game scrimmage in full game attire inside Memorial Stadium.

Head Coach Bill Callahan said the mock game provided the Huskers with the opportunity to go over anything from normal game scenarios to pregame, halftime and locker room procedures.

“With the new facility being in place, we’re coming out of a new end (of the stadium) and the logistics are a little bit different,” Callahan said. “I wanted to make sure everyone knew where we are going and what’s going on, especially when you have newcomers on your football team. I think it’s good to orientate those players to what you normally do in a gameday situation.”

Callahan also addressed the progress of junior cornerback Andre Jones, who returned to practice earlier this week after missing a few days of fall camp with a leg injury. Jones appears in line to play an important role this season for an NU secondary that will play without senior starter Zak Bowman in 2006.

“(Andre) has been practicing hard,” Callahan said. “I know he’s been taking getting a lot of reps. He’s been taking all of the full-time reps. We haven’t backed him down or limited him in any sense.

“He’s a competitor,” Callahan said. “He wants to play. He’s a fine athlete and an excellent football player. He understands the urgency of his role and what he has to do to get better. He’s looking pretty good since he came off that injury.”

Following an off day on Sunday, the Huskers settle into their game-week schedule on Monday.
Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson has announced that the Huskers’ Sept. 9 game against Nicholls State will kick off at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) There will be no television for the game.
Nebraska opens the season on Sept. 2 against Louisiana Tech with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m (PDT). The game will be televised nationally on FSN. Nebraska’s game at USC on Sept. 16 will be televised nationally on ABC, beginning at 5 p.m. (PDT), while the Nov. 24 game against Colorado will also be televised nationally by ABC, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (PST).
Kickoff times and television plans for the remainder of Nebraska’s games will be announced six to 12 days in advance of game time.
With the football kickoff announcement, the Husker volleyball team also announced it start times for the Sept. 9 matches as part of the Ameritas Players Challenge. The first match between Minnesota and Louisville will begin at 4:30 p.m. (CDT), while the No. 1 ranked Husker Volleyball team will take on Cal Poly at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) at a sold-out Nebraska Coliseum.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsJunior Corey McKeon added to a long list of Huskers on preseason watch lists as he was named to the Butkus Award Watch List.
Lincoln – Junior Corey McKeon has joined a long list of Huskers on preseason watch lists as he was named to the 2006 Butkus Award Watch List on Thursday.
The 6-1, 225-pound McKeon was one of 65 linebackers named to the preliminary list. The Butkus Award is annually presented to the nation’s best collegiate linebacker, while the list will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on Thursday, October 19. The 2005 Butkus Award winner was Paul Posluszny of Penn State.
McKeon garnered national media attention in his sophomore campaign by leading the Huskers with 98 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He also added seven sacks, which ranked second on the squad. His tackle for loss total ranked second in school history and the most ever by an NU linebacker. His seven sacks are also second on the Husker linebacker career chart.
McKeon’s performance earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Assocated Press, Kansas City Star and Dallas Morning News, while he earned honorable-mention accolades from the league’s coaches.
The Naperville, Ill. native has earned 2006 preseason honors as an all-conference choice by several publications as well as a spot on Athlon’s and Lindy’s 2006 Preseason First-Team All-Big 12. The Blackshirt veteran is also on the 2006 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List.
Voting for the Butkus Award is done by a selection committee comprised of journalists throughout the nation.
Newly acquired quarterback Sam Keller will likely look to seasoned veteran Zac Taylor for help in learning the team's offense.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team logged its second practice of the week Wednesday with a two-hour half-pad workout inside Memorial Stadium. Following practice, Head Coach Bill Callahan officially announced the exciting addition of senior quarterback Sam Keller, a 6-4, 230-pound transfer out of Arizona St.

“Sam Keller has joined our football team,” Callahan said. “He’s here, he’s a Husker, he’s excited to be here and we’re excited to have him. He’ll get settled tonight and acclimated to our football team and he’ll join us tomorrow.”

Keller will redshirt this season due to NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible to play his senior campaign in 2007. When asked what appeal Nebraska would have to a quarterback, Callahan touched on the opportunity to compete for a starting job as well as Nebraska’s use of the West Coast Offense.

“He looks at Nebraska as an opportunity,” Callahan said. “What’s really exciting is that in talking to Sam (Keller) and his family, he wants to come in here and compete just like anyone else. He wants to earn his stripes and earn his role, and he’s willing to sit out a year and prepare himself for the competition in the spring.

“I think we have a unique circumstance here and a unique opportunity for guys to come in here and compete. I think the offense in itself is a lure in terms of what we have to offer and what it can do for a quarterback and how it can progress his potential for the years after college football.”

Keller started the first seven games for the Sun Devils in the 2005-06 season before enduring what was ultimately a season-ending hand injury against Oregon on Oct. 8.

The Danville, Calif. native completed 155-of-264 passes (58.7 percent) for 2,165 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, putting him amongst the nation’s leaders in passing yards and touchdown passes for the first half of the season.

With just 10 days remaining until the Husker’s season opener against Louisiana Tech, offensive coordinator Jay Norvell touched on the team’s move from the intensity of fall training camp to the focus on detail that comes with game-week preparation.

“Practice was great today,” Norvell said. “We practiced a lot of third-down situation plays, which is a normal Wednesday for us. This is kind of a bridge week for us, switching our focus from fall training camp to (first game opponent) Louisiana Tech. We’re just beginning to introduce coverages and fronts to them in regards to Louisiana Tech, so we’re slowly getting into it.”

Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsNebraska Coach Bill Callahan announced Husker captains Brandon Rigoni, Zac Taylor and Adam Carriker to the team on Saturday.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team elected its captains for the 2006 season on Saturday morning, with Zac Taylor, Adam Carriker and Brandon Rigoni chosen to lead the Huskers.

Nebraska Coach Bill Callahan said each of the senior captains, who were elected by a vote of the players, displayed the essential characteristics for leading the Huskers.

“These three have done a great job for the University of Nebraska and have the qualities that you look for in captains," Callahan said. "They have shown great leadership, dedication and character both on and off the field. We look forward to them leading us this year.”

Taylor, who rewrote the Nebraska single-season passing record books during his first year with the Huskers as a junior in 2005, will captain the Husker offense as a senior. Taylor, whose father Sherwood was a captain at the University of Oklahoma in 1979, is the first Oklahoman chosen as a Nebraska captain since Josh Heskew from Mustang in 1998.

The 6-2, 210-pound Taylor passed for a school-record 2,653 yards as a junior in 2005, including a single-game record with 431 yards on 36-of-55 passing in an overtime victory over Iowa State.

Preseason All-American defensive end Adam Carriker will captain the Nebraska defense in 2006. The 6-6, 295-pounder from Kennewick, Wash., earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2005 after posting 17 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks for the Blackshirts. Carriker is the first Husker from the state of Washington to ever be elected a captain at Nebraska.

While Carriker made history for his state, senior special teams captain Brandon Rigoni continues a long tradition of Nebraska and Lincoln natives earning captain honors. A former walk-on from Lincoln Southeast High School, Rigoni is the 10th native Nebraskan to captain the Huskers since the 2000 season. He is the third Lincoln native in the past four seasons elected a Nebraska captain.

Rigoni, who earned a scholarship to Nebraska before the start of this season, was also the 2006 Nebraska Lifter of the Year. The 5-6, 185-pound defensive back is a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 performer and was NU's 2004 Special Teams Most Valuable Player. Last year he recorded 15 tackles on special teams.

Rigoni said his journey from his freshman season to his senior campaign made his captaincy more special.

"It’s such an honor to be named a captain," Rigoni said. "Growing up in Lincoln and walking on at Nebraska, I don’t think I could’ve imagined things going any better than they have for me."

Week 1 AP Top 25
1. Ohio State (35) 0-0 1,558
2. Notre Dame (10) 0-0 1,470
3. Texas (8) 0-0 1,411
4. Auburn (3) 0-0 1,395
5. West Virginia (6) 0-0 1,354
6. USC (3) 0-0 1,345
7. Florida 0-0 1,178
8. LSU 0-0 1,144
9. California 0-0 975
10. Oklahoma 0-0 960
11. Florida State 0-0 949
12. Miami (FL) 0-0 893
13. Louisville 0-0 844
14. Michigan 0-0 824
15. Georgia 0-0 743
16. Iowa 0-0 720
17. Virginia Tech 0-0 614
18. Clemson 0-0 479
19. Penn State 0-0 386
20. Nebraska 0-0 332
21. Oregon 0-0 324
22. TCU 0-0 257
23. Tennessee 0-0 215
24. Arizona State 0-0 182
25. Texas Tech 0-0 181
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTESAlabama 141, Utah 52, Boston College 41, Georgia Tech 39, Boise State 23, Arkansas 18, Wisconsin 18, South Carolina 15, Tulsa 11, Texas A&M 10, UTEP 4, Brigham Young 4, Purdue 4, Iowa State 3, Northern Illinois 3, OLE MISS 3, Michigan State 2, Arizona 1.

Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson said Thursday that Husker officials have determined a new seating capacity for Memorial Stadium. The new figure beginning with next week’s game against Louisiana Tech will be 81,067.
The previous capacity was 73,918, however with the addition of new seating in the North Stadium, new handicapped and mobility impaired seating and new suites in the North end zone, capacity has risen to more than 81,000.
The 81,067 seating capacity at Memorial Stadium is now the third-largest in the Big 12 Conference, trailing Texas A&M’s Kyle Field (82,600) and Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium (82,112). The new Memorial Stadium capacity is also among the top 20 nationally.
The current record crowd at Memorial Stadium is 78,268 for the Nov. 2, 2002, game against Texas, however, that record will be broken next Saturday as the matchup with Louisiana Tech is sold out. The actual attendance figures for games includes everyone inside Memorial Stadium, including workers, teams, game administrators, and media.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsThe Huskers host a pair of games on Friday and Sunday this weekend at the Nebraska soccer field.
After opening its regular season down four players, the Nebraska soccer team will enjoy a full roster as it continues its eight-game home stand this weekend with a 5 p.m. kickoff on Friday against Wisconsin, followed by a 1 p.m. contest against Iowa on Sunday.

Senior Brittany Timko and sophomores Aysha Jamani, Selenia Iacchelli and Sari Raber join the Huskers this weekend after playing for Canadian National teams the past several weeks. The group's return marks a significant boost to Nebraska's offensive firepower as Timko, Jamani and Iacchelli were responsible for 51 percent of NU's points in 2005. Raber did not compete last season due to injury, but after starting 19 games as a defender in 2004, she is expected to make a major contribution in 2006. With the recent injuries of junior Meghan Hungerford and senior Abby Penas, the Husker defense will benefit from Raber's experience at the position.

The Huskers take the field this weekend for two games after opening the regular season last Friday. Nebraska played Wright State to a 1-1 tie in double overtime with NU's lone goal coming from freshman Savannah Allen. After Wright State took the lead in the 14th minute, Allen answered with just under 10 minutes left in the half when she netted a rebound off of a shot taken by sophomore Jessie Goodell, who was credited with the assist.

Despite battling through another 75 minutes, neither team was able to take the lead, despite the Huskers outshooting Wright State 15-8. NU also took nine cornerkicks to the Raiders' two. The tie was the 10th in program history and the second in a season-opener.

Both Wisconsin and Iowa split games in their opening weekends. Wisconsin opened its season with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Creighton, before falling to No. 10 California 1-0. Iowa earned its record in reverse order, falling to Missouri 2-0 before rallying on Sunday for a 1-0 shutout of South Carolina. Wisconsin and Iowa are the only two Big Ten teams the Huskers will face during the regular season. Nebraska is 13-4-1 all-time against the Big Ten.

Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsAnne Steffan hit .400 in the 2006 season while helping lead the Bandits to the best regular-season league record.
Former Husker All-American Anne Steffan, playing professionally for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League, was one of 19 selections to the All-NPF team.
Steffan finished second in the league with a .400 batting average while leading the Bandits to a league-best 30-12 record in the regular season. Chicago's season ended on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Akron in the semifinals of the NPF Championship Series.
A native of Mankato, Minn., Steffan's .472 on-base percentage also ranked second in the NPF among all players with at least 50 at bats. Steffan, one of the fastest players in Nebraska history, also finished third in the league standings with 11 stolen bases.
In Steffan's two years with the Bandits, she has stolen 34 bases, the most by any Bandit player in history. Steffan was also named All-NPF in 2005, her first season of professional ball.Steffan was joined this season in Chicago by former Huskers Nicole Trimboli and Peaches James.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media RelationsJordan Larson had 13 kills and 14 digs in Saturday's Red/White Scrimmage
Lincoln – For the 3,356 fans at the NU Coliseum, Saturday night’s intrasquad match saw the debut of the new-look Huskers, as the Red squad swept the White squad with a 30-20, 30-25, 30-24 victory.
Nebraska Head Coach John Cook said Saturday’s performance was an impressive first step heading into Tuesday’s season opener against No. 20 San Diego.
“It was hard for me to find anything bad out there tonight. I wanted to see them compete well tonight, and I think we did that. We wanted them to be out there and playing with something on the line, and people watching them.
“I thought the Red team played very well and looked confident on the court, especially in balls that were out of system,” Cook said. “The White team put up a good fight, but they wore down.”
Jordan Larson paced the Red squad with a double-double, totaling 13 kills and 14 digs, while All-American Sarah Pavan tied for team-high honors with 13 kills and four aces. In all, four Red players finished with at least seven kills, as Dani Mancuso and Tracy Stalls chipped in with nine and seven, respectively. Stalls also had a match-high five blocks.
While the Huskers showed offensive balance, the Red squad, featuring the NU starters, was also efficient on the defensive end. Senior Dani Busboom totaled a match-high 20 digs in her debut as NU’s libero, as the Red squad totaled 61 digs and held the White team to just .144 hitting.
“Her effort and athleticism was tremendous,” Cook said of Busboom. “It seems like she can cover the whole court by herself, and she brings a tenacity to that role. I think Dani created that defensive mentality for us on the court.”
In the battle for the starting setter, both Rachel Holloway and Maggie Griffin played well on Saturday. Holloway, who earned the start for the Red squad, totaled 42 assists, seven digs and four blocks. She helped the Reds get off to a quick start in the opener, as the team hit a blistering .353 with only four errors in a 30-20 win.
Griffin totaled 40 assists, seven digs and six kills on 15 swings piloting a White squad that featured freshmen Kori Cooper and Brooke Bartek and former NU All-American Jennifer Saleaumua among others.
“I thought both Rachel and Maggie did a nice job tonight,” Cook said. “Rachel showed that she is athletic and can do some special things at setter. Maggie had a tougher job with the makeup of the lineup for the White team. We will play both during our early tournaments and keep evaluating both players.”
Oklahoma banned players from working at car dealership (Thanks Mac)

By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports WriterAugust 23, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma has banned its athletes from working at a car dealership where two football players -- including the team's starting quarterback -- broke NCAA rules by accepting payment for more work than they performed.
The university, in a report to the NCAA released Tuesday following an open records request by The Associated Press, said it banned athletes from working at Big Red Sports and Imports after Oklahoma's compliance staff received "poor and inappropriate treatment" from the dealership's previous management.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops dismissed starting quarterback Rhett Bomar and his roommate, offensive lineman J.D. Quinn, on Aug. 2 after the university's compliance staff uncovered the violations. After the dismissals, Stoops said that Bomar and Quinn "knowingly" broke the rules.
The dealership is under new management, and the current owners cooperated with the university's investigation, according to the report.
In the report, the university said it compared athletes' time cards with class schedules, summer workouts, practice schedules and other time commitments and found no evidence that other athletes were "paid for working during practice or class times."
Seven athletes worked at the dealership during one summer -- four washing and detailing cars, and three moving cars around Big Red's lots. For Bomar and Quinn, whose names are redacted from the report, the university found "substantially more hours" claimed on W-2 forms than were listed on a time card report.
The university report states "the employment records maintained and provided by Big Red for temporary summer employment were also at times incomplete or in conflict with other records they maintained on the same employee."
The report indicates some athletes did not know how to use the dealership's time card system and did not have time card records for several weeks at the beginning of their employment. It also shows that the time card reports "frequently" would have a clock-in time but no clock-out time.
The amount of the extra benefit received by the players was redacted from the report, but it indicates athletes generally were paid $10 per hour or $70 per day.
Bomar's father, Jerry Bomar, told The Oklahoman on Tuesday that the overpayment was "between $5,000-7,000."

In an interview with Oklahoma investigators, Stoops said he called Big Red manager Brad McRae in 2004 or 2005 to make sure his players were there and "doing the right things, make sure they're working hard, um, and to make sure things were done right."
"I had specifically asked to make sure, um, that they're working the hours they're supposed to work, that they're getting paid as they should, that they're treating them like you would your other employees," Stoops said in the interview.
Stoops also said he declined McRae's offer to meet privately this February.
Oklahoma's internal investigation was sparked by an anonymous e-mail to university President David Boren on March 3. The university previously had investigated the circumstances by which tailback Adrian Peterson bought a car and then returned it to the dealership several weeks later, determining the arrangement did not violate NCAA regulations.
The dismissals of Bomar and Quinn came 3 1/2 months after Oklahoma appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions for violations that occurred under former men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. While additional limits were placed on Sampson's recruiting at Indiana, the NCAA accepted Oklahoma's self-imposed probation on the basketball program and its limits on recruiting trips and scholarships following the investigation into 577 impermissible phone calls by Sampson and his staff.
The school also avoided a severe "lack of institutional control finding," although the NCAA also found secondary violations by Oklahoma's softball and men's gymnastics teams.
Updated on Wednesday, Aug 23, 2006 1:04 am EDT

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS WAIVED FOR NEBRASKA VETERANS...(Thanks to Duane Tucker for sending this along. Ed. note: great idea...but long overdue)
By: Marypat Heineman - 8/21/06 Daily Nebraskan
Each day hundreds of Nebraskans risk their lives and devote countless hours serving and protecting their country in the U.S. Armed Forces. These servicemen and women may spend years overseas or across the country, but according to University of Nebraska Board of Regents, they remain Nebraskans.A new policy set into place by the regents guarantees in-state tuition to Nebraska high school graduates who are honorably discharged from the military. These soldiers do not need to establish the 12-month residency requirement in the state of Nebraska before enrolling in classes, regardless of their declared state of residence during their time of service.
Link to the entire article: http://media.www.dailynebraskan.com/



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* It's That Time Again!
Barring a decision by Lady Luck to huddle with Louisiana Tech, Nebraska should open its home schedule with a win that make the Husker Nation happy. (Does not apply to those who are never happy with Husker football.) http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* Big Screen Big Deal For Big Red
Expect to hear "There it is!" a lot. You will have to see it to believe it. And if you stand in Memorial Stadium and see it, you will believe it. http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* QB Keller Comes To Nebraska - Wait Till Next Year!
The ASU quarterback who started most of last season and ran up fantastic numbers has transferred to NU. Wait till 2007? http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* Receiver Herian Is Back In The Husker Huddle
He's a big one and a good one. http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* The Quiet Man At Quarterback
This Hildebrand fellow is strictly first-team caliber when it comes to first impressions. He hopes to earn some playing time at QB for NU. http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* Sex Offender Says He Was Bounced From UNL Cheerleading Squad
The right thing by the Athletic Department? Or, not? http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* VP Rallies Crowd At AFB And Raises Money For GOP
The vice president does his thing to thank the troops, and then raise money for Jeff Fortenberry. http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART

* Most Nebraskans Weigh Too Much And Lots Weigh Way Too Much
In the old days we might have been called "fat and happy." My young doctor says it is more like "Too fat, too lazy and not too likely to get real old." http://nebraska.statepaper.com/vnews/display.v/ART


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