Monday, May 18, 2009

Huskers third in spring-game attendance

The final numbers are in and Nebraska has finished third among BCS-conference schools in attendance for the Cornhuskers' annual Red-White spring football game, drawing 77,670 fans to Memorial Stadium.

Ohio State led the way in 2009, setting a spring football game national attendance record of 95,722, according to SportsBusiness Daily. That figure marked an increase of 25.4 percent from the 76,346 Buckeye fans who turned out for their 2008 spring game.

Alabama was second with an attendance of 84,050. After Nebraska, the rest of the top 10 in spring attendance included: Penn State (76,500), Florida (65,000), Tennessee (51,488), Michigan (50,000), Auburn (45,381), Texas (44,000) and Georgia (42,458).

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Athlon ranks Huskers preseason No. 16

Athlon magazine is counting down its preseason college football top 25 and has Nebraska checking in at No. 16.

Does anyone else think that seems a little high? The Cornhuskers obviously have a lot of momentum going after last year's 9-4 season, but breaking in a new starting quarterback and returning the second-fewest number of starters in the Big 12 Conference won't be an easy chore.

Early feedback on our prediction that Nebraska will finish 8-5 in 2009 is running 50-50. One e-mailer says that prediction is not nearly optimistic enough and that the Huskers will at least be 10-3. Another e-mailer chided us for thinking NU has a chance to get wins in three swing games against Missouri, Texas Tech and Colorado. "Take off the rose-colored glasses" was his request.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Thursday, May 14, 2009 || 0 comments

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NU in the mix for ex-Hurricane Marve?

Sporting News Today lists Nebraska as the 10-1 second choice to gain the services of former Miami (Fla.) quarterback Robert Marve, who will be eligible to play in 2010.

As for Marve's potential for ending up in Lincoln, the online publication wrote: "A training camp duel next summer with Cody Green, an early enrollee this winter, would mirror Marve's competition with Jacory Harris at Miami."

Of course, that analysis might seem instantly shaky to Cornhusker fans, who have been told by head coach Bo Pelini that Zac Lee is clearly ahead in the race to nail down the starting quarterback job for the 2009 season opener as a junior. This seems to presume that Lee won't be around for his senior season.

For what it's worth, Sporting News Today lists Purdue as the 3-2 favorite to get Marve's services. Arizona State (15-1) and South Florida (15-1) are apparently also in the running.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Tuesday, May 12, 2009 || 0 comments

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Friday, May 08, 2009

Ex-Husker Keller suing NCAA, EA sports

Interesting news from Friday's edition of USA Today as former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller is suing the NCAA and video-game partner EA Sports for their unpaid use of the likenesses of college football players.

According to USA Today: "The class-action antitrust suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claims the games make illegal use of football and basketball players' names -- through the download of team rosters -- and unidentified but scarcely hidden likenesses and that the NCAA condones the practice in violation of its own rules."

Keller's lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for every football and basketball player on an opening-game roster whose jersey number appeared in an EA game, according to USA Today.

What I'm really curious about is the genesis of this lawsuit. From what we knew of Keller during his time here at Nebraska, this move just seems a little curious.

Perhaps the most ironic part of the whole situation is that many of the guys who play college football also love playing EA Sports' college football game -- Husker players talk about it frequently -- and can't wait to see how their likeness is rated.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Friday, May 08, 2009 || 0 comments

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Cowherd's advice for Nebraska football

The Nebraska football program received some advice from ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd during Tuesday’s program.

In a discussion about the differing talent levels in college football, Cowherd suggest that if the Cornhuskers want to be great again, they should go back to the option-based offensive style that helped them win three national championships in a four-year span from 1994-1997 under Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne.

Just as opposing coaches always used to say about Nebraska at the time, Cowherd said having an unusual offense would make the Huskers difficult to prepare for. He also wondered why the Huskers wouldn’t try to recruit the best option quarterback in the country as opposed to trying to land the fifth-best passing QB in the country.

Here’s guessing there’s a segment of Husker Nation that would agree.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Wednesday, May 06, 2009 || 0 comments

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Monday, May 04, 2009

NU's Suh ranked as Big 12's sixth-best Big 12 Conference writer/blogger Tim Griffin has published an interesting list of the best players in the league for this coming season.

Not surprisingly, 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma tops the list, followed fellow quarterback Colt McCoy of Texas. Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is third, Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham is fourth and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin rounds out the top five.

The amount of preseason expectations that have been built up for Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was evident as he was the top defensive player on the list at No. 6. I-back Roy Helu was the only other Cornhusker to crack the top 40, checking in at No. 20.

Posted by Terry Douglass @ Monday, May 04, 2009 || 0 comments

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