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Nebraska will not retain DL coach Hank Hughes for the 2016 season.

HC Mike Riley addressed the move in a press release, saying, "I want to thank Hank for his hard work and contributions to our football program over the past year," before indicating that they'll be looking to fill the now vacant coaching position with "a great coach, teacher and recruiter [who can] enhance our defense." Hughes is a college football lifer, beginning his career back in 1979. He joined Riley's staff on the advice of DC Mike Banker prior to the 2015 campaign. The Cornhuskers lost junior defensive linemen Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine to the draft in January, which couldn't have helped Hughes' cause. Regardless, it's reasonable to expect that Nebraska will hire their new DL coach by March 5, as that's when they'll be opening spring practice.
Feb 5 - 6:35 PM

Nebraska signed four-star S Marquel Dismuke.

Dismuke's a native of Calabasas, California, and drew the predictable interest from Arizona State, Cal and Fresno State. He actually went so far as to commit to Cal last February before de-committing over the summer in favor of the Cornhuskers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder ranks 136th in the ESPN 300. He's already boasting nice size and the Worldwide Leader's scouting report notes that he could play safety, corner or wideout at the collegiate level. He'll need to shave off his rough edges, but has the physical tools to succeed once Nebraska decides what position he'll play.
Feb 5 - 12:00 AM

Four-star G John Raridon committed to Nebraska in October.

Raridon--a native of Des Moines--received interest from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Oklahoma, before opting to commit to the Cornhuskers as a future potential anchor on the offensive line. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound recruit played tackle at Valley High School, but Scout.com's Allen Trieu notes that he could find a more comfortable fit at guard or even center with Nebraska. Raridon "finishes his blocks, plays with great balance and has a mean streak. [He's] comfortable blocking on the move," Trieu writes, but "must continue to work on his pass protection technique."
Source: scout.com
Jan 31 - 6:26 PM

Tulane redshirt sophomore QB Tanner Lee transferred to Nebraska.

Lee made his first visit to Lincoln on January 22 and subsequently received a scholarship offer, at which point he opted to take the plunge. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt sophomore will sit out the 2016 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules, but should be ready to compete for playing time come his final year of eligibility in 2017. With Tulane this past season, he threw for 1,639 yards (51.8% completions) with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio, but with the hire of Willie Fritz as HC, they'll be shifting over to a triple-option attack, one which would have likely left the pocket-bound Lee out in the cold.
Source: omaha.com
Jan 30 - 6:49 PM

Transferring Tulane redshirt sophomore QB Tanner Lee will visit LSU this weekend.

Said Lee, "I’ve been up there a few times. A lot of my buddies from high school are at LSU. I know what the games are like." He started nine games for Tulane this past season, throwing for 1,639 yards with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio. With new HC Willie Fritz--who runs a triple-option--now in the fold, he'll look for a better fit elsewhere. He announced his decision to transfer in early January and is set to visit LSU this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt sophomore indicated that he's already familiar with the Tiger coaching staff, noting, "I know Coach Cameron and Coach Miles. I’m looking forward to meeting them and talking football and seeing the facilities."
Jan 14 - 8:13 PM

Nebraska T Alex Lewis will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-6, 297-pounder transferred to Nebraska from Colorado in 2013. He sat out a year and then started the next two. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Lewis "has an adequate frame for the position with long arms and natural knee bend, keeping his feet moving and underneath him at all times."
Jan 14 - 4:15 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior Vincent Valentine announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

This means both of Nebraska's defensive tackles are entering the draft, with Valentine joining Maliek Collins. Valentine missed a number of games this season due to injury and only played on 56.6 percent of the school's snaps when active. Compare that to Collins' 80.7. Valentine was used more as a run defending role player.
Jan 11 - 10:16 AM

Tulane redshirt sophomore QB Tanner Lee will transfer.

Lee was the Green Waves' starting QB, but you had to figure his days were numbered when HC Willie Fritz was hired. That's because Fritz runs a triple-option offense that Lee, who ran for minus-287 yards at Tulane, is ill-equipped to helm. Lee, who passed for 3,601 yards with a 23/21 TD/INT rate at Tulane, will look around for schools with a quarterback vacancy that run a more traditional offense. The school granted his release request, so that search has already begun.
Jan 8 - 9:03 PM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins, who has declared for the NFL, received a second-round grade by the draft advisory board.

Collins was a disruptive force over the last few years despite only recording 2.5 sacks this season. NFL teams are acknowledging how important interior defensive linemen who can play on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage are. Collins might only fit even man front teams (4-3), but expect teams to be very interested in the late first- to second-round range.
Jan 6 - 10:17 AM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins declared for the NFL Draft.

Collins announced his decision after the Cornhuskers toppled UCLA in the Foster farms Bowl on Saturday night. "It’s always been a dream of mine, and I got a good grade back (from the NFL’s draft advisory board)," Collins said. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder recorded 2.5 sacks across 12 starts in 2015. That number may not look impressive, but Collins is actually decent as an interior pass rusher because he reliably collapses the pocket. He's even better, of course, as a run stuffer. Collins may ultimately be one of the top three DTs selected this spring. The Nebraska product can be quite disruptive, showing an ability to work through or around opponents. His teammate, Vincent Valentine, is also considering entering the NFL.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior WR Jordan Westerkamp caught two passes for 44 yards in Saturday's 37-29 win over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Westerkamp's 44 yards receiving actually led the Cornhuskers. The 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt junior finishes the 2015 campaign having caught 65 passes for 918 yards and seven touchdowns. While he served as Nebraska's No. 1 wideout this season, Westerkamp logged just three games with more than 100 yards receiving and failed to catch more than three passes in any of his final three games.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 01:13:00 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior QB Tommy Armstrong completed 12-of-19 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in Saturday's 37-29 win over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Armstrong's been up-and-down all season, but he finished out on a high note. He averaged 9.2 YPA and dropped a 22-yard touchdown pass into the bucket of Stanley Morgan Jr. with four minutes and change gone in the third quarter. That one snapped a 21-all tie. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Armstrong would score a touchdown of his own on a three-yard rush in the fourth quarter. He finishes the 2015 campaign with 3,030 passing yards (55% completions) and a 22/16 TD/INT ratio.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:51:00 AM

Nebraska junior S Nate Gerry was ejected for targeting near the end of the first half of Saturday's Foster Farms Bowl showdown with UCLA.

Questionable, very questionable. Gerry appeared to wrap up his tackle of Paul Perkins without any real head-to-head contact, but the flag was thrown and an official review confirmed the targeting. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior was ejected as a result. Karma did not agree with the call and UCLA QB Josh Rosen threw an interception on the next play. The two teams were knotted at 21-all before hitting the locker room.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins has applied for an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Collins will almost certainly receive a top two round designation, which could lead him to declaring for the draft. Both Nebraska defensive tackles, Collins and Vincent Valentine, applied for the evaluations. Collins has tape that shows he can win working through offensive linemen or firing through gaps.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Nebraska HC Mike Riley said, "We're certainly not going to apologize [for making the Foster Farms Bowl with a 5-7 record]."

Riley's 5-7 Cornhusker squad will face an 8-4 UCLA team in the Foster Farms Bowl on December 26. They earned the bowl bid despite their record, as there are not enough 6-6 teams to fill every slot. At that point, Academic Progress Rate determined which 5-7 teams would make bowls. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson called the system a "travesty," as Nebraska drew the nod against UCLA over Mountain West units Nevada (6-6) and Colorado State (7-5). To be fair to Riley, he didn't create the broken system.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 05:15:00 PM


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