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NFL.com notes that USC has allowed 30 sacks this season.

In other words, fans are on "Randy Gregory Alert" on Dec. 27 in the Holiday Bowl between Nebraska and USC. The redshirt junior defensive end had only seven sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss this season, though double teams and schemes designed to keep the ball away from him can explain some of that. "Gregory (6-6, 248), a junior, is one of the more physically gifted players -- much less defensive linemen -- in the nation, and this could be his final college game," wrote Mike Huguenin. "His athleticism and upside have most scouts drooling. USC has allowed 30 sacks, so there could be a few opportunities for Gregory to get to prolific Trojans QB Cody Kessler. Gregory also should get a chance to show his wares against the run, as USC likely will feature RB Javorius 'Buck' Allen."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 21 - 7:54 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah said comparisons between Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory and Dion Jordan are invalid due to Gregory's superior strength.

"Gregory’s tall and long, he’s got a great first step, very explosive coming off the edge," he said. "Some people compare him to Dion Jordan, but Gregory’s got a lot more power." The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher is a projected Top-10 pick in April. Even so, not everyone sees a lock in that range. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that there are "some raw elements to Gregory's game, so if a few teams near the top of the draft aren't totally sold on his growth potential, he could slide a bit."
Dec 21 - 6:28 PM

Husker Online's Sean Callahan reports that Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory "has not declared" for the NFL draft, despite the reports that are out there.

"Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory told me he has not "declared" for the NFL draft despite reports out there that say he has," Callhan tweeted. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher has been one of the best in the country and has been talked up as a Top-10 pick in April. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements to Gregory's game, so if a few teams near the top of the draft aren't totally sold on his growth potential, he could slide a bit."
Dec 19 - 4:01 PM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl rank Nebraska sophomore DT Maliek Collins as the No. 5 best non-draft-eligible prospect.

"Collins occasionally takes too long to get off blocks and gives ground when he doesn't win with quickness," the duo wrote. "But he's a disruptive run defender who has the explosive first step and violent hands to shoot gaps and bring down backs in the backfield. He's also a dangerous interior pass-rusher who uses his quick feet to get offensive linemen off balance, and those active hands to prevent them from latching on." The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Collins has been on the field since his true freshman campaign and continues to add bulk without sacrificing quickness. Next year, without Randy Gregory, all scouts' eyes will be on the gifted Kansas City, Mo. product.
Dec 18 - 5:16 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah drew comparisons to Giovani Bernard and LeSean McCoy from NFL scouts speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Though Abdullah is a nice prospect, he faces long odds of reaching the second round merely because of the quality backs also expected to be available in the spring draft. That list includes, amongst others, Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon, Indiana's Tevin Coleman, Miami's Duke Johnson, Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Florida's Matt Jones. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Abdullah is looking like a third- or fourth-round draft choice.
Dec 10 - 12:09 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper struggled to identify a downside to Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory declaring for the draft early.

The upside of such a decision was easy enough to name: "You have a chance to be a top-five pick, and could challenge to be the No. 1 overall pick. Yeah, that's a major incentive." As for the other side of the equation, a potential pitfall? "I don't know if there's much of one, aside from the fact that he's a bit of a system tweener and likely won't start out as an every-down player," Kiper wrote. "There are also some raw elements to Gregory's game, so if a few teams near the top of the draft aren't totally sold on his growth potential, he could slide a bit. If Gregory doesn't enter, he shifts the pecking order among pass-rushers."
Dec 9 - 6:09 PM

Nebraska announced they hired Mike Riley as head coach, formerly of Oregon State.

This was a stealth move from Nebraska, as many have focused on Florida and Michigan in recent days. Some expected Nebraska to target Oregon's coaching staff, but Riley has done a great job at Oregon State in the last 14 seasons, compiling a record of 93-80 and 58-63 in conference. Those numbers might appear to be just over average, but he has only had three losing seasons in the last nine years (including this one). Riley has coaching experience on both sides of the ball and at the NFL level.
Dec 4 - 12:30 PM

Nebraska named running game coordinator Barney Cotton interim coach.

The school dismissed HC Bo Pelini on Sunday, a few days after his squad beat Iowa to improve to 9-3. Nebraska went 67-27 under Pelini, never losing more than four games in a season. He led the school to two Big 12 championship games and one Big Ten championship game, though the team went 0-3 in those games. The Huskers will have plenty of blue-chip candidates interested in this job, though the next coach will sign on the dotted line knowing that nine wins per season is unacceptable in Lincoln.
Nov 30 - 3:55 PM

Nebraska senior WR Kenny Bell had three catches for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Friday's 37-34 overtime victory over Iowa.

Questionable to play due to an undisclosed injury, Bell not only played, but his presence alone might have swung the result of the game. The Huskers stormed back from a 17-point third quarter deficit through the air. Tommy Armstrong Jr. found Bell in the corner of the end zone for a nine-yard score in overtime to give Nebraska a 37-34 win. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Bell has led the Cornhuskers in receiving the last three seasons and will make it a fourth in 2014.
Nov 30 - 2:58 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 106 yards on 13 carries in Friday's 37-34 overtime victory over Iowa.

He also had a pair of receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown. A semifinalist for the Doak Walker award for the second straight year, Abdullah has rushed for 1,523 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is projected as a third or fourth round draft choice.
Nov 30 - 2:41 PM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore QB Tommy Armstrong left Friday's game against Iowa in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury.

On a run, Armstrong was felled by a pair of Iowa defenders and dropped harshly to the ground on top of the ball. It's possible the wind is just knocked out, just as it's possible that Armstrong has suffered an injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the game. In the possession previous, he was hit while throwing by Iowa DT Carl Davis, leading to a pick-six. Backup QB Ryker Fyfe is in for the Huskers.
Nov 28 - 1:09 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory is not in pads for warmups versus Iowa and it seems unlikely he will play.

Gregory would have lined up opposite Brandon Scherff, which every NFL evaluator would have reviewed during the draft process. Gregory Has dealt with leg injuries this season, and one report even stated he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery a few weeks into the season. Gregory has been on a tear since then, however, and played in last week's game against Minnesota. His absence is a bit unexpected. Despite Nebraska's inability to stop the run, Gregory has played quite well in both phases.
Nov 28 - 11:34 AM

Nebraska redshirt senior S Corey Cooper accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Cooper has the size to provide solid run support from the safety position, but also holds up well enough in pass coverage. CBS Sports ranks Cooper as the No. 282 overall prospect, and believes he's firmly on the Rd7-UDFA bubble. "Has room to sprinkle in more anticipation to gain an extra step towards the ball," the site's Dane Brugler writes, though the analyst likes Cooper's "solid triangle numbers (size/strength/speed)."
Nov 26 - 9:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that Nebraska junior edge rusher Randy Gregory's "ability in run support" is something that concerns him.

"And though a terrific pass rusher, Gregory’s ability in run support is something that concerns me. On several occasions during the loss to Minnesota this weekend he was handled by Gopher tight ends as ball carriers ran past him for big gainers," The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher has been one of the best in the country and has been talked up as a Top-10 pick in April. Pauline has been reporting that there are a "number of league sources who feel Randy Gregory of Nebraska is a worthy candidate for the first pick of the draft."
Nov 24 - 2:59 PM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in the school's 28-24 loss to Minnesota.

After rushing for 225 yards on Oct. 25, Abdullah has put together rushing performances of 1, 69 and 98 yards in his last three games. Abdullah made the most of open lanes and spaces this season, but maybe those are closing in recent weeks.
Nov 22 - 4:38 PM


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