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Nebraska suspended six players -- linebacker Michael Rose Ivey, defensive back Jonathan Rose, offensive lineman Robby Painter, tight end Cethan Carter and defensive end Joe Keels -- for the season opener against BYU.

The reason cited for each one was a violation of team rules. Rose-Ivey is the only starter in the group. It seems that all of them will return for Week 2 against South Alabama.
Sep 3 - 8:07 PM

Nebraska sophomore WR De'Mornay Pierson-El will miss 6-8 weeks with a foot injury.

Huge blow to the Cornhuskers, as Pierson-El was their most explosive playmaker. As a freshman, he racked up 596 punt return yards (best in the country) and averaged 17.5 yards per return (second best in the country). He made only 23 catches for 321 yards last season, but looked set to truly burst out this coming year. Said the 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore earlier this summer, "I know my ability. I'm not afraid of anything." The foot injury occurred in practice on Tuesday, though the specific nature of the injury has yet to be disclosed by the team.
Aug 19 - 6:30 PM

Nebraska HC Mike Riley announced five players will be suspended for the season opener against BYU but would not disclose the players' names.

The only detail Riley gave was to say the five violated a team rule. Another report stated at least one defensive starter is among the five suspended. Riley needs to get off to a hot start at Nebraska, and BYU was already a difficult matchup to open the season.
Aug 15 - 1:52 PM

Nebraska junior RB Terrell Newby has received the lion's share of carries during preseason work.

"There's nothing wrong with how Newby is playing; it just doesn't look like Ameer Abdullah did last year or Rex Burkhead did a few years before that," beat writer Sam McKewan notes. Newby needs to step up, as the Huskers lost Abdullah and receiver Kenny Bell to the NFL.
Aug 10 - 2:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Nebraska junior S Nate Gerry as an undrafted free agent, but the pessimistic grade comes with a caveat.

"He comes with terrific size and is someone who could move north on draft boards if he puts together a complete game," Pauline wrote. Such is the situation Gerry finds himself in. The former outside linebacker had a big first season at safety -- posting 88 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick return for a touchdown last year -- but evaluators want to see further refinement before investing.
Jul 31 - 6:07 PM

Four-star 2015 RB recruit Jordan Stevenson, who was denied admission to Wisconsin, will play for Nebraska.

Stevenson will join Nebraska this season, as he is a member of the 2015 class. Up to 13 teams were in on Stevenson after his commitment with Wisconsin fell through. Both schools lost running backs to the NFL and are looking to replace the workhorses with younger players. Stevenson might not factor into the Husker's crowded backfield this season.
Jul 30 - 2:33 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban and his assistants have spoken with unsigned 2015 recruit Jordan Stevenson about the RB joining the Crimson Tide.

Stevenson was on his way to Wisconsin before not qualifying. 247 Sports reported 13 programs immediately showed interest in the four-star recruit. It is difficult to see other programs topping Alabama in this scenario.
Source: 247 Sports
Jul 26 - 12:56 PM

2015 four-star RB recruit Jordan Stevenson was denied entry into Wisconsin and is now looking for a new school.

Stevenson initially committed to Texas back in 2013, but switched to Wisconsin in 2014. He is now free to sign with any FBS program, and CFT passes along a 247 Sports report that 13 programs are interested in adding the running back, including Alabama and Florida.
Jul 25 - 10:01 AM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins is "powerful and quick on the inside," notes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Collins developed nicely last year, consistently getting guards off-balance with his quickness and strong hands," Kiper wrote. "He also showed an improved ability to work down the line and eat up running lanes, compiling 10.5 TFLs last season. Expect to see him in the backfield a lot in 2015 if this growth rate continues." Kiper grades Collins as the No. 3 underclassman defensive tackle prospect in the NCAA. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder posted 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 14 TFL in 2014 to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Jul 21 - 12:02 AM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins is a former Missouri state champion wrestler.

According to Bill Landis of Cleveland.com, Collins' "strength makes him a tough matchup for interior offensive linemen, and he gets after the quarterback well for someone his size." The Cornhuskers lost Randy Gregory to the NFL draft, so Collins' impact might need to be even more significant to create disruption from the interior thanks to extra attention.
Jul 16 - 10:09 AM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins "brings explosiveness and quickness to the interior of the Nebraska defense, succeeding in breaking into the backfield and crashing the pocket," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"While the enduring image of the 2014 Cornhuskers defense is its part in allowing Melvin Gordon to run for 408 yards in three quarters, that shouldn't overshadow just how good Collins is capable of being," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder posted 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 14 TFL in 2014 to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors. The scribe ranks Collins as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the NCAA. According to Brown, Collins succeeds "in breaking into the backfield and crashing the pocket" and is "the best building block for Mike Riley's new regime in trying to plug the holes we saw last year on defense."
Jul 14 - 12:43 AM

Though Nebraska has never officially had a 1,000-yard receiver, ESPN's Brian Bennett believes sophomore WR De’Mornay Pierson-El could make history by breaking that barrier.

This is quite the prediction, as Pierson-El had only 23 catches for 321 yards last season. "But the dynamic sophomore showed his playmaking ability on punt returns, and if new coach Mike Riley can figure out ways to utilize the speedy slot man effectively, Pierson-El could become a breakthrough offensive player," Bennett wrote. "Jordan Westerkamp (747 yards last year) also figures to benefit from an expected emphasis on the passing game under Riley."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 9:37 PM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins "can hold his own against single blocks, but he has issues holding up against down blocks and double teams, which he sees constantly during the game," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Right now, the individual traits are better than the sum of their parts for Collins, but the traits are undeniable," Zierlein wrote. "Listed at 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Collins is built for athleticism over power and it doesn't take long to see just how athletic he is." The analyst ranks Collins as the No. 8 interior defensive linemen in the nation. "His feet are always better than the matchup across from him and he can close out ball carriers trying to hit the crease in his neighborhood," Zierlein wrote. "Look for a big jump from his sophomore season to this one." The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Collins posted 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 14 TFL in 2014 to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 10:01 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior Vincent Valentine "has NFL potential if he can improve his stamina and overall consistency," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Although he's not the most rangy interior player, Valentine does move well laterally for a 320+ pounder, but again, he needs to be fresh to play at his peak and be the most effective. He has NFL potential if he can improve his stamina and overall consistency moving forward for the Huskers," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Valentine recorded 45 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in 11 starts last season for the Nebraska. Both Valentine and teammate Maliek Collins should be the foundation of Nebraska's defense in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 3:59 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that if Nebraska redshirt senior OT Alex Lewis "can get stronger and develop his blocking awareness," he "has enough in his toolbox to fight for playing time as a NFL rookie."

Lewis originally started his college career at Colorado, but due to an off-field incident Lewis transferred to Nebraska, forcing him to sit out the season in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 297-pound excelled in his first season as a starter for the Cornhuskers. Lewis earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors and academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014. 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.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 2:58 PM


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