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Nebraska junior S Nate Gerry, a former OLB, is "now a big playmaker at safety, and one of the key players for a Huskers team with hopes of winning a division title," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Gerry moved back to safety as a sophomore last season, starting all 13 games. The move paid immediate dividends: Gerry had 88 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick return for a touchdown last year. Brown grades him as the No. 16 safety in the country.
Jun 30 - 12:19 AM

Nebraska senior WR Jamal Turner was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Turner has dealt with multiple injuries since last fall, including a ruptured achilles last fall and arthroscopic knee surgery during the winter. The extra season could be very beneficial to the receiver who calls himself 95 percent healthy, as Turner has 64 career receptions for 799 yards and four touchdowns.
Source: Star Herald
Jun 29 - 9:44 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior ILB Michael Rose-Ivey (ACL) "will provide a huge boost" for the 'Huskers defense if he "can play as well as he did in the last half of the '13 season," notes NFL Media.

Rose-Ivey missed last season with a torn ACL suffered in practice. He's on pace to be 100 percent this season. "[Rose-Ivey] should be a key starter for new coach Mike Riley," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Nebraska has few proven linebackers, and depth likely will be an issue." Rose-Ivey set a Nebraska freshman record by posting 66 tackles in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 5:11 PM

Despite Nebraska HC Mike Riley's mediocre past showing in the NFL, NFL.com thinks he is still attractive to pro decision makers.

"He had a disastrous stint running the San Diego Chargers but won two Grey Cups while in charge of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "His pro-style system would translate seamlessly to the NFL and his nice-guy persona could serve as a nice foil to some of the more hardline personalities in the pro game." It would be a shock if Riley even considered such a move over the next several seasons. He just took over for Bo Pelini in Lincoln after a second strong run at Oregon State.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 8:24 PM

The Sports Quotient thinks "2015 may prove to be the year [Nebraska HC Mike Riley] can make an early and great impression."

Riley is replacing Bo Pelini, who won at least nine games in all seven of his seasons at Nebraska. Fans are expecting him to consistently contend for the conference championship, and perhaps more. "Playing in the Big Ten, naturally the schedule isn’t too difficult, but it also helps that two of the Cornhuskers’ biggest conference games are at home against Wisconsin and Michigan State," the site noted. "Riley also gets an early shot to prove his worth when Nebraska travels to Miami on September 19th."
Jun 7 - 8:26 PM

Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf will be "a sought-after commodity should Nebraska's offense hum along this fall," believes NFL Media.

Langdorf spent last season as quarterback coach of the New York Giants and previously spent three years with the New Orleans Saints (2002-04). He was Oregon State's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2005-13 and now reunites with Mike Riley. "[Langdorf] was known for offenses that featured both prolific passing attacks and productive running backs," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He will be expected to rev up Nebraska's passing attack, though whether he has a quarterback suited for his offense is a legitimate question." NFL Media ranks Langsdorf as the No. 8 hottest assistant coach in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 7:39 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior ILB Michael Rose-Ivey (ACL) "looked good during spring practices and could be a rock as the team tries to get back to the ways of the Blackshirts," observed NFL Media.

"Nebraska head coach Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Mark Banker have developed their share of linebackers over the years and they have to hope they can work their magic with Rose-Ivey," wrote Bryan Fischer. Rose-Ivey tore his ACL last summer in practice and missed the season. "In a tough league, Big Red has to hope the talented linebacker returns to the form that earned him accolades as a redshirt freshman," Fischer wrote. Rose-Ivey should be able to win an injury hardship waiver if he wants it. If so, he'd be eligible to play for three more seasons.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:47 PM

Nebraska redshirt senior OT Alex Lewis "could develop into an early NFL draft pick" if he shows improvement in 2015, writes the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman.

Merriman pegs Lewis as the conference's No. 19 NFL prospect. Lewis transferred to Nebraska from Colorado after the 2013 season. The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder's father, Bill Lewis, played seven NFL seasons with the Raiders, Cardinals and Patriots and was an All-America center under Huskers coach Tom Osborne.
May 18 - 9:01 PM

Nebraska junior DT Maliek Collins went No. 27 to the Packers in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.

"Collins had a very good true sophomore season, leading the Huskers in tackles for loss and trailing only Cowboys 2015 second-rounder Randy Gregory for the team lead in sacks," he wrote. "The Packers need to make some long-term fixes to their defensive line." Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Collins going in Round 1. Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl ranked Collins as the No. 5 best non-draft-eligible prospect in December.
May 15 - 6:56 PM

Nebraska junior RB Terrell Newby is expected to be the school's top ball carrier in 2015.

Beat writer Mitch Sherman says Newby looks faster and stronger than he did as a backup the last two seasons. "(Imani) Cross returns as a senior, but Newby appears set to lead the pack at running back. His pass protection is adequate, and he provides a legitimate threat as a pass catcher out of the backfield," Sherman writes. Newby did twist his ankle during the school's spring game. He has large shoes to fill with Ameer Abdullah graduating.
Source: ESPN
May 7 - 10:39 AM

Bucs selected Nebraska WR Kenny Bell with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Bell (6'1/197) left Nebraska as the school's all-time leader in receptions (181) and receiving yards (2,689), averaging 14.9 YPR with 21 TDs. He was voted first-team All-Big Ten as a senior by the conference's coaches. Bell shredded the Combine, running 4.42 with a 41.5-inch vertical and 6.66 three cone. Matt Waldman's favorite player in the 2015 draft, Bell is a feisty competitor who plays the game with extreme aggressiveness and flashes special route-running ability. Similar to Kenny Stills, Bell could prove a steal despite generating relatively little fanfare inside the draft community.
May 2 - 3:05 PM

Cowboys selected Nebraska DE Randy Gregory with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Cowboys stop Gregory's fall as they had a dire need off the edge after RE Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension. Based on talent alone, Gregory was a top-10 prospect in this class before off-field character issues torpedoed his stock. Gregory (6'5/235) spent two seasons as a Cornhusker after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-Big Ten in each year. He posted 17.5 career sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Gregory ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical, showing burst in a 10-foot-5 broad jump. Long armed (34") and lean, Gregory is built like a cross between Jason Taylor and Leonard Little and can convert speed to power. He also held up well as a college run defender despite playing at around 220 last year. Gregory has loads of room for growth. He will enter the NFL already in the league's substance-abuse program after testing positive for marijuana at the Combine.
May 1 - 9:18 PM

Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Abdullah (5'9/205) parlayed 813 career carries into 4,588 yards (5.64 YPC) and 39 touchdowns for Nebraska, adding 73 receptions. Although Abdullah is long-speed deficient (4.60), he registered the highest SPARQ score among running backs at the Combine, and offers an elite combination of lateral agility and lower-body explosion. He was one of the best all-around football players we viewed on tape, running inside with determined decisiveness. He has future feature back potential if he cleans up his pass pro and ball security after fumbling 24 times in college. If it comes together, Abdullah can be a more elusive version of Ray Rice. As a rookie, he'll battle Theo Riddick to pick up Reggie Bush's pass-catching slack opposite Joique Bell.
May 1 - 9:06 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory as the No. 1 available player heading into Day 2.

"He's the most physically gifted edge rusher in this class with outstanding first-step quickness and length, and surprising power given his lean frame," McShay wrote. "His inability to add and keep weight is a concern, as is his off-field history. He'll need to get stronger against the run. But he can be a difference-maker as a pass-rusher if he does what he needs to off the field." In an updated Day 2 mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler slots Gregory to the Washington Redskins at No. 38: "At some point in the second round, Gregory's talent becomes worth the risk and Washington could end up with a steal at this point."
May 1 - 2:27 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory noted that he was "extremely disappointed" on his slide out of the first, and said that he "didn't sleep last night" because he felt like he let his family down.

"Honestly, I'm extremely disappointed. I didn't sleep last night because I feel like I let my family down and the people who believe in me down, and I'm sorry for that," Gregory told Yahoo Sports. "But I'm going to use that as fuel. The franchise that drafts me won't have to worry about me off the field, but the teams that didn't select me will have to worry about me on the field." The Nebraska prospect has himself to blame for his slide and should be worried about getting drafted before making bold predictions. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline recently noted that Gregory "would fall out of the first round and hinted it was more than just the marijuana issue reported several weeks back." Pauline had a 2nd/3rd round grade on Gregory and it seems like Pauline was right on the money with that prediction.
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