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Get all your inside info on Nebraska football here!
I wish I saved it as well. My guard and fb completely ignored your linebacker.
But anyways, great writeup and of course great game. Here's looking forward to a rematch in 12!
2011 Nebraska Preview
Nebraska is riding high coming into their first season as part of the B1G conference. Picked by many experts to win the "Division" in their first season, Nebraska has high expectations from the coaches to the fans. However, they will have to replace a few key pieces to live up to those expectations.
A position that looked like a strength coming into spring ball has now been depleted and has become a big concern. Cody Green has transferred to Tulsa and Freshman phenom Bubba Starling announced on Monday that he will accept the Kansas City Royals contract and become a professional baseball player. That leaves only Taylor Martinez and Brion Carnes as scholarship QB's at Nebraska. Both are very capable players but an injury could derail the entire season at this point. Martinez must return 100% from his nagging ankle injury
Nebraska injected a ton of speed into this unit with the 2010 recruiting class. However, the star is no doubt Jr Rex Burkhead who will be the motor to this offense. Look for explosive FR Braylon Heard to see the field some this year after finally joining the team after being academically ineligible to commit in 2009. The other Freshman, highly touted Aaron Green and speed demon Ameer Abdullah will likely redshirt this season.
C.J. Zimmerer will man this spot that looks to be lightly used in Nebraska's new offensive philosophy.
Sr WR Brandon Kinnie has shown he is a capable wideout but there is nothing behind him. True Freshman Jamal Turner, who was moved from QB in spring, may be the most talented WR of the bunch. Turner and FR(RS) Kenny Bell will have to step up big if this group is going to go anywhere this year. Players like
Tim Marlowe, Stanley Jean Baptiste and Quincy Enunwa have all showed flashes but are far from polished players.
Kyler Reed was arguably the teams top play maker last year and is expected to continue that trend this year. He and fellow TE Ben Cotton may be the best two pass catchers the Huskers have.
It's no secret that Nebraska relies heavily on the big boys up front to move their offense. So(RS) Jeremiah Sirles has begun to emerge as a star and could be the best OL at Nebraska since Will Shields in the 90's. C Mike Caputo (AKA Mike XXXXXX lol) is the leader of this group and his veteran leadership will be vital with 3 sophomores starting on the OL
Nebraska has one of the best DT duo's in the nation in All-American Jared Crick and Baker Steinkuhler. They are expected to wreak havoc in opposing team's backfield. DE Cameron Meredith was solid last season and is poised for a breakout season this year. Eric Martin and Josh Williams continue to compete for the right to replace Pierre Allen on the right side. Nebraska has recruited well on the D-Line and has good depth here also.
LaVonte David is a star. He led the team in tackles last season and seems to be all over the field at all times. Offenses must account for him because he can make plays in the running and passing game. MLB Will Compton is finally healthy again. He may not be the best LB in the country but his understanding of the defense will no doubt help the younger players out. Sean Fisher and Matthew May will likely split snaps at the WLB spot.
It's not often you can produce a first round CB and still boast a shutdown corner. However, that's exactly the position Nebraska is in as Alfonzo Dennard was able to outplay current New York Giant Prince Amukamara at times last season. He will be joined by SO Ciante Evans who played well as a true freshman last season while Dennard was hurt. Concerted WR Antonio Bell has shown he is a capable nickelback and continues to improve as he learns the intricacies of the position. Nebraska has 4 safeties who are capable of playing and they are all pretty even. Courtney Osborne, JUCO transfer Daimon Stafford, Austin Cassidy and P.J. Smith should all see time at S.
K Alex Henery is off to the Philadelphia Eagles as the leading scorer in Nebraska history as well as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. He will not be easy to replace but true FR Mauro Bondi will get the first chance at it. FR Braylon Heard will be given KR and PR duties this season.
Lincoln, NE--Apparently, when Bo Pelini left Lincoln, he took the blackshirts with him. Coaches are scrambling to figure out what the problem is after Nebraska beat Fresno State 38-28 today. You would think a win is a win, however, Nebraska has given up 28+ points in each game this season. They had only allowed more than 28 points 3 times in the previous 2 seasons. Also, the fact that these scores came against teams who aren't nearly the caliber of the Big Ten offenses they will soon be facing has coaches on edge.
The good news coming out of this weekend is that for as bad as Nebraska looks on defense, they appear to be making up for it on offense. The normally sporadic Taylor Martinez has thrown for 450 yards and 6 TD's in those two games while only tossing 2 picks. Rex Burkhead has also exploded for 295 yards and 4 TD's. However, the offense looked good against scrubs last season also putting up 49 points against Florida Atlantic and 55 against UL-Lafayette. They cannot continue to depend on outscoring teams to win.
Lincoln, NE-The defense finally showed up as Nebraska got revenge for last seasons Holiday Bowl upset by Washington, 42-7. The Blackshirts forced 3 turnovers and allowed only a questionable TD catch after a Nebraska INT. Taylor Martinez continues to show skeptics that he can be a consistent game manager as he went 9/14 for 157 yards and 1 INT. However, he was aided tremendously by the outstanding game of JR HB Rex Burkhead. He blew through Washington defenders, amassing 294 yards and 5 TD's on only 22 carries. The Huskies couldn't seem to wrap Burkhead up as he would continuously blow defenders up while running for 101 yards after contact.
QB-Taylor Martinez-9/14, 157 Yards, 1 INT
HB-Rex Burkhead-22 Carries, 294 Yards, 5 TD, 13.3 AVG
HB-Braylon Heard-7 Carries, 72 Yards, 1 TD, 10.2 AVG
TE Kyler Reed-2 Rec, 57 Yards
DT Jared Crick-5 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack
MLB Will Compton-6 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack
SS Austin Cassidy-2 Tackles, 1 INT
QB Keith Price-10/20, 97 Yards, 2 INT
HB Chris Polk-15 Carries, 65 Yards, 4.3 AVG
WR Jermaine Kearse-4 Rec, 46 Yards
SS Sean Parker-6 Tackles
OLB Garret Gilliland-5 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack
DE Hau Oli Jamora-6 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack
Haha, just noticed that no one on Washington got credited for their one touchdown. It was a pass that was ruled incomplete because the WR was way out of the back of the endzone. They reviewed it and gave them the TD because a foot magically warped back into the endzone even though the other was 3 feet out. Check out the screenshot on the Dynasty page.
Madison, WI-Nebraska had a lot on the line in this game. Their first Big Ten conference game, in a hostile environment, and a chance to prove themselves as Championship contenders. It started with a bang as both teams would score on big plays in the first 70 seconds. Wisconsin's James White would gash the heart of the Husker defense for a 66 Yard TD run. Nebraska answered right back with an 86 yard TD pass from Taylor Martinez to Tim Marlowe. However, things wouldn't stay as even as Nebraska's offense exploded behind the dynamic play of Taylor Martinez, who threw for 3 TD passes and added 75 Yards and a TD on the ground. The huskers would take a very comfortable 38-14 lead into the half.
The second half began with Wisconsin capturing all the momentum and coming roaring back. On the first play from scrimmage in the 2nd half, Martinez would take off up the field for a 63 yard run only be run down from behind SS Shelton Johnson who popped the ball loose. Wisconsin would capitalize immediately with an 82 yard run by James White and a converted 2-pt attempt. On the next Husker possession, SO DE Tyler Dippel blew through the o-line and crushed Martinez in the backfield. Martinez would immediately grab his knee and thrash in pain. He was taken immediately to the locker room and did not return to the game. Nebraska would go 3 & out and Wisconsin continued the momentum swing taking the ball in again on a 14 yard strike from Russell Wilson to Monte Ball, making it 38-29 Nebraska. Fr(RS) Brion Carnes was now facing not only inexperience but also a rocking stadium, with the fans finally having something to "Jump Around" about. Against all odds, he was able to composed himself and march the Husker's down the field and find Tim Marlowe in the end zone for his 3rd TD catch of the game, a new school record. Now 45-29, Nebraska would never look back as the crowd lost all intensity and Wisconsin appeared to give up. Final Score: 52-29 Nebraska
QB Brion Carnes-5/6, 86 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Rush TD
QB Taylor Martinez-9/17, 216 Yards, 3 TD, 4 carries, 75 Yards, 1 TD
HB Rex Burkhead-21 Carries, 169 Yards, 1 TD
WR Tim Marlowe-6 Rec, 201 Yards, 3 TD
WR Brandon Kinnie-4 Rec, 54 Yards, 1 TD
DT Baker Steinkuhler-5 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1.5 Sacks
DT Jared Crick-5 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FR
FS Austin Cassidy-5 Tackles, 3 TFL, 2 INT
MLB Will Compton-3 Tackles, 1 INT
QB Russell Wilson-7/24, 123 Yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
HB James White-18 Carries, 275 Yards, 3 TD, 3 Rec, 45 Yards
HB Monte Ball-1 Rec, 14 Yards, 1 TD
WR Chase Hammond-1 Rec, 30 Yards
FS Aaron Henry-11 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack
SS Shelton Johnson-11 Tackles, 1 FF
RE Tyler Dippel-2 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack
OLB Mike Taylor-2 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack
Injury Report-Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez has torn cartilage in his knee and is expected to miss 5 weeks.
Lincoln, NE-In a sloppy football game, the Huskers were able to limit their mistakes and avoid the upset scare by the Michigan State Spartans. Fr K Mauro Bondi had a horrible day as he missed an easy FG attempt as well as 2 extra points. Fueled by these miscues, the Spartans were able to ride HB Edwin Baker to a 21-13 lead with only two minutes remaining in the first half. However, thanks to the complete meltdown of MSU QB Kirk Cousins, Nebraska was able to score two TD's in the last two minutes thanks to big interceptions. The defense would continue to harrass Cousins in the second half, intercepting him two more times and recording 5 sacks as they shutout the Spartan offense until mop up duty. Quite possibly the ugliest 36-29 win I've ever seen.
QB Brion Carnes-14/23, 234 Yards, 2 TD
HB Rex Burkhead-25 Carries, 67 Yards, 2 TD
TE Ben Cotton-4 Rec, 64 Yards
WR Brandon Kinnie-3 Rec, 40 Yards, 1 TD
WR Kenny Bell-2 Rec, 59 Yards, 1 TD
OLB Lavonte David-8 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1 Sack
DE Cameron Meredith-3 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 Sacks
CB Antonio Bell-4 Tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD
FS Courtney Osborne-4 Tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT
QB Kirk Cousins-14/23, 203 Yards, 2 TD, 4 INT
HB Edwin Baker-15 Carries, 131 Yards, 2 TD
WR Keith Nichol-4 Rec, 81 Yards, 1 TD
TE Dion Sims-2 Rec, 19 Yards, 1 TD
DT Anthony White-6 Tackles, 2 TFL, 2 Sacks
DT Jerel Worthy-4 Tackles, 3 TFL, 1.5 Sacks
CB Mitchell White-7 Tackles,
OLB Denicos Allen-9 Tackles, 2 TFL
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