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Defense Locked in to Fall Camp

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska football team completed its second day of fall camp on Tuesday, practicing outside the Hawks Championship Center on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in helmets and jerseys for just over two hours.

Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco addressed the media after practice.

"The guys are on fire for what they're doing. It's very important to them," Diaco said of the defense's focus. "They stay focused, they come to the meetings prepared, and they're able to translate the information from the meeting to the field."

On Chris Jones' injury, Diaco stated "How I felt was sad for Chris. I know Chris will be fine, Chris just has a process of time, but he'll be good as new soon enough. I feel badly that he was preparing very hard for him, but he'll be back 100 percent surely."

Diaco commented on the progress of Nebraska’s group of cornerbacks, including sophomores Eric Lee Jr. and Lamar Jackson.

"They're all working hard. We're very excited," Diaco said of the cornerbacks. "There's a lot to still do and evaluate, but the guys are working hard."

Senior Joshua Kalu is lining up at safety in 2017, after working at cornerback in his first three seasons. Diaco commented on Kalu’s natural ability at numerous positions.

"Joshua Kalu could play a myriad of different positions really, really well. We all collectively believe safety is his natural position. He would be a very good corner, maybe even a great corner, but there is no doubt in my mind that he is, and or will be, one of the best safeties in the country, if not the very best safety in the country."

"The safeties are our quarterback," Diaco said of the importance of the position. "When the safeties talk, everybody listens and they have that in our group. Their expectation is that much with our group."

On the defensive line, Diaco said "With Mick (Stoltenberg), there have been strides there intangibly. He's really developing as a leader for the unit, if not the team. Really appropriate sights and sounds, and that's consistent, that's day to day. He's cleaned up his fundamentals, he's improved in all areas."

The Huskers are back on the practice field on Wednesday morning as they continue their first week of training camp.


Cook Selected to 2017 AVCA Hall of Fame Class

Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook has been selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame class of 2017, the AVCA announced on Monday. The induction ceremony will be held at the 2017 AVCA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri in December.

Cook will enter the hall with fellow coaches Debbie Brown, Cecile Reynaud and Roseanne Wegrich. Their selections will bring the total number of AVCA Hall of Fame members to 77. He will join former Husker volleyball national champion coach Terry Pettit, who was inducted in 2009.

Cook finished his 17th season as the Huskers' head coach in 2016 and led the Huskers to their 11th conference title in his tenure and seventh NCAA semifinals appearance. Cook has won three national titles at Nebraska (2000, 2006 and 2015) and has 660 career wins in 24 years as a head coach, including 499 at Nebraska. His winning percentage in his 17 years at Nebraska (.885) is the best in the nation in that time, and he has been honored as a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and received the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award in 2008. Last year, he was honored as the AVCA Region Coach of the Year for the fifth time as the Huskers reached the NCAA semifinals for a second straight season.

“It’s a great honor to be part of the 2017 AVCA Hall of Fame class," Cook said. "While it is nice to be recognized by the AVCA, the true rewards of the coaching profession are the relationships I’ve developed over the years with my coaches, staff and student-athletes at Nebraska and Wisconsin, and the growth of the game of volleyball overall. I think this honor is a reflection of the program we’ve built here at Nebraska, and that is a credit to the whole athletic department and all of my coaches and players who have helped elevate this program throughout the years.”

While leading the Huskers to a 31-3 overall record last season and the program's second Big Ten title, Cook was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, his sixth career conference coaching honor. Cook's student-athletes have combined for 49 AVCA All-America awards and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, and five of his former Huskers have competed in the Olympics. His accomplishments off the court have been just as impressive. Nebraska volleyball has sold out 219 consecutive regular-season matches dating back to Cook's second season in 2001, and the Huskers have led the nation in attendance all four years since moving to the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013.

“What sets John apart from other exceptional coaches is the effort he made in trying to make women’s volleyball a premier collegiate sport,” Pettit said. “He has done this by promoting the sport on television, leading the country in attendance, by hosting regional and national NCAA events, by encouraging his peers to do everything possible to create an atmosphere that showcases women’s volleyball, and by leading one of the very few women’s programs in any sport to produce a net profit.”


Big Ten Announces 2017-18 Opponents

Lincoln – Home games against seven postseason qualifiers highlight Nebraska’s 2017-18 Big Ten opponents released Monday by the Big Ten Conference.

The slate includes home tilts with NCAA qualifiers Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena along with visits from NIT qualifiers Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

As part of the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, five teams (Illinois, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin) will serve as NU’s double-play opponents this season. The Huskers will face those five teams both in Lincoln and on the road.

In addition, all four of NU’s home single-play home opponents reached postseason play last year, including Big Ten postseason champion Michigan, along with Maryland, Iowa and Indiana. NU’s single-play road opponents feature a trip to Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue, along with treks to Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State.

In all, 13 of NU’s 18 Big Ten games will be against postseason qualifiers from last season. The Big Ten had seven 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifiers (Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin), including three teams that reached the NCAA Sweet 16.

The Big Ten schedule will begin the weekend of Dec. 1 with all 14 teams playing two games (one home/one away) between Dec. 1-5 before conference play resumes on Jan. 2. The Big Ten Tournament will take place beginning on Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Dates, times and TV for Big Ten Conference games will be announced later in the summer.

2017-18 Big Ten Opponents
Home Illinois

Penn State

Away at Illinois
at Michigan State
at Minnesota
at Northwestern
at Ohio State
at Penn State
at Purdue
at Rutgers
at Wisconsin


Big Ten Announces 2017-18 Conference Match-ups

Nebraska will play eight home games in a 16-game conference schedule against Big Ten opponents, including marquee home match-ups with Maryland, Ohio State, Iowa and Purdue during the 2017-18 season. The conference officially announced the home and away plays for all 14 Big Ten teams on Monday afternoon.

Dates, times and television information for all of Nebraska's conference games will be announced by the Big Ten at a later date.

Nebraska, under the direction of second-year coach Amy Williams, will face a challenging home Big Ten schedule that also includes battles with Michigan, Penn State, Illinois and Wisconsin. Nebraska's 16 regular-season home contests at Pinnacle Bank Arena also will include non-conference clashes with Arkansas (SEC, Nov. 16), Creighton (BIG EAST, Nov. 19), Clemson (ACC, Nov. 30) and Washington State (Pac-12, Dec. 22).

The Huskers will have 2017-18 Big Ten Conference double plays with Maryland, Iowa and Illinois, while also facing Michigan State, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern and Rutgers in single road games. Those eight conference road games will join a five-game non-conference road schedule for the Huskers that tips off with a pair of games at the 2017 San Juan Shootout (Buffalo, Nov. 24; Coastal Carolina, Nov. 25) and includes road trips to Kansas (Dec. 6), Drake (Dec. 9) and San Jose State (Dec. 17).

Nebraska will begin its 2017-18 season with a home exhibition game against Minnesota State on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska's 2017-18 Big Ten Home Opponents


Ohio State




Penn State



Nebraska's 2017-18 Big Ten Road Opponents

at Maryland

at Iowa

at Illinois

at Indiana

at Michigan State

at Minnesota

at Northwestern

at Rutgers

The complete list of Big Ten single-play and repeat opponents follows:


Home: Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers

Home/Away: Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue


Home: Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State

Home/Away: Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue


Home: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers

Home/Away: Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin


Home: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Purdue

Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers


Home: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue

Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State

Michigan State

Home: Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

Away: Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan


Home: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska

Away: Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers

Home/Away: Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin


Home: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers

Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland


Home: Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin

Ohio State

Home: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Penn State

Penn State

Home: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern

Away: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers


Home: Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin

Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State

Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Rutgers


Home: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska

Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Home/Away: Maryland, Penn State, Purdue


Home: Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers

Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue

Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern


Huskers Open Fall Camp

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska football team kicked off the 2017 season on Sunday with the start of fall camp, practicing outside the the Hawks Championship Center on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in helmets and jerseys for just over two hours. Head Coach Mike Riley, who is now on his third year with the Huskers, spoke with the media following practice to summarize the first day of practice "I think these rules are good. It's a little bit hard sometimes because of the enthusiasm for the first day is at a high level and you have to pull them back on the physical part of it. We don't have shoulder pads on so you don’t want a big collision. You have to practice appropriately when you are in the trenches, you got to be careful down the field. I think it’s still good to break in like this and get a little bit of a foundation before we put more gear on."

Coach Riley discussed the status of the Huskers’ cornerback group for 2017, following the off-season injury to senior Chris Jones.

"I think that as we go forward with the corners, they’re all young so their experience isn’t big but they are talented and they are smart so we’ll be looking for immediately is just being sound,” Riley said. “Just being real smart. I think that that’s going to be the way they give everybody the trust that they need for them to play. They understand their assignment, they understand what they have to take away at their position and that they are really sound down the field.” Coach Riley commented on senior Joshua Kalu’s versatility as a player.

“We understand we have a little bit of versatility with Josh. His experience at corner is good. We have been excited about his fit at safety. What he brings in that area and we like that look and we are hesitant to move it. We feel with three guys right now when you talk about Lamar [Jackson], Eric Lee, and [DiCaprio] Bootle that we will have those guys and see who else breaks into it as sound, smart, good football players.”

Coach Riley was pleased with the crisp work by the Husker offense on the first day of practice.

“I think the execution of the foundation of what we out in today. We put in parts of about two or three different series offensively and I thought it was pretty smooth. It was pretty clean, we were able to function on a pretty extensive team period and a pretty extensive interaction pass skeleton period and so I thought that what was pretty good.” The Huskers will continue fall camp practice again Monday morning.


Huskers Host Thousands for Fan Day/Movie Night

Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska football fans enjoyed great weather and a chance to meet and get autographs from the 2017 Huskers during Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Following the two-hour autograph opportunity that spanned from 6-8 p.m., fans stuck around for LEGO Batman Movie, which was shown on the new HuskerVision screen in North Stadium.

In addition to the players, Head Coach Mike Riley, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst and the rest of the coaching staff signed autographs and posed for photos during the annual event. Fans also had an opportunity to take photos with members of the Cheer Squad.

On Sunday morning, the Huskers begin Fall Camp, which leads up the regular-season opener against Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. (CT) and be televised on the Big Ten Network.

A limited number of season tickets for the 2017 football season remain, and fans may also purchase single-game tickets for the 2017 season. To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).


Huskers and adidas Unveil '97 Alternative Uniforms

The University of Nebraska and adidas Football today unveiled the new Husker ‘97 alternate football uniform, which will be worn Saturday, October 7 vs. Wisconsin. Inspired by the 1997 undefeated squad that went 13-0, the Husker ‘97 alternate football uniforms celebrate the 20th anniversary of the championship team that had an average margin of victory of 30 points and produced five All-Americans, a Lombardi Award winner and an Outland Trophy winner.

Developed in collaboration with the University of Nebraska athletic department, the Husker ’97 alternate uniforms seamlessly blend a retro design that pays tribute to Nebraska’s classic signature style with cutting-edge innovation.

Centered around a one-to-one recreation of the mesh jerseys worn during the 1990’s, adidas designers were able to recreate the visual aesthetic and texture of the traditional numbers by utilizing a new framis screen-printing technique that also allows for flexibility and movement. Additional detailing for the retro look includes the classic white pants and the traditional white Cornhuskers helmet that features a classic red “N” logo on the sides and accented with player numbers featured in red the back of the helmet.

The new Primeknit Husker ‘97 alternative uniform is at the forefront of design and innovation, providing players the perfect blend of style and technology for elite performance. Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels. The jersey's padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.

The Husker ‘97 theme continues on the TECHFIT compression baselayer with the “Huskers” wordmark prominently place on the chest and accented with traditional stripes on the sleeves to help replicate the look that old school jerseys. Additionally, the theme carries onto the black adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves, featuring a white oversized graphic of the “Huskers” moniker. The adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack for consistent control in all weather conditions. To complete the homage, the team will don all black adidas adizero and FREAK cleats.

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Kelsay, Taylor Captain 2017 Nebraska Hall of Fame Class

One of the most prolific passers in Husker history and one of the most disruptive defenders in the dominant Blackshirt defenses of the 1990s lead the 2017 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class.

Zac Taylor, a Husker co-captain and the 2006 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, shattered Nebraska passing records in his two seasons with the Huskers in 2005 and 2006. NU’s first 3,000-yard passer in a season is now entering his sixth season as an NFL assistant coach.

Chad Kelsay, a Husker co-captain as a senior rush end for the Blackshirts in 1998, was a menacing force on Coach Charlie McBride’s defensive front. Kelsay helped the Huskers to a pair of conference and national titles (1995, 1997). The first-team All-Big 12 performer on the field was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Joining Kelsay and Taylor in the group of four Husker Hall of Famers, are offensive linemen Donnie McGhee and Randy Theiss. McGhee was an All-Big Eight guard on Nebraska’s first national championship team under Coach Bob Devaney in 1970. Theiss was a rare three-year starter on the O-line for the Huskers in the early 1980s, earning third-team All-America honors as a starter in 1982. He helped the O-line pave the way for the 1982 Huskers to lead the nation in scoring, total offense and rushing. Theiss was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Wayne State All-American Brad Ottis adds an impressive state college presence to the 2017 induction class. Ottis produced arguably the best season by a defensive player in Wildcat history as a senior in 1993, when he earned All-America honors from his defensive end spot with 14 sacks and 124 yards in losses. He led Wayne State to a 9-1 record in 1993, before being chosen in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He went on to play 81 games in the NFL.

The Hall also will recognize Tom and Rhonda Peed of Lincoln with its Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award. Long-time Nebraska Athletic Department administrators Chris Anderson and Pat Logsdon will be honored with the Lyell Bremser Special Merit Awards.

The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened its headquarters in Atlanta in 2014.

Prior to 2015, players must have been either an All-American or first-team all-conference selection to make the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame ballot. Beginning in 2015, Huskers who earned second-team all-conference honors dating back to the expansion of the Big Eight to the Big 12 (1996) and now the 14-team Big Ten, will be eligible. Players are not eligible for the ballot until after a 10-year waiting period from the end of their collegiate careers. Major national award winners earn automatic induction. Active NFL players are not on the ballot.

This year’s Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class will celebrate together with an induction dinner on the University of Nebraska campus on Friday, Sept. 15. The class will be introduced prior to Nebraska’s football game with Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16.The 2017 InducteesDonnie McGhee (1968-69-70) - A first-team All-Big Eight offensive lineman, Donnie McGhee was a three-year letterman for the Huskers. McGhee weighed nearly 300 pounds early in his Husker career, but shed weight and showed exceptional agility in paving the way as a strong run blocker and pass protector for the Big Red. In his only year as a starter, the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder earned All-Big Eight honors from the Omaha World-Herald while helping the Huskers to their first national title under Coach Bob Devaney. With McGhee helping the Husker offensive line from the guard position, Nebraska rolled up 410.6 yards per game in total offense, including 223.8 on the ground and 186.8 through the air to average 35.7 points per game. McGhee went on to earn his bachelor’s degree as an elementary education and teaching major at Nebraska in 1971. He earned his master’s degree in personnel management from Central Michigan University in 1982, and currently works as a manager at Honda of America in Urbana, Ohio. He and his wife, Ruby, have a daughter, Donna, and a son, Roland. McGhee, who graduated from Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich., was inducted into the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Randy Theiss (1980-81-82) - A rare three-year starter on the Nebraska offensive line in the early 1980s, Randy Theiss (pronounced TICE) was an AP third-team All-America offensive tackle as a senior in 1982. The 6-3, 256-pounder out of Lindbergh High School in St. Louis was a first-team All-Big Eight choice as a senior, after claiming second-team all-conference accolades as a junior. Theiss helped the Huskers lead the nation in total offense (518.6 yards per game), rushing offense (394.3 ypg) and scoring with 41.1 points per game in 1982. The Huskers also ranked second nationally in rushing offense with 330.5 yards per game in 1981. Theiss started for Nebraska’s Freshman Team in 1978, before redshirting in 1979. He earned a starting job on the O-line as a sophomore in 1980. In addition to his success on the field, Theiss stood out in the classroom by earning first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior in 1981. He added second-team Academic All-America recognition as a senior in 1982. Theiss earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska in 1983. He is currently the managing director of institutional municipal sales with Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.

Chad Kelsay (1995-96-97-98) - A rush end on Nebraska’s 1995 and 1997 national championship teams for Coach Tom Osborne, Chad Kelsay (pronounced KELL-see) was a co-captain of the 1998 Huskers led by Frank Solich. Kelsay earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior from the Kansas City Star, while adding second-team accolades from the conference coaches and media. He was also a star in the classroom, capturing first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1998, after earning second-team Academic All-America recognition as a junior. On the field, Kelsay appeared in 46 games with 22 starts in his career. He finished with 149 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, while forcing five fumbles and making three recoveries. He added 38 quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups and one interception as one of the leaders of outstanding Blackshirt units led by Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride. Those defenses helped the Huskers roll to a 45-6 record during Kelsay’s four years in Lincoln, while claiming a pair of conference and national titles. Kelsay, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder from Auburn, Neb., was chosen in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He spent the 1999 season with the Steelers before playing with the St. Louis Rams in 2000. As a senior, Kelsey moved to right rush end and started all 12 games opposite Mike Rucker as the book ends of a dominant defensive line. Kelsey finished with 72 tackles as a senior, including 14 for loss with five sacks. He added 13 quarterback hurries, while notching the only interception of his career against Washington. He was the 1998 Nebraska Lifter of the Year. Kelsay earned his bachelor’s degree as a finance major at Nebraska in May of 1999. He is currently the vice president of sales for Truck Center Companies in Omaha.

Zac Taylor (2005-06) - One of the most prolific passers in Nebraska football history, Zac Taylor capped his Husker career by being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year while earning first-team all-conference honors in 2006. The two-year letterman from Norman, Okla., was also voted a team co-captain as a senior. Taylor, who ranks third in Husker history with 5,850 passing yards despite playing just two seasons at quarterback for the Big Red, completed 470-of-821 passes with 45 career touchdowns. As a senior, Taylor threw for a then-record 3,197 yards while completing 233-of-391 passes. He also threw for a record 26 touchdowns in 2006. He was the first Husker in history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. As a junior, Taylor threw for 2,653 yards, including a then-Nebraska record 431 yards in a double-overtime win over Iowa State. Overall, Taylor started 26 consecutive games as NU’s quarterback to close his career. He also led the Huskers to the Big 12 North Division title in 2006. Taylor came to Nebraska after earning second-team NJCAA All-America honors while leading Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., to the national championship game. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder out of Norman High School began his collegiate career at Wake Forest, redshirting as a freshman in 2002 before serving in a backup role in 2003. Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in May of 2007. He spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and spent the 2007 CFL season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. From 2008 to 2011, Taylor worked as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, before serving as an assistant quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins from 2013 to 2015, where he also served as offensive coordinator in 2015. He moved to Cincinnati in 2016, working as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will spend the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Rams as an assistant wide receivers coach. Taylor and his wife, Sarah Sherman, have three children, Brooks, Luke and Emma Claire.

2017 Hall of Famer from the State College RanksBrad Ottis (Wayne State, 1990-91-92-93) - Brad Ottis (pronounced AH-tiss) was arguably the most dominant defensive player to ever play football for Wayne State. The All-American defensive end finished his Wildcat career as the school’s all-time leader with 45 sacks among his 217 tackles. As a junior in 1992, Ottis registered a staggering 17 sacks for 132 yards lost among his 57 total tackles. He added 14 more sacks for 124 yards lost among his career-high 82 tackles as a senior, despite facing constant double teams. With Ottis leading the defense for Coach Dennis Wagner, and quarterback Brett Salisbury and receiver Byron Chamberlain leading the offense, the Wildcats produced the best season in school history with a 9-1 record in 1993. Ottis earned All-America honors after being selected as the defensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska NCAA Division II football team, before being invited to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Christmas Day. He also played in the Senior Bowl. Ottis was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft (56th overall pick), seven picks after former Husker Toby Wright went to the Rams. After playing 13 games in Los Angeles, Ottis moved with the Rams to St. Louis in 1995. In 1996, he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals, making one start and totaling 24 tackles. He spent five seasons with the Cardinals, culminating with 11 starts and a career-high 38 tackles in 2000. He played in 81 career NFL games with 23 starts. The Fremont Bergan graduate who was born in Wahoo was inducted into the Wayne State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Ottis returned to the Midwest following his NFL career to play with the Sioux City Bandits in the professional indoor football league for several years. He currently resides in Norfolk and serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Wayne State.


Football Fan Day and Movie Night Set for Saturday

Nebraska fans are encouraged to come to Memorial Stadium on Saturday night for Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular, followed by Family Movie Night.

Nebraska Football Fan Day will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Fan Day is annually the best opportunity for fans to meet and greet the Nebraska football players, coaches and staff before preseason practice begins on Sunday morning. For the second straight year, the 2017 Fan Day will again be two full hours.

Following the completion of Fan Day at 8 p.m., fans will be asked to allow players and football staff to leave the field to continue their schedule for the day. Fans will be temporarily moved to the West Stadium stands to allow workers to remove the tables and chairs from the field prior to the movie beginning on the new HuskerVision screen in North Stadium at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Fans will be asked to exit Memorial Stadium following the conclusion of the playing of the movie. Fans coming for the movie can bring blankets and strollers for the event, but chairs are prohibited.

During the movie night, fans may sit in the designated sections of the Memorial Stadium stands to stay cool or sit on the playing field. Pepsi products, water and Gatorade will be available for sale, while free popcorn will be provided for the movie at the conclusion of Fan Day while supplies last. Because of the football practice on Sunday, no food will be allowed on the stadium turf, and no outside food or beverage can be brought into the stadium for Fan Day/Movie Night.

For Fan Day, Nebraska fans will be able to enter Memorial Stadium through four gates--Gates 3 (SW), 11 (NW), 15 (NE) and 24 (SE), with gates opening at 6 p.m.

The majority of players and coaches will be seated at various locations on the field, with true freshmen located in the stands in the West Stadium. Defensive position groups will primarily be seated along the West sideline, receivers, offensive line and specialists on the East sideline and quarterbacks and running backs in the North end zone. Assistant coaches will be seated with their respective position groups. A more detailed map is attached and available on Huskers.com.

Nebraska fans are asked to respect players and coaches, as well as other fans by limiting their autograph requests to one item per player or coach. Any apparel items fans are wishing to have autographed should be in hand, rather than being worn. These policies will help accommodate as many fans as possible within the Fan Day time window.

Also as a reminder, autographs obtained for players and coaches are for personal use only. Any re-sale of an autographed item is prohibited and re-sale of an item with a student-athlete’s signature could jeopardize the player’s eligibility.

Autograph cards with a full 2017 roster, unsigned Coach Mike Riley autograph cards and other items will be available for fans at the gates. Free 2017 posters will be available from the Husker Team Shop tent on the field.

Parking will be available for fans in lots on campus around Memorial Stadium. Fans can park for free in the 14th& Avery parking garage, the Stadium Drive Parking Garage, Lot 5 northeast of Memorial Stadium and Lot 11 at the north end of the walking bridge outside of Memorial Stadium.

Fans will have access to restrooms on the ground level, near gates 2, 15 and 24. Fans will not have access to the Osborne Athletic Complex.

A limited number of season tickets for the 2017 football season remain, and fans may also purchase single-game tickets for the 2017 season. To order tickets, visit Huskers.com/tickets or call 1-800-8 BIG RED during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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Kyle Peterson name head coach for 60th Shrine Bowl


LINCOLN, NE Today, the coaches for the 2018 Shrine Bowl of Nebraska were selected. The following Nebraska High School football coaches will represent the North and South teams respectively:
HC: Mike Huffman – Bellevue West
AC: Andrew Christensen – Fort Calhoun
AC: Tim Williams – Waverly
AC: Dan Kajicek – Yutan
AC: Ted Hennings – Creighton Prep
AC: Mike Pokoski – Bellevue West

HC: Kyle Peterson – Aurora
AC: Reed Manstedt – Crete
AC: Ryan Kearney – Pius X
AC: Rashawn Harvey – Kearney Catholic
AC: Tim Elge – Aurora
AC: Wade Milller – Seward

Bellevue West Head Football Coach and MFCA Coach of the Year Mike Huffman, who coached the Bellevue Thunderbirds to the 2016 Class A NSAA State Championship, will lead the North team on the sidelines. Following the announcement, Huffman said, “I am extremely excited and humbled by this opportunity. For as long as I can remember, the Shrine Bowl has been the marquee event in our state and to be part of the 60th game is an unbelievable honor.” Huffman continued, “The opportunity to share the game of football with the greatest collection of talent and character that the State of Nebraska has to offer and to walk alongside these young men as they realize it’s not really about the game but about the children we are helping is a life changing privilege.”

Aurora Head Football Coach Kyle Peterson, who assisted the South team in 2011, will return this year as Head Coach to guide the South on the gridiron. Peterson said, “It is such an incredible honor to coach the Shrine Bowl. My experience as an assistant in 2011 was truly memorable playing for such a fantastic cause.” “Now in its 60th year, this game has given so many young men a glimpse into the lives of children less fortunate than themselves. It is a blessing to be able to share that experience with the 2018 team!” remarked Peterson.

The 60th annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska game will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney, Nebraska on Saturday, June 2. All proceeds from the game benefit Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.