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#511691 early Dec signing day update

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 19 December 2019 - 03:52 PM

so, my initial thoughts are that this staff did one hell of a job closing in the final week.  wow.  and that's after back to back 4-win seasons.  


they signed more 4-stars than the school ever has before


I also like that they did a good job of trying to continue to balance out the roster not only at various positions, but also with some JUCOs to balance the classes


they also seemed to do a good job of addressing immediate/urgent needs, like athleticism and bodies at ILB and OLB, and more bodies for the WR room and particularly a couple of bigger WR targets




Logan Smothers


They took the QB they wanted early, it will be interesting to see how he develops in Lincoln, but as an early enrollee he should at least be available next fall for his 4 games to keep his redshirt





Sevion Morrison

Marvin Scott III


2 nice pickups here by Held, and a couple of different body types as well.  Scott is shorter (5-9) and heavier and SF has already said he's ready to play right now.  It will be interesting to see how they use both of these RBs next fall.  Will they try to keep both of their redshirts?  that's going to be tough to do with only Mills and Rhamir Johnson returning (although it sounds as if Ronald Tompkins might be recovered from his knee cleanup to play in spring ball).  I wouldnt be surprised to see one of both of these guys play next season.  




none.  no TEs were lost to graduation, and NU returns Stoll, Allen, Rafdal (if he stays), Hickman, and transfer Vokalek becomes eligible as well.




JUCO Omar Manning

Will Nixon

Marcus Fleming

Alante Brown

Zavier Betts


wow.  you have to like how they finished this WR class.  lock up the best player in state in Betts who also happens to be a big body WR that your team desperately needs.  They add a coaches son in Nixon, a 10.4 100m kid in Fleming, a prep school WR in Brown who played QB in high school, and you add in the #1 JUCO WR who also happens to be a beast at 6-2 or bigger and 220 lbs or bigger.  If Betts qualifies (now they're saying he will sign tomorrow), I wouldnt be surprised to see him skip a redshirt as a backup to new starting WR Manning.  Brown is someone they can put all over the field as a DUCK-R, and Fleming has speed you simply cant coach.  very nice WR class




Turner Corcoran

Alex Conn


with no players lost to graduation, the staff could afford to be picky for their OL recruits.  Getting a top 100 national player in Corcoran is a good way to be selective.  Conn is no slouch either.  Both should redshirt considering the huge OL class last year that will be ahead of them.  Corcoran enrolling early may give him a chance to see playing time, though.  




Nash Hutmacher

Marquis Black

JUCO Jordan Riley

JUCO Pheldarious Payne



NU graduated their entire 3 starting front, plus 2 more non-contributors.  They did a good job of inserting some experienced (JUCO) talent and some prep talent.  Riley and Payne the staff will try to get up to speed quickly to be in the rotation next fall.  Hutmacher and Black have big upsides but should redshirt





Blaise Gunnerson

Jimari Butler

JUCO Niko Cooper


Butler is a former basketball player who only recently started playing football.  He has a great frame and lots of potential and will likely redshirt.  JUCO Niko Cooper will be thrown into the mix right away as a pass rusher on the outside.  Gunnerson if he gets healthy has potential to skip a redshirt.  NU returns Nelson, Domann, and Tannor, but they need more bodies and more pass rushing ability.  




JUCO Eteva Mauga

Keyshawn Greene

Issac Gifford


With all 3 of these kids signing in the final week, it was a good job by the staff.  Mauga was under the radar until Held found him and then suddenly he's a 4 star.  He seems like an interesting project as well, since I think he grew something like 3 inches and 40 lbs his 2 years at JUCO.  Greene was a late decommit from FSU due to their coaching change and then committed on his visit a few days before signing day.  Greene has speed you cant teach.  He ran a 4.49 laser timed 40 at camp, the fastest mark in the country for a LB.  yes, the fastest time in the country for a LB.  was there ever a time these past few years where we wish our LBs were maybe a step or two faster?  this guy is that guy.  Gifford could grow as well and turn into a better LB than his brother was.  anyway, these guys greatly increase the athleticism at the inside LB spot, which should help immensely with covering TEs and RBs and also on the blitz.  





Tamon Lynum

Ronald Delancy

Henry Gray

Jaiden Francois



another wow.  Fisher gets his work done largely under the radar but damn he is giving Held a run for his money on the recruiting trail.  Fisher helped pull 7 kids out of FL for this cycle including all 4 of his DBs.  I dont know who is going to play CB and who is going to be a S and nobody else probably does, either.  all 4 of these kids are talented.  It's going to be hard for any of them to burn a redshirt but if they're good enough, they will.  I bet one of them will for special teams and as a backup and to help balance out the classes in the DB room.  nothing to complain about here.  



10 offense, 14 defense  



something else to not overlook is how big of an impact this class could have on NU's special teams next year.  Yes, a couple of guys, Fleming, Brown, could be PR or KR, but I'm talking about all of the DBs and LBs they can now throw onto the field to cover kicks and punts.  NU's special teams used to be filled with a mix of starters and backups, but all kids who could run and hit.  NU has had such depth and talent issues for a while now that special teams sucks, as we saw last season.  having a lot more LB/DB bodies to put onto the field will help a ton.


overall, it's pretty tough to even pick nits with this class.  


second 4 win season in a row shouldnt get you a top 20 ranked recruiting class.  but they did it.  now let's see the coaches develop them

#511524 NU football 2020 roster analysis

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 02 December 2019 - 02:22 PM

NU will probably end up taking a full class of 25 recruits this cycle, if they can find enough quality prospects to fill the class, anyway.  


I fully expect them to save 2-3 schollies for late JUCO targets and grad transfers as well.  


here where things stand now, in regards to what positions they have commitments from:


QB - 1

RB - 2

WR - 2

TE - 0

OL - 2

DL - 2

LB - 3

DB - 3


that's a total of 15, so I'd expect another 7-8 more probably


QB is done.  I think they may add another RB to replace Mo Washington. They will probably take 1-2 more targets at WR especially if they're taller/bigger body types.  They may not sign a TE in this cycle since they return all of their TEs.  OL they have 2 and I think they want to add one more but not if it's a reach.  DL I think they'll look to add one or two more, maybe a JUCO.  At LB they're adding 2 JUCOs but they're still looking to add another prep LB to two to the class, and/or maybe another JUCO.  (keep in mind that the two JUCO LB commits are 4 years to play 3 type of guys, so not your typical 2 year JUCO, imo this is a nice way to get them more time in your program and to help balance the scholarship numbers).  DB will probably add one more.  


so, 1 RB, 2 WR, 1 OL, 1 DL, 2 LB, 1 DB totals 8


I think the staff is also willing to take any of their top targets or highly regarded kids regardless of position.  


with the recent coaching changes the staff may also be able to get a few guys on campus that were originally committed to other schools.  


so far with their first two recruiting classes, I think the staff has done a good job at fixing the depth at OL and DB (keep in mind OL recruits take time to physically develop) but they're still trying to address LB.  Also, washouts and misses at RB and WR are making those groups scary thin right now.  


plus they can hold 2-3 schollies back for grad transfers.  maybe a big WR will need a change of scenery.  or maybe an ILB and an OLB, lol.

#511515 NU football 2020 roster analysis

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 02 December 2019 - 10:34 AM

now that another disappointing season is in the books, let's take a look at the roster of returning players for next year



QB - Martinez, Vedral, McCaffrey, Bunch 


between those 3 returning players the QB position should be decent for next year.  I'm hoping that AM was battling some undisclosed injury all season to explain his inaccuracy and hesitancy, but then again it's not like the OL and WRs did him any favors, either.  most likely we'll see incoming frosh Smothers as well but he will almost certainly redshirt.  I expect AM to be the starter again but this time around I think that McCaffrey will push him a bit in the spring and fall.  I fully expect McCaffrey to pass Vedral as the #2 QB soon.  


RB - Mills, Rhamir Johnson, Ronald Tompkins, Brody Belt, Jaylin Bradley


I wouldnt be surprised if Bradley is no longer on the team come spring ball.  He saw less touches than walkons Belt and Mazour.  Tompkins has reportedly had a setback with his knee recovery so hopefully that was only a minor deal but at this point after 2 knee surgeries in 3 years you probably have to figure that anything you can get out of him before his career is done is a bonus.  I dont want to count the kid out and I hope he fully recovers and is still the same player or better, but history for knee surgeries and RBs isnt good.  Hopefully with a year in S&C Johnson can hold up a bit better.  I fully expect Mo Washington to never return.  I think we'll see next year's incoming frosh RBs get a shot at playing time but most likely the staff will try to use them in 4 games and save their redshirts.  I think that Mills can be an every down back for sure and Johnson is a great change of pace back right now but it would be nice to see a bit more depth (and experience)


WR - Wandale Robinson, Spielman, Nance, McQuitty, Houston, Darien Chase, Kade Warner, Woodyard? (I thought I had read Woodyard might be able to use this year as a redshirt year but if so I'm guessing he may grad transfer elsewhere for more playing time)


so, this is an interesting position group.  my issue heading into the season was that they had recruited all short slot WRs and nobody to play outside.  Noa was a slot guy at Cal, Spielman has been in the slot his entire career, Robinson is a slot WR, etc.  anyway it's also an extreme disappointment that not a single player stepped up at WR this season (maybe Hunt was that guy before he was dimissed).  none of Nance, Houston, Chase could see the field?  hell the staff moved true frosh TE Hickman to WR to get a big body out there for blocking.  Anyway, this is a group where any newcomers could step in and immediately earn a starting job on the outside (maybe omaha's Betts?  or maybe JUCO Manning?, let's hope).  expect Robinson and Spielman to have their reps limited in the spring to get healed, which will hopefully allow an opportunity for some other WRs to get more practice time and maybe someone, anyone, can do something.  


TE - Stoll, Allen, Rafdal, Vokalek, Hickman


It's a disappointment that the TEs werent used more, but I understand considering the limitations of the offense this year.  Still, considering how shitty the WR production was outside of 2 players, it would have been nice to see the TEs pick up the slack.  All 3 TEs return that were productive last year, and Hickman returns as well although I wonder if the staff will leave him at WR for spring ball?  Also dont sleep on Rutgers transfer Vokalek, he's probably the most physically and athletically gifted of all of the TEs on the roster but he had to sit out last season.  I think this is a deep and talented group.  


OL - Jaimes, Farniok, Farniok, Wilson, Jurgens, Hixson, Raridon, Bando, Benhart, Piper, Sichterman, Matt Anderson, Micael Lynn, Jimmy Fritzsche, Brant Banks, Gaylord? (could apply for a 6th year and would likely get one, and I think there will be room on the roster for a 6th year senior OT)


here is where things get interesting, and while the OL was a major, major source of NU's offensive struggles this past season, the list above looks good on paper.  The interesting thing to watch in spring and more likely fall camp is to see how much the youngsters push the veterans.  Right now all 5 starting OL return but if I were a betting man I'd bet the starting lineup in the first game will be significantly different.  I could easily see Benhart or Gaylord (if he recovers and gets back to game speed soon enough) become the starter at RT allowing Farniok to move inside to OG.  I also think that between Bando and Piper that Hixson's days are numbered as a starting OG.  Jurgens improved by the end of the season and should only continue to get better.  There is a lot of young talent in this group and hopefully some of them like Banks, W Farniok, can push for backup jobs.  Considering how many frosh and soph there are in this group a lot can happen in the weight room and the training table in the offseason we may see one of these kids work himself into the two deep or we could see one or more of them eat themselves out of a scholarship.  


DL - Keem Green, Mosai Newsome, Chris Walker, Wildeman, Damion Daniels, Stille, Deontre Thomas, Casey Rogers, Ty Robinson


DL was probably the deepest group on the team this past season and considering NU is graduating all 3 starters there is bound to be somewhat of a dropoff.  However, there is quite a bit of experience returning, the difference will be how far along the younger players have come to at least be decent enough backups to spell the starters.  That was one of the big reasons the DL performed well at times last season and that was because they could sub in Stille/Thomas/Daniels and not really have much of a dropoff if any.  Right now it looks like we'll see Damion Daniels and Ty Robinson manning the NT spot although I think we'll see Green slide there on occasion as well.  Your most likely starters at DE are Stille and Thomas who both have plenty of experience.  The story here will be which of the younger players earns the backup jobs between Newsom, Wildeman, Rogers, Walker


ILB - Honas, Miller, Nick Heinrich, Garret Snodgrass, Jackson Hannah, Luke Reimer


so, it was quite obvious in several games this season that our ILBs lack altheticism and speed and coverage skills in general.  Honas I thought improved steadily throughout the season, and same for Miller.  It sounds like Hrinrich and Hannah were banged up.  Reimer was a great surprise as a walkon.  If the commit sticks, there will be at least one JUCO being thrown into the mix as well, which is a very good thing here.  Anyway, right now Honas and Miller are at the front of the line to be your starters, and considering all the rest of the group will be redshirt frosh, I expect it to stay that way.  But, I'm hoping that one or two of the young guys will stand out as a backup to those top two, or maybe even develop or be used as a third down ILB.  keep an eye on walkon Reimer, as he seemed to have the best instincts of all of them, he probably just needs time in S&C.  but yeah, right now on paper this group scares me a little bit considering how abused our ILBs were in pass coverage and in run fits most of the season


OLB - Domann, Nelson, Tannor, David Alston, Jamin Graham



Nelson improved by the end of the season and if he doesnt grow into a DE I could see him being a better version of Gifford already in his second year.  We dont have another big body OLB right now, though.  If he sticks there is a very interesting JUCO OLB prospect that may join the group as well.  Domann is one of our better LBs if not the best, he'll probably be a starter next year unless he pisses off the staff by skipping some of fall camp again.  Tannor I thought was improved but it seems like he needs to put on some weight.  there's also a chance that some of the DBs from last year could grow into an OLB, like Myles Farmer, at some point.  I'm not sure Alston saw the field as a redshirt frosh and Graham redshirted with an injury, I believe.  Need more depth and more talent here, and it's obvious to everyone they need a better pass rush from the OLB.  Maybe Nelson can become that.  


S - Deontai Williams, Dismuke, Pola-Gates, Farmer, Sullivan, Stalbird


I think the loss of Williams in the first game of the season really messed up the secondary, but I think they patched things together pretty well.  Williams should be back and healthy and he and Dismuke should make for a great S pair.  walkons Sullivan and Stalbird provide depth and great special teams play.  Taylor-Brit can always play S as well if needed as can Bootle.  Hopefully Pola-Gates recovers from his injury quickly to get into the mix as a backup safety because there's no experienced depth behind the projected starters


CB - Bootle, Taylor-Brit, Clark, Newsome, Tony Butler, Javin Wright


pretty decent returning group here with Bootle and Cam having plenty of starting experience.  Clark got a lot of time as a backup CB this year and should improve as well.  Newsome played all season on special teams and will probably battle for the other backup CB spot.  Butler has been on a milk carton his entire career here and Wright was a frosh who I think got dinged up and redshirted.  pretty solid group here as long as most of them stay healthy.  


special special teams


not even sure I want to go into this.  I am hopeful that Damion Jackson (former navy seal just in case you didnt catch that the first 27,000 times it's been mentioned the past 3-4 years, continues to learn to be a long snapper and can win the job.  


we need a new punter, maybe we can use one of the 17 kickers we used this past season?  ah fuck it, let Frost find his punter from the rugby club team.  



#511514 Frost criticism

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 02 December 2019 - 09:01 AM

I'm absolutely not saying SF or any of his staff should be fired, and I think most understand that no major staff changes will take place this offseason.


anyway, I just wanted to point out that this is only SF's 4th year as a head coach, and only his second at a P5 program.  he's certainly deserving of criticism in a number of areas in regards to how he's handled this team, the roster, the S&C, the playcalling, the clock and game management, the redshirts, etc


my guess is that some of the best improvements in the offseason will be how SF and staff evaluate themselves.  


#511421 sort of mid-season ramblings

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 04 November 2019 - 08:55 AM

QB - So/So/Fr (no other upperclassmen)


RB - Fr/Jr (JUCO transfer)/Fr (Jr non-contributor) (also note that Im putting WanDale here since he now appears to be our starting RB and starting WR)


WR - FR (Wandale again), Jr (Spielman), So (Warner), Sr (grad transfer) also 2 other Srs, 4 Fr, 1 So


TE - Jr/So/So 


LT - Jr/So

LG - So/So

C - RFr/RFr

RG - Jr/Jr

RT - Jr/Fr


NT - Sr (grad transfer), So


DE - Sr/Jr

DE - Sr/So


OLB - Sr/Fr

OLB - So/Jr


ILB - Sr/Jr

ILB - Jr/Fr


CB - Sr/RFr

CB - Jr/Fr


S - So/Sr

S - Jr/So




looking at this, I'm not seeing a lot of upperclassmen, and the ones that I do are probably not playing that great.  where is the internal upperclassman leadership?  There is none.  


the only way this team will improve on offense is with a better OL, and that takes development and S&C time.  however, I would not be surprised in the least to see the OL look different next season even with all 5 starters returning.  There's a chance that Benhart and Piper can make big moves in the offseason and earn starting spots next season.  


as for the defense, the DL has been ok this season, but the LB play has been horrible to the point that opposing coaches have openly called it out as their gameplan.  that can only be fixed through recruiting.  


the team is young and the coaches are learning on the job as well.  


I think SF will get it done, it's just going to take time.  

#511344 sort of mid-season ramblings

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 15 October 2019 - 02:32 PM

defensively, we have an experienced DL, but it seems like they're getting worn down.  I also think they're not as good as we thought since they went against the Husker OL all fall camp.  


I'm ok with the current DL rotation, hard to play redshirt frosh over seniors unless they're just out of this world and that's tough to do on the DL just as it is on the OL


my corncern (lol) with the defense before the season and definitely now is the LB.  Barry has great heart but I think he plays the worst out of the 3 ILB.  Miller to me seems to be playing the worst but for the most part I think the LB play overall has been poor.  ILBs are making poor run fits and OLBs arent doing much of anything.  I do think that Tannor has improved, but part of the problem on defense is there really isnt a player that the opponent has to gameplan for.  


I thought the secondary is much improved this season although they still have a long ways to go but we're also starting our nickel/backup CB at S because we lost our best most talented S in the first game of the year.  


anyway, it would be nice to see them work Robinson, Rogers, Wildeman in a bit, and also use Keem Green for the final 2-3 games of the season or whatever to preserve his redshirt.  


at LB, I think after 1.5 years of minimal production it's time to bench alex davis.  I realize the coaches like him because he does his job of holding the edge, but that's all he fucking does, he doesnt make a tackle or make a play.  ever.  put Nelson in since you already decided to burn his redshirt and let him learn on the job and make mistakes.  play Domann more.  play Tannor more.  the problem is that our OLBs are undersized (as are our ILBs to a certain extrent) and against run heavy teams we have to play a lot of alex davis instead of tannor/domann vs spread teams.  


right now LB recruiting has got to be a huge priority.  those are the guys who clean up the mess and make all of the tackles.  doesnt matter how good our DL or secondary is if our LBs suck because teams will just run all over us


the young talent in the secondary looks good.  the young talent on the DL looks good.  LB scares me a bit.  


is there a "fix" for the defense this season?  I dont think so.  


but, from my viewpoint, it does appear that a number of kids, especially the secondary, has really embraced their job of trying to get turnovers.  so there's progress.  


right now, though, Iowa and Wisky are going to run all over this defense and it's going to be scary.  

#511343 sort of mid-season ramblings

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 15 October 2019 - 02:21 PM

let's look at the roster again:


LT - Jaimes, Bando

LG - Hixson, Bando, Raridon

OC - Jurgens, W Farniok, Piper

RG - Wilson, Sichterman

RT - M Farniok, Benhart


Wilson, Jaimes and Farniok are Jrs, and Farniok is prob better suited at OG than OT but we have no other OTs so he's stuck there


Hixon is a walkon soph who's starting.  not a senior walkon, but a soph walkon.  


Jurgens is a redshirt frosh making his first ever snaps at OC, backing him up is another redshirt frosh and a true frosh.


We've seen all season that these guys arent cutting it.  3 of them are returning starters and while Hixson looked horrible and was benched against Minny, from what I saw Jurgens was our best OL this past Sat.  The upperclassmen OL need to step up.  


so, the OL is dogshit and wont be fixed this season unless Benhart comes along fast enough to play in the final 4 games and move Farniok inside to RG.  



at QB we have AM who is not the problem.  but at least the fans saw that Vedral isnt the answer either, at least not behind this OL.  I personally think that AM is trying to do too much and make the best/perfect play every time since he knows that his OL sucks and they arent going to be able to sustain drives.  but who knows.  he could also be nursing an injury that nobody knows about.  



at RB we have Mo, Mills, Wandale, and that's pretty much it.  Mo seems like he's disappeared or checked out the past few games, not sure if it's because of the injury or attitude.  I've heard he isnt the fondest of getting in the weight room and I think that's part of the message the coaching staff is trying to get across to him this season, pointing out that he's letting his teammates down because he's banged up because he didnt push himself hard enough in the offseason.  Mills looked like crap the first couple of games but then started to be more patient and has done a decent job of finding the occasional hole when the OL actually manages to open one up.  Wandale looks good, let's hope we dont run him into the ground the second half of the season.  Rhamir Johnson will play in two more games, although I think they should just burn his shirt now.  They've got two new RB recruits coming in next season, no need to save redshirts now, at least not for guys who can get valuable game reps to get them better prepared for next season.  



WR is another huge problem.  we have a roster of slot WR and no outside threat.  maybe we'll see a difference with Warner out there now.  he's actually a legit outside WR although he doesnt scare defenses he runs his routes correctly and he's where he should be.  and he blocks well.  I would like to see the staff give the younger WRs some more opportunities as it doesnt seem like it can get much worse from a production standpoint.  but again it also seems to be an experience issue as the only Sr is grad transfer Noa (who iirc did most of his production out of the slot at Cal), who hasnt done much, meanwhile we have our juco transfers williams and woodyard who are also busts at this point.  not one of the frosh can step up?  


anyway, offensively it's a very young and inexperienced team, and the OL, for probably the 20th year in a row, lacks top end talent and depth.  


next year the entire OL returns, not sure that's all good news, though, but more importantly it will get the young kids another year, but I dont think our OL/DL play is going to be strong enough to contend for the CCG for at least another 2-3 years.  

#507594 MSU postmortem

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 20 November 2018 - 10:59 AM

agree on practice.  the kids who actually need the practice time are either hurt (backups, frosh, etc like JUCO LB Honas, but also players like CJ Smith, CamRon Jones, WIldeman, Jurgens, Rogers, etc) and there's really no point, imo, to a bunch more practices with the departing seniors.  again, it would have been nice to send the seniors off with a bowl game, but this team also didn't have a bye week and is banged up (as are most or all teams this time of year) and probably need some time off.  personally I don't see the point in more practice reps for D Young at LB, 3 seniors at safety, etc.  we need backups like Raridon, Hixon, little Farniok etc getting reps on the OL.  and what about RB?  Mo Washington is banged up, Oz and Wilbon are seniors and Bradley is in the doghouse or out of shape due to dealing with some family/personal issues, and Miles Jones is out after surgery.  there's going to be 3 or more new faces at RB by the start of fall camp, so three more weeks with the guys on the roster now isn't going to do much for the overall offensive development imo.  and with the early enrollees and JUCOs, this team will look different in the spring than it does now. 


this staff is still catching up from being behind in recruiting, these next few weeks will be their chance to get caught up and then get ahead a little bit.  2019 class needs to round out as best as possible due to the high numbers of kids they'll take (I've heard as high as 30) and because of how dire the needs are at several positions across the roster for both depth and starting talent.  (plus the schedule is very favorable next season and NU should be able to make a nice run if they can plug some holes/gaps this offseason)


we're going to see a few more players leave in the offseason, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a big class again for 2020 and there appears to be a better than usual crop of players in the border states for that year so SF and staff need to get that going as quickly as possible. 


even with a loss against Iowa this team would have finished 4-2 after starting 0-6 so theres a lot of progress and excitement to sell for this 2019 recruiting class. 

#507592 MSU postmortem

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 19 November 2018 - 08:58 AM

well, NU managed to win an old fashioned big ten rock fight


weather made it very difficult to throw the ball with any consistency for either team, so early on this one was looking like it was going to be a running game/defense game, which probably favored MSU


overall, Neb got outyarded, gave up more first downs, were out-rushed, were out-passed, had a worse third down conversion rate, fumbled something like 5 times, and finished even in the turnover department


so, htf did they win? 


they won by being opportunistic, and generally winning the field position and special teams


(btw, they honor foltz and sadler before kickoff and then the only points scored in the game are fgs?  hmmmm)


I thought AM looked off right from the beginning, regardless of the wind. 


I thought the playcalling was a little suspect by SF.  I realize that he had to toss prob half or more of his playbook after seeing the gusts and swirling wind in the stadium, but he should have been better prepared for this possibility, imo.  I thought we'd see more of the QB run game, or maybe more short quick throws like slants and curls and in/out etc but maybe Spielman's absence played a factor in that as well (again, should have been better prepared, as JD was out of practice all week). 


it's definitely a concern that some of our players appear to have a difficult time getting separation from coverage.  but then again we did have some wide open guys that AM either missed or the wind made his passes sail or otherwise be off target


Oz ran hard, put up better numbers against the #1 rush defense in the nation than most RBs have all season, and that was with a stacked box because of the weather. 


defensively, I was waiting all game for the blackshirts to make MSU's horrid offense look amazing, and while there were definitely some coverage and run fit busts, for the most part they contained MSU.  we're probably lucky that MSU didn't run more between the tackles and/or run their QB more


shout out to special teams for not only not shitting the bed but basically winning the game.  Pickering with 3 field goals including 2 that were his career longest at the time?  47 yard game winner in swirling wind and for the first time in the kids life he kicks in the snow?  kick and punt teams were decent aside from Stan's botched punt return.  hell Pickering even got a touchback on a kickoff into the wind. 


NU made plays when it counted, and were generally patient (both coaches and players) in a tight game


(oh and the refereeing was horrendous all game, on both sides)


tough to grade/judge the offense with such a limited playbook, but you have to like how they managed to move the ball at times against the best defense that they've seen other than Michigan's.  also tough for the same reasons in regards to the defense, but you still have to stop the other team (or let them stop themselves). 


it was a good time for senior safeties Reed and Neal to put together the best games of their Husker careers.  Reed had a hell of a game and I bet he gets a blackshirt this week.  Neal also played solid.  LBs again I thought appeared to be a weak link.  secondary played decent enough.  AM had an off day, I actually wondered when the game started if he was a little banged up as he seemed to be wearing a heavier knee brace... Stan was patient and then made a big play when the team needed it.  OL played decent against a great defensive front 7.  Oz and Mo ran well enough when given the chance.  WRs and TEs needed to help more both getting open and catching but also blocking.  offensive coaching I was not impressed with, there's been issues on occasion all season and hopefully SF learns and grows from this year as well.  defensively we saw very little substitution all game outside of the DL, that has to change moving forward. 


big final game of the season coming up.  it will be senior day at home for Iowa, but this will be NU's bowl game for their season, and for some of these seniors, they've never won against Iowa (so sad to type that).  Iowa just boatraced Illinois, which in and of itself is not particularly impressive, but it will be interesting to see how that game influences their preparation this week.  Iowa has had an up and down season as well, and really at this point it's anybody's guess as to what will happen this Friday.  If Iowa gets their shit together and plays a complete game, NU could get blown out.  But the reverse is also true. 


I think there's some players who don't like each other on either side of the ball in this one, so it will be interesting to see what gets said in the media this week and how things go once the ball is kicked off. 


as for the future, I'll write more after the season, but I've been wondering if missing a bowl might actually be a good thing for this staff and team.  they've been through a lot, and I'm not sure that an extra few weeks of bowl practices is really going to help the non-seniors all that much, especially if the tradeoff is the staff can focus more on recruiting for a few weeks.  they've been playing catch up on recruiting ever since they came on board, having to assemble a full class late in the cycle and then being behind on communication and evaluation on all later recruiting classes.  I feel bad for the seniors missing a bowl, but the staff needs to look at their roster and the results from the season and start to figure out what JUCOs/other recruits they need and what changes they need to make on the coaching/sheme/prep/offseason areas. 


am also hearing rumors that one or more players has also recently left the team or informed others of their intent to do so, all signs point to Lighborne moving on after the season (probably a good idea for him to go elsewhere to get his head right) but I'm also hearing Guy Thomas may have already left or is in the process of doing so (had lots of hopes for that kid, and he's only a redshirt frosh, but if he couldn't see snaps over a true frosh in Tannor or a late season defense position switch of Domann, then he's going to have a tough time beating those guys out plus additional recruits next year and the years after.  have also heard he's been homesick since he first set foot on campus and has been on the fence about leaving the entire time.  I'm sure there will be others as well)

#507130 Michigan post mortum

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 24 September 2018 - 11:14 AM

wow that was bad. 


it's hard to pick through the steaming pile of shit to find anything good, but I think we saw a few players that appear to be busting their ass out there.  not sure if they're doing the right things within the scheme, but we saw a few kids playing hard all game, so I guess there's that.  of course that's countered by a whole shit pile of players who appear to be dogging it or just generally stinking up the joint. 


now, admittedly, I was drinking heavily before the game in anticipation of an ass kicking, and pretty much just drank more during the entire game, and simply deleted it asap once I had finally suffered through to the end of the game.


anyway, first off, for anyone calling for Bunch or Mazour to start from here on out should just take a seat.  they played against probably third stringers in the second half, maybe even played against some Michigan band members pulled out of the stands in the fourth quarter, so anything the offense did in the second half after they got their collective shit pushed in the entire first half is meaningless. 


I honestly couldn't tell if Martinez was completely healthy or not.  he looked good to me the one or two times where he wasn't running for his life, throwing with 3 Michigan players in his face, or getting planted on his ass. 


we also see why, if the QB race over the summer and in fall camp was anything remotely close to being close, that the staff choose AM, and that's because our OL sucks ass.  big time. 


so, about that OL.  not sure what to say here.  they appeared to suck.  I think they each took turns sucking but thus far this season it seems like Conrad and Farmer are taking more than their fair turns of suckage.  I don't really recall seeing any holes opened up in the running game, and I'm not sure if I saw AM ever have any time to throw.  but again, I might have missed the few times either of those things did happen, because they were so infrequent. 


(as an aside, it's absolutely scary that the program doesn't have anyone other than Boe Wilson who appears to be ready to play OL at this level.  hell, SF said last week that they needed to get other guys ready to play and the two he mentioned were fucking redshirt frosh walkons.  wtf happened to all of the highly rated OL that's been recruited over the past few years?)


anyway, it sounds like there's nobody on the roster that can fuck up less than the guys that the staff is trotting out there every week, so not sure if really anything can be done in this regard.  I would at least like to see Farmer get more snaps at OC and thus Wilson at OG.  communication seems to be shit, so not sure if Farmer can help with that or not, but I think it would at least be an improvement as I think Farmer would be better than Conrad at OC and I think Wilson might be better than Farmer at OG.  I'd like to see someone like Raridon get a shot but apparently he isn't ready.  I really don't know what other options there are. 


I also have no idea what offense scheme or playcalling the staff can utilize to mitigate what appears to be a horrible OL.  If they cant run block or pass block, wtf plays can the staff call?  If running a spread offense at temp is supposed to help simplify blocking assignments, how shitty does that mean our OL actually is? 


not sure how our WRs did considering there wasn't much time to throw, but damn it sure sucks to see what would have been a td pass get batted at the LOS and intercepted.  the team psyche is so fragile that I think once that play happened they basically all just thought they were going to get their asses kicked.  (which is true, but still...) I thought Morgan looked good going for the ball.  that's about it.  sad that the staff brought in these JUCO WRs and they aren't doing shit. 


RBs.  not their fault when they're dodging opposing DL 3 yards in the backfield.  shit, getting back to the LOS was a victory.  I may be in the minority, but I don't like Ozigbo at RB, and especially not in this offense.  he seems great at moving the pile at times (although we don't exactly have a lot of thord or fourth and short conversions to show for it, so maybe he's not good at that, either?) but he's just not fast enough to play in space in this offense, and I think all of the Michigan starting LBs were faster than he was.  also while I understand not wanting to tip your hand on playcalling based on personnel, but let's just quit using Ozigbo in anything that is supposed to go outside, he's not outrunning anyone on a decent team to the edge. 


TEs?  not sure if they played, but if they did, I'm sure they fucked up some blocks and blocking assignments. 


at QB I think AM played hard, but I think the staff didn't try to run him very much, and aside from maybe Morgan I'm not sure if anyone else on offense really did anything to help him out.  cant throw from your back, and cant run or throw with 3 defenders unblocked within 1 yard of you.  not sure what he could have done. 


defensively, it appeared that our DL didn't exactly win the LOS, but from my viewpoint, it wasn't a complete dumpster fire, and the real issue was the LBs.  I'm not sure there was a single play all game where the LBs filled the correct hole, took the correct angle, or didn't take themselves out of the play.  I think at least one LB fucked up on every single defensive snap, and there were definitely multiple plays where more than one of them screwed the pooch.  Now, I'll give credit to Barry, as while I'm sure he made a few mistakes, he at least appeared to be hustling on every play and trying to bring the pain.  Young, on the other hand, probably deserves to be benched in favor of Honas at this point.  I didn't watch the OLBs that much, but I do recall seeing them generally shitting the bed on more than one occasion.  I was excited to see Caleb Tannor in there for what appeared to be decent snaps.  that's something I'd like to see more of moving forward, get those newcomers some decent snaps, especially if the upperclassmen are tripping over their own dicks. 


the secondary, even though they didn't get a lot of work, at least found a few ways to join in the fuckup, primarily with poor angles in pursuit and shitty tackling. 


here's a shocker, though, I thought Lamar Jackson played the most physical game of his Neb football career against Michigan.  he still seems to struggle in coverage, but I thought he actually stuck his nose in there quite a few times on tackles and taking on blockers.  maybe this will be a turning point for him.  if not, I'd like to see frosh Cam Taylor get some snaps.  Taylor appears to bust his ass on every special teams coverage unit, often showing up as one of the few players on the field who isn't mailing it in or quitting. 


anyway, grad transfer Neal is great at getting the defense lined up properly, and probably great at making coverage calls and adjustments, but similar to Aaron Williams, he just doesn't appear to have the speed and athleticism to not be a liability at S.  I'd like to see Deonte Williams get more playing time at S, and while Reed blows his assignments quite regularly, he at least hits like a truck and likes to do it.  hell, move Cam Taylor to S and let's see what he can do there.  Bootle did ok, I wasn't impressed but apparently the coaches were?  whatever. 


special teams?  not even sure I can write anything about it.  it's special alright.  dumpster fire would be an improvement.  probably time for someone other than Lindsey to get a shot at returning punts, although I would like to see him get one more game so that the staff can show some confidence in him and give him another shot.  probably time for someone like Mo Washington to get a shot at KR duties as well.  Spielman made some poor decisions in that game returning kicks.  and my guess is that about 90% of the punt coverage team needs to be replaced. 


coaching?  they definitely have their share of the blame.  I really wonder what they're seeing in practice that doesn't give them the confidence to play hardly any of the backups?  I'm wondering if it's an effort issue in practice and they don't want to reward some of the younger players for not busting ass all practice each practice?  or do they not trust them? 


I'm also wondering about this whole "no fear of failure" thing and how it applies to the coaches and playing time and playcalling?  at this point they might as well just be as aggressive as they can be, because the conservative shit isn't working. 


I really wonder if we're just going to have to wait another 2-3 years so that SF and staff can turn over almost the entire roster and get the culture that they want. 


whatever it is, this past Saturday there was plenty of suckage to go around, and each phase of the game joined in as well as the coaching staff. 


I don't think we should fire anyone, but I'd like to at least see something that resembles competent football before the season is over. 


#506108 SF recruiting thread

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 13 December 2017 - 07:54 AM

agree on Williams.  I think SF and staff flip him.  He wasn't born and raised in Neb so not sure how much he grew up wanting to play for the Huskers or not, but regardless I'm sure it hurts to have the hometown school tell you there's no room for you in their program meanwhile a top rival who's been winning the division thinks youre  worthy of a scholarship... I think NU is looking good here and I think just yesterday I heard Wisky just offered a new DT and people think it's because they're planning on losing Williams. 


as for Mapieu, what I've heard is that he's very raw, and that Williams is the better player right now, but that Mapieu might have the higher ceiling once he's in the program, with S&C and development and coaching.  we'll see, I guess.  he did have an offer from UCLA amongst others as well.


nice recruiting season when you've got 2 decent DL right in your own backyard.  Mapieu almost certainly projects to NT in the 3-4, and I think Williams could play DE



agree as well on the walkon program. 


it's easy for casual fans to sit back and say NU needs to get back to the old walkon program, etc, but it just isn't feasible in today's CFB landscape.  tuition costs have increased, and there's now a handful of additional schools in the Dakota's and nearby that didn't exist in TO's days.  Those schools are offering full rides to Neb kids, who'd have to turn down free school to pay their own way and walkon at NU.  not all families can afford that, plus if the kid is on the fence, he has to decide between potentially playing right away and more often vs putting in his 2 or more years as a reserve at NU before getting a chance at playing time. 



what will be interesting is this week before the dead period with SF and staff coaching UCF for 3 days this week while also recruiting for NU.  I can see either side of the argument but it is what it is and it seems they're making the most of it.  my guess is we'll see a lot of focus on the florida recruits since they're in Orlando and can drive out for in home visits after practices...

#505844 I was wrong

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 24 October 2017 - 01:57 PM

pretty much my thoughts as well. 


FS - nice guy, never really evolved the offense, held onto his staff too long, and was generally horrible at recruiting, 2001 they backed into the NC game and didn't belong after being boatraced by CU and they didn't even win their division let alone their conference.  he was also responsible for destroying a number of records in 02 and should have been fired then.  he did well with TO's recruits but the talent level gradually eroded during his time and at least to me it seemed like they were often in over their heads managing the program and coaching an elite team. 


problem was, as pointed out, he was fired a year later than he should have, and was fired without a replacement in place or even a plan in place.  SP fucked this one up so bad it put us on this path.  Callahan ended up being the only one who would take the offer because SP was only looking at "name" coaches iirc


BC - destroyed the walkon program, alienated former coaches and players, and the fans.  he recruited well and his attitude probably could have been overlooked if he had won more but his refusal to make staff changes and his poor leadership sent him packing.  TO made an easy call based on the record.  I wish TO would have put some more thought into the hiring process, but of course hindsight is 20-20 and the BP hire made sense at the time. 


BP - definitely had potential, but it seemed obvious to me as time went on that he was never going to be constantly competing for conference championships.  he turned around the BC mess quickly, and did well with BC's recruits, but the talent level dropped as his time went on because he hated recruiting and generally hired a staff of young inexperienced assistants who also weren't good recruiters.  BP definitely had potential to grow in the program but I think he lacked a mentor and lacked support once TO left, and he was also too stubborn and probably had an ego issue with not hiring better assistants.  the attitude that 9-4 was good enough and that the fans were all out to get them was a horrible culture to instill into the program.  like FS, BP was fired a year too late, probably because SE was afraid to pull the trigger at the time because he didn't have a replacement lined up.  BP was *asking* to get fired the season before, all SE had to do was take him up on the offer and there wouldn't have been many complaints, then he should have hired a search firm and hired a new coach.  instead I think he did his own thing and identified his own top target, maybe with some influence from Alvarez, but probably just more his own weird way of what he desired in a head coach, with consistent winning or future trajectory apparently not on the list of qualifications.  which brings us to...


MR - nice guy.  I want him to win.  he just isn't winning, and he hasn't won in college.  the team appears poorly coached and unmotivated, and his offensive schemes don't appear to be working now that he has his own players.  more talent isn't going to fix the poor coaching.  I think it's obvious that MR isn't going to be constantly competing for conference championships, with the W-L record being an obvious indicator but the coaching and development is a bigger one.  I anticipate MR being fired after the Iowa game as long as the Moose has his next coach already lined up. 


and I think the next coach will be Scott Frost.  I could be happy with some other big names of experienced guys, but I think from a lot of angles it's going to be tough to pass on SF if he's willing to come back home.  regardless, hopefully Moos will make the right decision and at the right time.  unlike his predecessors. 


but, I don't think any of the previously fired coaches (FS, BC, BP) had what it took to make NU a consistent top 25 team competing for conference championships, and I don't think that NU should settle for a 9-4 coach, they should be looking for the coach that is going to take them back to being in the national title conversation again. 

#505798 New AD and his new coach to follow

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 16 October 2017 - 09:29 AM

I'm sick of the "you would have fired TO and we never would have won titles" argument. 


first off, it's a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT college football landscape. 


secondly, TO rarely got his teeth kicked in.  yes, he faced a bunch of cupcakes and had a number of advantages that other schools have caught up to in today's world, but TO always had his team prepared and playing well, and you could always see improvement in players as they progressed through the program, etc.  his teams were well coached, and it was obvious.  he was also willing to change his philosophies and focus on both sides of the ball, making changes in schemes and playstyle.  but most of all, he would at least challenge for the conference title every year.  yes, he continually lost to OU for a while, and in case nobody remembers, a huge number of fans did want to run him off, and he almost left for the CU job as has been reported. 


the difference for Solich is that it was obvious he was in over his head.  no imagination, no strategy, no ability to run a major CFN program.  recruiting slipped horribly during his tenure, and the offensive schemes digressed.  yes, he won 9 games a year for a few years, but then he put together that disaster season (at which point he should have been immediately fired, it was stupid as all hell to let him change his staff at that point) that ruined a ton of NU records and probably really started to erode the foundation of Husker mystique.  anyway, firing FS was the right move. 


the difference for BP is that it was obvious there were a number of flaws that he didn't seem able to willing to correct.  yes, BP won 9 games a year, he also lost 3/4 games a year, every year.  BP basically won all of the games he should have, and lost all of the games he should have, the problem was that he hated recruiting and didn't put in the effort, and the talent gradually eroded.  eventually NU would have been "favored" in less and less games and 9-4 would have slipped to 8-5, etc.  it was also obvious that he wasn't willing to make changes to his staff, or at least not competent ones.  he surrounded himself with inexperienced assistants which isn't a sign of good leadership.  he also fostered a culture of "us vs them" and generally embarrassed himself and the university on multiple occasions.  if you're winning conference titles and competing for NC's, the fans and NU can let that childish demeanor go, but if you're letting opponents set CFB rushing records against you in just 3 quarters, that shit gets old.  and I don't think that I can argue that players got noticeably better under his development nor that they were consistently well coached and prepared. 


BC was a trainwreck, obviously. 


MR doesn't seem like the right guy, either. 


but holy fuck, what are you suggesting?  That NU fans should be happy with 9-4 seasons from here on out? 


OU had a revolving door of coaches looking to get back to the top, same with Alabama, same with OSU.  same with others.  is NU supposed to throw in the towel and look for someone who can simply win 9 games a year?  that's our new high water mark? 


if that's truly the case, then who really is the moron and who really is the shitty fan? 

#505742 New AD and his new coach to follow

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 10 October 2017 - 03:17 PM

lol I agree with winning.  I think most do.  of course, there is a chunk of the fan base that will always be unhappy if NU isn't running power football most of the time.  hell some think NU is an "option team" completely ignorant of what offense NU actually ran for their 3 titles in the 90's and oblivious to the various offenses that TO ran during his time in the program both as HC and under devaney


as for Frost, I believe there was an article a while back where he was quoted as saying he'd like to evolve the spread offense into his own version by incorporating an element of the power running game.  he seems to be smart enough to change his offense based on the available local talent, and if not, he has plenty of options to coach at warm weather schools where he can recruit a bunch of small fast guys to run around the field.  anyway, I could actually see a spread/power variant working... go with 3 WR sets, and some sort of tweener H-back/TE/big WR hybrid who can line up as a lead blocker or flex out to stretch the defense more, keep your OL big and nasty and run power between the tackles, incorporate the zone read, the read option, and the buzzword of the recent offenses, the run-pass-option (RPO) and I think it could work.  not sure running up tempo all the time makes sense with bigger OL but maybe with a rotation. 


anyway, even if he doesn't change it, who cares if he wins with it? 


Wisconsin didn't beat NU because they have the magic formula of using a power run game dominated offense, they beat NU because they executed their offense and defense better than NU did theirs.  last I checked Wisconsin hasn't won any national titles using the power run game as the focus. 


Frost can roll the footballs out on the field and play basketball on grass for all I care, same with any other coach, as long as they fucking win. 

#505724 Wisconsin Gameday

Posted by Hoosier_Husker on 09 October 2017 - 08:04 AM

yeah, not sure how this is the fans fault about wanting BP fired.  BP was trending downwards and being a jackass on TV and with the players certainly didn't help matters.  he's cashing his NU checks while managing a lower stress football team now.  BP was never going to challenge for national titles and he actually instilled an environment that winning 9 games a year was good enough and fans were crazy to expect more


the problem isn't that fans wanted BP fired, it was that SE probably hired the wrong replacement.  if you have a competent AD who actually knows what they "should" have as the HC and not what he personally wanted to be around, then maybe you make a better hire.  now that the AD is gone so we'll see what happens next but it certainly seems like the current NU president and chancellor know what drives the NU bus...


NU fans didn't run BP off, he wanted to get fired, and he should have been fired a year before he actually was, after practically begging to be fired on TV.  regardless, NU fans aren't to blame for NU football state of affairs, NU fans are also, imo, not generally "living in the past" with "unreal expectations" instead they want to see a team that is well coached that fairly consistently wins their division, and occasionally wins a conference title and makes the CFB playoffs.  NU has to be better than Wisconsin, Iowa, NW, Minn, Purdue, and Illinois to do that.  that's not too much to ask. 


I still blame TO for this mess.  He handcuffed the AD and the program when he named Solich as his successor.  He should have known that Solich couldn't handle it.  plus it's always difficult to follow a legend.  but he wanted to keep his staff intact in Lincoln when instead NU could have started their coaching carousel 7 years earlier, lol.  TO also hired BP, which probably was an ok decision at the time, but there really wasn't anyone experienced available? 


sorry, but the ADs have botched these coaching hires big time.  Solich didn't deserve it and it should have been known that he couldn't handle the job.  Callahan was a hated NFL head coach who washed out and was something like the 7th choice after NU was embarrassed by other coaches turning down the job.  BC then went on to destroy the walkon program and alienate all former players and pretty much all of the fans.  TO then hired BP which I can see the reasoning for but obviously in hindsight it didn't work out and the argument could easily be made that NU should have gone with someone else, such as a different hot name coordinator who had just had success at a mid major or something like that.  tough to put the monster that is NU football into the hands of a rookie head coach.  then NU hired MR, apparently just because he's a nice guy, and because the logic was that if he could go .500 at Oregon state he would win national titles with NU's facilities and better recruits, all while using the same assistant coaching staff and schemes.