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Where NU’s Tommy Armstrong ranks among the Big Ten QBs

Athlon Sports recently set out to rank the Big Ten’s quarterbacks from top to bottom. So how does probable Husker starter Tommy Armstrong stack up to the rest of the conference?

Athlon had some good things to say about the Nebraska sophomore, noting that Armstrong played “relatively well” last season despite a “lack of experience and difficult circumstances.”

Armstrong — who got a late-September call-up because of a Taylor Martinez injury — started eight games and completed 68 of 131 passes for 966 yards and nine scores last season, including the longest touchdown pass in school history. He had 202 yards and two TDs on the ground.

Athlon adds: “With the starting job in hand this offseason, Armstrong will benefit from the opportunity to …

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Former Husker defensive back Harvey Jackson lands at BYU

Former Nebraska defensive back Harvey Jackson will transfer to BYU, Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety, will have one year of eligibility after completing his bachelor’s degree at Nebraska this spring.

“Harvey is an experienced player and a mature individual with excellent character,” Mendenhall said in a press release. “He will join our program after graduating in construction management with a business minor. He is a great fit for BYU on and off the field.”

BYU’s director of player personnel for football, Geoff Martzen, posted about Jackson’s transfer on Twitter:

In 2013, Jackson started three games at safety, played in 10 and …

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Recruiting: With class likely over half full, where does NU’s group of 2015 commits rank?

With the addition of Chicago-area receiver Spencer Tears on Wednesday, the Husker football team now has 10 members in its 2015 recruiting class, making NU one of just seven schools with double-digit commitments.

So, with Nebraska’s class likely over half full, where does the 2015 group rank nationally and in the Big Ten?

Here’s a quick breakdown from the major recruiting services.

Rivals (link)
» NU’s rank: 8th nationally (2nd Big Ten)
» Other ranked B1G teams: No. 2 Penn State, No. 21 Michigan, No. 25 Iowa, No. 27 Northwestern, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 38 Rutgers, No. 39 Michigan State, No. 44 Wisconsin, No. 47 Illinois, No. 57 Maryland, No. 60 Purdue.

Scout (link)
» NU’s rank: 7th nationally …

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Video: Sam McKewon, Matt Davison talk Husker football

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon and former Husker receiver and analyst Matt Davison both joined “The Bottom Line” on Tuesday to discuss the Nebraska spring game, the team’s 2014 outlook and more. Check out the video clips below:

Video: Sam McKewon on TBL:

Video: Matt Davison on TBL:

Vote: Is Pinnacle Bank Arena the nation’s best college hoops palace?

Athletic Business, a self-described “must-read” publication for “decision-makers in the multibillion-dollar athletic, fitness and recreation industry” recently set out to find the top college basketball arena in the nation, and the newest contender in the field — Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena — is poised to capture the crown.

The 32-arena “Facility Madness” bracket includes the names you’d expect to see: UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Syracuse’s Carrier Dome and Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium joined Pinnacle Bank Arena as No. 1 seeds. Creighton’s CenturyLink Center, a No. 6 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Matthew Knight Arena (Oregon) in the opening round.

Here’s how the website describes Lincoln’s $180 million arena: “Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD …

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Sporting News: Pelini ranks No. 6 among Big Ten coaches

The Sporting News ranked the Big Ten conference’s coaches from top to bottom Tuesday, and Bo-lievers probably won’t be too happy with where Nebraska’s leader landed on the list.

Husker head coach Bo Pelini came in sixth (out of 14 — Rutgers and Maryland included) on the list because his “teams lose too many games they shouldn’t, and he still doesn’t have a signature victory.”

Pelini “somehow managed to build capital by losing four games in each of his six seasons in Lincoln,” the magazine website adds.

The conference’s best — top-ranked OSU coach Urban Meyer and No. 2 Mark Dantonio of Michigan State — probably won’t surprise too many football fans. Meyer’s team had won 24 straight games through last season’s Big Ten championship, …

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Social Media Reaction: A cat, a proposal and more at Nebraska’s spring game

There was a lot for fans to see during Saturday’s spring football game. Get a recap of the social media reaction below.

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They said it: Key quotes from the Husker postgame press conference

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Husker players Tommy Armstrong, Imani Cross, Kenny Bell and Nathan Gerry addressed the media after the Husker spring game. Check out the key quotes below, and click here to view videos from the press conference.

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Bo Pelini’s opening statement: “I thought we tried to have a little bit of fun today. I liked our spring. I thought we got a lot accomplished. I think we as coaches identified a lot as far as where we are and where we have to go. I just told the team that from here the work has just begun. We have to continue our development and work. We have to make progress until August to be the type of football team …

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Video: Sirles’ proposal another touching moment in Husker spring game

Late in Saturday’s spring game, former Husker Jeremiah Sirles broke up the game action with another emotional moment made at the Red-White game.

During a punt-pass-kick contest between former Huskers, Sirles — a Nebraska offensive lineman from 2009 to 2013 — turned around, went down on one knee and surprised his longtime girlfriend, former Husker women’s soccer goalkeeper Emma Stevens, with a marriage proposal.

She said yes.

Check out the video below:

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Video: A ‘purrfect’ start to the Husker spring game

The Huskers clearly have a goal of using the annual highlight of spring practice — the Red-White game — to make some memories and have a bit of fun.

Everyone remembers Jack Hoffman’s run last season. This year, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini entered Memorial Stadium during the Tunnel Walk carrying a cat, which he then displayed to the crowd Lion King-style before getting the spring game underway.

Here’s a dozen different photos of the entrance.

The Bo/cat connection is part of an ongoing Twitter feud (all in good fun, of course) with Twitter personality Faux Pelini, one that fans seem to love; Pelini’s first tweet to Faux Pelini has over 20,000 combined retweets and favorites.

Here’s Pelini with the cat: