About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.

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Baseball: UNLV at Nebraska preview

Where: Haymarket Park
Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
Online stream: Huskers.com on Friday and Saturday (subscription required)
TV: BTN on Sunday

Game One
at 6:35 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Erick Fedde (4-1, 1.88) vs. Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (2-1, 2.68)

Game Two
at 2:05 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP John Richy (4-1, 2.59) vs. Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (4-0, 0.51)

Game Three
at 1:05 p.m. Sunday
Pitchers: So. RHP Bryan Bonnell (3-1, 1.55) vs. Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (2-2, 6.08)

Scouting UNLV (17-7, 9-3 Mountain West): Some unreal numbers for the Rebels’ starting pitchers so far. And it’s not just Fedde, who many expect to be a first-round MLB draft pick this summer. Fedde, Richy, Bonnell, Kenny Oakley (midweek starter) …

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Former Husker Wilhite joins NU recruiting staff

Kenny Wilhite, a Husker cornerback in 1991 and 1992, has joined Nebraska’s staff as a regional recruiting assistant, the NU athletic department confirmed Tuesday.

The Wilhite hire was reported last week by Husker Online and Huskers Illustrated.

Wilhite was the defensive backs coach at Southeast Missouri last year, the same position he held from 2006 to 2010. He spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Central Arkansas. He’s also been an assistant at Dodge City Community College, Emporia State and Kentucky State.

Now at Nebraska, Wilhite is the second regional recruiting assistant on NU’s staff. Drew Soukup is the other. Aaryn Kearney is listed as the program’s director of recruiting operations. The World-Herald reported in October that Nebraska planned to add a director of player …

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Baseball: Nebraska at Wichita State and Kansas State

at Wichita State
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Wichita, Kan.
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Kyle Kubat (0-1, 6.17) vs. LHP Kris Gardner (1-1, 8.10)
Radio: 1110 AM KFAB

at Kansas State
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Manhattan, Kan.
Pitchers: TBD vs. RFr. RHP Colton Kalmus (1-1, 6.30)
Radio: 1110 AM KFAB
TV: FSN KC

Scouting Wichita State: Junior first baseman Casey Gillaspie, out of Millard North, leads the team in batting average (.393), home runs (four) and RBIs (26). He’s already drawn 20 walks in 22 games. … The Shockers rank 22nd nationally in team ERA (2.48) and 20th in walks per game (2.5). Wichita State has four relievers who have made eight or more appearances and also have an ERA of 3.00 or lower. … …

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Baseball: Early season cold weather spoiling Big Ten’s growth potential

A day before the Huskers were supposed to host their 2014 home opener, junior Austin Darby was examining his right-field corner, the area of Haymarket Park that he regularly patrols.

This was back on March 3, right after an arctic-like weekend kept the days’ high temperatures in single-digits.

Darby looked around the field. He cringed, then thought to himself: “There’s still an inch or two of snow out there. And there’s ice sheets. If I’ve got to dive in this? It’s not going to feel good.”

Nebraska postponed its game the next day — but it’s been playing ever since. Despite several see-your-breath, finger-numbing, body-shivering afternoons. Even the most picturesque day during NU’s recent nine-game homestand was ruined by the merciless northeast wind (which would eventually bring …

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NU lineman Alex Lewis sentenced to 45 days in jail

Nebraska offensive lineman Alex Lewis was sentenced Friday to 45 days in jail and two years probation after pleading guilty to third-degree misdemeanor assault in December, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

Lewis, who officially joined the Husker football team this winter, will be allowed to complete the spring semester at Nebraska before beginning his 45-day jail sentence, according to the Daily Camera report. Lewis, 21, was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service during a two-year probation term that he can serve while in Lincoln.

Boulder police arrested Lewis on May 11 for his suspected involvement in a fight that reportedly left a 22-year-old Air Force Academy cadet unconscious.

Lewis, a transfer from Colorado, has been practicing with Nebraska all spring. The 6-foot-6, …

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Baseball: Nebraska at Iowa preview

Where: Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa
Radio: Husker Sports Network, 1110 AM KFAB
Stream: Hawkeye All-Access (subscription required)

Game One
at 3 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: Sr. RHP Christian DeLeon (2-1, 3.34) vs. So. RHP Calvin Mathews (2-1, 2.10)

Game Two
at 2 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: Jr. RHP Chance Sinclair (3-0, 0.64) vs. Jr. LHP Sasha Kuebel (2-0, 7.32)

Game Three
at 1 p.m. Sunday
Pitchers: Jr. LHP Aaron Bummer (2-2, 6.27) vs. So. RHP Tyler Peyton (3-0, 4.70)

Scouting Iowa (12-5): The Hawkeyes returned eight position players from a year ago. New coach, though. Rick Heller took over during the offseason. … A strong start to the season for Iowa, but eight of its 12 wins have come against teams with an …

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New DBs coach Warren learning quickly on the job

Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren isn’t acting like the new guy.

Sure, there are plenty of things for him to learn. About Nebraska’s players. About NU’s defensive scheme. About the typical practice routine.

But coach Bo Pelini said after Saturday’s scrimmage that Warren’s adjusting well.

“Like he’s been here for a couple years,” coach Bo Pelini said. “He’s done a great job. I think he understands what we’re doing. We’re communicating real well, working well together.”

The Huskers.com video team provided a glimpse on Monday of Warren’s coaching style, his approach to the job and his philosophies about developing players.

As is typical of recent secondary coaches, Warren spends most of his time in practice standing a couple yard-lines behind the defensive formation — where …

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Camp Chatter: Seen and heard at Husker practice, March 17

Seen: Three drill stations for defenders to work on creating and recovering fumbles. It’s clearly an emphasis for Nebraska’s defense.

Seen: Charles Jackson returning punts. The junior defensive back is one of the more athletic guys on the team. And at this point, it appears NU’s coaches are getting looks at as many players as they can at that spot.

Seen: Blue cleats (with orange shoelaces) on the feet of kickers Mauro Bondi, Spencer Lindsay and Sam Foltz.

Heard: “Having (Alex Lewis) and Jake Cotton on the same side, that’s double trouble right there. Those guys, they work hard. They’re outgoing. They’re rowdy. They just keep going.” — Sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong on the playing style of Lewis (at left tackle) and Cotton (at left …

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Practice Report: Back to installation mode for NU’s offense

After using most of Saturday’s practice to conduct a game-like scrimmage, Nebraska’s offense spent portions of Monday’s workout lining up in formations not yet utilized this spring.

NU’s going deeper into the playbook this week, building off the system basics previously installed in practices prior. And since the Huskers haven’t operated out of some of those sets and alignments since bowl prep, sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong said there was a little rust Monday.

“This week we’re installing a lot of stuff,” Armstrong said. “It takes time.”

Mistakes are inevitable. Adjustments will have to be made.

But after the way spring has started — especially considering the offense’s ability to produce in a scrimmage on Saturday — it seems that Armstrong and his teammates are pretty …

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NU baseball weekend recap: Offense makes adjustments in doubleheader sweep

After Nebraska’s hitters spent nine innings locking in on the outer half of the plate, routinely serving pitches away to the opposite field, UC Irvine’s talented staff made a change.

During Saturday’s 13-4 Game One blowout, the Huskers had eight opposite field hits to the outfield — including five doubles. The Anteaters clearly weren’t going to allow that to happen again. It didn’t take long into the second game for NU to realize it.

“They were throwing a lot more fastballs in,” coach Darin Erstad said.

But Nebraska adjusted almost immediately. The first seven of its eight hits either went up the middle or to the batter’s pull side.

And NU went on to win 7-4, sweeping the doubleheader and taking the series — largely …

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