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Brett Maher cut from Jets

Former Nebraska kicker Brett Maher has been released by the New York Jets, which signed Billy Cundiff to compete with current starter Nick Folk.

This is possibly a blessing for Maher to be released so early. It now frees him up to catch on with another team that might need a kicker.…

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Bondi: No change to approach

Brett Maher is gone and Mauro Bondi is the heir apparent to take over the Nebraska place-kicking duties.

Bondi’s approach, however, is no different than last spring when Maher was a returning All-Big Ten specialist for the Huskers.

“Just keeping that same focus,” Bondi said. “Nothing really changes now. You move up the ranks as people leave, and I’m just trying to take on a leadership role with special teams.”

Bondi, a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., is the only scholarship kicker or punter in the program. He was used sparingly in 2011 before redshirting a year ago.

But he feels way ahead of where he was a year ago — or at any previous point in his Husker career.

“I feel like I’ve been …

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Three ex-Huskers invited to NFL combine

Running back Rex Burkhead, kicker Brett Maher and safety Daimion Stafford were the only former Nebraska players on the 333-man list of NFL combine invitees.

The scouting combine runs from Feb. 20 to 26 in Indianapolis (NFL Network will broadcast the event).

Burkhead was one of 38 running backs invited to the workout. There were 60 defensive backs invited, including Stafford. And 13 total kickers got the call.

The number of players invited at other positions (the full list is here)…

Quarterback: 16
Wide receiver: 39
Tight end: 19
Offensive line: 58
Defensive line: 54
Linebacker: 35
Long snapper: 1

Certainly there are other former NU players who have a shot at getting drafted or picked up during free agency. Eric Martin, Baker …

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Halftime: Nebraska 24, Minnesota 0

A mini-momentum boost for Minnesota just before halftime as the Gophers stuff Imani Cross at the goal-line to keep their deficit at 24-0.

Not much else has gone right for Minnesota, though.

Credit the Huskers, who’ve had forgettable first halves in Big Ten play. Not Saturday against Minnesota. Focused and sharp, Nebraska’s controlled this one from the start.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez has 221 yards through the air (17 of 23) against the nation’s seventh-ranked pass defense. Better yet, he’s turnover-free.

On the other side of the ball, the Blackshirts have controlled the line of scrimmage and have imposed their physical style of play on the outside. Minnesota has only 60 yards after two quarters and just four first downs (three on one possession).

The Gophers …

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Halftime: Nebraska 14, Michigan State 14

Nebraska was in desperate need of a momentum-changing play, and Taylor Martinez delivered.

The junior quarterback — who’s now the career leader in total offense at NU — tied the game at 14 with a 71-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

It couldn’t have come at a better time for the Huskers.

Earlier in the quarter, Kenny Bell had dropped a potential touchdown pass on third down. And kicker Brett Maher missed a 30-yard field goal attempt on the next snap from scrimmage. A 12-play drive, which lasted just over six minutes, to begin the second quarter ended with no points.

Then MSU responded. Le’Veon Bell turned a third-and-1 into a 40-yard gain. A late hit moved MSU back, but Andrew Maxwell completed …

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Maher, Santos win B1G awards

Nebraska kicker/punter Brett Maher won Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting all three field goal attempts and averaging 42.2 yards per punt.

Nebraska linebacker David Santos won Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors with ten tackles in the most extensive action of his career.…

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Third quarter: Northwestern 21, Nebraska 16

As poorly as the Huskers have played up to this point, they’ll have a real shot to win this game in the fourth quarter.

The Nebraska defense has been stingy — despite giving up an 80-yard touchdown run to Venric Mark. Northwestern’s still trying to attack vertically through the air (and receivers are gaining some separation), but so far, the Huskers have avoided giving up another big play.

It appears that the NU offense has found its rhythm a bit, almost exclusively relying a ground game to move the football. The Huskers are averaging 6.6 yards per carry in the second half. Taylor Martinez had eight third-quarter rushing attempts. Expect more of that in the fourth.

Other observations…

>> Nebraska’s offense has found some success …

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Halftime: Northwestern 14, Nebraska 10

Three lost fumbles in the first half of Nebraska’s game at Northwestern have spoiled a nice rebound effort by the Husker defense.

The Wildcats have 107 total yards on 38 plays (Nebraska has 226 offensive yards), forced to punt eight times despite having favorable field position for much of the afternoon.

The Huskers have contained quarterback Kain Colter, holding him to just 20 rushing yards on his 10 attempts (nine came on one run). And defensively, those guys have displayed incredible resiliency so far.

Time for Nebraska’s offense to figure it out. Sustaining drives is the key going forward. Take some pressure of the defense by holding on to the football.

Bad play calling, poor execution and sacks have ruined potentially productive possessions for Nebraska, …

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Martinez, Maher win B1G awards

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez shared B1G Offensive Player of the Week honors with Northwestern QB/WR Kain Colter while NU kicker Brett Maher won B1G Special Teams Player of the Week.…

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Third quarter: Wisconsin 27, Nebraska 27

Here comes Nebraska. After an inauspicious start to the second half, the Huskers have managed to completely regain control of the momentum.

Taylor Martinez lost a fumble, leading to an easy Wisconsin touchdown drive and giving the Badgers a 27-10 lead.

But the Huskers responded.

First, a four-play TD drive — highlighted by a key Kenny Bell catch and a high hit on safety Michael Trotter (replays showed it was a good call by the refs). Then, a 10-play TD drive — when Ameer Abdullah started showcasing his talent, carring four times for 28 yards.

Nebraska’s next possession stalled near the outskirts of the red zone, but Brett Maher’s 38-yard field goal tied the game at 27.

>> Linebacker Sean Fisher’s made a few nice …

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