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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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First quarter: Wisconsin 21, Nebraska 10

Caught your breath yet? It’s been a wild first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium, where both offenses seem to be two (or maybe 10) steps ahead of their defensive counterparts.

Wisconsin has 154 offensive yards (and a pick-six). Nebraska’s offense has totaled 186.

But the Huskers have been the most mistake-prone so far, which is why they trail 21-10.

Both Nebraska safeties missed open-field tackles on Melvin Gordon’s 56-yard touchdown run. There have been other missed tackles and poor execution as well.

There was that interception — when Kenny Bell dove to catch a short pass, but the football grazed off his hands and Marcus Cromartie returned the interception 29 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

On the next drive, senior Ben Cotton …

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Third quarter: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 0

Nebraska is taking care of business against Minnesota in dominating fashion, finally delivering a complete performance against a Big Ten team.

It hasn’t been perfect, but the Huskers are up 38-0 against an improving six-win team. They jumped on Minnesota early and haven’t looked back. Well done.

Nebraska also avoided a third-quarter letdown after an impressive first half, adding on to its lead. Ameer Abdullah lost a fumble on NU’s first drive after halftime, but Daimion Stafford intercepted a pass on the next play.

Junior Stanley Jean-Baptiste’s pick-six toward the end of the third quarter highlights a shutdown afternoon for the Blackshirts, putting the Huskers up 38-0 with 1:12 left.

A few more observations…

>> Nebraska’s used the quick screen passes out to flat with …

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Third quarter: Michigan State 24, Nebraska 14

Last season, Nebraska owned the third quarter en route to a 24-3 win over Michigan State in Lincoln. Just the opposite this time around.

The Spartans have taken control of this game. Do the Huskers have enough time to respond?

Michigan State set the tone with an 11-play drive out of halftime, even though it ended in a field goal.

But Nebraska’s offense sputtered in the third quarter. And on its third drive, quarterback Taylor Martinez threw a costly interception, which set up Michigan State’s lead-padding score.

Should be noted that a late-hit penalty on Daimion Stafford gave the Spartans a first-and-goal inside the 5-yard line (no flag and MSU would have been looking at a third down from the 6).

Key mistakes for NU. …

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Practice report: Papuchis says third downs will be key Saturday

The success Michigan had on third down against Nebraska last year, especially in obvious passing situations, played a “huge part” in the 45-17 NU loss, defensive coordinator John Papuchis said.

Quarterback Denard Robinson completed five of his eight pass attempts on third down. He totaled 127 yards on those five passes, including a touchdown throw. Nebraska was also whistled for a defensive pass interference on a third down and goal play.

Papuchis said the Wolverines had certain route combinations that exploited the way NU runs its match-up zone defense. The coaches set aside time in the spring to analyze it, he said.

“Some teams, if they study how we match routes enough, can kind of manipulate some of our adjustments,” Papuchis said. “But then we …

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First quarter: Northwestern 7, Nebraska 3

After a crisp start to Saturday’s game at Northwestern, the Huskers are again finding ways to beat themselves. Or at least make it much more difficult to find success.

Nebraska trails 7-3 after one quarter – credit the NU defense for an impressive effort so far, or else it could be worse.

The most blatant mistake came on a punt that Ameer Abdullah was trying to fair catch. But he bobbled it and dropped it. Northwestern recovered the loose football at the NU 14-yard line.

The Wildcats scored on third down pass play, taking a 7-3 lead with 1:35 left in the first. They were also credited with a first down – their first of the game.

Other Nebraska sloppiness includes: a personal foul penalty …

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Halftime: Wisconsin 20, Nebraska 10

Nebraska’s offense appears to have finally found its rhythm. But is it too late?

The Huskers drove 93 yards on 12 plays, trimming their deficit in half when Taylor Martinez found Rex Burkhead for a 3-yard score with 3:11 left before halftime. Martinez was 7-for-7 on the possession, throwing for 53 yards. He also had two big runs for 32 combined yards.

Wisconsin tried to answer but missed a field goal just before halftime, its efforts aided by a third down pass interference penalty on Daimion Stafford (a good call because the NU safety never looked for the ball).

Despite the sloppy start, filled with unforced errors and silly mistakes, Nebraska has a chance here. The Huskers seem to have the momentum, at least. The …

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Southern Miss ties it at 14

No blowout today, folks. At least not yet anyway. After Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead, Southern Miss kick returner Tracy Lampley went 100 yards and the Eagles soon tied it with an efficient offensive possession.

It’s 14-14 with 13:09 left before halftime.

The Huskers’ kick coverage unit was spotty at times last year. It gave up a big one Saturday. Lampley turned the momentum with that score, changing the course of a game that NU appeared to have complete control over.

After a missed field goal by Brett Maher, Southern Miss drove 73 yards on 11 plays (eating 4:41 off the clock). The Eagles have found room on the ground (totaling 60 yards so far), but they converted three key third downs through the air …

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Nebraska depth chart released

Sit down and grab hold of something because you’ll never believe this: We have a depth chart for Husker football.

Easy now. Just breathe.

The depth chart is here (courtesy of Huskers.com).

All kidding aside, coach Bo Pelini’s not too fond of revealing the latest individual rankings within each and every position battle (aka: releasing a depth chart). He doesn’t want anything hinting that there might be some finality to a particular lineup. The competitions will never cease, he says.

But with the opener a day away, the NU coaches have willingly provided us with a glimpse into their minds. No real surprises, but I have a few observations. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

>> Taylor Martinez’s top backup at QB? It’s a …

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And in the 2013 NFL draft…

In 2012, Nebraska’s football team will have its largest senior classes in years. Which means it is ripe for NFL scouts to pore over in preparation for the 2013 draft.

But, just days after the close of the 2012 draft, there may not be a Top 100 prospect on the Huskers’ team. No Lavonte David, Jared Crick or Alfonzo Dennard dripping from the mouths of Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock.

Injuries is part of it. Inconsistency, too. Running back Rex Burkhead — the most complete college football player the Huskers have right now — plays a position the NFL values less than it did 20 years. Defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler — the most intriguing prospect — has spent his career in a 4-3 two-gap line …

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