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Practice report Aug. 28: RB Taylor to redshirt

Adam Taylor requested to redshirt this fall to focus on his development as a player, but running backs coach Ron Brown said the staff will continue to prepare the 210-pound freshman, just in case.

“He’s good enough to play, there’s no question about it,” Brown said. “He’s a talented dude.”

Brown said Taylor will continue to take practice reps with the main offense (not the scout team). Again, just in case. The Huskers have sophomore Imani Cross and true freshman Terrell Newby backing up starter Ameer Abdullah. Brown also mentioned walk-on King Frazier as a guy who could help out as well.

And Taylor was right in that mix, according to Brown. He’s a hard worker on the field and he’s committed to getting better …

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Practice report Aug. 27: Defense’s top unit taking shape

This could (and probably will) change by next week, but defensive coordinator John Papuchis provided a detailed update of the Huskers’ starting lineup after practice Tuesday.

We won’t waste time. Here’s the good stuff, courtesy of Papuchis…

>> Defensive end Jason Ankrah and defensive tackle Thad Randle are starters (you knew that). Redshirt freshman Avery Moss and sophomore Randy Gregory are still battling out for the other top D-end job. And if the game were today, Papuchis said, the fourth lineman would be redshirt freshman Vincent Valentine — who’s apparently better conditioned (what used to be his biggest obstacle).

>> Sophomore David Santos is settled in as the top middle linebacker in the nickel and dime formations. Junior Zaire Anderson, freshman Nathan Gerry and senior …

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Spring Football: Bo shakes it up

Toward the end of Nebraska’s first spring practice Saturday, Bo Pelini, Jamal Turner and the rest of the Husker football team threw its hat in the Harlem Shake ring. It must be said: Pelini is front and center in the video dancing his tail off, and he even manages to make a little joke on his reputation for having a temper.

NU now has several Harlem Shake videos.

Nebraska women’s basketball (probably the best individual dancing)

Nebraska men’s basketball

Men’s gymnastics

UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman (irony)

UNL’s CBA

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Third quarter: Wisconsin 63, Nebraska 17

We’ll keep it short, because that’s all this game deserves. If you’re still watching, you’re a Badger fan or you’re just REALLY bored on a Saturday night.

Three of the first eight plays for Wisconsin’s offense after halftime resulted in touchdowns — a 9-yarder by Montee Ball, a 57-yarder by Ball and a 68-yarder by James White. The Badgers now have 549 yards of total offense (449 on the ground), gaining 11.7 yards per play.

Just an ugly night for the Blackshirts.

Other observations are below…

>> Kenny Bell’s highlight-worthy block — he de-cleated Devin Smith with a perfectly legal hit — on a Jamal Turner touchdown reception was inexplicably flagged by an official (wiping out the score). The call was horrible. Bell’s post-block reaction …

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Nebraska-Wisconsin: Five things to watch

Since we’re still several hours away from Nebraska’s showdown against Wisconsin, I assume you have some time to kill.

And because you can never have too many breakdowns of a rematch, here’s my compilation of five (mostly random) things to watch in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game…

1. Will Taylor Martinez find room on the ground? Wisconsin managed to keep him somewhat contained in the first meeting — with the exception of two quarterback draw plays, which totaled 56 yards. The Badgers likely won’t blitz much at all (maybe they’ll disguise some pressures by crowding the line on third down). Their safeties will storm down at times, and they do that well. Plus, linebacker Chris Borland will make some plays. But Martinez has been …

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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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First quarter: Nebraska 10, Minnesota 0

An uncharacteristically fast start has Nebraska in good position early here at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers scored on their first two possessions, moving the football without much resistance.

It was hard to predict what kind of first-quarter showing you’d get from NU after senior day festivities and a memorable pregame scene.

In case you haven’t heard …

It’s Tom Osborne’s last home football game as a Nebraska employee. So fans in the East Stadium bleachers honored the legendary coach and current athletic director by spelling out “Thanks TO” in a card stunt. After the tunnel walk video recognized Osborne’s achievements, the Memorial Stadium big screen revealed this image: Osborne standing next to Bo Pelini outside the NU locker room. Together, Osborne and Pelini led the

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Burkhead’s improvement evident in small sample size

It’s never too difficult to get an honest self-critique out of senior Rex Burkhead, whose humility is maybe the hidden source for his workmanlike approach.

Seven months ago, I asked Burkhead to identify the area of his game he was working hardest to improve.

His answer: Creating more replay-worthy, momentum-changing running plays. More flash. And less of a grind-it-out style. “Just making one cut and going,” Burkhead said in April. “Instead of making those multiple cuts. Big plays often times come when you hit the hole hard and just break arm tackles.”

Three MCL sprains have kept Burkhead from proving if he could fully translate his offseason work to the field for a full season. He’s had a couple promising glimpses, though.

During the 2010 …

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Practice Report: Abdullah handling extra work just fine

Sophomore Ameer Abdullah is in great physical shape, but coach Ron Brown said his mental toughness is what has allowed him to persevere through the rigors of Big Ten play as NU’s top I-back.

Abdullah isn’t fully healthy, but you wouldn’t know it during the last three weeks — when he’s carried the ball 65 total times, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt. He’s passed the century mark in all three games (against Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State).

Brown’s been impressed with Abdullah’s character.

“He’s been tremendous,” Brown said. “I’ve appreciated his attitude.”

As Rex Burkhead continues to work back to full strength after suffering a knee injury, Abdullah’s playing time isn’t expect to decrease one bit. And that’s OK, according to Brown. Abdullah can handle …

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