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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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Big Red Breakfast: Forget Iowa’s record, Marrow expects ‘competitive’ game

Iowa’s lost five straight contests and has struggled to keep games close against some of the Big Ten’s better teams. But the Hawkeyes will give Nebraska their best effort Friday.

That’s what NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow expects anyway.

A typical rivalry matchup. Throw the records out the window, Marrow told a crowd of about 250 Husker fans at the Big Red Breakfast. Forget that the Hawkeyes have been outscored by an average of 20 points in their three conference games against teams with winning league records.

“They’re going to be amped to play,” Marrow said. “It’s going to be a very difficult road game. It’s going to be very competitive.”

Why? Marrow’s spent most of his time this week studying the Iowa defense. Here’s …

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Postgame: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14

Nebraska finally could enjoy a fourth quarter lead in Big Ten play Saturday, cruising to a convincing 38-14 win over Minnesota.

The Huskers remain in first place in the Big Ten Legends Division (tied with Michigan, but still holding the tiebreaker). Beat Iowa on Friday, and Nebraska will play for a conference title in the league championship game on Dec. 1.

Pelini said his team gave a “complete effort” Saturday, jumping out to a quick 10-0 lead and building from there. Lots of positive vibes from Pelini, the assistant coaches and the players after the Huskers’ fifth-straight win.

Some highlights and notes are below. Plenty more coverage will be up on Omaha.com/BigRed shortly. Stay tuned…

>> Pelini indicated that senior Rex Burkhead still isn’t 100 …

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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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Practice report: Beck says Martinez made good decisions Saturday

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Monday that he was pleased with the decision-making of quarterback Taylor Martinez during Nebraska’s 30-27 win over Wisconsin.

The passes weren’t always on target (Martinez completed 59 percent of his 29 attempts). But Beck indicated that the choices Martinez made in the pocket were often the correct ones.

“He’s coming along,” Beck said. “I know everybody’s really critical of him every time he doesn’t complete a pass. But there’s a process he goes through.”

Beck especially liked Martinez’s instincts as a runner Saturday. The speedy quarterback scrambled out of the pocket at the right times and made decisive open field cuts. “He ran hard,” Beck said.

Other notes from Beck’s chat with reporters after practice Monday…

>> On third downs, …

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Halftime: Nebraska 28, Arkansas State 3

Nebraska’s efficient offensive attack, piling up most of its production on the ground, is back on track after two quarters of play against Arkansas State.

Quarterback Taylor Martinez has completed all eight of his passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He’s looked comfortable in the pocket. Credit his offensive line (for good protection) and receivers (for making tough catches and getting extra yards), too.

But the real reason for all NU’s success? The effectiveness of the ground game.

Nebraska’s run the ball 25 times (a couple QB scrambles included) and passed it just eight times. The Huskers are averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Sophomore Ameer Abdullah (17 carries for 81 yards) is doing most of the work, but Martinez displayed some fearlessness on his …

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Pelini: Nice starting point, but lots to improve

After a second quarter hiccup, Nebraska cruised to a convincing 49-20 win over Southern Mississippi Saturday, appearing to meet coach Bo Pelini’s expectations in its season debut.

The fifth-year coach said he told the players that the victory was a nice way to start the year. The Huskers did more than enough to win. But this is the baseline standard. Pelini said his team has to get better going forward.

“It gives us an assessment of, kind of, where we are and what we need to get better at,” Pelini said. “I thought there were a lot of good things out there. I thought there were a lot of positives, but there’s a bunch we need to fix.”

We’ll start with the good stuff.

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NU in control after three quarters

Nebraska’s extended its lead and seized control of the opener, which appeared to be a little too close for comfort at times during the first half.

The Huskers have been sharp and efficient after halftime, on both sides of the ball, really.

Southern Miss moved the ball a bit, but had nothing to show for it. The Eagles’ first possession ended on a botched handoff. NU’s defensive guys seem to be getting a little more comfortable.

Other than a quick three-and-out to start the half, Nebraska’s offense moved the football effectively again. Much of the production came through the air, again. Kyler Reed’s touchdown capped a seven-play drive, and Braylon Heard’s 10-yard run up the middle highlighted a six-play possession.

It’s 49-20 now, with 7:47 …

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As Reed’s blocking improves, his snaps will increase

During games two years ago, when Kyler Reed substituted in at tight end, defenses would start pointing at him immediately. Opponents sometimes subbed in an extra defensive back. At the very least, they yelled something like this: “Watch the pass!”

Reed doesn’t want to be that kind of one-dimensional threat — even though, despite a lack of subtlety two years ago, he still managed to torch teams for eight touchdowns.

He was a better blocker in 2011, but injuries slowed him down and his counterpart, Ben Cotton, was more reliable in the trenches (and thus a better decoy for play-action calls).

So for Reed to have the kind of season he wants, he knows he’ll have to muscle-up with those big-bodied defensive ends and savvy …

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B1G Media Days: Huskers still in dark about alternate uniforms

Just in case you think Nebraska players have the inside scoop on the design of the alternate uniforms to be worn this season, keep searching for clues.

“None,” said tight end Kyler Reed when asked what input players had on the uniforms. Reed said he and other Husker players found out about the existence of an alternate uniform when newspapers reported it.

“We were just the voices pushing for it,” chimed in linebacker Will Compton.

Reed and Compton said the players should see the design before fall camp. As for which game the Huskers will wear them in, Reed said the “rumors are Wisconsin.” NU plays the Badgers in Lincoln on Sept. 29.…

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