Tag Archives: Notre Dame

Getting to know Kaczenski

The newest member of Nebraska’s coaching staff spoke with reporters for nearly 20 minutes after practice Friday in Orlando, Fla. — a conversation we’ll break into story form for Saturday’s edition of the World-Herald.

For now, here are a few highlights from Rick Kaczenski, the 36-year-old defensive line coach who joined the team this week after seven seasons (two as a GA) at Iowa.

>> Kaczenski said he’s been good friends with NU strength and conditioning coach James Dobson ever since the two worked together at Iowa a few years back. Dobson helped coordinate certain aspects of the hiring process, though coach Bo Pelini confirmed Friday that he did talk to Kaczenski last year.

>> The timeline of the last few weeks remains a bit …

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Recruiting: OL Stanley commits to Notre Dame

Nebraska target Ronnie Stanley, a highly regarded offensive tackle from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School, announced Thursday that he plans to play college football at Notre Dame.

He was apparently choosing between Nebraska, Arkansas and Notre Dame. Stanley picked the Irish. He took an official visit to the South Bend campus last weekend (having already visited NU and Arkansas).

Stanley, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, is one of several high-profile recruits that the Husker coaching staff has pursued — and continues to pursue — this recruiting season. Many targets are still undecided, which should make for an interesting few weeks. Signing day is Feb. 1.

If you haven’t read this, NU recruiting coordinator John Papuchis provided an update of Nebraska’s progress in Thursday’s editions of The …

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Butkus results didn’t bother David

The Butkus Award voting panel ranked Nebraska’s Lavonte David the nation’s fifth-best linebacker. David’s OK with that.

Boston College’s Luke Kuechly won the Butkus Award, selected by 51 voters (coaches, scouts, reporters). Two Alabama players — Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw — and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o finished ahead of David.

Asked about the award after Thursday’s practice, David smiled. Clearly, he wanted to win, but the NU senior is as humble as it gets.

“Just to get the opportunity to be ranked up there with those guys is a great opportunity for me,” David said. “I just cherished the moment of it. But all those guys are well-deserving of it. Luke Kuechly won it. That guy’s outstanding. He’s a great football player.”

David’s earned …

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David finishes fifth in Butkus voting

And the Butkus Award goes to… Boston College junior Luke Kuechly.

Dick Butkus even crashed the team’s banquet to present the trophy himself.

Nebraska senior linebacker Lavonte David finished fifth in the voting (16 total votes; one first-place vote). The voting panel for the honor that goes to the nation’s top linebacker was made up of 51 coaches, recruiters, scouts and reporters.

Kuechly was the 2010 Butkus runner-up. This year, he received 58 votes (18 first-place). Behind Kuechly were Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower (33 votes) and Courtney Upshaw (23), Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o (20), David, and Georgia’s Jarvis Jones (14).

Kuechly had 191 total tackles this season, leading the nation.…

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Recruiting: Commit Greg McMullen considering Notre Dame visit

So says The World-Herald’s partner in recruiting, 24/7 Sports.

McMullen, a June commit from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, is looking at the Fighting Irish, well, because his mom wants him to look at schools closer to home.

“She influences a lot of the decisions I make,” McMullen told 24/7 Sports. “She said she wanted to go on a trip, and I said my second best school I would go check out was Notre Dame. I also think it would be biased to make my decision and never experience a football game at Notre Dame.”

McMullen, a four-star recruit with a 94 rating, said he did advise Nebraska’s coaches he’d look at ND.

“They were like it’s still your decision and they feel …

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Pigskin Pulse, Sept. 16

Plenty of links to pass along on a slow-moving Friday morning. Hope you enjoy!

We’ll start with the Husker-related stuff…

>> Dirk Chatelain wrote about the relationship between Ron Brown and Ameer Abdullah. If you’ve read his column, read it again. It’s good.

>> Nebraska’s encouraging its fans to wear black — not red — to Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium in two weeks. “Pack the black!”

>> Coach Bo Pelini didn’t reveal much in a two-minute interview session with reporters Thursday, but he did say that there’s no priority to get the three freshman running backs more involved in the offense. More in the notebook.

>> Sports Illustrated is apparently set to conduct an interview with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez soon. Got any questions for

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Pigskin Pulse, Sept. 12

Coach Bo Pelini is scheduled to meet with reporters in a little bit more than an hour at Memorial Stadium.

You can watch it live here. … While you wait, click on these links!

>>> Sam McKewon writes that lockdown cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will help Nebraska’s run defense whenever he does return.

>>> Sophomore cornerback Ciante Evans wasn’t too pleased with the way he started Saturday’s game, giving up a few catches. He’s hoping to learn from it.

>>> A Monday Husker notebook includes a update on Will Compton, some statistical rankings regarding Taylor Martinez’s fast start and much more.

Here are a few non-Nebraska college football stories you should check out…

>>> Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has a sore head after suffering

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