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Recruiting: Kaczenski says NU needs bodies at DT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nebraska is on the hunt for talent at defensive tackle. This much is clear. D-line coach Rick Kaczenski provided a brief update on the recruiting process after practice Thursday.

Kaczenski said the Huskers would like to add two defensive tackles to the 2013 class (which currently has zero true D-tackles). Presumably, they’d take more — because the concern, at least according to Kaczenski, is depth.

But there’s a problem. Kaczenski indicated that the ready-made prospects have been staying close to home, lured by the top-level programs in their backyards. And that means Nebraska has had to go after developmental guys, who have potential but would likely go through growing pains.

Said Kaczenski of NU’s evaluation process: “A lot of it’s a projection …

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Practice report: Nebraska without injured FB Marrow

A member of the Huskers’ fullback trio may not play at Michigan State Saturday.

Junior Mike Marrow (knee), injured during the win over Michigan, hasn’t practiced this week and could miss Saturday’s game, according to running backs coach Ron Brown. The exact severity of the injury is unknown, but Brown doesn’t think Marrow’s season is in jeopardy.

If Marrow is out Saturday, it would mean more snaps for junior C.J. Zimmerer and true freshman Andy Janovich. All three have split reps this season.

“I think we’ve come a long way so far this season at the fullback spot,” Brown said. “We were very green and very raw when we started off the season. They’re starting to find their way around pretty well now.”

>> Rex …

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B1G Media Days: Bo talks Taylor Martinez, assistants, defense

Here’s some of the broad topics covered in the first hour.

>> Pelini touted new assistant coaches Rick Kaczenski and Terry Joseph as low-ego, no-nonsense, high-energy fits for his coaching staff. Both are “outside-the-box” thinkers whose coaching techniques Pelini has followed for several years.

“He really fit into how we play,” Pelini said Kaczenski. “But at the same time, I’m always picking his brain about different ways to do things.”

Joseph, meanwhile, is a “global thinker,” “the total package” and “as good there is,” Pelini said, and destined for a defensive coordinator job somewhere.

“And I don’t say that about a lot of people,” he said.

>> Bo hasn’t talked to brother Carl Pelini — Florida Atlantic’s new head coach — in “a couple months.”…

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Recruiting: Western PA star down to Huskers, Spartans

It’s a Big Ten battle for three-star Erie (Pa.) Cathedral athlete Delton Williams, who’s narrowed down his choices to Nebraska and Michigan State.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder projects as a running back/safety/kick returner in college. But Williams touted the Huskers’ defense.

“Yeah, Blackshirts man, I love the Blackshirts,” he told Huskers Illustrated. “That’s a college tradition right there. Being a part of that really helps Nebraska a lot. That’s why they are one of my top schools. Watching Husker football you see that safety coming up and making big hits. I see myself fitting in.”

MSU, meanwhile, has Cathedral quarterback Damion Terry already committed for the 2013 class.Williams has already visited Michigan State. He’d like to visit Nebraska.

Nebraska has defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski …

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Nebraska spring football: 5 things to watch

The second term of the Bo Pelini administration begins at Nebraska.

Time goes fast, doesn’t it? Four years. 9.5 wins per. Two leagues. Two close calls in conference title games — but no Big 12 or Big Ten Championship yet. NU’s had a year to adjust to the Big Ten and expects a boost in 2012. The conference schedule is slightly kinder — I’ll take visits to Iowa and Michigan State over trips to Michigan and Penn State — and the Husker staff expects to be a year wiser.

So. March. Football. Doesn’t seem like a match, but around here, it is. It’s a great thing. A model of commitment. And we’ll bring you the goods. In a month’s time, 70,000-plus fans will give Pelini …

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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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Nebraska’s new DL coach making an impact

Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski hasn’t even been around long enough for his players to figure out what nickname they should use for him. But he’s already influencing the Nebraska game plan.

Kaczenski worked a bit with the D-line Tuesday, enough time to introduce a new technique that the players think will help them keep South Carolina’s mobile quarterback (Connor Shaw) inside the pocket.

Containing Shaw is the Huskers’ biggest concern heading into the Capital One Bowl, especially when the speedy sophomore looks to scramble, according to junior defensive end Cameron Meredith.

“You’re rushing the quarterback, but he can gash you for 15, 20 yards,” Meredith said. “That’s the most dangerous part because this quarterback, he’s really good at doing that. He’s faster than most …

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Update from Orlando

Nebraska’s football team is now in Orlando, Fla., ready to begin on-site preparations for the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina.

The Huskers arrived Monday night without any travel hiccups. Coach Bo Pelini called the trip “first class.” Now, the team’s trying to stay focused.

The plan is to practice Tuesday morning at Freedom High School. It’ll be the first time that the Huskers take the practice field with their revamped coaching staff (John Papuchis promoted to defensive coordinator and Rick Kaczenski hired to coach the defensive line).

Senior Lavonte David and junior Will Compton commented on Papuchis Monday night…

Said David: “It’s well-deserving. He’s a great football coach. His opportunity was going to come sooner or later, I think. … He’s a great motivator.

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DL coach Kaczenski leaving Iowa

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday that defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is leaving the Hawkeyes’ program for another coaching opportunity.

Kaczenski is reportedly a candidate for an open coaching spot at Nebraska, assuming Bo Pelini promotes assistant John Papuchis to defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported the Kaczenski-NU connection Sunday.

An NU spokesman told The World-Herald that Nebraska is not planning any type of announcement Tuesday.

Here’s the full (and short) statement from Ferentz… “Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski has decided to leave our staff for another coaching opportunity.  During the last five years, Rick contributed greatly to our program.  We wish Rick and his family the best.”…

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Report: Nebraska looking at Iowa DL coach Rick Kaczenski

We don’t get too jazzed over what amounts to a rumor for now, but FootballScoop.com — a coaching site clearinghouse that’s right more often than not — is reporting that Iowa defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is a candidate for Nebraska’s defensive coaching staff. As in coach Bo Pelini is “targeting” Kaczenski, which can mean a lot of things.

What makes this interesting is Kaczenski — who played offensive line at Notre Dame under legendary position coach Joe Moore and has been coaching the Hawkeyes’ linemen since defensive linemen 2007 — is considered by some to be a darkhorse candidate for Iowa’s recently-vacated defensive coordinator job. Norm Parker just retired from the spot, and the leader for the job is likely UI DBs coach …

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