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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)


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Recruiting: QB Bailey puts Huskers among top schools

The lack of a spring game might have hurt Nebraska’s big recruiting weekend a bit, sure, but it didn’t darken the spirits much of four-star quarterback Aaron Bailey, who made the trip to Lincoln from the Chicago area.

“I feel like I fit pretty good in it,” Bailey told Huskers Illustrated. “I feel like I fit any offense. I like the spread, and it’s similar to our offense, so that’s a good thing about it.”

Bailey said he liked the facilities — especially how close the locker room was to the academic advising center — and coaches Bo Pelini and Tim Beck. The No. 72 player in the country according to 247 Sports has NU among his top schools. Ohio State’s up there, …

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Pelini: Nebraska spring game off for Sunday, too

If there was a door open to play Nebraska’s spring game on Sunday after it got canceled Saturday, coach Bo Pelini closed it in a brief meeting with reporters.

“When we finally met with the team, there’s a lot of issues with playing tomorrow, when you talk about family issues. I had a show of hands of people who had a problem with tomorrow, and you’re talking group projects, academic things — you’ve got an (academic) banquet tomorrow night — logistical issues with their family. In the end, it’s not going to work.”

Earlier in the afternoon, athletic director Tom Osborne told fans on HuskerVision that the game may be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon if the weather was good. Butch Hug, associate athletic director for …

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Spring football: Nebraska rosters set for spring game

Nebraska’s football team released its red and white rosters Friday morning for Saturday’s spring game. You can check the link to the whole rosters here. We’ll post notables:

QB Taylor Martinez
RB Ameer Abdullah
FB CJ Zimmerer
TE Ben Cotton
WR Kenny Bell, Tim Marlowe, Taariq Allen
OL Cole Pensick, Jeremiah Sirles, Spencer Long, Brent Qvale
DL Baker Steinkuhler, Jason Ankrah, Eric Martin
LB Will Compton, David Santos
DB Daimion Stafford, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Green, Courtney Osborne
P/K Brett Maher

QB Brion Carnes
RB Rex Burkhead, Aaron Green
FB Mike Marrow
WR Quincy Enunwa, Jamal Turner
OL Seung Hoon Choi, Tyler Moore, Andrew Rodriguez, Justin Jackson
DL Cameron Meredith, Joe Carter
LB Sean Fisher, Alonzo Whaley
DBs Mo Seisay, Antonio Bell, Harvey Jackson, …

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Spring football: Practice quick hits

A couple quick notes from Monday’s Nebraska football practice, just five days before the spring game. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis spoke to reporters:

>> Papuchis feels most comfortable with his back seven — linebackers and defensive backs — despite those units losing All-Big Ten players Alfonzo Dennard and Lavonte David.

“Daimion Stafford’s made a significant jump,” Papuchis said. “Ciante Evans is doing some good things. Antonio Bell. P.J. Smith. Andrew Green. That first group of secondary guys have made a pretty dramatic jump, in my opinion. And Harvey Jackson’s done a nice job in the dime and also at safety.”

So that’s Green (CB), Bell (CB), Smith (S), Stafford (S), Evans (Nickel) and Jackson (Dime, 3rd S).

Watch for Mo Seisay (CB), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB), …

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Recruiting: Ohio WR lists Huskers, Hawkeyes at top

Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow has plenty of solid connections in Ohio; they helped NU land LeRoy Alexander from Toledo (Whitmer) in the 2012 recruiting class and a commit from Youngstown (Cardinal Mooney) safety Marcus McWilson for 2013.

Those connections have the Huskers in the running for Akron (Firestone) wide receiver Kevin Gladney, who lists Nebraska and Iowa as his top two schools. He’ll visit Lincoln Thursday during spring break.

“I really want to see the place for myself,” Gladney told 247Sports of Nebraska. “They said me being there I can start as a freshman. They have a lot of seniors and juniors coming out and I’d be a good fit there.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Gladney caught 48 passes for 748 yards and 12 touchdowns …

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Spring football: Scrimmage quick hits (with video)

Nebraska’s football team scrimmaged again Saturday — 100 plays in roughly 90 minutes. Some notes from coach Bo Pelini’s ten-minute chat afterward:

>> Quarterback Taylor Martinez was again “sharp,” Pelini said, especially on the scrimmage’s opening drive.

>> Running back Rex Burkhead sat much of the scrimmage, spelled by sophomores Ameer Abdullah and Aaron Green. Pelini was impressed with both.

“They ran really well today,” Pelini said. “They did some really good things out there. We’re moving along at the running back spot.”

>> NU remains relatively healthy this spring. No injuries sustained in the scrimmage other than “a few guys who got the wind knocked out of him.”

>> Pelini said the Huskers are aiming for a 50/50 run-pass ratio on offense next season, …

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Spring football: Scrimmage vs. Intrasquad tussle

One bit of chatter that’s been rattling around college football in recent years is the prospect of allowing coaches to junk their customary, controlled spring “games” and allow for a scrimmage vs. another nearby team.

ESPN’s Big Ten Blog explored this option Friday, citing an Atlanta Journal Constitution story quoting Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who naturally prefers a closed scrimmage where fans and media couldn’t possibly draw any conclusions about the relative strength of a team.

“Clemson plays Georgia in basketball every year. But it’s a closed scrimmage. You know, nobody can be in there except the two teams. If they didn’t want to do any type of public thing, I wouldn’t have a problem with having a closed football scrimmage where nobody could be …

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Spring football: Post-practice quick hits

Roved around a lot today. Picked up some good stuff. Among the items:

>> Tyler Evans has been a pleasant surprise at wide receiver, said position coach Rich Fisher, and Jamal Turner’s growth, Fisher said, “is like night and day.” Junior Quincy Enunwa and sophomore Kenny Bell, Jr., have taken on a leadership role in practice, Fisher said.

>> Two defenders have told me in the last two practices that Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah are looking terrific. Quicker. Faster. Running backs coach Ron Brown doesn’t dispute it, saying lean mass gained in the offseason helped both. Abdullah got loose on a play down the sideline Wednesday, Brown said.

>> Andrew Rodriguez is gonna stay at tackle for awhile. That’s a big thumbs up for …

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Spring Football: Post-Practice Quick hits

Nebraska returned to spring camp Monday after spring break; head coach Bo Pelini seemed upbeat and energized by how his team jumped right back into workouts.

“You worry about a little bit of a layoff and what’s going to happen, but we had a good practice. Good tempo. The recall of the things we’d installed up to this point was pretty good.”

Pelini said the defense was “a little ahead” of the offense Monday — typical of early spring camp — but year two of offensive coordinator Tim Beck’s attack was “pretty sharp” so far.

Other quick notes, with a full report to follow later tonight:

>> Quarterback Taylor Martinez spent his spring break with California QB coach Steve Calhoun. Washington’s Keith Price and Nevada’s …

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