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No sorting out the LB lineup just yet

Trevor Roach and Michael Rose at middle linebacker? David Santos and Zaire Anderson competing for No. 1 reps at the weakside spot? Thomas Brown seeming a good possibility at Buck (strongside)?

They might look like the natural fits but Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis isn’t ready to say how the Huskers might utilize their linebackers when spring practice starts next Saturday.

In fact, Papuchis feels as if NU has some different options — especially at weakside and Buck — with a bunch that also includes Max Pirman and Jared Afalava and a handful of walk-ons.

“They’re all kind of flexible guys,” he said. “I would think that we’re going to kind of mix and match a little bit through the course of spring ball.”

One …

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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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Capital One Bowl: Huskers arrive in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nebraska’s football players, running a tad behind schedule (flight delay), rushed off their seven buses and into a meeting room at the team hotel Wednesday night.

Checking in? That had to wait.

But they soon re-acquainted themselves with Orlando’s Peabody Hotel, the same four-star palace that hosted the NU team last year. Coach Bo Pelini and a couple players paused momentarily to update reporters on the Huskers’ preparation for Tuesday’s Capital One Bowl against Georgia.

The highlights…

>> Pelini thinks his team is in a good position, having practiced “eight or nine” times since losing the Big Ten title on Dec. 1. NU treated last week like it were a “regular game week,” Pelini said.

>> Wednesday sort of served as a …

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Practice report: NU prepping for bruising back

Iowa’s primary offensive objective will be to establish the run game Friday, most likely by feeding its 225-pound fullback as often as possible, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis said.

Last year’s 20-7 win against the Hawkeyes was “kind of a grind-it-out game,” Papuchis said. And because Iowa’s philosophy (run first, then play-action off that) hasn’t changed too drastically since, Papuchis is expecting much of the same again.

So NU’s game plan starts here: Designing a way to slow down sophomore Mark Weisman — who’s been battling a leg injury but was in the lineup last week. Weisman averaged 155.8 rushing yards in the four games before playing banged up against Penn State on Oct. 20.

“He’s a pounder,” Papuchis said. “He’s physical and he’s downhill. …

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Practice report, Sept. 27: Pelini says senior LBs ready to go

As Nebraska’s attempted to slow down spread offenses for four weeks, the snaps have been limited for senior linebackers Alonzo Whaley and Sean Fisher. But both are expected to get more looks against Wisconsin this weekend.

And the two veterans have responded well to their increased roles, according to Pelini.

“They’ll be ready to go,” Pelini said.

But Pelini said it’s not just about Whaley and Fisher, who’ll start at the two outside linebacker spots in Nebraska’s base 4-3 defense. “Everybody’s got to execute at a high level,” Pelini said.

More notes from Pelini Thursday…

>> Safety P.J. Smith and defensive tackle Thad Randle, who have both missed some practice time this week, are healthy enough to play Saturday, Pelini said. … Defensive tackle Chase …

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Practice report: Montee Ball’s health not impacting NU’s game prep

Defensive coordinator John Papuchis said Nebraska hasn’t altered its preparation for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin even though a Heisman Trophy finalist could be sidelined.

Running back Montee Ball (concussion) was not expected to suit up for a practice on Tuesday — but coach Bret Bielema has spoken somewhat optimistically this week when asked about the senior’s ability to play Saturday. Ball’s status was “upgraded” Tuesday, Bielema said during a conference call, though the doctors will make the final call.

Either way, whether Ball’s in or out, Papuchis doesn’t think the Badgers will attack NU much differently. So nothing’s changed this week.

“Obviously Montee Ball’s a really good player — but so are the other guys,” Papuchis said. “We know we’ve got to be prepared to …

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Nebraska jumps out front 14-0

Nebraska made an early commitment to the running game and then burned Arkansas State deep, taking an early 14-0 as the first quarter comes to a close.

The highlight of the day so far was a 42-yard touchdown grab by sophomore Kenny Bell, who adjusted nicely to an underthrown ball and hauled it in as he fell to the turf. That touchdown, with 30 seconds left in the first, came on a play-action fake against man-to-man coverage.

Meanwhile, Arkansas State’s offense has had some success moving the football, but nothing to show for it. The Red Wolves already have 71 rushing yards in the first quarter, executing the zone read option play well enough to find holes against NU.

But an interception on a failed …

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Video: Monday’s Nebraska press conference

Check out video from Monday’s Nebraska fall sports press conference to hear from football coach Bo Pelini, players Will Compton, Quincy Enunwa, Ben Cotton, Taylor Martinez and volleyball coach John Cook.

Coach Bo Pelini

Taylor Martinez

Will Compton

Quincy Enunwa

Ben Cotton

John Cook

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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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Huskers strike quickly, lead 7-0

On the fourth snap of the game, senior running back Rex Burkhead found a running lane and exploded down the sideline for a career-long 57-yard run.

Burkhead bobbled the handoff. Looked like he might drop it in the backfield, actually.

But he regained control and followed offensive guard Spencer Long through the line of scrimmage, into the open field.

Burkhead, a relentless self-critic, has regularly spoken about a desire to be more explosive, to have more of those long runs that tend to instantly seize momentum. Mission accomplished.

Burkhead’s score, with 13:42 left on the first quarter clock, has Nebraska in front, 7-0. And the Huskers are getting the ball back for Drive No. 2 after the commercial break.

>> Southern Miss had some success …

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