Welcome Back Rex

Rex Burkhead was running along the sideline. And Jeremiah Sirles wanted to know why.

“I’m going in,” Burkhead said.

“I was like, ‘Oh, well, let’s go then,’” said Sirles

The brief exchange between I-back and offensive tackle took place as the Nebraska football team prepared for the second half of the Iowa game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Sirles patted his teammate on the back.

“See you in the end zone.”

With just over 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter, they did. Burkhead ran 3 yards for a touchdown, the Huskers’ only touchdown, on the frigid afternoon.

But one touchdown and two Brett Maher field goals were sufficient for a 13-7…

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Walk-ons Welcome

Nebraska’s long-standing walk-on tradition can be traced to Bob Devaney’s tenure as coach. For all intents and purposes, it began then. But walk-ons became commonplace under Tom Osborne, as a hedge against the NCAA’s reduction in football-scholarship limits.

In 1974, Osborne’s second season as head coach, the NCAA maximum was reduced dramatically, from 45 to 30 annually – 33 percent. So he began encouraging walk-ons, even holding back scholarships to award to those who worked their way onto the two-deeps.

As a result, Nebraska gained a reputation for being a haven for walk-ons.

A national reputation.

In August of 1988, Malcolm Moran wrote in the New York Times: “The effort of the walkons provides the…

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Last Time

Will Compton can laugh about it now. But when it happened, it was no laughing matter. “I was like a deer in the headlights,” he said. “I was nervous. I was caught off-guard.”

Compton was a freshman on coach Bo Pelini’s first team at Nebraska in 2008. The Huskers were playing Virginia Tech at Memorial Stadium, and the way Compton remembers it, a linebacker (it might have been Phillip Dillard, a junior) “blew a (pass) coverage.”

The game was the fourth of the season, and as with most of those in his recruiting class, Compton had yet to see action, the intention being that he would redshirt.

At that instant, however, the redshirt was about to…

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Mistaken Identity

Yep, Justin Blatchford looks a little bit like Taylor Martinez, enough so that Nebraska football fans have even mistaken him, on occasion, for his Husker teammate.

“I’ve gotten that a couple of times from fans, asking me for my autograph, and they’re kind of surprised when they get it,” said Blatchford.

As the starting quarterback, Martinez is the better known player, of course. Blatchford, a senior from Ponca, Neb., is listed as a safety, though he’s been playing the hybrid “dime” defensive back position as well as contributing on special teams – as he has done throughout his career.

Probably his most notable play came on special teams as a redshirted freshman in 2009, in fact,…

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Final Four or Bust!

Go ahead and take a drink. Don’t just stop with a sip, drink deep. For Creighton basketball fans, the blue Kool-aid is flowing and its never tasted sweeter as what promises to be a season like no other sets to tip off.

As preseason practice began in October, Head Coach Greg McDermott set the bar high, publicly stating the team’s goal of reaching the Sweet 16. But why stop there? If you’re going to drink the Kool-aid, you might as well chug the whole damn cooler. You read it here first. This is the year the Jays break through and cut a rug through the Big Dance, capturing the hearts of college basketball fans from coast to coast…

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Blackshirts Back

These practice jerseys are a far cry from those distributed in 1964, when Nebraska’s Blackshirt tradition began, as near as anybody can remember, anyway.

Accounts differ on exactly when the originals were purchased and distributed.

And the jerseys were actually not jerseys but rather mesh vests, black ones, pulled over practice jerseys to provide color contrast, in this case the defense from the offense.

Originally, the pullovers were handed out each day before practice and turned in after. Sometimes during practice, a player would be told to take off the vest and give it to someone else.

In any case, the black practice jerseys are just that now, with a Blackshirt skull-and-crossbones logo on the…

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Game-Changer or Not

Put it this way, when Taylor Martinez is good, he’s very, very good. And when Nebraska’s junior quarterback is bad . . . remember those three interceptions against Ohio State?

But the three interceptions, and a lost fumble when the game had been decided, reflected issues shared by his teammates on both sides of the ball. The 63-38 loss couldn’t be laid solely on his shoulders.

“I think if we can keep him clean, he’s going to make his reads and he’s pretty dang good,” junior offensive tackle Jeremiah Sirles said of Martinez. The Huskers’ 29-28 victory at Northwestern was a case in point, specifically the final 8 minutes and 31 seconds.

Martinez was pretty dang…

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