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NU picked 4th in B12. good read.

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  1. Waylon Van Smack

    Waylon Van Smack #RollJays Club Member

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    Got home from a week on the road and my wife was sweet enough to save all the sports sections for me to catch up on my CFB reading and I found this very spot on and should provide cu fans with some interesting tidbits....for those who's panties were in a pinch over the cu post (picked 10th, good read) read on..... (unless the title alone was enough for you :lol:). I think the cu review was fair (ranking might not have been but that was not the real point of the article or post) and I think this is also a fair assessment of NU.
    The rankings will take care of themselves when the games are actually played. IMO It is a watershed year for NU and although I do like BC there are a lot of unanswered questions that the NU hype machine needs to answer. Funny thing is BC did not even get one quote printed by ol' Lee, I thought the Hawk quotes were very good in the 10th place article, cally just does not have that same "he's a good quote" persona I guess.



    Published Thursday | August 23, 2007
    Big 12 Football Preview: Callahan still must mold talent into titles
    BY LEE BARFKNECHT
    WORLD-HERALD STAF WRITER



    Hey, Nebraska football watchers, have you gulped a little too much red Kool-Aid this month? Worried about sugar-shock from all the frosting-covered quotes coming out of the closed practices at Memorial Stadium?

    Then welcome to the "Big Red Reality Check" hotline.

    This is a chance to cleanse your palate before the first game with a straight shot or two of Nebraska football facts and figures. So let's get right to your questions:

    Q. Isn't Husker recruiting the greatest? We've got some 10-stars and 28-stars and 54-stars and maybe even a couple of 100-star players coming in. Isn't it great? Did I mention the current coaches are the greatest ever at recruiting?

    A. In four years, according to the NU media guide, coach Bill Callahan has signed 93 scholarship players.

    This season, 32 percent of Callahan's projected starters are Frank Solich recruits.

    Yes, the general talent level has improved under Callahan. Up to now, though, those "stars" haven't contributed as quickly or as regularly as in other big-time programs. Scrutiny of NU's over-hyped recruiting and over-complicated systems will dog this staff until there is a breakthrough season.

    Q. Husker Athletic Director Steve Pederson just got a five-year contract extension. Don't we need to lock up Callahan with a long-term deal to keep him from leaving?

    A. Let's check the balance sheet before cutting a big deal.

    Callahan is 19-15 against Division I-A opponents. He is 0-6 against teams ranked higher than 20th. He has no Bowl Championship Series bids and no conference championships. And he is coaching at a time when the Big 12 North Division is at its nadir, with the North going 15-42 against the South the past three seasons.

    NU also suffered its most-lopsided loss in history under Callahan and saw its NCAA-record streak of consecutive bowl seasons snapped at 35.

    We've never talked to anyone leading a coaching search who would be excited by those results, especially at a program of this caliber.

    Q. Nebraska went undefeated against teams in the Big 12 North Division last season. That's a sure sign of progress, isn't it?

    A. Sure. Maybe the Huskers can hold a joint celebration with Baylor, which also was undefeated against the North last season.

    Q. This Sam Keller fella, is he the real deal at quarterback?

    A. He's an intriguing mix of physical skill and cocksureness. In his first four games of 2005 at Arizona State, he threw for 16 touchdowns with two interceptions, and had a couple of 400-yard games.

    Also note that Keller's all-time record as a starting quarterback is 4-4 in a program that last year fired its coach and has been to one major bowl game in 20 seasons.

    Clearly, much has occurred since spring practice. But at the end of spring drills, three "men of football" we trust and who attended all spring scrimmages were asked independently which quarterback impressed them the most. All three said freshman Patrick Witt.

    Q. At what positions will Nebraska be equal to or better than last season?

    A. We posed this question to a handful of former players who are more interested in football than grinding axes. The consensus:

    Quarterback: Maybe. Keller could be Callahan's first real difference-maker at the position. But remember that Zac Taylor was the Big 12 offensive player of the year.

    Running back: No. Fullback is a mystery and Brandon Jackson is a major loss at I-back, especially with Marlon Lucky still unproven and Cody Glenn hobbled.

    Offensive line: Not necessarily. Just because this group is older doesn't mean it's better. The sack total the past two years (68) is mind-boggling.

    Receivers: Probably, provided Maurice Purify shows his off-the-field woes won't drag him down on the field.

    Defensive front: No, though there is mouth-watering young talent.

    Linebackers: Yes, though Stewart Bradley will be a bigger loss than many think.

    Secondary: Maybe, but it's no guarantee unless Zack Bowman can play a lot and at close to 100 percent.

    Special teams: Yes, but the only way to go is up (punt return 69th nationally; kickoff return 112th; kickoff coverage second-to-last in Big 12; no field goals longer than 40 yards).

    So that's two votes yes, two no, two maybe, a probably and a not necessarily. Add it up and it points to another 8-4 or 9-3 type of regular season.

    Nebraska at a glance

    • Coach: Bill Callahan, fourth year, 22-15.

    • Best player: Curious, isn't it, that four years into this you have to stop and think about this category. We'll go with guard Matt Slauson, a preseason All-Big 12 pick.

    • Best newcomer: Place-kicker Adi Kunalic. This Texas thunderfoot is a welcome addition after a season of field-goal struggles and with kickoffs now from the 30-yard line.

    • Good news: The development of quarterback Sam Keller. With the schedule NU has, there was a desperate need this season for veteran leadership on the offense. If Keller lives up to half the hype, he'll be a hero to Husker fans. Live up to most of it and he can move into the governor's mansion.

    • Bad news: There isn't a lot. Just nagging questions about how Keller will adjust, about cornerback Zack Bowman's knee, about the defensive front, about the need to show off with trick plays and about being too stubborn to simplify and execute.

    • Key game: Oct. 6 at Missouri. Win this one and the Huskers could be home free in the North by simply avoiding any upsets.



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  2. 92Buff

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    Interesting point about the quarterbacks in spring...and pretty embarrassing stat about Baylor being undefeated in the North. Its time for the North to step up and start competing.
     
  3. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    so pretty much, everyone else is responsible for posting all the "irrelevant references" to non cu schools, right?

    just wanted to make sure. :lol:
     
  4. 5th_down

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    5th down called it in that other thread
     
  5. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    let me start the pre-season off right:

    who gives a **** what some homer barfneck thinks?

    DIE FUSKER DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    there. i feel much better.

    carry on.
     
  6. CarolinaBuff

    CarolinaBuff Weekend Poster Club Member

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    While NU has slowly but steadily improved under Callahan, they certainly haven't had that breakout year, so I was surprised about the question asking why they haven't locked him up for fear of losing him. As expected, sounds like Keller is the wildcard for NU this year.
     
  7. Mick Ronson

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    yeah, losing Cally to whom?

    he may have a great year, though i'd guess more like 3-5 losses, but he's not done a lot to make him a plum hire for any top 30 program. as Barfy says, he ofer against ranked teams.

    the "wait til he gets his player/adjustment the THE SYSTEM" crap has got to be getting old in Bugeater Country. against good teams he's either turtled (USC, OU), been outcoached (Big XII Championship game), or beat himself (Auburn--kick the FG Bill, Condon's chances at 40 yards are better than converting 4th and forever....and THEN call THAT play?).
     
  8. Blackshirts

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    Well since its not written in crayon I am not suprised you didn't read it. Barfneck is far from a homer!
     
  9. CarolinaBuff

    CarolinaBuff Weekend Poster Club Member

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    I'm thinking about the same for them this year, 7 or 8 wins. I think they'll beat Wake, but have to play 3 tough teams out of the Big 12 South in addition to USC, at Mizzou, and of course at CU.
     
  10. Mick Ronson

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    i think he was ****ing with you, Herbie.
     
  11. 66BUFF

    66BUFF FTW Club Member

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    I think they will lose at least 5 to 6 of the following games

    wake
    USC
    texas
    mizzou
    osu
    Colorado
    texas a&m
    kansas
     
  12. ladyblaise

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    :lol: darling, at cu we retain nobel prize winners on our staff.

    not long ago at nu, they had to systematically unload tenured staff and close departments because of lack of funds.

    even here on this site, y'all do not come off as particularly intelligible. there is a reason that the prototypical buffs fan here is highly educated and participating in trades that are highly respected. whereas, it seems a number of sker fans are rather service oriented... worry about your own literacy. :thumbsup:
     
  13. Blackshirts

    Blackshirts Guest

    And I am supposed to be impressed? So now we aren't smart because some of us work in areas (public service) because they are "not trades that are highly respected" as you put it? Jesus, how is the weather up there on your high horse? :wow:
     
  14. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    awwwww. poor fusker. did your intended slam blow up in your face? :lol: the weather on my high horse is fantastic, thank you. i get to do something every day that i love, i get to enjoy the position of ambassador from another educational system that people are impressed with, and i am also in the position of encouraging the next generation to pursue what they are passionate about - no matter the trade.

    trades have nothing to do with this - you tried to smack education with the crayon comment, without thinking for a moment that as far as a higher education goes, what is happening at cu is light years beyond what is happening at knu. the staff are light years beyond.

    with the exception of ag - and then i am fairly confident that csu is far beyond what you have going on there.

    how does your shoe taste?
     
  15. Blackshirts

    Blackshirts Guest

    No actually it didn't blow up in my face at all. Once again you read way too much into **** and then try and "impress" me with all your horse **** about "position of ambassador from another educational system that people are impressed with". I didn't know running a day care really took that much smarts! Sorry but I am hardly impressed. :thumbsup:
     
  16. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    sorry to dull the thunder you think you bring, but i do not run a daycare. :lol: as for blowing up in your face, i would say it did. here is the cliffs notes thus far:

    reasonable conclusion: a bomb blown up, just for you.
     
  17. Blackshirts

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    yawn..........
     
  18. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    :lol: predictable.

    blackshirts, we KNOW you do not know what you are talking about. that is most of your charm.
     
  19. buff82

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    will you marry me?:wink2:
     
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  20. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    only if ubt is ever involved in a hunting accident. but be warned, i would be one sad, sad ladyblaise. :sad1:
     
  21. 66BUFF

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    I think 82 just ran out to buy a gun and a turkey suit :lol:
     
  22. ladyblaise

    ladyblaise Club Member Club Member

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    :rofl:
     
  23. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Good post.
     
  24. MiamiBuffs

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    NU fans can say all that they like. Truth is that that they know in their hearts that an undefeated season is let alone a Big XII Championship is virtually impossible with this coach.
     
  25. Kameltosis

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    Thats a completely stupid statement.
     
  26. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    I think your right it has nothing to do with Cally and everything to do with Mack Brown's texas and OU, NE and CU are light years away from beating these teams.
     
  27. Kameltosis

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    Agreed. I wouldn't say that about Hawk either. The only one I'd say that about in the 12 is ISU, Baylor and Kansas.
     
  28. Big Red Cop

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    Light years huh? Must not have watched the NU/Texas game last year. Anything but light years.
     
  29. Kameltosis

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    haha very good point. Weren't for nunn's slippery fingers we would have beat em.
     
  30. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Yeah, you almost beat them. That does count for something, but in terms of where the two programs stand right now, there's absolutely no comparison. If you're going to try to argue that point, you're a dumb****.
     

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