09-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads to end the first week of fall camp on Friday, working out for nearly two and a half hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.
Head Coach Scott Frost spoke to the media following the conclusion of practice and talked about the team living up to his expectations from summer workouts moving into fall camp.
"I expected it to be better and it's better," Frost said. "I said that before and it's a lot better. Every position looks better than it did a year ago. The speed of practice looks better than it did a year ago. I'm having a lot of fun coaching this team. Last year there were times it was hard coaching the team, but this year everybody shows up with a smile on their face. I don't see one person that I don't want to talk to and they're having fun. This is a fun team to coach, so there's just a ton of things that have gotten better and it’s up to us as coaches and players to make sure that improvement leads to success."
Frost commented on the physicality of practice and how it has been another drastic improvement for the team.
"It's funny, we've had to have talks two nights in a row about slowing them down because we've been a little too reckless," Frost said. "It's not everybody, but that can lead to injuries on the field. You've got to practice like a pro and take care of each other, but I would much rather have to say slow down a little bit than telling them to go faster. I think the toughness and enthusiasm of practice has improved drastically as well."
Frost spoke about the defensive mentality and focusing on forcing turnovers and three and outs.
"We talked to our defense about getting the ball back," Frost said. "If a team drives it and we get a turnover and we get the ball back, that can sometimes be just as good as a three and out. The biggest stat for us is going to be turnovers and the other thing I wants to see us improve a little is three and outs. They make a big difference so we can get the ball in better field position offensively."
Frost finished off with the improvement at the quarterback position all throughout the depth chart.
"I think all the quarterbacks are doing a good job," Frost said. "We're vastly improved at that position from the number one guy all the way down the roster. It was a little depressing at times last year going into a few games with one, maybe two healthy quarterbacks. Noah (Vedral) has been throwing the ball as well as I've seen him throw it. Obviously, he's athletic and is familiar with our scheme. Luke (McCaffrey) is doing some really good things throwing the ball, also making a bunch of plays with his legs. He's picked up the offense really fast. Bunchy (Andrew Bunch) has improved drastically. Matt Masker's making some good plays, so we're at a lot better place at that position. I wish our season would come down to 4 by 1 relay with our quarterback group against everybody else's because we've got some guys that can run."
The Huskers will continue fall camp with practice on Monday, with the first game taking place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at 11 a.m CT.
08-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Florence, Italy – Freshman Samari Curtis led three Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska held on for a 73-70 win over Silute Basketball Club Thursday evening.
Curtis finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals, as Nebraska built a 24-point halftime lead and hung on down the stretch after playing its second game in a 22-hour span.
Senior Haanif Cheatham finished with 12 points while Dachon Burke added 11 markers for the Huskers, who improved to 3-0 on the trip.
Silute BC had pulled to within 67-61 before Thorir Thorbjarnarson’s steal led to a Burke layup to push the lead back to eight points. Thorbjarnarson finished with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and two of the Huskers’ 10 steals.
BC Silute made one last run, cutting an eight-point Husker lead to 71-67 with 47 seconds left, but Burke’s tip-in basket with 11 seconds remaining preserved the win for the Big Red.
The Huskers came out firing early, jumping to a 12-4 lead as NU scored its first 12 points from long distance. NU hit nine 3-pointers on the day, but just two in the final 20 minutes. The Huskers led 19-14 midway through the first quarter, but Silute fought back and tied the score at 22 at the end of the first quarter.
BC Silute took its only lead at 25-24 before Jervay Green helped key what would be the game’s decisive stretch. Nebraska ran off 14 unanswered points, as Green scored six of his eight first-half points to help stake the Huskers to a 38-25 lead. NU then closed the half on another 15-3 surge, including the final eight points before intermission. Curtis capped the half with a long 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 24 going into the break.
The Huskers quickly found themselves in a tussle, as BC SIlute opened the half with the first eight points before a Cheatham basket ended the NU dryspell. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the quarter, as NU had a 64-52 cushion after three periods.
BC Silute trimmed the Husker lead to 64-59 before Cheatham answered with a 3-pointer from the corner to stretch the lead to eight with just over seven minutes remaining, setting the stage for the remainder of the game the Huskers faced adversity for the first time on the trip before holding on for the win.
Several members of the Husker travel party started the day with a visit to the Accademia Gallery Museum, which was located a short walk from the Huskers’ team hotel in downtown Florence. The museum features several famous sculptures by Michelangelo, including the masterpiece David. The 14-foot-tall marble masterpiece depicts the Biblical hero David in his battle against Goliath, and took Michelangelo more than two years to construct when it was finished in 1504.
“It was beautiful,” Thorbjarnarson said about the Huskers’ trip to the Accademia. “The sculpture of Davis was one of the main things I wanted to see here in Florence. At first, I thought it was going to be smaller, but when you realize how long it took him to build it, it was truly spectacular to see.”
Following the Accademica, the group took a walking tour through Florence and learned more about the city that was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Some of the tour highlights included the Florence Cathedral, which took over a century to build and towers over the city and Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone bridge with a thriving market featuring jewelry and leather shops.
The Huskers will finish up in Florence tomorrow before traveling to Como for the final portion of the trip. The Huskers will play their final game of the week on Monday night against Italian Select. Tipoff is scheduled for Noon (central).
08-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with cornerback Morris Claiborne on a one-year deal Thursday to fortify a thin and unproven backfield, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person, who said the deal could be worth about $3 million with incentives, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced it. Claiborne still must pass a physical to make it official.
The Chiefs have been searching for help at cornerback all offseason, and that need became even more apparent when backup Keith Reaser suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Claiborne would give Kansas City some depth behind the starting trio of Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward and Kendall Fuller.
Well, when he becomes eligible to play.
The former sixth-overall pick has been suspended the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. That means the earliest he could play is Week 5 against the Colts, giving him plenty of time to learn defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's system.
Claiborne, who was teammates at LSU with new Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, spent his first five seasons with Dallas before spending the last two with the Jets. He has started 73 of the 77 games in which he has appeared, making 251 tackles and seven interceptions while scoring a pair of touchdowns.
One of his biggest problems has been staying healthy.
Claiborne has missed time with injuries ranging from hamstring and groin problems to a torn patellar tendon that caused him to miss 12 games in 2014. He also has missed a game each of the past two seasons in New York, first with a foot injury and last season with a shoulder problem.
The Chiefs have been working on a deal with Claiborne for a while, which is one of the reasons they felt comfortable switching second-year pro Tremon Smith from cornerback to running back last week.
"They're competing," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of his collection of cornerbacks, "but I feel comfortable doing this move right now with Tremon."
Breeland, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, and Fuller are listed as the first-team cornerbacks on the initial depth chart released for Saturday night's preseason opener against Cincinnati. But the Chiefs intend to use Fuller primarily in the slot, which means Ward could start on the opposite side of Breeland when the Chiefs are in their base 4-3 defense.
The Chiefs knew what they were getting in Breeland. Ward has been a pleasant surprise.
"When I did watch the tape, and I had mentioned it to (general manager) Brett (Veach) that I think this particular player — I didn't know him at the time — had some potential to be a good press corner," Spagnuolo said. "I like the guys with the long arms. Now, I have to get used to the inner makeup of a corner. That's really important in this league. I'd like to see him always challenge every play."
Perhaps an internal challenge from a new signing in Claiborne will help to spur Ward along.
That goes for the rest of the Chiefs' reconstructed defensive backfield, too.
NOTES: The Chiefs signed TE Hunter Dimick late Wednesday. He was an undrafted free agent out of Utah who spent time with Jacksonville last season. ... WR Sammy Watkins hurt his finger during Thursday's practice, but Reid said it should be OK. ... DT Xavier Willilams (lower back soreness), TE David Wells (calf bruise), DE Alex Okafor (sore hip) and WR Gehrig Dieter (back spasms) did not practice. ... RB Damien Williams (hamstring) practice for the second day after missing most of the first two weeks of camp. "We're just easing him back in," Reid said. "We don't want him to take any steps back with his hamstring, but he looks good."
07-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Florence, Italy – Haanif Cheatham and Dachon Burke had 20 points apiece, as Nebraska improved to 2-0 on the trip with an 83-58 win over Silute BC on Wednesday evening.
While Cheatham and Burke were the only Huskers to finish in double figures, 10 of the 12 players who played got into the scoring column. Despite traveling most of the day and not arriving until Florence until 3 p.m., the Huskers shot well, hitting 10 3-pointers in the win. Matej Kavas added a trio of 3-pointers for nine points, while Samari Curtis added a pair as part of an eight-point effort for the victors.
Nebraska trailed 18-14 midway through the first quarter before Burke and fellow reserves Thorir Thorbjarnarson and Jervay Green, keyed a 14-2 spurt to put the Huskers ahead for good. Thorbjarnarson’s 3-pointer and Burke’s conventional 3-point play gave the Huskers a 20-18 lead before Green’s first bucket capped an 8-0 run to end the first quarter and stake the Huskers a 22-18 lead.
The run continued in the opening minutes of the second stanza, as Nebraska scored six of the first eight points to build a 28-20 lead after a pair of Burke baskets. Nebraska eventually stretched the margin to 35-23 after baskets by Cheatham and Shamiel Stevenson forced a Silute timeout with 5:56 left in the half.
Silute, which trailed 39-30 at the break, opened the half with five quick points to trim the Husker lead to 39-25 before Nebraska responded with six straight points of its own, including four by Stevenson, to push the lead back to double digits, at 45-35.
Silute was within 52-42 after a 3-point play before Nebraska rattled off seven straight points, including consecutive dunks by Dalano Burton before Burke’s alley-oop pushed the lead to 17 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Leading 59-48 after three periods, Cheatham and Burke combined for 11 points in a 15-4 Husker run to push the lead to 22, at 74-52 with just under six minutes remaining after a Green layup. Burke connected on a pair of 3-pointers as part of a run of 10 straight points for the Big Red. The Huskers hit five 3-pointers in the final quarter, as trifectas from Curtis and freshman Charlie Easley pushed the final margin to 25.
The Huskers will be back in action again Thursday with a rematch against BC Silute. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. central.
07-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads for the first time during fall camp on Wednesday, working out for nearly two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters spoke to the media following practice and talked about the direction of practice and the competition he has seen within the offense.
“The theme of this camp is really, competing on both sides of the ball,” Walters said. “The defense is making us a whole lot better. Those guys are getting after it, we have to compete with them, and then competition within each position has been great. It’s been a good camp.”
Walters spoke highly of freshman wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and how he has taken care of his body throughout the summer.
“He’s (Robinson) looked good,” Walters said. “He’s staying healthy, that was the key in spring, he was nicked up a little bit, so he’s doing a good job of taking care of his body. He did a good job in the summer taking care of his body. He’s everything that we hoped for. He keeps getting better, he makes plays as a receiver, he is making plays as a running back. That dual threat option is going to cause challenges for opposing defenses.”
Walters also commented on the defense and how the unit has challenged the offense to protect the football.
“The entire defense is flying around,” Walters said. “The defensive staff is doing an excellent job of getting those guys to play with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, they’re flying around and they’re creating turnovers. That’s one of the things as an offense, we have to do a better job of protecting the football. Those guys are trying to strip it and create turnovers.”
Walters, who also coaches the Husker wide receivers, was asked about the progress of the freshmen wideouts.
“I like what they’re doing,” Walters said. “Darien Chase is a big target, he’s picking up the offense well, solid receiver, good hands. Demariyon Houston, he’s more of a speedster. We tell the freshmen to dive in, don’t dip your toe in the water. It’s hard for those guys because they’re not used to the speed and physicality and sometimes, they’re kind of going through the motions, trying to feel things out. As we’ve gone along in camp they have gotten faster and understand what the expectations are and so I’m very pleased with their performance so far.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field Thursday morning, and head coach Scott Frost will address the media after practice on Friday.
05-Aug-2019 / Steve Stein
05-Aug-2019 / Steve Stein
For the first time since the 1970's Hastings is hosting an American Legion Baseball Regional. The Mid South will feature teams from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska
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05-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- Jervay Green’s 15 points led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska opened its Italian Tour with an 87-56 win over Stella Azzurra Academy Monday evening.
Green led a balanced attack that saw all 12 players who dressed break into the scoring column. Freshman Kevin Cross tallied 13 off the bench while Dachon Burke and Matej Kavas added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Huskers who spent most of Monday morning walking around and touring Vatican City, got off to a slow start and trailed for most of the first five minutes before Kavas scored five straight points and a Burke basket gave the Huskers an 11-10 lead. The hosts were within 17-14 before Cross’ three-point play sparked an 8-2 NU run, as the Huskers extend their lead to 25-15 at the end of the first quarter.
Nebraska continued to stretch the lead, scoring 18 of the first 21 points of the second quarter to push the lead to 43-18 after six straight points from Green and took a 47-28 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the hosts got to with 17 on two occasions, the last being 54-37, before baskets by Samari Curtis and Kevin Cross pushed the margin back to 21 points and NU led 64-41 at the end of three periods.
Nebraska opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run, including 3-pointers from Cheatham and freshman Charlie Easley, to put the lead back to 29 points. NU used its bench for a good portion of the period in posting the 31-point win.
The Huskers will wrap up their stay in Rome on Tuesday before leaving for Florence and a matchup with Silute Basketball Club Wednesday evening (1 p.m. Lincoln time).
Scorers: Jervay Green 15; Kevin Cross 13; Dachon Burke 11; Matej Kavas 10; Shamiel Stevenson 9; Haanif Cheatham 7; Delano Banton 7; Samari Curtis 5; Charlie Easley 3; Jace Piatkowski 3; Thorir Thorbjarnarson 2; Bret Porter 2
05-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team worked out in helmets and shoulder pads for a little over two hours on Monday outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media following practice and talked about how the defense looks in its first week of practice the spring game in April.
"I think they picked up where they left off," Chinander said. "A lot of retention from the older guys, installs come a lot faster than last year. Interesting for me, kind of a different install. Kind of an older guy install and a younger guy install because there's so much retention because the kids worked so hard in the summer, but the effort has been awesome, communication has been awesome. Just their understanding of what we're trying to do has been really, really good."
Chinander also talked about how the true freshmen defensive backs are coming along since getting them to campus over the summer.
"Four days in, those guys have done some really, really good things," he said. "Now I think they've hit the rookie wall a little bit. You know, practicing like we practice and lifting and all that kind of thing, they might be getting a little heavy legged but I like where they're at. I think those guys are really good players and definitely going to help on special teams, and I hope some of them can help us on base defense or nickle defense or dime defense."
Chinander went on to discuss how leadership has developed among the players since last season.
"The leadership and the ‘followership’ has come a long way," Chinander said. "I think sometimes you have great leaders and you have bad followers behind them. Right now we have really good followers and really good leaders. If it's a leader that's talking, people are listening, and if it's another guy that may not be a leader that's talking people are listening, and if it's another guy that maybe not be a leader talking, even the leaders are even listening. So I think that leadership quality, that unity in the team, offense, defense (is there. If Adrian Martinez tells us something on defense, we're going to do it. It's just a team mentality now and leadership is trickling from the top to the bottom."
Chinander ended the media session comparing the level of strength and speed he's seen compared to last season.
"Oh absolutely," Chinander said of Nebraska’s offseason gains in strength and conditioning. "Just looking at them and watching them run around and watching them play and do drills, it's night and day to me. Ask Coach Dewitt about that, he's a better judge of that because me and him talked and he asked 'what do you think?', and I said 'I think we're better' and he said 'I think we're a lot better.' When you're not around it for four months and then you jump back in he said it just looks different. So I will take his word for it."
The Huskers will take their first day off of fall camp on Tuesday before returning to the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. CT.
02-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska men’s basketball program is about to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy the next 10 days beginning Saturday morning. The Huskers will arrive in Italy on Sunday morning (central time) and visit Rome, Florence and Como over the next nine days.
The Huskers will not only get their first competition under Coach Fred Hoiberg with four games, but will also have a chance to explore and sightsee throughout the trip. The team will visit historic places such as the Colosseum and Vatican City in Rome, the Accademia Gallery in Florence and much more.
Follow along with the Huskers, as the Huskers.com staff will have the trip covered. From daily recaps, photos and videos, Huskers.com will be the hub for much of the Huskers’ Italian trip. In addition, fans can also follow our social media sites on both Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/huskerhoops/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/huskerhoops).
In addition to the Huskers.com and social media coverage, Ben McLaughlin from the Husker Sports Network will be on the scene in Italy and will be filing two reports per evening for Sports Nightly, which airs Monday-Friday from 6-9 p.m. (central). The reports will feature daily recaps and interviews with Husker players on site in Italy. In addition, he will be filing postgame recaps for the network, and all of McLaughlin’s recaps will be available on the Husker Sports Network Twitter (@HuskerSports).
Husker Basketball Italy Trip Schedule
Day City Main Activity Game Info
Sat., Aug. 3 Travel Day
Sun., Aug. 4 Arrive in Rome Rome Tour
Mon., Aug. 5 Rome Visit Vatican City vs. Stella Azzurra Academy, 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Tues., Aug. 6 Rome Visit Colosseum and Roman Forum
Wed., Aug. 7 Head to Florence vs. Silute BC (Lithuania), 1 p.m. (CT)
Thurs., Aug. 8 Florence Tour of Florence, including Accademia vs. Silute BC (Lithuania), 11 a.m. (CT)
Fri., Aug. 9 Florence Trip to Pisa to see Leaning Tower of Pisa
Sat., Aug. 10 Head to Como Visit Ferrari Museum en route to Como
Sun, Aug. 11 Como Boat tour of Lake Como and visit Bellagio
Mon., Aug. 12 Como Tour city of Lugano, Switzerland vs. Italian Select, Noon (CT)