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Elliott Moving to Analyst; Booker Named Assistant

Nebraska Head Football Coach Mike Riley announced today a change to the Husker coaching staff. Due to personal reasons that recently arose, Assistant Coach Bob Elliott will not be available to work on the field during the 2017 Nebraska football season and instead will serve as a defensive analyst in 2017. Scott Booker has been hired as the Husker safeties and special teams coach for the upcoming season. “We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob's decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program.” A 38-year veteran of the coaching profession, Elliott joined the Nebraska staff this winter and coached the Husker safeties. Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. He most recently served as a special teams consultant with the Nebraska football program. “It's an unusual time to make a coaching hire,” Riley said. “But we are fortunate that Scott worked with our staff this past spring and brings great experience and energy to our program. We are confident that he will add to our program as a coach, teacher and recruiter.” Booker is proud to be a part of the Nebraska coaching staff and eager to work with the Huskers' special teams and safeties. “The opportunity to be a part of a prestigious program at the University of Nebraska is something that few coaches have the chance to do in their career,” Booker said. “This is a special place with tremendous people and a great leader in Coach Riley. I couldn't be more excited for the 2017 season and the chance to work with the young men in this program.”

 


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Nebraska Men's Basketball: McVeigh Selected to Australia World University Games Team

Lincoln -- Nebraska junior forward Jack McVeigh will join an exclusive list of Husker basketball players, as he was selected on Tuesday to represent his country in the 2017 World University Games later this summer. McVeigh is one of 12 players selected by Basketball Australia for the event, which takes place in Taipei from Aug. 19-29. He will become the third Husker basketball player to participate in the World University Games, joining Eric Piatkowski (1993) and Dave Hoppen (1985), as the former Huskers won gold and silver, respectively. McVeigh, a two-year performer for the Husker basketball team, has been part of the Australian National Team pool for international competition for several years. The 6-foot-8 forward served as captain of the Australian U-19 team and played in the U-19 World Championships in 2015 and made his senior national team debut in 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge. McVeigh played in 30 games for the Huskers in 2016-17, averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 points per game. He was second on the team with 47 3-pointers. In Big Ten play, he was one of the best sixth men in the conference, averaging 8.1 points per game and shooting 38 percent from 3-point range. McVeigh reached double figures eight times as a sophomore, including a pair of 21-point performances against Louisiana Tech and Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue. Australia is in Pool D, a group of teams that includes Ukraine, Lithuania, Israel, Russia and Mozambique, and a complete schedule for Australia’s pool is listed below. Australia’s only previous medal in the event came in 2013, earning a silver medal.


Australian Basketball Team Schedule - Times Listed are Central 

August 19:  vs. Ukraine 11:30 p.m.
August 21:  vs. Lithuania 2 a.m.
August 23:  vs. Israel 2 a.m.
August 23:  vs. Russia 11.30 p.m.
August 24:  vs. Mozambique 9 p.m.
August 26-27:  Quarterfinals TBA
August 27-28:  Semifinals TBA
August 28-29:  Bronze and Gold medal games

TBA


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59-44 Win Propels Danger into Playoffs

The final week of the season in the IFL left a lot of questions to be answered. The Danger locked up their playoff spot in the Intense Conference Championship game with Spokane losing to Salt Lake. However, Wichita Falls came to the Heartland Events Center needing a win to advance to the IFL playoffs and came up empty against Nebraska Saturday night, ending their season.

The first quarter saw the Danger and the Nighthawks get going quickly as both teams scored in the first six minutes of the quarter. With just over six minutes left, Nebraska made a big defensive stop on fourth down to force a turnover. About a minute later, Nebraska quarterback Drew Powell took off up field, running 15 yards for a touchdown. The first quarter ended with the Danger leading 14-7.

Wichita Falls didn’t waste any time getting on the board in the second quarter, scoring a touchdown while only taking one second off the clock. On the ensuing drive, a holding call seemed to shut down the Danger offense but then Powell found receiver Carl Sims for a 16-yard first down reception. That play would set up a 39-yard field goal from Josh Gable, giving the Danger a slim lead 17-14. A big Wichita Falls kick return allowed them to score less than 20 seconds later, also giving the Nighthawks their first lead of the game 21-17. Nebraska responded with a score of their own to retake the lead but Wichita Falls just wouldn’t go away, scoring to end the half and take the lead away 28-24.

“I thought we played really well in the first half. The first quarter especially we gave ourselves an advantage simply by playing good defense and getting off the field. We didn’t have the lead at the half but that was just some missed opportunities on our part,” said Head Coach Hurtis Chinn.

The third quarter was all Danger. The ball got rolling when Powell found Carl Sims yet again, this time for a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. The Nebraska defense made their presence known a few minutes later, forcing the Nighthawks to make a field goal attempt. Wichita Falls kicker Rockne Belmonte missed it, turning the ball back over to Nebraska. Three minutes later, Nebraska’s Powell rushed for his third touchdown of the night giving the Danger a 10-point lead, 38-28. The Nighthawks offense seemed to derail, committing back-to-back penalties and setting up long second and third and goal plays. An incomplete pass from McCullum to former Danger player Troy Evans brought on the field goal team for Wichita Falls. The kick was good, cutting the Danger lead back to seven 38-31 to end the quarter.

Drew Powell kicked off the scoring in the final quarter. After leading the Danger offense down the field, Powell rushed for a six-yard touchdown, his fourth on the night. At this point, the Danger had a 14-point lead but Wichita Falls again scored to cut the lead back to seven with under 10 minutes left in the game. In what seemed to be a common theme of the night, Drew Powell scored another rushing touchdown, this time tying the franchise record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. That record is shared with former Danger quarterback Jameel Sewell and former running back Waymon James. Wichita Falls made one last attempt to score as the game approached the one-minute warning. Two penalties, one of which was a personal foul on the Nighthawks set up a fourth down and 25. A long pass from Charles McCullum was broken up by Danger defensive back Demetruce McNeal resulting in a turnover on downs. The Danger would have the ball at the Nighthawk ten-yard line. The next play receiver Eric Thomas took a direct snap into the end zone extending the Danger lead to 21 points, 59-38. Wichita Falls would score once more but it wouldn’t be enough to catch the Danger before the end of the game.

“We played lights out in the second half. Big shout out goes to Drew Powell. I think he is one of the best duel threat quarterbacks in the league right now. As far as the playoffs go, we can now focus on Arizona and winning another conference championship,” Chinn said.

 

The Danger play next Saturday in the Intense Conference Championship in Phoenix, Arizona.


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Three Huskers Taken in MLB Draft

Lincoln – Three members of the 2017 Nebraska baseball team heard their names called on Wednesday during the MLB Draft, as juniors Jake Meyers, Luis Alvarado and Scott Schreiber were all picked. Meyers was the first to come off the board when the Houston Astros took the third-team All-American with the 16th pick of the 13th round and two picks later Alvarado was taken by Seattle Mariners. Schreiber was picked in the 26th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, the same organization where is brother, Brad, is a member of the Rays' Double-A team.

Of the Huskers drafted on Wednesday, only Alvarado had previously been picked. The Salinas, Puerto Rico, native was a 33rd-round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2014 when he came out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

On Tuesday, Husker signee John Swanda out of Des Moines, Iowa, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Angels.

Jake Meyers – Houston Astros (13th Round – 16th Pick)Jake Meyers earned third-team All-America honors from both Baseball America and the NCBWA, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named 1-of-5 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award in 2017. A versatile player, Meyers started 40 games in centerfield and 14 games on the mound during the 2017 campaign. He batted .297 with one home run, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and a team-leading 52 runs. Meyers also led the team in stolen bases with 20 in 22 attempts.

Meyers went 8-2 on the mound with a 3.42 ERA in team-high 84.1 innings this season. Meyers tied fellow junior Jake Hohensee for the lead in strikeouts with 57, while walking only nine batters. Meyers tossed a complete game shutout on March 12 against Western Carolina and was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the performance.

Luis Alvarado – Seattle Mariners (13th Round – 18th Pick) Luis Alvarado completed his junior year at Nebraska in 2017, making 57 starts in the field and 16 appearances on the mound as a reliever. Alvarado had the fourth-most hits (64) and fifth-most doubles (12) on the team in 2017. He hit .283 with two home runs, 25 RBIs, 39 runs and two triples. On the mound, Alvarado led the Huskers with 10 saves, with a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings of work. He struck out 15 batters, and allowed the opposition to only bat .182. Alvarado is a .275 career hitter in 145 games, notching 136 hits, 50 RBIs, 78 runs and five home runs.

Scott Schreiber – Tampa Bay Rays (26th Round – 4th Pick) Scott Schreiber led NU's offense with a .330 average during his junior season. Schreiber was also the team leader in home runs (7), hits (77), doubles (15) and RBIs (51) in 2017. In addition, he had 45 runs and one triple in 57 appearances, making 20 starts in right field, 36 as the designated hitter and one at first base. Schreiber achieved first-team All-Big Ten status in 2016 and 2017, and also earned Perfect Game/Rawlings honorable-mention All-America accolades in 2016. During his first three seasons, Schreiber has played in 145 games and batted .314. He has 180 hits, 26 home runs, 27 doubles, 124 RBIs, 104 runs and four triples.

The deadline for draftees to sign with the team that picked them is July 15.


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Danger, Nighthawks meet to decide Playoffs

GRAND ISLAND, NE – The playoff aspirations of five teams in the Indoor Football League hang on the outcome of a game in Grand Island on Saturday night. The Danger will host the Wichita Falls Nighthawks in the final game of the regular season on Humane Society Night this Saturday.

 

Wichita Falls will travel to Nebraska looking to clinch one of the two playoff spots in the United Conference. With a win, Wichita Falls would make the playoffs. At the same time, the Sioux Falls Storm and Iowa Barnstormers will be battling in Iowa for the #1 seed in the United Conference and home field advantage in the playoffs. To make matters even more interesting, Wichita Falls holds the tie-breakers over both Iowa and Sioux Falls so if Wichita Falls wins, the loser of the Iowa/Sioux Falls game is out of the playoffs. If Wichita Falls loses, they are out of the playoffs.

 

The Intense Conference playoff possibilities are less confusing, but are also not yet completely decided. The Arizona Rattlers already locked in at the #1 seed in the United Conference with a three game lead on second place. The Danger and the Spokane Empire are tied with 8-7 records, but the Danger hold the tiebreaker thanks to a 42-36 win over the Empire on April 1st. For the Danger to clinch a spot in the playoffs, they either need to beat Wichita Falls or have Spokane fall to the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles on Friday night. Spokane would make the playoffs with a win and a Danger loss.

 

“The playoff possibilities are a complete mess, so all we have been preaching to our guys this week is to focus on beating Wichita Falls,” said Danger head coach Hurtis Chinn. “Win and we are in. Wichita Falls is a very good football team, so they have our complete focus.”

 

The Nighthawks have had one of the hottest offenses in the IFL all season and can put up points very quickly. The Danger and Nighthawks have met twice this season and the Danger were able to pull within two points (42-44) and four points (40-44) in the fourth quarter, but fell both times, 48-65 and 40-57 respectively.

 

“Finishing the entire fourth quarter has been problem for us this year,” said Chinn. “We have a lot of young guys that haven’t experienced how quickly points can be put up in the indoor game, but I feel like our team has improved a lot since we last met Wichita Falls. Our defense is stout and our offense is really coming together and are starting to click at the right time.”

 

Kickoff is set for 7 pm Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, with Humane Society Night as the feature. Doors open at 6:00 with pre-game activities beginning at 6:30.

 

Tickets for Saturday night are available at area Pump & Pantry stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office, or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1, or streamed live at www.2dayfm1031.com with live video available at DangerFootball.com/Watch.


Following the game, an autograph party with Players and Coaches will take place on the Danger turf.  

www.dangerfootball.com


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Meyers Tabbed Third-Team All-American by Baseball America

Junior Jake Meyers earned third-team All-America honors from Baseball America on Thursday.

Meyers, an Omaha, Neb., native, helped the Huskers to their first Big Ten regular-season title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. A versatile player, Meyers started 40 games in centerfield and 14 games on the mound during the 2017 campaign. He batted .297 with one home run, seven doubles, 16 RBIs and a team-leading 52 runs. Meyers also led the team in stolen bases with 20, which he achieved in 22 attempts.

Meyers went 8-2 on the mound with a 3.42 ERA in 84.1 innings this season. He tied for first in strikeouts with 57, while walking only nine batters. Meyers tossed a complete game shutout on March 12 against Western Carolina, and was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week following the performance.

A first-team All-Big Ten selection, Meyers was also named one of five finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player-of-the-Year Award, with the winner to be announced later this summer.


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Huskers Announce Three Free Fan Fests This June

In recognition of the greatest fans in college football, Nebraska will host three free fan fests on consecutive Fridays this month, the Athletic Department announced on Wednesday.

 

The first fan fest is set for next Friday, June 16, followed by the second event on Friday, June 23 and the third fan fest on Friday, June 30. All three approximately two-hour events will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place outside Memorial Stadium on Stadium Drive, the street immediately adjacent to the west side of the stadium. Stadium Drive will be closed to automobile traffic during the event, providing a safe and spacious area for fans of all ages.

 

All three fan fests are weather permitting and may be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. There will be free parking on a first-come, first-served basis for all three events in Lots 5 and 8 on Salt Creek Roadway, located north of Memorial Stadium. Access inside Memorial Stadium will be available during all three fan fests, with the June 30th event including field access.

 

The fan fests will feature an extensive array of free food options, appearances by former Huskers, unique photo opportunities, giveaways, games, music and more. Fans will also have a chance to purchase a limited quantity of 2017 season tickets, and the Husker Team Shop inside West Memorial Stadium will be open and available to fans wishing to purchase the latest Nebraska apparel.

 

Highlights of the fan fests will include:

  • Free food (Amigos, Chick-fil-A, Hy-Vee, Kona Ice, Mr. Goodcents, Pepsi, Valentino’s and more)
  • Free inflatable games
  • Free balloon artists
  • Free face painting
  • Free giveaways
  • Appearance by Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley (June 16 & June 23 events only)
  • Appearances by former Husker football players (all three events)
  • Access to Memorial Stadium during and following the events (field access at June 30 event only)
  • Ability to purchase 2017 Nebraska football season tickets
  • Free 2017 Nebraska football schedule cards
  • Photo opportunities with the Husker Helicopter, Husker-wrapped team buses and football trophies

These three special events are intended to thank Husker fans for their continued support of Nebraska football. The fan fests will be in addition to the annual Nebraska Football Fan Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 29. More information on Fan Day will be available next month.

 

“We are very fortunate to have the most loyal, supportive and enthusiastic fans in the country,” Head Coach Mike Riley said. “We are always looking for ways to show our appreciation for what the fans mean to our program, our coaches and our student-athletes. We think this is an outstanding opportunity to connect with our fans and to express our gratitude for their support.”

 

Nebraska Football Fan Fest Facts

What: Free food, activities, giveaways and limited access to Memorial Stadium for Husker fans of all ages

Dates: Friday June 16, Friday, June 23 & Friday, June 30

Times: 5-7 p.m. all three days

Where: Stadium Drive/Memorial Stadium

Cost: Free to all fans 

Parking: Free parking in lots 5 & 8 available on a first-come, first-served basis

(additional parking available at the Stadium Drive Parking Garage and the 14th & Avery Parking Garage, which both garages requiring a credit card payment to exit the facility)

 


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Miller, Wood Earn Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards

Baseball's Ben Miller and women's basketball's Emily Wood were named Nebraska's Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners across all Husker sports in 2016-17, as announced by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Miller, who started nearly every game at first base for the Huskers this season, helped Nebraska to its first Big Ten regular-season title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last four years. He batted .306 while finishing second on the team with 67 hits in 2017. The Clive, Iowa, native hit three homers, recorded 39 RBIs, 28 runs and 13 doubles. He also made three starts on the mound, notching a 1-0 record with a 1.12 ERA in 8.0 innings of work. He struck out eight batters and allowed only four hits. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2016, and finished his Husker career ranked 12th all-time with 241 hits.

Miller was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection, a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a two-time choice of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Wood solidified her position as one of Nebraska's top all-around student-athletes by earning the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award across all the Husker women's sports.

The 5-5 senior guard for the 2017-18 women's basketball team earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017. The management major from Salina, Kan., who came to Lincoln as a walk-on before the start of the 2014-15 season, earned her degree in just three years. She will compete as a graduate student for the Huskers this season.

Wood posted better than a 3.9 GPA in her undergraduate studies and will pursue a master's degree in business administration. Wood, who earned the women's basketball team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, also claimed the team's Husker Award in 2017. She was named one of Nebraska's Outstanding Scholar Award winners across all sports for her performance in the classroom. She is expected to be a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the second consecutive year in 2017, and is a two-time academic All-Big Ten choice.

In 2016, Wood earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for her extensive work in the community. She also participated in the Nebraska Athletics Service Trip Abroad to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2016. A member of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Wood represented Nebraska nationally at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2015.

A six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and a three-time selection to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, Wood competed in all 29 games for the Huskers on the court as a junior in 2016-17. She averaged 2.1 points per game while knocking down 16 three-pointers on the season.

Each Big Ten Conference school had one male and one female Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner across all of their school's varsity sports.


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Home Federal takes two from Norfolk

Norfolk - The Grand Island Home Federal baseball team picked up win 11 and 12 Tuesday night in Norfolk taking a double header. Home Federal would take game one 14-4. Grand Island would have the 14 runs on 10 hits and 2 errors. Norfolk would score their 4 runs on 11 hits and have 3 errors. Bryce Williams would get the win on the mound for Home Federal. In game two, Home Federal would pound out 17 runs on 18 hits with 2 errors in a 17-5 victory. Norfolk with their 5 runs would have 6 hits in game two with no errors. Winning pitcher for Grand Island was Will Nordhues. Home Federal is now 12-3 on the year and will next be in action Wednesday June 7th hosting St. Paul at 7:30 pm. 


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Huskers to Make 2017 Debut in Prime Time

Nebraska will kick off its 2017 football season under the lights at Memorial Stadium against Arkansas State. BTN and the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday that the Huskers’ Sept. 2 season opener will start at 7 p.m. CT.

 

The game will mark the second consecutive season Nebraska has opened with a home prime-time contest. The Huskers defeated Fresno State in last year’s season opener in Lincoln. In fact, the Huskers will carry a 19-game winning streak in home night games into this year’s season opener. Nebraska has not lost a prime-time game at Memorial Stadium since 2008.

 

Tuesday’s announcement gives Nebraska fans a full picture of the first month of the 2017 season. Last week, game times and television announcements were made for Nebraska’s other four games in the month of September, along with the regular-season finale against Iowa. Game times and television information for Nebraska’s other six games on the 2017 schedule will be announcement six to 12 days in advance of kickoff.

 

Nebraska 2017 Game Times/TV Information

Sept. 2 Arkansas State 7 p.m. CT BTN

Sept. 9 at Oregon 3:30 p.m. CT/1:30 p.m. PT FOX

Sept. 16 Northern Illinois 11 a.m. CT FS1

Sept. 23 Rutgers (HC) 2:30 or 3 p.m. CT TBA

Sept. 29 at Illinois 7 p.m. CT FS1

Nov. 24 Iowa 3 p.m. CT FS1

 


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