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Tweets of the Week: 36 Days Away

Another week has come and gone, Huskers. We sound like a broken record, but you know what that means – We’re getting closer and closer to the return of college football (specifically Nebraska football, of course!). With each passing week, Twitter has been filled with great stuff that shouldn’t be missed. But you can’t sit in front of your phone or computer all day, so that’s why we’re here to bring you the best of the best. What might you ...

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Huskers Picked 3rd in the West in Media Poll

How cool is the Big Ten? So cool that conference doesn't hold its own official preseason media poll, that late-summer staple of conference media days. So the Cleveland Plain Dealer does its own, polling two media members from each conference school, in what has become the de facto media poll for the Big Ten. And the results are in. Nebraska placed third in the Big Ten West, receiving five first-place votes. That's behind No. 1 Wisconsin (15 first-place votes) and No. 2 ...

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Hot Reads: Family

We started talking about it nearly a year ago. What if we went to Alabama to meet the family that Ameer Abdullah had always been so quick to credit as a key part of his success as a person and as an athlete? Now, every athlete does this to a degree, but few with the frequency and sincerity of Ameer. That made it somewhat different. That and the fact that Ameer had eight older siblings, all of whom had compiled ...

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What if the Huskers’ played a 3-4 in ’14?

You won’t find many arguments against the 2014 Nebraska starting 11 on defense having the potential to be one of the most athletically gifted units Bo Pelini and John Papuchis have had since the days of Ndamukong Suh. The distribution of talent gives Nebraska some problems - or options - depending on how you view the personnel and its possibilities. You already know that the Huskers are thin at defensive end, but last year’s rotation suggests it might not be as ...

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Catching Up with Khiry Cooper

What happens to a player after he graduates or leaves a program? It’s hard to keep track of every former player, but fans are often curious about what they’re up to now. That’s why Hail Varsity has created a new monthly feature that will help answer the question, “Where are they now?” Every month, we’ll find a former Husker and see where he is, what he’s up to and how he’s doing. We kick off this new feature with Khiry Cooper, ...

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Hot Reads: Prove It

BTN's Tom Dienhart posted his "15 Big Ten Units Under Pressure" yesterday and Nebraska's offensive line made the list. Not a huge surprise there. It's unclear whether this numbered list is ranked in order of most to least to prove, though with Michigan's offensive line at No. 1 it sure seems like it is. The Wolverines managed just 3.28 yards per carry on the ground last season and ranked 109th nationally with 36 sacks allowed, so the o-line there definitely earned ...

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Read This Story

One of my favorite stories from the pages of Hail Varsity magazine in the past year was Grant Muessel's profile of Huskers' linebacker Michael Rose that appeared in Volume 3 Issue 3. You can now read that story online as part of the new Hail Varsity collection on Medium.com. If you're not familiar with Medium, it's a new publishing platform that, frankly, looks pretty great when it comes to displaying stories and photography. That's why we've chosen to use it as a ...

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Measuring Turnovers

Likely everyone reading this knows about Nebraska's turnover issues during the Bo Pelini era. The Huskers generally commit too many and don't get enough back defensively, and, while you can be confident that the ratio between giveaways and takeaways will even out in the long run, Nebraska's six-year run of mostly losing that battle is something to behold. And, because this has been such a dominant storyline in Lincoln the past few seasons, it seems worthwhile to at least try ...

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Hot Reads: First Punch

Well done, Pat Fitzgerald. Really. A round of applause. I'm all for college football coaches throwing little jabs at their conference rivals and Fitzgerald, judging from the social media response, landed a jab on Nebraska yesterday. After winning a charity golf tournament yesterday, Fitzgerald had the following to say about this year's Nebraska game in Evanston on Oct. 18: Fitzgerald asked those gathered to help fill Ryan Field, especially when the “Red Army” of Nebraska comes Oct. 18 for Homecoming. “It’s a pretty boring ...

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Mailbag: Any good tailgating games?

Can you feel it, Husker fans? What specifically are we talking about, you ask? Well, the heat. We’re talking about the heat in Nebraska. But we can also feel Nebraska football getting closer, so to distract ourselves from the heat and the lack of football, we’re talking mailbag questions. This week, we tackle everything from alternate uniforms to unique tailgating games. In fact, this week’s questions were some of the most random we’ve ever received, which made it really fun ...