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An Interview with Mike Ekeler

Former Huskers assistant and Blair, Neb. native Mike Ekeler chatted with Hail Varsity Radio on Monday. The new linebackers coach at USC shared his thoughts on the infamous Ed Orgeron, switching to a 3-4 defense, and what's in store for Nebraska in 2013. HV: You had time with Coach Wilson at Indiana, now you’re off to USC. How difficult was this decision for you? ME: It’s always difficult to leave somewhere but I’ll tell you, I had a good experience here. To ...

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McBride on mismatches

Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride coached through some blowouts in his time at Nebraska. The Huskers put up more than 800 yards against New Mexico State in 1982 in a 68-0 win and 84 points on Minnesota in 1983. There was the 71-14 win over Colorado State in 1991 and the 65-9 win over the Rams again in 1996. That's without even dipping into the lower division opponents like Nebraska will face this Saturday. On Wednesday, as he does every ...

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McBride talks defense

When Charlie McBride talks defense, you listen. On Wednesday the former Nebraska defensive coordinator visited with hosts Chris Schmidt and Nick Handley on Hail Varsity Radio to talk about Nebraska's defense against UCLA, practice reps, the importance of speed,  and nurturing young players. Check it out below: *** HV: Nebraska's defense gave up the second most yards ever, how do you react to this from a coaching standpoint? McBride: The second game isn't time to start being negative for sure.You have some inexperienced ...

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McBride on Cover 2

Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride stopped by the Hail Varsity Radio show on Wednesday, as he does every Wednesday, to talk Xs and Os with host Chris Schmidt. Last week we brought you McBride's thoughts on two-gap defense. This week he was talking Cover 2. If you played any football at the youth or high school levels odds are you're familiar with the Cover 2. It's one of the mother sauces from which an unending array of coverages and schemes ...

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McBride talks two-gap

Nebraska enters 2012 with question marks at every level defensively but the biggest one, the linchpin to Bo Pelini’s entire scheme, is at defensive tackle. This is the first year since Pelini arrived in Lincoln where he doesn’t have either a burgeoning or bona fide superstar at defensive tackle. In 2008 and 2009 it was Ndamukong Suh. In 2010 and 2011 it was Jared Crick. In 2012, Nebraska has one solid starter in Baker Steinkuhler and two leading contenders – Thad Randle ...

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Wistrom’s message: Play for each other

Nebraska called in one of its greatest players to kick off fall camp this week. Grant Wistrom met with the team on Thursday night and when a three-time national champion, two-time All-American, Lombardi Award winner and Super Bowl champion talks, players tend to take notice. Wistrom appeared on Hail Varsity Radio Friday to share his message to the team. “The biggest point I tried to get across was just playing for each other and how important that is,” Wistrom said. “I feel ...