It's good to be back. After a short break in our publishing schedule, Hail Varsity is back for what is our biggest project each and every year––our Husker Football Yearbook.
The full issue isn't quite ready yet––we're in the final weeks of getting it ready for print and it will ship on June 19––but a key piece of it is. We're excited to unveil the cover for the 2020 Hail Varsity Husker Football Yearbook featuring senior cornerback Dicaprio Bootle.
To celebrate the cover release, we're offering $5 off the first year of an annual subscription with the promo code: YEARBOOK. Annual subscribers lock in a year of award-winning Husker coverage, including 11 monthly issues and access to all of the premium, subscriber-only content on hailvarsity.com. Sign up now and you'll also guarantee that you will get the 2020 Yearbook as soon as possible.
Our goal for this issue each year is to give the greatest fans in college football a preview that matches their passion. There are detailed breakdowns of every position. Our Big Ten and opponent previews offer a deep dive into the teams on Nebraska's schedule that will leave readers with a better understanding of what lies ahead. You'll also find award-winning photography and columns.
That's all in addition to the singular storytelling that we hope is a hallmark of our biggest issue each season. Here's a taste of what you'll find in this issue:
- There's still plenty of uncertainty around what football will look like this fall as the nation deals with the ongoing pandemic. Editor Mike Babcock looks back at football during the World War II era, a time when many programs played on but many others were lost.
- Deputy editor Erin Sorensen profiles Dicaprio Bootle. When she put out the call to the people closest to him–including teammates and coaches, past and present–asking them to sum up the senior in one line, the responses that came back were enough to fill up a Yearbook on their own. Those words are a testament to the impact Bootle has already had at Nebraska and there's still more to come. Erin's story offers a glimpse at what has made Bootle the person, far more than just a player, that he is.
- It's hard for any team to be good without a strong offensive line, and that certainly applies to Nebraska, a place that is pretty proud of its tradition in the trenches. With a wealth of experience returning on the o-line, the Huskers could be poised to reclaim some of that tradition, as staff writer Jacob Padilla explores in this issue.
- Nebraska will begin its 10th season of play in the Big Ten this fall. In some ways, that decision felt like a no-brainer then and in some ways it still feels that way today. But what has a decade of actually playing in the league taught us. Staff writer Derek Peterson spoke with many of the key players involved in that decision to offer a fresh look at the impact that move has had on the university and the football program.
- What makes Wan'Dale Robinson go? Nebraska's star freshman wide receiver was as good as advertised in his first season in Lincoln, but how did he get to the point? Staff writer Greg Smith set out in search of answer to that question and found a family story, one that includes some pain and some joy, as most family stories do, but was defined by the support a family offered one another.
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.