Jacob Padilla
Staff Writer
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he's probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.
Padding the Stats: Improvement at Rim Key to Offensive Progress
Nebraska is getting to the rim more often than almost anyone else in the Big Ten, but the quality process hasn't produced the results to match. That will need to change moving forward if Nebraska hopes to find more consistency as the season goes on.
Nebraska Roster Reset: Pass-Catchers
Nebraska Football ⋅ 1 day ago by Jacob Padilla
The 2019 season has officially come to an end, which means its time to turn our sights toward 2020. With Nebraska locking in most of its recruiting class during the early signing period, now is a good time to take stock of where the roster stands. Today is a look at the pass-catchers.
Roster, Coaching Changes as Huskers Gear Up for 2020 Season
Following some recent roster attrition, expect John Cook and his staff to be active in the transfer portal and on the recruiting trail as the Huskers gear up for another run at reaching the Final Four, which will be held in Omaha once again in 2020.
Husker Defense Has No Answer in 80-68 Loss at Ohio State
Offensive woes early on and defensive struggles throughout doomed Nebraska on the road on Tuesday as the Huskers fell at No. 21 Ohio State 80-68.
Hoiberg Hoping for a Full, 40-Minute, Team Effort at Ohio State
Physicality in the post and precise closeouts will be key for Nebraska at Ohio State on Tuesday as the Huskers look to avoid dropping their second straight game.
Nebraska Roster Reset: Offensive Backfield
Nebraska Football ⋅ 3 days ago by Jacob Padilla
The 2019 season has officially come to an end, which means its time to turn our sights toward 2020. With Nebraska locking in most of its recruiting class during the early signing period, now is a good time to take stock of where the roster stands. First up is a look at the offensive backfield.
Tyler Hildebrand's Return to Nebraska a Team Effort
When Kayla Banwarth left Nebraska to accept the Ole Miss head coaching job, one name jumped out from Coach John Cook's list of possible replacements: Tyler Hildebrand. With the support of the Nebraska administration, Cook made an offer that Hildebrand couldn't refuse.
High School Roundup: Booth Passes Milestone, Williams Makes Debut
The High School Roundup took the last couple of weeks off as most of the future Division I players competed in the Metro Holiday Tournament, which Hail Varsity recapped start to finish, but it’s back this week and features one senior passing a milestone and another making his season debut.
Nebraska's Comeback at Northwestern Falls Short
Nebraska fell behind by as much as 18, cut the deficit to three in the final minute then came up just a bit short in a 62-57 loss at Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.
5 Thoughts on Omaha Skutt at Omaha Roncalli
After losing a thriller to Omaha Roncalli during the regular season last year, Omaha Skutt got its revenge on Friday with a dominant defensive showing in a 63-42 win. Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on the action.
Huskers Hit the Road for Matchup with Northwestern
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Jervay Green has responded well to his benching in practice this week as the Huskers get set to head to Northwestern to take on a short-handed Wildcats squad on Saturday afternoon.
Nebraska Opposite Hitter Anezka Szabo Transferring to Kansas
After three years at Nebraska, opposite hitter and blocking specialist Anezka Szabo is transferring to Kansas. She'll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after redshirting in 2018.
Freshman Guard Charlie Easley Placed on Scholarship
Lincoln Pius X graduate Charlie Easley is no longer a walk-on. Fred Hoiberg placed the freshman on scholarship after Friday's practice.
Padding the Stats: The Jervay Green Conundrum
Coach Fred Hoiberg benched Jervay Green against Iowa and the move paid dividends in the form of a win over the Hawkeyes. The question now becomes where does that leave Green and Nebraska moving forward?
Thorir Thorbjarnarson Indispensable to Nebraska's Starting Lineup
Thorir Thorbjarnarson's basketball IQ and growth as a shooter have made him an indispensable part of Nebraska's starting lineup as the Huskers have gotten off to a 2-2 start in Big Ten play.
Huskers' Pack-the-Paint Strategy Delivers a Win over Iowa
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 10 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Five Huskers scored in double-figures as Nebraska bounced back from a home loss against Rutgers to topple a short-handed Iowa team 76-70 at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.
Hoiberg Wants More Physicality with Iowa Coming to Lincoln
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Nebraska is looking to up its physicality both inside and out this week with Iowa coming to town for a Tuesday night meeting.
Hail Varsity Metro Holiday All-Tournament Teams
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Jacob Padilla was at Ralston Arena for every one of the boys games in the Metro Holiday Tournament over the last week and has compiled his all-tournament teams highlighting the top performers.
Metro Holiday Tournament Finals Round-Up
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 13 days ago by Jacob Padilla
The 2019 Metro Holiday Tournament reached its conclusion on Friday with two teams left standing: Millard North on the boys side and Millard South on the girls. Jacob Padilla was there to recap all the action.
3 Thoughts on Nebraska's 79-62 Loss to Rutgers
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 14 days ago by Jacob Padilla
After a solid start, Nebraska fell apart against a short-handed Rutgers team on Friday night in a 79-62 loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The loss drops Nebraska to 1-2 in Big Ten play at 6-8 overall. Here are three thoughts on the game.
 
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