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.
Cam Taylor is a Captain and a Starter in Travis Fisher's Mind
Nebraska Football ⋅ 10 hrs ago by Jacob Padilla
Whether Cam Taylor is voted a captain or not, whether he's an official starter or not, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher views the sophomore as an integral part of Nebraska's defense heading into 2019.
Padding the Stats: Overreacting to the Huskers' Italy Trip
Fans and media alike didn't get to see much of Nebraska's four-game tour of Italy, but that doesn't mean we can't overreact to what we did get to see and hear.
Huskers Running Back Ronald Thompkins Returns to the Football Field
Nebraska Football ⋅ 3 days ago by Jacob Padilla
A year has nearly passed since Ronald Thompkins saw his high school career cut short by a torn ACL, and on Wednesday, the freshman running back from Georgia made his return to the field for the Huskers and took his first rep since the injury.
Mohamed Barry Serves as Confidence-Builder for Husker Defense
Nebraska Football ⋅ 4 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Nebraska lost a lot of experience in the back seven from last year’s team, but the Huskers do return All-Big Ten linebacker Mohamed Barry in the middle and his presence should take some of the pressure off all the new starters around him in a defense striving for consistency.
Nebraska Volleyball Ranked No. 2 in Preseason AVCA Poll
The AVCA released its 2019 preseason poll on Tuesday and Nebraska came in at No. 2 behind reigning national champion Stanford who received 62 of the 64 first-place votes.
Huskers Blow Out Italian Select to Finish Italy Tour 4-0
Nebraska closed out its exhibition schedule in Italy with an 84-62 win over Italian Select on Monday with freshman walk-on guard Charlie Easley leading the way.
Huskers Have Some "Hungry Guys" at Outside Linebacker
Nebraska Football ⋅ 6 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Expectations are high for Nebraska's upperclassmen at outside linebacker, but depth will be important as well and that's where guys like Caleb Tannor and Garrett Nelson can make an impact.
Luke Gifford Making Plays
6 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Lauren Stivrins, Nicklin Hames Ready to Lead as Nebraska Captains
Nebraska needs to replace both captains from last season, and with no seniors on the roster heading into 2019, that responsibility has fallen to junior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and sophomore setter Nicklin Hames.
Padding the Stats: Picking a Nebraska TBT Roster
Inspired by a reader's question, Jacob Padilla put together a hypothetical roster of former Huskers (plus one non-Husker) to compete in next year's The Basketball Tournament.
Huskers Survive Second-Half Rally, Improve to 3-0 in Italy
Nebraska survived a second-half rally from Lithuanian club Silute BC on Thursday to improve to 3-0 overall and sweep its back-to-back against Silute during its tour of Italy. Nebraska dominated in the second quarter but got outscored 42-20 in the second half, resulting in a 73-70 win.
Leadership and Maturity Bring Additional Trust to Offensive Line
Nebraska Football ⋅ 9 days ago by Jacob Padilla
In just a year's time, the count of "trustable bodies" in offensive line coach Greg Austin's room has doubled, which is a testament to the leadership of the veterans and the maturity of the newcomers.
Nebraska Improves to 2-0 With Win Over Lithuanian Club Silute BC
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 10 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Nebraska improved to 2-0 on its foreign tour as the Huskers ran away from Lithuanian club Silute BC 83-58 on Wednesday afternoon in Florence.
Big Shoes to Fill but Nebraska OLBs Are up to the Challenge
Nebraska Football ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Luke Gifford has left some big shoes to fill at outside linebacker, but fifth-year seniors Alex Davis and Tyrin Ferguson are looking forward to going out with a bang in 2019.
Thoughts from Nebraska's First Exhibition Game in Italy
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Nebraska live-streamed its first exhibition game over in Italy, an 87-56 beatdown of Stella Azzurra Academy, and basketball beat writer Jacob Padilla has plenty of notes and observations.
Former Huskers Help USA Volleyball Punch Olympic Ticket for 2020
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
The United States volleyball team qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games on Sunday, and two former Huskers played a big part.
France, Yvan Ouedraogo Take Fifth Place in U18 Europeans Champions
12 days ago by Jacob Padilla
It's Dirty Work Playing Nose Tackle, but the Huskers Have Two Now
Nebraska Football ⋅ 13 days ago by Jacob Padilla
The Huskers are hoping Darrion Daniels' arrival proves to be the final piece of the puzzle that puts everyone else in the right spots on that defensive line heading into the 2019 season.
Big Opportunity Awaits Dachon Burke Jr. Abroad
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 14 days ago by Jacob Padilla
With Cam Mack sidelined by illness, Dachon Burke Jr. should get the chance during Nebraska's Italy trip to prove to his new coaches that he can be a major piece for the Huskers this season.
Plenty Unknown for Nebraska Basketball Until Season Opener
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 15 days ago by Jacob Padilla
With this week's news that Nebraska will be without two key players and that the Huskers won't be streaming their games during their upcoming trip to Italy, it looks like the cloud of mystery hanging over this team will stick around right up until the season opener.
 
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