I'm here. Are you? Eighteen days until a game. Tell me what's on your mind.
@Chris: I have no clue what the punishment will be but my feeling walking out of practice the other day was that he would remain on staff. Maybe it's a complete misread on my part. Maybe Mike Riley had no idea what was going to happen when he was talking to us, but that was just the vibe I got. And while a big mistake is a big mistake, from a company's standpoint, it's probably significant the charge ended up in the misdemeanor category. think Keith Williams is a good man who has made a few big mistakes, and consequences come with those. Whatever is decided, there is sure to be some criticism of it. The rest of it, I'm going to leave my opinion out of right now because it's still a news story in progress and I want to report it evenly, which we will.
@Seth: Honestly, the linebackers have grabbed my attention more than anybody so far this camp. Banderas has looked good, Newby has looked good, Dedrick Young has looked real good. He was all over the place during his limited work in Saturday's scrimmage. Banderas had the stick of the day, dropping a back for a 5-yard loss. They're playing instinctively and not second-guessing themselves out there much. It should be that way after the experience they gained last year. Group that could surprise? O-line. They're interesting to me, because based off experience, they start this season not too far off the floor,yet have what I think is a very high ceiling. I think people should expect some growing pains here and there, but if Knevel can carry a strong camp into the season at RT, that is a group that *should* be able to get things done.
@scott: Right now: Dzuris-Stoltenberg-Maurice-Akinmoladun. Then: Natter-Davis-Davis-King, I'd say. Although Logan Rath might be in there too. Others who need to help are Newell and maybe Alex Davis and Neal in specialty situations. But both Alex and DaiShon were with the third group on Saturday.
@JimNE: It was a joint effort. And there is a purpose. It's going to run in our special tab section the Sunday before the season, with results. We'll put it online as well.
@Red: He is a very good coach. That is definitely true. I've enjoyed watching him work between the lines. And I never get want to get behind a pulpit on issues like these. The thing is, after No. 3, there are going to be some consequences. There have to be. I don't know what the right ones are. I wouldn't say them even if I had some ideas since I'm in the middle of covering it. I also know this subject matter is sensitive to a lot of people, so I respect that there are going to be many different opinions on what Nebraska decides to do.
@JimNE: No game was steered clear of intentionally. Illinois last year definitely could have been on there. I don't recall off hand what games made the list. As much as Husker fans enjoyed beating Iowa in 2014, it felt like the whole thing was sort of overshadowed by, "What's going to happen tomorrow?" Same goes for Nebraska's 2013 loss to Iowa. Two games where people were thinking ahead to the weekend as they watched them.
@Chris: I would guess there is something said this week. We don't have access today, so I would bet it comes tomorrow at the earliest. I think it has to be fairly soon with the season less than three weeks away. You want to do your due diligence too. Make sure you know everything. Hear what Keith Williams has to say. You have to be timely but smart because this is a big picture decision that is going to be heavily analyzed. I'm sure recruits are watching it closely, although any suspension impacts the current guys much more than the future guys.
@Zonabraska: Only know what we've reported.
@Zonabraska: I don't know if a suspension will impact recruiting that much, as long as recruits know he's going to be there coaching him when they show up. Now, you know teams are going to use it against Nebraska on the trail. You just know because recruiting is a rough game. On the other hand, if you paid close notice to how recruits acted yesterday, I don't know that someone like Ohio State assistant Zach Smith tweeting about it sits very well with them. Besides just being a low blow move that was inconsiderate, I thought it was dumb from a tactical standpoint by Zach Smith.
But if Williams were no longer here, it probably means some top prospects in this class are no longer on the board for Nebraska. I don't say that with certainty. Those guys are still busy processing themselves and I think reporters should give them some space while they do. But his connection is so strong with guys like Lindsey and Lewis that I don't know how you could find a new guy to match it in such a short period of time.
@Cal: Good, good and very good. I think Reimers might even be in Nebraska's Top 6 as receivers. Big target. Bet he makes a play or two that matters this fall. Riley has noted Gifford's progress a couple times already this fall camp. Foster has done exactly what everyone wanted him to do this offseason. Take over that left guard spot with command. Now it's just a matter of showing what he's got in games.
@Zadi: Quite a feat to have three on one national team. Key players too. I covered John Cook for the DN his first year on the job in Nebraska in 2000. He took a team that a lot of people weren't sure about that year and went 34-0. Nothing but consistency from his program from the start.
@Ben: I sort of think it's unlikely at this point, as far as one of them just filling a role as a returner. Grim might play because of what he can do at receive though. I think he's a legit young guy. He doesn't pop quite like Stanley Morgan did a year ago, but if he's in the top six or seven receivers, which he might be, you have to think long and hard about using them. Receiver depth can dwindle in a hurry. Those guys all put a lot of miles on their tires.
Here's the thing about burning a redshirt on a returner: I think it's questionable unless it's someone like DPE on punt returns. If you're just talking kick returns, their action is going to be limited now because so many kickers are good enough to put it in the end zone. Like Jordan Stevenson last year. He returned a few, but more often than not, he was just catching it and taking a knee.
@JimNE: Sounds like you had a good bus ride that day. Hey, it was a memorable game to me. And then Saturday was silent. And then Sunday morning came. Boom. I remember the Sunday boom most of all from that weekend.
@CDS923: I've heard nobody on staff talk of redshirting DPE at this point. It's worth asking Riley and crew if his return has been as been as expected, though, and we will. It's not that he's looked bad to me, either. He was honest when he returned that he had to get the mental side right of trusting that knee. That's the hardest part, athletes always say. Hopefully there's just a good honest dialogue between player and staff/trainers. I'll ask Riley about him when we talk to him next.
@AZHusker: When Pelini was fired. Happened Sunday morning.
@JimNE: Let me just answer you this way: We were always really fair to Pelini's staff. I had staff members tell us as much, even after it was all over. So this opinion comes from someone who didn't have a pitchfork in hand when Pelini was let go. Opinion: It was time. Really. It was. For both sides. Whether Riley's staff wins the same amount or more, I don't know. But judge their work on its own. Because the Pelini-Nebraska marriage had run its course. It wasn't the dumpster fire some now try to present it as. There were moments when it even appeared that staff might really break through. But it didn't happen, key relationships soured, and it was probably best for all involved that it ended then.
@JayMcGee: I'd have no problem with that all Jay. None at all. I swear some school does that, but I can't think of which one.
@CDS923: I don't know what was said or what wasn't. I do think Nebraska fans have to be realistic that right now, for a consistent period of time, the program has been mostly ranked in the 20-35 range. Doesn't mean that can't be bettered in a hurry. But a lot of recent data has the Huskers taking a chair in that category.
@ReggCarnes: Don't know if it will be used as much as Jano last year or not, but coaches have said they want that spot to be part of the plan and they've got three different skill sets to use: McNitt, Jordan, Nabity. With the weapons they have on O this year, especially on the outside, I sort of wonder if they lay low with the fullback early in the season. Maybe spring something in a big moment where the defense has to say, 'Now, wait, who the hell is this guy?' I dunno. That position has always been best when it's an element of surprise.