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@Blutarsky: I was surprised he wasn't back there, too. I'd also say to let that one play out before we come with the fire takes. I can understand it from Bruce Read's perspective, because a year ago they threw DPE back out there right when he got back and he fumbled a punt. And I think the coaches blamed themselves for putting him in that spot. So they didn't want to do that again this year rushing him back. Also, he has struggled catching them in recent practices according to Read and it was a windy day, a crappy punter, and they didn't think there would be any return chances anyway. That said, my personal opinion is you have to let a gamer like that get under those lights and figure it can't look any worse than it did Saturday. Also, I'd assume you'd want to get him some game reps against Wyoming if you're thinking about throwing him out there against Oregon.
@Aaron: Thought he played real well. Said all camp if that dude is legit and healthy, those DT worries everyone had get pushed aside pretty quickly. I don't say this too often about individual guys, but if he can avoid injuries, I see nothing him stop from being a top, top player for this program. Because he's got everything else: size, want-to and pride.
@Zadi: I'll ask and give you an answer next week.
@SoSuhme99: I did think the Davis twins would play more, but then, you play your top guys in close games, and right now Maurice and Stoltenberg are those. It really wasn't a completely comfortable win until about halfway through the fourth quarter. But short answer, yes, I was.
@TO: I don't know. If you communicate well with recruits why you did something and what you plan to do in the years ahead, it's perhaps not an issue at all. Tough to win on some issues as a coach here. Nebraska doesn't run it enough for people. Now they run it a lot and people are worried about not impressing the recruits.
@Pipeline: He described one aspect of special teams as cartoonish -- the punt returns. I also consider that Riley sees these position coaches work every day. He knows what each coach is teaching. If they're teaching it the way Riley thinks it should be taught, but it didn't translate because of on-field execution, a head coach is probably going to stand by his guy and expect that players are going to process it and execute it better going forward. I will say after the punt block, the Huskers took out the guy who was most at fault. I'm not sidestepping, it's just the way I am about this stuff when I say, let's see what special teams does the next couple weeks. It's an area of the game that very well could decide a contest against Oregon. It's got to get better. But let's see if it does, and what it's results are in a spotlight game before we go too far into this discussion.
@Zadi: He played OK, not great. I didn't expect Deion Sanders in Week 1 of his first game. They picked on him a bit, as you should with a new guy, but it wasn't like he was just getting torched. He'd probably like that slant on the touchdown back. The fade on the sideline was a really, really good ball that he happened to be on the unfortunate end of. If you're going to play true freshmen and give them a chance to grow, fans should understand there are going to be some roadbumps with it too. He was also a safety most of his life until August.
@Justin: I think a lot of the recruits are big-time prospects who are going to take their officials and make teams wait. Everything I've heard said they had a good experience, but it wasn't one of those weeks where it was expected that someone was just going to raise his hand before they get on the plane home. The great thing about being in on top guys is that you're in on top guys. The tough thing is a lot of those guys know they pull the strings and are going to take as much time as they desire before telling you what's up.
@TO: Thought he looked the best of the bunch, yes. But I have no problem with a good rotation between Newby and Ozigbo. Newby ran it well too. It's not like they didn't go with the hot hand. Ozigbo had six more carries than anybody else. Their RB situation is much improved from a year ago when the shadow of nobody being near as good as Ameer loomed over the whole thing. There's not an Ameer in that room but they've got the dudes to make it work there with no excuses. Yes, No. 22 is my favorite of the bunch right now.
@NateM.: Think that's a good idea, Nate. It's such a severe penalty to eject a guy when most of these hits are not intentionally trying to hurt anyone. I respect the intentions of the rule and have even traveled down the road a bit of understanding it's a different day and different game and some hits that were fine 15 years ago aren't anymore. But ... the problem is there's no rhyme or reason to who gets ejected and who doesn't. Gifford does, but the kid from Texas who went head to head on Torii Hunter Jr. doesn't? The whole thing reminds me of how no one can agree on what's a block or charge on basketball. But at least there, you don't get thrown out of the game if you're on the wrong end of it.
@Benchwarmer: He did have a heads up, yes. Props to Fresno State. I think most every coach would have done the same, but still, it was clear DeRuyter was touched by the Sam tribute as we all were. I got chills when they declined it.
@Justin: I expect they'll play at least three guys even when the games get tight. And I see no problem with that as long as you're recognizing the guy who is giving you the most bang for your buck. That was Ozigbo on Saturday and he was rewarded for it. I also think Tre Bryant is pretty darn good, and I'm not just basing that off some late runs against a worn out team on Saturday. He's looked that way every time we've seen him. We were one good ball from Tommy from T. Newby taking a little pass 75 yards for a touchdown, too. I think No. 34 is going to give Nebraska some more punch than a year ago and am sticking with that.
@Zadi: Probably. Of course officials botched that one in their own way too.
@CDS: Send all targeting calls to one officiating center somewhere like they do with baseball replay? I don't think that would be a bad idea.
@SoSuhme99: Same answer as given a little earlier. Commits weren't necessarily expected t his weekend because of the guys involved. Let's put it this way: I write stories if a guy is committing and still scheduled a Sunday afternoon round of golf. I didn't think they'd get one. Doesn't mean they won't get a payoff. The guy I got my eye on the most in that group is the D-tackle Daimion Daniels from Dallas. He's a 3-star so maybe he doesn't get as many headlines as the others, but it's his second visit from the summer, he likes Parrella, and I think he's got some serious game. If NU got him, I'd say fans should get as excited as they would with any 5 star.
@SipplesLostTshirt: No. I mean, anyone can lose anything. I could lose my job if I wrote a curse word in Saturday's story. But he has about as much of a lock on his job as anyone on the roster has.
@Pipeline: Alabama, Florida State, Houston and Texas. Three of those very well could be your playoff teams. Jimbo Fisher is one of the best in the game. It was masterful how he worked that Ole Miss defense the last half of that game.
@NKY: Hmmm. I'd still bet no, but honestly, if ESPN wanted a place that would just go nuts about them being on campus on one of the biggest weekends of the season, this place would it as well as any.
@AZ-CornChucker: I don't know who would be first but I think they can maybe get that Damion Daniels. That DB from Detroit, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, is also one to watch. I just think it says something whenever a guy comes back to a place a couple months after having visited it already.