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Freshmen defensive linemen learning on the fly

Two of Nebraska's more notable true freshmen are along the defensive line and both players are ones fans are hoping to get a glimpse of when the season starts.

However, Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella wants to make sure Damion Daniels and Deontre Thomas have roles and home positions, before even broaching the idea of pulling redshirts.

Both have had their moments at fall camp thus far.

"Both Damion and Deontre have a lot of tools, a lot of gifts and we've got to keep bringing it out of them," Parrella said. "Deontre is coming on every day and so is Damion. Deontre is getting a little bit in the mix and seeing what they can do for us and we're excited about both players."

With Thomas, who has a bit of a tweener body at the moment, Nebraska has moved him around to different spots, searching for the fit.

In both cases there's no rush on Nebraska's end to have them ready.


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Nebraska basketball with and addition on Tuesday night

Nebraska basketball added another commitment this week with the late night addition of Brady Heiman. The Platteview star chose the Huskers just days after adding an offer from the in-state school.

Khalil Davis ready to test his strength in B1G moments

What is happening back there, just out of view? Only those directly involved are privileged to know, but they drop hints here and there without giving away specifics. They say things like Khalil Davis said after Tuesday's practice.

Within four weeks, the public will be let in on a secret he thinks many around here might quite enjoy.

"We're all ready to go show what we can do," said the Husker sophomore defensive end. "There's a lot of different talents, and a lot of different speeds, and different things we can do. It's going to be pretty scary to see."

The versatility of a player like Khalil Davis could sure help matters in Year 1 of Bob Diaco's 3-4 scheme here at Nebraska. Khalil worked at nose tackle in the spring. Then he slid over to defensive end for fall camp, where he's working at the same spot now as Freedom Akinmoladun.

What he's doing now isn't all that different than what he was doing then, in his opinion. Wherever he plays, he wants his strength to be on display.

Added strength has been his biggest focus this offseason. This comes from someone who was named the Husker Power Athlete of the Year just about 17 months ago. On his way to winning the award, he squatted 485 pounds on his back 10 times in front of his teammates. That was then. He's stronger now. "That's all the strong work Mark has put me through," he said of Husker football strength coach Mark Philipp.

Better be strong to play in the trenches in the Big Ten. He names off Wisconsin in particular. (Click on link above for entire article)

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Tuesday notes: Newby, Gifford pushing each other at OLB

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One of the most intriguing position battles during spring practice was at the “Dog” outside linebacker position, where senior Marcus Newby and junior Luke Gifford essentially split first-team reps all the way through the Red-White game.

That competition has picked up right where it left off this fall, as Newby and Gifford continue to be neck-and-neck in the race for the starting job come Sept. 2.

But as far as defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is concerned, the idea of the title of “starter” is really a non-issue, as both players will have big roles for the Huskers regardless of where they are on the depth chart.

“Very, very good,” Diaco said of the work Newby and Gifford have done this offseason. “Both players are really doing a wonderful job. My only hesitation was I’m not sure we’re seeing that so much as a battle as (we are) a cooperative performance between the two of them to put together the very best outside linebacker overhang position and production.

“I think they’re going a beautiful job getting ready and cooperating. I don’t feel a lot of angst and anxiety with the competition at that spot.”

Gifford echoed that sentiment when asked his take on the competition with Newby this fall.  (Click on link below to read other great info in this article)

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OPPONENT WATCH:   Oregon Ducks football notebook: Willie Taggart says he’ll go for two-point conversions only when it’s necessary

By Ryan Thorburn

Aug. 9, 2017 


Willie Taggart isn’t going to create any unnecessary math problems at Oregon.

The first-year coach was asked about his philosophy on attempting two-point conversions before the Ducks began the second week of fall camp Tuesday.


“Go for it when you have to,” Taggart said. “I’m not going to go for it for the hell of it. I’m kicking the extra point.”

Oregon was aggressive and highly successful with its use of two-point conversions under Chip Kelly, converting 17-of-23 attempts during his four seasons as coach.

But during last year’s game at Nebraska, coach Mark Helfrich wasn’t as fortunate.

The Ducks went 1-for-5 on two-point conversion attempts during a staggering 35-32 defeat at Nebraska, which started a five-game losing streak en route to a 4-8 finish.

Taggart noted that extra points are more of a sure thing in college football compared to the NFL’s longer attempts snapped from the 15-yard line.

Under Taggart, Western Kentucky upset Kentucky 32-31 in overtime on a two-point conversion in 2012. Hilltoppers quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw a lateral to Antonio Andrews, who threw back to Jakes for the winning points.

“If we have to go for two, we’ll go for two,” Taggart said.

“Duck” men

Fotu Leiato and La’Mar Winston are still competing at the “Duck” spot but Khalil Oliver, who also played the hybrid defensive back/linebacker position in the spring, said he is a full-time safety again.

Tyree Robinson and Oliver have been the first-team safeties for most of fall camp.

“We’ve got some really good guys running Duck, so they thought my best spot would be back there (at safety) with Tyree, me and him running back there,” Oliver said.

Redshirt freshman safety Brady Breeze is also in line for a lot of playing time this fall, especially with his roommate Brenden Schooler moving to wide receiver.

Morning, noon and night

After two off days, the Ducks returned to the field Tuesday night.

The team practiced in the morning and afternoon during the first week of fall camp. Taggart said he wants the players to be ready to go at any time because of the variance in kickoff times on the schedule.

“We’ve moved practices around throughout camp to make sure we come ready to play whenever that time is,” Taggart said.

Oregon returns to practice at 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday  (Read the entire Article at the below link)

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Nebraska football: Players don’t mind getting up early for fall camp   


“I think every year has been different [but] you adjust,” senior linebacker Chris Weber said after practice Tuesday. “It gets foggy when you look back [and it’s] my fifth fall camp. I know we’ve had night practices. We’ve had morning practices.

“You show up when they tell you to show up and you put your head down and go to work.”

This year, practice typically begins at 9:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Junior linebacker Luke Gifford and his teammates get to the stadium around 7:15 a.m. That can create a long day for the athletes, especially when most don’t head home until 9 p.m. With meetings, recovery, meals and more, there’s plenty of things to fill the day.

No one seems to mind. At least not from Gifford’s perspective.

“It’s a long day, but honestly it’s been pretty good so far,” Gifford said. “I think everyone likes practicing in the morning. It helps the days go by faster.”

When practice concludes, players typically get a break. It’s not long, but a couple of hours is enough. When practice ends around 11:30 a.m. on weekdays, players head to lunch and then have part of the afternoon off.

They return to the stadium at 3 p.m.

“We come back up and do some recovery stuff with the strength coaches,” Weber said. “We have a meeting defensively where we go over this practice’s corrections and then we get a break for dinner and we’re back for more meetings.”

Read entire article at link below

Yoshi finding success in Canada

He is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers massive right tackle, the man who enthusiastically jumps into the end-zone crowd after a touchdown, lifts a teammate over his shoulders after a score, and fuels his squad daily with a passion for the game that is truly unmatched.

He is the man who tells quarterback Matt Nichols he loves him almost every day. He is the happy, smiling, behemoth of a man who is quick to hug and/or offer a firm handshake.

But it’s the Jermarcus Hardrick we don’t know – the hard road he travelled, the mother who gave him everything, the birth father he didn’t know and how he landed here in Winnipeg – that makes him not only one of the most compelling figures in the Blue Bombers locker room, but across the Canadian Football League.

This is Hardrick’s story in his words – a look at the places he’s been and the people in his life – and it offers a glimpse into a man with such a fighting spirit… (read entire article at link below)

Nate Burleson: Lions Ameer Abdullah breakout runner for 2017

Ameer Abdullah is set to break out in a big way in 2017 according to Nate Burleson

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