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The Grand Island Independent: Huskers HQ

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Huskers HQ

Sinclair, Huskers shut down Longhorns

LINCOLN — Nebraska coach Darin Erstad had a good idea of what to expect from his veteran ace on a highly anticipated night against a marquee opponent.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
Gregory now must work to restore reputation with NFL teams
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:33 am

LINCOLN — NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Thursday that he still sees Randy Gregory staying in the upper half of the first round despite the disclosure that he tested positive for marijuana last month at the combine.

Kiper most recently had the former Nebraska defensive end going to the Chicago Bears at No. 7, but also considered him a possibility to the New York Jets at No. 6 or Washington Redskins at No. 5.

Passion won't be lacking for NU series with Texas
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:35 am

LINCOLN — There’s one Nebraska-Texas thriller that will always stick out to senior catcher Tanner Lubach, who grew up making sure he went to as many games as he could between the Big 12’s top powers.

It was a Friday night 10 years ago. Both teams were ranked in the top five. More than 8,000 fans packed into Haymarket Park, which was especially raucous for that one. Joba Chamberlain was on the hill. ESPN2 carried the matchup.

Randy Gregory failed drug test at NFL combine, had significant marijuana issue at Nebraska
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 12:18 am

Former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory — who declared for the NFL draft a season early — told NFL Media Wednesday that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine because his level of THC was still elevated from his final month at NU — where he claimed he failed two tests in January 2014 and April 2014, and was told he would have been kicked off the team if he'd failed another.

"I was worse at Nebraska than I've ever been at any other time of my life," Gregory told NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones. "But I know how I am now. I think if teams really look at how I am now more so than the past, they'll see I'm making strides to get better, as a person and as a player."

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Riley’s system of offense in fashion for NFL
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:34 am

INDIANAPOLIS — The general goal of general managers and coaches at the NFL Combine is to avoid making waves during their press conferences. So while it’s a pleasant 15 minutes from most of them save the New England Patriots, who don’t say a word it’s mostly boilerplate material until they hit the hallway of Lucas Oil Stadium where they can chat with beat reporters.

One of the NFL’s best quotes, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, bucked that trend and sent waves through the media, the league and right down to college. He had some tough talk about collegiate spread quarterbacks and their ability to play in the NFL.

Yutan grad stymies Huskers
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:46 pm

LINCOLN — Without the clutch hits to alter momentum and put away the opponent at key moments, Nebraska saw its 11-game winning streak snapped Wednesday afternoon.

Coming through in the clutch had been the Huskers’ offensive formula before suffering a 4-3 defeat against Cal State Fullerton (12-12) at Haymarket Park.

Nebraska sweeps Hawkeyes with pair of routs
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:44 pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nebraska scored 28 runs and pounded out 29 hits Wednesday in a Big Ten Conference softball doubleheader sweep of Iowa.

The 17-12 Huskers are now 5-0 in Big Ten Conference play heading into a three-game series in Lincoln against No. 12 Minnesota that begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.

Wednesday's Local/State Briefs
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:43 pm

COLLEGE SAND VOLLEYBALL

Huskers top Sun Devils, 3-2

Huskers take down Titans 7-2 for 11th straight win
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 12:54 am

LINCOLN — Five Cal State Fullerton hitters came to the plate with a runner in scoring position during the first two innings and Nebraska’s freshman pitcher didn’t flinch.

An unflappable mental state is critical in those situations, right-hander Garett King says. That appears to be the main reason he’s emerged as a valuable midweek starter — because he’s gotten hitters out by challenging them to make solid contact on an assortment of pitches passing through the zone at different speeds and heights.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
From Lawton to Lincoln, he's driven to dominate
Posted: March 24, 2015

LAWTON, Okla. — Nebraska signee Jalin Barnett slumps into his coach’s office chair, not necessarily inspired to discuss the recruiting letter from Florida State pinned on the wall, or the size 18 cleat sitting on the cabinet or the black-and-white photo of a former Husker legend lying on the desk.

Then the conversation shifts to his game film.

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