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World-Herald sports reporters are breaking down every position on the Husker football team. Who has departed? Which key players return? We start with the quarterbacks. Who will fill Joe Ganz's shoes?

Position by Position:
The Offensive LineThe Tight EndsThe Wide ReceiversThe Quarterbacks - UPDATEThe QuarterbacksThe Running Backs

 


Football: Ekeler says he's staying with NU

Husker linebackers coach Mike Ekeler said it's time to look ahead to spring football at Nebraska and not back at his flirtation with South Florida. Ekeler interviewed Saturday with USF head coach Jim Leavitt, who is looking for both a defensive coordinator and defensive assistant. Ekeler said he did so with the blessing of Husker coach Bo Pelini.

 


Baseball: Newcomers lead Huskers

Nebraska newcomers combined for nine hits and nine RBIs on Friday as the Huskers overcame three deficits of four runs or more to beat Missouri State 14-12.

 


Women's Basketball: Surging Huskers eye place in postseason

Postseason basketball is no longer an irrelevant aspiration for the Nebraska women's team. Even being in position to think about a tournament bid is somewhat of a remarkable accomplishment for an injury-plagued group that appeared to hit rock bottom three weeks ago.

 


NU Basketball: Velander leads by example

He's started only two games in five years on the Nebraska basketball team and has never had a scholarship. Yet coaches and teammates wonder if Husker guard Paul Velander someday should have a team award named for him.

 


Baseball: Huskers get dual threat with Bailey

In his first week of baseball at Nebraska, Adam Bailey accomplished one feat not performed at the school in nearly three years and another that hadn't occurred in more than a decade. Not a bad start for a castoff from Arizona State.

 


Track: Husker healthy, 'excited'

Nebraska's Megan Wheatley has no plans to hobble through the pentathlon's five events at the Big 12 indoor championships this year. Wheatley can honestly say that she feels healthy for the first time since joining the Huskers two years ago.

 


Men's Basketball: Huskers scratch out win over Wildcats

Nebraska's Tay Hester had a feeling that the Huskers wouldn't necessarily need any offensive miracles to pick up a win against the nation's 20th-best women's basketball team.

 


Women's Basketball: Montgomery sparks Huskers' upset win

The Nebraska women’s basketball team didn’t make a field goal in the final five minutes, but still managed to hang on for a 52-47 upset of No. 20 Kansas State in the Devaney Center tonight. The Huskers (13-13, 4-9 Big 12) missed their final four shots from the field, but hit seven free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

 


Baseball: Cooper salvages tough day

Nebraska freshman Khiry Cooper sparked a five-run eighth inning with a two-run single to center field in the Huskers' home opener at Haymarket Park. Cooper's game-winning hit, on an 0-2 pitch from Derek Biermaier, scored Cory Burleson and Cody Asche to put the Huskers up 7-6 after North Dakota took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth.

 


Men's Basketball: Texas A&M beats Nebraska 57-55 on buzzer-beater

Nebraska's postseason basketball tournament hopes took a big hit Tuesday night in a 57-55 loss to Texas A&M. Aggies forward Josh Carter hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to win the game. Nebraska, ahead 37-24 at half, boosted the lead to 18 points, 48-30, with 14:32 to play. The Huskers trailed only once and built leads as big as 15 points.


Post-game press conference
Doc SadlerSteve HarleyAde Dagunduro
Texas A&M's Josh Carter
Game HighlightsGame breakdown with Lee Barfknecht
Photo Gallery: Texas A&M 57, Nebraska 55

Also:
NU Basketball Notes: Late whistle goes against Harley, NU

 


Baseball: Unfamiliar NU faces need time to impress

The names are new to Nebraska baseball. Eric Rose. Adam Bailey. Khiry Cooper. Jordan Roualdes. The Huskers are scheduled to open their home season at 1:35 p.m. today against North Dakota at Haymarket Park with a roster full of fresh faces. Sixteen of the 34 NU players weren't here last season, and 30 have played no more than one year at the school. Unfamiliarity at NU this spring breeds doubt, measured by the Huskers' preseason placement at No. 7 out of 10 teams in the Big 12 coaches' poll.

A breakdown of each player on the Nebraska roster

 


Mitch Sherman: Touted back surfaces at Lincoln East

Football recruiting, which has long been a strange game, took another perplexing turn Monday when David Oku enrolled at Lincoln East three months before he was scheduled to graduate from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla. So just why did Oku move to Nebraska? He told recruiting guru Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com that he wanted to be closer to his girlfriend, whom Oku met during his visit to watch the Huskers host Virginia Tech. He also has been quoted as saying Lincoln East offers more classes that will help him prepare for college.

 


Football: No letup for QB Lee with Witt departure

The last time he talked to Zac Lee, City College of San Francisco offensive coordinator Dan Hays said his former quarterback was upbeat about his winter progress and "killing himself to be ready to play." Hays said Monday that won't change, even with Patrick Witt leaving the Nebraska football program. The dynamics of the Husker quarterback battle change without Witt. Both Witt and Lee played sparingly last season behind starter Joe Ganz but were considered co-favorites to replace him — and likely would have been ticketed to split reps when spring practice starts March 25.

 


Baseball: NU hits injury bump

Nebraska is dealing with some injuries after its opening weekend of baseball. The Huskers are hopeful that the right-handed Collins, among the Huskers' most promising newcomers out of Waxahachie, Texas, will not miss significant time. If further examination reveals more damage and Collins needs surgery, he would be out for the season.

Up next for NU: North Dakota, Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. at Haymarket Park in Lincoln

 


Men's Basketball: NU faces 'must-win' game

Two years ago, Texas A&M's Josh Carter waltzed into the Devaney Center, hit 8 of 11 3-point shots and scored 26 points to spark a win over Nebraska. That 26 points is still Carter's career high. And his eight 3s is still tied for the building record. ## 3 ## Tonight, when Texas A&M (19-8, 5-7) returns to face NU (16-9, 6-6), it's Sek Henry's job to keep the 6-foot-7 Carter from making more history.

 


Gymnastics: NU rallies past UCLA, extends Masters Classic reign

Not even another dose of perfection from UCLA freshman star Vanessa Zamarripa could break Nebraska's stranglehold on the Masters Classic title. Zamarripa notched her third perfect 10 score of the year on the vault, but No. 3 UCLA stumbled on the balance beam in the final rotation to allow the 12th-ranked Huskers to come from behind and capture the Classic Sunday in front of 1,439 at the Devaney Center.

 


Softball: Huskers fall to ranked foes

Nebraska dropped a pair of games against ranked opponents Sunday at the Cathedral City Classic, falling 5-4 to 12th-ranked Northwestern and 6-0 to No. 7 Washington. Against Northwestern, the Huskers took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning on Molly Foland's three-run homer. But a pair of Nebraska errors led to four unearned runs for the Wildcats, and the Huskers were unable to rally.

 


Wrestling: An emotional defeat

With arms spread wide and tears mixing with sweat, Vince Jones walked off the mat in the NU Coliseum a victor in perhaps the most important match of his life. The last thing on his mind was that his pin of Iowa State 184-pounder Jerome Ward came on Senior Day. Nor was he too concerned with the outcome of the dual, which eventually saw the No. 4 Cyclones outwrestle No. 3 Nebraska 30-10 on Sunday afternoon.

 


'09 Recruiting: Bo's attitude colored by gray?

Recruiting season is over. "Period. End of story," Bo Pelini said Wednesday in a reference that applies nicely but was not intended to summarize the coach's feelings on the close of another signing day. Pelini has little use for the annual February press conference, among other details associated with the recruiting process. Don't interpret his distaste for some recruiting-related matters, though, to mean Pelini fails to recognize the importance of recruiting to his program.


Multimedia
Coach Bo Pelini's news conference
World-Herald sports writers analyze the new class
C.J. Zimmerer signs with NU
Husker Class of 2009
Nebraska's recruits to watch
Photo Showcase: Husker Recruits

Also:
Born to win, bound for NU
On the dotted line: More signings
Football: Tostenson tops 1st group of Reivers recruits

 


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