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Spielman Chosen for Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman picked up his second watch list recognition on Thursday, as the junior was named to the 2019 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.

 

Spielman was tabbed for the list for the second consecutive season and is one of 44 players, including eight from the Big Ten, on the initial watch list. The award is presented to the most versatile player in college football. Players on this year’s watch list accounted for 15,343 rushing yards, 18,538 receiving yards, 14,401 kickoff return yards, 2,897 punt return yards and 323 total tackles in 2018. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the watch list demonstrated a knack for scoring numerous ways. Last season, the watch list players combined for 316 total touchdowns in six different ways – rushing; receiving; passing; and returning punts, kickoffs and interceptions.

 

Spielman, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound wide receiver, has a chance to finish his junior season as the most prolific receiver in school history and has ranked in the top five in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards per game in both seasons as a Husker. He enters his junior campaign needing only 68 catches and 1,099 yards to break NU career records in both categories.

 

Last season, Spielman hauled in 66 passes for 881 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing the final two games of the season. He finished on NU’s top-10 single-season list in catches (third), yards (ninth) and touchdowns (seventh). He ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receptions per game (6.6, second), receiving yards per game (81.8, fourth) and all-purpose yards per game (111.5, fifth) en route to earning All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season.

 

His best performance came against nationally-ranked Wisconsin, when he shattered Nebraska’s single-game receiving record with 209 yards. He is the only player in school history with a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman hauled in 10 passes for 135 yards against Purdue and is the only receiver in school history with multiple double-digit reception games.

 

Spielman will look to be NU’s first-ever winner of the honor, while Ameer Abdullah was a finalist in 2014. The last three winners have come from the Big Ten, including 2018 recipient Rondale Moore of Purdue. The award will announce five finalists in November with the winner being selected in early December.

 

Stille Nominated for Wuerffel Trophy

Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive linemen Ben Stille was announced Thursday as one of the candidates for the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy. The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

 

It is the second watch list for Stille, who was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® watch list last week. Stille is one of seven Big Ten players on the 86-member list.

 

Stille has been active in the Huskers’ Life Skills program, volunteering his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, TeamMates, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits. For his efforts, he received the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award earlier this spring, and was named to the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship teams for the past three years. Earlier this year, he was also involved in the Husker football team’s efforts for raise money for flood relief victims following the spring floods across Nebraska.

 

The semifinalists for the award will be announced on November 5 and finalists will be announced on November 18. The formal announcement of the 2019 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation's festivities in New York City on December 10.

 

Frost Named to Dodd Trophy Watch List

 http://www.thedoddtrophy.com/the-dodd-trophy-announces-2019-preseason-watch-list/





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Former Nebraska volleyball national champion setter Kelly Hunter will join the coaching staff as a graduate assistant for the 2019 season.

Hunter, a two-time national champion with the Huskers in 2015 and 2017, will help coach the setters while finishing her accelerated master’s degree in business administration. After graduating from Nebraska in 2018, she played one season professionally in Turkey with Beylikduzu.

“One of the greatest joys in coaching is having a former player come back and coach in your program,” Head Coach John Cook said. “Kelly has decided to finish her master’s degree and work with our program this season. Nicklin (Hames) and Nicole (Drewnick) are two of the luckiest setters in the country, as they’ll be able to train with her. Not only will Kelly be in the gym every day, she’ll also be helping us develop leaders in our program. She was one of the best captains we’ve ever had, and now after her experience being away from the program and playing professionally, she’ll have a lot of wisdom to share with our players.”

“I’m so excited to be back with Nebraska volleyball and working as a graduate assistant,” Hunter said. “It’s awesome to be a part of a program that supports their former athletes so much. I’ll be working every day with the setters at practice. I’m looking forward to a great season.”

Hunter was named a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten Setter of the Year and an All-Big Ten selection for the second time in her career following her 2017 senior season. She received numerous honors from volleyball publications, including National Player of the Year and All-America first-team honors from PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyMob.com. Hunter was also named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke after the Huskers beat Florida in the national title match in 2017.

Hunter earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team accolades and was named a semifinalist for the Senior CLASS Award. She ended her career with 4,125 assists, the second-most in Husker history, and she totaled 699 career postseason assists, the highest total in school history. Hunter finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska’s starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history.





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry was honored Monday morning, as he was chosen to the Butkus Award Watch list.

Barry is one of 12 linebackers named to the 51-member watch list, as the 51 watch list members honor the No. 51 that Butkus wore during his Hall of Fame career. It is the second watch list Barry has been named to, as he was on the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list released earlier in the summer.

Barry, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, returns to anchor the Huskers’ defense after an outstanding junior campaign. The Grayson, Ga., native led the Huskers and ranked second in the Big Ten with 112 tackles, including 55 solo tackles, and added 11 tackles for loss and two sacks from his inside linebacker position. His 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since NFL All-Pro Lavonte David totaled 133 stops in 2011.

Barry, a 2018 All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, led NU in tackles in nine of 12 games, including seven double-figure efforts. He posted a career-high 12 tackles against Colorado and had 11 stops six other times as a junior. For his efforts, he was chosen by the Husker coaching staff as the team’s defensive MVP last season.

The finalists will be announced on Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced on or before Dec. 10. Trev Alberts is the only Husker to win a Butkus Award, as he was honored in 1992.

Formed in 1985, the Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to honor linebackers at three levels while supporting causes important to the Butkus family. They include the I Play Clean® initiative promoting training and nutrition instead of performance-enhancing drugs, and the Butkus Takes Heart™ initiative encouraging early cardiovascular screening among adults.





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McCook, NE. - - A new school, new town and a new environment can be tough on a college
student, especially one attending school miles away from home. That’s where the MCC Adopt-
A-Student program can help.
The MCC Adopt-A-Student program, sponsored by McCook Community College and the MCC
Indians Boosters, helps non-local students at MCC feel more at home and connected to the
community while they are attending college. The friendships made by both the students and
adopted families can last way beyond their time here in McCook. We look forward to this
program continuing to be a big success for the community and the MCC students.
Last year we had approximately 100 students involved and we need families to keep this
program going. All that is asked of host families is to have the students over to your home a few
times per month for dinner. This gives the students an opportunity to get out of the dorms, as
well as lessen any home sickness that may occur. In exchange, families receive a free pass (for
two) to attend MCC home sporting events and an opportunity to meet students from around the
area and the world!
Your consideration in the MCC Adopt-A-Student program would be great appreciated by the
MCC Boosters and MCC Administration. The registration deadline is Thursday, August 15 th .
Requests are completed on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay in getting your
information turned in. A signed waiver and application form is required in order to participate.
You can register online at www.mccboosters.com or by contacting Diane Ruppert at 345-8754 or
email dianer@mnb.bank or Jordan Johnson at 340-5255 or email johnsonja602@gmail.com for
a form or more information.




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The Nebraska Coaches Association has its annual clinic beginning Monday in Lincoln. 

Former Alabama Football Coach Bill Curry will the featured speaker. 

The All-Star basketball games will be Monday. The volleyball match is Tuesday with the softball game on Wednesday. 

Executive Director Darin Boysen discussed the events. 




Darin Boysen

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The MCC Indians Boosters are currently in the middle of their annual fundraising efforts, and invite you to become a loyal donor. Anyone interested in helping promote MCC's athletic programs are invited and encouraged to send a contribution. The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 2nd. The MCC Indians Boosters, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to support the growth and prosperity of McCook Community College through its sports programs. Last year there were approximately 120 full-time student-athletes attending MCC in six sports: men's and women's
basketball, volleyball, men's golf, baseball and softball. The Boosters provide book scholarship funds to MCC for athletes, publish the sports media guides, assist with the purchase of uniforms and equipment, provide some meals for athletes when the dorm is closed, sponsor special events and promotions and assist with improvements to playing fields and gyms. All levels of contributions are accepted and all donors are listed in the sports media guide if their contributions are received prior to the deadline (Friday, August 2nd). The donor levels include Hall of Fame ($1000 and above), Dream Team ($500 to $999), Banner Club ($350 to $499), Varsity ($150 to $349) and Team Member (up to $149). Hall of Fame, Dream Team and
Banner Club donors will get a 3’ x 5’ banner up in Peter and Delores Graff Event Center and an ad in the sports media guides. To become a donor, you can complete the online donor form at www.mccboosters.com, and mail your contribution to the MCC Indians Boosters, Inc., PO Box 936, McCook, NE 69001-0936, or you can request a donor flyer by contacting Sherri Stang at (308)345-8760 or sstang@mnb.bank , or Rebecca Vosburg at (308) 345-4240 or rvosburg@mnb.bank.





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Nebraska junior wide receiver JD Spielman was honored Thursday afternoon, as he was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list.

It was the second straight year Spielman garnered a spot on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award is presented to that season’s most outstanding FBS receiver, regardless of position.

Spielman is one of only five Big Ten players on the 50-member preseason list. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has a chance to finish his junior season as the most prolific receiver in Nebraska history. He is only 68 catches and 1,099 yards away from the Husker career record in both categories.

Last season, Spielman hauled in 66 passes for 881 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing the final two games of the season. He finished on NU’s top-10 single-season list in catches (third), yards (ninth) and touchdowns (seventh). Spielman ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receptions per game (6.6, second), receiving yards per game (81.8, fourth) and all-purpose yards per game (111.5, fifth) en route to earning All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season.

His best performance came against nationally-ranked Wisconsin, when he shattered Nebraska’s single-game receiving record with 209 yards. He is the only player in school history with a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman hauled in 10 passes for 135 yards against Purdue and is the only receiver in school history with multiple double-digit reception games.

The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.





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Chicago - University of Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was one of 10 players included on the 2019 preseason honors list released Thursday morning in advance of Big Ten Media Days.

A panel of conference media members selected 10 players – five from the East and West Divisions – as preseason nominations. Martinez, the only quarterback on the 10-player list, is the first Husker signal caller to earn a nod on the Big Ten preseason list since Taylor Martinez in 2013.

Martinez guides a prolific Husker attack and returns after a record-breaking 2018 campaign. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight TDs on his way to All-Big Ten accolades.

Last season, Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg, a Nebraska record) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games. He set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25) and ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen with 237.9 passing yards per game.

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Martinez, along with seniors Khalil Davis and Mohamed Barry, are representing the Huskers at 2019 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago today and tomorrow. Fans can watch much of the action on BTN and online at BTN.com and on the Fox Sports app beginning at 11 a.m. today.

2019 Big Ten Players to Watch

 EAST DIVISION Joe Bachie, Sr., LB, Michigan State Kenny Willekes, Sr., DE, Michigan State J.K. Dobbins, Jr., RB, Ohio State Chase Young, Jr., DE, Ohio State Yetur Gross-Matos, Jr., DE, Penn State

 WEST DIVISION A.J. Epenesa, Jr., DE, Iowa Adrian Martinez, So., QB, Nebraska Paddy Fisher, Jr., LB, Northwestern Rondale Moore, So., WR, Purdue Jonathan Taylor, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Nebraska Preseason Big Ten Honorees (2011-Present)
2019 – Adrian Martinez, QB
2018 - Stanley Morgan Jr., WR
2015 - Maliek Collins, DT
2015 - De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR
2014 - Ameer Abdullah, RB
2014 - Randy Gregory, DE
2013 - Taylor Martinez, QB
2012 - Rex Burkhead, RB
2011 - Jared Crick, DT
2011 - Lavonte David, LB

 





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One of the top amateur golfers in the state of Nebraska, Aurora's Caleb Badura completed the transfer process on Wednesday, July 17, and will compete for the University of Nebraska and Coach Mark Hankins during the 2019-20 season.

The 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a freshman at Northwestern College in Iowa, Badura has put together an outstanding summer of golf by winning the Nebraska Match Play Championship at the Players Club in Omaha, before finishing as the runner-up at the Nebraska Amateur Championship after a seven-hole playoff at the Country Club of Lincoln last week.

"We’re excited to welcome Caleb to our Husker Golf program," Hankins said. "He was a top junior in the state a year ago, followed that with a successful year in collegiate golf, and has had a tremendous summer so far. We were impressed with his consistent play, his focused approach to each competitive round and his ability to play under pressure and raise his game to any level that he faced over the past year."

Badura, who captured the 2019 GPAC Tournament individual title, finished his only season in Orange City, Iowa, with a 73.6 stroke average - the No. 2 average in school history. He also earned a spot on the NAIA Ping All-Central Region Team. He qualified for the NAIA Championship at the Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., May 21-24, where he tied for 59th. Badura posted five top-10 finishes as a freshman, including a pair of tournament titles.

During his career at Aurora High School, Badura won back-to-back individual Class B state titles in 2017 and 2018. He also led the Huskies to a team championship in 2017. He was a three-time Nebraska Coaches Association Super-State selection in 2015, 2017 and 2018, and a two-time Nebraska Golf Association Junior All-Star team selection in 2017 and 2018. Badura was selected to be a member of the Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He also set the Aurora High School record with a low round of 68.

"I chose Nebraska because of what it has to offer not only athletically, but academically. Being able to come home and play at the Division I level for the Huskers is a dream come true,” Badura said. “Seeing what Coach Hankins has done with the Husker golf program over the last year is exciting, and I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of the rebuilding process and rich tradition of Nebraska Athletics in the years to come.”

He'll be on the Huddle with Steve Stein Thursday during the 4pm hour on AM 1430 KRGI/105.5 FM.





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.

Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.

Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.

 





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