Lincoln – University of Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry was honored this week, as he was chosen to the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.
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, an 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.
Barry is currently working on his master’s degree after graduating with a degree in ethnic studies in May. He has been active in the Huskers’ community outreach efforts, including Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, Red Cross, the UNL Children’s Center and hospital and school outreach visits.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented by the Pacific Club Impact Foundation and is awarded to the best college football defender in both character and performance. The 2019 Watch List includes 42 candidates, and Barry was one of just 18 linebackers on the initial list.
Barry, who is bidding to become NU’s first Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, is one of 10 Big Ten players on the initial watch list.
Due to forecasted weather this weekend in University Park, Pa., the schedule for this weekend's three-game baseball series between Nebraska and Penn State has been adjusted. The teams will now play at 12:00 (CT) on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 2 PM (CT).
Nebraska-Penn State Baseball Schedule
Friday, April 12 - 12:00 PM (CT)
Saturday, April 13 - 2 PM (CT) - Doubleheader
Sunday, April 14 - No Game
The Nebraska Athletic Department on Wednesday announced that the three-game series against New Mexico State has been canceled due to field conditions. The series was originally scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hawks Field. The athletic department will issue refunds to the ticket holder on record for all tickets purchased through the Ticket Office to the New Mexico State games.
All three games of the baseball series between Nebraska and Michigan at Hawks Field, May 16-18, will be televised on the Big Ten Network as the TV wildcard selections for the final weekend of the regular season. As a result, the start times for the first two games of the series will be changed from the originally scheduled times. The series opener on Thursday, May 16 will begin at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The game on Friday, May 17 will start at 8 p.m. (CT). The regular-season finale between the Huskers and Wolverines is still scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. (CT).
Updated Schedule for Nebraska-Michigan Series
Thursday, May 16 – 7:30 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Friday, May 17 – 8 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Saturday, May 18 – 2 p.m. CT (Big Ten Network)
Camp starts June 3rd, with instruction based on fundamentals of tennis and conclude with league play for all participants. Fylers will be distrubuted this week to McCook Lettering, the HS, JH, Central offices and St. Pats.
Playing in front of the NCAA-record 369th consecutive sellout of nearly 90,000 fans at Memorial Stadium and an ESPN national television audience, Nebraska got a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown from Eric Lee Jr. on the first drive of the second half. The Huskers also got a fumble return for a touchdown by Alex Davis on forced fumble by Cam Taylor on the first play of the fourth quarter to lead a bevy of big plays by the Blackshirt defense.
In between the two scores by the defense, the Huskers got a 76-yard punt return touchdown from junior JD Spielman to give the Big Red three non-offensive scores in a span of 15:07 to start the second half. Lee added his second career interception in the fourth quarter, while Lamar Jackson caused a first-quarter fumble for the Blackshirts.
The strong performance by the defense allowed the Huskers to overcome a less than spectacular effort by the offense in the second half. The Huskers ran only 17 offensive plays in the second half for just 66 total yards, and South Alabama was able to cash in a pair of Husker turnovers for 14 points in the half.
In the game, Nebraska managed just 276 total yards, including just 66 in the second half. South Alabama produced 314 total yards on 79 plays, including 222 yards on 47 plays after halftime.
Husker sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 13-of-22 passes for 178 yards on the day, hitting 2-of-3 passes for 19 yards in the second half. Tight end Jack Stoll led the receiving corps with 66 yards on three receptions, while true freshman Wan'Dale Robinson added three receptions for 33 yards and Spielman pitched in a pair of catches for 36 yards.
Junior running back Dedrick Mills led the Huskers with 15 carries for 44 yards for the game. Sophomore running back Maurice Washington added 39 yards on six carries - all in the second half - while Robinson contributed four carries for 21 yards. As a team, the Huskers managed 98 rushing yards on 44 carries.
Quarterback Cephus Johnson completed 19-of-34 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns for South Alabama, but he also threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Johnson rushed 18 times for nine yards and a touchdown. Tra Minter led the South Alabama ground game with 37 yards on 10 carries, but the Jaguars managed just 83 rushing yards on 44 carries against a stout Blackshirt defense. Minter added five receptions for 47 yards, while Kawaan Baker pitched in 59 yards on four catches and Cade Sutherland contributed four catches for 53 yards.
In a first half that was primarily controlled by the defenses, Nebraska managed 210 yards of total offense, while holding South Alabama to 92 total yards. Martinez completed 11-of-19 passes for 159 yards in the half, but the Huskers struggled to get rolling on the ground, producing just 51 yards on 30 carries. Mills led the Husker ground game with 31 yards on 14 carries, including a pair of short touchdown runs that staked Nebraska to a 14-7 halftime lead.
Lee made the Nebraska defense's biggest play of the game on the first drive of the second half, when he bolted to a Johnson pass toward the South Alabama sideline and intercepted it on his way to a 38-yard touchdown return. Lee's first career interception gave the Big Red a 21-7 lead with 13:11 left in the third quarter.
Lee's big defensive play, preceded a huge special teams play by Spielman less than two minutes later, when Spielman raced 76 yards down the South Alabama sideline for his second career punt return touchdown. Spielman, who initially bobbled the 49-yard punt by South Alabama's Jack Brooks, secured the ball in the middle of the field and made a pair of Jaguars miss before breaking outside for the score to give Nebraska a 28-7 lead with 11:32 left in the quarter.
After the Blackshirts notched their third consecutive stop to open the second half, a high, wobbly punt was fumbled by Spielman at the 29 and recovered by South Alabama at the Nebraska 13 with 8:11 left in the quarter. The Jaguars capitalized three plays later on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Davyn Flenord to cut Nebraska's lead to 28-14 with 6:47 left.
Nebraska's offense finally ran its first play of the second half with 6:47 left in the quarter, and quickly marched into South Alabama territory, before Martinez threw his first interception of the season to end the possession. The Jaguars turned the Huskers' second straight turnover into points with a 13-yard Johnson touchdown pass to Khameron Taylor to cut Nebraska's lead back to 28-21.
South Alabama opened the fourth quarter with the ball and momentum trailing by just one score, but Cam Taylor hit Johnson from the backside and forced a fumble that was recovered by Alex Davis in the end zone to give Nebraska a 35-21 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. That play gave Nebraska a two-score lead, and the Blackshirts made it hold up by shutting out the Jaguars the rest of the way.
Senior linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 12 tackles, while Taylor added five tackles, including two tackles for 16 yards lost. He also hauled in his first career interception and returned it 48 yards in the second half. Lee pitched in four tackles and the first two interceptions of his career while adding a breakup. As a team, the Blackshirts produced 10 tackles for 49 yards lost, including four sacks for 32 yards.
Nebraska returns to action next weekend for its first road game at former conference rival Colorado. Kickoff between the Big Red and the Buffaloes in Boulder is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX.
#24 Nebraska 35, South Alabama 21
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln)
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
First Quarter (7-7)
12:19 - NEB - Dedrick Mills 1 run (Dylan Jorgensen kick), 9 plays, 81 yards, 2:41, NEB 7-0
5:32 - USA - Cephus Johnson 3 run (Frankie Onate kick), 9 plays, 41 yards, 3:10, 7-7
Second Quarter (NEB 14-7)
9:15 - NEB - Mills 1 run (Jorgensen kick), 12 plays, 42 yards, 4:24, NEB 14-7
Third Quarter (NEB 28-21)
13:11 - NEB - Eric Lee Jr. 38 INT return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 21-7
11:32 - NEB - JD Spielman 76 punt return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 28-7
6:47 - USA - Davyn Flenord 9 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:24, NEB 28-14
2:17 - USA - Khameron Taylor 13 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 6 plays, 58 yards, 2:42, NEB 28-21
Fourth Quarter (NEB 35-21)
14:53 - NEB - Alex Davis fumble recovery in end zone (Jorgensen kick), NEB 35-21
Kickoff Time: 11:02 a.m. (CT)
Time of Game: 3:27
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kansas City Community College, the fifth-ranked woman’s team in NJCCA Division 2, rolled to a 98-72 win over McCook Saturday.
The Lady Indians stayed with the Blue Devils early on and trailed by a point after the first period 21-20, but the Kansas City defense clamped down during the second quarter, to fuel a 28-10 advantage on the way to a 49-30 halftime lead.
“They really guarded us very well today and because of that defense we were out of sorts,” McCook Community College Coach Kellen Fernetti said. “We turned the ball over more than normal and it forced us into some tough plays.”
MCC turned the ball over 24 times.
The Lady Indians came back in the third period to compete on nearly-even terms, 27-26, but were not able to overcome the second-quarter defensive stand by the Blue Devils.
“They limited our threes and made us shoot tough twos,” Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians shot 43.1 percent from the field, but just four of 18 (22 percent) from the 3-point line and 64.3 percent from the line on 28 free throws. MCC had 42 rebounds and 15 assists.
Kansas City CC shot 46.3 percent from the field, 25.7 percent on 35 3-pointers, and 59.1 percent from the line. The Blue Devils had 44 rebounds and 17 assists.
Sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) led MCC in scoring with 15 points. Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) had 12 points.
Freshmen Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) and Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) both scored 10 points. Freshman Nikki Cross (Melbourne, Australia) led MCC with seven rebounds to go along with seven points and four assists.
“This will be a good learning experience moving forward as we prepare for a tough Region IX schedule next week,” Fernetti said. “We just have to keep our heads held high and still believe in what we are doing.
The Blue Devils improve to 16-2 on the season.
MCC closes out the “pre-conference” portion of the schedule at 11-5 with only Region IX or Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference games remaining on the schedule.
Region IX South Division play begins Friday as the Lady Indians hit the road for four straight Region IX games starting at Otero Junior College and Trinidad State on back-to-back nights, then at Western Nebraska Jan.22 and at Northeastern Junior College Jan. 25. MCC closes out the January schedule Jan. 29 against North Platte then plays six home games in February with the final home game Feb. 23 against Lamar Community College.
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