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Nate Clouse from HuskerOnline.com spoke about wide receiver prospect A.D. Miller of Dallas, who recently visited Nebraska.
"He has been relatively quiet since he committed to Illinois, however he has remained open. He has already taken an official visit to Texas Tech. Rich Fisher and Tim Beck have stayed in touch with him, Nebraska is a school he wanted to take a visit to, and he left very impressed with Nebraska. He said it was much more than he would have expected; he was very surprised about everything there was to do in Lincoln."
Former Blackshirt Jay Foreman talked about what it takes to play at middle linebacker for Nebraska, which hasn't been the Huskers' strongest position this season.
"If you are not confident, you are not going to play well. At the middle linebacker, you can be affected by blocking schemes more than anybody — you have to worry about all five linemen, a tight end and a running back. So you have to be able to read and to anticipate, and that is where I think some of the guys at Nebraska really struggle — anticipating run plays and pass plays so they always look a step slow, but they aren't slow athletically, they just have to be better and more confident in the system."
Former Creighton star Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls have gotten off to a strong start this season, said Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
"He is not your average rookie. He is as polished as you are going to get. He is older than some of the guys who have been in the league for two or three years.
I think he is really a guy that will give them something they need in terms of their perimeter shooting. The question is can Tom Thibodeau find a way to make Doug McDermott comfortable defensively? Their defensive system is arguably the best in the league.... I think Thibodeau will help him do what he does on the offensive end while not being a liability on the defensive end."
Books editor Dan Sullivan talked about The World-Herald's latest book, "Devaney: Birth of a Dynasty," about former Husker football coach Bob Devaney. Thebook starts with a downturn in the program after the 1968 season and the implementation of the school's strength and conditioning program.
"A pole vaulter on the NU track team, Boyd Epley, was injured and started weight lifting and liked the way he looked in the mirror.... The football players would notice him and they started taking part, and Tom Osborne caught wind of it, so he went to Devaney and told him about this pole vaulter who was really into weight lifting. ... Devaney grudgingly went along with it, because he wasn't sold. He told Epley if anybody on the team gets slower, you are fired."