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Nebraska has had many self-inflicted penalties and mistakes that have cost it in big games, but one has to wonder with such bad luck if the program might just be cursed.

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NEBRASKA VOLLEYBALL

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Junior quarterback Adrian Martinez had one of his best games as a Husker in the 23-16 loss against No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 18. Martinez ran for one touchdown and threw for another as he completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 289 yards and rushed 17 times for 34 yards. Against Michigan State, Martinez finished with 316 yards of total offense, which was a school record sixth-straight game he’d had at least 250 yards of total offense. HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED PHOTO BY JOE MIXAN

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ARE THE HUSKERS CURSED? NEBRASKA CONTINUES TO FIND WAYS TO LOSE CLOSE GAMES AT OKLAHOMA, MICHIGAN STATE IT’S GETTING HARD TO WRITE ABOUT AND TRY TO TRULY EXPLAIN HOW THE NEBRASKA FOOTBALL TEAM CONTINUES TO FIND WAYS TO LOSE CLOSE GAMES, AND REALLY THE AMOUNT OF BAD LUCK THEY’VE ENCOUNTERED SINCE SCOTT FROST RETURNED TO HIS ALMA MATER AS THE HEAD COACH FOUR YEARS AGO. THERE HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF SELF-INFLICTED MISTAKES, BUT IT’S ALMOST AS IF THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE IN THE FOOTBALL UNIVERSE WORKING AGAINST THE ONCE PROUD PROGRAM. Frost is now 5-15 in games decided by eight points or less, 5-13 in ones decided by seven or fewer and 0-10 against ranked opponents. In the week after the 23-16 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma on Sept. 18 in which the Huskers had the ball late with a chance to tie and also missed two field goals and had an extra point blocked and returned for a score, junior captain Austin Allen was asked about all the close losses. “I don’t know the answer,” said Allen, who is an Aurora High School graduate and certainly aware of NU rich history. “I feel like all the dominoes have been falling the wrong way for Nebraska football. People say it’s the Solich curse.” Frank Solich was fired by then-Athletic Director Steve Pederson following a 9-3 regular season in 2003, and after going 5819 in six seasons at NU. Others point to the bad karma following then-Husker Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst firing Bo Pelini in 2014 after he went 67-27 and won at least nine games in all seven of his seasons. The Huskers have had just one winning season (9-4 in 2016) 4 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

since under Mike Riley and Frost. “Coach (Mike) Dawson always talks about the football gods,” Allen said. “’Don’t make them mad.’ I don’t know if there’s a rhyme or reason that close games haven’t gone our way lately.” Dawson, who is in his second stint as an assistant at NU and the current special teams coach, might need to consider some extra time attending football church as special teams have certainly been NU’s Achilles in all three losses this season. Penalties, turnovers and poor execution also have plagued Nebraska under Frost. “I really think in close games with two evenly matched teams, it’s the details that matter most,” said Nebraska offensive coordinator Matt Lubick. “There are big-picture details like turnovers and penalties. And with a lot of that stuff, you control your own details. To me, that’s the biggest thing. In our league, it’s so true that more games are lost than won. A lot of the games are so close. I really think it’s controlling what you can control. At the end of the day, the team that makes the least amount of mistakes usually wins the game.” After the seven-point loss to Oklahoma in the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century, Fox commentator and former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt heaped praise on where NU’s program is at despite some costly miscues versus the Sooners. “I understand that you’re growing impatient,” Klatt said in a recap video he posted on social media after the game. “I understand that it has been tough to watch this rebuild...You did enough to beat Oklahoma on the road. They’re the No. 3 team in the country, save for the kicking game. So it’s closer than you think.” Moral victories only go so far, especially when its the little things that are consistently costing the Huskers potential victories.

It was the same combination of penalties, turnovers, poor offensive execution and special teams that cost NU at No. 20 Michigan State on Sept. 25 and that kept the 28-3 win over Buffalo much closer than it should have been. “We have a really good football team,” Frost said after the Michigan State loss. “This team has to change the record. I can’t go out and stay set for them. I can keep trying to fix it. These guys have to do it. We have a good enough team to do that. They have to get sick of this stuff. I am sick of it. They are sick of it. We have to be able to count on guys when we need them to do their job.” One could argue, the 2021 version of the Huskers has made progress from 2018, 2019 or 2020 and is the best team Frost has put on the field, but the wins aren’t reflecting that yet. “The best teams find ways to win, and we’re going to need to do that down the stretch,” NU quarterback Adrian Martinez said. “We obviously have a real tough Big Ten schedule, and we’re excited for it. It just comes down to execution.” With four top 25 teams and three other games against divisional teams who have been a thorn in NU’s side still on the schedule, getting to a bowl game will be no small task in 2021. “I think we can make a good run at it in the rest of our games,” Allen said. “I believe we can beat anyone on our schedule. If we’re putting everything together and everyone’s working toward the same goal, I mean, we can be a dangerous team. We can be a dangerous offense.” Will NU be able to get out of its own way, or more importantly, when will the football Gods allow the current curse to be broken? N Send me your comments and/or story ideas to darrenivy@huskersillustrated.com.


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August 27 Colgate August 28 Kansas State September 3 Omaha September 3 Georgia September 4 Arizona State September 8 Creighton Septemberh 11 Uta September 14 Stanford September 18 Louisville * September 22 Northwestern * September 25 Iowa * October 1 Michigan * October 3 Michigan State * October 8 Penn State * October 10 Rutgers * October 13 Indiana * October 16 Illinois * October 20 Iowa * October 23 Purdue * October 27 Wisconsin * October 30 Minnesota * November 4 Illinois * November 6 Ohio State * November 12 Maryland * November 14 Indiana * November 19 Penn State * November 20 Rutgers * November 26 Wisconsin * November 27 Purdue

LOCATION Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Omaha, Neb. CHI Health Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Palo Alto, Calif. Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Evanston, Ill. Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center University Park, Penn. Piscataway, N.J. Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Coralville, Iowa Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Minneapolis, Minn. Champaign, Ill. Columbus, Ohio Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Bloomington, Ind. Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Lincoln, Neb. Devaney Center Madison, Wis. West Lafayette, Ind.

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2021 Nebraska Volleyball Roster No. 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 20 22 25 26

Name Nicklin Hames Kenzie Knuckles Kayla Caffey Anni Evans Keonilei Akana Rylee Gray Lexi Rodriguez Kennedi Orr Madi Kubik Lexi Sun Whitney Lauenstein Ally Batenhorst Kalynn Meyer Lindsay Krause Callie Schwarzenbach Lauren Stivrins

Position Setter DS/Libero Middle Blocker Setter DS/Libero Middle Blocker DS/Libero Setter Outside Hitter Outside Hitter Outside Hitter Outside Hitter Middle Blocker Outside Hitter Middle Blocker Middle Blocker

Ht. 5-10 5-8 6-0 5-9 5-7 6-4 5-5 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-4

Yr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Sr.

Hometown (Previous School) Maryville, Tenn. (Webb School) Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown) Chicago, Ill. (Mother McAuley, Missouri) Waverly, Neb. (Waverly) Hauula, Hawaii (Kamehameha Kapalama) Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn South) Sterling, Ill. (Sterling) Eagan, Minn. (Eagan) West Des Moines, Iowa. (Valley) Encinitas, Calif. (Santa Fe Christan, Texas) Waverly, Neb. (Waverly) Houston, Texas (Seven Lakes) Superior, Neb. (Superior) Papillion, Neb. (Skutt Catholic) Kearney, Mo. (Kearney) Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)

Coaches: John Cook, Jaylen Reyes, Tyler Hildebrand, Kelly Hunter; Director of Operations: Lindsay Peterson

NU ready for Big Ten play after non-conference experiment

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he Nebraska volleyball team raced out to a 6-0 start to the 2021 volleyball season before falling in three-straight matches against top 25 teams Utah, Stanford and Louisville to end nonconference play with a 6-3 record. The last time Nebraska had such a stretch outside of conference play came in 1991. NU also lost to Big Ten foes Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota in successive matches in 2018. “Louisville completely outplayed us,” Nebraska head volleyball coach John Cook said after his team was swept by former Nebraska player and assistant coach Dani Busboom Kelley’s Louisiville Cardinals 25-17, 25-20, 25-18. “We just really did nothing. Didn’t really even compete like we need to. Why? I don’t know. Back to the drawing board.” During the non-conference slate, which included a match against No. 19 Creighton before 11,279 fans at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Cook played many of his six true freshman as well as three sophomores and everyone who was healthy on the roster got a chance to play. From a group of five hitters, Cook chose three: junior outside hitter Madi Kubik, freshman outside hitter Ally Batenhorst and fresh

man right-side hitter Lindsay Krause. That meant Sun, a fifth-year senior outside hitter and two-time All-American, and freshman right-side hitter Whitney Lauenstein weren’t part of the main group right now. Nebraska began conference play on Sept. 23 with a 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16 road victory over Northwestern and swept Iowa Sept. 25. Those three hitters Cook went with made 42 of NU’s 60 kills. Madi Kubik powered her way to a season-best 19 kills to lead the match and added nine digs, a solo block and an ace. Lindsay Krause matched her season best with 15 kills on .500 hitting with two blocks, and Kayla Caffey had 12 kills on a .647 night while committing just one attack error. Callie Schwarzenbach collected seven blocks alongside four kills. Keonilei Akana finished with a team-best 13 digs, which tied her career best. Nicklin Hames guided the Husker offense to a .308 team hitting night -- its second-best performance of the year. The senior totaled a season-high 45 assists and 11 digs with two blocks, two aces and a kill for her seventh double-double of the season. Batenhorst had an impactful performance with eight kills. “Madi Kubik, who is now here in her third

year, she used the block quite a bit (Wednesday),” said Cook during the Nebraska volleyball radio show on Thursday. “And our freshmen are still trying to figure it out.It’s a difficult skill. Jordan Larson makes it look really easy because she’s just so experienced and sees the block so well. It’s very difficult because you have to track a moving ball, you’ve got to get your body to that moving ball and then you got to try and hit around that block or use the block. It’s an acquired skill. Some players never get it, because they just don’t have the vision. But the ones that have vision get really good at it.” NU also finished with 10 blocks as a team, including seven by Schwarzenbach and three by Sun in the fourth set. “Lexi, in my opinion, when she’s dialed in, is the best left-side blocker in the country,” said Cook on the Husker Radio Network. “We were getting lit up over there in the red zone so I said, ‘Lexi, you got to go in there and shut this down.’ And she did. You saw when she did that (Northwestern) kind of fell apart.” In defeating the Wildcats, NU ended a threegame losing streak, meaning Cook has never lost straight matches during his 22 years at Nebraska.

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Madi Kubik serves against in-state rival Creighton during the Sept. 8 match before 11,279 fans at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

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Lexi Rodriguez celebrates a point against UNO on Sept. 3.


Keonilei Akana serves for the Huskers against Utah on Sept. 11.

Senior Lexi Sun goes up for an attack against Utah on Sept. 11.

Callie Schwarzbach passes the ball against Arizona State on Sept. 4.

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Summary report Scoring Summary report vs Nebraska (SepScoring 04,Fordham 2021) Nebraska (Sep 04, 2021) Summaryvs report

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2nd 1 00:29 #28 S.Morrison yd rushNEB (#33-C.Culp #28 S.Morrison kick), 9-83, 1 yd 01:58 rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 9-83, 01:58

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Kickoff time: 11:01 AM End of Game: 02:01 PM TIME DETAILS Total elapsed: 02:59

Kickoff time: 11:01 AM End of Game: 02:01 PM OFFICIALS Total elapsed: 02:59

Referee: Bryan Banks Umpire: Roger Day Linesman: Marcus Allen OFFICIALS Line judge: Kristopher Loving Sr. Back judge: Billy Williams Referee: Banks Field judge:Bryan Arthur Lucky Umpire: Roger Day Side judge: Chris Bynum en Linesman: Marcus Allen Center judge: Rich Edwards Replayjudge: Official: Julius Livas Loving Sr. Loving Sr. Line Kristopher

ms ky um wards Livas

Back judge: Billy Williams Field judge: Arthur Lucky WEATHER Side judge: Chris Bynum Weather: Cloudy 68Rich F Center judge: Edwards Wind: North 12 mph Julius Livas Replay Official:

WEATHER Weather: Cloudy 68 F Wind: North 12 mph

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Northern Arizona transfer Chancellor Brewington makes his first touchdown catch as a Husker to put NU ahead 31-7. 1 0 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1


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our of Nebraska’s offensive transfer players made big contributions as the Huskers bounced back to eventually pull away from Fordham 52-7 in the home opener at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 4. Three interceptions and a blocked field goal also helped keep Fordham at bay despite the Rams having some offensive success against the Nebraska defense. Nebraska narrowly avoided disaster on its first offensive possession of the game when quarterback Adrian Martinez fumbled and the ball seemed to lie on the NU 15-yard line forever before a Husker jumped on it. That led to NU punting on its first possession and some heated discussion amongst offensive players on the bench. “They’re the key to this offense, and they brought it today,” Martinez said of the offensive line. “We got in each other’s grills a bit, and I loved it. That’s what we need. We need more of it, and we brought the energy out of each other. Those guys stepped to the plate. That’s what we need as a team, that’s what we needed today, and that’s what we’re going to need going forward.” Fordham moved into NU territory before an interception by JoJo Domann – his first of his career – set up NU’s first scoring drive. With Markese Stepp in the backfield, NU drove 71 yards on 13 plays, including six runs by Stepp for 27 yards. Tight end Austin Allen had two catches for 26 yards and Martinez was able to score on a four-yard fourth down run. Fordham, which moved the ball into Nebraska territory on all of its first half drives, was able to score the game-tying touchdown on a 31-yard completion. Nebraska answered with a 39-yard field goal from Connor Culp to go up for good with 11:36 left in the second quarter. NU was able to block a field goal on Fordham’s next possession. This led to a 69-yard drive, which started off with a 31-yard reception by Montana transfer Samori Toure, who had six catches for 103 yards in the first half. Martinez scored again on a four-yard run to put the Huskers ahead 17-7 at the 3:56 mark of the second quarter. Deontai Williams ended Fordham’s next drive with an interception at NU’s 17-yard line. “Big momentum boosters,” Martinez said of the interceptions in the second quarter.

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Markese Stepp rushed 18 times for 101 yards against Fordham.

“Those guys are playing really hard. Fordham had gotten a couple big plays, but the defense held up. I think that goes a long way in our continued building of what we’re trying to do here and trust on both sides of the ball.” Toure started the drive with a 30-yard catch and the Huskers’ Sevion Morrison punched in his first career touchdown one a one yard dive with 29 seconds left in the first half. Following a three-and-out by the defense to begin the second half, Fordham punted and Cam Taylor-Britt had the ball bounce off him and the Rams recovered at the NU 34yard line with 13:04. Williams’ second interception of the game on fourth down ended

this Fordham drive also. Stepp had seven carries for 43 yards on the ensuing drive and Northern Arizona transfer Chancellor Brewington made his first touchdown catch to put the Huskers up 31-7 with 8:24 left in the third quarter. On the next drive Toure scored on an eight-yard touchdown run on option pitch from Martinez to go up 38-7. Under the direction of backup quarterback Logan Smothers, the Huskers moved down the field and Morrison scored his second touchdown as a Husker early in the fourth quarter. Marvin Scott III added another touchdown run to account for the final score. NU finished with 329 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

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Cam Taylor-Britt (5) and Caleb Tannor combine to make a tackle against Fordham.

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Left: Scott Frost walks with his wife, Ashley, while holding their son, RJ, as he waves to the crowd after the game. Above: Alante Brown makes a catch.


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Samori Toure makes one of his eight catches for 133 yards against Fordham. He also carried three times for 35 yards and a TD.

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Left: Marquel Dismuke blocks a field goal in the second quarter to keep the score 10-7. Above: Austin Allen and Seveon Morrison celebrate Morrison’s first career touchdown as a Husker. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | 1 3


mmary report Scoring Summary report Nebraska (Sep 11, Scoring 2021) Buffalo vs report Nebraska (Sep 11, 2021) Summary

Nebraska 28, Buffalo 3

Buffalo vs Nebraska (Sep 11, 1-1) vs Nebraska (2-1) Buffalo (1-1) vs2021) Nebraska Sept. 11, 2021(2-1) at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb.

Buffalo (1-1) vs Nebraska (2-1)

SCORE QUARTERS SCORE BYBY QUARTERS Team Team Buffalo Buffalo Nebraska Nebraska

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Attendance: 85,663 1st 2nd 0 0 0 14

2nd 1st 0 0 14 0

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Time Scoring Play

TIME DETAILS Kickoff time: 02:40 PM

TIME DETAILS End of Game: 06:26 PM Total elapsed: 03:46

Kickoff time: 02:40 PM End of Game: 06:26 PM OFFICIALS Total elapsed: 03:46 Referee: Greg Blum Umpire: Robert Colosimo OFFICIALS Linesman: Daniel Richard Line judge: Rudy Studd Referee: GregSchwarzel Blum Back judge: Kevin Field judge:Robert RaymondColosimo Daniel Umpire: Side judge: Grady SmithRichard Linesman: Daniel Centerjudge: judge: Amanda Sauer Line Rudy Studd Replay Official: David Witvoet Back judge: Kevin Schwarzel

Field judge: Raymond Daniel Side judge: Grady Smith WEATHER auer Center judge: Amanda Sauer Weather: Official: Sunny 91 F David Witvoet Witvoet Replay

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Play Qtr 06:56 Time Play 2nd NEB -Scoring #22 G.Ervin Jr. 2 yd rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 4-80, 01:44 2nd #22 G.Ervin2nd Jr. 200:34 yd rush C.Culp kick), 06:56 - #22 Jr.#2 2 01:44 yd rush (#33 C.Culp kick), NEB(#33 -NEB #3 S.Toure 68G.Ervin yd pass 4-80, from A.Martinez (#33 C.Culp kick), 4-80,4-80, 00:58 01:44 3rd 09:17 BUF #16 A.McNulty 45 yd FG, 8-49, 03:08 2ndyd #3 S.Toure 68 pass from #2 A.Martinez (#33 C.Culp kick), 4-80, 00:58 00:34 NEB - #3 S.Toure 68 yd pass from #2 A.Martinez (#33 C.Culp kick), 4-80, 00:58 4th 14:47 NEB -8-49, #22 G.Ervin 1 yd rush (#3345 C.Culp kick),8-49, 1-1, 00:04 3rd 45 16 A.McNulty yd FG, 09:17 BUF - 03:08 #16Jr.A.McNulty yd FG, 03:08 4th 05:53 NEB - #3 S.Toure 68 yd pass from #2 A.Martinez (#33 C.Culp kick), 1-68, 00:10 #22 G.Ervin4th Jr. 1 yd rush (#33 kick), 1-1, 14:47 NEBC.Culp - #22 G.Ervin Jr. 100:04 yd rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 1-1, 00:04 4thyd pass #3 S.Toure 68 fromNEB #2 -A.Martinez C.Culp kick),#2 1-68, 00:10 (#33 C.Culp kick), 1-68, 00:10 05:53 #3 S.Toure(#33 68 yd pass from A.Martinez

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Date: Sep 11, 2021

Site:Sep Lincoln, Nebraska Date: 11, 2021 Stadium: Memorial Site: Lincoln, Nebraska Stadium Stadium: Memorial Stadium 85663 Attendance: Attendance: 85663

Wind: South West 12 mph

WEATHER Weather: Sunny 91 F Wind: South West 12 mph

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Samori Toure made two touchdown catches for 68 yards each and finished with 136 receiving yards. 1 4 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

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laying against Buffalo was special for Nebraska walk-on linebacker Luke Reimer as the Bulls were the only FBS school who offered the Lincoln North Star graduate a scholarship coming out of high school. It’s a new Buffalo coaching staff from the ones who recruited him, but Reimer showed the Bulls that they’d been a good evaluator of talent as he made a team-high 16 tackles, made an interception that set up a fourth quarter touchdown and had a pass break up helping the Blackshirts keep the visitors out of the endzone in the 28-3 victory on Sept. 11. “We have seen that from Luke since his first day here. Kid from Northwest 12th Street in Lincoln,” NU head coach Scott Frost said. “(He) lives eight houses from my parents. We were lucky enough to get him to walk on and it was about the second day we figured we should have scholarship’d him and he is going to make a lot of plays around here.” It was the second week in a row, NU’s defense allowed just a single score by its opponent. “That was huge,” Reimer said. “They’re a good offense, they’re a good team. They put up 50 something points last week, so they’re good and it was good for us.” NU was penalized nine times for 71 yards, including three that negated touchdowns. Connor Culp missed three field goal attempts and NU also fumbled and lost a punt return. On the positive side, Adrian Martinez broke free on a 71-yard run that set up a two-yard touchdown by Gabe Ervin with 6:56 left in the second quarter. Ervin added a second TD in he fourth quarter. Samori Toure had two 68-yard touchdown catches – one in each half. “I thought Adrian played another great game,” Frost said. “He is a big-time player. He is missing some weapons right now. We had a lot of guys at that point that were not in the game. We should have scored more offensively in the first half than we did, and did not. Then got bailed out by a couple big plays that Adrian and Samori made in the first half. First, I have to say, defense what a great performance by them. They gave up a little here and there, but man they just did not quit the whole game against a good football team. Offensively, we have to keep drives going and give ourselves more chances. They were packing the box on us a little bit but we still need to be able to hit it downhill and get some yards and did not do that well enough in the first half but a couple plays by a couple of really good players kind of bailed us out.”

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Above: Damian Jackson and Luke Reimer celebrate after Reimer’s fourth quarter interception. Below: Gabe Ervin Jr. scored two touchdowns for the Huskers.

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Chris Hickman had his best game as a Husker as he made three catches for 90 yards, including this 54-yard one.

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Left: JoJo Domann makes one of his five tackles in the game. Above: Nick Henrich made eight tackles in the game.


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Nebraska celebrated the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 by inviting military, first responders, law enforcement and medical staff to be apart of the Tunnel Walk and National Anthem before the game.

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Scoring Summary report Summary report Nebraska Oklahoma (Sep 18, 2021) vs Oklahoma (Sep 18, 2021) Scoring Summaryvs report

Date: Sep 18, 2021 Site: Oklahoma Date:Norman, Sep 18, 2021 Gaylord Family Site:Stadium: Norman, Oklahoma Stadium: Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Stadium: Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium 84659 Attendance:

Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 16

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Nebraska (2-2) vsat Oklahoma (3-0) Sept. 18, 2021 Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.84659 Attendance: Attendance: 84,659 SCORE BY QUARTERS SCORE BY QUARTERS

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Qtr 08:02 Time 1st OKL -Scoring #7 S.RattlerPlay 1 yd rush (#47 G.Brkic kick), 14-75, 06:58

1st 08:02 - #7 51 S.Rattler 1 yd06:41 rush (#47 G.Brkic kick), 14-75, 06:58 #7 S.Rattler1st 1 yd rush (#47 G.Brkic kick), 06:58 01:21 NEB -OKL #33 C.Culp yd FG,14-75, 14-42,

03:50 -NEB #27 J.Hall 1 ydC.Culp pass from S.Rattler (#47 G.Brkic kick), 10-80, 05:29 1st 01:21 - #33 51#7yd FG, 14-42, 06:41 C.Culp3rd 51 yd FG,OKL 14-42, 06:41

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#33 NEB -OKL #2 4 yd rush (#33pass C.Culp kick blocked), 9-75, 03:42 3rd 03:50 - #27 J.Hall 1 G.Brkic yd from #7 S.Rattler (#47 G.Brkic kick), 10-80, 05:29 #27 J.Hall 13rd yd 00:08 pass from #7A.Martinez S.Rattler (#47 kick), 10-80, 05:29 3rd 00:08 OKL - #10 P.Fields 100 yd blocked field goal return 3rd 4 yd 00:08 NEBC.Culp - #2 A.Martinez 4 yd rush C.Culp kick blocked), 9-75, 03:42 #2 A.Martinez rush (#33 kick blocked), 9-75,(#33 03:42

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3rd 00:08 OKLfield - #10 P.Fields #10 P.Fields 100 yd blocked goal return 100 yd blocked field goal return 4th 05:38 NEB - #5 O.Manning 21 yd pass from #2 A.Martinez (#33 C.Culp kick), 3-38, 01:02 4th OKLG.Brkic - #26 K.Brooks 2 yd 04:38 rush (#47 G.Brkic kick), 12-65, 04:38 #26 K.Brooks 2 yd10:24 rush (#47 kick), 12-65,

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Kickoff time: 11:05 AM End of Game: 02:10 PM TIME DETAILS Total elapsed: 03:05

Kickoff time: 11:05 AM End of Game: 02:10 PM OFFICIALS Total elapsed: 03:05 Referee: Reggie Smith Umpire: Ed Feaster Linesman: John Wiercinski OFFICIALS Line judge: Sergio DeHoyos Dennis Morris Back judge:Reggie Referee: Smith Field judge: MattFeaster Kukar Umpire: Ed Side judge: Steven Thielen Linesman: John Center judge: Ron KayWiercinski Line judge: Sergio DeHoyos Replay Official: David Nowak

Back judge: Dennis Morris Field judge: Matt Kukar WEATHER Side judge: Steven Thielen Center judge: Kay Weather: Sunny 84 Ron F Official: David Nowak Nowak Replay Wind: North East 4 mph

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WEATHER Weather: Sunny 84 F Wind: North East 4 mph

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JoJo Domann makes a pass break up against Oklahoma on Sept. 18. Domann finished with a career-high tying 12 tackles. 1 8 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

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ebraska went toe-to-tie with the No. 3 team in the country on Sept. 18 but special teams and untimely penalties once again prevented the Huskers from being able to pull off the big upset in losing to Oklahoma 23-16. Nebraska (2-2) missed two field goals and had an extra point blocked and returned for two points that cost NU seven points and gave the Sooners (4-0) two in the highlycompetitive meeting between old rivals that marked the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century. “We spotted them nine points and lost by seven,” senior linebacker JoJo Domann said afterwards. The first drives by each team featured the only scoring in the first half. The Sooners began the game with a 15play, 75-yard that included a two key thirddown pickups in NU territory. On one, it appeared Cam Taylor-Britt got picked by an OU receiver, which had Frost hot. Spencer Rattler scored on a one yard run. NU’s first two offensive plays were false start penalties to set up first and 20. On third down, Omar Manning gained 31 yards on a catch to the OU 46. Austin Allen gained six on a fourth and four catch. NU had third and one, but false started for the third time. However, Rahmir Johnson caught an eight yard pass on third down. Later in the drive, a personal foul unnecessary roughness after the play on Cam Jurgens set up second and 23. NU settled for a career-long 51-yard field goal from Connor Culp to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 1:21 left. It capped a 14-play, 42yard drive that was marred by four penalties, but lasted 6:41. Both teams had to punt on their second drives of the game. OU drove into NU territory on its third drive but the 54-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic missed wide and the Huskers took over at their own 37-yard line with 10:12 left. Three plays in Levi Falck picked up a third down catch into OU territory. The Huskers’ Culp then missed a 50-yard field goal off the upright. The Sooners outgained NU 200 (95 rushing and 105 passing) to 137 (50 rushing and 87 passing) in the first half. The Huskers were 5 of 10 on third down. To start the second half, Nebraska got the ball first and marched 58 yards on 12 plays to the Oklahoma 17-yard line, however Culp

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Head coach Scott Frost leads the Huskers onto the field at Norman, Oklahoma on Sept. 18 for the 87th meeting with the Sooners and the first since 2010.

missed the 35-yard field goal and NU came up empty after the 5:41 drive. The Huskers advanced the ball to OU’s 33-yard line or farther five times in the opening three quarters and came away with only nine points. “It’s really frustrating,” Jurgens said of the offense’s inability to finish drives in the end zone. “I know we gave up nine points in the kicking game, but to be honest, we need to be scoring and not leaving it up to any of that. If we go down there, we need to be scoring, so we’ve just got to keep working on it.” Oklahoma responded with a 10-play, 80yard drive that lasted 5:21 and was capped by a one-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Hall on third down. That put the Sooner up 14-3 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. The Huskers answered with their first touchdown drive but NU lost freshman running back Gabe Ervin Jr. to a non-contact leg injury. A career-long 38-yard catch by Travis Vokolek – his first of the season – set up a four-yard touchdown run by Martinez two plays later. However the extra point by Kellen Meyer was blocked and OU returned it all the way to make it 16-9. The Sooners carried the momentum into their offensive drive as they drove for their third touchdown to go up. 23-9 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The Huskers didn’t go away and Martinez hit Zavier Betts with a 55-yard completion on its first play of the ensuing drive. Betts finished with a career-high 61 receiv-

ing yards. OU was called for unsportsmanlike penalty on its bench to set the ball up at the 17. However, Martinez missed Allen on second down and got sacked on third down to force fourth and 17. The Sooners then intercepted Martinez’s fourth down pass at the three-yard line to keep it a 14-point game with 8:16 left. The defense forced a three and out and following the punt return by Samori Toure, NU began at the OU 38-yard like with 6:40 remaining. On the third play of the drive Martinez found Manning for the 21-yard touchdown pass and Culp made the extra point to cut the deficit to 23-16 with 5:38 left. The Brendan Franke kickoff dribbled down the field and OU had to dive on it at its own eight-yard line. The Sooners were then called for delay of game setting up first and 14. The Nebraska defense was able to finally get a stop and force Oklahoma to punt with 1:03 left in the game. The Huskers took over at its own 17 yard line with 57 seconds left and no timeouts Martinez, who finished 19 of 25 for 289 yards, was sacked on first down and third down and time expired on NU’s upset bid and dropped Frost to 0-9 in games against ranked opponents. “I’m proud of our players, I’m proud of our team,” Frost said after the game. “And I’m disappointed for them because we had a chance there and that would have been pretty special.” S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | 1 9


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Omar Manning tries to get away from two Oklahoma players. He made his first career touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

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Clockwise from left: Luke Reimer and Quinton Newsome make a tackle. OU cocah Lincoln Riley gives Gabe Ervin Jr. some encouraging words after the game. Rahmir Johnson started his first game and had 90 yards of total offense. Adrian Martinez tries to escape pressure. More than 84,000 fans attended the renewed rivalry game in Norman, Oklahoma.


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Clockwise from above: Anna and Garret Ward of Waco, Texas came up to Norman to watch the game. Anna is an Elkhorn native and UNL graduate. Traci and Troy Booth pose outside of the stadium. Troy has always been a Sooner fan and 31 years ago had proposed to his wife on the campus of Oklahoma. They will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in November. Doug Butrick, Lori Butrick and Olivia Butrick of Falls City celebrate Olivia’s first Husker game in Norman. Mike Mahler and Carie Mahler of Homer, Nebraska were a house divided at the game. She grew up in Oklahoma.

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Remembering the Game of the Century 50 years later No. 1 Nebraska 35, No. 2 Oklahoma 31

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Former OU head coach Barry Switzer and Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers pose for a photo at halftime.

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Above: Former Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer talks with Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts and current NU president Ted Carter at halftime. Left: Players from each team were recognized at halftime of the Sept. 18 game in Norman. Far Left: Many of the former players from the 1971 Nebraska and Oklahoma teams and other legends from both schools gathered the night before the OU-NU game. Pictured are: (left to right) Jeff Kinney, Carl Ashman, Jon Srong, Doug Dumler and Jerry Tagge.


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Aboe: Jeff Kinney and Johnny Rodgers, who combined to score all five of the Huskers’ touchdowns in the 35-31 victory in the Game of the Century on Nov. 25, 1971, visit during halftime of this year’s game in Normal. Also pictured behind Rodgers is Mike “Red” Beran and behind Kinney is quarterback Jerry Tagge as well as several other players. Below: A Game of the Century pop up store was a popular destination for Husker and Sooner fans before the Sept. 18 game in Norman. The Henrich family took a photo in the Game of the Century selfie station outside of Memorial Stadium in Oklahoma.

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Scoring Summary report Summary report Nebraska Michigan St. (Sep 25, 2021) vs Michigan St. (Sep 25,Summary 2021)vs Scoring report

Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 OT

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Date: Sep 25, 2021 Site: East Lansing, Date: Sep 25, 2021Michigan Site:Stadium: East Lansing, Michigan Stadium Spartan Stadium 70332 Attendance: Mich. Stadium: Spartan

Nebraska (2-3, 0-2) vs Michigan 2-0) Sept. 25, 2021St.at(4-0, Spartan

Stadium, East Lansing, Attendance: 70,332

SCORE BY QUARTERS SCORE BY QUARTERS Team Team

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Attendance: 70332

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2nd 1st

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Qtr 14:08 Time 2nd MSU Scoring - #1 J.Reed Play 35 yd pass from #10 P.Thorne (#4 M.Coghlin kick), 3-55, 14:08

2nd 14:08 - #1 J.Reed 35 M.Coghlin yd pass from #103-55, P.Thorne #1 J.Reed2nd 35 yd pass from P.Thorne kick), 14:08(#4 M.Coghlin kick), 3-55, 14:08 11:22 NEB -MSU #33#10 C.Culp 28 yd FG,(#4 7-65, 02:46 2nd 08:20 MSU #4 M.Coghlin 26 yd FG, 6-49, 02:54 2nd NEB - #33 C.Culp 28 yd FG, 7-65, 02:46 #33 C.Culp 28 yd 11:22 FG, 7-65, 02:46 2nd NEB -MSU #2 A.Martinez 12 yd rush (#33 kick), 9-75,02:54 04:00 2nd 04:20 08:20 - #4 M.Coghlin 26 C.Culp yd FG, 6-49,

#4 M.Coghlin 26 yd FG, 6-49, 02:54 2nd 01:03 MSU - #4 M.Coghlin 27 yd FG, 9-61, 03:11 2nd 12 04:20 #2 A.Martinez 12 yd rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 9-75, 04:00 #2 A.Martinez yd rushNEB (#33 -C.Culp kick), 9-75, 04:00 3rd 09:10 NEB - #33 C.Culp 28 yd FG, 14-60, 05:50 2nd27 yd 01:03 MSU 03:11 - #4 M.Coghlin 27 yd FG, 9-61, 03:11 #4 M.Coghlin FG, 9-61, 4th

07:29 NEB - #2 A.Martinez 3 yd rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 11-80, 05:05

3rd 09:10 NEB - #33 28 yd 14-60, 05:50 #33 C.Culp4th 28 yd FG,MSU 14-60, 05:50 03:47 - #1 J.Reed 62C.Culp yd punt return (#4FG, M.Coghlin kick), 02:26 4th 07:29 NEB - #2 A.Martinez 3 yd05:05 rush (#33 C.Culp kick), 11-80, 05:05 #2 A.Martinez yd rush C.Culp kick), OT1 300:00 MSU(#33 - #4 M.Coghlin 21 yd FG,11-80, 4-22

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Referee: Jeffrey Servinski Umpire: Brad Hudak Linesman: Ryan MacDonald OFFICIALS Line judge: Brett Bergman Back judge: Mike Brown Referee: Field judge:Jeffrey Phil HicksServinski Umpire: Hudak Side judge:Brad Todd Ransom Linesman: RyanNickleby MacDonald Center judge: Jason

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Travis Vokolek hauls in an acrobatic 18-yard catch against the Spartans and finished with two catches for 29 yards. 2 4 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1


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lose games have been a staple of Scott Frost’s coaching tenure at Nebraska. The Huskers (2-3, 0-2) once again came up short as the Spartans (4-0, 2-0) pulled out the 23-20 overtime victory thanks to costly penalties, poor special teams play and turnovers. Frost is now 5-15 in games decided by eight points or less and 0-10 against ranked teams. “I feel terrible for them because the defense is playing really well right now,” Frost said. “We didn’t have any business losing that game.” This one was particularly hard to shallow as NU dominated the second half only allowing Michigan State 14 total yards and no first downs in regulation. But a 62-yard punt return by Michigan State’s Jayden Reed with 3:47 left in the game allowed the Spartans to tie the game at 20. Nebraska, which had outscored teams 41-7 in the fourth quarter in its first four games, drove 80 yards on 11 plays on its second drive of the fourth quarter after junior quarterback Adrian Martinez lost a fumble on the first drive when he was sacked near midfield. Martinez, who rebounded from getting knocked out on the first drive of the game, capped it with a three-yard TD run to give the Huskers a 20-13 lead with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter. Earlier in that drive, Martinez also converted a key fourth down and three play with his legs. The Spartans and Huskers each then traded unsuccessful drives. Then came Reed’s long return of Daniel Cerni’s 34-yard punt as NU had most of its coverage guys on the other side of the field. “Right when need them most, we punt to the wrong side of the field,” Frost said. “Some of the coverage guys didn’t see it and it cost us the game.” The Huskers were then stopped on a threeand-out and had to punt the ball back to the Spartans. The Husker defense once again stopped MSU one yard short of a first down and got the ball back. NU’s final drive of regulation ended with the Spartans’ seventh sack of the game on Martinez. In the first overtime, NU got the ball first but Martinez was intercepted on a third down pass attempt. MSU looked like it might end it there as Chester Kimbrough returned the ball all the way to the 20-yard line but Cam Jurgens and Martinez were able to get him down

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Luke Reimer, who leads the Big Ten in tackles, makes one of his 11 tackles against Michigan State with an assist from Pheldarius Payne.

short of the endzone. On the Spartans’ first play of overtime, Kenneth Walker III, who had been limited all game, rushed 23 yards. The NU defense drove the Spartans back on the next two plays before Matt Coghlin kicked his third field goal to seal the unlikely Spartan victory and improve MSU to 4-0. “We had a spirited talk in the locker room. I told our guys I don’t want them hanging their head. We have a really good football team,” Frost said. “Little things need to change and I said it halftime to the guys, I felt like I was watching the same movie again and we need it to change. We can’t have four false starts from the offensive line..They have to stay calm, do their job and not jump offside. Probably cost us points in the first half. We’ve got to be able to count on guys when we need them to do their job.” NU’s defense set the tone in each half allowing Michigan State just 34 total yards in the first quarter and 13 yards in the third quarter. Marquel Dismuke made an interception on the first Spartan series of the game. Michigan State started the second quarter at its own 45-yard line after another short punt and gained eight rushing yards and 12 passing yards on its first two plays before running a flea flicker that the Spartans completed to Reed for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The extra point made it 7-0 Spartans at the 14:08 mark. Nebraska answered back despite picking up its third false start penalty as Martinez

broke a 45-yard run to the Spartan 18-yard line. A late hit penalty set NU up with first and goal at the nine-yard line. The Huskers’ fourth false start penalty though proved to be costly as it backed NU up to second and goal at the 13-yard line. The Huskers had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Connor Culp to make it 7-3 at the 11:22 mark. Michigan State got a long kick return from Reed to set up its next drive near midfield. The Spartans were able to drive and pick up an answering field goal by Coghlin to regain a 10-3 lead. NU again answered on its follow up drive as Martinez rushed 12 yards for a touchdown to tie things at 10 with 4:20 left in the second quarter. Right before halftime, Michigan State hit Connor Heyward on a 34-yard gain to the 10yard line. Coghlin put the Spartans up 13-10 with 1:03 left in the half. Nebraska got stopped on three-straight plays and had a seven-yard punt that gave the Spartans one last chance. Cam Taylor-Britt was able to block the last second field goal attempt as time expired to keep it 13-10 at halftime. On the first NU drive of the second half, NU completed third and six, third and three and third and one plays to the MSU 29-yard line. Martinez then connected with Travis Vokolek to the 11-yard line. The drive then stalled and Culp hit a 28-yard field goal to make it 13-13 at the 9:10 mark of the third quarter.

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Quarterback Adrian Martinez has the ball knocked loose while being sacked on NU’s first drive of the fourth quarter.

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The Foltz and Sadler families took part in the pre-game coin toss with the captains from each team. Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler were killed in an automobile crash together in 2016. 2 6 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1


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Nebraska defensive lineman Ben Stille puts pressure on Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne.

AARON BECKMAN /HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED

Backup quarterback Logan Smothers runs with the ball after having to come in for an injured Adrian Martinez on the second series of the game.

AARON BECKMAN /HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED

Nebraska defensive lineman Deontre Thomas celebrates a sack against Michigan State.

AARON BECKMAN /HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED

Brady Belt (32) and head coach Scott Frost walk off the field after losing 23-20 to Michigan State in overtime.

AARON BECKMAN /HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED

Adrian Martinez hurls himself into the endzone against Michigan State. He finished with 316 yards of total offense.

AARON BECKMAN /HUSKERS ILLUSTRATED

Rahmir Johnson gained 76 yards on 19 carries and made two catches for 11 yards in his second start for the Huskers. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | 2 7


2021 HUSKER FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Opponent

Date

is * Sat, Aug 28 Illino ham Sat, Sep 04 Ford lo Sat, Sep 11 Buffa homa Sat, Sep 18 Okla igan State * Sat, Sep 25 Mich western * Sat, Oct 02 North igan * Sat, Oct 09 Mich esota * Sat, Oct 16 Minn ue * Sat, Oct 30 Purd State * Sat, Nov 06 Ohio onsin * Sat, Nov 20 Wisc Iowa *

Fri, Nov 26 *Conference Gam

Location

at Champaign, IL Memorial Stadium Memorial Stadium at Norman, Okla.

h. at East Lansing, Mic Memorial Stadium Memorial Stadium n. at Minneapolis, Min Memorial Stadium Memorial Stadium at Madison, Wis. Memorial Stadium

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es

We’re your Shield. We’re your Shelter.

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2021 FOOTBALL ROSTER No 0 0 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 21 21 22 22 23 24 24 25 26 26 28 28 29 30 30 31 31 32 33 33 34 34 35 35 36 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 41 42

Name Pos Pheldarius Payne OLB Jaquez Yant RB Tyreke Johnson CB Adrian Martinez QB Caleb Tannor OLB Will Honas ILB Alante Brown WR Myles Farmer S Omar Manning WR Cam Taylor-Britt CB Quinton Newsome CB Samori Toure WR Tamon Lynum CB Latrell Neville WR Logan Smothers QB Deontai Williams S Spencer Arceneaux QB Marquel Dismuke S Heinrich Haarberg QB Jackson Hannah ILB Austin Allen TE Braxton Clark CB Marques Buford Jr. DB Will Nixon WR JoJo Domann OLB Kamonte Grimes WR Mikai Gbayor ILB Rahmir Johnson RB Zavier Betts WR Malik Williams DB Nadab Joseph CB Jarrett Synek QB Jimari Butler OLB Ty Hahn WR Wynden Ho'ohuli ILB Matt Masker QB Seth Malcom ILB Barron Miles Jr. WR Noa Pola-Gates S Marvin Scott III RB Gabe Ervin Jr. RB Eteva Mauga-Clements ILB Isaac Gifford S Thomas Fidone II TE Blaise Gunnerson OLB Kelen Meyer PK Koby Bretz DB Cooper Jewett RB Sevion Morrison RB Luke Reimer ILB Ashton Hausmann DB Randolph Kpai ILB Markese Stepp RB Chris Kolarevic ILB Zach Weinmaster RB Kaden Williams DB Connor Culp PK Javin Wright S Simon Otte OLB Beau Psencik RB Derek Branch DB Trevin Luben RB Blake Closman DB Chase Contreraz PK Taveon Thompson WR Isaiah Harris RB Phalen Sanford CB Brody Belt WR Damian Jackson OLB Garrett Hustedt ILB Matthew Schuster RB Daniel Cerni P Darius Moore DB Elliott Brown WR Christian Lilienkamp DB Garrett Snodgrass ILB AJ Collins DB

Ht 6-3 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-3 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-4 6-0 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-1 6-5 6-3 6-9 6-4 5-11 5-11 6-1 6-3 6-2 5-10 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-5 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-4 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-0 6-1 6-1 6-6 6-6 6-3 6-2 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-1 6-1 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-11 5-10 6-1 6-4 5-8 5-11 5-9 6-2 6-2 5-9 6-4 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-3 5-10

Wt 260 245 190 212 225 235 185 200 225 197 185 190 180 195 195 205 180 210 200 220 255 200 190 185 230 200 220 185 200 190 195 190 245 195 220 220 210 170 180 205 215 220 205 235 255 190 195 190 210 225 215 210 230 230 190 155 180 210 205 205 175 200 190 180 200 190 200 185 270 230 170 225 185 180 170 225 170

Yr Jr. Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. So. Jr. R-Fr. Fr. Sr. R-Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. So. So. Jr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr.

Hometown / Previous School Suffolk, Va. / Lackawanna CC Tallahassee, Fla. / Amos P. Godby Jacksonville, Fla. / Ohio State Fresno, Calif. / Clovis West Stone Mountain, Ga. / Miller Grove Wichita, Kan. / Butler CC Chicago, Ill. / St. Thomas More (Conn.) Prep Atlanta, Ga. / Westlake Lancaster, Texas / Kilgore College Montgomery, Ala. / Park Crossing Suwanee, Ga. / North Gwinnett Portland, Ore. / Montana Orlando, Fla. / Evans Fresno, Texas / Hightower Muscle Shoals, Ala. / Muscle Shoals Jacksonville, Fla. / Jones County JC Mobile, Ala. / McGill Toolen Compton, Calif. / Calabasas Kearney, Neb. / Catholic Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell Academy Aurora, Neb. / Aurora Orlando, Fla. / Dr. Phillips DeSoto, Texas / St. Thomas More (Conn.) Prep Waco, Texas / Midway Colorado Springs, Colo. / Pine Creek Naples, Fla. / Palmetto Ridge Irvington, N.J. / Irvington Oradell, N.J. / Bergen Catholic Bellevue, Neb. / Bellevue West Atlanta, Ga. / Buford Miami, Fla. / Independence CC Hastings, Neb. / Hastings Mobile, Ala. / Murphy Johnson, Neb. / Johnson-Brock Mililani, Hawaii / Mililani Kearney, Neb. / Kearney Catholic Tabor, Iowa / Fremont-Mills Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Chandler (Ariz.) Gilbert, Ariz. / Williams Field Daytona Beach, Fla. / Spruce Creek Buford, Ga. / Buford Pleasant Hill, Calif. / Diablo Valley CC Lincoln, Neb. / Southeast Council Bluffs, Iowa / Lewis Central Carroll, Iowa / Kuemper Catholic Ord, Neb. / Ord Omaha, Neb. / Westside Omaha, Neb. / Elkhorn South Tulsa, Okla. / Edison Lincoln, Neb. / North Star Roca, Neb. / Norris Sioux Falls, S.D. / Washington Indianapolis, Ind. / USC Traverse City, Mich. / Northern Iowa Loveland, Colo. / Loveland Omaha, Neb. / Millard West Phoenix, Ariz. / LSU Chandler, Ariz. / Hamilton York, Neb. / York Houston, Texas / Lutheran South Academy Lincoln, Neb. / Southeast Wahoo, Neb. / Wahoo Elkhorn, Neb. / Millard North Missouri Valley, Iowa / Iowa Western CC Lincoln, Neb. / Southeast Omaha, Neb. / Millard South Benkelman, Neb. / Hastings College Omaha, Neb. / Millard West Las Vegas, Nev. / Shadow Ridge Omaha, Neb. / Mount Michael Benedictine Cozad, Neb. / Ashland-Greenwood HS Canberra, Australia / Prokick Australia Tiffen, Iowa / Iowa Western CC Omaha, Neb. / Elkhorn South Bellevue, Neb. / Bellevue West York, Neb. / York Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep

No 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 48 48 49 49 50 50 51 51 52 53 53 54 54 55 55 56 57 58 58 59 62 63 63 65 66 67 69 70 71 71 72 72 73 74 75 76 77 79 80 80 81 81 82 82 83 84 85 85 86 87 87 88 89 90 91 92 92 93 94 95 95 96 96 97 97 98 99

Name Pos Ht Nick Henrich LB 6-3 Michael Booker III DB 6-1 Mason Nieman S 6-1 Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 Aiden Young RB 5-9 Kyan Brumfield DB 6-0 Truitt Robinson WR 6-0 Grant Buda LB 6-0 John Goodwin TE 6-2 Lane McCallum S 6-2 Evan Meyersick TE 6-5 Nate Boerkircher TE 6-4 Payton Weehler DB 6-3 Sam Hoskinson OL 6-0 Jailen Weaver DL 6-8 Cam Jurgens OL 6-3 Braden Klover ILB 6-2 Mosai Newsom DL 6-4 Jake Archer ILB 6-1 Riley Moses OL 6-2 Bryce Benhart OL 6-9 Ryan Schommer OLB 6-5 Brig Banks LS 6-2 Chris Walker DL 6-6 Grant Tagge ILB 6-1 Ethan Piper OL 6-3 Ian Boerkircher OL 6-6 Chris Cassidy ILB 6-1 Henry Lutovsky OL 6-6 Noah Stafursky OL 6-4 Ru'Quan Buckley DL 6-5 Nouredin Nouili OL 6-4 Teddy Prochazka OL 6-9 Ezra Miller OL 6-6 Joey Mancino OL 6-3 Turner Corcoran OL 6-6 Matt Sichterman OL 6-4 Maddox Burton DL 6-4 Keegan Menning OL 6-5 Nash Hutmacher DL 6-4 Weston Reiman OL 6-2 Broc Bando OL 6-5 Brant Banks OL 6-7 Trent Hixson OL 6-4 Beau Schaller OL 6-2 Michael Lynn OL 6-6 Alex Conn OL 6-6 Shawn Hardy II WR 6-3 Jacob Herbek TE 6-5 James Carnie TE 6-5 Nick Leader OLB 6-1 Chancellor Brewington TE/WR 6-3 Colton Feist DL 6-2 Travis Vokolek TE 6-6 Alex Bullock WR 6-2 John Bullock OLB 6-0 Wyatt Liewer WR 6-4 AJ Rollins TE 6-6 Chris Hickman TE 6-5 Jordon Riley DL 6-6 Levi Falck WR 6-2 Oliver Martin WR 6-1 William Przystup P 6-4 Cameron Pieper LS 6-3 Brendan Franke PK 6-3 Tate Wildeman DL 6-6 Damion Daniels DL 6-3 Cade Mueller LS 6-0 Grant Detlefsen P 6-3 Ben Stille DL 6-5 Marquis Black DL 6-3 Camden Witucki LS 6-2 Josh Jasek PK 6-1 Deontre Thomas DL 6-2 Casey Rogers DL 6-5 Ty Robinson DL 6-6

Wt 225 195 195 245 175 185 190 205 255 215 185 220 190 245 320 290 230 285 215 305 330 260 240 290 205 305 280 215 330 330 290 315 305 315 300 300 310 285 335 325 290 315 305 320 265 295 300 190 265 230 210 185 280 260 190 215 195 230 215 310 205 200 250 260 215 280 325 220 210 290 315 225 175 285 295 305

Yr R-Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. R-Fr. So. R-Fr. R-Fr. So. Jr. Jr. Fr. R-Fr. So. So. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. So. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. R-Fr. Jr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. So. Jr. Fr. R-Fr. So. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Fr. So. Jr. So. R-Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. R-Fr.

Hometown / Previous School Omaha, Neb. / Burke Grand Prairie, Texas / South Grand Prairie Waverly, Neb. / Waverly Scottsbluff, Neb. / Scottsbluff Omaha, Neb. / Elkhorn San Antonio, Texas / Texas Tech Gilbert, Ariz. / Higley Lincoln, Neb. / Southwest Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln High Norfolk, Neb. / Air Force Omaha, Neb. / Millard West Aurora, Neb. / Aurora Blockton, Iowa / Mt. Ayr Omaha, Neb. / Elkhorn South Antioch, Calif. / Antioch Beatrice, Neb. / Beatrice Wymore, Neb. / Southern Waverly, Iowa / Waverly-Shell Rock Omaha, Neb. / Skutt Catholic Fairmont, Neb. / Fillmore Central Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North Norfolk, Neb. / Norfolk Houston, Texas / Henderson State Lincoln, Neb. / East Omaha, Neb. / Westside Norfolk, Neb. / Norfolk Catholic Aurora, Neb. / Nebraska-Kearney Lincoln, Neb. / Pius X Crawfordsville, Iowa / Mount Pleasant York, Neb. / York Wyoming, Mich. / Godwin Heights Frankfurt, Germany / Colorado State Elkhorn, Neb. / South Holstein, Iowa / Iowa Holmdel, N.J. / Holmdel Lawrence, Kan. / Free State Cincinnati, Ohio / Kings Lincoln, Neb. / Southeast Fremont, Neb. / Fremont Oacoma, S.D. / Chamberlain Weeping Water, Neb. / Weeping Water Lincoln, Neb. / IMG Academy Houston, Texas / Westbury Christian Omaha, Neb. / Skutt Catholic Waukee, Iowa / Waukee Greenwood Village, Colo. / Cherry Creek Derby, Kan. / Derby Kingsland, Ga. / Camden County Grand Island, Neb. / Central Catholic Roca, Neb. / Norris Lincoln, Neb. / Southwest Chandler, Ariz. / Northern Arizona Yutan, Neb. / Yutan Springfield, Mo. / Rutgers Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep O'Neill, Neb. / O'Neill Omaha, Neb. / Creighton Prep Omaha, Neb. / Burke New Bern, N.C. / Garden City CC Circle Pines, Minn. / South Dakota Coralville, Iowa / Iowa Oviedo, Fla. / Michigan State Lincoln, Neb. / Southwest Gretna, Neb. / Morningside Parker, Colo. / Legend Dallas, Texas / Bishop Dunne Gretna, Neb. / Gretna Lincoln, Neb. / Southeast Ashland, Neb. / Ashland-Greenwood McDonough, Ga. / Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc Community Iowa City, Iowa / Iowa Western CC Mustang, Okla. / Mustang Syracuse, N.Y. / Old Farms Prep (Avon, Conn.) Gilbert, Ariz. / Higley

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NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS 2021 FOOTBALL ROSTER No Name Pos 0 Coco Azema DB 0 Cole Freeman QB 1 Joe Spivak DL 2 Cameron Mitchell DB 2 Jordan Mosley WR 3 JJ Jefferson WR 4 Berkeley Holman WR 5 Jeffery Pooler, Jr. DL 5 Stephon Robinson, Jr. WR 6 Malik Washington WR 7 Ore Adeyi CB 7 Andrew Marty QB 8 Wayne Dennis, Jr. WR 8 Te-Rah Edwards DT 9 Carl Richardson QB 9 Donovan Sermons DB 10 Theran Johnson CB 10 Brendan Sullivan QB 11 Andrew Clair RB 11 A.J. Hampton, Jr. DB 12 Ryan Hilinski QB 12 Nigel Williams DB 13 Preston Bacon WR 13 Garnett Hollis, Jr. DB 14 Donnie Gray WR 14 Charlie Kuhbander K 15 Trey Finison K/P 15 Hunter Johnson QB 16 Brandon Joseph SAF 16 Zac Krause QB 17 Bryce Kirtz WR 18 Genson Hooper Price WR 18 Garner Wallace SAF 19 Jacob Gill WR 20 Trent Carrington DB 20 Cam Porter RB 21 Tyler Haskins DB 22 Bryce Jackson DB 22 Connor Newhouse RB 23 Raymond Niro III WR 24 Rod Heard II DB 25 Jaheem Joseph DB 26 Evan Hull RB 27 Anthony Tyus III RB 28 Chris Bergin LB 29 Marcus Cisco RB 31 Jake Arthurs RB 31 Jaylen Rivers LB 32 Bryce Gallagher LB 33 Michael Jansey, Jr. LB 34 Xander Mueller LB 35 Jasper Stratton QB 36 Derek Adams P 37 Mac Uihlein LB 38 Joe DeHaan DB 39 Aidan Hubbard DL

Ht. 5-11 6-0 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-2 5-10 5-9 5-10 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-4 5-11 6-0 6-3 5-11 5-11 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-9 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-0 6-5 6-4 6-0 6-1 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-10 5-11 5-9 5-11 6-1 5-11 5-9 5-9 6-2 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-4

Wt. 185 205 300 195 190 180 197 250 180 192 175 224 200 294 207 192 170 212 202 180 225 192 195 197 190 195 183 215 192 215 180 215 190 183 190 220 195 190 195 190 185 190 210 215 223 197 195 222 223 210 210 180 195 215 198 235

Yr. So. Fy. Gr. So. Fy. Sr. Sr. Gr. Gr. Jr. Fy. Sr. So. So. So. Sr. Fy. Fy. Gr. Jr. So. So. So. So. Fy. Gr. Jr. Sr. So. So. So. So. Fy. Fy. Gr. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. So. So. So. Fy. Gr. So. So. Jr. So. So. So. Fy. Gr. Fy. So. Fy.

Hometown / High School Cypress, Texas / Langham Creek Summit, N.J. / Delbarton School Darien, Ill. / Montini Catholic Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook Mobile, Alabama / McGill Toolen Houston, Texas / St. Pius X Irvine, Calif. / Saint John Bosco Dayton, Ohio / Dunbar Los Angeles, Calif. / Narbonne Lawrenceville, Ga. / Parkview Mansfield, Texas / Mansfield Legacy Cincinnati, Ohio / Wyoming Tampa, Fla. / Armwood Groveport, Ohio / Groveport Madison Salinas, Calif. / Salinas Pomona, Calif. / Damien Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central Davison, Mich. / Davison St. Louis, Mo. / St. Louis University Warren, Ark. / Paul R Wharton (Tampa, Fla.) Orange, Calif. / Orange Lutheran Richmond, Va. / Collegiate School Oak Hill, Va. / The Potomac School Nashville, Tenn. / Battle Ground Academy New Haven, CT. / Deerfield Academy Springboro, Ohio / Springboro Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Northridge Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg College Station, Texas / College Station Olathe, Kan. / Olathe West Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg Houston, Texas / St. John's Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons Fayetteville, Ga. / Fayette County Cincinnati, Ohio / LaSalle Stafford, Va. / Mountain View Lantana, Texas / John H. Guyer Prospect, Ky. / North Oldham Barrington, Ill. / Barrington Farmington, Mich. / Farmington Hills Harrison Miami Gardens, Fla. / Monsignor Edward Pace Maple Grove, Minn. / Maple Grove Portage, Mich. / Portage Northern Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day Byron Center, Mich. / Byron Center Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton-Warrenville South Decatur, Ga. / Grayson Raynham, Mass. / St. Sebastian's Batavia, Ill. / Batavia Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton North Los Angeles, Calif. / Winward Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central Lake Forest, Ill. / Lake Forest Tinley Park, Ill. / Andrew Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius

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No Name Pos 40 Peter McIntyre LB 41 Grayson Mann LB 42 Jason Whittaker TE 43 William Halkyard LS 44 Khalid Jones LB 45 Cullen Coleman LB 46 Devin O'Rourke DL 46 Hunter Renner P 47 Troy Hudetz LB 48 Owen Bergin LB 48 Peter Snodgrass LS 49 Jacob Tabibian K/P 50 PJ Spencer DL 52 Jordan Butler DT 52 Sam Gerak OL 53 Jaiden Cameron DE 54 Jeremy Meiser DL 55 Conrad Rowley OL 56 Josh Thompson OL 57 Greyson Metz LB 58 Najee Story DL 60 Carmine Bastone DL 62 Maxwell Skidmore OL 63 Dom D'Antonio OL 65 Jackson Carsello OL 66 Braeden Edwards OL 68 Josh Priebe OL 69 Charlie Schmidt OL 71 Ben Wrather OL 72 Caleb Tiernan OL 74 Payne He'Bert OL 75 Connor Foster OL 76 Ethan Wiederkehr OL 77 Peter Skoronski OL 78 Luka Trifunovic OL 79 Zachary Franks OL 80 Trey Pugh TE 81 Calvin Johnson II WR 82 Braeden Heald WR 83 Will Lansbury WR 84 Hunter Welcing TE 85 Jack Kennedy WR 86 Lawson Albright TE 87 Thomas Gordon TE 87 Jack Moses WR 88 Marshall Lang TE 89 Charlie Mangieri TE 90 Wyatt Blake DL 90 Jake Genyk P 91 Samdup Miller DL 92 Jack Olsen K 94 Jason Gold, Jr. DT 96 Trevor Kent DT 97 Sean McLaughlin DL 98 Duke Olges DL 99 Adetomiwa Adebawore DL

Ht. 6-2 6-0 6-5 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-6 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-0 5-9 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-6 6-5 6-4 6-6 6-7 6-4 6-7 6-5 6-4 6-4 6-6 6-5 6-0 5-11 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-5 6-5 5-9 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-3 5-9 6-3 6-6 6-5 6-4 6-2

Wt. 231 225 222 200 230 240 265 207 221 210 212 185 275 316 295 245 290 308 310 216 250 266 270 290 270 280 295 297 310 280 312 315 295 294 293 305 250 180 198 202 242 201 225 240 187 235 250 305 200 270 180 285 300 260 260 265

Yr. Hometown / High School Sr. Perrysburg, Ohio / Saint Johns' Jesuit Jr. Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth All Saints Jr. Rockford, Mich. / Rockford So. Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West Jr. Greenville, S.C. / Byrnes So. Port Chester, N.Y. / Rye Country Day Jr. Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way East So. Mishawaka, Ind. / Marian Gr. Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central So. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day Sr. Palo Alto, Calif. / Palo Alto Fy. Lafayette, Calif. / Campolindo So. Prairie Village, Kan. / Shawnee Mission East So. North Las Vegas, Nev. / IMG Academy (Fla.) Sr. Avon, Ohio / Avon So. Clayton, Ohio / Northmont Gr. Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller Jr. Independence, Mo. / Blue Springs Fy. Fenton, Mich. / Fenton So. Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Glenbard West Fy. Solon, Ohio / Solon Fy. St. Charles, Ill. / St. Charles North So. Spokane Valley, Wash. / University So. Woodstock, Ga. / Etowah Fy. Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North Fy. West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley So. Niles, Mich. / Edwardsburg Jr. Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville So. Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty Fy. Franklin, Mich. / Detroit Country Day Jr. Pearland, Texas / Dawson So. Milford, Ohio / Milford Sr. Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River So. Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South So. Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon So. Baltimore, Md. / The Gilman School 5th Plain City, Ohio / Jonathan Alder Fy. French Camp, Mississippi / French Camp Academy R-Jr. Easthampton, Mass. / Williston Northampton Sr. Pebble Beach, Calif. / Stevenson So. Deer Park, Ill. / Lake Zurich So. Cleveland Heights, Ohio / St. Ignatius Fy. Greensboro, N.C. / Grimsley So. Houston, Texas / Strake Jesuit College Prep So. Lake Zurich, Ill. / Lake Zurich So. Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier Sr. Peoria, Ill. / Dunlap Jr. Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central Jr. Middleton, Wis. / Middleton Gr. Houston, Texas / Stratford So. Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton-Warrenville Jr. League City, Texas / Clear Springs Sr. Pittsburg, Kan. / Pittsburg So. Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln-Way East So. Winnetka,Ill. / New Trier Jr. Kansas City, Mo. / North Kansas City


MICHIGAN WOLVERINES 2021 FOOTBALL ROSTER No Name Pos 1 Andrel Anthony WR 1 Ja'Den McBurrows DB 2 Blake Corum RB 2 Brad Hawkins DB 3 A.J. Henning WR 4 Vincent Gray DB 4 Dan Villari QB 5 Mike Sainristil WR 5 DJ Turner DB 6 Cornelius Johnson WR 6 R.J. Moten DB 7 Donovan Edwards RB 7 Makari Paige DB 8 Ronnie Bell WR 9 J.J. McCarthy QB 10 Cristian Dixon WR 10 Anthony Solomon LB 12 Cade McNamara QB 12 Josh Ross LB 13 Jake Moody K 14 Quinten Johnson DB 14 Roman Wilson WR 15 Alan Bowman QB 15 Christopher Hinton DL 16 Jalen Perry DB 16 Davis Warren QB 17 Braiden McGregor DE 17 Peyton Smith QB 18 Keshaun Harris DB 18 Jesse Madden QB 19 Tommy Doman K/P 19 Rod Moore DB 20 Kalel Mullings LB 22 Tavierre Dunlap RB 22 Gemon Green DB 23 Michael Barrett LB 24 Danny Hughes RB 24 George Johnson DB 25 Junior Colson LB 25 Hassan Haskins RB 26 Rayshaun Benny DL 26 Jake Thaw WR 27 Christian Bartholomew WR 27 Tyler McLaurin LB 28 Darion Green-Warren DB 29 Rhett Andersen K/P 29 Joey Velazquez LB 30 Daxton Hill DB 30 Will Rolapp WR 31 Lucas Andrighetto RB 31 Jordan Morant DB 32 Jaylen Harrell LB 32 Nolan Knight LB 33 German Green DB 34 Jaydon Hood LB 35 Luke Buckman TE 35 Caden Kolesar DB 36 Andre Seldon DB 36 Nico Tiberia RB 37 Josh Beetham TE 37 Eamonn Dennis DB 38 Peyton O'Leary WR 38 Joe Taylor RB 39 Matt Torey WR

Ht. Wt. 6-2 185 5-11 197 5-8 200 6-1 221 5-10185 6-2 192 6-4 235 5-10185 6-0 181 6-3 211 6-0 221 6-0 202 6-3 192 6-0 192 6-3 197 6-2 197 6-1 215 6-1 212 6-2 224 6-1 211 5-11 200 6-0 180 6-4 205 6-4 310 6-0 187 6-2 195 6-5 265 6-3 192 5-11 186 6-2 198 6-5 190 6-0 173 6-1 236 6-0 222 6-2 181 6-0 227 6-0 200 6-0 186 6-2 225 6-1 220 6-5 292 6-0 190 6-0 182 6-3 237 6-0 173 6-0 172 6-0 228 6-0 192 6-0 186 6-1 204 6-0 210 6-4 242 6-3 215 6-2 190 6-1 212 6-5 237 5-10196 5-8 173 5-9 201 6-5 239 5-10175 6-4 190 5-10184 5-10183

Yr. Fr. Fr. So. Gr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Gr. Sr. Jr. So. Gr. Jr. Jr. Fr. So. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. Gr. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Jr. So. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. Sr.

Hometown / High School East Lansing, Mich. / Lansing Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas Marshall, Va. / St. Frances Academy Camden, N.J. / Suffield Academy (Conn.) Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln-Way East Rochester, Mich. / Rochester Adams Massapequa, N.Y. / Plainedge Everett, Mass. / Everett Suwanee, Ga. / IMG Academy Greenwich, Conn. / Brunswick School Delran, N.J. / Delran West Bloomfield, Mich. / West Bloomfield West Bloomfield, Mich. / West Bloomfield Kansas City, Mo. / Park Hill La Grange Park, Ill. / Nazareth Academy/IMG Academy Santa Ana, Calif. / Mater Dei Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas Reno, Nev. / Damonte Ranch Southfield, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary's Northville, Mich. / Northville Silver Spring, Md. / St. John's College Honolulu, Hawaii / St. Louis Grapevine, Texas / Grapevine Johns Creek, Ga. / Greater Atlanta Christian School Dacula, Ga. / Dacula Los Angeles, Calif. / Loyola/Suffield Academy Port Huron, Mich. / Port Huron Northern Ithaca, Mich. / Traverse City Central Lansing, Mich. / Waverly Oakland, Calif. / Bishop O'Dowd Rochester Hills, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary's Clayton, Ohio / Northmont West Roxbury, Mass. / Milton Academy Del Valle, Texas / Del Valle DeSoto, Texas / DeSoto Valdosta, Ga. / Lowndes Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central Stuart, Fla. / Martin County Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood St. Louis, Mo. / Eureka Senior Detroit, Mich. / Oak Park Westport, Conn. / Staples Galesburg, Mich. / Kalamazoo United Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook Torrance, Calif. / Narbonne Poquoson, Va. / Poquoson/Hampden-Sydney Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis De Sales Tulsa, Okla. / Booker T. Washington Darien, Conn. / Suffield Academy Mountain View, Calif. / St. Francis Parsippany, N.J. / Bergen Catholic Tampa, Fla. / Berkeley Prep Northville, Mich. / Northville DeSoto, Texas / DeSoto Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas Holland, Mich. / Holland Westlake, Ohio / St. Edward Belleville, Mich. / Belleville Allen Park, Mich. / Allen Park Yorkville, Ill. / Yorkville Worcester, Mass. / St. John's Byfield, Mass. / Governor's Academy Chelsea / Chelsea Sterling Heights, Mich. / Brother Rice

No Name 40 Christian Boivin 40 Leon Franklin 41 Isaiah Gash 41 Nikhai Hill-Green 42 Trevor Andrews 42 TJ Guy 43 Andrew Russell 44 Joshua Luther 45 Noah Howes 45 Greg Tarr 46 Alexander Lidback 49 William Wagner 50 Jerome Nichols 51 Greg Crippen 52 Karsen Barnhart 52 Kechaun Bennett 53 Trente Jones 54 Kraig Correll 54 George Rooks 55 Mica Gelb 55 David Ojabo 56 Dominick Giudice 57 Joey George 58 Giovanni El-Hadi 58 Mazi Smith 61 Noah Stewart 62 Raheem Anderson 65 Zak Zinter 66 Chuck Filiaga 67 Jess Speight 68 Andrew Vastardis 70 Nolan Rumler 70 Jack Stewart 71 Andrew Stueber 72 Tristan Bounds 72 Elijah Pierre 74 Reece Atteberry 75 Peter Simmons 76 Ryan Hayes 77 Trevor Keegan 78 Griffin Korican 79 Jeffrey Persi 80 Hunter Neff 81 Louis Hansen 82 Max Bredeson 83 Erick All 84 Joel Honigford 84 Sam Staruch 85 Daylen Baldwin 86 Luke Schoonmaker 88 Mathew Harrison 88 Matthew Hibner 89 Carter Selzer 90 Mike Morris 91 Brad Robbins 91 Taylor Upshaw 92 Ike Iwunnah 93 Cole Hussung 93 Jordan Whittley 94 Kris Jenkins 95 Donovan Jeter 96 Julius Welschof 97 Aidan Hutchinson 99 Gabe Newburg

Pos RB RB RB LB DB DE DB DB TE LS LB LS LB OL OL DE OL OL DL OL LB DL DL OL DL OL OL OL OL DL OL OL DL OL OL DL OL OL OL OL OL OL TE TE TE TE TE WR WR TE WR TE TE DE P DE DL K DL DL DL DL DE DE

Ht. Wt. 6-0 204 5-8 206 5-10178 6-1 220 6-2 218 6-5 251 6-2 191 5-9 184 6-5 234 6-2 207 6-3 223 6-1 247 6-0 224 6-4 290 6-4 307 6-5 241 6-4 307 6-4 311 6-5 270 6-4 292 6-5 250 6-5 275 6-0 262 6-5 318 6-3 326 6-7 274 6-3 302 6-6 320 6-6 337 6-5 310 6-3 294 6-3 332 6-4 314 6-7 338 6-8 282 6-1 272 6-5 307 6-3 291 6-7 307 6-6 324 6-6 316 6-7 305 6-2 237 6-6 252 6-2 222 6-4 245 6-6 257 6-1 180 6-2 219 6-5 250 6-2 205 6-4 244 6-8 242 6-6 278 6-1 203 6-4 262 6-3 306 5-9 194 6-1 348 6-3 275 6-3 325 6-6 288 6-6 265 6-5 251

Yr. Fr. Jr. So. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Gr. Gr. Gr. Jr. Jr. Gr. Fr. Gr. So. Fr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. 5th So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. 5th Jr. Gr. Gr. Fr. So. Gr. So. Gr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

Hometown / High School Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West Southfield, Mich. / Southfield A&T Green Bay, Wisc. / Bay Port Pittsburgh, Pa. / St. Frances Academy Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood Mansfield, Mass. / Mansfield Victor, N.Y. / Victor Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston Rochester, Mich. / Rochester Washington, Mich. / Romeo Alpharetta, Ga. / Alpharetta Alpharetta, Ga. / Alpharetta Belleville, Mich. / Renaissance Northborough, Mass. / IMG Academy Paw Paw, Mich. / Paw Paw Suffield, Conn. / Suffield Academy Grayson, Ga. / Grayson Easton, Pa. / Blair Academy Jersey City, N.J. / St. Peter's Prep Washington, D.C. / Woodrow Wilson Aberdeen, Scotland / Blair Academy Freehold, N.J. / Mater Dei Walled Lake, Mich. / Walled Lake Western Sterling Heights, Mich. / Adlai Stevenson Grand Rapids, Mich. / East Kentwood Muskegon, Mich. / North Muskegon Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical North Andover, Mass. / Buckingham Browne and Nichols School Aledo, Texas / Aledo Richmond, Va. / The Collegiate School Ashburn, Va. / Stone Bridge Akron, Ohio / Archbishop Hoban New Canaan, Conn. / New Canaan Darien, Conn. / Darien Wallingford, Conn. / Choate Rosemary Hall Rockland, Mass. / Xaverian Brothers Aurora, Colo. / Eaglecrest Bonita Springs, Fla. / Bishop Verot Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Seattle, Wash. / O'Dea Mission Viejo, Calif. / JSerra Catholic Chelsea, Mich. / Chelsea Needham, Mass. / St. Sebastian's Hartland, Wisc. / Arrowhead Fairfield, Ohio / Fairfield Sugarcreek, Ohio / Garaway Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion Southfield, Mich. / Waterford Mott Hamden, Conn. / Hamden Hall Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon Burke, Va. / Lake Braddock Kansas City, Mo. / Rockhurst Belle Glade, Fla. / American Heritage Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South Bradenton, Fla. / Braden River Garland, Texas / Lakeview Centennial Floyds Knobs, Ind. / Floyd Central Richmond, Calif. / Castlemont Olney, Md. / Our Lady Good Counsel Beaver Falls, Pa. / Beaver Falls Miesbach, Bavaria, Germany / FOS Altoetting Plymouth, Mich. / Divine Child Clayton, Ohio / Northmont

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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS 2021 FOOTBALL ROSTER No Name Pos 0 Lemeke BrockingtonWR 0 Justiny Walle DB 1 Calvin Swenson DB 1 Cam y Wile RB 2 Phillip Howard DB 2 Tanner Morgan QB 3 MJ Anderson DL 3 Trey Potts RB 4 Mar'Keise Irving RB 4 Terell Smith DB 5 Zack Annexstad QB 5 Nyles Pinckney DL 6 Douglas Emilien WR 6 Miles Fleming DB 7 Chris Autman-Bell WR 7 Solomon Brown DB 8 Thomas Rush DL 8 Ky Thomas RB 9 Daniel Jackson WR 9 Esezi Otomewo DL 11 Michael Dixon DB 11 Lonenoa Faoa QB 12 Jalen Glaze DB 12 Cole Kramer QB 13 DJ Gordon IV LB 14 Brady Boyd WR 14 Braelen Oliver LB 15 Jaqwondis Burns LB 15 Jacob Clark QB 16 Coney Durr DB 16 Dylan Wright WR 17 Athan Kaliakmanis QB 17 Gage Keys DL 18 Micah Dew-Treadway DL 18 Clay Geary WR 19 Samuel Pickerign QB 20 Donald Willis LB 20 Larry Wright WR 21 Justus Harris DB 21 Bryce Williams RB 22 Mike Brown-Stephens WR 22 Steven Ortiz Jr. DB 23 Dylan Hillard-McGill WR 23 Jordan Howden DB 24 Mohamed Ibrahim RB 25 Darius Green DB 25 Preston Jelen RB 26 Victor Pless DB 27 Tyler Nubin DB 27 Quentin Redding WR 28 Matt Guggemos DB 29 Josh Aune LB 30 Jordan Nubin DB 31 Kendall Moore RB 33 Devon Williams LB 34 Boye Mafe DL 34 Brock Walker K 35 Derik LeCaptain LB 36 Bishop McDonald DB 37 Brady Weeks LS

Ht. Wt. 6-0 195 5-11 185 6-1 215 6-2 210 5-11 195 6-2 215 6-3 280 5-11 210 5-10190 6-1 215 6-3 220 6-1 290 6-1 190 5-11 185 6-1 215 5-11 195 6-3 250 5-11 205 6-0 200 6-6 285 6-2 210 6-1 220 6-0 185 6-1 205 6-1 230 6-1 210 6-0 230 6-2 220 6-5 225 5-10200 6-3 215 6-4 205 6-5 280 6-4 315 5-10200 6-4 230 6-2 215 6-4 220 5-10195 6-0 215 5-11 195 6-0 180 6-3 210 6-0 210 5-10210 6-1 190 5-10210 5-10175 6-2 210 5-7 150 6-1 210 6-2 235 5-11 210 5-11 195 6-1 220 6-4 265 5-10210 6-2 235 6-0 195 6-0 215

Yr. Hometown / High School Fr. Moultrie, Ga. / Colquitt County Fr. D’Iberville, Miss. / D’Iberville R-Sr. Kaukauna, Wis. / Kaukauna R-So.Las Vegas, Nev. / Desert Pines R-Sr. Minneapolis, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper R-Sr. Union, Ky. / Ryle R-So. St. Louis, Mo. / Christian Brothers College High School R-So.Williamsport, Pa. / Williamsport Fr. Chicago, Ill. / Hillcrest Sr. Snellville, Ga. / South Gwinnett R-Jr. Norseland, Minn. / IMG Academy Gr. Beaufort, S.C. / Whale Branch R-Fr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / American Heritage R-Fr. Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Hartley R-Sr. Kankakee, Ill. / Bishop McNamara R-So.Largo, Fla. / Largo Sr. Marysville, Ohio / Marysville R-Fr. Topeka, Kan. / Topeka So. Kansas City, Kan. / Bishop Miege R-Sr. Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis So. Statesboro, Ga. / Statesboro R-Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Liberty R-Fr. Tallahassee, Fla. / Lincoln R-So.Eden Prairie, Minn. / Eden Prairie R-So.Plant City, Fla. / Plant City Fr. Southlake, Texas / Southlake Carroll R-So.Douglasville, Ga. / Douglas County R-Fr. Terrell, Texas / IMG Academy R-So.Rockwall, Texas / Rockwall R-Sr. Baton Rouge, La. / Dutchtown R-So.Dallas, Texas / West Mesquite Fr. Antioch, Ill. / Antioch R-Fr. Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson Gr. Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bolingbrook R-Sr. Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville South R-Sr. Alpharetta, Ga. / Minnehaha Academy R-So.Garfield Heights, Ohio / Garfield Heights R-So.Apple Valley, Minn. / Eastview 5th Roswell, Ga. / Roswell R-Jr. Sarasota, Fla. / Cardinal Mooney R-So.Springfield, Ohio / Springfield Fr. Goodyear, Ariz. / Desert Edge Fr. Altus, Okla. / Mesquite Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. / Desert Pines R-Sr. Baltimore, Md. / Our Lady of Good Counsel Fr. Covington, Ga. / Newton R-Jr. Prior Lake, Minn. / Prior Lake R-Fr. Kennesaw, Ga. / Harrison Jr. Saint Charles, Ill. / St. Charles North Fr. Menomonee Falls, Wis. / Menomonee Falls R-So.Eden Prairie, Minn. / Benilde St. Margaret's R-Jr. St. Paul, Minn. / Highland Park Fr. St. Charles, Ill. / St. Charles North R-Fr. St. Paul, Minn. / East Ridge Fr. Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman R-Sr. Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins R-Jr. Sioux Falls, S.D. / Washington R-So.Gardner, Wis. / Southern Door 5th Oakdale, Minn. / North St. Paul Jr. O'Fallon, Mo. / Fort Zumwalt West

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No Name Pos 38 Daniel Sparks P 41 Connor Keyes LB 42 Jack Hawkinson DL 42 Ko Kieft TE 43 Eli Mau LB 44 Rashad Cheney Jr. DL 45 Cody Lindenberg LB 46 Lucas Finness y LB 47 Jack Gibbens LB 47 Wyatt Schroeder TE 49 Pete Bercich LB 49 Austin Sullivan LS 50 JJ Guedet OL 52 Luther McCo y DL 53 Ben Wileman LB 55 Karter Shaw OL 55 Mariano Sori-Marin LB 56 Curtis Dunlap Jr. OL 56 Val Martin DL 57 Cameron James OL 57 Jack Kern DL 58 Jackson Hunter OL 60 John Michael SchmitzOL 62 Jacob Schuster DL 63 Austin Beier OL 64 Conner Olson OL 65 Axel Ruschmey er OL 66 Nathan Boe OL 68 Jackson Ruschmeyer OL 69 Aireontae Ersery OL 70 Sam Schlueter OL 71 Martes Lewis OL 73 Tyrell Lawrence OL 75 Tyler Cooper OL 76 Saia Mapakaitolo OL 77 Blaise Andries OL 78 Daniel Faalele OL 79 Logan Purcell OL 80 Dino Kaliakmanis WR 81 Brock Annexstad WR 82 Jonathan Mann WR 83 Austin Henderson TE 84 Peter Udoibok WR 86 Jameson Geers TE 87 Nick Kallerup TE 88 Brevyn Spann-Ford TE 89 Nnamdi Adim-Madumere WR 89 Nate Becker DL 90 Jah Joyner DL 91 Deven Eastern DL 91 Willy Moble K 92 Danny Striggow DL 94 Austin Booker DL 95 Matthew Trickett K 96 Mark Crawford P 96 Logan Richter DL 97 Jalen Logan-ReddingDL 99 DeAngelo Carter DL 99 Dragan Kesich K

Ht. 6-6 6-2 6-4 6-5 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-4 6-5 6-2 6-3 6-7 6-5 6-1 6-4 6-3 6-5 6-1 6-8 6-2 6-6 6-4 6-2 6-4 6-5 6-4 6-5 6-4 6-6 6-6 6-7 6-7 6-5 6-5 6-6 6-9 6-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-6 6-4 6-6 6-5 6-7 6-4 6-5 6-5 6-6 5-8 6-5 6-6 6-0 6-5 6-4 6-4 6-2 6-4

Wt. 200 230 215 265 225 290 235 240 245 260 235 235 310 305 220 310 245 345 300 305 305 275 320 300 310 310 305 300 295 325 325 325 355 310 270 335 380 260 200 205 225 245 215 250 270 270 235 260 250 290 170 250 240 195 220 325 275 300 230

Yr. Hometown / High School So. Gadsden, Ala. / Gadsden City R-Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder Fr. Frankfort, Ill. / Lincoln-Way East R-Sr. Sioux Center, Iowa / Sioux Center Fr. Victoria, Minn. / Chanhassen R-So.Atlanta, Ga. / Cedar Grove So. Anoka, Minn. / Anoka R-Fr. Sussex, Wis. / Hamilton Gr. Bulverde, Texas / Smithson Valley R-Fr. Saint Francis, Minn. / St. Francis R-So.Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North R-So.Slate Hill, N.Y. / Minisink Valley R-So.Washington, Ill. / Washington Community Fr. Saint Johns, Fla. / Creekside R-Fr. Edgerton, Wis. / Edgerton R-Jr. South Jordan, Utah / Herriman Sr. Mokena, Ill. / Providence Catholic R-Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. / IMG Academy Gr. Marietta, Ga. / Marietta Fr. Chicago, Ill. / Simeon Career Academy R-Jr. Eau Claire, Wis. / Eau Claire Memorial Fr. Oconomowoc, Wis. / Oconomowoc R-Sr. Flossmoor, Ill. / Homewood-Flossmoor Fr. Lacey, Wash. / Tumwater R-Jr. Toledo, Ohio / St. John's R-Sr. Monticello, Minn. / Monticello R-Sr. Hutchinson, Minn. / Holy Family Catholic R-Jr. Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North R-Fr. Hutchinson, Minn. / Holy Family Catholic R-Fr. Kansas City, Mo. / Ruskin R-Sr. Victoria, Minn. / Mayer Lutheran R-Fr. Merrillville, Ind. / Merrillville R-Fr. Milton, Ontario, Canada / Clearwater Academy International R-So.Saint Croix Falls, Wis. / Saint Croix Falls Fr. Mesa, Ariz. / Red Mountain R-Sr. Marshall, Minn. / Marshall Sr. Melbourne, Australia / IMG Academy Fr. Annandale, Minn. / Annandale Fr. Antioch, Ill. / Antioch R-Sr. Norseland, Minn. / IMG Academy R-Fr. Rosemount, Minn. / Rosemount R-Fr. Nashville, Tenn. / Ensworth R-So.St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall Fr. Channahon, Ill. / Providence Catholic R-So.Wayzata, Minn. / Wayzata R-Jr. St. Cloud, Minn. / St. Cloud Technical Senior R-So.Fort Worth, Texas / Southwest Fr. Osseo, Minn. / Maple Grove R-Fr. Danbury, Conn. / Danbury Fr. Shakopee, Minn. / Shakopee R-Sr. Lititz, Pa. / Warwick R-Fr. Long Lake, Minn. / Orono Fr. Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove Sr. Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius So. Perth West, Australia / R-So.Perham, Minn. / Perham R-Fr. Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge R-So.Leesburg, Ga. / Crisp County So. Oak Creek, Wis. / Oak Creek


PURDUE BOILERMAKERS 2021 FOOTBALL ROSTER No Name Yr. Pos Ht. 0 Milton Wright Jr. WR 6-3 1 Michael Alaimo R-Fr.QB 6-4 1 Dedrick Mackey 5th CB 5-11 2 Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen R-Fr.WR 6-2 3 David Bell Jr. WR 6-2 4 Marvin Grant So. S 6-2 5 George Karlaftis Jr. DE 6-4 6 Jalen Graham Jr. LB/S6-3 7 Jamari Brown Jr. CB 6-3 8 TJ Sheffield So. WR 5-11 9 Mershawn Rice So. WR 6-2 10 Cam Allen Jr. S 6-1 11 Jack Albers So. QB 6-0 12 Austin Burton Sr. QB 6-3 12 Jah’von Grigsby Fr. S 5-11 13 Jack Plummer Jr. QB 6-5 14 Yanni Karlaftis Fr. LB 6-3 15 DaMarcus Mitchell Sr. DE 6-3 16 Aidan O'Connell 5th QB 6-3 17 Christian Gelov R-Fr.QB 6-0 17 Chris Jefferson Sr. S 5-11 18 Deion Burks Fr. WR 5-11 20 OC Brothers So. LB 6-2 21 Andrew Hobson R-Fr.QB 6-2 21 Sanoussi Kane So. S 6-0 22 King Doerue Jr. RB 5-10 23 Cory Trice Jr. CB 6-3 24 Nyles Beverly So. CB 6-0 24 Mitchell Fineran Gr. K 5-11 24 Sampson James Jr. RB 6-1 25 Marcellus Moore R-Fr.WR 5-8 26 Brandon Calloway Fr. CB 6-1 26 Andrew Sowinski R-Fr.WR 6-0 27 Anthony Romphf R-Fr.CB 6-0 28 Zac Collins Sr. P 6-0 28 Ja’Quez Cross Fr. RB 5-10 29 Rickey Smith Fr. CB 6-0 29 Broc Thompson Jr. WR 6-3 30 Jack Ansell Fr. P 6-2 30 Ryan Brandt So. S 6-1 31 Nick Zecchino 5th LS 6-0 32 Elijah Ball Jr. S 6-1 33 Jackson Anthrop 5th WR 5-11 34 Damarjhe Lewis R-Fr.DT 6-3 34 Ben Van Noord Fr. WR 6-2 35 Hayden Parise Fr. WR 6-4 35 Antonio Stevens So. S 6-2 36 Jaylan Alexander Sr. LB 6-1 37 Caleb Lahey R-Fr.RB 5-10 37 Jacob Wahlberg So. LB 6-4 38 Dylan Downing R-Fr.RB 6-0 39 Will Chapman So. RB 5-11 39 Ben Freehill So. K 6-1 40 Hayden Ellinger R-Fr.CB 6-0 40 Zander Horvath 5th RB 6-3 41 Caleb Krockover R-Fr.K 5-9 41 Khali Saunders So. LB 6-3 42 Clyde Washington So. LB 6-3

Wt. 195 225 190 195 205 210 275 220 205 190 205 195 185 210 195 215 225 265 210 175 190 180 220 220 205 205 215 200 185 220 170 195 195 190 190 180 180 190 205 210 210 205 190 300 210 190 200 240 205 235 225 235 190 215 230 195 235 230

Hometown / Previous School Louisville, Ky. / Christian Academy Louisville Montvale, N.J. / St. Joseph Regional Miami, Fla. / Booker T. Washington Southfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren Central Detroit, Mich. / Martin Luther King West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech Sunrise, Fla. / Kentucky Thompson's Station, Tenn. / Independence Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Reynoldsburg Bluefield, Va. / Graham Louisville, Ky. / Dayton Newton, Mass. / UCLA Baton Rouge, La. / Scotlandville Magnet Gilbert, Ariz. / Gilbert West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette Thibodaux, La. / Southwest Mississippi CC Long Grove, Ill. / Stevenson Noblesville, Ind. / TCU Euclid, Ohio / Findlay Belleville, Mich. / Belleville Southwest Brevard County, Fla. / Auburn Indianapolis, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern Harlem, N.Y. / Blair Academy Amarillo, Texas / Tascosa Hopkinsville, Ky. / Christian County Macadonia, Ohio / Nordonia Fort Valley, Ga. / Samford Avon, Ind. / Indiana Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North Griffin, Ga. / Griffin Indianapolis, Ind. / Chatard Southfield, Mich. / Southfield Arts & Tech Louisville, Ky. / Saint Xavier Hampton, Ark. / Fordyce Apopka, Fla. / Jones Indianapolis, Ind. / Marshall Warrnambool, Australia / Brauer College Angola, Ind. / Angola Cedar Grove, N.J. / UConn Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis West Lafayette, Ind. / Central Catholic Griffin, Ga. / Indiana Springfield, Ohio / Springfield Kansas City, Mo. / Rockherst Nashville, Tenn. / Battle Ground Academy Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Hoffman Estates Bismarck, Ill. / Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Allen Muskegon, Mich. / Mona Shores Carmel, Ind. / UNLV Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral Gibson City, Ill. / Oklahoma State Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Dewenger Mishawaka, Ind. / Marian West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette Elmhurst, Ill. / Immaculate Conception Medford, N.J. / Lenape

No Name Yr. Pos Ht. 43 Kieren Douglas 5th LB 6-2 44 Kydran Jenkins R-Fr.DE 6-1 45 Byron Hubbard II Jr. DE 6-1 45 Devin Mockobee Fr. RB 6-0 46 Ben Furtney R-Fr.LB 6-0 47 Brendan Cropsey R-Fr.P 6-1 47 Jeff Marks Jr. DT 6-3 48 Kyle Bilodeau So. TE 6-5 48 Tristan Cox Fr. DE 6-3 49 Zane Greene Jr. S 6-0 50 Sulaiman Kpaka So. DE 6-2 51 Nick Taylor R-Fr.LS 6-4 52 Zac Tuinei R-Fr.RB 6-0 53 Gus Hartwig So. OL 6-5 54 Josh Kaltenberger R-Fr.OL 6-5 54 Ben Kreul R-Fr.LB 6-3 56 Khordae Sydnor Fr. DE 6-4 57 Chris Van Eekeren So. K 5-11 58 Branson Deen Jr. DT 6-2 59 Dave Monnot III So. OL 6-6 61 Aaron Roberts Fr. OL 6-4 62 Ben Kuhns So. OL 6-4 63 Marcus Mbow Fr. OL 6-5 64 Mahamane Moussa Fr. OL 6-4 65 Jaelin Alstott-VanDeVanter Fr. OL 6-6 67 Gus German R-Fr.OL 6-7 68 Cam Craig So. OL 6-5 69 Greg Long 5th OL 6-4 70 Zach Richards Fr. OL 6-3 71 Nalin Fox R-Fr.OL 6-5 72 Sam Garvin 5th OL 6-3 74 Eric Miller Jr. OL 6-7 75 Spencer Holstege So. OL 6-5 77 DJ Washington 5th OL/DL 6-4 78 Tyler Witt Gr. OL 6-2 79 Jared Bycznski R-Fr.OL 6-5 80 Camdyn Childers So. WR 6-0 81 Collin Sullivan R-Fr.WR 6-2 82 Drew Biber Fr. TE 6-5 83 Jack Cravaack Jr. TE 6-5 84 Edward Dellinger R-Fr.K 6-3 84 Preston Terrell Fr. WR 6-3 85 Alex Maxwell R-Fr.WR 6-0 86 Kory Taylor Jr. WR 6-5 87 Payne Durham Jr. TE 6-5 88 Garrett Miller So. TE 6-5 89 Paul Piferi So. TE 6-5 90 Lawrence Johnson Jr. DT 6-3 91 Ben Buechel R-Fr.TE 6-3 91 Dontay Hunter II So. DE 6-4 92 Bryce Austin Fr. DT 6-2 93 PrinceJames Boyd Jr. R-Fr.DT 6-1 94 Robert McWilliams III 5th LB 6-4 95 Joe Anderson So. DE 6-4 96 Hunter MacDonald So. LS 6-2 97 Semisi Fakasiieiki 5th LB 6-2 98 Greg Hudgins III R-Fr.DT 6-4 99 Jack Sullivan Jr. DE 6-5

Wt. 240 270 230 195 225 190 280 250 255 200 280 225 245 310 305 230 265 195 275 300 295 295 305 285 290 315 310 300 305 305 300 305 310 310 305 310 200 200 225 245 185 195 195 210 255 245 240 310 240 270 305 290 235 280 245 230 285 275

Hometown / Previous School Pickerington, Ohio / Army West Point Louisville, Ga. / Jefferson County Westfield, Ind. / Westfield Booneville, Ind. / Booneville South Elgin, Ill. / St. Charles North Saline, Mich. / Saline Mobile, Ala. / Davidson Mechanicsville, Va. / Woodberry Forest Somerset, Ky. / Pulaski County Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike Grand Prairie, Texas / Grand Prairie Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North Michigan City, Ind. / Arkansas State Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville Cranberry Township, Pa. / Seneca Valley Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial New York, N.Y. / Iona Prep Chesterton, Ind. / Chesterton Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence Central Joliet, Ill / Joliet Catholic Indianapolis, Ind. / Cardinal Ritter Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights Wauwatosa, Wis. / Wauwatosa East Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike Mooresville, Ind. / Mooresville West Lafayette, Ind. / Central Catholic Dublin, Ohio / Jerome El Paso, Texas / UTEP Mooresville, Ind. / Mooresville Pontiac, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern Mason, Ohio / William Mason Grand Rapids, Mich. / South Christian Louisville, Ky. / Ballard Joliet, Ill. / Western Kentucky Berea, Ohio / Berea-Midpark Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock Cedarburg, Wis. / Cedarburg Cincinnati, Ohio / Madeira Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte County Day Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg St. Leon, Ind. / East Central Hilliard, Ohio / Bradley Suwanee, Ga. / Peachtree Ridge Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock Villa Park, Calif. / Villa Park Fort Wayne, Ind. / Snider New Berlin, Wis. / Eisenhower Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central Detroit, Mich. / Southfield Arts & Tech New Haven, Conn. / Independence CC South Miami, Fla. / Coral Gables Murfreesboro, Tenn. / South Carolina Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point Compton, Calif. / Dominguez Washington, D.C. / St. John's College Prep Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield East

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t was sunny day on Oct. 17, 1987 in Stillwater, Okla. and Oklahoma State hadn’t beaten Nebraska since 1961. So, when the 12th-ranked Cowboys hosted the No. 2 Cornhuskers, OSU felt that this was the time to finally break the losing streak. The 5-0 Cowboys featured a potent offense

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with Heisman Trophy candidate and NCAA rushing leader Thurman Thomas, quarterback Mike Gundy, wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes, and a future Heisman winner in running back Barry Sanders. Entering the contest against Nebraska, Gundy was a 64 percent passer and ranked eighth in the country, Dykes was No. 6 nationally in receiving, and Thomas was averaging 140 yards per game with a streak of five-straight 100-yard games. The Husker defense didn’t need any more motivation to be ready for the game but OSU’s Thomas provided bulletin board material for the Blackshirts. It happened when both teams were at a movie theater the night before the game and Thomas ran into some of the Nebraska players. “Thurman walked by right in front of our whole defense and said, “You guys won’t be able to stop me one-on-one. It

will take all 11 of you,’ said NU defensive end Broderick Thomas. Added NU defensive tackle Neil Smith, “That really pumped the defense up. We couldn’t settle the fellas down until we got back to the hotel. But we got together and saved that frustration so we could use it on the field instead.” The Huskers did just that as they pitched a shutout in a 35-0 win against the nation’s fifth-highest scoring team (37 points per game). “I thought this was one of the better games Nebraska has played in a long time,” said NU head coach Tom Osborne. “We really felt coming down here that it was anybody’s game. I felt there was a good chance they could win the game.” NU held OSU’s No. 8 total offense to 264 yards, which was 182 yards below its average. “I wouldn’t want to say this was our best

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NU split end Rod Smith scored on a 29-yard pass play in the first quarter against Oklahoma State.

game because I’d want to sit down and think,” said NU defensive coordinator Charlie McBride. “But it was one of the better games we’ve played since I’ve been at Nebraska. They [OSU] said they could score 50 on anybody. I think that woke us up during the week. Not much was said about it, but it got the kids thinking among themselves.” Thomas, who was running his mouth the night before, was silent during the game, rushing for 7 yards on nine carries. “His number is 34,” said NU cornerback Charles Fryar. “And 3 and 4 is 7. That’s what he got.” For Thomas, it was a career-low in his 41 games at OSU. In four games against Nebraska, he has rushed for 123 yards in 59 carries, a 2.1 average. “I knew going in it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it would be this tough. They weren’t going for any of the fakes or anything like that. Overall, they just stopped the rush completely,” Thomas said. Backup Barry Sanders was effective with 60 yards on seven runs, but that was mostly after the game was decided. Overall, OSU was limited to 43 rushing yards on 22 tries, which was their lowest rushing figure against Nebraska since 1981. Without an effective rushing attack, Gundy, who completed 20 of 42 for 221 yards, was constantly under pressure and wasn’t able to find a consistent rhythm. “We had to change our routes to get open,” said Dykes, who caught five passes for 113 yards. “Their secondary had us pretty 3 6 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

well covered. We couldn’t run on them so we tried to throw on them, but we couldn’t come up with the big play. They were doubling up on me quite a bit, and then at the last minute I’d pop open, but Mike didn’t really have time to get the pass off. He was pressured a lot.” Nebraska sacked Gundy four times one more than in his previous five games combined. “Nebraska is more athletically talented than I’ve seen them in years,” said OSU head coach Pat Jones said. “It showed up very well in their pass rush. They came in here a good football team, and obviously they left here a good football team.” Fryar picked off a pass in the end zone to stop one of only two OSU scoring threats. That interception which occurred at 9:20 left in the second quarter and NU up 14-0, was huge at the time as the Cowboy’s had the ball first and goal at the NU 2-yard line. Instead of trying to run it in for the score, Gundy made a quick drop, and lobbed a pass to receiver Ronnie Williams. But Fryar, who is 5-10, went up against the 6-foot-4 Williams to intercept the pass in the end zone. “I didn’t figure they would throw that on first and two,” Fryar said. “I didn’t understand that call at all. But I guess they had the situation they wanted. They had the ball on the right hash mark and a lot of room on the left side of the field.” “They had us down there with our backs to the wall,” said McBride, who called that interception the play of the day. “But it was great to come out without them scoring. That was a big lift.”


“With all the points they’ve been scoring, it was great to hold them,” said NU cornerback Lorenzo Hicks. “And it was great to totally shut them out. This proves what we’ve been saying all along that our defense is one of the best in the nation.” But it wasn’t just the defense that was showcased in front of a sell-out crowd of 50,440 at Lewis Field and a national-televised audience on CBS. The Husker offense did its part with 617 total yards, its best output since getting 639 against Kansas in 1984. Of that total yardage, 466 was on the ground. NU averaged over six yards a pop led by senior I-back Keith Jones’ 115 yads on 21 carries and two touchdowns along with sophomore Ken Clark, who had 83 yards on just nine carries with two scores. “The guys have done a great job all year, but today there were holes everywhere,” said Jones of his offensive line. “All I had to do was read them and run. I felt all week coming into the game that Oklahoma State hadn’t played an opponent that was worthy. They were 5-0. We respected that. But we felt if we came out and executed well on offense and defense, that we should be able to blow them out.” The NU offensive line played its best game of the season against a Cowboy defense that was giving up just under 15 points per game. Offensive tackle Bob Sledge said they just went right at OSU and they couldn’t stop them. But it wasn’t a surprise to him going into the contest “I heard before the game they were giving up 400 yards a game. If they were doing that, I thought we could do a lot better than the teams they’ve played, and we did,” he said. Jake Young, Nebraska’s starting center, said the Cowboys’ defense, which relied on quickness, helped the Huskers’ plan of running up the middle. “Their defense is more of a quick-type team instead of straight ahead,” Young said. “So, we had certain blocking schemes that would be to our advantage going up the middle. Our guards played a great game, and so did the tackles.” The man running the offense also had a great game directing the Big Red attack. Quarterback Steve Taylor who missed the previous week’s game against Kansas because of a bruised shoulder, was 7 of 12 passing for 140 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 43. He directed Nebraska on long, time-consuming drives of 92, 67, 62, 74 and 72 yards. The OSU defense was on the field for 38 of the game’s 60 minutes. Taylor’s confidence was sky-high after the win. It was NU’s third victory against a team ranked in the Top 20 this season. “We showed people what we can do today,” Taylor said. “Maybe now people will respect us. I think we should be No. 1 because of our schedule. But it doesn’t bother me if we stay No. 2. Sooner or later, we’ll be No. 1. We’re going to be Big Eight champions and go to the Orange Bowl. “I think it’s going to happen. I think we’re a good ballclub, a lot better than last year. We’re looking forward to the Orange Bowl and nothing else.” Jones felt the same way as Taylor after the win. With the way the Huskers performed, he didn’t see anyone on their remaining schedule, including No. 1 Oklahoma, who could stop them. “This tells the rest of the Big Eight and the rest of the country that the Cornhuskers are on their way,” Jones said. “We are going to improve each week, so I feel the sky is the limit as far as what we can get accomplished this year.”

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Monte Anthony became a starter as a true freshman Story by Shane G. Gilster

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s a child Monte Anthony just wanted to be outside and feel the wind on his face. But due to a weak immune system with allergies and asthma, he was confined to stay indoors. “My parents would take me to the military hospital several times a week to give me shots and do breathing therapy,” said Anthony, whose dad was in the Air Force resulting the family living on military bases. “I had to go through that up until I was 12 years old. So, during that time I would read because I couldn’t go outside as grass bothered me. My childhood goal was to run and feel the wind on my face. I was literally that kid looking out the window.” By middle school, Anthony’s health improved and he participated in sports like football. The family moved to Nebraska around 1970 and lived on Offutt Air Force Base. “I got a growth spurt and was tall so the coaches put me at offensive tackle and defensive end. When I went to Bellevue East High School the coaches wanted to put me on the line but I said that I would like to run the ball,” Anthony said. The move to running back paid off as Anthony was all-state and had college teams recruiting him. “I remember Pepper Rodgers of Georgia Tech calling me to visit Atlanta. But I wanted to focus on the Big Eight and had it down to Iowa State and Nebraska,” he said. Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne really like Anthony at I-back and recruited him for that position. When Anthony told Osborne it was between Nebraska and Iowa State, Osborne said, “When the two teams play, Nebraska would always win and Iowa State would always lose.” Anthony now laughs at that because during his last two years at Nebraska,

Anthony was a tall, lanky running back at 6-3, 205 pounds


the Huskers lost to Iowa State. Who was the better football team didn’t matter to Anthony. He was more interested in Iowa State because of their engineering program, but he didn’t like his visit there because it was more social than learning about the school itself. “I was a shy kid who didn’t go to parties in high school. Also, Iowa State was focusing on my mom instead of myself. A friend of my mom told me that it would really destroy my mom if I didn’t go to Nebraska. Also, Nebraska just built a new College of Engineering building. So, I decided to go to Lincoln,” Anthony said. But before starting his collegiate career, Anthony wanted to play high school football one last time in Nebraska’s 1974 Shrine Bowl, an annual all-star game for graduating high school seniors. “I partially separated my shoulder before the Shrine Bowl and Osborne didn’t want me to play in the game, but I played anyway,” Anthony said. Anthony was named the offensive player of the game and still holds the record for the most carries with 30 and his 159 yards rushing is third-most in the game’s history. Anthony was only 17 years old when he stepped on UNL’s campus and had no idea what was in store for him. Freshmen normally didn’t play on the varsity team at Nebraska in the 1970s even though the NCAA restored freshman eligibility in 1972. At NU you either played on the freshmen team or redshirted. But one day Anthony was called up from his freshmen team to do some drills with the varsity in August. “We did a blocking drill and I was on defense going against John O’Leary, who was the blocker. He came at me and really walloped me. I remember everyone laughing and I was embarrassed because I had never been knocked down like that before,” Anthony said. But embarrassment soon gave way to anger for Anthony. Both players switched positions, Anthony became the blocker and O’Leary played defense. “I remember getting out of my stance like I was at a track meet and ran through him as if he wasn’t there. So now he was the one on the ground. I got him really good and saw that he

Anthony featured on the cover of The Big Eight magazine in 1976

was bleeding on the chin. After that drill Tony Davis, who was a junior and the starting fullback, came up to me and put his arm around me saying we are going to work together this season.” Anthony wanted to show the other freshmen what happened so after that practice he grabbed O’Leary’s jersey from the laundry bin and took it back to the freshmen locker room. The jersey still had the blood from O’Leary’s chin all over it, so Anthony pinned it up on the bulletin board as a statement for the freshmen. Anthony made such an impression that day that the Husker coaches called him back to practice with the varsity again. “I realized the only way I was going to survive at Nebraska was to run every play like it was my last one. I could

play both I-back and fullback with my blocking ability, which the Nebraska coaches liked.” So, Anthony suited up for the varsity as the 1974 Husker football season began. His chance to show what he could do came in the third game against Northwestern. O’Leary, the team’s starting I-back, was sidelined with a cracked jaw in the loss to Wisconsin the week before so Anthony found himself backing up senior Jeff Moran and sophomore Dave Gillespie. Moran carried the ball only five times with a touchdown before leaving with a foot injury. Gillespie carried eight times for 29 yards and two scores but Anthony took over finishing with the game-high and NU freshman record 111 yards on 14 carries and one TD. Nebraska won easily 49-7. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | 3 9


After the game, reporters asked NU head coach Tom Osborne if Anthony was going to be a starter. Osborne said, “Not yet but I think Monte’s got as much ability as any freshman back we’ve had around here for a while.” Anthony was able to start for the Huskers, sharing time with O’Leary, and finishing with 651 yards and seven touchdowns to lead NU that season. Against Florida in the Sugar Bowl, Anthony scored Nebraska’s only touchdown in a 13-10 win over the Gators. He became the first freshman to lead the Huskers in rushing and was named the Big 8 Freshman of the Year in 1974. “I had a long torso and neck and the length of my legs were more suited for a 6-foot-1 person,” said Anthony, who played at 6-3, 208 pounds. “Mike Corgan was our running backs coach and he taught us to physically overpower the defensive player in front of you. That fit me because I had a running style that was more slamming into people than running away from them.” Anthony’s sophomore season was his best as well as the best Nebraska team he played on. The 1975 team just missed out playing for the national championship. They were ranked No. 2 but lost their last game of the season to Oklahoma. That year Anthony gained 817 yards on 183 carries along with nine touchdowns. Anthony was becoming one of the top running backs in the country but unfortunately his best years were behind him. Injuries to his shoulder and wrist took a toll but he still ran for 594 yards on 148 carries and five scores as a junior. Then as a senior he moved to fullback rushing for a modest 212 yards on 51 attempts but helped pave the way for All-Big Eight performer I.M. Hipp, who ran for over 1,300 yards. Anthony finished third on the all-time Nebraska rushing chart with 2,274 yards on 171 carries. While at NU, his teams always finished ranked in the top 10 with a combined record of 37-11-1. But it would have been better if they could have beaten their top conference rival just once. “We never beat Oklahoma during my time there. There were two years we should have beaten them,” Anthony said. “We had equal talent but they had the X-factor. You could tell on their sideline that they looked like they were playing backyard football. They were vocal, hyped-up, and our team wasn’t that way. The team that is more hyped-up and plays with emotion, is the one that wins. And Oklahoma had that X-factor more than we did.” Anthony was hoping for further success playing football in the NFL. He got that chance getting drafted in the eighth round by Baltimore in 1978, but the injury bug followed him. “I broke a bone in my hand that fall of my rookie year so I was in a cast. I knew I had to practice if I had any chance on making the team. So, I asked them to remove the cast and they put a brace on it so I could practice,” he said. Anthony did enough that the Colts’ head coach Ted Marchibroda wanted to keep him on the team but on injured reserve. The plan was for Anthony to play the following year. He was seen as an economy back because of his ability to play two positions – fullback and halfback. Things were looking up for Anthony as he trained and rehabbed to get ready for the 1979 season. But the day before leaving for Colts’ training camp, Anthony injured his back 4 0 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

Anthony takes the handoff from quarterback Dave Humm in the 1974 game against Iowa State

during a lift at a Lincoln health club. “I was dead lifting around 500 pounds and on my last lift of the last set, my right foot slipped forward and I heard a pop in my back. X-rays showed that I had ligament damage in my lower back. I consulted with the Baltimore trainers because I had to pass the physical before being allowed to be on the roster. I also had issues with my vertebrae. I didn’t want to risk getting paralyzed someday if I decided to keep playing.” Anthony got out of football and into real estate and then working for All-State Insurance while living in Lincoln. He kept moving to different jobs being a financial services rep at American Charter in Omaha, then worked for a manufacturing firm as a manager. He ended up managing programmers and account managers for First Data Resources LLC. At age 64, Anthony retired last April and has been working on getting back in shape, improving his health, and spending more time with his family at their home in northwest Omaha. Anthony and his wife Michelle of 26 years have two daughters – Paige (18) is a freshman in computer engineering at UNL and Courtney (13) is in middle school and plays volleyball, basketball and does track. “I am an older parent. Most of my contemporaries have grandchildren older than my kids. When I talk to younger folks I say if you are thinking about having kids, you may want to start working on that,” laughed Anthony. “That is one of reasons I retired when I did, so I could spend more time with my kids. It made me realize how valuable time is.”


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This defensive back holds the season record for interceptions.

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When did the Huskers first play a televised game?

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Which year did NU set an NCAA record by scoring 624 points in a season?

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This player is noted as the first redshirt in Nebraska football history.

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Initially, Johnny Rodgers wanted to attend this school before ending up at Nebraska.

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Name the only Husker quarterback who started in a Super Bowl. A. Jerry Tagge B. Dave Humm C. Dennis Claridge D. Vince Ferragamo

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Who was the starting quarterback for most of the 1985 season?

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This receiver caught the most touchdowns in a season.

Who am I? We were a Husker running back tandem who were nicknamed the “We-Backs.”

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When did Nebraska win its very first game?

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How many years was Tom Osborne the head coach at Nebraska and how many wins did he have?

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Husker women place second at first two meets

Story by NU Athletic Communications & Photos by Amarillo Mullen/Huskers Illustrated rika Freyhof finished second with course today than a couple weeks ago at the by Jerry Jorgenson in 45th (20:50.97) and a time of 17:07.3 at the Greeno/ Augustana Twilight. Erika and Grace give us Beach in 47th (20:55.36). Eastman rounded Dirksen Invite on Saturday morn- an excellent 1-2 up front and our freshmen out the scoring for the Huskers with a time of ing. Nebraska co-hosted the meet with Ne- keep getting better each week.” 21:04.52 to finish in 56th place. South Dakota braska Wesleyan for its lone home meet of Ryan Martins led the Big Red men, placing State took the men’s title with 29 points while the season at Mahoney Golf Course. The ninth with a time of 24:25.4. Mark Freyhof Nebraska finished sixth with 172 points. Nebraska women placed second with 41 posted a time of 25:03.9 to finish 27th. BaiThe Nebraska women’s team placed secpoints while the Husker men finished fourth ley Timmons covered the course in 25:43.9 to ond in the team standings with 83 points and in the team standings with 106 points. finish 46th, followed by Brian Beach in 49th- had two top-10 finishes with Taya Skelton Freyhof’s second-place performance is place with a time of 25:47.5. Ryan Eastman placing fifth (18:36.17) and Hannah Godwin her second consecutive top-five finish at the placed 53rd and crossed the finish line with a finishing sixth (18:37.37). Lindsey Blehm Greeno/Dirksen Invite after placing fifth in time of 25:53.1. was the next Husker to cross the finish line 2019. Grace Pagone and Hannah Godwin “The men were better, but we are not with a time of 18:47.92 to place 12th. Elizaalso finished in the top-10 for the Big Red, where we need to be yet,” added Wackerly. beth Robertson covered the course in 19:13.37 with Pagone placing fourth (17:29.5) and “Ryan ran a smart race up front, and I was to finish 34th, followed by Jacquelyn Abanses Godwin clocking a 17:42.8 to finish 10th. happy with his effort. We will continue to im- in 36th place with a time of 19:16.78. Taya Skelton was the next Husker to cross prove and look forward to our next race in a “Our women ran well tonight, but I thought the finish line with a time of 18:00.1 to place couple weeks.” we were a little too aggressive early,” added 18th. Jacquelyn Abanses rounded out the To begin the season, NU competed at the Wackerly. “Taya put together a nice race and scoring for Nebraska with a 19th-place finish Augustana Twilight on Sept. 3 at Yankton Hannah ran a very poised race while making and time of 18:02.5. Trail Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. her collegiate debut.” “I thought the women ran well this mornZach Van Brocklin led the men’s squad with NU returns to action at the Chile Pepper ing,” said head coach Matt Wackerly. “Al- a 19th-place finish with a time of 20:21.76. Festival hosted by Arkansas on Oct. 1 in Faymost to a person, we ran faster on a harder Jack Ehlert placed 25th (20:34.62), followed etteville, Ark.

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rior to the start of the 2021 cross country season Matt Wackerly was named Nebraska’s new head cross country coach, as well as distance and middle distance coach for the track and field program. Wackerly had served as the Huskers’ on campus recruiting coordinator, but he will take over as head coach of the cross country program after David Harris retired after 10 years as NU’s distance coach. Before coming to Nebraska in 2016, Wackerly was the head cross country coach at NCAA Division III Ohio Wesleyan. He coached eight All-Americans and two NCAA Division III all-time top-10 performers, in addition to the first men’s and women’s NCAA qualifying teams at Ohio Wesleyan in 25 years. Wackerly coached his athletes to 29 school records and 12 conference records in cross country and distance events. “To be named the distance coach at the University of Nebraska is truly a dream come true,” Wackerly said. “I have a great deal of respect for my predecessors Dave Harris and Jay Dirksen and am excited to build on the legacy those two have created. I am also extremely grateful to Head Coach Gary Pepin 4 4 | H U S K E R S I L L U S T R AT E D | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1

for this opportunity. He is an absolute legend in this sport, one of the best and most respected coaches in the history of collegiate track and field. I have learned a great deal from him already, and I am so excited for the opportunity to help add to his incredible legacy at Nebraska.” Over the last five seasons at Nebraska, Wackerly has led all recruiting efforts and played an instrumental role in signing one of the best men’s recruiting classes in Nebraska history in 2018 and 2020. “Matt has had a very successful background in coaching distance runners at previ-

ous colleges he’s been at,” Pepin said. “He has been one of the best recruiting coordinators we’ve ever had. He’s got a lot of passion and a lot of energy and a strong background in distance coaching. I’ve really enjoyed working with him, and I just know he’ll do a terrific job replacing Dave.” Before Ohio Wesleyan, Wackerly was at Stonehill College, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. During his three years at Stonehill, he helped the Skyhawks win a pair of conference championships, the school’s first ever in men’s cross country. He coached five NCAA Division II All-Americans and three NCAA qualifiers in cross country. Wackerly is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University. During his undergraduate career, he was a three-time national qualifier in cross country and a three-time conference champion in track for the Eagles. He majored in English and earned a master’s degree in sports management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. Wackerly is a native of Lexington, Ohio. He is married to Angela Palmer-Wackerly, who is an assistant professor of communications at Nebraska. They have one son, Luke.


Erika Freyhof (405) leads the Nebraska women at the start of the Greeno/Dirksen Invite at Mahoney Golf Course.

Zach Van Brocklin (right) and Bailey Timmons race for NU.

Grace Pagone (left) placed fourth and Hannah Godwine was 10th.

Adam Christopher races to the finish line for the Huskers.

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Super Sophomores

Raabe, Dale are part of an attacking Husker offense Story by Shane G. Gilster he Nebraska women’s soccer team has had trouble scoring the last few years. They were more defensive-minded but this year head coach John Walker has opened it up more on the offensive end. That is in part due to players like Reagan Raabe and Eleanor Dale. Both Raabe and Dale are sophomore forwards who lead the team in scoring. A more attacking style of offense has allowed Raabe and Dale to better use their skills. “Reagan and I work really well together because we are opposite players,” Dale said. “She plays a wide striker and likes the ball into her feet, which clears space for me to run in from behind. I like to attack the ball in the air and with the style we play, we get a lot of crosses in the box, so it nice to be able to finish them.” Dale hails from Billingham, England, which is located in the northeast part of the country. England of course is known for its soccer. As a freshman last season, which began in February and ended in April of 2021, she started the first five games before an injury sidelined here for the final five. She still led the team in scoring and shots on goal. “I think COVID helped me last fall in training and getting used to the heat and a different style of play,” said Dale, who is majoring in pre-law at UNL. “The way we play at Nebraska is completely different to the way we play in England. In England we keep the ball a lot more and build through the units and here we are more of a direct style. In the States, everyone is more athletic along with the physicality and speed of the game, whereas back home, it is a lot more technical. But that was why I wanted to come over here and learn different skills.” The 5-foot-7 Dale, who played for the England U-17 and U-18 national teams, never heard of NU before Walker recruited her. “I just hoped that it was in a nice location in the United States,” she said. “My dad and I were able to visit Lincoln before COVID. As soon as I visited, I committed. The people here are so nice and welcoming. But the culture is a lot different than back home, especially when it comes to soccer.” Unfortunately, living in England and not having a resident visa to enter the United States, Dale’s family has not been able to see

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• Photos by Amarillo Mullen and NU Athletic Communications shows that there is talent here and it is nice 2021 Soccer Schedule playing with girls who I played against in Aug. 19 Western Illinois high school,” she said. Aug. 22 @ Missouri Like Dale, Raabe started for the Huskers Aug. 26 @ Baylor as a freshman, playing in eight games and Aug. 29 @ Oklahoma leading the team with 14 shots. Sept. 2 Omaha “I was nervous and surprised at first but it was a goal of mine to get on the field and Sept. 5 Loyola-Chicago have an impact. Coach Walker is soccer smart Sept. 9 Arizona State and tactically he has a lot to teach his playSept. 12 @ Arizona ers. Coming here I didn’t realize how much Sept. 19 Purdue else there was to the game. I have learned so Sept. 23 @ Maryland much more about it. The Big Ten is a physiSept. 26 @ Rutgers cal conference, every team is going to be Sept. 30 Michigan State physical so that was an adjustment coming Oct. 3 @ Northwestern from high school. You have to use your body Oct. 10 Michigan more,” Raabe said. Oct. 14 Iowa “It was nice having played with Eleanor Oct. 17 Wisconsin in games last year. We kind of know what Oct. 21 @ Illinois each other is going to do. So, this year we Oct. 24 @ Minnesota already have some of that chemistry. She is a Oct. 31 Big Ten Quarterfinals fun player to work with up top and is a great header on crossing passes and can score on Nov. 4 Big Ten Semifinals those. Speed is one of my more helpful asNov. 7 Big Ten Final sets. I like the game being fast pace, with the her play in person. freedom deciding what you want to do with “They watch all my games online and the ball. I like crossing into the box or playing have stayed up to like 3 a.m. in the morning,” that number ten position in the midfield and she said. “My dad and I talk about my games. dribbling out and looking for a shot.” He is very critical of my play and gives me The Huskers finished 2-5-3 last season, advice but I am still trying to adapt to the scoring only six goals over those 10 games. style here.” An emphasis has been placed on scoring The 5-foot-5 Raabe, on the other hand, more goals, which is why the younger playwas more use to the style of play at Nebras- ers like Dale and Raabe are being counted on ka. She grew up in Omaha, playing soccer at to provide that mentality. Millard West, committing to NU as a sopho“This season, our personnel is why we more. Coming back from an ACL injury that are more offensive because we have a very sidelined her as a junior in 2018, she scored strong freshmen class of attackers,” Dale 21 goals with 11 assists helping her team to said. “We have a number of players at differthe state title as a senior. She was the captain ent positions who can impact the game. We of the All-Nebraska Team, Super-State Team, have a strong enough squad to compete for and was named Gatorade Player-of-the-Year. the Big Ten title.” “One of the things that brought me to Added Raabe, “Over the last few years, Nebraska was they stayed with me after my we have been a strong defensive team so this injury in high school,” said Raabe, who is year we have been working on the attacking majoring in nutrition and health sciences at side more and that shows in our play during UNL. “A lot of schools backed off and want- games this season. We are creating more ated to wait to see how I was after the injury, tacking opportunities and scoring way more but Coach Walker stuck with me and cared goals than last year. We like to set the tempo for me as a person as well as a player.” high and keep a fast-paced gamed. We have Raabe is one of 10 players on the NU ros- a player-driven culture. Even though we have ter from the state of Nebraska. had some tough losses, we are staying posi“Having a lot of players from the state tive and shifting our mindset to the Big Ten.”


The 2021 Nebraska soccer team includes: (front row, left to right) Kate Lechman, Natalie Cooke, Ashley Zugay, Olivia Brown, Kayla Mostowich, Theresa Pujado, Allison Ulness, Grace Brown, Dakota Chan, Kenzie Coons, Hannah Young, (middle row) Haley Peterson, Sarah Weber, Abbey Schwarz, Gwen Lane, Marissa Popoola, Aislinn Boyle, Allison Napora, Eleanor Dale, Alicia Cardenas, Adriana Maldonado, (back row) Elana Webber, Audra Clark, Kathleen Aitchison, Maggie Altman, Mia Wildeman, Sami Hauk, Makinzie Short, Sydney Marchant, Cece Villa, Briley Hall, Kate Stoneburner, Florence Belzile, Jordan Zade.

Sophomores Eleanor Dale (21) and Reagan Rabbe (7) form a dynamic duo on the Husker offense.

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