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Erik Chinander Aims to Bring Defensive Efficiency Back to Nebraska Football

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 weeks 2 days ago
A number of fans and pundits point to Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost’s hybrid Chip Kelly-style offense as a big reason UCF did so well during his short tenure. As a result, Erik Chinander’s work as defensive coordinator gets overlooked in some respects.   That’s somewhat easy to understand as your mind doesn’t necessarily go to the idea of quality defense...

Nebraska Football Could Afford a Kick-Start with Graduate Transfer Quarterback

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost isn’t interested in talking about any quarterbacks besides those on campus right now. He made that much clear following the Cornhuskers’ first practice back after spring break. However, he did mention that the idea of bringing in another signal-caller is a topic that may be revisited.   “We’re trying to get the guys here up...

5 Major Takeaways from Nebraska's Second Spring Practice

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 4 weeks 4 hours ago
Coming back from spring break, it’s hard to believe that Nebraska head coach Scott Frost thought he was going to see the best from his new charges, but that doesn’t mean he accepts anything less than maximum effort.   While it’s difficult to unpack quite a bit out of two whole practices — let alone one following a week-long layoff — there are still a few...

5 Big Ten Players Facing a Make-or-Break Spring

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 month 3 days ago
Spring football practice has begun across Big Ten country, and that’s usually a welcome sign. It’s a time of clean slates, the opportunity to climb the depth chart and, in some cases, keep a scholarship. Today, we look at a handful of players across the conference that have one more shot to stake their claim to the title of “program contributor.”   Jalin...

Michigan Wolverines 2018 Spring Football Preview

By Mike Bainbridge, 1 month 4 days ago
Despite an immensely underwhelming 2017 season, expectations are considerably high for the Michigan Wolverines entering next year. Coming in at No. 7 in Athlon’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, the Wolverines bring back 18 starters and are littered with experience after being forced to play so many underclassmen.   The pressure is still firmly on Jim Harbaugh and his staff entering 2018...

Way-Too-Early College Football 130 Team Rankings for 2018

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 5 days ago
Spring practice is underway across the nation, as all 130 college football teams are getting the first look at how their roster and program are shaping up for the 2018 season. And with every program hitting the field for offseason workouts, it’s never too early to look at the year ahead and project where all 130 teams could rank when the official Athlon Sports magazine predictions are...

Iowa Hawkeyes 2018 Spring Football Preview

By J.P. Scott, 1 month 5 days ago
Kirk Ferentz's Iowa Hawkeyes had a bit of a roller-coaster 2017 campaign. They had lows like losing to Purdue and the high of blowing out Ohio State. Inconsistency defined the season in Iowa City, but the Hawkeyes were able to pull together eight wins, including a hard-fought victory over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.   Heading into 2018, the main focus for Iowa will be...

Penn State Nittany Lions 2018 Spring Football Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
Penn State’s promising 2017 season may have hit a roadblock in the middle of Big Ten play, but the Nittany Lions continue to roar on a national level under the leadership of James Franklin. This season, however, could pose some tough challenges for Franklin and Penn State as they look to keep Penn State in the thick of a Big Ten title hunt, and possibly more if things go well.   The...

Scott Frost's New Culture Syncing with Nebraska Football In Swift Fashion

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 month 1 week ago
Nebraska football’s new head coach stood behind a podium in front of the now all-too-familiar sight of a room crammed full of cameras and microphones on Wednesday and painted his vision for spring football in Lincoln. Shortly after, assistant coaches and players would make their voices heard. One thing is for certain: it hasn’t taken long for Scott Frost’s vision to take hold...

Nebraska Cornhuskers 2018 Spring Football Preview

By Kevin McGuire, 1 month 1 week ago
Nebraska football has not been this interesting to talk about in the spring in quite some time, but the homecoming for head coach Scott Frost is worthy of the buzz Lincoln is chirping about this spring. Frost is breathing some new life into a program in need of bouncing back in a big way as Nebraska looks to work its way back to national respectability, starting within the Big Ten.  ...