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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Skylar Thompson has spent much of the past two seasons at Kansas State in the training room, using most of his free time in between starts to nurse a variety of nagging injuries.

LINCOLN — The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads on Wednesday for just under two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — As he listened to his team's introduction during last month's Big Ten media days, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was a bit surprised by what he heard.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — New Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged after a spirited practice this week that he generally is reluctant to start rookies until they've earned their stripes.

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Jay Berwanger won the inaugural Heisman Trophy in 1935 for the University of Chicago and became the No. 1 player taken in the first NFL draft a few months later.

LINCOLN — Nebraska running back Devine Ozigbo put it best: the circumstances leading up to NU's 9-6 win over Michigan State at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday could have come straight out of central casting.

LINCOLN — In one week, a promising start to Nebraska's season went up in smoke against a team Alabama and Auburn won't schedule to play and LSU wishes it didn't.

LINCOLN — As Scott Frost took the podium after Nebraska lost to old conference rival Colorado 33-28 Saturday, the first-year coach and native son was visibly upset.

LINCOLN — If nothing else the Nebraska spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln was important for sake of a program reset. Though Nebraska football has been in this spot way too many times in the past 20 years, this feels different for a few key reasons.

LINCOLN — Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced Saturday morning that the University of Nebraska has ended head football coach Mike Riley’s employment effective immediately.

LINCOLN — Nebraska's performance in its 43-36 win against Arkansas State in Lincoln on Saturday can best be summed up like this: There was good, bad and ugly.

Here is what former Husker and Hastings native Adam Carriker had to say this week about the Nebraska football team and their opponents:

LINCOLN – Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf knew something was different about a particular play call Saturday against Southern Mississippi in Lincoln.

LINCOLN — In one week Nebraska went from running back by committee to the Terrell Newby show.

LINCOLN – Back in the day it was a cliché on football Saturdays in Nebraska — that first game was always a bit rusty, but NU would almost always show vast improvements in game two.

LINCOLN — BYU backup quarterback Tanner Mangum rolled to his right and heaved a prayer — and 6-foot, 6-inch wide receiver Mitch Mathews answered it, snatching the Hail Mary pass in front of a Nebraska defender to seal the game’s fate.


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