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Nebraska junior wide receiver JD Spielman was honored Thursday afternoon, as he was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list.

It was the second straight year Spielman garnered a spot on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award is presented to that season’s most outstanding FBS receiver, regardless of position.

Spielman is one of only five Big Ten players on the 50-member preseason list. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder has a chance to finish his junior season as the most prolific receiver in Nebraska history. He is only 68 catches and 1,099 yards away from the Husker career record in both categories.

Last season, Spielman hauled in 66 passes for 881 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing the final two games of the season. He finished on NU’s top-10 single-season list in catches (third), yards (ninth) and touchdowns (seventh). Spielman ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receptions per game (6.6, second), receiving yards per game (81.8, fourth) and all-purpose yards per game (111.5, fifth) en route to earning All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season.

His best performance came against nationally-ranked Wisconsin, when he shattered Nebraska’s single-game receiving record with 209 yards. He is the only player in school history with a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman hauled in 10 passes for 135 yards against Purdue and is the only receiver in school history with multiple double-digit reception games.

The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented live on December 12, 2019, at the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.





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Chicago - University of Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was one of 10 players included on the 2019 preseason honors list released Thursday morning in advance of Big Ten Media Days.

A panel of conference media members selected 10 players – five from the East and West Divisions – as preseason nominations. Martinez, the only quarterback on the 10-player list, is the first Husker signal caller to earn a nod on the Big Ten preseason list since Taylor Martinez in 2013.

Martinez guides a prolific Husker attack and returns after a record-breaking 2018 campaign. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight TDs on his way to All-Big Ten accolades.

Last season, Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg, a Nebraska record) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games. He set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25) and ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen with 237.9 passing yards per game.

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Martinez, along with seniors Khalil Davis and Mohamed Barry, are representing the Huskers at 2019 Big Ten Media Days in Chicago today and tomorrow. Fans can watch much of the action on BTN and online at BTN.com and on the Fox Sports app beginning at 11 a.m. today.

2019 Big Ten Players to Watch

 EAST DIVISION Joe Bachie, Sr., LB, Michigan State Kenny Willekes, Sr., DE, Michigan State J.K. Dobbins, Jr., RB, Ohio State Chase Young, Jr., DE, Ohio State Yetur Gross-Matos, Jr., DE, Penn State

 WEST DIVISION A.J. Epenesa, Jr., DE, Iowa Adrian Martinez, So., QB, Nebraska Paddy Fisher, Jr., LB, Northwestern Rondale Moore, So., WR, Purdue Jonathan Taylor, Jr., RB, Wisconsin
Nebraska Preseason Big Ten Honorees (2011-Present)
2019 – Adrian Martinez, QB
2018 - Stanley Morgan Jr., WR
2015 - Maliek Collins, DT
2015 - De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR
2014 - Ameer Abdullah, RB
2014 - Randy Gregory, DE
2013 - Taylor Martinez, QB
2012 - Rex Burkhead, RB
2011 - Jared Crick, DT
2011 - Lavonte David, LB

 





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.

Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.

Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.

 





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Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced Wednesday the hiring of two veteran collegiate athletic administrators who will join the Huskers’ senior athletic staff.

John Johnson and Garrett Klassy will each bring experience as Division I athletic directors to the Nebraska staff. Johnson will serve as Senior Deputy Athletic Director­—Chief of Staff, while Klassy has been hired as Nebraska’s Senior Deputy Athletic Director—External Operations. Both Johnson and Klassy will assume their new roles on July 29.

“We are fortunate to add John Johnson and Garrett Klassy to our staff at Nebraska,” Moos said. “The administrative expertise these two will bring will continue to enhance our program as we work toward excellence which will lead to championships. John and Garrett will be great additions to our talented administrative team and provide great leadership for our athletic staff.”

Johnson will work closely with Moos on all aspects of the Huskers’ athletic administration and direct the department when Moos is at out of town functions. He will also have sport supervision of the men’s basketball program. Klassy will have oversight of all of the Huskers’ external units including development, ticket office, marketing, licensing, communications, creative and emerging media and HuskerVision.

Johnson joins the Nebraska staff after spending the past 15 years at Washington State University. Johnson has served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for the Cougars since 2004, including seven years under Moos’ leadership.

“I am grateful to Bill Moos for the opportunity to again work with him and his outstanding team,” Johnson said. “It is an exciting time for the Huskers, and I look forward to being part of the incredible legacy and tradition that is Nebraska.”

Johnson has focused on external operations, facility development and strategic planning during his time with the Cougar Athletic Department. In addition to his role as Senior Associate Athletic Director, Johnson served as Washington State’s Interim Director of Athletics from October of 2017 to January of 2018 after Moos was hired at Nebraska.

Johnson has 11 years of experience as an Athletic Director, leading both the Weber State and Eastern Washington athletic departments. During Johnson’s tenure at Weber State from 1997 to 2004, the Wildcats won the Big Sky All Sports trophy five times. Johnson also provided the leadership to secure funding to greatly enhance Weber State’s facilities during his tenure.

While at his alma mater of Eastern Washington from 1993 to 1997, Johnson guided a 15-sport intercollegiate program and lead efforts to greatly enhance the marketing and branding of the EWU program.

Klassy comes to Nebraska after spending the past two years as the Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Klassy is responsible for a NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program with 20 sports, more than 100 coaches and staff and more than 350 student-athletes.

In his time leading the UIC program, Klassy was responsible for engineering the naming rights partnership for Credit Union 1 Arena valued at $9.3 million with an additional gift of $750,000 for UIC student scholarships. Also, UIC student-athletes achieved a record high GPA and UIC topped all other Horizon League schools in the 2018-19 Learfield Directors Cup for success in competition. Klassy also refreshed the UIC Athletics brand creating unprecedented exposure, created the Flames Athletic Fund to support athletic scholarships and created an athletic department strategic plan.

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Nebraska team and I would like to thank Bill Moos for the opportunity to serve the University of Nebraska,” Klassy said. “Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that our student-athletes have the resources to win championships, graduate from an elite institution and prepare them for life after Nebraska. We will make sure the Nebraska brand is promoted globally and the great Husker fans will have an amazing experience at our events. I can’t wait to get started. GBR!”

Klassy had a diverse resume in intercollegiate athletics prior to his appointment as the UIC Director of Athletics. From 2013 to 2017, he served as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at George Washington University where he oversaw all aspects of External Relations, and had sport oversight for four of the Colonials’ programs.

Klassy has Power Five experience at the University of Oregon and University of Alabama. He spent eight years at Oregon from 2005 to 2013, including six years as Assistant Athletic Director for Development. During that time, Klassy was a member of the Oregon Athletics Leadership Team and had oversight of the operations and staff of the Duck Athletic Fund, Ticket Office and Sales departments.

Klassy was an assistant director of ticket operations at Alabama from 2001 to 2005 and was the Director of Ticket Operations at Tulane in 2000-01. Klassy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he served as an intern in the athletic ticket office.

Johnson and Klassy will join Moos’ senior staff which also includes Deputy AD Bob Burton, Deputy AD/SWA Pat Logsdon, Deputy AD/CFO John Jentz, Executive Associate AD-Academics Dennis Leblanc and Executive Associate AD-Compliance Jamie Vaughn.





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Lincoln – University of Nebraska defensive linemen Ben Stille was announced Tuesday as one of the candidates for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field.

In all, a total of 137 student-athletes across all levels of college football with inspiring stories of community service were nominated by their respective sports information directors.

Stillie has been active in the Huskers’ Life Skills program, volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, TeamMates, the Nebraska Football Road Race, and local hospital visits. For his efforts, he received the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award earlier this spring, and was named to the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship teams for the past three years. Earlier this year, he was also involved in the Huskers football team’s efforts for raise money for flood relief victims following the spring floods across Nebraska.

Stille will look to be the 16th Husker football player to be recognized on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® since the program began more than 25 years ago.Freedom Akinmoladun was NU’s most recent honoree when he was selected in 2018.

To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

From the 137 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will be announced in September, bringing together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and one honorary head coach.





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Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez earned his second watch list recognition of the week, as he was named to the 2019 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List this afternoon.

Martinez, who is one of only six sophomores on the 30-member list, is one of three Big Ten quarterbacks from the Big Ten on the O’Brien Watch List, joining Michigan’s Shea Patterson and Iowa’s Nate Stanley. The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback.

Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.

Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Martinez will look to join 2001 O’Brien Award winner Eric Crouch on the list of all-time winners.

Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Wednesday, Nov. 13. From that list, the Foundation will announce the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 12, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.

Martinez was named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday, as many of the college football awards watch lists will be announced over the next two weeks.





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Tickets to Nebraska volleyball's annual Red-White Scrimmage will go on sale Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. (CT) through the Nebraska Athletic Development & Ticketing Office.

The Huskers will host their annual scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers will sign autographs following the scrimmage on the northwest concourse of the Devaney Center.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at Huskers.com/tickets, in person at the ticket office, or by calling 800-8-BIG RED. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online for the best chance at securing seats quickly.

Nebraska is coming off its fourth straight NCAA Final Four appearance and returns 10 players from that NCAA runner-up squad. For the first time in school history, the Huskers will have no seniors on their roster.





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Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez in on the initial Maxwell Award Watch List released Monday afternoon.

 

Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.

 

Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.

 

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

 

Martinez is one of 11 Big Ten players on the Maxwell Award Watch List. He will look to become Nebraska’s second Maxwell Award winner, joining 1983 winner Mike Rozier.

 

Semifinalists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced October 29, 2019, while the three finalists for each award will be unveiled November 25, 2019. The winners of the 2019 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 12, 2019





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The United States women's volleyball national team won the Pan American Cup title on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 29-27) sweep of Dominican Republic in Trujillo, Peru.

Former Huskers Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes were on the U.S. team and played big roles for the Americans throughout the tournament. Rolfzen was named the Pan Am Cup's best attacker, posting double-digit kills in three of the five matches she played in. Wong-Orantes was voted the best libero. She had a match-high 19 digs in the title match.

Former Huskers have had an impressive run of international success over the past couple weeks. Last weekend, Kelsey Robinson, Jordan Larson and Mikaela Foecke were crowned champions with the U.S. National Team at the Volleyball Nations League in China. Also last weekend, former Husker Sarah Pavan clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning Canada's first-ever gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.





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The Nebraska women's basketball team will complete its non-conference home schedule by taking on Manhattan at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, Dec. 22.

The Huskers' first-ever meeting with Manhattan will cap Nebraska's 11-game regular-season non-conference schedule, which will include eight home games. The battle with the Jaspers will be part of a two-year home-and-home series, as the Huskers will travel to Manhattan in 2020-21. Next year's meeting in Manhattan will be a homecoming for Husker center Kate Cain, who is from Middletown, N.Y., and played at Pine Bush High School. Cain's father, Tim, graduated as Manhattan's all-time leading scorer with 1,872 points and was a two-time honorable-mention All-American by The Sporting News after averaging 17.3 points per game during his career. Tim Cain, who is the only player in Jasper history to be a four-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference choice, was also recently selected for induction into the MAAC Honor Roll. He will be recognized at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 14.

A two-year starter for the Huskers entering her junior season, Kate Cain is on track to shatter Nebraska's career blocked shot record. The 6-5 center set the school season record with 100 blocks as a true freshman in 2017-18, before adding a sophomore school record with 79 in 2018-19. Her 179 blocks in two seasons rank as the No. 4 career total in school history, and Cain needs just 60 blocks to set Nebraska's all-time record, which is currently held by Janet Smith (238, 1979-82).

Cain, who was a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams in 2017-18 while helping the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament, has averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 54.8 percent from the field over her first two seasons at Nebraska.

Manhattan closed 2018-19 with a 12-19 record that included a 9-9 MAAC mark. Coach Heather Vulin enters her fourth season at the helm for Manhattan with an experienced team after guiding a young Jasper squad that featured five sophomores and three freshmen in the regular rotation throughout last season. This 2019-20 Jaspers will feature five seniors and five more juniors, including the return of 2019 Preseason All-MAAC guard Gabby Cajou, who missed all but seven games last season after suffering a season-ending injury. Cajou was the 2018 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year. Overall, Manhattan returns seven players who each started at least 10 games a year ago.

Before the Huskers face Manhattan in Lincoln, they will take on Oral Roberts at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Dec. 14. Coach Misti Cussen and the Golden Eagles went 18-13 last season, including a 10-6 Summit League mark. ORU returns three starters and a pair of double-figure scorers from last year's team, led by juniors Maya Mayberry (14.1 ppg) and Keni Jo Lippe (13.3 ppg).

The games with Oral Roberts and Manhattan will be Nebraska's final tune-ups before the start of Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers' 18-game conference schedule will include home games with Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Penn State, Wisconsin and Illinois, to complete a 17-game regular-season home schedule for the Big Red.





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