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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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The McCook MNB Seniors District Tournament that will be played in Cozad has now released the bracket. McCook captured the #1 seed and will take on #6 seed Holdrege at 1pm on Friday. We will carry the game for you on 93.9 the zone and online 939thezone.com starting with coverage at 12:50pm. This is a double elimination format. View the full bracket below.

 





Lincoln – University of Nebraska senior linebacker Mohamed Barry was honored this week, as he was chosen to the initial Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

Barry, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker, returns to anchor the Huskers’ defense after an outstanding junior campaign. The Grayson, Ga., native led the Huskers and ranked second in the Big Ten with 112 tackles, including 55 solo tackles, and added 11 tackles for loss and two sacks from his inside linebacker position. His 112 tackles were the most by a Husker since NFL All-Pro Lavonte David totaled 133 stops in 2011.

Barry, an All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, led NU in tackles in nine of 12 games, including seven double-figure efforts. He posted a career-high 12 tackles against Colorado and had 11 stops six other times as a junior. For his efforts, he was chosen by the Husker coaching staff as the team’s defensive MVP last season.

Barry is currently working on his master’s degree after graduating with a degree in ethnic studies in May. He has been active in the Huskers’ community outreach efforts, including Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race, Red Cross, the UNL Children’s Center and hospital and school outreach visits.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented by the Pacific Club Impact Foundation and is awarded to the best college football defender in both character and performance. The 2019 Watch List includes 42 candidates, and Barry was one of just 18 linebackers on the initial list.

Barry, who is bidding to become NU’s first Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, is one of 10 Big Ten players on the initial watch list.





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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced that 22 McCook Community College students have been selected to one of three NJCAA all-Academic teams.

Of those 22, eight are members of the women’s softball team, four each are from the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, and three each play for the men’s baseball and golf teams.

To make the first team, student-athletes must maintain a 4.00 grade-point average (GPA). Those with GPAs of 3.80-3.99 are eligible for second team honors and those with GPAs of 3.60-3.79 are named to the third team. Six MCC student-athletes were named first team, four selected to the second team and 12 were named to the third team.

Named to the first team with 4.00 grade-point averages were: Kiera Barr, Granby, Colo. (volleyball); Makenna Bodette, Colorado Springs (women’s basketball); Ashley Carson, Ord (volleyball); Shaun Hickey, Summerville, New Brunswick (baseball); Larua Mata, Barcelona, Spain (women’s basketball); and Emma McLean, Willetton, Western Australia (softball).

Selected to the second team were: Liliana Belton, Pleasant Hill, Calif. (softball); Nikki Cross, Melbourne, Australia (women’s basketball); Graham Gaspard, Breckinridge, Colo. (golf); and Trevor Oberg, McCook, (golf).

Third team selections from MCC included: KC Carlson, Delta, Colo. (golf); Emily Charchuk, Victoria, British Columbia (softball); Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah (volleyball); Makayla Harris, Brighton, Colo. (volleyball); Jade Hollands, Effingham, Kan. (softball); Jerusha Miner, Gunnison Valley, Utah (softball); Shae Muggridge, Perth, Western Australia (softball); Kassidy Powers, Severance, Colo. (softball); Aubri Ross, Cambridge (softball); Anna Sanjuan, Reus, Spain (women’s basketball); Mark Starks, Blair (baseball); and Kade Wroot, North Platte (baseball).

This year student-athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. This year's record eclipsed the previous mark of 6,329 set in the 2017-18 academic year.

"Year in and year out, NJCAA student-athletes continue to set a new standard both on the field and in the classroom," stated NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker."

The 2018-19 academic year was no different as student-athletes raised the bar once again to reiterate the importance of academics throughout the NJCAA. As an association, we take tremendous pride in knowing that our student-athletes put their best foot forward each day to become well-rounded members of their team, their campus, and their communities."





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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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Former Dundy County-Stratton standout Phalen Sanford is walking on as a redshirt freshman for the Nebraska Football Team.  Sanford will also participate in Track also at UNL on a scholarship.  After High School Sanford went to Hastings College for Football and Track his Freshman year. Seth Baumert with the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network able to chat with Sanford about his decision to head to the Capital City.

 





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The Nebraska women's basketball team is making its final preparations for its upcoming European Tour to Italy and Spain, Aug. 1-11.

The Huskers, who have been training and practicing for the past several weeks in anticipation of the summer tour, will depart for Rome on Aug. 1, and will tour the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica before competing in their first game of the tour on Aug. 3.

On Sunday, Aug. 4, the Huskers expect to have the opportunity to see the Pope in St. Peter's Square before touring the legendary Colosseum.

The team travels to Florence for its second competition of the tour on Aug. 5, before spending the next two days exploring the capital of Italy's Tuscany region.

Nebraska's tour of Europe shifts gears on Thursday, Aug. 8, when the Huskers fly to Barcelona. The Huskers will see the sites of the historic Spanish city before playing their final game of the tour on Friday, Aug. 9.

A mid-day Mediterranean cruise on Saturday, Aug. 10, will highlight Nebraska's final day in Europe, before the Huskers return to the United States on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Social media coverage throughout the tour will be available on the Nebraska women's basketball (@HuskersWBB) Twitter and Instagram accounts.

 

Nebraska Women's Basketball  European Tour Itinerary(Italy & Spain, Aug. 1-11)

 

Thursday, August 1
Depart for Rome

 

Friday, August 2
Arrive Rome

 

Saturday, August 3
Tour Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica
Game #1 (Rome)

 

Sunday, August 4
St. Peter's Square
Tour the Colosseum

 

Monday, August 5
Depart for Florence (mid-day stop in Siena)
Game #2 (Florence)

 

Tuesday, August 6
Tour Florence

 

Wednesday, August 7
Cooking Classes in Florence

 

Thursday, August 8
Depart for Barcelona
Tour Barcelona

 

Friday, August 9
Tour Sagrada Familia
Game #3 (Barcelona)

 

Saturday, August 10
Sailing Cruise on Mediterranean Sea

 

Sunday, August 11
Return to United States





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