Archive for April, 2008

2007 Defensive Line Performance

April 30, 2008


I hate to dwell too much on the 2007 season, but I have the data and feel I might as well not ignore it. Today, I give you my assessment of the play of the defensive line using a multitude of statistics only available via a closer look at play-by-play data from the previous season.

First off, let’s start with what I said about the defensive line in my preseason preview of Nebraska:

“Defensively Nebraska must replace its entire defensive line from a year ago. That includes a pair of defensive ends in Adam “I must break you” Carriker and Jay Moore who were drafted in the first and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft. Barry Turner is being looked upon to take center stage in 2007 at one DE position. He’s showed flashes of brilliance during the past two seasons, but must prove he can line up on every down. Turner unfortunately missed valuable practice time in the spring following shoulder surgery. Ndamukong Suh will anchor the line at one of the tackle spots and might actually be the best player on the defense. Finding someone to line up next to him will be a major task during fall camp. The wildcard might be Ty Steinkuhler who can play inside or out and has displayed an impressive motor in a reserve role. Ultimately, the group vying to replace the departures along the front four is heavy on potential, but light on experience. The bottom line is that a team rarely gets better by losing players like Carriker and Moore, along with defensive tackles Ola Dagunduro and Barry Cryer.”

Well, I was certainly right about the drop in production and unfortunately Suh and Turner failed to live up to their billing in 2007. In Turner’s case the blame might fall with the large amount of weight he gained heading into the season. With Suh, it might be a toss-up between a poor scheme that pulled him away from his strengths and a tendency to take plays off or at least fail to bring it on each and every down.

Now let’s take a look at the actual numbers. For my analysis, I went a step beyond what you’ll generally find in boxscores. I have included a set of statistics utilized by the guys at Football Outsiders in their work with the NFL. They employ a couple of interesting variables to examine the play of defensive players.

The first two are explained here:

Plays: Defined as the total defensive plays made, including tackles, pass deflections, interceptions, fumbles forced and fumble recoveries. These numbers come from official play-by-play reports and DOES NOT include special teams tackles or statistics.

TmPct: Refers to the percentage of team plays involving this defender. The sum of the percentages of team plays for all defenders on a given team will exceed 100%, primarily due to shared tackles. And here is a chart indicating the performance of Nebraska’s defensive line on these two statistics. This is the type of analysis that can only be found at DXP.

Defensive Plays
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Player Tackles Passes Def. INTs FF FR Plays TmPct
Zach Potter 45 1 1 1 1 49 5.44
N. Suh 33 2 0 0 1 36 4.00
Barry Turner 29 2 0 0 0 31 3.44
Kevin Dixon 19 0 1 0 0 20 2.22
Shukree Barfield 15 0 0 0 0 15 1.67
Ty Steinkuhler 13 0 0 1 0 14 1.56
Pierre Allen 11 1 0 0 0 12 1.33
Andy Poulosky 7 0 0 0 0 7 .78
Clayton Sievers 7 0 0 0 0 7 .78
Brandon Johnson 3 0 0 0 0 3 .33
Ben Martin 3 0 0 0 0 3 .33
Thomas Rice 1 0 0 0 0 1 .11
Tony Sullivan 1 0 0 0 0 1 .11

As these statistics illustrate, Zach Potter really separated himself as our most consistent defensive lineman in 2007. While he was nowhere near as productive as an Adam Carriker or a Jay Moore, he did make his share of plays and was underrated member of the Blackshirts.

The next three statistics take into account situational variables and determine a defensive player’s ability to keep teams from moving the chains.

Stops: The total number of plays made by a defender that prevent a “success” by the offense. A successful play occurs when the offense obtains 45% of needed yards on first down, 60% on second down, 100% on third or fourth down. Therefore, a stop prevents one of these successes from occurring.

Defeats: The total number of plays made by a defender that stop the offense from gaining first down yardage on third or fourth down, stop the offense behind the line of scrimmage, or result in a fumble (regardless of which team recovers) or interception.

Stop Rate: Refers to the percentage of all of a defenders Plays that are Stops.

Stops and Defeats
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Player Stops Defeats Stop Rate
Zach Potter 28 13 57%
N. Suh 23 8 64%
Barry Turner 17 4 55%
Kevin Dixon 10 4 50%
Ty Steinkuhler 10 3 71%
Shukree Barfield 7 2 47%
Pierre Allen 7 2 58%
Andy Poulosky 4 1 57%
Clayton Sievers 2 2 29%
Brandon Johnson 2 0 67%
Ben Martin 2 0 67%
Thomas Rice 1 0 100%
Tony Sullivan 1 0 100%

You’ll notice that these numbers probably seem pretty low, but unfortunately I don’t have comparison data at this point, so that is difficult to guage. Again, however, you see Zach Potter standing out. Suh also has some decent numbers which I think only highlight his potential. Overall, given our inability to get offenses off the field, you won’t see big numbers in terms of stops and defeats.

The final area to examine are the defensive linemen’s sack numbers from 2007.
Sacks
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Player Sacks
Barry Turner 3
Zach Potter 2.5
N. Suh 1
Andy Poulosky 1

What should immediately jump out is the complete lack of sacks up front in 2007. 7.5 goddamn sacks from our front four? That’s all we got? In 2006, Carriker and Moore combined for 13 sacks just by themselves. Another way of looking at the defensive line’s performance is by examining the percentage of the team’s total sacks that they accounted for. In 2007, Nebraska totaled just 13 sacks (yikes!), of which the defensive line accounted for 7.5. In other words, the defensive line combined for 57.7% of the total sacks in 2007. That’s way down from the 24 out of the 31 total sacks (77.4%) the D-Line accounted for in 2006.

2008 Outlook

The good news is that Nebraska returns almost everyone up front from 2007. But given their numbers from a year ago and the influx of a new coaching staff it is difficult to guage how they might perform. I think Zach Potter found himself last season and should continue his consistent play. Barry Turner has slimmed down and hopefully will regain his speed. If that happens, watch for Pelini to let him loose on the edge. Inside, Suh and Steinkuhler return as do Kevin Dixon and Shukree Barfield. I think Suh could be the one guy who benefits most from the arrival of the new coaching staff. By all accounts the guy has gobs of talent, but he’s quickly running out of opportunities to showcase that at the college level. He could be one of those guys that underachieves in college, but explodes in the NFL simply because he will only be called on to deliver on 20 plays a game, with the depth NFL squads possess up front. Rotations like that mean a ton when you’re carrying 300+ pounds.

Speaking of depth, Nebraska still lacks it up front. At DT, Dixon came on strong in Big 12 play and has drawn praise this spring as well. In addition, guys like Shukree Barfield and redshirt freshman Terrence Moore likely benefitted from Suh’s absence this spring as he recovered from surgery. The somewhat strange departure of Seth Jenson, however, hurts the development of depth down the road and makes DT recruiting all the more important in 2009. Overall, the defensive line has nowhere to go but up in 2008 and I expect to see a new brand of intensity and pressure up front.

So Cosgrove Was Just A Figurehead?

April 29, 2008

No wonder he didn’t fire him. He apparently didn’t have a job to be fired from. Husker Mike uncovers a gem from Matt Hayes at the Sporting News. According to him, this is how bad things had gotten in Lincoln:

“Compared with where the process was last fall in Lincoln, the Huskers have made bigger strides than any team this spring. How bad was the dysfunction? Consider this anecdote:

Former coach Bill Callahan was obsessive about his offense; he made the game plan and called the plays. Sources say before the Texas game — and at the height of Nebraska’s failures — Callahan let his assistants build the game plan and said he wouldn’t call one play.

After the first series, Callahan not only called every offensive play, he called the defensive sets, too. The Huskers gave up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and lost, 28-25.”

Part of me really wants to believe this, while the other part thinks this has to be some kind of urban legend that will now become an infamous part of the Callahan lore.

In case you’ve forgotten here are some Husker highlights from the UT game, followed by a clip of just a few of the 800 gazillion yards Jamaal Charles had in the fourth quarter.

Introducing Casey Connelly

April 27, 2008

Thanks to the great people at Busted Coverage, it was brought to my attention that there are more, more, and more pictures of Sam Keller‘s girlfriend. It’s getting really, really, really hard to feel sorry for this guy.

Being the stalkers we are, we dug up this on Casey Connelly who describes herself as someone who ‘recently moved to Lincoln, NE from Scottsdale, AZ’ and ‘is fun to work with, easy going, and not shy’. She goes on to say ‘I’ve done shoots for Maxim Magazine, Corona Light, 80’s Tees, Sobe Adrenaline Rush, etc, and I am Miss April 2007 for Tempe12….so I am experienced’.

And what is her best feature? ‘My smile, waist, butt, feet & hands’.

From now on, Sam Keller will be referred to as Casey’s boyfriend.

Sam Keller’s Girlfriend; Part Deux

April 26, 2008

Sam Keller, whose football career will be officially over after this weekend, has found a new line of work at TheDirty.com. I can’t say I blame him as long as you get to have girls that look like this laying on you naked. Noticeably, the absence of Corey McKeon clearly reaffirms our thoughts on his sexuality. Corey has been seen in photos such as this and this. It’s not rocket science.

Although your QB skills left something to be desired, I think I speak for all of us and applaud you for your skills in other areas.

Timmy Rose’s Draft Preview

April 25, 2008


Since this weekend marks the 73rd annual NFL Draft, I wanted to provide all of you DXP readers as well as metropolitan police departments, with some useful insight on the potential landing spots for the few (and I emphasize few) Huskers that are likely to be drafted by future out-of-work general managers. Don’t forget to enjoy the weekend with countless beers and numerous friends as football officially goes dark until August. You’ll also enjoy speculating on bigger busts than if you spent a weekend with A. Rose at the Spearmint Rhino in Vegas. And feel free to call A. Rose for some solid trifecta picks while you watch the draft at your local off-track betting establishment.

Before we give Maurice Purify the much-needed sobering news, let’s analyze Husker draft picks over the past 20 years courtesy of the new draft tracker tool at usatoday.com. About the same time that Sammy Vegas was figuring out where his friends’ dads hid their stash of Playboys, Tom Osborne was taking heat for his lack of developing NFL-caliber talent and speed, mostly on defense. That was about 1990 in case you are counting. When you analyze past drafts it is clear that Dr. Tom got the message and had a solid run in his final 7 years of putting players in NFL uniforms in addition to the Lancaster County Courthouse.

Vegas and I broke down past Husker draft picks in four discrete time periods. We did not include any draft picks beyond round 7 since the NFL went to only 7 rounds in 1994 after marathon 12-round drafts up to 1992 and an 8-round draft in 1993. While having NFL talent on your college roster is no guarantee of success on the field (ask USC fans who’ve had more NFL talent than the entire Big XII North over the last 3 years, but have zero championships to show for it) , it is certainly difficult to win without developing talent in college. Notice I wrote ‘developing’ talent. Nebraska’s famed 1992 recruiting class was ranked a paltry 24th in the nation at the time, yet would go on to lose just 1 conference game, 2 regular season games, and 4 total games. The 1995 Husker defense, likely the best Blackshirt D of all-time, started 10 future NFL players. The only player not to wear an NFL uniform, Terrell Farley, was arguably the biggest playmaker on that defense, but decided he would rather be chased by the LPD than chase down RBs in the NFL. Clearly Dr. Tom did a masterful job in his final seasons of taking 3 and 4-star recruits and turning them into national title contenders.

Looking at the table below, one of the first things you will notice is that over Osborne’s final 11 seasons, he placed almost one 1st round pick per season and 25 total picks in rounds 1-3, for an average of 2.3 quality picks (a quality pick being defined as going in the top 3 rounds, which covers the best 100 players coming out of college) per season. From 1988-1991, Osborne placed only 5 total picks in rounds 1-3 and only 9 total picks in rounds 1-7, average of 2.2 total draft picks per season. Compare that total with the number of draft picks in his final 7 years as coach, where Big 8 titles were a given and drunk college kids like Dr. D hung off the street lights at 72nd and Dodge on three separate occasions in early January to celebrate National Championships. From 1992-1998, Osborne and his staff sent 43 players to the NFL for an average of over 6 per season. He also placed 20 guys in rounds 1-3 for an average of almost 3 quality picks per season or 1 in each of the first 3 rounds over his last 7 years as Head Coach.

NFL Draft Selections By Round
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Coach (Years) Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
Osborne (88-98) 10 5 10 7 5 7 8
Osborne (92-98) 6 5 9 6 5 4 8
Solich (98-04) 0 2 6 7 3 4 8
Callahan (05-07) 2 4 2 1 0 2 1

After Dr. Tom filled up NFL rosters in the mid-90’s, Frank Solich did everything he could to ensure former Nebraska stars ended up selling insurance for State Farm or became the token former Husker stock broker at the A.G. Edwards in Lincoln. Solich has zero, yes 0, first round selections while he was coach. He developed a paltry 8 players that would be taken in the first 3 rounds in his 6 years as coach, an average of 1.3 players per year, or roughly 40% what Osborne was able to do. It shouldn’t be any surprise that the Huskers struggled to develop All-Big 12 and All-American players in Solich’s later years. Either he failed to recruit or he failed to develop NFL talent. Either way, those numbers are not a recipe for success in big-time Division I football.

Callahan has only 3 years of data as we wait to tally up this weekend’s Husker draft picks. He did better than Solich with 2 first-round picks and 8 picks over the first 3 rounds. Callahan averaged about 3 quality draft picks per season, but just 4total draft picks per year or roughly 66% of what Osborne was able to do in his championship years. We do understand that these guys were not all Callahan recruits, but nonetheless, the numbers do tell you that Solich and Callahan struggled to develop NFL talent the way Osborne’s staff did.

After that outstanding analysis, you will probably need three red bull vodkas to read the rest of the article without falling asleep. Don’t worry, there aren’t that many players to analyze.

Carl Nicks (Round 3) – Hot Carl Nicks saw his draft stock soar in late in the season and in the weeks leading up the NFL combine and turned in 31 reps in the bench press and a solid 5.22 40-yard dash. Nicks only has 1 season under his size 48 belt at OT and may project as more of a G in the near-term. He should benefit from the movement in the NFL to put huge road graders at G to match up with equally gargantuan DTs and reminds me of Deuce Lutui or a poor man’s Shawn Andrews, both of whom are playing solid at G and will move to OT in the future. Teams that have an immediate need for a versatile big man include the Seahawks, Chiefs, Steelers, and Falcons. Nicks could take some time to develop and his weight is a concern, but he has big upside and his versatility will attract a team in round 3.

Zack Bowman (Round 4) – Bowman was one of those guys I thought would be a can’t-miss first round pick after his performance in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. It was hard not too root for this kid after the injuries he’s been through and Zack is always welcome down here in AZ for a beer on T. Rose for gutting it out and never complaining. For all of the injury concern on Bowman, he turned in a solid 40 time at the combine (4.39) and an excellent 20-yard shuffle (4.21). He has excellent size and long arms combined with great ball instincts (see Wake Forest and Michigan games). A team like the Jets (Callahan?), Eagles, or Dolphins would be smart take a gamble on him in round 4 in a deep CB class.

Bo Ruud (Round 6) – There won’t be a single NFL GM who will confuse Bo Ruud with his brother in Tampa and even though he got progressively worse during his last 2 years at Nebraska, I see a team reaching for him in Round 6 based on a solid career, good size, excellent pedigree, and a solid 4.60 40 time at the NU pro day. He only had 18 reps on the bench press and I question his strength and agility. The Patriots, Packers, and Texans would be a good fit.

Maurice Purify (Round 6) – Maurice, if you want someone to blame for your draft stock falling this far, please call every player from last year’s Cincinnati Bengal roster. It’s kind of hard to show scouts that you’ve gotten over your ‘character’ issues when you get arrested at your own party the weekend before your pro day. Purify is an excellent red zone receiver and made some incredible catches in his final year. He abused projected first-round pick Aqib Talib for 7 catches, 158 yards, and 3 TDs at Kansas. Unfortunately, that performance was overshadowed by the 10 straight TDs that Cosgrove’s defense gave up. Purify ran a good 40 at the combine (4.54), but dropped some of balls and cut off routes. He doesn’t seem to get off the ball well and is poor at separating from DBs. Has good hands and could be a solid possession receiver. I would not be surprised to see the Raiders, Bengals, or Jags take a chance on Purify.

Corey McKeon (Round 2, United Indoor Football draft) – McKeon will be the top draft choice of the Blackshirts going in round 2 of the UIF draft to the Omaha Beef. We don’t see any NFL GMs wishing to get fired in the next 2 weeks and believe the NFL will steer clear of #13 after reading the following scouting report: “Watching film of McKeon playing against USC makes one wonder how the Nebraska defense was able to perform with only 10 guys. I’ve yet to see a player get cleared out as easily as he does. Is afraid of contact.” Unless of course that contact comes from Sam Keller.


Potential free agent signings

Tierre Green – Can’t tackle and doesn’t fill consistently against the run. Was a converted RB playing safety and always looked like a converted RB playing safety. I’d be shocked if he got drafted.

Sam Keller – There will be questions about his decision making as well as his late-season injury. Has flashes of making difficult throws look easy, but his overall accuracy and awkward release will be big drawbacks, not to mention the recent concerns about his sexuality. Could be an issue if he’s trying to kiss guys in the locker room.

Steve Octavien – Has flashes of being a solid LB at the next level and hits hard. Does not wrap up and takes plays off. He did post a solid 26 reps at the NFL combine and ran a 4.67 40. He’s worth the risk in round 7, but I don’t see him going at all in a solid LB class.


Jeffie, will your wedding look like this??

Joe Ganz By the Numbers

April 24, 2008


Here are some post-Mexico, going on no sleep, thoughts about something that has been bothering me. It started with an interesting exchange between Husker Mike and AJ the Huskerh8r concerning Joe Ganz and his productivity in 2007.

AJ’s argument was as follows:

“Well for one, Ganz didn’t have to play USC, Missouri or a majority of the Texas game. He didn’t play on the road at Wake, or in either of the home debacles against A&M or Okie State. The Three games he DID start, he faced the #73 and #89 passing defenses in the country in KSU and Colorado. And the KU team (with a statistically bloated passing D ranking of 12th) he faced was up by 40 points throughout most of the game. Think they were going to open the playbook up a bit at that point? Also, do I need to mention that the KU game was pretty much the only time when Mo Purify actually played like the hyped up All-American you claimed that he was?

Throwing garbage touchdowns against horrible pass defenses while down by double digits isn’t exactly a good way to guarantee greatness is it? Especially if your ridiculously wild expectations toward the last QB you backed didn’t exactly turn out the way you thought? (Although I pretty much nailed it.)”

And then we have Husker Mike’s retort, which challenged some of AJ’s points:

“In his nine starts, Sam Keller threw for 14 touchdowns. Joe Ganz threw for 16 touchdowns in six games (3 relief appearances, 3 starts). He suggests that Ganz’s passing stats were inflated by garbage time when Nebraska was down by 40 points. Which isn’t exactly true. Ganz did throw one touchdown pass when Kansas led by 45…but also threw touchdown passes to give Nebraska a 14-7 and cut a Kansas lead to 28-21 and 48-31.

But when AJ talks “garbage touchdowns,” he’s got his statistics all backwards in this case. Against Southern Cal, Keller threw two touchdown passes in the final five minutes of the game to turn a 49-17 deficit to 49-31. Against Oklahoma State (remember, #103 defense in pass efficiency), Keller threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to avert a home shutout. That’s four out of Keller’s fourteen touchdowns in “garbage time”. In contrast, Ganz threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes against Kansas State when Callahan ran up the score. So by my math, that’s three garbage touchdowns for Ganz versus four for Keller.”

I’ve read both a couple of times, and I have to say I think both are on the right track, with A.J. highlighting more of my concerns. The bottom line is that Joe Ganz is still a question mark heading into 2008 (a point Husker Mike also deserves credit for alluding to). So, now let me add my point this discussion.

First and foremost, “garbage time” works both ways. Whether you are ahead or behind by three scores the mindsets on both sidelines begin to change. When playing from behind you’re more likely to put the ball in the air, take chances, and most importantly relax some as trailing by 15+ points doesn’t exactly register on the “clutch-o-meter”. You are also likely to be facing possible substitutions on a defense holding a big lead or a change in philosophies ranging from calling off blitzes, stunts or mixed coverages to the dreaded prevent defense.

When you’re ahead by more than 15 points the pressure again is likely to evaporate. Here your confidence is high based on your previous success and now you’re more likely to be facing an overly aggressive defense that has perhaps become undisciplined while looking to make a big play to get back in the game. Combine those and you have the elements of a blowout, or at least a more relaxed or poised QB.

In other words, a quarterback’s performance when either ahead or behind by 15 points is not necessarily indicative of his overall abilities or his normal or typical productivity.

So what’s my point? Take a closer look at Joe Ganz’s numbers from 2007. If you do, you’ll quickly notice that a lot of his playing time came when facing this exact scenario (e.g., Nebraska was either +/- 15 points on the scoreboard).

More specifically:

· 55% of Ganz’s attempts came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· 58% of Ganz’s completions came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· 753 of his 1435 yards (52%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· And 9 of his 16 (52%) TDs came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points

By comparison:

Chase Daniel
· Just 767 of his 4306 yards (18%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· And 7 of his 33 TDs (21%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points

Sam Bradford
· Just 906 of 3121 yards (29%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· And 12 of his 36 TDs (33%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points

Josh Freeman
· 970 of his 3353 yards (29%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· And 9 of his 18 TDs (50%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points

Blake Szymanski (Baylor)
· 1164 of his 2844 yards (41%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points
· And 9 of his 18 TDs (50%) came when either ahead or trailing by 15+ points

That should maybe help put Ganz’s numbers into a bit more perspective in terms of the Big 12 conference. Right now Joe Ganz is our QB, and I think he can be more than serviceable. If he plays close to the way he played in blowouts in 2007, then we will have no room to complain. But all-conference? Top 5 dual-threat QB in the country? (see the comments from A.J.’s original post). I think we might be getting a little ahead of ourselves. If you disagree, however, I’d love to hear why and just how well you think Joe Ganz performs in 2008. I just tend to think we need a bit more evidence before making such claims, but I’m certainly all ears.

Unfettered Access to Husker Locker Room

April 23, 2008

Those are quite the moves as MTV’s The Grind visits Nebraska’s nice, new locker room. Oh, and someone please keep Mike Smith away from the dance floor. He makes Dr. D look like Baryshnikov.

Warning – Video contains locker room language.

jiggin in nebraska

Oh, and I’m back by the way. Mexico was amazing and Sammy Vegas did a swell job holding down the fort. Major bonus points for digging up photographic evidence of T. Rose’s days as a County Seat model.

The Glory Years

April 23, 2008

Just like Frank the Tank, I would love to go back and do it all over again – especially when you can dominate. From Bob Devaney to Johnny Rodgers to Tom Osborne to Mike Rozier to Tommie Frazier to Eric Crouch, it’s all right here.

(editor’s note: fast-forward from the 2 minute 42 second mark to the 2 minute 46 second mark while watching.)

Husker Football (and Tailgaiting) Reborn

April 22, 2008

How great is it to see Joe Ganz, Marlon Lucky, and Phillip Dillard lead the team on the field with excitement, meaningfullness, and enthusiasm that has not been seen in Lincoln in almost 5 years?

ONLY in Nebraska is it possible to come off a 5-7 season and sell out your spring game with 80,000+ (second highest attendance ever for a college football spring game). Remarkable when you consider National Championship contender Missouri had over 26,000 fans which was 3 times their previous highest turnout (ever). The presence of our former players who once made our football program the juggernaut we were was reassuring. My new man crush is redshirt freshman WR Curenski Gilleylen who not only was clocked at 10.2 seconds in the 100 meter dash in high school but caught a 77 yard TD Saturday from Ganz. Finally, our first homerun threat since Matt Davison.

Besides 80,000 fans chanting “Go Big Red” for a scrimmage in the middle of April, gotta love the new Tunnel Walk. If anyone sees any reminescence from the Callahan era there let me know.

Awesome.

As Pelini, his assistants, and now DXP proclaims, we are done talking about the past four years. It’s over. I did, however, have the privilege of walking over to the Runza tent, the Valentino’s tent, the Amigo’s tent, and finally the Fairbury Hotdog tent. We talked about how many Pro Bowls Mike Rozier has in his future and then they called us a cab.

The highlight of the day was not running into our old friend Grant Wistrom, who bought us beers, was looking hardly 220 lbs., and reads DXP (so he says), but trying to convince everyone that Timmy Rose’s number on the back of his senior picture is legit…

The attendance for the game was 80,149. That number is greatly misleading as A. Rose and I never made it past the Champions Club, which brings the number down to 80,147.

Besides being sacked three times and going 4 for 9, Joe Ganz did have two touchdowns and threw for 131 yards and coincidently, hit Gillylen while we were doing a photo shoot….

Sitting in the trunk of a Red Cadillac with a license plate that reads ‘PowrRed’ is fun, but I bet Adi Kunilac had a better time kicking 7 touchbacks…

A. Rose is holding the keys in his left pocket…

Some youtube videos here…

Paige, Karen, and Summer – the photo we warned you about…

And the obligatory drunk college girls who hopped the fence…

Off to Mexico…

April 18, 2008

I’m leaving today for San Miguel, Mexico for a little wedding planning and many, many margaritas. I’ll likely be without phone and internet access until next Wednesday, so DXP will be in the capable hands of Sammy Vegas. You might remember him from such patently offensive posts as the one below. Just kidding Sammy. Let’s not pretend to be above such stuff as a fanbase given other notable accomplishments like “Sal is dead, Go Big Red!” and death threats to coaches or the harrassment of their children. The Power of Red, indeed. Besides if you noticed, you can’t go seven paragraphs – in an article written over a decade after the fact, no less – without encountering some mention of Lawrence Phillips. If Nebraska is saddled with a mentally ill, violent offender as its poster boy, VT just might get stuck with Seung-Hui Cho, as well.