2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

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2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football
Logo of the Nebraska athletic teams 2004–
Conference Big Ten Conference
West Division
2016 record 0–0 (0–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Mike Riley (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 87,091)
Seasons
« 2015 2017 »
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Indiana   0 0         0 0  
Maryland   0 0         0 0  
Michigan   0 0         0 0  
Michigan State   0 0         0 0  
Ohio State   0 0         0 0  
Penn State   0 0         0 0  
Rutgers   0 0         0 0  
West Division
Illinois   0 0         0 0  
Iowa   0 0         0 0  
Minnesota   0 0         0 0  
Nebraska   0 0         0 0  
Northwestern   0 0         0 0  
Purdue   0 0         0 0  
Wisconsin   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 3, 2016
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team will represent the University of Nebraska in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team will be coached by second year head coach Mike Riley and play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Previous season and offseason[edit]

In the 2015 Nebraska Cornhuskers football season, the team finished 5-7 in the regular season, their 39-38 win over playoff team Michigan State being the most notable. The Cornhuskers went to the Foster Farms Bowl, despite being not bowl eligible, and beat UCLA 37-29. The team finished 4th in the Big Ten West division at the end of the season.

Departures[edit]

The offensive line had 7 departures, prompting heavy recruiting of offensive line players out of high school. Departures included:

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Maliek Collins #7 DT 6'2 300 Junior Kansas City, MO Left early for NFL Draft
Greg McMullen #90 DT 6'3 300 Junior Akron, OH Retired from football
Vincent Valentine #98 DT 6'3 320 Junior Edwardsville, IL Left early for NFL Draft
Taariq Allen #7 WR 6'3 200 Senior Weston, MA Graduated
Tyson Broekemeier #9 QB/P 6'1 200 Senior Aurora, NE Graduated
Sam Burtch #9 WR 6'3 200 Senior Murdock, NE Graduated
Jamal Turner #10 WR 6'0 190 Senior Arlington, TX Graduated
Johnathan Rose #14 CB 6'2 195 Senior Leeds, AL Dismissed from team
Joe Keels #19 DE 6'3 265 Senior Kenosha, WI Graduated
Anthony Ridder #22 DB 6'2 205 Senior West Point, NE Graduated
Daniel Davie #23 CB 6'1 190 Senior Beatrice, NE Graduated
Byerson Cockrell #28 DB 6'0 185 Senior Columbus, MS Graduated
Imani Cross #32 IB 6'1 240 Senior Gainesville, GA Graduated
Andy Janovich #35 FB 6'1 230 Senior Gretna, NE Graduated
Zach Sterup #57 OL 6'8 320 Senior Hastings, NE Graduated
Matt Finnin #59 OL 6'7 305 Senior Crete, IL Graduated
Ryne Reeves #65 OL 6'3 300 Senior Crete, NE Graduated
Chongo Kondolo #70 OL 6'4 300 Senior Carrollton, TX Graduated
Alex Lewis #71 OL 6'6 290 Senior Tempe, AZ Graduated
Chris Long #75 OL 6'4 300 Senior Blair, NE Graduated
Givens Price #78 OL 6'4 310 Senior Houston, TX Graduated
David Sutton #86 TE 6'3 255 Senior Lincoln, NE Graduated
Jack Gangwish #95 DE 6'2 265 Senior Wood River, NE Graduated

Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Destination
Lane Hovey #13 WR Montana[1]
Garrett McKay #33 LB unknown
Trai Mosley #2 CB Central Arkansas
Garrett Poppen #54 LB Nebraska–Kearney
Jordan Stevenson #2 RB Navarro JC[2]
Adrienne Talan #13 LB Navarro JC
Kevin Williams #92 DT Michigan State[3] (Grad. transfer)
Paul Thurston #55 C Colorado State[4] (Grad. transfer)

Coaching departures[edit]

Name Pos. Destination Replacement
Hank Hughes DL Coach unknown John Parrella

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Previous School Year
Tanner Lee* #13 QB Tulane Junior
Keyan Williams** #9 WR Fresno State Sophomore

*Player is not eligible to play in 2016 season due to transfer regulations
**Son of Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams[5]

2016 Recruiting class[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR


Nebraska Football 2016 Recruiting Class[6]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Quayshon Alexander
LB
Wayne, NJ De Paul Catholic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 230 lb (100 kg) - Jun 19, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
DiCaprio Bootle
CB
Miami, FL Miami Killian HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Jun 16, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Bryan Brokop
OT
New Lenox, IL Lincoln Way West 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 273 lb (124 kg) - Sep 27, 2014 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Tre Bryant
RB
Saint Louis, MO Christian Brothers College HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 4.53 Nov 8, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Tony Butler
CB
Lakewood, OH St. Edward 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) - Jan 20, 2016 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Marquel Dismuke
S
Calabasas, CA Calabasas 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) - Jun 15, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
JoJo Domann
DB
Colorado Springs, CO Pine Creek 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) - Jun 26, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
David Engelhaupt
TE
Norfolk, NE Norfolk Catholic 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Feb 2, 2016 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN: N/A   ESPN grade: N/A
Matt Farniok
OT
Sioux Falls, SD Washington 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 297 lb (135 kg) - Jan 27, 2016 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Lamar Jackson
DB
Elk Grove, CA Franklin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205.5 lb (93.2 kg) - Feb 2, 2016 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Pernell Jefferson
LB
New Orleans, LA Warren Easton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Jan 23, 2016 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Caleb Lightbourn
P/PK
Camas, WA Camas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 214 lb (97 kg) - Nov 28, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 74
Collin Miller
LB
Fishers, IN Hamilton Southeastern 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jan 24, 2016 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 72
Patrick O'Brien
QB
San Juan Capistrano, CA San Juan Hills 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - May 1, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
John Raridon
OG
West Des Moines, IA Valley 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 258 lb (117 kg) - Sep 28, 2015 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
Greg Simmons
LB
Fort Pierce, FL Fort Pierce 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jun 25, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
JD Spielman
WR
Eden Prairie, MN Eden Prairie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Aug 15, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Ben Stille
DL
Ashland, NE Ashland-Greenwood 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Jun 13, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 76
Jack Stoll
TE
Aurora, CO Regis Jesuit 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) - Jun 24, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 79
Boe Wilson
OG
Lee's Summit, MO Lee's Summit 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 290 lb (130 kg) - Jul 6, 2015 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 28   Rivals: 25  247Sports: 24  ESPN: 26
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Walk-on recruits[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Chafin, Ty
WR
Burwell, NE Burwell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Hamik, Creighton
LB
Kearney, NE Kearney Catholic 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Hass, Tanner
ATH
West Point, NE Guardian Angels CC 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Hohenstein, Branden
LB
Jackson, NE Bishop Heelan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Honas, Todd
WR
Aurora, NE Aurora 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 200 lb (91 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Hunt, Tavlin
LB
Lincoln, NE North Star 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Jordan, Grant
LB
Omaha, NE Westside 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Jordan, Spencer
FB
Omaha, NE Westside 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Sullivan, Eli
DB
Longmont, CO Longmont 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

National signing day was on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Returning starters[edit]

Offense[edit]

Player Class Position
Tommy Armstrong Jr. Senior Quarterback
Terrell Newby Senior Running back
Jordan Westerkamp Senior Wide receiver
Brandon Reilly Senior Wide receiver
Cethan Carter Senior Tight end
Dylan Utter Senior Guard
Nick Gates Sophomore Offensive tackle
Ryker Fyfe Senior Quarterback
Devine Ozigbo Sophomore Running back
De'Mornay Pierson-El Junior Wide receiver
Stanley Morgan Jr. Sophomore Wide receiver
Sam Cotton Senior Tight end
Reference:[7]

Defense[edit]

Player Class Position
Mick Stoltenberg Sophomore Defensive tackle
Kevin Maurice Senior Defensive tackle
Freedom Akinmoladun Sophomore Defensive end
Dedrick Young Sophomore Linebacker
Josh Banderas Senior Linebacker
Marcus Newby Junior Linebacker
Joshua Kalu Junior Cornerback
Chris Jones Junior Cornerback
Aaron Williams Sophomore Strong safety
Nate Gerry Senior Free safety
Ross Dzuris Senior Defensive end
Michael Rose-Ivey Senior Linebacker
Chris Weber Junior Linebacker
Tyrin Ferguson Sophomore Linebacker
Luke Gifford Sophomore Linebacker
Boaz Joseph Junior Cornerback
Kieron Williams Junior Free safety
Antonio Reed Sophomore Free safety
Reference:[7]

Special teams[edit]

Player Class Position
Drew Brown Junior Kicker
Sam Foltz Senior Punter
Jordan Ober Sophomore Long Snapper
Reference:[7]

Spring practice[edit]

2016 Red—White Spring Game
1 2 3 4 Total
• White 8 8 5 25 46
Red 11 12 10 8 41
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Game start: 1:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 72,992
  • Television network: BTN2Go

72,992 fans attended the Nebraska spring game, continuing the streak of 60,000+ in attendance for Nebraska spring games since 2008. At the end of the game, Kyle Kasun intercepted the ball as the time expired, allowing the white team to win. The final score was White 46–41. Tommy Armstrong Jr., Ryker Fyfe and Patrick O'Brien all started at quarterback for team Red.

Schedule[edit]

Nebraska announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Cornhuskers will host Big Ten opponents Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Purdue, and will travel to Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.[9]

The team will host all three of the non–conference games which are against the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Wyoming Cowboys both from the Mountain West Conference, and the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-12 Conference (PAC-12). This will be Nebraska's 7th game against Oregon, and head coach Mike Riley's 13th overall game against Oregon, as he previously coached for Oregon rival Oregon State.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM Fresno State* Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN      
September 10 11:00 AM Wyoming* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ESPN2      
September 17 2:30 PM Oregon* Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ABC      
September 24 6:30 PM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN      
October 1 2:30 PM Illinoisdagger Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE      
October 15 2:30 PM at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN      
October 22 Purdue Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE      
October 29 6:00 PM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Freedom Trophy) ESPN/ESPN2      
November 5 7:00 PM at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC/ESPN/ESPN2      
November 12 6:30 PM Minnesota Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE ($5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy) BTN      
November 19 Maryland Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, NE      
November 25 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA (Heroes Game)      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[10]


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP  
Coaches'  
CFP Not released Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Huskers Lane Hovey announces his transfer". KETV.com. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jordan Stevenson quits Husker football team after three months". Omaha.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ http://journalstar.com/sports/huskers/life-in-the-red/report-ex-husker-williams-bound-for-michigan-state/article_f86858ba-1aa2-11e6-bb68-77085b380f93.html
  4. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/2016/05/18/paul-thurston-transfers-to-colorado-state-rams-football-team/
  5. ^ "Keyan Williams now listed on Husker roster". journalstar.com. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ 2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers Recruiting Class
  7. ^ a b c "NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS 2016 College Football Preview". nationalchamps.net. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kasun Interception Clinches White Comeback". University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Athletics. April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "B1G Announces 2016 & 2017 Conf. Schedules" (Press release). University of Nebraska Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2016 Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 22, 2015.