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The Husker Corner Monday Mailbag (6/2/14)

The Huskers Corner Monday Mailbag may be just the thing if you’re a Game of Thrones fan (as I am). We all need some serious cheering up after last nights episode (no spoilers). What better way to inject some sunshine into our lives then talking Nebraska athletics?

Brandon: I’ve been impressed with Darin Erstad thus far. He’s made improvements year after year. Nebraska’s losing a lot of quality talent and may very well lose more to the draft. That said, Erstad takes every element of his program seriously and I love that in a coach or the any head of an organization. I like competitors.

Erstad’s been recruiting MLB-caliber players. He’s not settling for the guys he can get and calling it a day. He’s taking risks and has been able to bring in quality young talent. Obviously, I can’t say that next season will be as fruitful as the past one. However, I can say it wouldn’t surprise me if it was, if not more so.

Brandon: Two things have plagued Erstad’s tenure. The first is not bringing guys home when they’re on the bags. Can’t happen if you want to win big. The defense is solid and Silva’s got the bullben humming more often than not. The second problem, and the most serious, is the mentality.

I will say that we saw a major improvement mentally from this year’s team. You don’t pull out rally after rally if you don’t believe in yourself. While Aaron Bummer was start-worthy material, he had too many mid-game slumps. Patch holes in the players’ psyches when necessary and you’ve got a very good ball club.

Is the addition of Stringfellow a good thing? I’m worried that we’re bringing in too many players with nasty backgrounds – Issac Radcliff (Husker Corner Mail)

Brandon: The addition of Stringfellow is a very good thing. I’ve commented on him so much lately, but he is a game changer. His physicality’s amazing, especially considering how fast he is.

Don’t get me wrong, Nebraska has a quality receiving corps, but as I’ve said in the past, DS knocks it up an entire letter grade. If he improves dramatically, he’s a legit worry to leave early, but I don’t think it’d be as a senior.

Do you think Bo Pelini will be more active in the social media world beyond his interactions with FauxPelini? Beck, Papuchis and Warren all seem pretty chatty. – Taylor Tabizon (Husker Corner Mail)

Brandon: No, and honestly, that’s fine. As you mention, Bo’s been far more interactive. Between FauxPelini and bringing Anya out for the spring game, he’s won the offseason for the second straight year. Right now, the occasional celebratory tweet’s fine. Once we get into the season, I would like to see him give a post-game tweet, though. That’s just me.

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