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Husker Football: McNeese State Cowboys Primer

After shoving aside the Florida Atlantic Owls, the Husker football team’s looking for another scrimmage-like performance against the McNeese State Cowboys. Here’s your introduction to the Pokes from down south.

Head Coach: Matt Viator – ninth year – 62–27 overall record (41–14 Southland)
2013 Record: 10-3 (6-1) (Loss to Nos. 20/21 Jacksonville State in FCS playoff after first round bye)
Home stadium: Cowboy Stadium
Stadium capacity: 17,410
Stadium surface: GeoMax2 turf
Location: Lake Charles, LA
Returning Starters: 16

Standout Players (2013 statistics in parenthesis):

Offensive lineman Antoine Everett (Preseason first-team FCS All-America and first-team All-Southland)

Defensive end Everett Ellefsen (Preseason first-team All-Southland)
(44 tackles – 23 solo, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, one interception)

Linebacker Bo Brown (Preseason first-team All-Soundland)
(75 tackles, – 54 solo, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery)

Defensive back Aaron Sam (Preseason first-team All-Southland)
(85 tackles – 50 solo, 8.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, seven pass breakups)


– The Cowboys had several transfer this spring. Quarterback Daniel Sams (Kansas State), running backs Nate Holmes (University of Arkansas) and Derrick Milton (Mississippi State) joined along with defensive lineman Brian Hine from Cisco Junior College (TX).

All are likely to see immediate playing time.

– Senior wide receivers Ernest Celestie and Wes Briscoe were both granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. Celeste was the second-best receiver last year with 31 catches for 595 yards. Briscoe made 31 catches for 565 yards before a season-ending injury in the year’s fourth game.

Briscoe received his waiver after having to miss his freshman season at Texas Tech due to injury.

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