Nebraska Cornhuskers News: Big Ten Media Days part 2, more

The Nebraska Cornhuskers officially join Big Ten Media days(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers officially join Big Ten Media days(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

It’s day two of Big Ten Media Days, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers officially join the party. The event featured seven of the conference’s teams on Wednesday, with guys like Kirk Ferentz and Ryan Day headlining.

On Thursday, Matt Rhule, Luke Fickell, and Jim Harbaugh will be the real headliners. There will lots of talk about Harbaugh being suspended for the first four games of the season. There will likely be questions about a new report that PJ Fleck has tormented a cult-like atmosphere.

If yesterday is any indication, there will also be someone asking about coaches taking their kids to the Barbie movie. Yes, that really happened on Wednesday.

Despite all the drama that surrounds some of these Big Ten squads, there’s still a fun and lighthearted atmosphere. Coaches and players just talking football (or movies) on the Indianapolis Colts’ home turf. Once Thursday comes to an end, its time for business.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers kick off their fall camp on Monday and most of the rest of the B1G teams will do so right around there.

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers players officially joins Michigan State

When Alante Brown left the Nebraska football team, he had plenty of places he could have ended up. It was a little surprising that he picked Michigan State, but he is now officially a Spartan as he was named on their fall camp roster on Tuesday.

The most interesting aspect of this story is that it means Brown will have a chance to be a difference maker for his new team, against his old one. Michigan State hosts the Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 4.

Matt Rhule loves physicality

The Scott Frost regime was marked by comments about how the practices in Lincoln simply weren’t physical enough. It doesn’t appear that will be an allegation of the Matt Rhule era. Sepaking in front of some coaches in Texas last week, he once again made it clear that the Huskers are going to be going full pads often in practices this fall.

“I like watching them putting everything on and walking out to practice, because when we go, we go,” he said. “And this season we go full pads twice a week – Tuesday and Wednesday. … It’s gotta be physical. This is a physical game. Somewhere along the way, everyone got scared to say that across the country. It’s a physical game. It’s a game of one man moves another man and we’ve got to practice that way.”

Cam Jurgens the starter

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers center Cam Jurgens got rave reviews after he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles last year. There had been talk about moving him on the line in order to make sure he starts in 2023. It looks like that’s coming to fruition.

Head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed on Wednesday that Jurgens is opening fall camp as the starting right guard for the defending NFC champion. It’s expected he will eventually move back to center once all-world veteran Jason Kelce retires, but for now the former Nebraska football star is going to try and make his new position his own.