Football 202 Theme: Huskers Preparing for Big Ten
Registration is now open for Football 202, Nebraska's popular all-day class on Friday, July 22, and since this year's focus is on a new staff and a new conference, spots are expected to fill up even quicker than usual. "We've given Football 202 a Big Ten theme, and we're opening the door to give fans a look at everything we're doing to prepare for our new challenge," Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini said.
Pelini has been personally involved in giving Nebraska fans a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with him and his staff, so they understand everything that's involved with the historic move into the Big Ten Conference this fall.
"Our staff decided it was a good idea not only to communicate how we're looking at the Big Ten, but to give our fans a chance to see how the Big Ten is looking at us," said Jeff Jamrog, Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations.
DiNardo Will Give His Perspective on Nebraska, Big Ten
Therefore, Gerry DiNardo, a former head football coach at three BCS schools and one of the most visible analysts on the Big Ten Network, will join Pelini and staff for the all-day Friday event at the Osborne Athletic Complex.
DiNardo headed programs at Vanderbilt, LSU and Big Ten member Indiana and will give his perspective on how the Huskers fit into the Big Ten divisionally and overall.
In working with DiNardo, Pelini believes fans will benefit from his strategic analysis and keen understanding of all 12 members of the Big Ten.
"We want our fans to understand this entire conference, and Gerry will help them do that," Jamrog said, adding that Football 202's overall focus will not change because "we're committed to using our staff to explain their perspectives on coaching and teaching young men. We believe the best way to understand our program is to listen to and interact with the people who are running it."
The 2011-12 Husker football staff includes four first-year members, and three of them will speak at Football 202 - Ross Els (linebackers), Corey Raymond (secondary) and Rich Fisher (receivers).
"I think once our fans watch those guys share their knowledge and their excitement, they'll understand why they've been able to adapt so quickly to our culture and style," Pelini said.
Beck, Carl Pelini Will Explain the Offense, Defense
New first-year offensive coordinator Tim Beck will explain the overall offensive philosophy, and fourth-year defensive coordinator Carl Pelini will discuss the nuances and changes he's made.
Ron Brown will give his take on coaching running backs for the first time in his career. Barney Cotton (associate head coach/offensive line) and John Papuchis (defensive line/special teams coordinator) promise to be equally captivating.
Football 202 will begin with an opportunity to watch Husker newcomers work out and complete summer conditioning drills under the direction of James Dobson, Nebraska's head football strength coach.
"Thanks to the generosity of Ndamukong Suh, we've reconfigured our weight facility to include sprints and other conditioning drills, and we think our fans will really enjoy getting an inside look at that," Pelini said. "They will be amazed at everything our athletes must do to prepare for the speed and physical grind they will face throughout the season. I think fans also will find our approach to game planning very interesting."
In addition, the Husker staff will explain all aspects of team travel and new challenges that come with switching conferences. Fans attending Football 202 also will learn what to expect at new Big Ten venues.
One more segment has been added. "We will have a special session on recruiting and what we might do differently in the Big Ten," said Papuchis, who assumed control of Nebraska's recruiting efforts earlier this season.
Jamrog: Football 202 Provides a Unique Perspective
"We've spent a lot of extra hours to put something together that we know our fans will appreciate," Jamrog said. "I think anyone who attends Football 202 will get a great inside look and a unique perspective of everything we've been working on for our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference."
The $285 cost to attend the event includes a Nebraska polo shirt; coffee and rolls at the morning registration; lunch at the Champions Club across the street from the stadium; and an evening social event at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Lincoln.
Fans can register here through Huskers.com or can call the football office at 402-472-3116. Fans can also print the attached PDF and mail in the registration form.