After standout careers on the gridiron, nine former Huskers, three former state college standouts and one coach were inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies Friday evening. The class will be recognized during Saturday’s game.
The Nebraska Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Ind., in 1995.
In addition to the 13 members being enshrined, the Nebraska Chapter will present its Clarence Swanson Memorial Award to Kenneth Morrison of Hastings, Neb., and its Lyell Bremser Special Merit Award to former NU Assistant Coach Charlie McBride.
The Swanson Award is given to honor a person “for outstanding contributions to the University of Nebraska and the Husker athletic department through personal service, personal support of athletic department programs and dedication to the Husker football program and intercollegiate athletics.” The Bremser Award honors a person “with a background of interest in and support of intercollegiate football, who has made a sizeable contribution to society through public service and/or self sacrifice.”
The Hall of Fame also announced its two scholarship winners in August. Former Husker linebacker Curt Tomasevicz and former Peru State defensive back Tim Clemenger earned $3,000 scholarships to continue their educations.
Jon Bostick...One of the most productive receivers in Husker history, Jon Bostick was an All-Big Eight selection in 1991 and lettered at split end in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He caught 55 passes for 1,083 yards to tie for eighth all-time on the NU receiving chart. His 19.7 yards per catch ranks fifth all-time at Nebraska. Bostick was a seventh-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos in 1992. He served as a graduate assistant with the Huskers and later served in the NU Development Office. He now lives in Omaha.
Ed Husmann...A native of Ogallala, Ed Husmann lettered three times for the Huskers from 1950 to 1952 as a tackle. Playing for two of Coach Bill Glassford’s three winning teams, Husmann helped NU to a 6-2-1 record in 1950 and another winning season (5-4-1) in 1952 when he was a co-captain. Husmann went on to a professional career with the Chicago Cardinals (1953, 1956-59), the Dallas Cowboys (1960), Houston Oilers (1961-65) and Edmonton Eskimos (1966).
Calvin Jones...A second-team All-American in 1992, Calvin Jones closed his Nebraska career ranked No. 4 all-time on the Husker career charts with 3,153 rushing yards. He ranks fourth on the career touchdown chart with 40 rushing touchdowns and third all-time with 6.8 yards per carry. A two-time consensus All-Big Eight I-back out of Omaha Central, Jones was picked in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994. During the 1996-97 season, he won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Jones lettered for NU in 1991, 1992 and 1993. He currently resides in Omaha.
Keith Jones...Keith “End Zone” Jones rushed for 2,488 yards during his four-year career from 1984 to 1987. As a senior I-back in 1987, Jones rushed for 1,232 yards on 7.2 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns. For his career, he produced 32 touchdowns to help him earn All-Big Eight honors in his two seasons in the starting lineup in 1986 and 1987. Before joining the Huskers, Jones was an all-state running back at Omaha Central. He was a sixth-round NFL Draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1988 and spent the 1989 season with the Cleveland Browns and the 1990 season with the Dallas Cowboys. He now lives in Omaha.
Mike Knox...A four-year letterman in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985, linebacker Mike Knox earned All-Big Eight honors after serving as a team co-captain in 1985. After an All-Big Eight season as a junior in 1983, Knox missed all of 1984 with a knee injury. He bounced back to finish second on the team with 65 total tackles with a sack, two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries in 1985. He finished his career with 245 total tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, two sacks and six interceptions. The Castle Rock, Colo., native now makes his home in Omaha.
Jim Pillen...Monster back Jim Pillen follows his older brother, Clete (2003 inductee), into the Nebraska Hall of Fame, after following him to Lincoln from Monroe, Neb. Jim earned All-Big Eight recognition in 1977 and 1978, along with honorable-mention All-America honors in 1978. He finished his career with 149 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. A two-time academic All-Big Eight pick, Pillen lettered in 1976, 1977 and 1978. He now makes his home in Columbus.
Jeff Smith...A standout I-back, Jeff Smith made a name for himself despite sharing time in the backfield with Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, Roger Craig and Tom Rathman during his career. Smith ranks among the top-25 rushers in NU history with 1,992 yards and 19 touchdowns, while averaging 6.3 yards per carry. After earning All-Big Eight honors as a team co-captain in 1984, Smith was drafted in the 10th round by Kansas City in 1985 and played the 1985 and 1986 seasons for the Chiefs, before playing the 1987 and 1988 seasons with Tampa Bay.
Brenden Stai...A first-team All-American and All-Big Eight offensive guard in 1994, Stai combined with Outland Trophy winner Zach Wiegert to give the Huskers one of the best right sides in school history. A four-year letterman (1991-94), the Yorba Linda, Calif., native was a starter before suffering a broken leg seven games into the 1993 season. He returned to play in the 1994 Orange Bowl and started every game during NU’s national title run in 1994. Stai was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1995 NFL Draft and spent five seasons with the Steelers from 1995 to 1999. He played two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000 and 2001 and closed his career with the Washington Redskins in 2002.
Ed Stewart...As a senior in 1994, Ed Stewart helped Nebraska to its third national championship with a team-leading 96 tackles. The native of Chicago, Ill., earned All-America honors in 1994 and was a finalist for the Butkus Award. He finished his career with 257 tackles, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time chart. A four-year letterman from 1991 to 1994, Stewart started the final 37 games of his career. The co-captain and All-Big Eight pick in 1994 now works as an athletic administrator at the University of Missouri.
Ihling “Brick” Carskadon...A four-year letterman and two-year captain at Kearney State, Ihling L. “Brick” Carskadon enjoyed a Hall of Fame career at UNK with his induction to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. Carskadon lettered in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927, serving as team captain as a junior and senior.
Wendell Maupin...A highly successful coach at Hastings College for 19 seasons from 1971 to 1989, Wendell Maupin led Hastings to five Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, including outright championships in 1975, 1978 and 1980. He led his teams to a 103-75 record during his career, including 15 winning seasons.
Milford “Dub” Miller...A four-time all-conference tackle at Chadron State, Milford “Dub” Miller served as team captain in 1934. He lettered at Chadron State College in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934.
Sam Singleton...Wildcat running back Sam Singleton was a four-year letterman from 1967 to 1970 at Wayne State College, where he earned all-conference honors in 1970. A member of the Wayne State Athletic Hall of Fame, Singleton is just the fifth inductee from Wayne State into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. Singleton rushed for 3,003 yards in his career, including 1,111 yards on a school-record 280 carries as a senior in 1970.