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2009

Larry Asante

December 30, 2009

This week’s honoree is 6 foot 1, 215 pound senior safety Larry Asante. The Alexandria, Virginia native is tied for second on the Huskers third rated defense in total tackles and ran one interception back for a touchdown. Asante graduated December 19 and was on the Big XII Commissioner’s Academic honor roll. Asante will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Single-Game Career Highs (through end of 2008 season)
Tackles-13 vs. Oklahoma, 2008
Solo Tackles-9 vs. Oklahoma, 2008
Sacks-1.0-4 vs. Baylor, 2008
Tackles for Loss-2 vs. Texas, 2007

Congratulations to Larry Asante, the Blackshirts and the rest of the Huskers on a fantastic 2009-2010 season. We will miss all of our very talented seniors. Go Big Red!

Josh Rusler

December 5, 2009

This week’s honoree is 5 foot 7, senior gymnast Josh Rusler. A horse and high bar specialist, the Norman, Oklahoma native competed in the 2009 NCAA Championships. Josh is a broadcasting major and is 1 of 30 Nebraska student – athletes to recieve a Life Skills Hero award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and citzenship. Rusler will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

2009 Outlook
Josh contributed to the Husker lineup both athletically and academically during his junior season. An aerial specialist, Rusler picked up pommel horse during the year to become a four-event specialist for the Huskers. His best scores included a 14.70 on floor exercise, a 13.55 on pommel horse, a 14.95 on vault and a 13.90 on high bar. Rsuler also competed at the 2009 NCAA Championships, where he earned a 14.15 on floor exercise, a 13.60 on pommel horse and a 13.85 on high bar.

Ndamukong Suh

November 27, 2009

This week’s honoree is 6 foot 4, 300-pound senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Portland, Oregon native currently leads the defense in solo tackles and will be a finalist for numerous post season awards. Suh, who will earn his degree in construction management in December, volunteers at Nebraska hospitals and speaks at numerous middle schools. Suh will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Single-Game Career Highs (through end of 2008 season)
Tackles-12 vs. Kansas, 2008
Solo Tackles-6vs. Clemson, 2009 Gator Bowl
Sacks-2.5-18 vs. Kansas, 2009
Tackles for Loss-4-19 vs. Kansas, 2008, 4-24 vs. Clemson, 2009 Gator Bowl
Interceptions-1, three times, 2 in 2008
Touchdowns-49-yard INT return vs. San Jose State; 30-yard INT return vs. Colorado; 2-yard TD reception vs. Kansas

2009 Outlook
Suh was ranked at Number 3 on Rivals.com’s pre-season list of defensive tackles. He is one of three finalists for the 2009 Outland Trophy, one of four finalists for the 2009 Lombardi Award and an All-America Candidate among many other awards.

“I don’t know if there’s a better player in college football…I have had the good fortune to work with a number of outstanding players, great leaders and men of excellent character. Ndamukong Suh ranks at the top of that list when you evaluate his total impact on our football program.” -Bo Pelini

Craig Brester

November 21, 2009

This week’s honoree is Craig Brester, a wrestler from Howells, Nebraska. The 197-pound mechanized systems management major was the top-seed at the 2009 NCAA Campionship tournament and posted a 5-1 record to finish second. At the Big 12 Championships, Brester claimed the title by knocking off top-seeded Jake Varner of Iowa State, 4-3 which earned him Outstanding Wrestler honors. He is a two-time selection to the academic All-Big 12 first team and NWCA All-Academic Team. Craig will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Career Bests
Ranked in the top two on the nation for the entire spring semester, 2009

Nikki Bober

November 14, 2009

This week’s honoree is Women’s basketball player Nikki Bober. The 6’4, Management major is a senior who hails from Murdock, Nebraska. Bober made the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll two times and represented the NE Student Athlete advisory committee last year. Bober will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Career Bests
Points-10 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2006
Rebounds-6 vs. Texas, 2008
Assists-3 vs. Akron, 2007
Steals-2 vs. Texas-Pan American, 2006

2009 Outlook
Nebraska native Nikki Bober has made significant contributions to the Huskers during the previous years of her career. She has increased her shooting range and provides a strong defensive presence. “Nikki is a terrific teammate and brings a great attitude to the court every day, which allows her to improve as a player,” comments Nebraska Coach Connie Yori.

Dan Glassman

November 7, 2009

This week’s honoree is Dan Glassman, a senior defensive end from Creighton Prep. The six-four, 250-pound psychology major is a two time Big 12 Commissioner’s fall academic Honor Roll member, on the 2009 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll and was part of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team. Dan will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group, recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

2009 Outlook
Dan entered fall camp with the goal of making a push for playing time at defensive end. He returned to the Huskers in the fall of 2008, after leaving the program the previous fall. Glassman spent his first stint with the Huskers as a tight end, before moving to defense upon his return. Glassman is strong in the classroom, having been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and carrying a 3.417 cumulative grade-point average in biological sciences.

Sek Henry

October 31, 2009

This week’s honoree is Sek Henry, a senior guard from Los Angeles, California. The6’4″ Henry has competed in 95 contests and has a chance to move into the NU career top 10 for games played (10th place is 123 games). Sek will receive a plaque from the Silverstone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Career Bests
Points-20 vs. Houston, 2006
Rebounds-9 vs. Iowa State, 2009
Field Goals-8 two times (last January 5), 2009
Free Throws-7 three times (last March 7), 2009

2009 Outlook
Henry will look to take a firm leadership role with an inexperienced squad in the 2009-2010 season. On a team known for its defense, he has become one of the Husker’s top man-man defenders during the past three years. This season another focus for Henry will be to add a level a consistency on offense that will benefit the Huskers as they search for their third straight postseason appearance and fifth in seven years.

Megan Wheatley

October 24, 2009

This week’s honoree is Megan Wheatley, a senior Track and Field combined events athlete from Perth, Australia. The food science and technology major is 2009 Husker team captain, a NCAA Indoor Pentathlon all American, 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Heptathlon and Indoor Pentathlon champion, and is first-team academic all Big 12. Megan will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Personal Bests
Indoor
800m, 2:16.29
60h, 8.62
High Jump, 5-5 3/4 (1.67)
Long Jump, 20-3 (6.17)
Shot Put, 43-7 1/4 (13.29)
Pentathlon, 4,267

Outdoor
200m, 24.47A
800m, 2:16.81
100h, 13.76A
High Jump, 5-7 3/4 (1.72)
Long Jump, 20-2 1/2 (6.16)
Shot Put, 44-3 1/4A (13.49)
Javelin, 131-4 (40.04)
Hepthathlon, 5,800A

Kathryn Howard

October 17, 2009

This week’s honoree is senior women’s gymnastics star, Kathyrn Howard. Howard is a senior Advertising major from Houston, Texas. A graduate of Keystone National High School with a perfect 4.0 GPA, the 4-11 senior was named two-time first team academic all Big 12. Howard posted a career high 9.85 score on the bars against Iowa State. Kathryn will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Bars: 9.85 vs. Iowa State, 2009
Beam: 9.90 at Super Six Finals, 2007
Floor: 9.625 vs. Stanford, 2008

2009 Outlook
Senior Kathryn Howard opened the season as a strong competitor on beam for the Huskers. At the 2009 Big 12 Championships, she added a 9.80 for fifth on beam. She placed ninth on beam at the 2009 NCAA Southeast
Regional (9.80).

DJ Belfonte

October 8, 2009

This week’s honoree is DJ Belfonte, a senior outfielder from Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of Rockhurst High School the 5 -10, 182 pound finance major carriers a 3.7 GPA and will contend for academic All-American honors this year. DJ has also earned the UNL HERO leadership award. Belfonte will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Single-Game Career Highs
At-bats-7 vs. Texas A&M, 2008
Runs scored-3 Four times vs. Texas A&M, 2008
Hits-4 vs. Stanford, 2009
Doubles-2 Two times vs. Kansas, 2008

2009 Outlook
Outfielder DJ Belfonte provided the Huskers with power from the leadoff spot, tying for the team lead with 15 doubles and three triples while also swiping a team-high 14 bases. He possesses a good eye at the plate and handles the bat well, making him an ideal leadoff hitter. DJ is a driven competitor with great leadership qualities.

Adi Kunalic

September 26, 2009

This week’s honoree is Adi Kunalic, a junior placekicker from Forth Worth, Texas. The 6 foot, 190 pound advertising major carriers a 3.8 GPA and was first team Academic All Big 12 in 2008. Born in Bosnia, Kunalic volunteered his tine at the Ridgewood Retirement Center and on numerous hospital visits. Kunalic will receive a plaque from the Silverstone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Single-Game Career Highs
Field Goal Made-1 vs. Nevada, 2007
Field Goals Attempted-1 vs. Nevada, 2007
Long Field Goal-46 yards vs. Nevada, 2007
PATs Made- 1vs. Nevada, 2007
PATs Attempted- 1vs. Nevada, 2007

2009 Outlook
Place-kicker Adi Kunalic continues to provide Nebraska with a powerful special teams weapon, serving as one of the nation’s top kickoff specialists. He has booted 39 percent of his career kickoffs for touchbacks, allowing the Huskers to rank among the national leaders in that category each of the past two seasons.

Kori Cooper

September 19, 2009

This week’s honoree is volleyball team captain, Kori Cooper, a senior middle blocker. Cooper is a language pathology and audiology major, was first team all Big XII in 2008 and first team academic all Big XII for 2007 and 2008. Cooper participated in UNL’s UCARE program, conducting research with faculty members. Cooper will receive a plaque recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Bests
Kills-14 vs. Missouri, 2007
Attacks-26 vs. Missouri, 2007
Block Assists-7 vs. Texas, 2006 & vs. Kansas State, 2007Blocks-8 vs. Texas, 2006

2009 Outlook
The only senior on the 2009 roster, middle blocker Kori Cooper has worked diligently to return to the court after suffering a knee injury at the 2008 Texas game. Cooper has explosive energy which makes her a fan favorite at NU’s Coliseum.

Kelsey Griffin

September 12, 2009

This week’s honoree is Kelsey Griffin, a senior forward basketball player from Eagle River, Alaska. The6’2″  Griffin was first team all Big XII in 2007 and 2008 and was first team academic all Big XII 2007 and 2008. Even though she sat out last year due to foot surgeries, she is poised to becoming one of the top five scorers and rebounders at NU. Kelsey will receive a plaque from the Silverstone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week”.

Career Bests
Points-31 vs. Texas A&M, 2005
Rebounds-14 vs. Texas A&M, 2005

2009 Outlook
Forward Kelsey Griffin finished her junior season ranked No. 11 all time at Nebraska with 1,348 points, while climbing to seventh on NU’s career rebounding chart with 665 and eighth in blocked shots with 68. She has a chance to become just the second player in school history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in her career, joining 1993 Wade Trophy winner Karen Jennings. Even if the numbers elude Griffin, she is poised to become one of the top five scorers and rebounders at NU.

Matt O’Hanlon

September 5, 2009

This week’s honoree is Matt O’Hanlon, a senior safety from Bellevue East high school. The five-eleven, 200-pound History major has been named to the Big XII Commissioners’ Spring Academic Honor Roll for four years. Matt also volunteers with the Husker hospital visits program. Matt will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group, recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Single-Game Career Highs
Tackles-8 vs. Virginia Tech, 2008
Solo Tackles-5 vs. Kansas, 2008, vs. Clemson, 2009 Gator Bowl
Interceptions-1-21 vs. New Mexico State, 2008

2009 Outlook
Safety Matt O’Hanlon emerged as a key player in the Nebraska secondary during his junior season and will once again compete for major playing time in 2009. He started nine games last year and on went on to help the Husker defense rank among the nation’s most improved units.