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2010

Austin Cassidy

December 30, 2010

This week’s honoree is Austin Cassidy, a Junior Safety from Lincoln Southwest. A psychology major with a 3.88 grade point average, Cassidy was named to the 2010 ESPN All Academic All American team. Austin volunteers time with the football team’s hospital visits, Lincoln’s F Street Recreation Center and the Legacy Retirement Center. Austin will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Statistics
Tackles:
2008 – 2
2009 – 18
Single-Game Highs
Tackles-2 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma, 2009
Pass Breakups-1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma, 2009

2010 Outlook
Austin Cassidy emerged as a special teams leader his sophomore year and has seen much more playing time this season. He contributed to the Huskers’ special teams units rank among the nation’s best for 2009. He started on all four of Nebraska’s coverage and kicking units in addition to his role as safety.

Thomas Grove

December 4, 2010

This week’s honoree is Thomas Grove, a Senior Linebacker from Arlington, Nebraska. Grove was the 2009 Brook Berringer Citizenship winner and is a two-time All Academic First-Team All-Big 12 honoree. He carries a 3.638 cumulative GPA and will earn his undergraduate degree in biological sciences next May. Grove will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Statistics
Games played:
2007 – 3
2008 – 13
2009 – 13
Tackles:
2008 – 4
2009 – 16

2010 Outlook
Thomas Grove has been a mainstay on special teams units the past three seasons. Last fall he was a starter on NU’s kickoff coverage, kickoff return and punt return units. He will likely continue in that role this fall, while also battling for playing time at linebacker.

Tucker Lane

November 26, 2010

This week’s honoree is Tucker Lane, a 285 pound senior Wrestler from Redvale, Colorado. Tucker is a two-time First Team All-Academic Big 12 and six-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor roll student. His major is communication studies, and he scored a 31 on his high school ACT test. Tucker will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

2010 Outlook
“Tucker has really stepped up to the challenge,” Nebraska Wrestling Coach Mark Manning said. “He’s won a lot of matches and shown a lot of character. He’s so conscientious and has such high standards for himself. We’re all excited about what our team is going to do and what he’s going to do here in the Big 12 and the NCAA.”

Heidi Foland

November 20, 2010

This week’s honoree is Heidi Foland, a senior first baseman from Grand Island who had 6 homes runs and 1 triple last season. Heidi earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor roll in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Foland is a nutrition, exercise and health science major. Foland will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Hitting – .398 with 19 RBI
Home Runs – 8
Runs – 32
Doubles – 6
Hits – 41

2010 Outlook
A former Division II baskeball recruit and prior third baseman, Foland’s athleticism allows her to transistion smoothly amongst the team. She posseses a strong arm and good quickness as well, as she has stolen 19 bases in 20 career attempts.

Cory Baumgarten

November 13, 2010

This week’s honoree is Cory Baumgarten, a senior Floor Exercise and Vault Gymnast from Plano, Texas. Baumgarten earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioners Honor roll and is only one of five Huskers to earn academic All-MPSF honors in 2009. Baumgarten is a Math and Physics major and will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Floor – 14.45
Still Rings – 14.45
Vault – 15.40
High Bar – 13.45

2010 Outlook
Baumgarten trained hard to become one of Nebraska’s most improved gymnasts for the 2010 season. He strengthened his routines to improve both his floor and still rings scores by almost a point each.

Latravis Washington

November 6, 2010

This week’s honoree is senior Quarterback from Bradenton, Florida, Latravis Washington. Washington is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in May of 2011, is a 2 time Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll pick and volunteers his time at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the Madonna Hospital Wheelchair Football workshop. Washington will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Statistics
Games Played-20 (6 in 2007, 10 in 2008, 4 in 2009)
Rushing-3-17-0 in 2009, long-7 vs. Florida Atlantic
Tackles-1 UT, 1 AT, 2 TT in 2007

2010 Outlook
Latravis switched from linebacker to quarterback in 2009 and hopes to increase his role throughout the 2010 season. He has impressive arm strength which could prove to be helpful.

Anna White

October 30, 2010

This week’s honoree is Anna White, senior Soccer Midfielder from Warrensburg, Missouri. White is first team academic All-Big 12 in ’08 & ’09, Six-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, with a 4.0 GPA majoring in child, youth and family studies and is highly active with Nebraska’s Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. White will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Points-2 twice, last vs. Texas, 2008
Goals-1 twice, last vs. Texas, 2008
Assists-1 vs. Iowa State, 2008

2010 Outlook
After fighting through minor injuries in her first two years, Anna White saw an increased role in the NU starting lineup last season. White’s determination has helped her become one of the team’s most important players, as she has consistently been a tough defender and provided strong midfield play. White could get in the offensive mix as well after attempting six shots on goal last year.

Casey Hauptman

October 23, 2010

This week’s honoree is Casey Hauptman, a senior right handed pitcher from Millard South. Hauptman will play a pivotal pitching roll this Spring and is first team academic All – Big 12, a member of the Student-Athlete advisory committee and carries a 3.73 GPA in business administration. Hauptman will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Innings: 6.2, Kansas State, 2009
Longest Start: 6.2, Kansas State, 2009
Shortest Start: 1.2, Texas, 2009
Longest Relief: 5.1, 3x, Cal. St. Bakersfield, 2009
Hits: 7, Oklahoma-1, 2009
Runs: 9, Oklahoma-1, 2009
Earned Runs: 7, Oklahoma-1, 2009
Walks: 3, Missouri, 2008
Strikeouts: 7, UL-Lafayette, 2009

2010 Outlook
Casey was the Huskers’ jack of all trades last season. He spent time as both a starter and reliever and was ranked among the team leaders in appearances, wins and innings. In the offseason he has become a consistent strike thrower. He has impressed his coaches with his ability to compete on the mound and has become one of the staff leaders.

Brittnee Habbib

October 16, 2010

This week’s honoree is Brittnee Habbib, senior gymnast from North York, Ontario. Habbib is an advertising major and was first team Academic All Big 12 last year and on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Honor Rolls. Habbib will receive a plaque from the SilverStone group recognizing her as this week’s ” Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Vault: 9.575 (2 times, last vs. Arizona State, 1/13/08)
Bars: 9.90 (NCAA Lexington Regional, 4/10/10)
Beam: 9.85 (5 times, last at Penn State, 3/20/10)
Floor: 9.875 (at UNO’s Classic, 3/13/09)
All-Around: 38.425 (at Kentucky, 2/29/08)

2010 Season Highs
Bars: 9.90 (NCAA Lexington Regional, 4/10/10)
Beam: 9.85 (2 times, last at Penn State, 2/20/10)
Floor: 9.85 (2 times, last at Utah, 3/5/10)

2009 Season Highs
Bars: 9.875 (at Michigan, 2/28/09)
Beam: 9.825 (2 times, last at NCAA Southeast Regional, 4/4/09)
Floor: 9.875 (at UNO’s Classic, 3/13/09)

2008 Season Highs
Vault: 9.575 (2 times, last vs. Arizona State, 1/13/08)
Bars: 9.85 (vs. Missouri, 1/25/08)
Beam: 9.85 (3 times, last vs. Denver, 2/23/08)
Floor: 9.725 (2 times, last vs. Iowa State, 3/14/08)
All-Around: 38.425 (at Kentucdky, 2/29/08)

Accolades

  • 2010 NCAA Lexington Regional Bars Champion
  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Hoor Roll (2010)
  • Five-year Candadian National Team member
  • 2006 World Champions participant
  • 2005 Pan Am Championships participant

Roy Helu

October 7, 2010

This week’s honoree is Roy Helu Junior, a 6 foot senior I-back from Danville, California. Helu is on track to earn his sociology degree in December 2010, was Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll and has worked with numerous FCA activities, as well as volunteering at Elliott Elementary School and hospital visits. Helu will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Single-Game Highs
Rushes: 28 at Virginia Tech, 2009, at Kansas, 2009
Rushing Yards: 169 at Virginia Tech, 2009
Long Rush: 63 yards v.s Oklahoma, 2009
Rushing Touchdowns: 3 vs. Flordia Atlantic, 2009, at Kansas, 2009

2010 Outlook
I-back Roy Helu Jr. returns for his senior season as one of the most productive rushers in the Big 12 Conference. Helu has amassed more than 2,000 rushing yards over the past 3 seasons, including a 1,000-yard rushing campaign as a junior in 2009. In 2010, he will be the veteran leader of the Nebraska running back corps that returns fully intact for the upcoming season.

Lance Jeter

September 25, 2010

This week’s honoree is Lance Jeter, a 6 foot 3 senior guard from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Jeter was an All American honorable mention in Junior College before arriving at Nebraska and was all state in Pennsylvania in both basketball and football. Jeter will receive a plaque from SilverStone Group recognizing him as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Highs
Jeter had 15 assists in his first 2 conference games and a season-best 12 at Kansas State in back-to-back games. Jeter’s total is believed to be the most assists ever in a regular-season league road game.

Defensively, Jeter added 29 steals and 4 blocked shots on the season and assisted the Huskers’ rebounding efforts. He had at least 5 rebounds in 10 games, including 9 times against Big 12 teams. He added a season-high 7 boards 4 times, including twice against Missouri.

2010 Outlook
Lance Jeter has a tremendous basketball pedigree that will serve him well as the starting point guard for the Huskers in 2010-2011. He has the ability to get to the basket, but also possesses the court vision to find the open man and set up his teammates in positive situations.

Dominique Kelly

September 18, 2010

This week’s honoree is Dominique Kelly, a 5 foot 7 guard from Lincoln Northeast High School. Kelly returns for her 4th year in the Husker starting five, is a broadcasting major and off court is involved in Pershing Pals, Lincoln Northeast Peer Helpers and Youth Leadership Lincoln. Kelly will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Single-Game Career Highs
Points-21 vs. Butler, 2008
Rebounds-9 vs. Denver, 2007
Assists-6 vs. Southern Utah, 2008
Steals-3 vs. Oklahoma State, 2009 and Texas Tech, 2009
Blocks-1 vs. Butler, 2008

2010 Outlook
Dominique Kelly returns for her third season in Nebraska’s starting five after making 64 starts to open her Husker career. Her performance increased in almost every category last season, and she is expected to be a leader on the Husker defense.

Tara Mueller

September 11, 2010

This week’s honoree is Tara Mueller, a senior Outside Hitter Volleyball player from Scottsdale, Arizona. This six foot senior Communications major has numerous awards including Tiger Classic All tournament team, College Volleyball Update National Player of the week and Big 12 Commissioners’ Spring honor roll. Mueller will receive a plaque from Silverstone Group recognizing her as this week’s “Wisdom at Work Husker Athlete of the week.”

Career Bests
Kills-24 vs. Washington, 2008
Attacks-65 yards vs. Washington, 2008
Aces-4 vs. Oklahoma, 2009
Blocks-5 vs. Texas A&M, 2008
Digs-16 (4x) vs.Oklahoma, 2009

2010 Outlook
Tara Mueller is a versatile attacker who has four matches of at least 20 kills and begins her senior year 239 kills shy of 1,000. She possesses exceptional athleticism and the defensive skills to cover nearly the entire floor. Mueller is ranked among the Big 12 leaders on service aces, averaging 0.28 service aces per set.

Alex Henery

September 4, 2010

This week’s honoree is 6 foot 2, 175-pound senior place-kicker/punter Alex Henery. The Omaha, Nebraska native enters this year as the most accurate extra point kicker in Nebraska history, hitting 139 out of 140. Henery, who will earn his degree in Construction Management in December, is on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic honor roll. He volunteers at various Nebraska hospitals and with the School is Cool event and also participated in the Omaha Heart Walk highlighting a few of his extra-curricular activities. Henery 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
Field Goals-5 vs. Virginia Tech, 2009
Long Field Goal-57 yards vs. Colorado, 2008 (school record)
PAT Made-10 vs. Kansas State, 2007
Punts-11 vs. Oklahoma, 2009
Long Punt-76 yards at Virginia Tech, 2009

2010 Outlook
Alex Henery heads into his senior season as one of the top special performers in the country. Henery has 289 career points entering the 2010, good for fifth on the NU career list. A 100 point season in 2010 would move him to the top of Nebraska’s career scoring list. His point total currently ranks third nationally among players returning for the 2010 season. Henery also possesses the most accurate career mark for a Nebraska kicker with a success rate on extra points of 139-of-140.