27 days: Best #27 in Husker history

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  1. rrthusker

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    Obvious choice here, Fryar.
     
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    I have Joe Blahak too..
     
  3. saluno22

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    Lots of solid players at this number over the last few decades, I'll pick two...
    - WB and 1984 #1 overall NFL draft pick Irving Fryar.
    - P Sam Foltz (RIP).

    Honorable Mention...
    - WB Abdul Muhammad. 5'9 and tough as nails on the field, all with a bullet lodged near his buttocks. He's doing great things at the Boys and Girls Club in North Omaha.
    - S Kieron Williams blocked 3 punts in 2014 wearing this number, including 2 against USC. Later changed to #26 (I believe so he could be on the punt team/on the field at the same time as #27 Sam Foltz; amazing a walkon specialist would take priority over a scholarship safety).
    - IB Kenny Wilson. What could have been if he wasn't too busy moving TVs and getting leg infections. I still remember one of the "highlights" reported in the 2006 USC game by the local papers was the number of carries Wilson got (19... for 46 yards, a 2.4-yard average) because it meant he was separating himself from Marlon Lucky, Brandon Jackson, and Cody Glenn.
    - S/WR and Jumproping Champion Willie Amos.
    - K David Dyches set the record for most FGs made in a game by a freshman in 2003... twice: Utah State and Penn State.

    Moments...
    - IB Dontrayevous Robinson scoring Nebraska's only TD in the 8-turnover 9-7 loss to Iowa State in 2009. Four of the first five turnovers occurred inside the Iowa State 5-yard line.
     
  4. scarletred

    scarletred Nebraska Legend
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    Sam Foltz Diffidently..
     
  5. saluno22

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    Unfortunately I can't find it readily on YouTube (I think I have it on VHS somewhere), but when Nebraska won the 1994 National Title, there is a feature video made by I think WOWT or possibly HuskerVision of Abdul Muhammad and others performing interviews with the team on the bus and elsewhere ahead of the Orange Bowl. Then Abdul was interviewing Lee Corso at Media Day asking for a prediction and what gave that team the advantage, and Corso, who is about the same height or shorter than Abdul, mentioned the short wide receivers for Nebraska being a major disadvantage. IT was great.

    This isn't the clip, but it's a video from after the 1995 Orange Bowl. You get to see Abdul and Brook Berringer at the beginning, followed shortly by Dave Webber's Lucky Corn Cob story.



    Ross Jernstrom retired from WOWT on Friday after 41 years in the business. You can see him rounding up players in the background for interviews. He said WOWT was the only Nebraska news station to take a satellite truck to Miami and they got a monopoly on all of the coverage. He said it was truly magical. They went until about 2am doing interviews in the stadium, and the lights were shut off on them. Amazing.

    Phil Ellis and Cory Schlesinger are really boring interviews by the way Laughing.

    EDIT: The lights shut off at about 36 minutes into the video.

    Lawrence Phillips is actually a good interview at about 37 minutes in.

    TO is at about 39 minutes.
     
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    No names to add, but if I'm listing a top four it would be:
    Fryar
    Blahak
    Muhammad
    Foltz

    Dr. Tom Heiser also wore 27 during his playing days.
     
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    that was the Unfinished Business video. I wore that VHS out watching it.
     
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    Bingo! I swear for the next year after I got that tape, it was played a couple times a month.
     
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    Interesting-didn't know this was on Youtube. I have WOWT's postgame coverage on videotape somewhere and used to watch it often, but I haven't seen it in a long time because I haven't had a VCR to play it on for awhile. This was more special to me to remember the 1994 National Championship than anything else because I remember watching it live and all the joy and emotion I had while watching it.
     
  10. saluno22

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    Most definitely. It's fun to look at that as a reminder of (1) the journey we had and (2) an appreciation of what other programs go through. That being said, Nebraska is unique in major college football being from a state with a small talent base/low population relative to others while piling a ton of resources into the program.

    One thing I found interesting was Dave Webber's comments after interviewing Nancy Osborne. Tom was asked at the Orange Bowl Media Day if he would do the coaching journey all over again; his response was that he likely wouldn't because of all the time away from his family while Nancy raised the kids.
     
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    Willie Amos and his hip pads up to his armpits and thigh pads wider than his actual thighs.
     
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