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The Big Red Spring Fling is just two weeks away! May 17 is just around the corner!

Join us Thursday, May 17 at Shangri-La resort. The deadline t register to golf is May 10. We need volunteers to staff the holes and help us manage to tournament. You can enjoy the fresh air, get a little exercise and work on your tan by volunteering to help!

 

It is a 4-ball scramble. There will be a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.

Prizes for Closest to the Pin; Longest Drive; and Hole-in-One. The Hole-in-One prize is a $50,000 Chaparral boat sponsored by Nichols Marine!

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

To sign-up to play, or to volunteer, contact Tournament Director, Don Nelson by phone (918) 492-6060, or e-mail dbnfsc@aol.com.

To register, click here to download and print the flier; complete the form; and mail with payment to the address indicated. Or. you can use the online registration form and pay online via PayPal by clicking here

 

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April’s Membership Renewal Challenge

On April 2, I put out a challenge. Members who joined or renewed up to the end of the Spring Game Watch Parties would be entered into a drawing for a Husker prize. When we were in Lincoln, we stopped by the Best of Big Red and purchased this attractive Husker stepping stone.

The winner of the challenge is … Darin Schmidt!

To everyone who has already renewed their membership for 2018 … THANK YOU! We appreciate your financial support!

If you have not yet renewed, please consider use the attached form, or go to the OCC web site, complete the form online, and securely pay online using PayPal. The link is (http://www.okhuskers.com/membership.html).

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thoughts on the Spring Game

Here are a few of my thoughts and observations as seen from the West Stadium 20-yard line. David and April Laudenklos sat behind us and we shared our thoughts throughout the game.

There was a LOT of excitement in the stands and on the field! The players were pumped up!

The Spring Game record crowd of 86,818 was loud in the first half. More subdued in the second half. The cool weather and light drizzle may have had something to do with that. The concessions ran out of Runzas throughout the stadium before halftime … and there was a lot of grumbling about that! 😊 Not all the fans in the stands lasted through the second half.

The play calling on both sides of the ball was kept pretty vanilla … simple plays, not opening the whole playbook for opponents to see.

The intent was for the coaches to watch players perform, how players execute the plays both offensively and defensively. And to show off a little in front of the fans. Coach Frost waved the officials off a couple of the “touch tackles” on the QBs when they made great runs or passes. A couple resulted in TDs!

There were some plays called to intentionally feature players that the fan base wanted to see in action … QBs, RBs, Receivers; O-line, D-line, D-Backs, etc. There were some nice pass plays, strong running inside and outside the tackles, and some excitement at having QBs who can run the ball!

Of the QBs, most people agreed Adrian Martinez looked the best, and was certainly the most exciting. Tristan Gebbia looked good also. Andrew Bunch and Noah Vedral looked a little nervous and unsure at times.

There were several low snaps and that caused the QB to bobble the ball. Most likely just a matter of time and repetition through the depth list of Centers will resolve that issue.

There were some good performances. The O-line looked stronger and quicker. Better blocking. The D-line also looked better … several times they were getting a good push and disrupting plays. Lots of hands in the air and passes being knocked down. The tackling looked to be improving … keeping in mind that this was a scrimmage and the idea was not to injure teammates … the flow to the ball looked better, and the tackling form looked better. Satisfied? No. There is still work to be done! And they will get there!

There is a new sense of pride and hope for the program. Coach Frost mentioned time and again the desire to return to the process and traditions that won national championships, while at the same time, introducing a speed and style of play that … quite frankly … from the stands it looked exhausting. Snapping the ball on offense within 15 seconds of the play clock being reset. This is going to wear down opposing defenses. And the defensive plays and adjustments were also being made at a much more rapid pace!

Now that Spring Practices have concluded, and the coaches contact with players is limited until August, it will be up to the Strength and Conditioning coaches and the Nutrition staff … and each individual player … to continue their commitment to return to glory.

It took time for the program to slip to the level we saw at the end of 2017. Not a year. Decades actually. It will take time to return to where we expect the team to be. Not decades … but two or three years at least. As fans, it is our job to be supportive and encouraging. That article from Steve Sipple really says a lot.

We had a great time in Lincoln and are encouraged by everything we see! The opening game cannot get here soon enough! Go B1G RED!

As always, Go B1G RED!

Walt Hansmann, CPLP

President

Oklahoma Cornhusker Club

 

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