Hail Varsity’s 2020 Husker Football Yearbook is the best way to preview the upcoming football season. The Yearbook is packed with analysis of the season ahead and is 160 pages of our best work. Highlights include:
- 35 pages of Nebraska player and position previews
- A team-by-team Big Ten breakdown
- In-depth feature writing
Our goal for this issue each year is to give the greatest fans in college football a preview that matches their passion. There are detailed breakdowns of every position. Our Big Ten and opponent previews offer a deep dive into the teams on Nebraska’s schedule that will leave readers with a better understanding of what lies ahead. You’ll also find award-winning photography and columns.
That’s all in addition to the singular storytelling that we hope is a hallmark of our biggest issue each season. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in this issue:
There’s still plenty of uncertainty around what football will look like this fall as the nation deals with the ongoing pandemic. Editor Mike Babcock looks back at football during the World War II era, a time when many programs played on but many others were lost.
Deputy editor Erin Sorensen profiles Dicaprio Bootle. When she put out the call to the people closest to him–including teammates and coaches, past and present–asking them to sum up the senior in one line, the responses that came back were enough to fill up a Yearbook on their own. Those words are a testament to the impact Bootle has already had at Nebraska and there’s still more to come. Erin’s story offers a glimpse at what has made Bootle the person, far more than just a player, that he is.
It’s hard for any team to be good without a strong offensive line, and that certainly applies to Nebraska, a place that is pretty proud of its tradition in the trenches. With a wealth of experience returning on the o-line, the Huskers could be poised to reclaim some of that tradition, as staff writer Jacob Padilla explores in this issue.
Nebraska will begin its 10th season of play in the Big Ten this fall. In some ways, that decision felt like a no-brainer then and in some ways it still feels that way today. But what has a decade of actually playing in the league taught us. Staff writer Derek Peterson spoke with many of the key players involved in that decision to offer a fresh look at the impact that move has had on the university and the football program.
What makes Wan’Dale Robinson go? Nebraska’s star freshman wide receiver was as good as advertised in his first season in Lincoln, but how did he get to the point? Staff writer Greg Smith set out in search of answer to that question and found a family story, one that includes some pain and some joy, as most family stories do, but was defined by the support a family offered one another.
Features like those on Bootle and Robinson provide a valuable opportunity to understand the players as people in addition to what they do on the field. The importance of that is highlighted in the last feature completed for this Yearbook, a raw and honest conversation between former Husker Josh Mitchell and his most-trusted friends and teammates about the world in the weeks following the death of George Floyd.