1000 Yard Guy by Bobby Mills http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/ en-us Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 9 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69628 Another stellar group of players that enjoyed fruitful 2016 football campaigns. On offense, we feature a 2,000 yard throwing QB and his top two receivers, another quarterback who can fly over 400 meters and throw the rock with precision, an athletic Boys Town jewel at RB, and rock solid wide receiver from the Class A ranks. On the defensive side of things, we talk to you about a youngster that flourished in the Class A ranks a Freshman, one of the best lineman in Class B, and a flyweight... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:28:34 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep 8-Man Football players for 2017 - Part 5 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69596 It’s high time we shine the light on some 8-Man football players. It is pure joy to view an 8-Man battle from the sidelines, friends. So much closer to the action with that narrower field. There are times when you need twinkle toes and quick feet to avoid being bowled over, but that just might be a kick, even at my age. We’ll be a bit running back heavy in this installment, but Class D-1 and D-2 sport some brilliant talent at that position, plus many of them are first class... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:21:16 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 8 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69565 Had to wait until the opening day of practice to feature these first two gentlemen. We also brag about a Class A quarterback, an electrifying Class C-1 running back, a magician that plays WR/DB, a standout C-2 nose guard who disrupts everyones offense and a Class A linebacker that lettered as a freshman. Let’s get started……..and Halleluiah! High School Football is here! *Tight End: *Chris Hickman-Omaha Burke - 6-6, 200 Senior (TE) #81 2016 Stat... Mon, 07 Aug 2017 01:08:48 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 7 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69555 Today’s group of young football talent is simply amazing. On offense we have a junior quarterback who did a first rate job for a 5-4 Class A team, two very underrated running backs in my opinion, and an All-State lineman. On the defensive side, I’d like to tell you about a DE that is a Husker commit, a young sophomore that has “3-time All-State” written all over him, and a ball hawking free safety that is all over the football field. Dim the overheads and... Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:57:07 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep 8-Man Football players for 2017 - Part 4. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69523 With only 25 days until opening night, it’s time to once again spotlight some 8-Man football standouts. Today on offense, we feature a couple of quarterbacks, one a dual-threat man, and a running back who returns after suffering a torn ACL a year ago. On the defensive side, we’ll feature an outstanding sophomore lineman, a linebacker, and a defensive back that could play any skill position on the field. Let’s give it a go. *Quarterback: *Jack Rush-South... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:17:57 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 6 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69493 As Steve Harvey would say “man have we got a good show for you today.” So, we salute a couple of 1000 yard rushers, the top receiver in Class C-2 and a overpowering Class A lineman on offense. On the other side of the ball, I want to tell you about a dominating D-Lineman, two of the best linebackers on the gridiron this fall and a Defensive back that “ain’t” afraid of nobody. Raise those curtains, boys. *Running Back: *Jacob... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:49:36 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep 8-Man Football players for 2017 - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69472 Today we fire up the spotlights to tell you about two great 8-Man quarterbacks, a terrific, do-it-all Athlete, a pair of linebackers on the defensive side of the ball, along with an All-State DB who is also a nifty quarterback. *Quarterback: *Gentry Anderson-Arapahoe - 6-0, 180, Junior (QB/FS) #5 2016 Stat Line: Passing-53 for 118 (45%) for 955 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs. Rushing: 1,560 yards on 202 carries/23 TDs. Defense: 38 solos, 13 Asst. 51 Total, 5 INTs, 1 FR, 1 INT... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:32:28 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 5 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69452 Fasten your seat belts my friends. We have an star studded cast for you today. We are a 31 day month away from opening night. I can feel it already. *Quarterback: *Tijaih Davis-Boys Town - 6-0, 175, Senior (QB/CB) #7 2016 Stat Line: Passing-104 for 149 (70%) for 1,218 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INTs. Rushing: 441 yards/123 carries/9 TDs. Defense: 19 solos, 4 INTs, 1 FR. See those stats above? Boys Town played 12 games a year ago, making it all the way to the Class C-1... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:39:30 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 4 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69445 A real star-studded lineup of players to spotlight on this day. On offense, we tell you about a junior quarterback who enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, a junior running back who just happens to the the fastest high school athlete in Nebraska, and Class A runner who was under the radar to some a year ago. On the defensive side of the ball, we talk about a college prospect lineman, a head-hunting linebacker, and a Safety that does it all. Oh, and by the way, the countdown to... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:57:19 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 3 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69420 The group of 11-Man football players we spotlight today are about as highly skilled as it gets. Three Division One commits, two of which will be Huskers, grace our page today. We salute a Quarterback, running back, tight end and a wide out on offense, plus an interior lineman on defense as well as a super charged linebacker with terrific bloodlines. Let’s get after this bunch. Quarterback: *Kanon Koster - Kearney - 6-4, 208, Senior (QB/LB) 2016 Stat... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:01:13 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep 8-Man Football players for 2017 - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69403 Get set for our second installment of 8-Man stars. Today we salute a dual-threat quarterback, one of the state’s most versatile athletes who plays RB, a Tight end who looks more like a Wide receiver, a Wide receiver who looks the part, and a Lineman who will be converted to a RB. Get all that straight? Then let’s go full speed ahead. Quarterback: *Caden Theis - Osceola - 5-11, 170, Senior (QB/LB) 2016 Stat Line: Rushing-816-142 (5.7) 13 TDs. Passing-26 for 49... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:57:30 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 2 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69393 Today we spotlight a Quarterback, a pair of running backs that are teammates, another pair of teammates who play wide receiver, plus a terrific offensive lineman. Not everyday I salute 6 players in one blog, but definitely a first saluting a pair players on the same team that play the same position times two. Should be fun. Quarterback: *Joe Dolincheck-Bellevue West - 6-0, 200, Senior 2016 Stat Line: 172 of 269 passes (64%) for 2,806 yards, 25 TDs - 5 INTS. Tough to find... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:18:48 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep 8-Man Football players for 2017 - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69388 Today we begin to spotlight top notch players from the 8-Man football scene here in Nebraska. 8-Man football is one of the greatest forms of high school football on the planet. Speed kills on the tighter sidelines of an eight man layout. Sideline to sideline measures 120 feet on the 8-man gridiron compared to the 160 foot 11-Man field. The length of the field is 80 yards long compared to the 100 yard 11-Man layout. Bottom line for this guy is a sideline view brings you so much closer... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:52:27 -0500 Nebraska's Top Prep Football players for 2017 - Part 1 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69382 The official countdown to High School Football 2017 has officially begun right here. Forty three days until the curtain raises for prep football on Thursday, August 24th. We’ll salute at least three players to keep an eye on in 2017 in each installment. This is not a rating system by any means. Personally, I do not like rating high school football players in my articles. First of all, football is a team sport, and secondly, these are young men at the high school level. Let... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:37 -0500 Nebraska Prep Football's Top Returning Quarterbacks and Receivers for 2017. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69363 Here are the Quarterbacks and Receivers who will attempt to hook up for another huge season in 2017. There are 10 QBs returning in Classes A and C-1 that threw for over a thousand yards in 2016. This list includes Boone Central/Newman Grove's dual-threat Dylan Gentrup, a terrific gridiron wizard that passed and rushed for over a 1000 yards each. Omaha Westside's Caleb Schweigart is the only player coming back this fall who hauled in over a thousand yards worth of aerials a year... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 01:38:38 -0500 2017 Nebraska Prep Football Returning All-State players/1000 Yard Rushers http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/69302 Here is a little taste of the 2017 Nebraska high school football season, which is less than two months away. Below is a list of returning all-state selections from a year ago. Four outlets across the state publish all-state lists in each class; Bobby Mills (1000 Yard Guy), the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal-Star, and Huskerland Prep Report, published by Nebraska High School Hall of Famer, Bob Jensen. This is a compilation of all four lists, although some differ and those have the... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:52:19 -0500 The Nebraska High School Basketball All-State Project - Saluting 1996 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/68925 All I can say about 1996 is this. It was a very good year. You will want to read on. *Class D-2: Quarterfinals: (23-1) Filley 61, Exeter 50 (13-8) (19-3)) Potter-Dix 67, Stuart 44 (17-4) (20-2) Shickley 69, Hayes Center 49 (16-5) Petersburg 63, Coleridge 61 Semifinals: (24-1) Filley 66, Potter-Dix 58 (20-3) (21-2) Shickley 61, Petersburg 57 (17-5) Finals: (25-1) Filley 59, Shickley 51 (22-2) D-2 Champion: Filley (25-1), Head Coach: Rick... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:55:43 -0500 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1995 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/68858 Friday, April 28, 2017 12:41 AM The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1995 By Bobby Mills (1000 Yard Guy) The year 1995 marked an incredible run for Coach Rick Collura and Lincoln Northeast basketball. Coach Collura’s 1994/1995 Rocket basketball team is considered by some as the best Nebraska prep basketball team of all time. There will be stiff arguments from those who are certain one of Eric Behrens Omaha Central... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:58:05 -0500 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1994 http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/68806 Another banner year for the Wahoo Warriors and Creighton Prep, who had three members of their starting 5 with Division scholarships in hand when the season concluded. Here is how the 1994 State Basketball Tournament played out. *Class D-2: Quarterfinals: (19-4) Chester-Hubbell-Byron 67, Giltner 43 (10-8) (18-6) Elgin 66, Lodgepole 45 (15-4) (15-4) Odell 63, Spalding Academy 50 (14-6) (16-4) Brady 53, Benedict 35 (13-9) Semifinals: (19-6) Elgin 50,... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:25:13 -0500 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1993. http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/1466/entry/68630 The Nebraska High School All-State Basketball Project - Saluting 1993 By Bobby Mills (1000 Yard Guy) Here is how the 1993 State Basketball Tournament played out. *Class D-2: Quarterfinals: (18-5) Elgin 60, Giltner 52 (10-8) (17-1) Prague 54, Filly 52 (12-10) (19-1) Hyannis 70, Sandhills 36 (9-9) (14-5) Chester-Hubbell-Byron 74, Hildreth-Campbell 47 (14-5) Semifinals: (19-5) Elgin 56, Prague 55 (18-1) (20-1) Hyannis 70, Chester-Hubbell-Byron 54... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:57:48 -0500