Things I know and think I know:

Bryan Stork, starting center for Florida State's undefeated national championship team, will don a fancy suit and accept dozens of congratulatory handshakes for helping the Seminoles capture all the marbles.

He also is the proud recipient of an individual award that is growing in prestige, or should be.

The Florida State senior is winner of the 14th Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's outstanding center. He's in Lincoln with his girlfriend for the formal presentation Saturday night at the Rococo Theatre.

He wonders what his dad must be thinking.

Larry Stork died of cancer in 2008. He was 55. It was just Larry and Bryan in a house in Vero Beach, Fla., as his mother lived at their previous home in Illinois.

"I think dad's sittin' up there in heaven lookin' down with an ornery grin," Bryan told me earlier this week.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Stork helped Florida State (14-0) to its third national championship, and first since 1999. The Seminoles set a FBS scoring record (723 points), and just missed leading the nation in scoring offense (51.6 points per game, second behind Baylor).

Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, struggled for much of the title game. But with the game on the line, he completed 6 of 7 passes and led his team 80 yards in just more than a minute for the winning touchdown.

"The guy's flat-out a competitor," Stork said of Winston.

Stork gives the Rimington Trophy its second straight BCS national titlist. Barrett Jones of Alabama was last year's recipient.

Earlier this season, when someone mentioned the Rimington Trophy to Stork, he did some research. He found video of former Husker All-America center Dave Rimington.

An Omaha native, Rimington is the only player to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years (1981-82), and some still regard him as the greatest college center of all time.

"From what I saw, he went full-go every play," Stork said. "I can relate to that. He reminded me a lot of myself — coming off the ball and knocking people around."

Kudos to Rimington for putting ample energy and time into building the profile of the award. He would like to see even higher-profile treatment on ESPN's annual "College Football Awards Show."

While 10 other awards are presented on the big stage, the Rimington is awarded on a nearby red carpet. You know, off to the side. Tradition and prestige often require time.

"It's been 14 years, it better happen pretty soon," Rimington said with a chuckle this week. Nevertheless, "If you watched (Monday's title) game at all, they mentioned the trophy quite a bit, which surprised me. They don't bring up trophies very often. But since Bryan is a team captain, that helped."

Great young man. Great story. Saturday night should be memorable for him.

"My dad showed me a lot of things at an early age that helped me mature a lot quicker," Stork said in November. "And I can't thank him enough for that. It's paying off."

* Texas A&M wasn't the only football program interested in hiring Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph.

I'm told North Carolina State sought out Joseph before A&M came calling. Of course, he ended up with the Aggies.

Now, speculation persists about Marvin Sanders perhaps rejoining Bo Pelini's program. Sanders, currently head coach at Los Angeles Loyola High School (after a one-season stint as USC's secondary coach), also is on the radar of California head coach Sonny Dykes, who's looking for a defensive coordinator after the Bears went 1-11 this season.

Bottom line, Sanders belongs in the college game.

* Nebraska men's hoops fans will be patient. At least they should be patient. But Tim Miles has his hands full. The Huskers (8-7, 0-3 Big Ten) have decent talent. But chemistry is just so-so.

In that regard, Miles' postgame comments about juco transfer guard Deverell Biggs were illuminating. Biggs is an excellent offensive weapon. A confident creator. But he too often hurt his team with defensive lapses Thursday in a 71-70 loss to Michigan, the coach said. Which is why Tai Webster played more minutes.

What's more, Miles wasn't thrilled with Biggs' negative reaction when Nebraska ran a set play for another Husker.

Miles can be refreshingly candid. We like that.

* Michigan's Nik Stauskas said of sold-out Pinnacle Bank Arena: "This is about as hostile an environment as you'll see." The Wolverines handled it with the poise and maturity you would expect from a blue-blood program. Impressive.

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