New defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski appears to have quickly gained the respect of the coaches and players on the Nebraska sideline.

At one point during the first half of Saturday’s game against Southern Miss, Kaczenski was drawing a formation on the chalkboard for the defensive linemen.

Head coach Bo Pelini came over to where Kaczenski was coaching and watched. Then Pelini went to the area of the bench where the linebackers sat and motioned for the players to join the huddle, with Pelini only offering a few comments as Kaczenski talked with them.

“Make sure and communicate,” Kaczenski yelled to the players.

New defensive coordinator John Papuchis signals in the defensive plays on the field with the help of Pelini.

Linebackers coach Ross Els and secondary coach Terry Joseph assist from the press box.

On the offensive side, graduate assistant coach Joe Ganz was one of the most vocal coaches, and was also drawing formations for the receivers and quarterbacks.

Offensive coordinator Tim Beck calls plays from the press box, where offensive line coach Barney Cotton is also stationed during the game.

Running backs coach Ron Brown, wide receivers coach Rich Fisher and assistant line coach John Garrison coach from the field.

Recruiting watch

Nebraska only hosted two high school players for official recruiting trips, but had a few other players at the game that figure to be regulars at games this season.

Making unofficial visits were a couple of committed players that play at Lincoln Southwest -- Josh Banderas and Christian Lacouture -- and offensive lineman Zach Hannon of Kansas City, Mo.

On an official visit was Corey Clement, a three-star running back from New Jersey that is committed to Pittsburgh. Also watching was Kyle Shortridge, a three-star defensive tackle from Florida.

Zimmerer receives Berringer scholarship

Nebraska junior fullback C.J. Zimmerer was presented the Brook Berringer Memorial Scholarship in a pregame ceremony that included the family of Zimmerer and Berringer.

The scholarship was endowed in the memory of the former Husker quarterback who died in a plane crash in 1996.

Zimmerer, an Omaha Gross graduate, has been a community leader since joining the team in 2009. He is a two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and was a first-team Academic All-Big Ten selection last season.


* “I hate that rule,” said a fan, after a player had to leave the game for one play after having his helmet knocked off.

* A warm ovation after Ron Kellogg was introduced as coming in at quarterback for Nebraska with four minutes remaining in the game. It was the first action of his career for the junior from Omaha.


* Game captains were Ben Cotton, Brett Maher, Will Compton and Rex Burkhead.

* Burkhead for Heisman T-shirts being sold outside the stadium.

* Many open seats in the stadium during the second half, no doubt a result of a warm day with a game-time temperature of 88 degrees.

-- Brent C. Wagner