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Second-year leaps are quite common in college football. For example, Nick Saban went 7-6 in his first year at Alabama, and followed with an 12-2 campaign. Just recently, Texas’ Tom Herman jumped from 7-6 to 10-4. Nebraska is hoping for a similar ascension in Year 2 under Scott Frost, who knows a little something about second-year leaps (See UCF, 2017). This year’s Husker Extra college football preview is themed around the No. 2. It’s a prominent figure throughout the pages. It also could be a noticeable figure for NU in 2019.

Barrett Ruud didn’t have it easy when he played football for Nebraska — back when two-a-day practices in full pads were the norm — but he knows it was even worse before that, like when his dad, Tom, played for the Huskers in the 1970s.

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Arizona consensus All-American running back Ka’Deem Carey is back in Tucson this weekend to make an appearance at the opening of his mother Tisha’s “Mama Carey’s Kitchen” at North Park Avenue and East Sixth Street. Carey took advantage of a bye in the schedule of the Calgary Stampeders to be at the event; he signed autographs Saturday. After breaking into Calgary’s starting lineup last month, gaining 204 yards, Carey suffered a leg injury on July 25 and has missed the Stampeders’ last three games.

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When Tucson attorney and Nova Homes Loan Arizona Bowl co-founder Ali Farhang tried to arrange an Oakland Raiders game — or full schedule — in Tucson, he got the NFL team’s attention, but ultimately was not successful. The Raiders reworked an agreement to play in Oakland in 2019, but the NFL did give the Raiders permission to hold a Week 3 preseason game elsewhere. The NFL allowed the Raiders to choose from sites in Santa Clara, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Reno and, of all places, Winnipeg, Manitoba. So the Raiders played in Winnipeg on Thursday. It didn’t go so well. Because of holes left by goal posts in the end zone of the longer CFL dimensions, the field was reduced to 80 yards for the game. It’s probably a good thing Arizona Stadium wasn’t chosen as the site for the game. Thursday night thunder and lightning storms in Tucson canceled a UA soccer game and a CDO-Flowing Wells football game.

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