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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 10:28 am

Every season, it takes some getting used to new players and new numbers. For instance, don’t look for Rex Burkhead’s No. 22 anywhere on offense, although West Point’s Anthony Ridder, a cornerback, will don No. 22 on defense. Also don’t be confused by No. 98 on the Husker sideline.

Kicker Jordan Bellar, a freshman out of Norfolk Catholic, will wear that number. At 6 feet and 165 pounds, he’s a far cry from the other 98, Vincent Valentine, at 6-3 and 325 pounds. Another Norfolk Catholic grad, freshman tight end Connor Ketter, will wear No. 89.

So here’s a look at some of the unfamiliar numbers you may see in Saturday night’s season opener against Wyoming.

Offense

1 WR Jordan Westerkamp

2 WR Alonzo Moore

4 QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.

11 TE Cethan Carter

23 RB King Frazier

28 RB Adam Taylor

34 RB Terrell Newby

55 OL Paul Thurston

59 OL Matt Finnin

70 OL Chongo Kondolo

Defense

7 DT Maliek Collins

14 CB Jonathan Rose

15 LB Michael Rose

18 S LeRoy Alexander

25 LB/S Nathan Gerry

27 P Sam Foltz

33 LB Jared Afalava

44 DE Randy Gregory

52 LB Josh Banderas

55 DT Kevin Maurice

69 DT Brodrick Nickens

90 DE Greg McMullen

94 DE Avery Moss

98 DT Vincent Valentine

The telecast of Saturday night’s season opener against Wyoming, to be televised by BTN at 7, will have a distinctly Husker feel. Longtime NET broadcaster Kevin Kugler will handle the play-by-play duties, with former Husker Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch as the analyst. Another former Husker, Damon Benning, will be on the sidelines.

Looking ahead

Here’s a look at some of the Huskers’ future opponents this season.

— Illinois vs. Southern Illinois, Saturday, 11 a.m., BTN

— Purdue vs. Cincinnati, Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPNU

— Iowa vs. Northern Illinois, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., BTN

— Michigan vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., BTN

— Penn State vs. Syracuse, Saturday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2

— Northwestern vs. California, Saturday, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Around the Big Ten

— Ohio State vs. Buffalo, Saturday, 11 a.m., ESPN2

— Maryland vs. Florida International, 11:30 a.m., Fox Sports Net (for those looking forward to next year already, when Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten)

— Wisconsin vs. Massachusetts, Saturday, 11 a.m., BTN

Husker connections

— Nicholls State vs. Oregon, Saturday, 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (Scott Frost makes his debut as offensive coordinator at Oregon. For those wondering, Fox Sports 1 was formerly the Speed Network. Cable One subscribers can find it on channel 304. On DirecTV, it’s channel 219, and on Dish Network, it’s channel 150.)

— Arkansas vs. Lafayette, Saturday, 3 p.m., Fox Sports Net (In case you haven’t seen enough of Husker nemesis Bret Bielema from his time at Wisconsin, you can catch his debut at Arkansas.

— TCU vs. LSU, Saturday, 8 p.m., ESPN (Former Husker I-back Aaron Green will wear No. 22, worn by his mentor at Nebraska, Rex Burkhead.)

— Ohio vs. Louisville, Sunday, 2:30 p.m., ESPN (Former Husker coach Frank Solich, now at Ohio, goes against former Husker offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, now in the same role at Louisville.)

— Florida Atlantic vs. East Carolina, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (First Miami, now East Carolina for former Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, now the head man at FAU.

Jack Sock at U.S. Open

Tennis player Jack Sock hopes to build on his surprising run into the third round of the U.S. Open last year. He was leading Philipp Petzschner of Germany, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 5-2, before Petzschner bowed out because of injury. Sock is also playing men’s doubles with fellow American James Blake and mixed doubles with Sloane Stephens.

Sock’s father, Larry, graduated from Norfolk Catholic in 1973.

ESPN2, ESPN and CBS will provide coverage throughout the tournament.

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