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This week in Husker history
The week of April 6-12, looking back in five-year intervals:
 

Getting the job at Arkansas capped a mete­oric rise for Thomsen, who just two years earlier was a high school coach in Goth­en­burg, Neb. | Bio
 
«1929: Former Nebraska end Fred Thomsen** succeeds another former Husker, Francis Schmidt, as head coach at Arkansas. Thomsen would stay for 13 seasons, a tenure that’s second only to Frank Broyles’ 19. Meanwhile, in Lincoln, new coach Dana X. Bible tries to settle on a quarterback as the team holds its first practice games (1, 2). “It looks as though Nebraska is breaking away from the old ‘powerhouse’ idea and developing a more versatile offense,” the Daily Nebraskan observes.
 
1944: Five more players join spring drills, boosting the total to a still-meager 25.
 
1949: Just one touchdown is scored as the Huskers' next-to-last scrimmage of spring takes place in the rain and mud.
 
1959: Spring practice gets under way, and Don Fricke scores a pair of TDs in the first scrimmage.
 
1964: Bob Devaney puts the emphasis on passing in the first scrimmage of spring.
 
1984: Newly retired play-by-play man Lyell Bremser is honored.
 
1989: Former Husker linebacker Lawrence Cooley dies in an auto accident in Ohio.
 
2004: Fundraising for the stadium expansion reaches more than a third of the $50 million goal.
 
2009: A hamstring strain sidelines Roy Helu for the upcoming spring game.
 
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