There were a few players missing from today's practice in both Keiland Williams and Perry Riley. Jared Mitchell also missed practice today due tonight's baseball game against
A few people have been wondering if there has been any notable difference at practice with the departure of former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini and new co-coordinators Doug Mallory and Bradley Peveto. Well today was the first time that question could be answered with a yes. When we first arrived to practice today, Coach Mallory was working with the defensive line, Coach Peveto was working with the defensive backs, and
Onto the daily quarterback watch, today Jarrett Lee took all the snaps as the #1 quarterback in drills for the first time. Lee and Andrew Hatch were about the same today as they had been the previous practices, with both having their good moments and bad moments. Both quarterbacks struggled throwing a 10 yard hitch to the receivers. The receivers would turn in but both of them threw it as if they were expecting the receivers to turn out, resulting in a wide incompletion. Other than that route both of them were pretty accurate and had good timing with the receivers. Hatch's ball does tend to flutter every so often, while Lee's is a tight spiral pretty much all the time.
Speaking of the receivers, they have easily been the most impressive group thus far through four practices. I honestly can't recall more than one dropped pass in four days from the scholarship guys. They look very confident out there running routes and catching balls, and honestly look in mid season form.
It's been hard to get much from the offensive line the last two days because they are on the opposite side of the facility and haven't been doing many drills together as a 5 man unit. Most of the drills have involved working on double teams. The guards and centers team up to block a defensive tackle, and the tackles team up with the tight ends to block a defensive end. From what I have seen though it does appear Joseph Barksdale currently holds the edge over Jarvis Jones for the starting RT spot.
The defensive backs and linebackers actually teamed together today to work on zone coverages. With Perry Riley out, Shomari Clemmons took over the other OLB spot opposite Kelvin Sheppard. The starting secondary remained Jai Eugene and Chris Hawkins, but Curtis Taylor moved over to strong safety and played in the box, with Harry Coleman shifting over to free safety. Chad Jones also rotated in at both safety spots during this drill.
ESPN's Craig James was at today's practice, spending nearly the entire time by the quarterbacks watching Jarrett Lee and Andrew Hatch.
That's all for today's practice. The team will have Wednesday off before returning to the field on Thursday.