Young Players Getting Their Opportunties

Bowl practices are always a great time for evaluation and the Huskers' Capital One Bowl prep is no different. Come inside as Nebraska assistant coach Barney Cotton talks about the reps in practice. If you are not a premium member, you are missing out!

Lincoln, NE - Nebraska offensive line coach Barney Cotton doesn't mind this time of year.

With some of the coaching staff on the road recruiting during bowl preparation, it gives Cotton a chance to interact and coach other positions in practice – something not possible during a normal game week.

"It's different, it's sometimes kinda of enjoyable...our guys have done a really nice job during this period," said Cotton. "It's been good against good, so there has been a lot of retention. We do a lot of good on good obviously during fall camp and spring ball.

"We haven't done any scout work. Probably the other thing I really like about it is our scout team has gotten to play Nebraska offensive and Nebraska defense for five practices so far. It's kind of an extra mini spring ball, those guys are getting almost equal reps to the ones and twos."

Bowl practices are usually considered a chance for a coaching staff to see how a young player has progressed going into the off-season. It gives a position coach recommendations for the player heading into the spring.

"This is the best time for the young guys, because they get a jump start. All of a sudden they are running our plays again," said Cotton. "Some of those guys you couldn't bring to fall camp, because you can only bring 105, so some of those guys are learning your offense. It's Greek to them because they weren't here during the initial 29 practices."

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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