Lincoln, NE - JUCO transfer Zaire Anderson even admitted it was for only one day of practice, but the junior, along with sophomore David Santos, worked with the first-team defense on Monday afternoon at the WILL linebacker. Will Compton continued to play the MIKE.
"I'm excited," said Anderson. "I'm going to just keep trying to learn."
Anderson was expected to be brought along slowly, but the three-star signee appears to be getting closer to meaningful snaps, especially after the UCLA game on Saturday night.
The junior is known to be a hitter with good speed, something Nebraska could have used against the Bruins.
"Those guys have been in our plans to play, but they don't have a lot of experience, and at the end of the day you have to put the guys on the field that you are confident that will respond well and execute when things are thrown their way during a game," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini on Monday. "Those guys are coming, they are not quite there yet but they will continue to get their shots."
Anderson told reporters on Monday he's been working with Coach Pelini in 1-on-1s, in hopes to get a better grasp of the defense.
"He's telling me a lot about defense and why I'm doing what I'm doing," said Anderson. "It was all thrown at me in the beginning. It was hard. When I was in junior college, I only had to learn my position. Here you have to learn everyones position, it was the hard part of the defense.
"I got here kind of late. Almost everybody else had been here for five years. It's a process, I just keep trying to get better every week."
In 2011, Anderson recorded 95 tackles and seven sacks for Riverside Community College. In addition to learning the playbook, he's learning every snap and every practice matters.
"Everyday is like your last, you mess up one day, especially with Coach Els, you will probably be moving down," said Anderson. "If somebody else has a good day, they are probably moving up. That's different from junior college."