Huskers return to the practice field

The Nebraska football team resumed practice on Monday, after taking spring break off.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team returned to the practice field on Monday, resuming after taking off spring break last week.

“This is the first time I have been involved in breaking up spring practice with a week (off), so I wondered what all that would be like,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said. “I thought for the most part it was pretty good, not perfect, but I don’t know if it would be perfect anyways.”

The media had access to defensive players and coaches on Monday, but were not allowed to watch practice.

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has heard his defense is easier than in years past, but doesn’t know how to take it.

“I hear them say that they are free in the system or that the system is like being in elementary school,” said Banker. “I don’t know to take it as a compliment or that you don’t know what the hell you are doing…

"I'm glad they feel good about it." - Banker on ease of defensive system"

Banker was asked who’s emerged at the defensive end spot behind returning starter Greg McMullen and reserves Joe Keels and Jack Gangwish.

“He’s done some really good things on the outside,” said Banker. “We didn’t expect anything out of him. Who is this guy? I have been around long enough that when you get that cross over, you are like ‘why don’t you stay over there.’ Great individual and comes up all the time on his own.”

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