LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska took the practice field for a little over two hours on Thursday night, as primetime practices get set to be over soon.
After the practice, head coach Mike Riley confirmed a report stating five players would be suspended for the BYU game. No names at this time.
The media was allowed to talk to defensive players and coaches on Thursday night, as coordinator Mark Banker talked with the media for the second time during fall camp.
“I thought our overall pursuit to the ball was better, I thought our positioning on tackling was better,” Banker said. “When you first start live, you can do all the drills you want but now you have moving targets that are not just running straight lines.
Just like on Tuesday night, the Huskers had a portion of the practice that was live.
“I love live practices—you can’t do them all the time but I don’t think there is any substitute for them. It brings the juices flowing a bit higher to the top.”
Senior wide receiver Sam Burtch and sophomore cornerback Chris Jones each had a knee procedure done and hope to be back for the start of the season.
* According to Banker, Michael Rose has really started to emerge at the linebacker spot. “Michael really came alive for us probably right after spring break, he became more familiar with the concepts on defense. That and he was over any hesitation with his injury—I think he is in a good place mentally and physically,” Banker said. “He is definitely one of our leaders in our group.”
* Freshman running back Jordan Stevenson sat out of practice, wearing a walking-boot. After practice Mike Riley sounded optimistic he would be back in the near future.
* Fifth year senior Givens Price has moved from offense to defense, getting reps at the defensive tackle spot. On Tuesday, Price was working with the third and fourth string offensive line, after many thought he would contend for a starting spot this fall.
* True freshman wide receiver Stanley Morgan was the practice player of the day, once again showing the ability to catch the ball in traffic and beating Josh Kalu and another defensive back on a long ball down the sidelines. The throw was a bit underthrown, but Morgan was more than able to adjust. Reilly better get back to practice soon, because the Louisiana prep is pushing for the No. 3 wide receiver spot.
* Speaking of young guys on offense, another solid practice for Mikale Wilbon, who just looks like he fits in this offense a little bit better than any other back. He has really solidified himself so far as the No. 2 back.
* With that said, possibly the best practice of fall camp for running back Adam Taylor, who looks like he’s appreciating the pads being on. Taylor did a really nice job on multiple draw plays tonight.
* In the first round of 7-on-7s, Tommy Armstrong struggled to connect with his receivers, even missing a wide-open Terrell Newby on the flats. I reminder that there wasn’t a pass rush. Ryker Fyfe got his turn and the first play threw an interception to Jonathan Rose. Immediately A.J. Bush was brought and his first throw – an interception to Trai Mosley. Armstrong did rebound a few plays later, connecting on a 25-yard touchdown.
* Former Husker coaches Milt Tenopir and George Darlington were in attendance.
* Special teams coach Bruce Read continued to watch the tight ends closely tonight during practice.
* Senior wide receiver Jamal Turner didn’t have the strongest night, running the wrong route on multiple occasions. It caused him to get pulled from the first-team offense late in practice. He got an earful from wide receivers coach Keith Williams and a talk from offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf.
* The play of the night belonged to fullback Harrison Jordon, who decided to run over freshman linebacker Tyrin Ferguson. It was Ferguson’s welcome to college football moment. It immediately drew a tremendous amount of cheers from the team. Brandon Reilly on the hit…. “the cinderblock ran him over (laughter).”
* Zack Darlington looked the most comfortable out of the backup quarterbacks on this night, despite having a who’s who wide receiver cast.
* The Huskers ran some nickel on Thursday night, with Josh Kalu at the nickel spot and Jonathan Rose as the opposite corner from Davie. Marcus Newby came off the field when they were in the formation.
Position battles and how we see it currently:
- Offensive tackle Nick Gates over Zach Sterup
- Kicker Drew Brown over Jamie Sutcliffe
- Center Ryne Reeves over Paul Thurston
- Backup QB Ryker Fyfe over Bush/Darlington
- Linebacker Marcus Newby over Dedrick Young