LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced for just over two hours on Saturday night, taking part in a live scrimamge.
“In general there was some nice plays—really the consistency in the run game I did not like,” head coach Mike Riley said. “We had some nice runs, and make some big plays but we were not consistent enough in the drives.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Riley liked the defensive intensity, but mentioned that you cannot win games giving up big plays in the Big Ten.
“Defensively there was a lot of good defense but I think we gave up in general probably too many big plays,” Riley said. “One of the key elements of winning games is not giving up big plays and tackling.”
INJURY REPORT: The following players were out. Junior wide receiver Alonzo Moore (foot). Junior wide receiver Brandon Reilly (hammy). Sophomore defensive back Chris Jones (knee). Senior wide receiver Sam Burtch. In addition wide receiver Lane Hovey.
HURT IN SCRIMMAGE: Senior wide receiver Taariq Allen (shin). Junior linebacker Michael Rose (shoulder). Junior running back Terrell Newby (shoulder). Freshman defensive back Antonio Reed (head). It sounds like the only concerning one was Allen. At the point of Riley's conversation with the media, they still didn't know the extent of the injury.
LIMITED IN SCRIMMAGE: Senior defensive back Byerson Cockrell (shoulder). He wore a green jersey.
* Tonight was one of Tommy Armstrong's best practices the media has been allowed to see to date. He threw two touchdown passes and also had a nice 50-yard run for one.
* Backing Armstrong up tonight was Ryker Fyfe, who is looking more and more like the No. 2 quarterback. Fyfe also threw three touchdowns. “It is clear right now that tonight—tonight we played Ryker with the two’s. It is also clear to me that AJ did a nice job when he went in.”
* More coming on Stanley Morgan, but the true freshman wide receiver had three touchdown catches tonight. He looks like a lock to play in 2015 – maybe even start. “Stanley is a mature, strong and an unfazed guy on where he is right now,” he said. “For a young guy, he has fit in learning wise, which usually hampers most of them (freshmen).”
* Kicker Drew Brown had a good night, connecting on all of his field goals we saw – including one from 49-yards. His leg looks stronger.
* Both Jamal Turner and Terrell Newby had kick-returns of 35+ yards.
* With Cockrell limited, safety Aaron Williams received first-team reps alongside Nate Gerry. Williams had a very solid practice, showing all-around good defensive awareness – sniffing more than one play out for what it was (can’t give a scouting report).
* Defensive tackle Givens Price, that was weird to type, had a nice burst into the backfield with the first-team defense early in the scrimmage. It was a tackle for loss on running back Adam Taylor.
* Wide receiver Taariq Allen started at wide receiver with Jordan Westerkamp and De'Mornay Pierson-El, but went down early with a cramp. Immediately freshman Stanley Morgan jumped in and looked great.
* Don’t worry if Sam Foltz ever goes down as the Huskers punter. Backup quarterback Tyson Broekemeier looked very solid.
* Running back Adam Taylor had a great broken tackle run after the catch from Ryker Fyfe- taking it 16 yards before being hit hard by Jonathan Rose.
* The play was called back because of a block in the back, but fullback Andy Janovich had a great catch and run for a touchdown, taking it 39 yards to the house. It ended up only being a 15-yard gain due to the penalty.
* Redshirt linebacker Luke Gifford might have had the best night ever, but the play everyone will remember is when he tried to bring Trey Foster down by himself. Instead Foster ran him over, taking it for a 30-yard touchdown.
* Redshirt freshman corner Trai Mosley had an interception down-field in a 1-on-1 situation with senior Jamal Turner. The pass was overthrown by Ryker Fyfe.
* Senior running back Imani Cross had a nice 25-yard run.
* True freshman running back Devine Ozigbo had a long touchdown run before the scrimmage concluded. He showed great vision on the play.
* I felt defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun had a solid practice, showing a nice pass rush to the quarterback. He gets himself out of position at times, but he's still learning the position after playing tight end last year.