LINCOLN, Neb – In one of their longest practices of fall camp, the Nebraska Cornhuskers practiced for nearly 2.5 hours on Tuesday morning. The Husker media was allowed to attend the practice and head coach Mike Riley spoke afterwards.
“Dedrick Young had the benefit of graduating early and getting here in the spring, it has made a major difference and it’s probably good for us,” Riley said. “He is making a major move, at this time he is obviously not redshirting and getting ready to play.”
Young was seen getting first-team linebacker reps during the practice, both in the base and in the NICKEL.
“He appears to be one of those guys—like (wide receiver) Stanley Morgan, like (running back) Devine Ozigbo that are just very comfortable fitting in,” said Riley.
Down in practice - WR.) Lavan Alston (When talking with the media Riley didn't have an update)
* Senior wide receiver Sam Burtch was seen multiple times helping out true freshman Stanley Morgan. Burtch is sidelined currently, but looks to be a great leader at the position despite not being in the thick of things.
* Speaking of Morgan, the true freshman beat senior corner Jonathan Rose multiple times during 7-on-7s. Rose didn’t win the 1-on-1 battle once.
* Filling in for Terrell Newby who was limited, true freshman running back Devine Ozigbo looked great on Tuesday, following up his strong scrimmage performance that drew praise from Riley. Ozigbo’s legs just don’t stop churning.
* DaiShon Neal might have put on some weight this offseason, but it doesn’t mean he’s ready to play at the Big Ten level. Keying in on the defensive end, I watched Neal get stood up multiple times, including against true freshman tight end Matt Snyder.
* Josh Banderas had another interception against Tommy Armstrong. I don’t know if Armstrong ever saw him. Bando has found himself around the ball a lot this fall.
* A Nathan Gerry blitz almost resulted in a screen pass interception, but instead Gerry dropped the ball behind the line of scrimmage. He was a bit upset about it.
* Byerson Cockrell also dropped an interception today that hit his hands. Cockrell might have been avoiding hits (we couldn’t tell), but he was getting the first-team reps. It pushed true freshman Aaron Williams to second-team.
* True freshman All-American guard Jalin Barnett had a good practice – getting a nice push up front.
* Former Husker defensive end Zach Potter was at Tuesday’s practice.
* Junior defensive tackle Vincent Valentine said he’s not 100 percent and by halfway through practice his knee is throbbing. Has lost weight since last year and is sitting about 315 right now.
* During kickoff drills, sophomore Drew Brown showed a stronger leg than Jamie Sutcliffe. Brown appears to be winning both kicking battles and it’s not even a small margin.
QUOTE of the DAY: “What’s your plan Stan? What’s your plan? Stan, the man with a plan.” – Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams when watching the true freshman line up.