LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska held an abbreviated practice on Thursday, wearing only shoulder pads and helmets, keeping practice time under two hours.
Reilly and Reed spent some time running on the field. I would bring Brandon back very slowly and make sure that hammy is really good. No reason to rush him back.
* Even before Mike Riley mentioned it at his press conference, I thought today might have been Tommy Armstrong's best day of fall camp. Armstrong was really putting the ball in tight spaces and made some nice throws. He did throw an interception to Josh Kalu during the two-minute drill, but from a passing standpoint – today was a very solid day.
* Senior corner Daniel Davie had one of his best practices to date, being tested early and often on back-to-back routes down the sidelines. Both times Davie batted a well placed ball away from the receiver.
* It appears Jordan Westerkamp is now the leading punt returner according to special teams coach Bruce Read. He feels Westerkamp will be able to fill in admirably, but now there is an intense focus to find a few more capable returners.
* At kick returner, it appears Terrell Newby is the guy for now.
* Many eyes of course today were on senior wide receiver Jamal Turner, who is expected to pick up some of the slack left by an injury to De’Mornay Pierson-El. Turner had a nice grab from Tommy Armstrong, falling out of bounds before taking possession. He also worked kickoff duties. A solid practice for Turner.
* Backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe had a very nice back-shoulder throw to sophomore tight end Luke McNitt. Fyfe had quite a few nice tosses today.
* While Armstrong had a strong practice, redshirt freshman wide receiver Bryan Reimers might have had the practice of the day. The 6-foot-5 walk-on had likely the top two catches of the day and was proving tough on the corners. He received some first-team reps both during the two-minute drill and during regular 11-on-11. On his first back-shoulder catch in traffic, wide receiver coach Keith Williams had the quote of the day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t know the buffet was open that early.”
* I felt the defense spent some time game prepping for BYU today.
* Former All-American Larry Jacobson watched practice today.
* True freshman wide receiver Stanley Morgan caught a 30+ yard pass from Tommy Armstrong during the two-minute drill, beating Josh Kalu downfield. Kalu caught up with him at the last second, but didn’t have enough to out jump the true freshman.