LINCOLN, Neb. – Practicing for the final time in front of the media during fall camp, the Huskers held a scrimmage on Saturday – inviting Nebraska students to attend.
“The main goal was getting to scrimmage and make plays, the main goal. The other one is competition and the other is doing it in the stadium and inviting students,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said. “It was really hard because we have so many pieces that will not be gone for long but they are not there now. So it is very disruptive moving guys around.”
Nebraska held a long list of players out of the scrimmage, due to injury.
Out: WR.) Stanley Morgan, OT.) Zach Sterup, CB.) Daniel Davie, WR.) Brandon Reilly, WR.) De’Mornay Pierson-El, OL.) Michael Decker, OL.) Jalin Barnett, RB.) Terrell Newby, WR.) Taariq Allen, LB.) Chris Weber, TE.) Matt Snyder and WR.) Sam Burtch.
Riley said all new players making the list were a “pull” either a hamstring or groin.
Riley also announced the five walk-ons that have earned scholarships, according to Riley—production was one of the key components in determining who was put on scholarship.
“Production, both spring and fall,” said Riley. “Trey Foster is a great example of a guy who did okay in the spring and really surfaced in Fall Camp. I was proud of the work he did.”
* Nebraska had to actually end practice early because of lightning.
* Quarterback Tommy Armstrong followed up a solid practice we got to see on Thursday with an excellent scrimmage, finding second and third string wide receivers.
* Armstrong had a beautiful thrown ball to Jordan Westerkamp for a 25+ yard touchdown early in the scrimmage. It was placed just where the unknown DB had no chance to deflect after decent coverage.
* Armstrong also found Brady Pelzer for a 50-yard touchdown, but it mostly RAC. Pelzer was hit from behind and looked to be going down, but spun out of it and went the distance. It looked lucky to me. That being said, his teammates loved it.
* I could be wrong, but Armstrong led scoring drives everytime he was on the field. He has really excelled during the scrimmages.
* True freshman running back Jordan Stevenson was back in action on Saturday, after wearing a boot the last week.
* Mike Riley singled out wide receiver Jamal Turner as the last man standing and praised the senior for staying healthy.
* With Davie on the sidelines, Nebraska turned to redshirt freshman cornerback Trai Mosley for the starting spot.
* With Newby on the sidelines, senior running back Imani Cross actually took a portion of the first-team carries and I thought it was one of his better practices.
* Lane Hovey received first-team wide receiver reps with Reilly, DPE, and Morgan out.
* Speaking of Pierson-El, the sophomore was riding a little scooter around.
* Tight end Trey Foster showed why he deserved a scholarship, catching a nice 25+ catch on the first drive, by getting away with a push off on freshman Aaron Williams.
* The first-team kick returners were Mikale Wilbon and Jamal Turner.
* Junior quarterback Ryker Fyfe connected with Jamal Turner on a nice 25-yard touchdown pass, beating Jonathan Rose who was getting second-team reps. I actually thought the coverage was pretty decent, but it was a spectator throw from Fyfe.
* Drew Brown had a solid day kicking the ball, striking multiple field goals from 40+ yards.
* I felt bad for offensive tackle Nick Gates on one play, getting lined up with Maliek Collins playing defensive end. Gates had no chance as Collins got past him with ease. Luckily for Fyfe, quarterbacks weren’t live.
* Luke Gifford has a solid tip-toe interception on the sidelines, picking off Ryker Fyfe. The play immediately drew praise from Nebraska strength coach Mark Philipp who was bouncing up and down on the sidelines hitting Gifford’s helmet.
* Sophomore running back Adam Taylor had a touchdown run today with the second-unit.
* True freshman running back Devine Ozigbo had another day, showing off his ability in front of the students to catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s got really good feet and has some solid vision for a freshman. He also is patient and lets his blockers open up things for him. He’s a tough one to call on the play or no play list.