Nebraska practice report (9-29-15)

Nebraska practiced in shoulder pads on Tuesday and quarterback Tommy Armstrong talked with reporters.

Lincoln, Neb. – After a very light practice on Monday, the Nebraska football team got back after it on Tuesday, practicing in shoulder pads.

It included the return of sophomore wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El, who was extremely limited in practice. Pierson-El did not participate in any team drills. 

"First it will be what the trainers say and then it will be on how he feels," said Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams. "He was over on the side. I looked over there today. He looked like he was moving around pretty well."

Williams was asked what Pierson-El will bring to the field when he comes back 100 percent. 

"He's a natural ball carrier and one of those guys who's elusive," said Williams. "You expect him to get in there, take a short one, and get a little something out of it." 

Also suiting up for Nebraska was defensive end Jack Gangwish (elbow) and linebacker Marcus Newby (groin), both guys listed as 50/50 by head coach Mike Riley on Monday. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (ankle) and linebacker Josh Banderas (groin) did not practice. Big Red Report did not see defensive tackle Kevin Williams (thumb) leaving practice on Tuesday. 


Redshirt freshman Mick Stoltenberg played nearly a dozen snaps on Saturday against Southern Miss and more reps could be coming his way. 


* Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich admitted he's one that usually likes to fly under the radar, but did enjoy the spotlight for a day or two after his performance on Saturday. He doesn't know what to expect when it comes to carries in the future, but did admits he dreams about getting the ball. 

* Nebraska running back coach Reggie Davis admitted Terrell Newby needs to work on some outside zone runs, saying he needs to do a better job reading it. But, liked his effort and results in protection and the tight zone plays. 

* Davis said that fumbles are never okay in his book or acceptable, unless his back is "unconscious."

* Armstrong says he doesn't really think about spreading the ball around to different receivers in the game, but really takes what the game plan gives him. "Certain routes versus certain defenses," said Armstrong. "I think this year I'm making the right reads." Armstrong said at times in his career he's locked on to one receiver, but feels he's made strides in that area. 

* Wide receivers coach Keith Williams hinted people often underestimate wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp's athleticism. Williams called Westerkamp's punt returns nasty. "I told him (Pierson-El) 'if Westy scores, you are in trouble,'" said Williams. 

* Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said they have always had a lot of variety in their offense, including using the fullback and receivers in the game.

* Langsdorf said he's been happy with the running back's effort, but they need to clean up some reads and work on being more consistent.

* The offensive coordinator says he knows at times in the Big Ten the weather will make it hard to throw it around, which is why the Huskers are striving for consistency in the running game. 

* Langsdorf said wide receiver Brandon Reilly is faster than he realized and has really stretched the field for Nebraska. "He's been a great deep threat for us," said Langsdorf. 

* Illegal formation seems to be getting called more often lately and Langsdorf says he feels they are being a little tougher with the call. 


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