LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours on Tuesday, their second spring practice in March. The Huskers have 13 more practices and will be in full pads the rest of the way.
“You can actually lay some boom, you know what I’m saying,” said Nebraska linebacker Marcus Newby, when asked how anxious the team is to put on full gear.
* Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker said last year was only the second time in his career where he hasn’t coached a position group along with being defensive coordinator. Now Banker is also coaching the safeties and it gives the secondary more of a chance for 1-on-1 time. “We can detail up everyone’s assignment,” said Banker.
* It sounds like Chris Weber might play a little bit on the outside in certain packages this season, depending on where the ball is and if it’s on the short side of the field.
* Former Nebraska offensive line coach Milt Tenopir was in attendance on Tuesday afternoon and got a big hug from new Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella, who played for Nebraska during Tenopir’s era.
* Marcus Newby credits the growth in his game late last year due to watching film. He says he’s matured and committed to finding way to make himself better. A video of Newby talking will hit the site later.
* Nebraska redshirt freshman Carlos Davis is now weighing 300 pounds and Khalil Davis is at 291. Both have gained 25 plus pounds since arriving in Lincoln.
* It’s been interesting to see how guys on both sides of the ball are really picking each other up after two practices. Multiple times I have seen players, even in the same grade, help correct another player or be a watchful eye to something that is being done incorrect.
* Speaking of players helping out, defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Mick Stoltenberg are on the sidelines this spring, but really working a lot with the Davis twins and some of the younger defensive ends.
* Nebraska Sedrick King knows he has doubters and so does the defensive end position. He feels he’s ready to step in and fill the void left by guys like Jack Gangwish. He right now is playing behind Freedom Akinmoladun, but says he can play either side.
* Quite a few Nebraska high school coaches were in attendance on Tuesday to observe practice with spring break happening in Lincoln.