Nebraska post practice: 3-12-16

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley gave an update on Nebraska's spring injury situation.

With 20 to 30 high school prospects in attendance, the Nebraska football team spent much of their practice outside on Saturday, despite rain moving through the Lincoln area. The last 15 minutes of practice did move inside.

Multiple players did not participate on Saturday due to injury: WR.) @Jordan Westerkamp (groin) Stanley Morgan (groin), LB.) Michael Rose-Ivey (hyper-extended leg). Both Morgan and Rose-Ivey are expected back early next week. Westerkamp is still in a wait and see status. 

In Westerkamp's absence, extra reps have gone to early enrollee Derrion Grim, who had multiple nice catches on Saturday. 

"He's should be going to get a tux right now," screamed wide receiver coach Keith Williams after Grim made a catch down the sidelines to beat Boaz Joseph. "He should be going to prom."

Saturday marked the fifth practice for Nebraska. Head coach Mike Riley has already seen the progress. 

"It's been fun to see the comfort level with this team over time, from last year to this year," said Riley. "I'm really excited about the vibe we have with this team right now. They have been training hard and are excited to play football. They are excited with what they might be able to put together as a team the next year - you can just feel that." 


The Nebraska defense definitely owned the Husker offense when it came to passing situations. The secondary made things tough on quarterbacks Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe without two of their top receivers. Both corner Joshua Kalu and linebacker Tyrin Ferguson picked off passes during practice. Redshirt freshman safety Avery Anderson also had multiple deflections that almost translated into interceptions. 

* With Rose-Ivey out, Nebraska junior Marcus Newby ran with the first-team linebackers. 

* Wide receiver Brandon Reilly is working in the slot with Westerkamp out. 

* Former NFL veteran Keyshawn Johnson attended practice with his son in attendance for junior day. Johnson spent the beginning of practice with Mike Riley and the remaining portion of practice with new staff member Billy Devaney. 

* Riley said he's been pleased with running back Mikale Wilbon. "We hope to help him put the rest of the game together," said Riley, citing Wilbon is already a solid runner.

* With the pads on, running back Devine Ozigbo had a solid day of practice, and appears to be 1B with running back Terrell Newby. Wilbon appears to be slightly behind the pair. 

* Both redshirt freshman Carlos and Khalil Davis had solid practices on the defensive line Saturday. Riley said Nebraska is relying on the pair to contribute this fall. "We need them to be ready to play. Can they win starting jobs? I don't know yet. But they should compete hard to do that," said Riley. "But we should be able to play them in games."


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