LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska defensive back Avery Anderson said redshirting last year was tough, but playing against receivers like Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp on the scout team made him a better player today.
“Great reps,” said Anderson. “You can make mistakes and learn…It was a humbling experience, but I think it’s all beneficial.”
Anderson is moving from corner to safety this spring and is at the moment, getting reps with the first and second team units with the absence of Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed due to injury.
“It’s coming slower than I would personally like it,” said Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker when asked about Anderson’s transition. “He needs to just consistently work on his eye discipline. That will help him out a ton. Each practice there are fewer and fewer eye discipline mistakes that he’s making. He’s great in meetings as far as learning and understanding.”
Anderson said when the staff approached him about the move he was more than open.
“I played it all growing up and in high school, so it was something I was excited about and always asking about,” said Anderson. “Once I put the weight on my redshirt year, they gave me the opportunity.”
After enrolling early last spring, Anderson is experiencing his second stint of spring football while most of his fellow classmates are learning the ropes.
“Nothing is foreign, nothing is new,” said Anderson. “It’s part of the routine. I know what to expect and it is a lot more comfortable.”