LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska football team practiced for the final time before spring break on Thursday. The Huskers will resume practice in late March and have nine more sessions to work with.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley was asked about the quarterbacks in his post practice media session.
"It's been a pretty simple installation on both sides of the ball at this point," said Riley. "Compared to one year ago, I would says they (the quarterbacks) are much more consistent than a year ago. The passing percentages are up. The interceptions are down. Decision making is better."
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was also available after practice, agreeing with Riley about the progress he’s seen since last spring.
“[I feel] a lot better than this time last year,” Langsdorf said. “We’re a lot farther along. We had some bumps in the road, but overall we’re just a lot further along. We’ve got a lot more in, [we] are able to fine tune some things, [we] are able to tweak a few things here and there, so just feel good about the progress and I think the guys are responding well…so pretty good start.”
Langsdorf also addressed the need to replace a lot of starters, especially on the offensive line.
“We need to [clean-up] the execution with some new guys, especially up front. There’s some new lineman in there. [We’re] trying to get that group to gel and work together. I think just making sure we find the right five and our depth beyond that, but breaking in three new guys is a little bit concerning. I think they are doing a good job. We’ve had a good battle in the guard positions with [Nick] Gates playing a little different side, on the left side. He’s working through some things, but he’s had a great camp so far. Probably the offensive line depth is probably the biggest thing right now [we’re concerned about].”*** Parts of the Nebraska media relations release was used in this report
* A few former Huskers were in attendance on Thursday: Daniel Davie, Vincent Valentine, Jack Gangwish, Zack Sterup, coach George Darlington and coach Milt Tenopir.
* Defensive line coach John Parrella was making his defensive lineman run a lap around the practice facility on Thursday if they lost a rep to an offensive lineman in 1-on-1 reps. Guys who popped out in 1-on-1s were, defensive end Sedrick King, defensive end Ross Dzuris, offensive lineman Jerald Foster, offensive lineman Tanner Farmer. It wasn't a good day for offensive tackle Christian Gaylord in the reps we saw. In addition, the Davis twins didn't get as much push as we might have expected.
* Receiver Jordan Westerkamp isn't for sure if he will be back this spring. Nebraska will reevaluate his status after spring break.
* Speaking of wide receivers on the mend, redshirt freshman Lavan Alston will not participate in the spring game, but says his knee is 96 percent. He would have redshirted in 2015 more than likely anyways, but admits coming back from an ACL injury was not an easy task. He credits a lot of support from fellow classmate Stanley Morgan.
* Bush might be in a position to push for the backup job, but struggled on Thursday, throwing at least two interceptions and throwing several more balls into heavy coverage. Splitting reps with redshirt freshman enrollee Patrick O'Brien, the California quarterback had a much better day compared to Bush.