LINCOLN, Neb. - No one has ever questioned Nebraska sophomore running back Mikale Wilbon's running ability, but the third-year back couldn't do enough of the rest of the things last season to see substantial time on the field. This spring the former Illinois product is getting another look.
"It's being able to know the offense and being able to know the defense so he can be productive when he's in the game," said running back coach Reggie Davis. "I have seen a greater understanding. I know he works hard at it, especially in the areas of protections. I think he has studied that harder.
"From a player-callers standpoint, you gotta know who's in the game. You don't want to have to look out there and say, 'ugh, I can't call this but it would be a great call right now, but I can't call it because that guy is in the game.' You don't want to do that to your team and be predictable."
Davis, who spent time talking with reporters last week, was also asked about the growth of sophomore Devine Ozigbo, who received carries last fall as a true freshman.
"He obviously had talent coming in, that is why he played last year, but he seems more comfortable. His body has changed a little bit," said Davis. "That has led to him being more comfortable...I think he's quicker. I think he's leaned up some as well."
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