Husker Offense Continues To Make Strides

Nebraska held their last Saturday practice spring session, a week out from the annual Red-White game.


The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads for just over two hours on Saturday in Memorial Stadium. Head coach Mike Riley addressed the media afterwards.

Saturday's practice included the longest scrimmage the Huskers have seen in their spring season.

"We were supposed to go about 50 (plays), but I think we ended up around 100," Riley said, "We have just enough players that we can do that number of plays and feel good about it."

"It kind of flowed pretty easily today," Riley said of the positive aspects of the scrimmage. "I thought we put the ball down and they played football. Offensively we had a slow start, but then Tommy took them down for a touchdown. We overall ran the ball effectively, too." Riley noted that he is looking for consistent execution from the offense.

"I think they both executed some things very well," Riley said when asked about the two young quarterbacks AJ Bush and Patrick O'Brien. "Patrick should still be in high school, but if I did say anything about what he can do better from what I saw, it would be to be a little more decisive. He held the ball a little too long, but the ones he made a decision on and threw were impressive." 

Riley addressed the return of receiver Jordan Westerkamp, who recently underwent minor surgery.

"Westy is good, he feels good. We're gonna run him pretty soon," Riley said. "I think everyone is very confident that he's going to be well pretty soon and good for workouts with the team."

Riley explained that he is confident in the identity forming for the offense. "I feel pretty good about that, what we have to do with the run, the bootleg, with the quick screen game that we do, I think I've got a pretty good picture of what this has got to look like."

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