After practicing for nearly a week, the Nebraska Cornhuskers threw on the complete set of pads for the first time in the 2016 season.
“This was the first day of extended interaction between our offense and defense, resulting in probably some obvious give and take,” Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said. “But it was good for us -- it was a little hot, but…I thought overall it was a good start in full gear. We put spent a lot time just putting in plays and practicing individual skills so it was good to do this.”
Riley gave a quick injury update: Michael Rose-Ivey went out with a knee injury. He would be further checked out and an update will be provided at a later date. Chris Jones left practices with cramps.
Senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong was a bit rusty on Tuesday Riley hinted.
“All of a sudden when you are doing it against people trying to stop it, things change a hair,” said Riley. “That is what happened today. We will be better than that tomorrow.”
Speaking of quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf liked what he saw from backup Ryker Fyfe in the offseason.
“I think he’s in the best shape of his life. He brags about it. He feels good about it. I think he looks good, and he’s throwing the ball well,” said Langsdorf. “I think he’s doing a nice job through the spring. I think he’s lot more comfortable calling the plays, executing the play, getting guys lined up right. He looks a lot further along. ”
With a dynamic wide receiver corp, Langsdorf was asked how big of a problem getting everyone touches this season could potentially be.
“I think we have to have a good menu for each guy. We have to make sure we get Cethan [Carter] the ball and this is how we’re going to get it to him. Same with Brandon [Reilly], same with [Alonzo Moore], you got [Stanley Morgan Jr.] in there [and] the backs. I think that’s a good problem. I just think it’s being organized, making sure you have a good menu for each player and how it fits in the game plan. ”
* Riley admitted he thought the heat, which was in the low to mid 90s, affected a few players and their energy level.
* The coaching staff continues to work extra with the younger guys, having them practice a bit later staggering sessions.
* Chris Jones intercepted Armstrong during the 7-on-7 portion of practice.
* Riley said he’s been impressed with the conditioning level for Devine Ozigbo and his current body. “He looks like he’s well toned,” said Riley.
* Without looking at the tape, Langsdorf was happy with how the offense ran the ball on Tuesday. The running backs are getting pretty equal reps at this point.
* Carter gets a lot of hype from fans and even the coaches, but Langsdorf said senior tight end Sam Cotton has plays in the offense and is excelling.
* Devine Ozigbo has improved catching the ball out of the backfield this offseason and Langsdorf has taken notice.
* Tre Bryant could help on special teams this season according to Langsdorf, but could have a hard time cracking the top three.
* Derrion Grim is further ahead of his peers because of the reps he gained in the spring and will likely not redshirt this season.
* Quarterback transfer Tanner Lee is working with the younger guys and doesn't look like a anything but a veteran said Langsdorf. They are excited with where he is already at despite not being eligible.