The Nebraska football team partook in their second scrimmage this fall camp on Saturday, practicing for around two hours.
Players were encouraged to treat it like a game day Saturday when it came to their routine.
After the session Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said he expects captains to be named next week.
Nebraska junior wide receiver De’Moarnay Pierson’s health entering the fall has been a major storyline thru the first couple of weeks and on Saturday the Virginia native stood out. Pierson-El practiced both with the first and second team, with senior Brandon Reilly and Jordan Westerkamp sitting out of the scrimmage.
“I was really happy for De’Mornay,” said Riley. “This is all step-by-step confidence for him. His knee is good. It is just getting to play. We have to be real thoughtful on getting in the football in the right situations and how we get him the ball. But it was good to see him make some plays today.”
Riley wasn’t happy with the Huskers two-minute drill start the scrimmage. It featured an interception by quarterback Tommy Armstrong to safety Aaron Williams.
* True freshman Boe Wilson took reps at left guard today in place of the injured Jerald Foster. Redshirt freshman Jalin Barnett was limited with a sprained ankle.
“He shows us first physically,” said Riley regarding Wilson. “He’s athletic and physical. He’s strong, he’s got good feet.”
* Riley indicated he’s close to naming a starting punter. “I’m proud of both of them,” said Riley. “Both of those kids could punt in the games.”
* True freshman defensive backs Lamar Jackson, Tony Butler and JoJo Domann all look like they won’t be redshirt candidates and could help the Huskers on special teams. Jackson is also vying for a spot in the Nebraska two-deep as a corner.
As far as freshman wide receivers Derrion Grim and JD Spielman, Riley and the staff haven’t finalized decisions. “He’s just a ballplayer,” said Riley of Spielman. “We would probably like to redshirt him, but he just might do too many things.” All other redshirt decisions will be made by the middle of next week.
* Nebraska has put defensive lineman Logan Rath on scholarship, along with running back Graham Nabity and Brad Simpson already posted in the Red Zone. “It was a hard decision,” said Riley, indicating five guys were in the mix total.
* Riley said he’s “extra” proud of defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg and how he has come back from the torn knee.
* Nebraska has gotten true freshman Matt Farniok some work at tackle, but will likely redshirt unless an injury on the line happens between now and the first game.