Nebraska practice report (3-16-17)

The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours Thursday in the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field in full pads.

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The Nebraska football team practiced for a little over two hours Thursday in the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field in full pads.

Head Coach Mike Riley spoke to the media after the Huskers' last practice before spring break to discuss the team's mindset as they head into the week off.

"I think it is important that they take a mental break, but not totally physically. They should do a little bit of something whether it is running, stretching, a little lifting, that is good." Riley said. "You want them to have a break and the mental part will be not having school and not having football all day long. But they need to do a little bit of something and stay out of trouble."

Coach Riley went on to talk about how he sees the defensive backs developing under the new leadership.

"There was a step up. We did a lot of red zone work today, and they made some just great plays in the red zone." Riley said. "I think that the secondary, it should be a strength. With some veteran players like we have and the growth of some of the young people like Lamar [Jackson], I am excited about that group."

Coach Riley continued to further discuss spring break and how he feels about having to deal with a week off as the team looks forward to the annual Red-White Spring Game.

"To give them a little break physically and mentally right now seems like it's good. It is another one of those things that is out of our control." Riley said. "We have the spring game kind of set, so when you have a situation like this, no matter what it is you say it is good. Then you just put a smile on your face and say it is going to be alright. But I do like it."

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