Amidst an eager crowd, parents
and their children attending for the "Youth Experience",
The practice was highlighted by
The drill was easily the most physical practice on the day and overall, Callahan was pleased with its debut. "It was great tempo, great attitude and everything we look for in the drill came out," Callahan said. "We'll only improve on that as we move on."
Within the approximately 10 minutes that the drill was run, the highlight came when starting running back Cory Ross broke free and ran through and over strong safety Travis Gingery. The players yelled in approval and even the fans in attendance couldn't help but acknowledge Ross's convincing play. "It just picks everything up," Callahan said of the play energizing the practice. "The spirit is high in that drill and it was really interesting to watch the two groups work."
"And, when he makes a finish like that, like he did on that particular run to score in that drill, everyone comes alive and they are cranked up and juiced up and they are excited for each other."
With the pads on, there was little doubt that much of the emphasis today would be slanted towards the issue of physicality. Callahan made note, however, of the fact that consistent to his plans from the outset of Spring, it was special teams that got extra special attention. "Our number one area of emphasis this spring is special teams," Callahan said. "We're working on kickoff cover, lane distribution and we're working on those details that define great coverage."
"That's something we are continuing to impress upon our players."
Along with the physical drills,
And, on that front, the return of offensive lineman Lydon Murtha was a welcome sight, though Callahan said that Murtha came back in a very limited role, confined to doing a lot of individual work with no participation in the drills or scrimmage. Matt O'Shea made his return to the field yesterday. Donald DeFrand is still absent and on crutches, suffering from what coach Callahan said was a mid-foot sprain. Wali Muhammad is still out indefinitely, attending to his academics.
Practice wasn't the only thing on people's minds as following immediately after the third day of Spring practices, the "Youth Experience" hit the field.
502 kids between the ages of 8 & 13 took to the field with Callahan leading the way to the sound of the "Tunnelwalk" theme.
Players and coaches tutored the children in various drills, from line to in the secondary. Each group of kids would then rotate to one of the other stations until the first ever event was over. "I thought it was great," Callahan said. "It was fun to see the little Huskers, just to have the opportunity to be around our players, be on the field and go through some of the drills we normally go through, - I thought it was great. It was a lot of fun."
spring game is scheduled for April 16th.