In front of a throng of high school coaches from around the country, Nebraska finished up the regular week of practices for week two of the spring session. There's just a little over a week before the Huskers will take the field for the second spring game under head coach, Bill Callahan.
Because neither the coaches nor
the players were available for comment following today's practice, there was
little that could be recapped via quotes from those that participated in the
What nobody needed to say,
though, was that Nebraska brought out the bag of drills, possibly to show
the reported 600+ coaches in attendance everything that Nebraska had in its
Blocking drills, running drills,
sprints, jumps, side-to-side, up and down, every drill you could imagine and of
course, it was complimented by the usually frenzied session of one-on-one
What was probably the most
significant about the practice was that Zac Taylor, the junior college transfer,
who had normally taken most of the reps with the number two unit was well into
his second day of working with the starters.
Head coach, Bill Callahan eluded
to that the last practice, stating that they were simply trying to get Taylor more reps with the
starters, so that he would be more used to them.
Today, it was even more than it
was the prior practice, Taylor's reps with the starters nearly doubling
that which Dailey received, Joe going much of the practice with the back-up
Is this a sign that the coaches
have finally made a decision as to who is one and who is two? At this point,
probably not, but the amount of reps is obviously very telling.
Nebraska will engage in another full scrimmage
tomorrow and will resume practice on Monday as they head into the homestretch
for the Spring game.
Kansas City Chief head coach, Dick Vermeil was in attendance
today, to speak to the high school coaching horde after Nebraska's Friday
practice. Vermeil address the media shortly prior to that, talking about his
relationship with Callahan, that prompted a visit to Lincoln, with the Chiefs
just a little over a week away from the NFL Draft. Vermeil also talked about
starting guard for Kansas
City, Will Shields, who some have speculated will hang it
up this year. "We expect him to play," Vermeil said. "He's not worn out, he's
worn down and that just comes with age, but we expect him to play."
Vermeil referred to Shields
as the "Chief Chief" and definitely the leader of that offensive line.
Vermeil also talked in some
length about Barrett Ruud, who the Kansas City Chiefs, like many other teams,
has scouted. Vermeil described Ruud as a person that played fast rather than one
that was one of those burners on the field.
Another Husker that plays for
Vermeil is Safety, Eric Warfield, a four-year starter for the head coach and a
For the spring game, the university of Nebraska has announced that the "scoring
explosion" of Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar and Turner Gill, would be in attendance
for the spring game coming up. The triumvirate combined to help Nebraska set an NCAA
scoring mark for points in a season, a record that still stands today.
Fryar also became the first wide receiver ever to be taken
number one overall in the NFL draft, that feat duplicated only one other time
since then, USC's Keyshawn Johnson being the other one.
Mike Rozier won the Heisman trophy at Nebraska and went onto a
career in the Canadian football league
Turner Gill was one of the highest touted recruits in
football history and was the only starting quarterback for Tom Osborne to have
at least two victories against Barry Switzer and his Oklahoma Sooners.