NU continues spring practice, HS coaches galore

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 various drills.


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 repertoire.


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 call-out.


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 group.


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 converted CB.



-                      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.

o       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.

o       Mike Rozier won the Heisman trophy at Nebraska and went onto a career in the Canadian football league

o       Turner Gill was one of the highest touted recruits in Nebraska football history and was the only starting quarterback for Tom Osborne to have at least two victories against Barry Switzer and his Oklahoma Sooners.


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