Team starting to believe

Typical to the theme of Spring, the Nebraska football team had another live scrimmage, this one taking place inside Hawks Championship Indoor Center. As the defense continues to learns the ins and outs of the Pelini-system, they have tried to close the gap on the offense, which returns not just the offensive system, but a host of starters.

In respect to the defense closing the gap on the offense, Pelini said that the unit was by no means a finished product, but they are showing signs that things seem to be sinking in.

"They are starting to believe. They are starting to gain confidence in what we're doing and each other," Pelini said. "Are we where we want to be? Heck, no. I know one thing: we are a lot better now than we were in day one.

"The progress we've seen up to this point is good (but) we have to finish off the Spring the right way and set ourselves up for what we have to get done in camp."

One of the highlights of the scrimmage was a touchdown run by sophomore running back Roy Helu. The only touchdown of the scrimmage, Helu took the ball off the left side, made an open-field move on junior safety Rickey Thenarse, and outran the rest of the defense into the end zone. Helu's name has become quite familiar as the head coach has commented on his play over Spring frequently, so his continuing progression is no surprise to Nebraska's first-year H.C. "I'm seeing what I have seen the whole Spring," Pelini said of Helu's performance. "I am seeing a guy who's explosive. We had a couple guys miss (during that touchdown run) and he took advantage. And then he got down in the secondary and made a couple guys miss.

"He's a heck of a football player. I have seen it since Day-one of Spring and I am just continuing to see it and it's just fun to watch the guy play."

Missing from today's practice for the second day was sophomore offensive guard Keith Williams. Coach Pelini said after practice, though, that a shoulder issue, which Williams had re-aggravated, is fine and Williams could be back as early as Monday.

Back at practice today was sophomore Quentin Castille, who missed yesterday's practice with a slight case of the flu.

Coach Pelni did say after practice today that sophomore defensive tackle and Seth Jensen has left the team for personal reasons and that sophomore linebacker Kyle Moore will be transferring to another school, which hasn't been determined thus far.

For the Spring game, while Pelini has not commented on any particulars regarding which units face with units, he said today that the structure of the teams for the April 19th game will be more than likely via a draft-process, where teams will be picked by coaches and/or players.

This is a method which is fairly common around the country and is what LSU used to determine their rosters for their spring game this last season.

Nebraska will return to the practice field on Monday, where it's expected that the weather should be in the 50s as Nebraska continues progress toward the Spring-game finale'.

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