Position Battles Heat Up

The Huskers went back inside Hawks Championship Indoor Center, this time in full pads, as they continue their Spring practices, which will end with the Spring Game on April 18th.

April Fools Day ended with no joking around on the practice field as many Huskers battle for a position. The team practiced for 2 ½ hours today, and continued to work for the upcoming season. "We're continuing with the install." Said Coach Bo Pelini. "I saw some good things, I saw some things we need to get fixed. We're making some progress in some areas and doing some better things, the consistency isn't there yet."

The biggest news of the day was the beginning of Cody Green working with the offense. Green took snaps with the 2nd team offense, and appeared to be at full health. "We got to pick our spots and pick our certain plays that we want to run with him right now, at least for the next couple days."

Early on in spring practice, it appears that both Roy Helu Jr. and Quentin Castille are the favorites at the RB spot. However, RB Coach Tim Beck has been very impressed by a few unheralded players. Redshirt Freshman Lester Ward, Redshirt Freshman Collins Okafor, and Sophomore Austin Jones have all looked great so far in their battle for some playing time. "All three of those guys have really made strides in their battle for their spots right now. " said Coach Beck.

One other battle continues to heat up for the Huskers. With Dan Titchener and Jake Wesch leaving the team after graduation, the Huskers are left without a punter. Redshirt Freshman Brett Maher and Junior Alex Henery are locked into a battle for the job.

However, Coach Pelini speaks highly of his kickers abilities as a punter. "We got a lot of guys taking some reps. Like I said, Alex (Henery) is doing pretty well."

The Cornhuskers will take the practice field again on Friday for their 6th practice of the spring. Spring practice wraps up on April 18th with the Red-White game.

In related news, senior defensive lineman David Harvey, who was moved inside to play defensive tackle, has since moved back to his original position of defensive end. Harvey was seen as potential depth at the defensive-spot as the experiments continue in trying to fill the absence of the now-graduated Ty Steinkuhler. But with the apparent progression of sophomore defensive tackle Jared Rick and redshirt freshman Baker Stienkuhler, that seemed to make the move back to defensive end, logical.


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