Jr. RB Roy Helu Jr. continues to be out as he nurses what Coach Pelini said was a "tight" hamstring. He's expected to be back soon.
In regard to freshman offensive lineman Brent Qvale, Pelini didn't comment on the specifics of the injury, but did say that the freshman lineman would be out for "awhile."
Still practicing in half-pads, but practicining nonetheless was junior tight end Dreu Young, who continues rehab from a procedure over the Summer.
Also in half pads was sophomore offensive lineman Luke Lingenfelter, who continues to go through his mandatory five-day acclimation period following being added to the 105-man roster following the injury to freshman offensive lineman Nick Coffey.
Back at practice was freshman defensive back Dijon Washington, who missed the last three days with an undisclosed injury.
Cody Green looking good?
Following today's practice Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Shawn Watson said that the battle for number two persists, and right now there is no clearcut leader. Watson indicated that prior to the last three days junior quarterback Latravis Washington was doing very well. But since then true freshman Cody Green has apparently elevated his play, making the quarterback drama at number two even more interesting as Watson said that the staff is trying to hammer out who is playing where and at what spot on the depth chart, this week.
Senior offensive lineman Andy Christensen talked after practice today, we believe in one of the first big interview sessions he's done this year. Much of the conversation was centered around being back and obviously coming back from being away from the game either due to injury or off-the-field issues. Christensen said that last year at one point he was up to as much as 330 lbs., but is now at 310 lbs, which he said has made him much more effective. Christensen started the Fall Camp at left guard, but has since moved to right guard due to junior Ricky Henry being out for an extended period of time (he's back and practicing at full speed) and now the injury to Qvale. Christensen said after practice that he wasn't sure if the move was permanent, but with the amount of reps he's been able to get at both guard spots in both the Spring and the Fall, barring injury, we expect this move to stick.
One interesting note about Christensen that is certainly public knowledge, but sort of ironic, it would seem: He was recruited by Barney Cotton when the Offensive LIne Coach was here in 2003. Christensen is also the only member of the team who was part of the last Husker team to play in a conference title game.
Coach Watson commented to an extent on junior wide receiver Niles Paul, and much of it was just how much of a different person he's been versus in the Spring. You might remember that Paul missed the Spring Game due to some off-the-field issues which had him out for the last week of the Spring session. But Watson said that he's been by far the most noticeable leader for that group of receivers and basically, the team. "Niles Paul is the guy, no doubt about it," he said. "Niles Paul is the guy. He had to want to be coached. He humbled himself and letting us coaching him," Watson said. "I tell you what, he's got a sense of purpose. He doesn't want to be good, he wants to be great. He's really stepped up his game."
On a humorous note, Paul said after practice today that from an idea inspired by fellow receiver, senior Chris Brooks, the wideouts are all letting their facial hair grow out. Everyone that is, except for senior Menelik Holt. "He can't grow any hair there. He doesn't even have to shave," Paul said of Holt with a laugh. "So yeah, we kind of give him a hard time about it sometimes."