Notes: Wildcats keep working

The Wildcats remain focused on Saturday's contest with Nebraska. The team continued its preparations for the Cornhuskers with a two-hour workout inside the Nicolet Football Center. PurpleWildcats offers notes from the sidelines.

- It is still difficult to determine what Fitzgerald and offensive coordinator Mick McCall plan for in terms of rotating quarterbacks. Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter saw equal reps, or close to that, once again. Zach Oliver showed off his excellent arm strength.

- All three quarterbacks looked comfortable airing the ball out. Kyle Prater had a nice deep grab and appears to be settling into the offensive schemes.

- Colter's one notable blemish was an overthrow to the end zone. He and Siemian had a lengthy discussion with McCall near the conclusion of practice.

- Redshirt freshman Pierre Youngblood-Ary played well at wideout for the practice team, hauling in multiple passes. As for the starters, Tony Jones was targeted several times.

- Despite his lack of size, Venric Mark continues to be comfortable pounding the ball between the tackles. Fitzgerald noted the Oregon tailbacks provide an example of how undersized runners can excel on the inside.

- Pat Fitzgerald heaped praise on Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, whose completion percentage has improved from last season: "He's a true dual-threat quarterback. He presents a challenge every time he touches the ball."

- Freshman Stephen Buckley, a former high-school quarterback, continued his imitation of Martinez in the backfield– even going so far as attempting a pass. Buckley and the zone read caused some issues for the NU defensive front. Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz called out his unit on one occasion.

- Freshman corner Nick VanHoose put forth another strong effort on the practice field. He maintained solid coverage throughout and made a nice pass deflection. Backups Demetrius Dugar and Mike Eshun had opportunities to impress.

- The linebacking corps, which has improved tremendously this season, seemed to be in good position throughout the afternoon. Damien Proby emerged recently after back-to-back strong performances. Said Nwabuisi: "He's playing at another level right now. We hope he can keep it up."

- Fitzgerald said he expects a great atmosphere for the nationally televised game. Nwabuisi and defensive end Quentin Williams noted the national spotlight does not change the team's preparation.

- Stay tuned for more PurpleWildcats coverage leading into a pivotal home game against Nebraska.


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