“I missed you guys,” coach Bo Pelini said as he walked up to 20 or so reporters waiting for him after Nebraska’s practice on Wednesday.
Whether he was joking or not, it was met with nervous laughter from those assembled. But it did reveal Pelini’s mood and that can sometimes be a good gauge of how the Huskers practiced that day.
“We had a good go today,” Pelini said. “We came back Monday and the kids came back with pretty good effort, maybe some mental things they let slip a little bit during the break, but overall came back with good effort.
Most of Pelini’s comments Wednesday indicated a level of overall satisfaction, for now, with the progress Nebraska’s made so far this spring.
“Like you’d expect this time of year, we have a long way to go in all phases of the game. But I’m seeing guys getting better, I’m seeing the light start to come on. We’re getting closer to laying a foundation that’s going to take us into fall camp. That’s what this is all about,” Pelini said.
Nebraska has just four practices remaining this spring before the Apr. 6 spring game. With 10 practices in the books, Pelini said some of Nebraska’s younger players are starting to understand what it takes to compete at this level.
“We have a lot of young guys who kind of got hit with the realization of the type of hard work — the type of attention — to detail required to have success in this,” he said. “That realization comes in a lot of different ways, but it affects guys, it allows them to keep growing, and I think that is what’s happening with this team.”
A few other news and notes from practice:
–Cornerback Ciante Evans sat out Wednesday’s practice after getting into a minor traffic accident but is fine according to Pelini.
–Running back Ameer Abdullah is on schedule with his recovery from the knee injury suffered earlier this spring. “He could probably practice now if we needed him to, but he’s done as far as I am concerned this spring,” Pelini said.
–Quarterback Taylor Martinez has an impressive streak going this spring and Pelini’s liked what he’s seen out of the senior quarterback.
“I think Taylor is very confident and he is playing at a very high level; his ball placement has been phenomenal. He threw couple interceptions in the first or second practice and I don’t think he has thrown one since.” Pelini said.
The Huskers will practice again on Thursday and Saturday of this week.