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NCAA FOOTBALL: AUG 06 Nebraska Practice

Experience elsewhere aiding Cooper, Green at safety

Eleven days. That’s all that’s left between now and the first game of the 2013 season.

But it’s not here yet. Until then, here’s some notes from the Huskers’ Tuesday practice to hold you over:

–The coaches have had an entire offseason to prepare for Wyoming in the opening game of the season, but Nebraska is still very much in the teach and evaluate mode.

“We, as coaches, have been doing our bit to get ready for that (game), but we’re not on Wyoming yet,” coach Bo Pelini said.

–If you weren’t considering Andrew Green in the race to start at one of the two open safety spots, now might be the time to start.

“He has come along well, we gave him a ton of reps out there today and he is getting better. I think he is comfortable and he has picked it up well. He has shown really good range back there and cover skills from his corner days, he’s getting better,” Pelini said.

Green was a safety in high school, which made the coaches pretty comfortable with the idea of moving him prior to his senior season.

“He’s a guy who had that kind of experience and embraced it,” Pelini said. “He’s doing well.”

–At the other safety spot, Pelini has liked what he’s seen so far out of junior Corey Cooper who spent portions of last season in a linebacker-like role when Nebraska was in the dime formation.

“His experience at playing up has helped him in going back,” Pelini said. “He understands how things work up front and it made him a better safety having been up…The more you know about what’s happening around you, it’s easier to play your spot.”

–Junior defensive tackle Walker Ashburn will sit out the 2013 season with a medical redshirt according to Pelini due to multiple concussions.

“We sat down with him and talked to his family and made the decision that it was about time,” Pelini said.

Ashburn appeared in two games last season for the Huskers, tallying two tackles and a half-sack.

–There should be some happy walk-ons later this week. That’s the timetable Pelini gave for announcing which walk-ons will be granted a scholarship for the 2013 season.

–Regarding senior offensive lineman Andrew Rodriguez, Pelini said he’s “playing the best football he’s ever played for us” so far in fall camp. Rodriguez played in every game last season, primarily backing up Jeremiah Sirles, but could be in the mix on the other side this season and locked in a battle with returning starter Brent Qvale.