Pelini happy with Huskers’ first two practices
LINCOLN — Nebraska held its second practice of fall camp Tuesday night at the Hawks Championship Center. So far, so good according to head coach Bo Pelini.
“I thought we have had two good days obviously no pads with the way the NCAA lays it out but the energy has been good and we have gotten a lot of things accomplished over the first couple of days.” Pelini said, “I like where we are right now, I like the enthusiasm, the execution has been pretty good and we have been getting a lot of guys’ reps.”
With the Huskers looking to replace seven starters on defense, much of the offseason talk for fans has focused on how Nebraska handles that transition. But that’s not the way Pelini sees it.
“They’re going to be playing good football when we kick it off. I like what I’ve seen from our defense so far, I like what we’re doing. You guys are the ones that are concerned about the defense, not me. We’ll be just fine,” Pelini said.
One of the key pieces in that defensive replenishment is junior college transfer Randy Gregory. The junior was one of the most sought after JUCO prospects in the country last year and, despite not being able to enroll in time for the summer sessions, showed up in shape and ready to go according to his head coach.
“Randy’s looked good the first two days,” Pelini said. “He’s swimming in it a little bit mentally, but he can play.”
A few other notes from practice:
–True freshman defensive tackle Maliek Collins missed practice due to a personal issue that required him to return to Kansas City. He’s expected to be back for Nebraska’s practice on Wednesday.
–Two other true freshmen on defense, defensive end Dimarya Mixon and linebacker Marcus Newby, are not part of the preliminary 105-man roster as they work through some eligibility issues. Pelini said there is no timetable for their arrival.
–Backup quarterback Tommy Armstrong is practicing but isn’t quite a “full-go” yet according to Pelini. The redshirt freshman required a minor surgery to clear up some issues on the same knee that forced him to miss the second half of last season.
–Senior tight end Jake Long will miss approximately two weeks with an undisclosed injury.
“That’s actually pretty good for us. Jake’s played a lot of football. We’ve got to figure out who out of those young tight ends is going to step up,” Pelini said.
–Redshirt freshman punter Sam Foltz, a walk-on from Grand Island, has continued to impress Pelini early on after a strong spring showing.
“I think Foltz has a chance to be a big time punter with his leg strength. The hang time he gets on punts is something….Foltz gives us something maybe we haven’t had.”