Practice Report – Day 8
Nebraska wrapped up its first week of fall camp with a 100-play scrimmage on Saturday inside Memorial Stadium.
Yes, there was some news beyond the status of Tyler Moore:
–Bo Pelini’s early take on the scrimmage:
“The tempo was really great offensively. I think they have a lot in. There’s a lot in defensively…Overall I thought it was pretty good execution but with a lot to work on.”
– Pelini tapped the brakes slightly on the rave reviews surrounding freshman cornerback Charles Jackson. “Charles is a talented young man who’s got a lot to learn,” Pelini said. “He’s put his time in and he’s working hard at it. I think he’s going to be a good player in time. How fast? I don’t know.”
–It’s the usual suspects for the most part in the return game right now with RB Ameer Abdullah, WR Tim Marlowe and WR Kenny Bell working on special teams but Pelini said RB Braylon Heard is also getting a shot.
–Pelini said it’s a “possibility” that kicker Mauro Bondi will redshirt this season with Brett Maher capable of handling placekicking, punting and kickoff duties.
–With Moore’s status up in the air, Pelini highlighted a couple of players on the o-line who could be candidates at tackle but it didn’t sound like they would be ready soon.
“Givens Price is a guy who is getting better,” Pelini said. “I think he’s a ways off but he’s shown me a lot in the last couple of days.”
“I think Zach Sterup’s going to be a good player in time,” Pelini added. “He’s really made some progress. You just look at him physically, from when he joined us to where he is now, it’s night and day.”
–Brent Qvale may have had a slight lead on Moore on the depth chart based on his performance in camp so far. The junior has battled injuries in his career, but still appeared in 26 games the past two years.
“I’m excited about him,” Pelini said. “He’s had a really good camp. He’s going to be a really good player for us.”
–Senior defensive end Joseph Carter looks like a guy who should be a dominant pass rusher, but he didn’t have a huge impact last year. How far away is he from becoming a major contributor? I’ll let Pelini explain:
“He’s light years ahead of where he was a year ago with another galaxy to go.”
Pelini added that Carter has made “significant progress” this week.
Nebraska is off on Sunday before entering the dog days of fall camp. The Huskers start six straight days of practice on Monday, including three days of two-a-days.
“They understand what’s ahead of them this week and how important this week is for our season,” Pelini said. “They know what’s at stake.”