Nebraska’s offense is executing at a faster pace, offensive coordinator Troy Walters said following Wednesday’s practice. He saw a lot of good from his group, especially in high-pressure situations against the defense in Sunday’s scrimmage.
And while he was impressed with quite a few players, one wide receiver stood out in particular.
“Jaevon McQuitty did a good job,” Walters said. “He made some plays. He keeps progressing. Very pleased with his play.”
McQuitty arrived at Nebraska in 2017 and was poised to play early until an injury forced him to redshirt for the season. As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he appeared in six games but did not record a reception. Walters hopes to see that change for McQuitty in 2019, and it sounds like the sophomore has been putting in the work to make that happen.
“He’s done a great job,” Walters said. “He understands the office. The biggest thing is that he understands the offense. Last year, he wasn’t very confident. He was more reactionary and now he makes things happen. He has that confidence. He made plays in the scrimmage.
“He just keeps getting better. He has that sense of urgency. He wants it. He wants to be part of this team. He wants to help contribute to the offense so that’s a good sign.”
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"As an offense we're executing at a faster pace,” Walters said. “Even the young guys are picking up their sense of urgency and their tempo. The first three possessions [of Sunday's scrimmage], we went down and scored. The next three, the defense shut us out. So there's a lot of good competition there."
Quarterback Adrian Martinez also noted the aggressiveness of the offense through fall camp as well.
>> Kanawai Noa was held out of Wednesday’s practice, but he’s impressed so far.
“He's a veteran, he’s played and he has experience,” Walters said. “Off the field, he’s a pro. He’s a fifth-year senior and he almost acts like a NFL player. He’s focused on football and whatever it takes to be successful, for this team to be successful.’
Walters also said Noa has taken it on himself to mentor the younger wide receivers on the team.
>> Noah Vedral said this offseason is “calmer.” After a freshman year where he had a transition from high school to college and Nebraska to Florida, and then a second year where he moved home and had to deal with the waiver issue, this offseason has just been about football, and that’s a breath of fresh air. There aren’t any emails he’s waiting on, there aren’t any compliance things he has to sort through, and he can just focus on football. He’s enjoying this offseason.
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