Nebraska held its fourth practice of fall camp Monday morning at the Hawks Championship Center. The Huskers practiced outside in half pads with a very special guest in attendance: legendary Nebraska coach Tom Osborne.
The Hail Varsity team — Derek Peterson, Greg Smith, Erin Sorensen, Jacob Padilla and Mike Babcock — noted a few key observations from Monday's practice.
>> Practice concluded around 11:10 a.m. While a few of the younger players (mostly freshmen) were walking to the locker room soon after practice concluded, a majority of the players didn't reach the second floor until about 11:20 a.m.
>> As noted above, Osborne was at practice today. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander noted that he is his best as a coach on days when Osborne is in attendance: "When Tom Osborne comes out to practice, I know I'm at my best."
>> Chinander also spoke about Aaron Williams, Ben Stille, “new toys” on offense and more. You can hear his whole post-practice comments right here.
>> Defensive line coach Mike Dawson was asked if Nebraska wanted a guy on defense that could consisently demand double-teams because they didn't have that last year. His answer was essentially that that's not what the Huskers want.
>> DiCaprio Bootle said Deontai Williams is going to be a "big part of our defense this year" at safety.
>> After being the talk of Nebraska's fall camp press conference, Cam Taylor's name came up once again on Monday. This time, Lamar Jackson was the one to mention and praise the young cornerback.
Inside linebacker Will Honas was also impressed with Taylor.
“Cam Taylor has really impressed me at cornerback," Honas said. "He’s done a really nice job and made some big plays so far.”
>> Honas appeared to have a small cut on his head following practice.
>> Honas also mentioned freshman running back Maurice Washington as a current stand out: "Somebody that has really stood out to me so far is Maurice Washington, who really can move and is really explosive out of his cuts."
Bootle and Mohamed Barry also mentioned Washington.
>> Antonio Reed has an impressive gold '25' chain that he was wearing post-practice.
>> Cornerback Will Jackson is a legit 6-foot-3.
>> After officially graduating from Central Florida on Saturday, Tre Neal has joined the Huskers. Chinander spoke about the value of having Neal at Nebraska.
“We’ve already seen it. He knows the answers to the questions," Chinander said. "A lot of times, the way I teach is I present them with a problem, I let the problem occur and then we give them the solution. He knows the answers to the questions a lot so a lot of times already those kids have been able to make a new call, we haven’t even put it in yet and Tre’s kind of told them, ‘Hey this is gonna happen, here’s what we’re going to do,’ so having him in the room has allowed the teaching at the position for safeties and corners to be raised to a higher level.”
>> When practice concluded, the whole team came together to break it down.