Notes from Nebraska's First Open Practice of Fall Camp
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Notes from Nebraska’s First Open Practice of Fall Camp

August 08, 2018

On its first full week of fall camp, the Huskers opened practice to the media for the first 30 minutes of the day. 

The Hail Varsity team — Derek Peterson, Greg Smith and Erin Sorensen — noted a few key observations from that session.

>> Nebraska released its 110-man fall camp roster on Wednesday. The full list, and observations, can be found here.

>> The Huskers were in full pads for the first time of fall camp.

>> Redshirt freshman quarterback Tristan Gebbia was the first quarterback on the field when the Husker offense started running through plays. He was followed by walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch and then true freshman Adrian Martinez.

>> During those run-throughs, the offense was going against a "defense" that consisted of other offensive players not involved in the play. Both walk-on Matt Masker and UCF transfer Noah Vedral were serving as "safeties" to get a look at things from the other perspective. Running back Mikale Wilbon spent most of his time on the defensive side.

>> Walk-on Wyatt Mazour got just as many snaps as some of the more notable Husker tailbacks like Greg Bell and Maurice Washington. Speaking of Washington, when he's standing next to some of the other runners, there is a noticeable difference in size. Washington is listed as 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, but looks very lean. He's got lightning quick moves but he will no doubt need to bulk up.

>> The offense was running plays at a break-neck pace. We've heard about the pace but this was really the first real look we've gotten in a practice setting. There was minimal stoppage time between plays. Plenty of reps to go around.

>> Freshman running back/wideout Miles Jones was at practice but not participating.

>> During the warm-up, most players were holding a football as they went through. Coaches would then try to run up behind guys hoping to catch players sleeping and knock balls loose. Fumbles were a big emphasis from the looks of things.

>> Senior guard Jerald Foster and defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg were leading warmups.

>> The last bit of practice we got to see was a variation of the Oklahoma Drill with two levels of defenders instead of just one. Running backs coach Ryan Held was right in the middle of it and very vocal. Every back participated, Mazour and Washington both scored touchdowns off nifty cut-back moves. 

When Caleb Lightbourn realized what the team was running, he ran from where the specialists were over to the drill yelling: "Oh yeah, Oklahoma Drill. Let's get it!"

>> Washington had a heck of a spin move and broke away during the Oklahoma Drill.

>> The Husker offense has a lot of formations and combinations to play with, just from the short period we got to see. It will be fun to see that unfold and what types of headaches they can give opponents. Misdirection is key.

>> Freshman linebacker Caleb Tannor physically looks like a guy ready to play college football.

>> A few NFL teams were in attendance, including the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers.

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