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Observations from the First Open Practice of Nebraska’s 2022 Fall Camp

August 01, 2022

The start of August means that Nebraska will be playing its first game of the 2022 season this month. The Huskers have gotten going with fall camp, and allowed media to observe practice for about 25 minutes this morning.

Here are some observations from the period.

>> Head coach Scott Frost spent time with special teams early on as they worked on punt coverage. Later on, Bill Busch worked closely with the punters as they practiced their technique.

>> Turner Corcoran lined up at both left guard and left tackle throughout the drills. Last year, he was primarily a tackle and started nine games on the left side. Teddy Prochazka spent time at left tackle with Corcoran at guard.

>> Offensive line coach Donovan Raiola was especially vocal while working with his unit. The line was split up into two groups during the first session.

>> Northern Colorado transfer Kevin Williams could be a player to keep an eye on. He worked with Raiola’s group during the times the unit split, and spent time at left guard while Corcoran was at tackle.

>> Sixth-year offensive lineman Trent Hixson mainly worked at center with the offensive line. The Huskers will have a new starter at that position after the departure of Cam Jurgens to the NFL. Other players who lined up at center included Ethan Piper, Riley Moses and true freshman Justin Evans-Jenkins.

>> For many of the throwing drills, the quarterbacks went two at a time. While there may not be anything significant to be taken away from it, Casey Thompson and Chubba Purdy were the first pairing, followed by Heinrich Haarberg and Logan Smothers.

>> One drill featured quarterbacks throwing to running backs on a variety of routes. They started with swing passes, then went with progressively deeper routes. Nebraska has talked about wanting to get running backs consistently involved in the pass game this offseason. Many of the routes were to the outside, and new running backs coach Bryan Applewhite emphasized staying in bounds and bursting up the sideline during the drills.

>> Gabe Ervin Jr. kept up well with the rest of the group throughout the running back drills. The redshirt freshman suffered a season-ending knee injury only four games in last year.

>> Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher was impressed with what he saw early on with his group. He specifically directed praise to Quinton Newsome and Tamon Lynum, saying “way to start off the drill, both of you guys.” That one-on-one drill consisted of a defensive back pushing an oncoming ballcarrier to the sideline.

>> Defensive back Noa Pola-Gates seemed to have an issue with his helmet during the session. After having it checked out by a staff member, he happily said to someone else close by, “That’s what happens when you hit hard. You break helmets.”

Hail Varsity will have more from Monday’s practice, the Huskers’ fifth of fall camp, later today.

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