Jahkeem Green "Everything We’re Looking For" to the Huskers
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Observations from the Huskers’ 11th Practice of Fall Camp

August 14, 2019

The Huskers’ opened up the doors to Hawks once again Wednesday morning and media were treated to nearly 45 minutes of practice. Here are a handful of observations from the Hail Varsity staff from the showing.

>> On the list of practice bystanders for the day were wide receivers Kanawai Noa and Wan'Dale Robinson and linebacker Joseph Johnson. Robinson doesn't appear to have anything worth getting the heart rate up over. Walk-on inside linebacker Luke Reimer was also absent from practice, as was fellow inside 'backer Nick Henrich, defensive linemen Chris Walker and Vaha Vainuku and defensive backs Myles Farmer and Ethan Cox.

Both junior outside linebacker JoJo Domann (injury rehab) and junior college transfer defensive lineman Jahkeem Green (transfer paperwork) were on the field practicing with the team, and freshman walk-on inside linebacker Garrett Hustedt, out of Elkhorn Mt. Michael, was practicing in shells with the inside linebacker group. Freshman running back Ronald Thompkins also practiced in a green no-contact jersey. No one from that group was initially on the fall camp 110-man roster, which began at 109 with the final spot presumably saved for Green, so their presence now means the Huskers are likely working through some roster management things. 

There were two punters and two kickers on the initial 110, but all four players remain on the practice field, meaning the extra numbers for Domann, Hustedt and redshirt sophomore safety Lane McCallum are taking someone else's spot. Hail Varsity will keep you updated with specifics when we know more.

>> Green took part in all non-contact drills with the team, as he wasn't in pads. When he wasn’t in drills, there was always a coach or an assistant right there in his ear. There looks to be a big effort to get him ready as soon as possible, which doesn't seem like it will be too big an issue from a physical standpoint because Green looks to be in great shape. 

Defensive tackle Darrion Daniels said Tuesday that Green "carries 327 better than I do," and that Green is deceptively quick. Green is big, but he's well-built, with a massive base rather than a gut. A guy his size shouldn't be able to move as well as he does. 

We'll have to wait and see what he looks like with pads on, but Green doesn't look like he'll need too much time with strength coach Zach Duval, if any, to get into playing shape.

>> The "Nebraska Drill," a three-on-three modified Oklahoma Drill the Huskers have started running under Frost, was something to see. 

For the running backs, it was a great success. Maurice Washington began the drill with some nifty footwork as he evaded tackles and danced across the end line.

We also got a glimpse of why running backs coach Ryan Held says Rahmir Johnson has sweet feet. He made several nifty cuts during the drill to evade defenders. The wide receivers, as a group, also held their own pretty nicely in blocking. Senior Jaron Woodyard stood out in that regard, and he looks like he's been working on his blocking technique. 

The flip side of things was the defensive backs struggling a bit with getting guys to the ground, as the ball-carriers ran through a lot of arm tackles.

Junior inside linebacker Collin Miller, however, did not have that problem.

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